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Preparing for Your Big Move: How to Handle Indoor Plants

September 14, 2023

Preparing for Your Big Move: How to Handle Indoor Plants

If you're moving to a new house, you want to ensure that all of your possessions stay safe during the moving process. Living things like plants can pose a challenge because the difficulties of the moving process might cause damage. Before moving indoor plants to a new home, there are some considerations to keep them safe.

How to Move Indoor Plants to Your New Home

Here are steps to take during the moving process to ensure that your plants stay healthy. 

Before the Move

Plants require a little care during the moving process. If you want to make sure your plants thrive in your new home, follow these steps a few weeks before moving day:

  • Take inventory: Look at all the plants you have and assess their health. Remove dead leaves or branches.
  • Consider regulations: If you plan to move to a new state, check the regulations of the National Plant Board. Some states have additional requirements for specific plants due to pest control efforts. 
  • Make alternate plans: Even if you hired a moving company to transport most of your items, they often won't transport plants when moving homes, so plan to move them yourself.

Packing Your Plants

Before you move, find boxes to fit each plant so they shift as little as possible during packing. If you're wondering how to move large potted plants, remember the container only needs to fit the pot, not the plant. You should also find extra padding like newspaper to cushion pots, especially if you put several plants in one box together. 

On Moving Day

On the day of your move, pack your plants last, putting them on top of other boxes or in a separate area like your front seat. As you load them into the car, ensure they won't shift during the drive. 

If you plan to stop overnight during your move, bring your plants inside with you to protect them from extreme heat or cold they might encounter outside.

Unpacking Indoor Plants

Unpacking Indoor Plants

When you arrive at your new home, unpack the plants first. Make sure you relocate them to spaces in the house where they will get sufficient light. Also, check if they need water or other care before you begin the rest of your unpacking.

Find a New Home for Your Plants With SK Builders

Moving with plants requires some forethought. If you plan to move soon, you can use these tips to help your plants thrive during the moving process.

If you're looking for a new home, SK Builders can help. We partner with McAlister Realty to help you — and your plants — find the perfect home. Contact us to learn more.

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