3 Things that Movers Don’t Suggest to Move

There are a lot of things to do and prepare weeks before moving to a new house. This may include packing of belongings, searching for reputable moving companies, getting free quotes regarding the services of these companies and so on.

Among all the things mentioned above, things to pack should be the primary concern. They must be taken cared of so that when the day of relocation comes, everything is already safe and ready for pick-up.

However, even if all things are ready for moving, there are specific things that movers don’t move. What are these items? Are they really not allowed to be moved to the next home? Owners are allowed to include these things during the move but movers are recommended not to take them.

In this article, we have categorized 3 things that movers don’t suggest to move:

1. Hazardous materials – Examples of these include: corrosives, explosives, flammables, gasoline tanks, propane tanks including ammunition. All these are obviously dangerous materials but surprisingly, there are unexpected things that are included in this category. These include aerosols (body sprays, deodorants, etc.), car batteries, cleaning solutions, charcoal, matches, lamp oil, paints, paint thinners, fireworks, pool chemicals and nail polish.

Although these things are not literally dangerous, they are vaguely toxic in nature. At any rate, they can still inflict damage on the property and lives of other people. Since movers will not include these items in the move, it’s recommended to dispose them or use them up and just buy new ones after the relocation.

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2. Perishable things – Movers will not move anything that may spoil and perish on the road like food, frozen stuff and open food packages. Take note that anything exposed and open is considered as perishable regardless of the expiration date. Only pack sealed foods with a long shelf life such as jarred spices, boxed cereals and canned vegetables. It’s recommended to consume open food packages before the moving company arrives and move frozen foods separately using a cooler. Plants and animals also fall in this category because moving companies are not liable for anything that may happen to them on the road.

Owners must find ways on how to transport plants and animals separately such as getting them inside the car and driving next to the new home or taking them inside the plane. However, when riding a plane, there are certain regulations for bringing plants and animals. Check out these regulations online or personally visit the airline’s office.

3. Valuable items – These include extra cash, credit and debit cards, important documents, wallets, jewelries, genuine fur items, photos, stock certificates and other things with sentimental value to the owner. Although owners can pack these items weeks before the move, moving companies find it unnecessary to include them inside the moving van. It’s because they are not liable for any loss of belongings and other possessions during the move.

If there are things that don’t fall into the 3 things that movers don’t suggest to move, consult the moving company for the exact list of prohibited items and general guidelines on what to do before/during the moving stage. They are the experts in ensuring that everything and everyone is safe during the relocation.

Hire Movers or Ask Help from Friends: Things to Consider to Answer this Question

Some, if not all, people dread moving. From packing things to loading and unloading, to the sifting and the transportation, everything about moving spells exhaustion. Moving is among the least favorite things of any living human being in this world. However, regardless of how dreadful and tiring moving can get, people still aren’t 100% sure if they would do the moving themselves or rely on it to professional movers.
Even some people who can afford the cost of hiring movers still think twice about the whole process, and it’s no wonder if you are one of them.

If you have asked yourself whether to hire movers or ask help from friends, consider yourself normal. If you decided to transfer to another home because your work requires you to do this or you just want a change of scenery, moving is one of the things you have to face. However, if you are torn between asking for friends to help you in packing and hiring professional movers to handle everything then here are some points that may help you in weighing your options.

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1. Cost
Probably one of the major concerns of several people in hiring professionals is the cost. If you hire professional movers, you will either pay hourly rates or a one-time pay for their services. It could be pretty expensive but will definitely be worth if especially since the companies will do almost everything. From packing to loading and unloading to the delivery of your things, the professional movers will do it all for you. Most companies also have insured professionals and experienced ones so you don’t really need to worry about broken furniture or loss of valuables as they will likely be replaced.

If you opt for the other option, just ask your friends and family for help then it could seem pretty cheaper. However, you also have to consider the right equipment to use in moving, refreshments for those who will help, moving truck expenses, breakage or loss of items, and more. Often, people underestimate the costs of having to handle the moving themselves. Whether you choose to hire professional movers or ask help from friends, expect to shell out a few bucks from your pocket.

2. Equipment
Unless you own a moving company, you will have to use your own energy and body strength for the moving process, and it won’t be easy. Having the right equipment is not a must, but it will save you a lot of time and energy plus it can make the moving process easier. One of the best things in hiring professional movers is that they have the right equipment to help dismantle your bedroom set. They have the right sized truck that can accommodate all your furniture.

3. Time
Moving can take a lot of your time. It will require your time and energy. If you choose to hire professionals, they will handle everything for you while you supervise a little and still do some work. If you opt to do the moving yourself, it will require your full attention and time.

4. Security
Another major concern of people is the security of their things. Well, some moving companies are notoriously full of unprofessional movers. Things may disappear and sometimes broken, but the good thing is you can avoid this through research and checking company reviews. There are companies that have insurance for all the things you ask them to move. In hiring professional movers, your valuables are handled by experienced movers and the things are insured.

5. Effort
Moving is tiring. You will have to pack your things, sift them, load and unload, and all. Professional movers can help you lessen the stress because they can take care of the majority of the process, but if you choose to do it alone, be prepared to drain your energy.
Hire movers or ask help from friends? If you have asked this question before, then these five points may help you get to the answer. If you have enough time to spend on the process, and you don’t really mind having family around to help you, then you can do the moving yourself.

Moving in with your Boyfriend: The Ultimate Checklist

Are you really ready to be sharing the same bathroom, sharing the same TV, and sharing the same bed and fridge space? You love each other and all, but moving in together is serious business. To determine whether you are ready to move in with your boyfriend, check out this ultimate checklist:

1. You’re doing this because you love each other.

Some would say like instead of love, but the point is that your motivation should be each other, and not because you are trying to escape from something else in your life.

Why are you doing this? This should probably be the first question you ask yourself. It should simply be because you like/love each other and want to get to know each other more. Don’t be motivated by the desire to escape your own loneliness, your own difficult circumstances, to wrangle him into pre-marriage, or whatever other motivation you may secretly have.

Move forward instead of back and keep your expectations simple and uncomplicated. You’re far less likely to be disappointed in the long run.

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2. You’re both doing okay, financially.

Statistics show that the most common reason couples argue and eventually split up is money. After all, a relationship requires a great investment of time, energy, affection, and of course, money. If you’re used to paying your way until now, make sure you don’t skew up the power dynamics by joining it up with a guy who’ll mooch off of your savings.

And vice versa. Don’t be a mooch yourself, or he may resent you for it. If you’re both financially independent, you may just have crossed one future deal-breaker off your list.

3. Are you Ready to Compromise?

Living together means compromising. Well, a relationship does, but more so when you live together. Are you ready to sacrifice some of the things that you want to preserve the greater good? Moving in together means it isn’t just about you anymore. It’s about the both of you.

4. Are you prepared to draw healthy boundaries?

This ties in with compromising. If you’re ready to make sacrifices, you also have to know when to draw the line and insist on what you want, thus expecting your other half to make compromises in return.

5. Are you ready to shatter the illusion of your perfect relationship?

After the throes of the romance and the passion, it’s time to get real. The two of you both have flaws, and neither one of you is perfect. Moving in with your boyfriend means knowing him more intimately, including his flaws and this means that he will also know you and the imperfect person that you are.

Do you drool when you sleep? Do you have a tendency to fart loudly? Do you look like a wreck before coffee and before makeup?

Are you prepared to learn that your perfect man snores, that his feet smell after a long day at work and that he scratches his butt and belches after a really full meal?

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If you’ve checked off all these five items, you may just be ready to trade in the romantic illusion of your perfect relationship for a real-life and satisfying partnership.