Moving Non-Allowable Items - Know What Moving Companies Won’t Move

Hazardous MaterialsLet’s say you are all packed and ready to move when the moving company arrives. They start loading your boxes and furniture, but then they tell you that they can’t transport some of your items. You’re like, “What in the world? We need to leave in three hours.” In the most professional way, they proceed with identifying items that are non-allowables because they can pose a threat to your household goods and to human safety. 

When moving, it is important that you know what items are non-allowable and make accommodations for them. You can transport these items yourself, but know the dangers of them so you take extra care during transit. Or, you can discard hazardous materials through your local hazardous waste disposal location (contact your city or county for location) or offer to a neighbor or friend who could make use of the materials.

HAZARDOUS ITEMS
Professional moving companies have a list of items that are non-allowable items for transporting for safety reasons. Typically, these items are explosive, flammable, and corrosive in nature. Most moving companies have a list of them on their website and in their contract. Many items are obvious no-brainers such as ammunition, kerosine, gasoline, and poison while others are less obvious such as nail polish, aerosols, and cleaning solvents.


Acids
Aerosols
Ammonia
Ammunition
Car batteries
Charcoal
Charcoal lighter fluid
Cleaning Solvents
Chemicals
Fertilizer
Fire extinguisher
Fireworks
Gasoline
Hellium tank
Household batteries
Kerosene
Lamp oil
Liquid bleach
Loaded guns
Matches
Motor oil
Nail polish
Nail polish remover
Paint thinner
Paints
Pesticides
Poisons
Pool chemicals
Propane tanks
Reloading supplies
SCUBA tanks
Sterno
Weed killer

PERISHABLE GOODS
Perishable goods are often excluded for long-distance moves. This is because they can spoil and attract unwanted pests or varmints that can damage your property.

Frozen food
Opened food products
Refrigerated food
Plants, including indoor
Produce

Bottom line, thoroughly read and understand the limitations for transporting hazardous materials and perishable goods as outlined by your moving company. Doing so will eliminate any hassles or headaches from having to re-pack or re-adjust at the last minute.


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