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Items Not to Pack

Deciding what to pack and not to pack is never easy. Most movers charge according to weight and distance. While you cannot shorten the distance traveled, you can reduce the weight of your belongings and by that also lower your moving cost. Sifting through your things and deciding what goes and what gets chucked will go a long way at reducing your final moving bill.

We tend to collect things through the years and seldom realize that most of what we collect we have no use for. If you have not used a specific item in over two years, chances are you'll not use it in your new home. Avoid packing unwanted items, instead have a big garage sale and make extra cash. Alternatively, you can also donate your items to a local charity.

But, there are some things that should not be packed or taken on board a flight. This is different from personal choice, this has more to do with legalities and safety. Hazardous and dangerous items are a "no-no" and should be crossed out from your moving packing list. Lighter fluid, matches, lighters, cleaning fluid, chemicals, knives and or loaded weapons should not, at any point be taken on board a plane at any time. Most often airports have detailed lists of what you should not take aboard and you should make sure you read the list carefully, Apart from taking on board, there are some things that just should not be packed even into baggage that goes into the cargo hold. Lighter fluid, chemicals, loaded weapons and aerosols cans come high on this list. These items are very sensitive to pressure and can create a lot of damage.

Perishable items, plants and open food are amongst a few other things that moving companies are not willing to move even by road. Apart from a hygiene issue, these items can also create issues when crossing state lines. Plants for example are items that need to be checked on before they are moved. Also, these items perish when moved long distances. So the question remains; do you really want or need to move these items? Always consult a mover guide to avoid any issues while moving.

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