You have decided to move internationally, to a country somewhere in Europe, Asia or perhaps even Africa. Before you start your relocation, there are many things that need to be done in advance. One of the most important things that you need to do is organize and plan everything very thoroughly. Being organized is important because relocation is a very complicated process. Therefore, you need to plan and organize in advance, and by doing so you will avoid running into any issues along the way. One of the most complicated and time-consuming tasks during relocation is the packing process. Many people dread this long and difficult process and therefore they decide to hire a professional moving company. Nowadays, moving companies offer many moving services, such as a pack crew that can do all the packing instead of you. That sounds like a great solution to all of your problems regarding packing, but did you know that moving companies don’t move specific things? If you want to learn about things that moving companies won’t pack and move, as well as some tips on what to do with those things, continue reading this blog!
Moving companies won’t pack and move any leftover foods
Do you have lots of foods left around the house or in your storage room? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take these leftover foods with you, or at least the moving company you hire won’t be able to handle it. The best advice that we can give you is to simply try and use up as much of the food you have in the weeks prior to your relocation. If your relocation is right around the corner, try to give the food away to relatives, friends or those in need of food.
Moving companies won’t pack and move any belongings with sentimental value, such as family heirlooms
This may seem odd, but it’s actually true. The majority of moving companies will not be responsible for handling any of your belongings that are close to your heart, such as family heirlooms. The best solution for this particular issue is to keep all of these things in your own carry-on luggage. The majority of these items are either jewelry or other small items that you can easily fit into your purse during your relocation.
Moving companies won’t pack and move plants
This one is pretty straight forward. Moving companies won’t bother packing and moving any plants that you may own. You should either give all of your plants away to someone who can water them and give them the proper care, or simply get rid of them. Are you wondering why moving companies won’t pack or move any plants you might own? Well, the answer is quite simple – it is because of legal reasons, more precisely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and plant health agencies “regulate the shipment of nursery and greenhouse stock in an effort to minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests.”
Moving companies won’t pack and move nail polishes and nail polish removers
This particular thing may seem out of the ordinary to you, but unfortunately, moving companies won’t handle any nail polish or nail polish remover during the relocation process. The reason why they won’t handle any nail polish is simply because nail polish, along with nail polish remover, is extremely flammable and potentially dangerous. This is simply for safety reasons, nothing else. So, the best thing that you can do is simply give your nail polish away to your relatives, friends, or a charity.
Moving companies won’t pack and move scuba diving gear
This one is very random, but some people may own some scuba diving gear that they want to take with them! Well, unfortunately, if you happen to be one of those people, we are sorry to tell you that you won’t be able to bring any of your precious scuba diving gear. The reason why is simply because the gear consists of a highly-pressurized oxygen tank. Like the majority of highly-pressurized items, these tanks can easily explode, and therefore, they represent a hazard during the transportation process. Try and sell your scuba diving gear before you begin your relocation, or simply give it to someone who wants it!
Moving companies won’t pack and move anything that’s prohibited in the country you’re moving to
Finally, your moving company will not accept any items that are prohibited in the country you will be moving to. These may be very random, so make sure that you read the rules and regulations before you begin your relocation. If you happen to be caught with any of these prohibited items, you may get into some serious trouble, so make sure to check in advance. Here is a list of some of the most commonly prohibited items in many countries:
- Explosives, such as Fireworks, Crackers, Ammunition, Igniters, Detonators and Fuses
- High Pressure Gas, such as Spray cans, Lighter refill gas, Diving, Cylinders, Gas cartridge camping stove, Cassette stove gas, Fire extinguisher, Dust removal spray, Portable concentrated oxygen, Helium gas, Chlorofluorocarbons, Gas heater, Suspensions (car parts)
- Oxidizing Agents, such as Oxygen generator, Bleach, Hydrogen peroxide, Hair coloring
- 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
- Toxic or Infectious substances, such as Pesticides, Chloroform, Insecticide