|Professional movers are paid to aid you in every aspect of your
relocation, and to safely move the contents of your household to their
destination without misplacement or damage to your goods. However, there are
certain possessions that movers won't move due to laws, ethics and safety
regulations. When you are planning a move, it is important to consider these
items and prepare for moving day by packing and transporting them yourself or
disposing of them properly. This guide will list these prohibited and
undesirable items for you, as well as provide you with the tips for moving them
on your own.
Hazardous MaterialsProfessional movers cannot transport
anything that is flammable, corrosive, or explosive. These items can be
dangerous to the movers as well as your property, and are illegal to transport.
They include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Before moving, make plans to either give these items away to friends
or neighbors or dispose of them properly. Call your local Environmental
Protection Agency Office or fire department to find out the correct and safest
method for disposal.
- Aerosol cans (deodorant, hair spray)
- Weapons and ammunition
- Motor oil/Antifreeze
- Pesticides/Fertilizer/Weed killer
- Propane Tanks
- Yard equipment containing fuel
- Pool chemicals
- Paints and stains
- Fire extinguishers
- Car batteries
- Cleaning supplies
- Lighter fluid/matches
- Paint thinner
- Nail polish and remover
- Lamp oil
If you are moving any yard equipment such as a lawn
mower, be sure to drain the gas from its tank before the movers
If your move is local, you may consider packing and transporting
certain items in your own vehicle. If so, be sure not to expose them to any
extreme heat and to use discretion.
It is also not advised to attempt to
fool the movers by packing any of these items without informing them. According
to the Department of Transportation, if movers are unaware of the presence of
hazardous items on their truck, their liability is greatly limited should
anything happen to your property during transport.
Perishable FoodMovers typically prefer not to pack any
perishable items on the moving truck because they can become spoiled,
unsanitary, attract insects, and cause damage to your property. You are advised
to empty and thoroughly clean out your refrigerator and freezer at least 24
hours before your move, using or disposing of all perishable food products.
Unplug the unit to allow it to defrost and leave it open to air out and prevent
the growth of mold or foul odors.
Some perishables that are not allowed on
the moving truck include:
If you are moving
just a short distance, the movers may agree to transport your items if they are
packed properly, but it will depend on the company and their policy. If so, the
movers will not be liable should your food spoil during the move.
- Frozen foods
- Refrigerated foods
- Fresh foods
- Open containers of non-perishable foods
also pack some of your perishable food in your own vehicle for a local move.
Learn more about how to do that here.
Pets and PlantsPlants are illegal to transport on moves longer than 150
miles--for more local moves it will be up to your movers' discretion. You are
advised to pack and transport your house plants yourself, since they can be very
delicate and susceptible to unfavorable temperatures and conditions. Click
here to find out how to move your houseplants in your own vehicle.
course, pets are never allowed on the moving trailer under any circumstances.
Air conditions are poor and temperatures can be extreme--even for very brief
moves, you cannot stow your pet on the moving truck. Pets must be transported in
vehicle, or taken
on the plane with you if you are flying to your new home.
bedding, cages, carriers, food dishes, and toys may also be prohibited on the
truck because they are considered unsanitary, may attract insects or cause
odors. Thoroughly clean any pet amenities before moving, or transport them in
your own vehicle.
Irreplaceable ItemsSome items, while not necessarily forbidden,
are not advised for transport on the moving truck. These include items of
extreme value, important documents, and sentimental possessions. Some examples
of these items include:
Because many of these items are extremely
valuable, irreplaceable, or even priceless, most movers prefer not to transport
them to limit their liability in case of loss or damage. In the unfortunate
circumstance that your shipment is delayed, you may be without certain necessary
belongings for a period of time--you don't want to have to wait a week for your
medications to arrive. These items should be packed and moved in your own
vehicle so you can ensure that they are safe and arrive at your new location as
promptly as you do.
- Financial Statements
- Check books
- Credit cards
- Airline Tickets
- Keys (Car, house, safety deposit box, etc.)
- Collections (stamp, coin, baseball cards, etc.)
- Personal documents (marriage license, passport, wills, insurance
documents, birth certificate, Social Security cards)
- Tax records
- Valuable jewelry/fur
- Stocks and bonds
- Car titles
- Cell phones
- Medical records