5 Tips For Moving to Myrtle Beach with Pets

Moving to Myrtle Beach with PetsMoving can be stressful, especially if you’re moving long distance. What is even more stressful? Moving long distance with pets! Here are the top 5 tips to help make the move to your new home smoother, easier and less stressful for you and your furry family member.

Tip #1: Many pets, cats in particular, have a hard time adjusting to major changes. There are a few ways you can help your pets stay calmer throughout the process. First, get a head start on packing and bring in only a few moving boxes at a time. Allow your cat or small dog to sit in or even play in the boxes. Cats LOVE boxes so letting them explore and play in the boxes prevents them from being scared and stressed. Bonus: By packing a little at a time, you’ll have a chance to declutter and get rid of things you don’t want to move to the new home.

Tip #2: Create positive association for your pet with their crate. Especially if your upcoming move is long distance, your pet will be spending long hours in their crate. If the only association they have with their crate involves vet visits and other unpleasant trips, you’ll have one super stressed pet for the duration of your move. You CAN change how your cat or dog feels about their crate. First, bring the crate into the home as soon as you have decided to move and leave it with the door open in an area your pet is already comfortable in. The more time your cat or dog has to become accustomed to the crate as part of daily life, the calmer they will be during the move. Allow them to investigate the crate, sleep in it and eat in it. As you get closer to the move, close them into the crate and move around the house with them. Once your pet becomes used to moving around the house in their crate, begin taking them for short car rides, lengthening the ride as moving day approaches. After every crate session with your pet, reward them with treats, play time, hugs and kisses. These activities will make crate time less scary and stressful for your pet.

Tip # 3: When moving a long distance that will require overnight stops along the way, plan your stops ahead of time. When you know where you intend to stop each day, search for pet-friendly accommodations in those towns or cities. Make sure to call hotels before you book to ensure the information online regarding their pet policies and pet fees has not changed. You can also search for pet-friendly accommodations through AirBNB. Make sure to book your stay several weeks ahead of your move to ensure you have a welcoming place to stay overnight for both you and your pet.

Tip #4: Carry your pet’s medical records, vaccination record and rabies tag information with you at all times. Dogs should wear their rabies tag with their usual tag on their collar. If your cat tolerates wearing a collar, make sure their current rabies tag is on it. If your pet is microchipped, be sure to update your contact information with the microchip provider. Often, you can include the rabies tag information with the data stored about your pet with the microchip company. This is especially helpful if your pet gets loose or gets lost during the move.

Tip #5: Remember that you know your pet better than anyone. If you know your pet is prone to anxiety, you can try soothing garments such as Thunder Shirts or if needed, talk to your vet about prescribing a mild sedative or anxiety medication to help keep your pet calm and safe during the trip.

Moving is stressful. Whether you’re moving across town or several states away, moving to a new home always presents challenges. If you have furry family members, you’ll want to help them be prepared for the move as much as possible. Following these top 5 tips for moving with your pets to your new home in Myrtle Beach will help you make the experience smoother and calmer for both you and your dog or cat.

Sell My Home: Unique Home Selling Strategies

Sell My Home | Unique Home Selling Strategies Myrtle BeachIf your listing has a lot of competition in your neighborhood or market, it can pay to get creative with your home selling strategies (with your agent on board, of course). Here are a few interesting and unique home selling strategies other sellers have used across the country to get their listing noticed and bring buyers flocking in.

1. Give a Facebook Live Tour – A personal Facebook Live tour of your home can be a great compliment to the listing photos and virtual home tour your listing agent might already have set up. To keep it short and sweet, focus on a few of your favorite spots or features in your home. Show off your chef-inspired kitchen or that lazy Sunday back patio that really make your home special. By keeping your Facebook Live tour focused to those special spaces, it helps prevent you from rambling or going on too long and losing viewers.

2. Try a Themed Open House – Most open houses are nothing to write home about. Make your open house more memorable and way more fun by incorporating a theme that accentuates your home. For example, if you’re selling a Victorian-style home, a backyard garden tea party is a great way to incorporate a theme that brings notice to your home and the beautiful landscaping around it. Selling a 1960’s era bungalow? Consider a Mad Men-themed open house and don’t forget the cocktails!

