Blog November 28, 2020

Things you should get rid of before moving & what to do with them

Did you know that many moving companies have certain items which are prohibited during transport? That’s right – there are several items that almost no moving company will transport, most of which are items that are flammable or dangerous in some other way. Here is a quick overview of these items:

  1. Leftover food
  2. Items of sentimental value, such as heirlooms
  3. Plants
  4. Nail polish and nail polish removal
  5. Candles
  6. Scuba diving gear
  7. Items which are prohibited in the state you’re moving to

Let’s start with the most basic items that your moving company won’t transport. Food is one of the most common things that moving companies won’t accept for transportation. The reason why is because the food can attract ants and other pests, which could be bad for the items you’re transporting. Items of sentimental value are next on the list. The reason why moving companies usually don’t accept such items is simply due to the fact that they don’t want to be responsible in case anything gets damaged or broken. We suggest that you take all of your belongings which have a sentimental value with you when traveling to your new home. Plants are another thing on the list. However, they are very easy to handle. You can give them away to someone else who can take care of them! The next couple of items or the list are prohibited simply due to the fact that they’re extremely flammable and pose a serious threat during the transportation process. These are, of course, candles, nail polish, nail polish remover, etc. There are a ton more items which are prohibited, including other flammable liquids, such as oil lighter, Zippo lighter, lighter fluid, alcohol, paints/lacquer, thinner, paint, wood varnishes and enamels, perfume, nail varnish, polish or gel, essential oil, hair tonic, adhesive, glue, cement, or mucilage, tempo drop, etc. Scuba diving gear might seem like the most random thing on the list, but it’s actually true – most moving companies won’t move scuba diving gear. If you happen to love this rather rare hobby, a good idea is to simply take the gear with you while traveling, if you still intend to use it afterwards. If you’ve given up the hobby, you can give the gear away or even sell it. This brings us to our last point, which is what to actually do with all of these things! Of course, there will probably be many more things that you don’t plan on taking with you, so we have a couple of tips for you:

  1. Sell the items and make some money by doing so!
  2. Give the items away to a charity, such as Goodwill or Red Cross
  3. Give the items away to friends or relatives

Selling your unwanted items is a great way of making some profit right before your relocation. However, if you want to be a bit more humane, you can always give your belongings away to a good cause and help those who are in need!

For more tips and tricks about moving visit State to State Movers.