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Things Not to Pack

September 17th, 2008 - 1:17 PM

When in doubt, Leave it out

I'm often asked, "What can I not move?" My normal response is, "What did you have in mind?" To accurately answer your question, I would have to provide you with a laundry list of items, half of which probably wouldn't pertain to you or your move. It will usually save you some time if you tell me the items you have questions or concerns about.

This might help too…U-Pack has a "do not ship" list at upack.com. Check it out. You're probably going to find similar items listed with any company you choose to move with.

Here's an overview:

We cannot transport any items that are poisonous, perishable, corrosive or flammable. Cleaning supplies, fuels and bleach are good examples of things people often don't think about. These items can cause significant damage to your belongings and to our trailers, not to mention they're extremely flammable.

Can you imagine if you got to your new house and found that your container of bleach had leaked and ruined your sofa? Bad news! Or, imagine the terrible smell that would result from perishable food being in a trailer during the hot summer months – disgusting!

Keep in mind that you can still move motorcycles, lawnmowers and ATVs, we just ask that you remove the fuel and oil before you load them.

When you think of the words "flammable" and "corrosive", I bet live plants is the first thing that comes to your mind, right? Ok, maybe not. But, live plants are on the ABF "Do Not Ship" list. Our equipment is designed to be completely enclosed and weather-proof. This doesn't allow for much airflow, so the plants will become overheated in the summer and too cold in the winter – they probably won't make it. Also, by loading something that lives in dirt, you run the risk of exposing the contents of the entire trailer to pests.  Insects like ants, termites and moths might decide to take up residency in your furniture! Most importantly, some states will not allow the transportation of plants across state lines. If you've ever moved into the state of California, you're probably familiar with this.

This probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway no pets or people are allowed in the trailer or ReloCube!

If there is something you are specifically concerned with, please call us and don't forget to check out the "do not ship list" to see what you shouldn't pack.

Just remember - when it doubt, leave it out!