3. Add Incentives and Freebies – Think about items or equipment that could be useful for a new owner to already have handy or that you would prefer to not deal with moving. Items such as like-new gym/fitness equipment, lawn mowers and lawn care equipment or relatively new (i.e. good condition) furniture can be an attractive incentive – especially for first-time home buyers. If your home is on the water, consider adding the value of your boat into the home price and including it as part of the sale.

4. Host a Special Open House/Party for Neighbors – Host a fun neighborhood event with food, music and a nice tour of your home. Make sure to include neighbors throughout your neighborhood and not just those on your street or block. As a bonus for neighbors helping spread the word about your listing, they’ll also be part of “choosing” their new neighbor. And really, who hasn’t daydreamed about getting to choose your neighbors from time to time?

5. Give Serious Potential Buyers Your Home for the Weekend – What better way to convince potential buyers that your home is the right home for them than giving them a weekend getaway to experience it for themselves? Use creative staging to highlight key areas or features of the home. Provide everything needed for a spa-like experience in your bathroom oasis. Provide plenty of chopped wood for that great cozy fireplace along with a good bottle of wine, fluffy pillows and toasty throw blankets. Giving serious potential buyers a weekend to “test drive” living in the home is a great way to get the sale. Note: Check sites like AirBNB for advice on hosting strangers in your home.

When your listing has fierce competition, you and your listing agent can use creative strategies to help your home stand out from the crowd.

Millennial First-Time Home Buyers: Quick Tips

Millennial First time home buyers Myrtle BeachMore and more millennials are looking to make the move from renting to owning a home of their own. We’ve compiled a list of quick handy tips to help millennial first-time home buyers get started with the buying process.

1. Dedicate your savings – Set up a dedicated savings account specifically for your home purchase. Add money from every paycheck, your tax return and also any monetary gifts from family or friends.

2. Use a side hustle to boost your savings – If your schedule allows, pick up a side hustle to help you bulk up your dedicated home savings account faster. Look into dog walking, house sitting, cleaning houses or other helpful tasks your friends and neighbors frequently look for.

3. Clean up your credit – Check your credit reports from all three major credit bureaus and clear up any inaccurate information. Also look for outstanding debts that could have fallen off your radar and get those paid up. Your credit report will have a major impact on the interest rates and terms you’ll be able to get from lenders.

4. Avoid new credit – In the 6 to 12 months prior to doing your mortgage application, do your best to avoid adding new credit accounts such as car loans and credit cards. When you acquire new credit, the “hard inquiry” credit check plus the change in your debt to income ratio can drop your credit score for several months. You want your credit score to be as high as possible when you do your mortgage application.

5. Consider a mortgage broker – Working with a qualified mortgage broker gives you the option of shopping around for the lender willing to offer the best rates and terms for your home purchase. The mortgage broker sorts through the offers from various lenders and presents you with the best ones to choose from.

6. Wait for a pre-approval letter from a lender – While doing a pre-qualification is often faster, there is no commitment from the lender to follow through with offering you a mortgage loan and the pre-qualification amount is a “best guess” by the lender based on a “soft inquiry” of your credit. However, when you have a pre-approval, the lender has committed to providing a mortgage loan up to a specific amount. This shows sellers that you are a serious buyer with your funding already secured.

7. Pay attention to expensive repairs – Once you start touring homes you’re interested in, make sure you pay attention to expensive home repairs to ensure you won’t have a big bill right after you move in. Typically, the most expensive repairs or replacements in a home include the HVAC system, appliances, windows and the roof.

8. Be aware of HOAs – Always check if the home you are interested in is part of an HOA (Homeowners Association). Depending on the type of home and the amenities provided in the community, HOA fees could increase your monthly housing costs anywhere from $200 to $500 per month.

9. Never waive the home inspection – The home inspection is for your protection as a buyer. The inspector looks for major and costly problems with the home and can answer your questions about different features and details about the home. It’s important to set aside time to attend a thorough inspection, take notes and ask questions. The home inspection is one of the best ways to not only check for problems but also learn about your new home.

As a first-time buyer, the home purchase process can seem complicated. We’ve compiled this handy list of quick tips to help you get started. Keep in mind that your real estate agent is an experienced and knowledgeable resource who can answer questions and help guide you through the process all the way through closing on your home and having a key in your hand.

Shocking and Scary Stories of Real Estate Showings

Scary & Spooky Real Estate ShowingsThese scary stories from real estate showings will give you more shivers than a January cold front! Each story is based on true events, though some names have been changed to protect the terrified realtors and the clients who experienced them.

