For the last decade, you’ve moved your own home at least twice. It would be safe to say you know how to move your things. What’s more, you know what to pack first and what to pack last. You’ve got an entire system mapped out in your head — one your spouse ought to learn, too. In that list of what to pack and what to pack later, you have list of sentimental things that no one but you is allowed to touch — and for good reason.
While you may hire the professionals at Abe Lincoln Movers, we still respect that you have items in your life you deem super important and valuable. In fact, we created a list of those types of items in case you’re concerned about them being moved.
What You Ought to Move Yourself
At Abe Lincoln Movers, we believe in taking care of your belongings as if they were our own — even the sentimental items, too. However, we also respect that you may want to move some things on your own. No one should have to go all in on a moving company if they don’t want to. These are your things we’re discussing, so do what you want with them.
#1. Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
If you’re a pet owner, it’s great to consider moving your furry (or scaled) friends on your own. Pets can get super excited during the move. They want to be near you. The nerves of the move can exhaust them. Also, them being around you will give them more comfort than anything else. As a professional moving company, we understand if you want to move your pets on your own. We would want the same for our own pets.
Do you love houseplants? Do you have shelves, nooks, and crannies filled with greenery all over your home? Unless you have some kind of secure box system, you will want to pack your car with your houseplants so they can remain safe and healthy. Moving trucks can be a dangerous place for plants. Everything else is in boxes while your plants are out in the open to fend for themselves.
While you may be packing, the movers certainly aren’t (not in regards to firearms). You will want to secure and move firearms on your own. While you can have better control of how you firearms, whether in a case — small or large — are taken care of. Also, have your paperwork in order in case you do end up having to show your licensing and ownership information. In all, it’s best to move your firearms on your own to keep everyone involved safe.
Do you have a vinyl record collection? It may be best to move those on your own. While you may be able to secure your records in the moving company’s truck, it still may be safer (and less stressful for you) to move them on your own.
#5. Personal Identification and Paperwork
Your passport, social security card, and other personal information are best moved in your hands (or someone you trust). You can lock a file cabinet and move that, but what if you need that information in some situations while you’re moving? The documentation could be buried in the truck. Keep your personal information and paperwork with you or accessible, at the very least.
Are you preparing to move your home? Check out our mover’s checklist, or give us a call and schedule your move with Abe Lincoln Movers today! We look forward to serving you and your residential moving needs.