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Moving Tips: What to avoid shipping with your moving company

Paint should not be packed and given to your moving company.

Paint should not be packed and given to your moving company.

It is important to know that some household items cannot be shipped and should not be involved in your packing plan for your moving company. It is important to pay attention to what you pack, as it may be easy to overlook something if you are not careful.

Anything potentially explosive should not be packed. This can range from cans that use aerosol to propane tanks. It is extremely important that these items are not packed. Cleaning chemicals, bug sprays, fuel and propane tanks can all explode, even if they are well-packed, so bringing them isn't a good idea, even if you put them in your vehicle.

It is also necessary that candles, matches or lighters are not shipped with your belongings for the same reasons as the aforementioned items.

Plants are also not shippable, which is important. Not only would you risk your plant being damaged - as they are fragile - but you could end up leaving bugs or other parasites on your other belongings or in the truck itself. This can be a major inconvenience.

Items that you would typically keep around your home for emergencies, such as fire extinguishers or even bleach, should not be packed up with a moving company. If your fire extinguisher is old enough, it may not be up to code, and you will need to recycle it. It is important to remember that these, along with many prohibited items, can be purchased again when you arrive at your new residence.

Paint products, especially cans of paint or varnishes, as well as paint thinner are generally not allowed as a part of the moving process. If you are thinking on purchasing paint for you new home, it could be a good idea to wait until you get there, as you can make more informed decisions with how to set up your walls based on lighting.

You may be able to transport these belongings yourself by your own vehicle, depending on your want or need for them. Most items should be fine to travel far places, but the responsibility to get them there safely would be on you, not your moving company. If you decide that it is not worth bringing these items, it may be a smart plan to dispose of them as a part of your cleaning process while packing. However, be sure that these belongings are disposed of properly. Look at U-Pack’s Do Not Ship List for more details.