Packing Guide

Items Not To Pack

It is important that you understand which items you can ship or cannot ship.

Read this section before doing your own packing and loading it into the moving van. There are rules and regulations that govern all movers to ensure safety.

Drain oil and fuel from lawn mower and other machinery. Discard any partially used cans of paint, thinner, oil or other substances that are flammable.

Clean your rugs and draperies with your local cleaners. Leave the rugs and draperies wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.

Avoid refinishing your furniture before your move. Some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from wrapping materials.

Follow the list below for information on items not to be shipped prior to packing and loading dates:

Dispose of all flammable, corrosive or explosive items:

Alcoholic beverages are not allowable for transport in a commercial trailer.

Acid / Gasoline / Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid / Lighters

BBQ Butane / Propane Bottles

Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches / Auto Parts

Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Sterno

Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets

Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner

Batteries / Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia

Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid

Live plants / Pornography of any sort

Drugs, including any common household pills such as aspirin.

Cloth material in bulk, such as fabric or sheeting material.

Mounted animals, birds, etc. (taxidermy items)

Firearms (this also includes bullets or any other type of ammunition, empty cartridges, holsters, cleaning equipment. Pellet guns and accessories, or even toy guns, etc.)

Valuable jewelry, coins, stamps, or any other extremely valuable items, (These should be transported by you).

New Items (These they will confiscate and not return, plus, you are also subject to heavy fines).

Dispose of perishables. Food, this includes all food in bags, etc. or things that spoil in transit. No food in jars!

Please note that you should empty your refrigerator and freezers for at least 24 hours before loading. Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.

Some articles are not accepted for transportation. The moving agent assumes no responsibility should these items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge. Although these articles do not create a physical threat it can create problems if your shipment is delayed or items lost. This can be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you. For example:

Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes

Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums

Car Keys / Furs / Research Projects

Bonds / IRAs / Deeds / Tax Records / School Records

Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver

Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection

Computer Software / Disks  / Medicine


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