Preparing For Your Move: What Your Moving Company Might Prohibit

Your moving company will do its best to make sure that all your items are moved safely, but you may find that some of your items can't be moved due to moving company rules. As you prepare to pack your items, you'll want to take note of the company's regulations. Use this guide to help you to determine what might need to be moved separately and how to move it.

Sentimental Items

Some moving companies may not move sentimental items for you. This is especially true for long-distance moves, as you won't be able to monitor the truck moving your items through every step of the journey. Moving companies may be hesitant about moving sentimental items because they can't be replaced (and it's difficult to place a dollar value on the items should they become lost or damaged). You may want to make arrangements to move these items on your own for added peace of mind. Some examples of sentimental items might include:

  • Family photo albums
  • Family heirlooms
  • Wedding dresses
  • Vintage or fine jewelry

Hazardous Materials

You may not realize how many hazardous and flammable materials you have in your home. From nail polish to pool cleaner, these chemicals may be prohibited by your moving company. You may want to consider throwing some of these items away if you no longer use them (but be sure to dispose of them properly according to your local government's guidelines). For items you will be keeping, consider moving them yourself the day of the move. Place the chemicals and other hazardous materials in the garage or a storage shed so they are out of the way when the movers are doing their work.

Personal Paperwork

Like family photos and heirlooms, your important personal paperwork can't be replaced. Some moving companies may choose not to move these items. Instead of boxing your paperwork up, consider investing in a small plastic file box, and store your documents in there. You can transport this container easily, and you can use it to keep your paperwork organized in your new home. Birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, and tax documents are just a few items you should consider placing in the file box. If you prefer not to keep this paperwork in your new home, you can also consider storing it in a safe deposit box at your local bank.

Be sure to ask your moving company about any items it prohibits during the moving process. This may help you to plan as you pack your items and ensure a smooth moving process. You can also ask if there are any extra services you can request, such as paying extra to have antique furniture moved or an insurance policy you can take out should the moving company agree to transport items that can't be replaced. For more tips, contact a company like E-Z Moving & Storage.