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What Items Not to Pack When Moving:

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Items not to pack

Before your things are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a container. Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed. And, although they are allowable, we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.

Hazardous Items

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Fuels/Oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Mineral spirits
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods
**If you are moving less than 150 miles and your items will be delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.
NOTE: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.
 Personal importance/sentimental valueAlthough the following items are allowable, we recommend that you keep these important items with you.

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Home videos

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  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

Hire a Professional Mover: Why or Why Not?

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Why Hire a Professional Mover?


There are many reasons why to consider hiring a professional mover to help you with your move.

     1.  Peace of Mind:

You – Moving is stressful; it is the 3rd most stressful situation in life following death and divorce.  Planning a move is many times overwhelming and tiring. You have to pack, minimize belongings, find friends and family to help, find a truck, load all your furniture and boxes to fit in a truck, drive truck to new location, unload, and unpack.

Professional – Hiring a professional takes a lot of the stress and hard work out of the equation.  You can have professional movers give you an estimate to have them load and deliver your stuff or you can go with full service movers, which will pack all your belongings nicely, unload, unpack, and even set up furniture.  It may be a little more costly but will save you time and energy. Having professional movers gives you a reliable option that will keep your belongings safe and protected to give you a piece of mind.

      2.  Time:

You – The average person is not used to lifting and maneuvering a fridge or washer throughout a house or benching a couch.  You will probably need to get your closest friends and family to help you move, hopefully they are willing to give up their weekend.   With all different types of people trying to manage the move there will be some compromising on how to get it done.

Professional –

Professional movers are trained professionals and are typically strong men that are used to lifting and moving heavy furniture and boxes.  They also usually have a system to get it done quickly and efficiently.  This will save you a lot of time from getting distracted and trying to figure a way to fit everything in a truck. While the professional mover is driving your stuff to your new location safely, you can be on a plane or drive and relax without having the worry of driving and maneuvering a large truck.

     3.  Breakage:

You – If you or your friend or family member drops a flat screen TV or prized possession, you will be responsible for the damage and always secretly think about that one time your friend or family member broke one of your prized possessions.

Professional – The most important part of a move is how all your stuff is loaded into boxes and placed into the truck safely.  Movers are trained on loading everything efficiently and effectively to ensure that everything fits and is kept safe.  Plus, many moving companies offer insurance for special items and reassurance that everything will arrive in one piece.

If anything does happen and it is the movers’ fault they will be responsible for damages and keeping you happy.

     4.  Equipment –

You – Most likely you aren’t used to hauling a huge truck around with tons of your possessions. You may also jump in the drivers spot being in charge of all your belongings without any experience in driving a large truck and this could result in damages in your belongings or accidents.  You may choose a truck that is too small to fit your belongings and realize it half way through loading it or get stuck with a truck that is too large and end up with extra space.

Professional – Movers come with all the equipment needed for an easy move like ropes, belts, and boxes.  We are trained professionals and can navigate the streets and heavy load with ease.

     5.  Recovery time

You – May have to spend several days recovering from the move with all your sore muscles and joints from lifting heavy furniture and boxes. You may need some time to recuperate and soak sore muscles. It could be days until you feel well enough to unpack, organize, and even feel up to meet the new neighbors.

Professional – Hiring a professional means you have more time to get used to your new house and even happy to meet the new neighbors.  Some full service movers give you the option to have someone to unpack your things as well, which will save you even more time and effort.

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How to Get Free Moving Boxes:

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How to Get Free Moving Boxes: 

You always need sturdy boxes for moving.  Keep your eyes out and you will never have to buy boxes. I have never bought a box for moving in my entire life and I have moved countless times.

Tip: Don’t just take any free box; make sure it is sturdy and the right size. I would recommend medium size boxes that aren’t too large to carry.  Also, always take more than you think you need. It’s always good to be over prepared than underprepared and stuck trying to find more boxes near the end of your packing.


1. Liquor Stores:  The first and easiest way to get moving boxes is to go to a local liquor store; liquor stores are usually close by and have medium, sturdy boxes that are great for moving since they are made for moving and carrying glass bottles.  They are also usually medium sized boxes.

Tip: I like to call places ahead of time to ask if they have boxes, don’t always trust the person you talk to, maybe ask for the manager. I like to ask when the shipment is coming in and when is the best time to pick them up.

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2.  Craigslist: Craigslist is a great Resource for moving boxes!

Just go to your city on craigslist and look up moving boxes under the wanted section.  The best time to look is near the end of the weekend or the beginning of the week since most people move over the weekend and are finished unpacking after the weekend.

You can even create a post under the wanted section that you are looking for free moving boxes. Many people who need to get rid of their moving boxes will look here first.

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3. Moving Companies:  Moving companies like our own, Mesa Moving & Storage will often give away moving boxes. These moving boxes are meant for heavy belongings and already have labels. These are the best quality of boxes you can find.  The way you can get them for free many times is just ask.  To raise your chances, you could get a free quote or bid from the company, if you decide to go with them you get free boxes, or after your estimate many times the sales person will offer free boxes. This isn’t always true with every company but if you try Mesa Moving & Storage we do it!

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4. Grocery & Supercenters:  Places like Wal-Mart, Target, and Smith’s are unloading boxes daily and you can always get boxes from them.  The trick is to go at the right time, to find out when to go pick up boxes you can either call to see what time they do most of their unloading or go in and talk to a manager.  Many times if you talk to the right person they will even set them aside for you to pick them up.  Only downfall is they are usually unloading late at night or early in the morning, but you have a good variety to choose from and a lot.

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5. Networking:  Many people just moved and need to get rid of their boxes.  Go ahead and ask friends or write a simple post on Facebook or Twitter to see who has recently moved and that you need boxes.  People often move into a new place and need to get rid of their moving boxes. What better way to get rid of them than someone picking them up for you?


5. Freecycle:   This is a site where you can find stuff that people are getting rid of and pick up for free.  It’s a great way to see people in your area that are moving and are getting rid of boxes.  It is very easy and people are always moving.

Pretty much you never have to buy moving boxes again! Just keep your eyes out and take advantage of your resources.  

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