There are items that should not be packed at any cost while moving, some that should be carried in your own car, and some that are not recommended to be moved at all while in transit to your new home. Your Montreal moving companies always give a list of items they will not transport and it would be good if you heeded their advice and avoided packing them too.
These should not be packed and moved at all costs. Get rid of them by disposing them at a hazardous waste plant. Such materials are corrosive, flammable and explosive. These are potentially dangerous when carrying in moving vehicles and are illegal for moving companies to carry. Such materials include: gasoline, acid, car batteries, ammunition, sterno, darkroom chemicals, charcoal, fertilizer, aerosol, kerosene, lighter fluid, nail polish removers, paints, paint thinner, weapons, ammonia, pesticides and weed killers, cleaning fluid, fireworks and propane. This list is not exhaustive, but a moving company will guide you where you are in doubt.
It is not wise to carry anything that is perishable especially on a long-distance move. Consider giving it away or using it before the move. The list of perishables includes food, plants or other living things such as fish, or pets that may die during relocation. When it comes to meat, poultry and fish, do not consider carrying them even if it is short distance, it could cause you and your family food poisoning. Avoid carrying frozen food and open foods. Plants may survive a road trip but they have to be properly packed. If you think they will die due to extreme exposure, donate them to friends and neighbors.
Personal or High Value items
These should always be packed in separate boxes and carried in your own car when moving and never in the mover’s truck. Such items are of irreplaceable value and are not worth risking losing them in transit so it is easier having them with you to keep a keen eye on them. Such items are valuables such as jewelry, personal documents such as driver’s licences, passports, check books, bank statements, title deed, wills, escrows, mortgage papers, school reports, medical reports, medicine, important data storage like hard drives, flash disks, CDs, house keys, car keys, safety deposit box keys, flight tickets, tax receipts, furs, collectibles such as art work, coins, stamps, family photos, albums, videos records, laptops, iPads, tablets, letters, personal contact address books, business card holders, cash, check books, insurance policy contracts and so on. The list is endless.
As you move, be sure to check that nothing is in the moving truck that you will need along the way, especially if you are not following the truck. It is important to make separate moving arrangements for pets and sensitive and awkward items if it will not be conducive to have them transported in your car or the mover’s truck. Ensure that you have insured any items that are of high value before you travel just in case you lose them in transit.