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What Not to Pack

When you're packing up your belongings for moving day, sometimes it's best to leave it to the professionals - or leave it behind entirely. These moving/packing tips will help you discern what not to pack.

Items that Require Disassembly or Special Packaging

Items requiring professional disassembly and/or crating (such as slate pool tables, chandeliers, or large glass table tops) are best left to the professionals.

Heat-Sensitive Items

Do not pack heat-sensitive items like candles, CDs, computer peripherals, etc. If you must take these items to your new home, bring them with you in your climate-controlled car or truck.

Irreplaceable Papers and Objects

Don't pack any irreplaceable items. Whether these items have significant monetary value, are financial/personal in nature, or have sentimental value, you'll probably want to keep these items on your person or have them shipped via a trackable shipping service:

  • Address books
  • Financial papers
  • Cameras
  • Car keys
  • Cash
  • Computer software and disks
  • Jewelry
  • Letters, personal papers and diaries
  • Medical records
  • Photos and photo albums

Hazardous, Flammable and Spillable Items

Don't put yourself and your family in danger. Leave hazardous items behind when you move. Ask your neighbors if they can use these items; otherwise, dispose of them properly with assistance from your recycling company or the EPA. Plan to purchase new items once you arrive at your new home.

  • Flammable, corrosive or explosive items
  • Lamp oil
  • Aerosols
  • Motor oil
  • Ammonia
  • Paint thinner
  • Nail polish remover
  • Car batteries
  • Paints
  • Charcoal
  • Pesticides
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • Poisons
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Gasoline
  • Sterno
  • Kerosene
  • Weed killer

The team at Lowe's provides helpful house packing and moving tips to make moving day less stressful. Get more moving day tips in our Make Your Move section, or visit your local Lowe's.

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