Here’s What Your Movers Won’t Move

Here’s what your movers won’t move

It’s quite obvious that moving can be quite stressful. Having a moving plan is the best idea to ensure that no detail is forgotten. Knowing what to pack, when to start packing and what to pack with, is a great plan to start.

Will you do it yourself or will you hire a reliable moving company? This is the question you’ll have to consider.

Even if you are lucky enough to find the full-service movers of your dream, there are many materials they simply will not move. So we don’t want this fact to be a surprise on a moving day. Let us tell you exactly what even the best professional moving companies won’t allow on the truck. While some are familiar, some can be a bit surprising! Here are the top unexpected items that movers won’t move during the relocation process.

  • Food

Unfortunately, movers won’t be able to cool perishable food items during a move.  You’d better consume items such as milk, butter, yogurts, ice cream, frozen treats, and fresh produce before moving day. Anything that’s already opened should be tossed as well. But, your movers will be able to move unopened non-perishable items, such as canned goods, soups, rice, pasta – and basically anything else left in your pantry. If you decide that packing up all that canned corn isn’t worth the trouble, we suggest donating the food to your local food bank.

  • Pets

Pets can’t be transported in a moving truck because of poor temperatures. It can be extremely cold or extremely hot for an animal. There is also a possibility of heavy items falling and moving around. Pets must be moved with you.

  • Fire extinguishers

You may think a fire extinguisher is probably the safest item you could possibly have in a moving truck. Constant handling and rubbing against other items or materials, whether before or during the move, can cause critical inspection records being scraped off the extinguisher. The same handling and rubbing can lead to the corrosion of the fittings of the protective container which could make it very hard to access the fire extinguisher in a time of emergency.

  • Scuba gear

Scuba tanks are composed of highly pressurized oxygen and can contain specialized gas mixtures as well. Unfortunately, given that pressurized air can explode, scuba tanks can be a danger to those nearby when not taken care of or treated correctly, so you’ll need to think of an alternate way to get it to your destination. If you’re moving the scuba tanks yourself, make sure to first empty them completely .

  • Family heirlooms

Some moving companies have policies regarding valuables and sentimental items. Many moving companies may also tell you that they simply prefer not to transport these items because of the risk of losing or damaging your sentimental valuables, then no amount of money can ever really compensate it.

Other personal or sentimental items your movers should not move include electronics, jewelry, medical records, and other important documents, collections, keys, checkbooks, photo albums, and CDs – among others.

  • Plants

According to the National Plant Board, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and plant health agencies in each of the 50 states “regulate the shipment of nursery and greenhouse stock in an effort to minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests.” So before you start packing those plants for the move, make sure to check with your State Plant Regulatory Official first.

For a local move, we suggest packing and moving the plants yourself.

  • Nail polish and nail polish remover

Both products are extremely flammable. These toxic products and all chemicals should be handled with care when moving to a new place. If you’re moving far away, we strongly suggest tossing them away and replacing them once you arrive at your new home.

  • Other hazardous material

Hazardous materials are absolutely out of the question when we are talking about a moving truck. Fortunately, many of these items can be easily disposed of before the move. Hazardous materials include: fertilizer, paints, aerosols, pesticides, propane tanks, motor oil, pool chemicals, charcoal, batteries, acids, and more. Anything that is flammable or potentially explosive is banned for moving companies. Dropping hazardous materials in your garbage could present a danger to the public, the environment and to those picking up your trash.

Knowing what you can move from what you can’t move may save you a lot of time and money. Personal items are something that you just don’t want to take a chance with, especially if you have items that cannot be replaced. Good luck and happy moving!