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Things you should not be packing in a storage container




Change is an inevitability of life. It is a part of levelling up the choices of your past, making way for new decisions. With change comes opportunity, and most often a change of location. Have you been in a position where a new job resulted in moving cities? It plucks you out of your comfort zone and gives you some frequency of discomfort. When shifting to a far off location, it is best to centre your energies in order to start planning your move.

If you are on your own and struggling – the best way is to use moving containers. This takes the nightmare out of hauling everything you own across large distances. First, decide what size and type of container fit your budget and requirement. The container will be delivered at your location. Packing, loading and securing the container at times can be challenging. If your budget allows you, you can hire packers by calling the company for getting a quote based on your type of container transport in Auckland. Hardcase Container Hire Ltd., are a team dedicated to providing expert moving solutions, offering one of the best container-moving facilities in Waitakere. They service Henderson, New Lynn, Massey and Rodney, keeping your budget and time their top priority.

What you should not be packed inside a storage container

Once your portable storage has been delivered to you, start making a checklist of the things you need to start shifting. It is important to know what you are going to be packing, but it is even more crucial to know what you cannot pack inside it. Make sure you contact the company that you have hired for portable storage in West Auckland; ask them to specify the articles that are prohibited. These are the important points you need to note before you start shifting everything to your storage:

  • Inflammable substances: Items that have a relatively low flashpoint, and can easily catch fire are the first things to check off your list. Always keep everyone’s health and safety in mind. One needs to exercise extreme caution when handling inflammable items. These include: kerosene, petroleum, LPG (or propane), fuel gases like methane, gaseous substances used in industries like hydrogen, aerosols, Roman candles, sparklers, fireworks, paints, aerosols, acetone, nail polish, pesticides and ammonia to name a few.
  • Medications: All kinds of drugs including physician-prescribed drugs, therapeutic agents are to be carried on your person, as you will probably never know when the need arises. It’s safe to keep your medication with you, and not in storage. Narcotics are absolutely prohibited and illegal; and you would never think of using illicit drugs, right?
  • Arms and ammunition: You do not want to put yourself in a difficult position without reading the rules and regulations regarding owning, storage, and transport of guns and firearms. It also applies to being sure if your licensed instruments remain licensed when you move states, cities or countries. Be aware of all these points as they could easily be regarded as a criminal offence, and land you behind bars. There may be containers specifically used for storage of ammunition, but you will have to speak to the state authorities, and the mover beforehand so that you do not face any issues.
  • Batteries: Did you know that batteries have always been a safety concern with the authorities?  Improper means of handling them can be extremely fatal! They are not just a hazard in a storage container, but even in your pockets. Be aware that placing batteries along with other metal objects, say paper clips, coins can cause short-circuit. Were you aware that it commonly happens in people’s pockets?
  • Perishables: Please do not think of putting your pet (or pets) in a container, however small or big they might be. It is not permitted by any means, and the movers will not allow it. Not just pets, many companies do not even allow you to stock your plants in the container. So, your pets and plants get to travel along with you.
  • Irreplaceable documents: Important documentation like folders containing birth, marriage and death certificates, university or graduation certificates, business or financial documentation, medical reports should be carried with you, even though you are given a secure locking system, you must not trust anyone with important personal papers.
  • Valuables: Jewellery, cash, safes, important keys for the home and car, electronic gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, wedding albums, photographs and anything that you cannot replace, and have sentimental value, should not be placed in a portable container. These have to be kept carefully during the entire process, with you in whatever mode of transport you use.

You don’t need to stress about the process, however, learning what is essential for shifting your belongings would save you a lot of woes. Making a structured list of things you need to know, will help you do it seamlessly. If your friends have recently shifted someplace, it would help to take pointers from them, right? One important thing that would definitely help is, donating or holding a small sale in your yard before you take stock of things you need to carry with you. After all, it always helps to travel light!

Lauren Williamson is a ferocious reader with a desire to travel the world. He has been a part of many industries, and loves to shed light on the hard truths of the business world. Through his writings, he shares his experience with the readers to help them with their shortcomings.