Moving Tips & Tools

We understand there are many moving parts when relocating your life. That’s why Atlas® offers helpful tips and tools to ensure every step of your move goes as smoothly as possible.

What Should I Know Before Moving Plants Across State Lines?

Many countries and states have their own regulations on plants. Follow these rules to make sure you don’t risk fines when moving plants across state lines.


USDA requires an inspection and certificate when you move from a state infested with the spongy moth to a non-infested state. The inspection applies to all common outdoor items that may carry the spongy moth.

Your Atlas Professional Van Operator will keep the certificate during the move and be ready to present it at any time. 

You can perform the spongy moth inspection yourself or hire a USDA-certified pesticide applicator to do it. For more information, please visit the USDA's website.



Some states regulate the transport of certain plants. California, Arizona, and Florida are especially known for rigid restrictions on transporting plants.

Check with your state's department of natural resources to learn what you should know before you move plants to another state. You can also find answers on these websites:


Most states require plants coming in to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil, which you can find at your local lawn and garden shop. The label will help choose the right loam, peat, or sand mixture for your plant.


Cuttings offer an alternative to moving your plants. Wrap the cuttings in wet moss and newspaper and place them in unsealed bags. Place the bags in a carton and fill in around them with light packing material. Cuttings can survive several days of travel and take root when potted at your new home.