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8 Items You Should Leave Behind When Moving

Moving out of your old home can to a new place can be thrilling. However, packing and checking to ensure you haven't misplaced anything can make the process stressful. This is because you have to sort through, arrange, pack, and ship a lot of stuff, which takes a lot of time and can often feel like a chore. That being said, making a packing list ahead of time will make the entire process much more manageable. This will assist you in deciding what to bring and what to discard. A thorough packing checklist ensures that you bring only what you need while leaving behind all of the extras that will take up space, cost you more, and are largely unnecessary. To help you create this checklist for yourself, we will talk about 8 items you should leave behind when moving.

1. Large Plants

If you only have a few small ferns or flower pots, you can move them with ease. However, if you're wondering whether you should bring your crotons, Fiddle leaf figs, or rubber trees, we'd say no. These plants are enormous, heavy, and cumbersome. Most movers will pack your belongings into boxes or wrap them in bubble wrap or tape; you can't do that with plants. Most plants necessitate special packaging, and they would not fare well in a standard moving van. Significant temperature swings, a lack of water, and stop-and-go motions could cause injury or death.

Instead of taking them with you, give your luscious plants to a neighbor. Or better yet, leave it for the next homeowner as a gift. You should also leave trees, bushes, and other landscape elements where they are. New homeowners often demand that all outside plants stay on the property. Plant translating is complicated and fussy, and most people don't want to bother with it. For this reason, the best course of action to make the move less stressful is simply leaving all the plants on the property. You will save a lot of money and time this way.

2. Wired Security Systems

During a move, you should only bring portable wireless security systems, such as Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, that sync with your smartphone or other devices of that nature. However, according to PortaBox Storage experts, hardwired alarms that are connected to your home's electrical system should be left in your old house. If you have a security provider, notify both the company and the new owners of the transfer. That way, you may cease the service, and the future owners can rename it.

3. Built-in Lights and Other Fixtures

A built-in fixture is anything that is permanently connected to the building with bolts, nails, screws, cement, glue, or any other means of connection. This includes:

  • Central heating boilers

  • furnaces, radiators

  • fireplaces

  • bathroom suites

  • built-in vanities

  • cabinets

Because permanent fixtures are usually part of the home itself, they remain when the property once you sell it. For this reason, in most cases, you could not take this item with you even if you wanted to.

4. Home Appliances

There is no need to bring your old appliances if you are moving to a rental property or a fully furnished home. Appliances are extremely difficult to handle during a move and are quite often more trouble than they're worth. As a result, if you decide to relocate, it is far better to leave your fridge/oven/washer/dryer in your previous residence. However, if the new owners want to bring their own appliances, you can always donate yours. If your appliances are in working order, you can easily find charities that will gladly accept them. In some cases, they may accept them even if they don't work.

5. Old Reading Material and Decorative Books

Magazines and books are bulky. If the reading material isn't engraved, has no emotional significance, and you don't intend to read it, don't keep it. There's no need to transfer anything heavy that you have no emotional connection to. If you've ever moved a box filled with books, you know how heavy they can become. Books are deceptively heavy when packed together. As a result, if you want to reduce the amount of weight you have to carry during your move, you should begin with books and other reading material.

6. Old Furniture

We understand that people can become emotionally attached to old furniture. Especially if it's furniture they've inherited. The problem with old or bulky furniture is that, in most cases, you must disassemble it to move it. This is a problem for more than just the fact that it is a hassle and a chore to do. It's a problem because furniture can only be disassembled and reassembled so many times before it begins to fall apart. As a result, if you discover that you need to disassemble an old piece of furniture just to move it, it will be more cost-effective to leave it there.

7. Cutlery

There is no need to bring all of your cutlery, glasses, plates, and other kitchen items when you move. If you thought books were heavy, you've probably never carried a box full of forks, knives, and spoons. Most people already have too much stuff in their kitchens, and moving can be a great time to declutter. That is why kitchen decluttering would not be a bad idea if you decided to dispose of some things on your way out of your old home.

8. Your Beds

And finally, the last of the 8 items you should leave behind when moving is the bed. We recognize how much people adore their beds. However, for the most part, they love the matters, not the bed. That being said, you shouldn't bother with the bed because you will most likely have to disassemble it to move it out of your room. And as previously stated, disassembling and reassembling something weakens it significantly. If you don't want to break your bed, buy a new one.


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