Leave a Light On

Michael in Alabama was doing a walk-through of a two-story home that was a long-time lurker on the market in an otherwise happening neighborhood. It would require quite a bit of fixing up but he had a few clients in mind who might be interested. As he walked through the home, he noticed feeling a bit uneasy, as if he was being watched even though he was clearly alone. Back on the first floor, he turned a corner and found himself across the room from the open basement door. The basement light was shining brightly. “I left immediately,” recalls Michael, “the electricity to the home had been turned off for more than two years.”

Reflections

A professional real estate photographer in Connecticut had just returned home from shooting pictures for the listing of a historic home. Rachel made a cup of tea as the photos loaded into her computer. As she scrolled through the pictures highlighting the ornate details and character of this old home, she came to a set of pictures she’d taken from different angles of a large mirror set into an intricately carved frame. What the photos revealed frighten her to this very day. “I was alone in the house. I know that for sure,” she recounts, “I never saw the tall man in the black overcoat… but he’s there behind me in every picture in the reflection of this mirror.”

A True Dead End

Scott, a realtor in North Carolina, was touring a land lot at the dead end of a dirt road with clients looking to build a dream home out in the country. “The land was really overgrown with brush and weeds so we didn’t know what we’d find when we went poking around,” Scott says. What did they find? A small cemetery containing both human and pet graves along with a set of underground cement kennels. “It looked like a scene straight out of a horror film!” Scott and his clients didn’t stick around to see what other secrets this dead end had hidden under the brush.

Guard Cat

Kendall in Ohio was showing a client a two-story home in a quiet neighborhood. The sellers were out of town for a funeral and had left instructions to allow showings while they were away. As Kendall and her clients were touring the first floor, they noticed a large white cat watching them from the top of the stairs. “I looked at the showing details and there was no mention of a cat in the home. This isn’t unusual if the cat typically hides from people but it’s always a good thing to know about any pet in the home.” Kendall shares. As they walked up the stairs, the cat was gone so they assumed it was hiding. They were touring the master bedroom when they heard a menacing growl from the doorway. The cat was back with its hair on end, growling, hissing and blocking their exit from the room. Every time they tried to leave, the cat lunged at them and chased them back into the room, snapping its teeth and swinging its claws before it returned to its guard post. The cat clearly had no intention of letting them leave. After a few tries, Kendall threw her coat over the cat, buying herself and her clients time to escape the home. She later called the listing agent to report the incident with the cat. What the listing agent told her sent chills down her spine. “The sellers are both severely allergic… they don’t have a cat.”

Who knew being a realtor could be so spooky? It seems some homes have more to fear than shag carpet or ugly decor. Which story gave you the shivers?

Seller Renovation Regrets: Avoid These 4 Costly Mistakes

Seller Renovation regrets Myrtle BeachWhen preparing to list your home, some updates and upgrades make sense to give you a better chance at a higher asking price. However, not every renovation pays off in the long run. Here are some of the top seller renovation regrets to help you avoid making a costly mistake.

1. Smart technology isn’t always a sure bet.
While many buyers are interested in smart home technology, few are willing to shell out major cash for it. Skipping over other more helpful upgrades in favor of adding smart home technology could come back to take a bite out of your asking price. Also keep in mind that technology changes quickly so your investment in some smart home features could be obsolete by the time you have a buyer lined up.

2. DIY can cost you more than it saves you.
When it comes to upgrades and renovations, cutting corners by making improvements yourself can backfire if you don’t have the right expertise. Incorrectly done home improvements are major turn off for buyers. If it’s worth doing to improve your chances at a quick sale or a higher asking price, it’s worth doing correctly by a professional.

3. Following the trends tends to fall flat with buyers.
Trends come and go with seeming lightning speed in our fast-paced world. When making updates or upgrades, following the current trends could take you too boldly into a style that doesn’t appeal to buyers. Avoid super trendy upgrades and stick with classics and neutrals to appeal to the greatest number of buyers.

4. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
A number of expensive home improvements can fall into this category. Redoing a roof that doesn’t need a rehab, replacing siding that is still going strong or opening up walls for insulation or plumbing updates that aren’t needed are just a few expensive examples. These renovations are some of the most costly on our list and rarely result in a solid return on investment for sellers. So, the old adage of “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” certainly applies.

