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Non-Allowable Items for Moving Containers

The use of moving containers has gained popularity in recent years simply because a lot of people are now aware that they make the entire moving process more organized and a lot easier. However, these portable moving containers are not designed to hold everything in your household. Most providers, in fact, issue disclaimers and a list of what customers can and cannot store inside the storage containers. To avoid the hassle, make sure to take note of these restrictions before getting a container for your move.

Hazardous Materials

Usually, a storage container company already has specific container restrictions in place that will prohibit you from placing hazardous materials inside the containers. You may not realize it, but there are a lot of such materials that are commonly found in the household. These include:

  • Children’s or students’ chemistry sets
  • Aerosols
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Motor oil
  • Lamp oil
  • Ammunition
  • Fertilizer
  • Car batteries
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Propane tanks
  • Paints and paint thinner
  • Ordinary household batteries
  • Solvents used for cleaning
  • Poisons
  • Ammonia
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal lighter
  • Fireworks
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Bleach
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Matches
  • Pesticides

    Non-Allowable Perishables

    Most moving container companies do not allow the storage of perishable items, especially in cases where the containers will be held in storage for some time as the items may spoil or die while in storage or in transit. These perishable items may include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Fresh produce
  • Refrigerated and frozen foods
  • Any opened food containers

    An unplugged and stored refrigerator also poses the risk of mold growth. To help address this problem, clean your freezer and refrigerator thoroughly, and leave them to completely dry for at least one day with open doors.

    Other Non-Recommended Items

    There is no doubt that using a portable moving container offers one of the most secure and safest moving methods; however, there are items that are much too valuable to entrust to the care of others, especially if the container will be kept in storage for a while. Some of these items may not be of high material value, but may bear some sentimental value or personal importance to the owner. These include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Cash
  • Address books
  • Business information
  • Family or wedding photo albums and other cherished photos and videos
  • Checkbooks and other financial documents
  • Bonds, stocks, and IRAs
  • Insurance policies
  • Deeds
  • School records
  • Prescriptions and health records
  • Vehicle, and real estate titles
  • Car keys
  • New home keys
  • Lockbox or safe
  • Cellphones, laptops, and other gadgets
  • Jewelry

    Insuring Your Items for the Move

    Even without the valuables mentioned above placed in the container, you still have a considerable amount of belongings inside the storage container including your household appliances, furniture, electronic equipment, and clothes. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your valuables are insured even while they are kept in storage or are in transit.

    Note that there are homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies that provide coverage for your items not only while they are kept in a container parked in the premises of your current home, but also while in transit to your new location or home. As not all policies have this provision, make sure to check with your insurance provider to determine if your current policy offers this benefit.

    In case the portable storage container will be held at your service provider’s facilities for a given period of time before being delivered to your new residence, you may consider getting a contents insurance coverage from a third party insurer to make sure that your items are sufficiently covered while they are in the holding facility.

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