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Relocators will not transport hazardous items, including explosives, flammable gases and toxic substances, or other items on our Non-allowable List. Keep in mind that these hazardous items must be disposed of properly to comply with federal, state and local laws and to protect the environment. Contact your city or county for where to dispose of these items:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

Moving Tip: You may find you no longer need these materials or consider replacing these items once you’ve moved into your new house.

Moving Guns & Ammunition

We unable to transport loaded guns or loose ammunition. Please contact your Move Coordinator to learn where to find specific instructions about moving these items. You may also want to be sure you know the rules about transporting these types of items across state lines yourself.

Proper packing will save you time and frustration when it comes time to unpack your belongings.

  1. Start by packing out-of-season items and those things you use infrequently.

  2. Empty dresser drawers of breakables, perishables and prohibited items.

  3. Isolate and protect dangerous items like knives or skewers that might

    puncture or damage other items (or movers).

  4. Keep all pairs and components together. Place small hardware items in plastic bags and tape them securely to the equipment.

  5. Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.

  6. Wrap fine china, crystal and delicate items individually in clean,

    unprinted paper; tissue paper, towels or even facial tissue.

  7. Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of every carton for cushioning. As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces firmly with crushed paper.

  8. As you fill smaller boxes with delicate items, consolidate them into a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.

  9. Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting. The cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.

  10. Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on United’s High-Value Inventory Form. These must be left open for the van operator’s inspection.

  11. As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the and in a special notebook. You might want to number and/or code the cartons as well.

  12. On the label, assign each box to a room in your new home. Tape signs on the door of each room at your destination so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly.

  13. Place special instructions on cartons you want movers to unpack first at destination.

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