When you’re getting ready to move to or from your Austin home, you might find it easier to use professional movers rather than the do-it-yourself approach. It will probably eliminate some of the hassle and stress of moving while giving you the chance to tend to other things, like traveling, job hunting or handling last-minute details of selling your home and buying a new one. Although a professional moving company can transport most of your belongings and get them to your new home safely, here are 5 things not to send with the movers.
1. Important Papers – Carry your most important papers with you. Do not pack them in a truck. Keep things like marriage and birth certificates, deeds and wills, passports, credit cards and insurance information with you or squirreled away in a safety deposit box.
2. Living Things – Don’t send any living things to ride with the movers. This includes family members, pets and plants. Be sure there is enough room for all of the necessities and all of the travelers in your car, including kids, dogs, fish and plants.
3. Personal Valuables – Decide how to transport your personal valuable items when you move. The professional moving truck is not the right mode of transport for items like valuable jewelry, money and irreplaceable family heirlooms.
4. Travel Items – If you are doing more than moving cross-town, pack a bag for a road trip or airplane ride. Bring the basics. Consider what you will need and how long the trip will take. Pack lightly.
5. Dangerous Materials – Any flammable or combustible items should be neutralized or disposed of entirely before you move. Don’t send items like gas cans, gas grill propane tanks, paint thinner or fireworks with the movers.