Preparing your home to list naturally includes some quick fixes and minor updates to help you sell fast and for a good price. However, some sellers decide to tackle renovations that are unnecessary or won’t give them the return they anticipate. Before making any major changes to your home, talk to your listing agent about what updates will pay off and what updates will just be a big payout.

Looking To Buy A Vacation Rental Property? 5 Things To Consider

Buy A Vacation Rental Property Myrtle BeachLooking to buy a vacation rental property in the Myrtle Beach Area?  It can be a very lucrative move. Before you take the plunge, though, you’ll want to consider these 5 things first.

1. Location, location, location – When it comes to vacation rental properties in the Grand Strand, location is a big deal if you want to attract guests who will pay a premium for your rental. Beachfront homes and condos are going to be the top attention-getters from the vacation rental crowd. While some other locations around town are also in demand, such as The Market Common, make sure you discuss the pros and cons for any location you are considering with your realtor.

2. Would you rent it? – When making such a major investment, it’s important to ask yourself if you would be happy renting the property for your own vacation. If the answer is no, make sure you are prepared to make necessary upgrades to change that no to a yes. If you wouldn’t be happy staying there for your own vacation, chances are that not many guests will be either.

3. Plan for maintenance costs – Any kind of rental property will have higher maintenance costs than your primary residence. This is especially true of vacation rental properties. With new guests coming and going almost weekly, things will wear out, break, need replacing or repairs. Be prepared to maintain your vacation rental as reviews citing a rental in disrepair will cost you in total bookings and can lower the rental price you can command. Also, keep in mind the turn-over between guests and plan for those cleaning and turn-over service costs as well.

4. Consider insurance costs – Many vacation rentals require special commercial insurance because it is an income-generating property. The insurance cost for properly covering a vacation rental can be significantly different from the homeowner’s insurance policy you pay for on your primary residence.

5. Mortgage requirements are different – When buying a second home or investment property, the requirements to obtain a mortgage are different than you likely experienced with your primary residence. Homebuyer assistance programs are typically not available for second homes and the lender will want to see that you can afford to cover the mortgage for both properties, even if you have a lull in income from your vacation rental property.

Myrtle Beach and communities along the Grand Strand are a great place to make an investment in a vacation rental property. The key is to plan ahead for the costs of upkeep and maintenance, as well as understanding the insurance requirements. Of course, location is a big factor so make sure you and your realtor are on the same page about where you’d like your new investment to be.

2019 Housing Market Forecast: What Buyers & Sellers Need To Know

Housing Market Forecast 2019 Myrtle BeachReal estate housing market forecasters have released their predictions for 2019. They see challenges ahead that both buyers and sellers should be aware of. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect in the new year.

Millennials Will Continue as the Largest Group of Buyers

Millennials are now the largest generational group of homebuyers at 45% of all new mortgages generated. They are followed by Gen-X at 37% and the Baby Boomers at 17%. Millennials will continue to grow as the largest group of homebuyers through 2019 and into 2020, when most of them will be in their 30’s. While Millennials have different priorities and expense profiles than previous generations (such as a focus on travel and experiences plus higher levels of student loan debt), they do see the value and sense in home ownership. This trend toward practicality will continue to feed more Millennial homebuyers into the market.

More Inventory Will Be Available

Having faced a shortage of available homes to buy for the last several years, buyers will be encouraged by the increase in available inventory. However, the inventory bump will be fairly small in many housing markets. As more new construction homes come to the market, inventory will continue to grow in most areas.

Affordability Will Continue to Be an Issue

Buyers and sellers are both impacted by affordability. Continued increases in home prices paired with continued increases in mortgage interest rates will have a negative impact on buyers’ ability to afford home ownership. With less buyers able to afford the current prices and interest rates, the competition for available homes will decrease. While it will still be a “seller’s market”, sellers will have less negotiating power than they’ve enjoyed in the previous few years.

Taxes Are Still an Unknown Factor

The impact of the new tax laws that go into effect for the coming year have forecasters still scratching their heads. There are a number of different ways the new tax laws could create challenges or benefits for both buyers and sellers. It’s too soon yet to tell how the overall picture will look until after tax season ends in April.

Overall, buying a home will continue to be a solid investment for most people in the new year. However, the rising interest rates and increasing home prices could push home ownership out of reach for a sizable number of potential buyers. We will see how accurate these predictions are as we move into the new year.

