So many lists of moving tips focus on what you should pack up before moving to a new house, but what about the things you shouldn't? Here are three things that should never go in your moving van when you're relocating.
Don't Pack Pets
While it may seem obvious, it's important to note that pets should never be transported to your new home in the moving van with the rest of your belongings. Moving is already likely to be a stressful experience for your animal pal, so it's important that they're transported carefully to minimise anxiety and maximise safety.
Most people wouldn't think about putting a large animal like a dog or a cat in a moving van, but the same rationale goes for small pets too. They could be endangered in a moving van if anything fell down, and the stress could be too much for their small bodies to handle.
Ideally, you should always move your small pet and its habitat separately. Purchase a safe carrier or container for your fish, reptile or rodent, then empty and dismantle (if possible) their tank or cage. The habitat can be moved with the rest of your items, while you transport your pet in your car. Pets in small tanks and cages that can fit on your lap may be able to be moved without being separated.
If you're unable to carry your pet with you when you travel, ask your moving company to recommend a reliable pet relocation or pet boarding service.
Don't Pack Dangerous Items
You may think it goes without saying that dangerous items shouldn't be packed into your moving van. However, many people are unaware of just how many common household items are flammable, explosive or corrosive. Packing these items could result in the rest of your furnishings becoming damaged in transit. On the worst end of the scale, your hired moving professionals could be seriously injured.
The more obvious items you shouldn't pack include guns, known acids or poisons, fireworks and petrol. On the less obvious side, beauty products like deodorant and nail polish, cleaning supplies, gardening chemicals and fire extinguishers can all be hazardous during a move.
Your easiest solution to transporting these items is to sell, donate or dispose of them and buy new ones when you reach your new house. If this isn't an option for you, you'll need to contact a company trained in hazardous materials transportation.
Don't Pack Food
Most removals companies won't allow you to transport food because perishable items can cause big problems. Fresh and frozen foods can spoil quickly in the high Australian heat when they're on the road. Spoiled food will soon begin to smell, and this smell could seep into the rest of your items. It's also a haven for mould growth and pests, neither of which you want to bring into your new home.
Of course, you don't want that food to go to waste. Instead, try to use it up before you move. Challenge yourself to only shop for the items you need in the weeks leading up to your move, cooking with your existing foods where possible. You may be surprised at what delicious meals you can come up with.
Anything that's left over can be given to friends and family or donated to a food bank. Remember to focus on using up fresh and frozen foods first, as many food banks won't accept them. Non-fresh and non-frozen items like canned goods are also easy to transport in your own car if you'd rather keep them yourself.
If you're looking for a moving specialist you can trust, Price's Removals is here to handle your move with care. Contact us for more information on our non-allowables or get a quick quote via our website.