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Before officially moving to a new home, it is important to review and sort through all the items that you have accumulated over the years. Familiarizing yourself with your possessions will make it easy for you to decide on which item to take or to dispose of. Whether you’ll be hiring a mover or moving houses DIY style, you must realize that there are various things that you cannot take with you when moving.


A day or two before the move, it is important that all the items in your fridge are already consumed. It would be a bad idea to pack and carry perishables like meat, dairy, or eggs when you move even if it is in the same city or state.

If you are moving with children, choose to bring cookies, fruits and other easy-to-eat food for them.

Live Plants

If you are hiring a regular moving company, it is important that you know that plants aren’t included in their list of movable items. While there are special movers that specialize in moving potted plants or trees to different cities or states, it could cost a lot of money and special permits should be acquired. In a nutshell, you should just consider leaving your plants, selling them or giving them away.

Hazardous, Explosive and Combustible Goods

Charcoal, gas, bleach, paint, pool chemicals, car batteries, aerosols, guns and ammunition are just some of the items that movers just won’t take. These items would are not only dangerous to handle but it could cause a lot of damage to the mover’s property or personnel. In cases of weapons and ammunition, these items should only be handled by the licensed owner as these items may require special permits or registration in some states.


A large volume of liquids is usually prohibited for transport by movers. This is because liquids can cause severe damage to other items being moved. But in terms of numerous wine bottles, special arrangements can be made with a mover as long as they are properly packed and labeled.


When dealing with valuables, it is not a good idea to pack it together with furniture and other personal belongings. Valuables such as jewelry, luxury bags, designer shoes, genuine fur, and money should be personally handled by the owner. The same thing must be done with all important and legal documents, credit and debit cards, family heirlooms, personal photos and prescribed medication too.

Expensive paintings and antiques can be transported accordingly via a trusted mover. Don’t forget the insurance to cover any damage or loss during the move.

Pack Wisely

When packing for the big move, avoid putting the whole house in boxes. Don’t forget to segregate all your belongings and get rid of any broken, useless (to you) and outgrown items. These should be sold, donated or given away weeks before you actually start packing.

Once you have made an inventory of all your belongings, show the list to your mover. Make a list of all the items that they refused to transport and move. This way, you can decide on whether to look for a special mover or just dispose of the items accordingly.