Homes For Sale: Current Housing Inventory in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand

Homes For sale Myrtle Beach Grand StrandWhile spring is known for being a hot selling season in the real estate market, there are plenty of homes available for sale right now in Myrtle Beach and communities across the Grand Strand. The increased number of new construction homes that have been completed and are currently available has eased the inventory shortage we’ve been experiencing in our area. If you are looking to buy, now is a great time before prices and mortgage interest rates make another climb. Here’s what you’ll find available around the Grand Strand:

Homes For Sale Myrtle Beach – 29572 Zip Code

The area covered by the 29572 zip code includes the desirable Acadian Shores and Briarcliffe Acres communities. These homes are situated between the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway. There are currently 600 homes available in this zip code with a median sales price around $182,000. This median sales price is a whopping 16.0% increase over last year at this time – the biggest increase of any zip code in our analysis.

Homes For Sale Myrtle Beach – 29577 Zip Code

The 29577 zip code includes areas of Myrtle Beach that are slightly south of 29572 and include neighborhoods such as Myrtlewood and Plantation Pointe. These homes are in the heart of Myrtle Beach close to all the attractions and the action. Currently, the data show 765 homes for sale in this zip code – plenty of options for any buyer. The median sales price is still reasonable at $162,000, an increase of 9.2% from this time last year.

Homes For Sale Socastee – 29588 Zip Code

Socastee and parts of The Market Common are included in the 29588 zip code area, where there are 505 available listings. Median sales prices have been fairly steady in this area, rising only 1.5% from last year and currently holding at $177,000.

Home For Sale Surfside Beach – 29575 Zip Code

Surfside Beach in the 29575 zip code is known as The Family Beach for a reason – it’s popular with families! Good schools and lots of things to do make this community a favorite of potential buyers. Surfside Beach is also the first Sensory-Friendly/Autism-Friendly community in the Grand Strand. There are 320 homes available with a median sales price of $182,000 – a 9.0% increase from last year.

Homes For Sale Carolina Forest – 29579 Zip Code

The 29579 zip code is home to the communities of Carolina Forest and Forestbrook. Carolina Forest is a master-planned community filled with new construction neighborhoods and tons of options. With 948 homes available (and counting), there is plenty to choose from in this family-oriented area. The median sales price is currently $218,000 – an increase of 8.1% over this time last year.

Homes For Sale North Myrtle Beach – 29582 Zip Code

North Myrtle Beach is the home of the state dance, The Shag, and is covered by the 29582 zip code. This area has the largest number of available homes for sale with 1,041 options for buyers to consider. The median sales price of homes in this zip code has actually fallen by 3.0% from last year and is currently $225,000. This is the only zip code in our analysis that experienced a decrease in the median sales price. So, if North Myrtle Beach is on your watchlist, now is the time to score a great deal in this community.

Home For Sale Conway – 29562 Zip Code

If you’re looking for options a hop and a skip away from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach city limits, Conway might be right up your alley. The County Seat of Horry County, Conway is known for historic buildings and moss-draped ancient oaks. The 29526 zip code extends far beyond Downtown Conway and has 710 homes available for buyers to choose from right now. The median sales price jumped 13.7% from last year to the current price of $197,000.

If you are looking to buy a home, there is no need to wait! All of the communities we analyzed have a variety of great homes available right now. With mortgage interest rates expected to continue to rise, you can get more house for your money if you buy before the next increase. Your RE/MAX agent, James Haas, would love to show you some great homes in your budget and favorite zip code.

6 Worst Things to Find During A Home Inspection

Home Inspection Myrtle BeachA home inspection is the best thing a potential buyer can do to make sure the house they’d like to buy is safe and won’t become an expensive headache after everything is signed and sealed. What counts as an expensive headache? We’ve got a list of the top 6 worst things to find during a home inspection.

1. Underground Oil Tank – Many homes have a buried or underground oil tank on the property. Locating oil tanks underground helped protect the oil inside from extreme temperatures. Most of these old oil tanks are single-walled and made from metal – meaning leaks are common and can be happening for a long time before discovery. Typically, insurance doesn’t cover the removal and remediation required for a leaking buried oil tank. The tank must be removed along with any contaminated soil around it and disposed of as hazardous waste. The soil must be dug out until no trace of oil is found. If the leak has been going on for a while, this can be a lot of soil to remove.

