MOVING TIPS - PREPARING TO MOVE
Avoid moving during the peak summer season if possible. The first
and last days of the month are also extra busy.
Specify the exact date you want to move and when it will be
convenient for an agent to visually survey your household to prepare
Before the agent arrives, tour your house from attic to basement.
Decide what to move and what to discard. Make sure you show the
agent everything that is to be moved.
Create a "Do Not Pack" box for important items like airline tickets
and special documents.
Set goals and deadlines to ensure that all packing is completed by
Dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches,
and aerosol cans.
Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery, and discard
partly used cans of oil, paint, bleach or any substance that may
leak. Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron.
Refrigerators and freezers should be emptied and doors left open at
least 24 hours in advance of loading to prevent the growth of mold.
Unplug all television sets 24 hours before moving. Shipping a TV set
in which heat is still retained could cause internal damage.
Back up all your computer files.
Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid
waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before
moving, because some products may soften the wood, making it
vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
All U.S. Federal Gun Laws regarding make, model and firing capacity
apply to the importation of guns into the State of Hawaii.
Firearms and ammunition are subject to restrictions and import
permits approved by the
Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Applications to import may be made
only by or through a licensed importer, dealer, or manufacturer.
Weapons, ammunition, or other devices prohibited by the National
Firearms Act will not be admitted into the United States unless
specifically authorized by ATF.
No import permit is required when there is sufficient proof that the
firearms or ammunition were previously taken out of the United
States by the person who is returning with such firearms or
ammunition. To facilitate reentry, persons may register before
departing from the United States at any
United States Customs
Office or ATF field office. Exports are subject to the export
licensing requirements of the
Defense Trade Controls, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
For further information on imports, contact the
Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury, Washington,
D.C. 20226, 1-202-927-8320.
Residents of the United States carrying firearms or ammunition with
them to other countries should consult in advance the Customs
officials or the respective embassies of those countries as to their
All guns must be registered with the state through your local police
department. Any particular questions you may have in regards to
importing or registering your weapons can be directed to the
Firearms Registration Division of the Honolulu Police Department
Food- Import of all food stuffs from foreign ports is strictly
controlled by the
Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Plants - The Hawaii
State Department of Agriculture regulates the importation of all
plant and soil related articles.
Animal Products- Furs, skins, ivory tusks, tortoise shells or other
trophies like wood carvings and similar items that are subject to
the U.S. Endangered Species Act are subject to confiscation by U.S.
Customs through foreign importation.
Other banned or regulated articles to be concerned with are
fireworks, explosives, hazardous chemicals and waste, narcotics,
dangerous drugs and certain medication may be subject to
confiscation and criminal prosecution if an attempt to import is
made without complying with all necessary Federal and State laws
governing such articles.
Please keep in mind that this shipping guide is meant to be an
outline of the articles generally involved in shipping personal
household goods. It is not intended to be an import guide on any
Precision Moving and Storage is licensed and regulated by the
State of Hawaii's
Public Utilities Commission. The PUC establishes a rate and
service structure that all regulated movers must adhere to for local
For more information about the Public Utilities Commission please
visit the Hawaii
Transportation Association's website.
The rates for local moves are usually based on the hour per two-man
crew. The hourly rate does not include the price of the packing
material. The rate structure allows us to be flexible in the
services you may be interested in receiving.
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MOVING WITH PETS TO AND FROM HAWAII
Hawaii is a rabies free state. The state law requires quarantine of
120 days at the
State Animal Quarantine Station. Please note there are pre- and
post-arrival requirements that can be met to limit the quarantine
stay to 30 days. Please visit the following link for more
information on Hawaii's quarantine procedures. If you have any
specific questions that are not addressed, we will be happy to offer
here for Hawaii State Animal Quarantine Information Website.
In your preparation for your move, it is important to learn which
items cannot be shipped because they are hazardous, or perishable.
Listed below are common non-allowable items.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (EXAMPLES but not limited to)
Acids . Aerosols . Ammonia . Ammunition . Car Batteries .
Charcoal . Charcoal Lighter Fluid . Chemistry Sets . Cleaning
Solvents . Darkroom Chemicals
Fertilizer . Fire Extinguisher . Fireworks . Gasoline . Household
Batteries . Kerosene Lamp Oil . Bleach .
Loaded Guns . Matches . Motor Oil . Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover . Paint Thinner . Paints . Pesticides . Poisons
. Pool Chemicals .
Propane Tanks . Scuba Tanks . Sterno . Weed Killer
Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit
should not be shipped with shipment.
Examples of perishable items include:
Frozen food, opened food products, plants, produce and refrigerated
You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance
doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will
allow appliance to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.
Items that are irreplaceable or sentimental in value should be
carried with you instead of being packed.
Examples of items that you may want to hand carry are:
IRREPLACEABLE OR SENTIMENTAL ITEMS (EXAMPLES but not limited
Address books . Airline tickets . Birth Certificates . Car keys .
Car titles . Cash . CD’s . Cell Phones . Certificates of Deposit .
Computer Discs . Financial Documents . Insurance Policies . IRA’s /
Deeds / Tax Records . Jewelry . Jump drives / external hard drive
to furniture, safe, home . Laptop Computers . Dental Records .
Medication . PDA’s . Personal Video Tapes . Photographs . Photo
Scrapbooks . Professional files . Research projects . School records
. Sterling silver . Stocks / Bonds
PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION
Be sure to make backup copies of all your important data just in
case. Better to be safe than sorry. Mark all your original software
and other programs and keep in a secure container. Keep in mind that
if you have a ton of digital photos or music on your computer it may
take longer to back up. Plan accordingly and allow yourself
sufficient time to back up your computer.
After your back up is complete, unplug all cables and wires from the
back of the computer. If you are uncertain of how to re-connect
them, you should take the time to label the cords with a marker and
masking tape. Cords and cables should be coiled and bagged to ensure
that you can find all of them when you unpack.
Taking the same kind of precautions for your home audio/visual
systems, will make your life at destination a lot easier. If you
take the time to properly mark your cords and cables, reassembly of
the system should come with little hard ache.
Your computer, printers and other home electronic components should
be properly packed. Do not take chances with less than sturdy
containers. Allow Precision Moving and Storage, Inc.