When you’re relocating, one of the things you should think about first is which of your items will be deemed dangerous goods. When you examine the rules, you may be shocked to learn that items from the DIY shop or even the supermarket are considered a moving hazard.
Don’t be alarmed! If you’re shipping hazardous items, your removal firm should guarantee that the transportation of these goods is done securely and correctly. As long as you are clear with them about what you need moved and follow their recommendations, your move will go well.
Whom should you know about how to transport hazardous goods?
The main burden in transporting hazardous goods safely belongs to experts, that is, removal and hauliers. If you’re a consumer, however, you should have some understanding of what constitutes dangerous freight if:
- You’re thinking about relocating, especially if you’re going overseas because international transportation may be more difficult than normal.
- You want to bring things that may be potentially harmful or hazardous.
- Moving hazardous goods is a relatively unexplored area, and you are unfamiliar with any relevant laws or safety standards.
Preparing for your move
Find a reputable moving company and get their advice. You can do this through a quick Google search. For example, if relocating in London, you could search for “man and van London”. It’s that simple.
Dangerous goods must be moved safely and correctly. The ideal solution is to hire a trustworthy and qualified removal firm. Find out what their hazardous-goods policies are to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on.
When you book your removals, as soon as you have a confirmed date, you’ll be able to plan for them more easily and reduce stress on the big day.
Reduce the amount of weight you’re carrying.
Some items, such as cleaning supplies, may be used up before your relocation. You don’t want to transport an open bottle of bleach across the country. However, if you do want to use tiny quantities of cleaning chemicals, most companies allow this as long as they are securely packed and labelled.
Some things may be left behind for the new tenants or owners of your previous property. If you’re moving from a house with a pool to one without, it’s pointless to take pool chemicals. The new residents will undoubtedly be grateful for a starting supply. Before packing up and leaving anything behind, check with the individuals who are moving in and make sure everything is identified properly.
Left-over paint, broken or outdated electronics, and out-of-date gardening equipment should all be destroyed. It’s important to deal with them responsibly. Local authorities may be able to direct you to the proper places for trash disposal, and in some cases, they will be able to arrange collection for you.
At the very least, your removal and storage firm will be able to advise you on how to prepare various items for transport. They’ll most likely have strong packing boxes and maybe preprinted labels on anything that needs special treatment.