2. Freon (R-22 Refrigerant) – If the home has an older HVAC unit, the coolant used in the air conditioning components could be freon. Freon is no longer manufactured due to environmental hazard. Finding that freon is the refrigerant in your cooling system could require complete replacement of the HVAC system or if the cooling part of the system can be updated for currently available refrigerants, the cost often starts at $1,000 and goes up from there.

3. Hazardous Old Building Materials – Many building materials used in the past have proven to be hazardous to human health, such as asbestos insulation, asbestos flooring materials and lead paint, to name a few. Removing and replacing hazardous materials generally requires a professional who specifically deals with these hazardous materials and can result in a large bill to ensure the safety of your family while living in the home.

4. Altered or Damaged Roof Trusses – The average person might not understand the structural importance of roof trusses in attic spaces. Inspectors frequently find that previous homeowners have cut or removed some of the roof trusses to install HVAC units, make room to fit larger items they wish to store and to “create more usable space”. Altered or damaged roof trusses compromise the structural stability of the roof. Repairs require the help of a structural engineer and usually thousands of dollars.

5. Old Decks – Many people don’t realize that decks have a limited lifespan of about 12 to 15 years. Even if the wood is in good condition, the wear and tear is often found in the fasteners that attach the deck to the house and also hold the deck together. Fasteners are made of metal and corrode and weaken over time, making the deck unstable. A surprising number of people are injured or even killed in deck collapse incidents every year. Replacing a deck at the end of its lifespan can easily cost between $10,000 and $15,000.

6. Polybutylene Piping – Polybutylene was a popular material used for plumbing in the 1980s. After a number of lawsuits in the 1990s and early 2000s, it was proven that the joints of polybutylene piping are prone to leaking and cause flooding in homes. Whenever this gray-colored old piping material is found, inspectors flag it for replacement because it isn’t a matter of if these pipes will leak, it’s a matter of when. Completely replumbing a home typically costs around $10,000 or more.

Finding any of these 6 issues during a home inspection can make or break a home’s sale. In some cases, the sellers are aware of the issues and are willing to provide concessions to fix major problems uncovered during the home inspection. If your home inspector finds any of these problems during your inspection, be sure to notify your real estate agent immediately. Your real estate agent will handle the communication with the seller’s agent or sellers.

Moving to Myrtle Beach? Top 5 Items Moving Companies Won’t Ship

Moving to Myrtle BeachMoving to a new place is exciting! However, planning your long-distance move can be a chore with lots of details you might not be expecting. One of those details that many people don’t expect is finding out that there are things moving companies often won’t ship. Let’s take a look at the top 5 things moving companies usually won’t ship.

1. Flat-screen TVs – Flat-screen TVs are easily damaged by the bumps and jostling of a move. Plasma-screen TVs are especially fragile to damage during a move. For this reason, many moving companies won’t handle or ship flat-screen TVs.

2. Fine Art – The potential for damage to a fine art piece is huge. Keep in mind that your move will include mattresses, furniture and all sizes of boxes that can shift around during shipping or transport. The best option for fine art pieces is to ship them using professional art shipping services. While these services can be costly, they generally include insurance and have the right expertise to transport your fine art in a way that avoids damage.

3. Photo Albums, Framed Photos and Boxed Photos – Photos have high sentimental value and can often be irreplaceable. Photos are easily damaged by temperature extremes and temperature changes that are common during the transport of your belongings, especially if your long-distance move is from one climate extreme to another. Many moving companies prefer to avoid the risk of damage to your photos and the special memories they represent.

4. Nail Polish – While this might sound like an unusual item for moving companies to refuse to ship, it’s actually a very risky item to include in a move. The glass bottles are easily broken or could leak – particularly due to the temperature changes your shipment could experience along the trip. Nail polish is highly flammable, so a leaking or broken bottle of nail polish poses a fire risk for the entire load of belongings.

5. Expensive Clothing and Jewelry – Moving companies don’t want to assume the risk of damage, loss or theft of your expensive clothing or jewelry. While many loads are secured, others could be packed onto a truck with belongings from another family – or a few. Many long-distance moving companies transport belongings from more than one family on one truck (this keeps cost down for everyone). This means your expensive belongings could inadvertently be unloaded with belongings from another family.

As a general rule, most moving companies won’t ship anything that is too fragile, potentially hazardous or highly valuable. Check with your moving company to make sure you have a list of items they won’t ship as each moving company can have slightly different restrictions or rules.