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Knowing What to Move and What Not to Move

Knowing What to Move and What Not to MoveGetting organized for a move takes some serious planning. What goes in what box? What order will the boxes be packed into the truck? What will you do with items that are hard to pack or difficult to load? Are there any items you might want to leave behind? All of these are important questions to consider when preparing for a simple and stress free move.

An important first step in getting ready for a move is creating a checklist. Documenting which items you will be taking with you and which, if any, you will be getting rid of before you go will help to ensure you do not lose any of your important possessions. It will also help you organize the things you will be selling or giving away.

So you're probably thinking: "Why would I want to leave anything behind? And even if I did, how could I possibly choose?" Aside from the obvious reasons, such as the fact that you no longer want the item, there are a number of other factors to take into account.

Here are three questions you should ask yourself when deciding what to bring along on a move:
  1. Is the Item Dangerous?
    Any sort of hazardous material would be a good example of something that is probably not worth bringing along. Along with the fact that they make road travel more dangerous, many chemicals and other materials require a license in order to be legally transported, and moving companies without such licenses may refuse to do so. In most cases, it is better to sell or dispose of any such materials and then purchase new ones when you arrive at your location rather than go through the hassle of bringing them along.
  2. Is the Item Too Large, Heavy, or Old To Move?
    Certain items, such as cheaply made wooden furniture, begin to deteriorate as they age and can cause damage to other possessions if they fall apart and shift around the truck during transport. Other items may be so large or heavy that you decide it isn't worth bringing them along. Of course, you probably aren't going to consider leaving behind the grand piano that was given to you by your dying grandmother just because it's going to be a pain to move. But when it comes to older furniture that has no particular sentimental value, you might consider having a yard sale and using the cash to put towards purchasing new furniture when you arrive. It will save you a lot of work, and possibly even cut down on your moving costs, as a lighter shipment usually means a lighter price.
  3. Do you even use the item anymore?
    Moving can be a great opportunity to clean the clutter out of your life. If you haven't used or worn something in a long time, it's quite likely that you won't use it again. Selling or donating such items will allow you to hit the road with a lighter load and make a fresh start when you arrive at your new home.
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