If you’re an avid coupon-clipper, you know just how easily you can amass a large stockpile of items, especially when you are able to get these items for free or greatly reduced prices. Your stockpile can serve as a great sense of accomplishment and provide you with the comfort of knowing you will not need to buy these household items any time soon. Unfortunately, moving this large stockpile can present a challenge.
Here are a few things you need to know before the day of your move.
You May Not Be Able to Move Everything
When you contract with a moving company, they will provide you with a list of the things they are unable to move. This list will include hazardous household items, perishable food, and anything flammable or explosive, just to name a few.
While these may not sound like things you have in your stockpile, think again. Hazardous household items include things like:
- Cleaning solutions
- Lighter fluid
- Motor oil
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Pool chemicals
- Weed killer
A moving company may also refuse to move any food in opened packaging because it may contain bugs or may spoil on the journey. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you would not be able to dispose of an item or substance in your regular trash pickup or recycling, the moving company will most likely refuse to move it as well.
If your stockpile contains any of these items, you may want to host a yard sale before your move. You may be able to sell these items and make a few dollars to assist in the cost of your move. Consider donating any items that do not sell. Many shelters and group homes often need cleaning supplies or toiletries, and you may be able to take a tax write-off.
Some Companies Charge You By the Pound
Numerous calculations go into the quote that the moving company will provide. Some of these include:
- How far you are moving
- How long the move will take
- What packing services you need
- How large your items are
- How much your items weigh
- Whether your move requires special services and more
The more help you need, the more expensive your move will be. While a bottle of laundry detergent only weighs approximately five pounds, when you have a hundred of these, you are attempting to move 500 pounds. Add this to the rest of your items, and your stockpile can become quite hefty.
Some Items Are Difficult to Pack
The items in your stockpile come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This can make them difficult to pack due to the sheer number of items you may have. While packing up 50 boxes of cereal may be easy, packing becomes more difficult when you’re dealing with salad dressing, shampoo, and body wash.
When packing your items, ensure nothing will be ruined if something else in the box breaks or decides to leak along the way. Make sure you are marking any boxes that may contain heat-sensitive items such as medications. Avoid packing all of your heavy things together — remember that someone is going to have to lift those boxes.
Although moving your couponing stockpile may be difficult, it is not impossible. At Dixie Moving & Storage, Inc., we have years of experience moving belongings from point A to point B. When you entrust us with your couponing stockpile, we will ensure it gets to where it is going. Give us a call today so we can help you get ready to move.