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What will Movers not pack?

When it comes to a major move, many items are unsafe for your mover to transport.  Still, others require your individual attention to ensure that these get safely from point A to point B. Learning on moving day that your mover can not move a specific item only compounds your stress and aggravation. 

It’s a good idea to do your research and be prepared for what’s to come.  Knowing the items that movers won’t touch and planing how to handle them long before the truck shows up in your driveway

 is key. When determining whether an item can be safely moved or not, one rule of thumb is that if it can’t be thrown away in the normal trash or given over for recycling, your movers most likely will not move it. 

Beware of Moving Liquids

Chemicals and solvents such as hazardous materials, corrosives, bleach, ammonia, nail polish remover, and other such chemicals are top of the list. These chemicals can be highly unstable and volatile when you put them in an enclosed space. Fortunately, most of these are household items that can be easily replaced when you arrive at your new home. Check with your county or city for proper disposal guidelines and follow them. 

Likewise, movers want to avoid handling items that are generally considered either combustible or flammable. This list of items includes propane tanks, aerosol sprays, non-water based paint, distilled fuels, including gasoline, lighter fluid, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid. Again, these hazardous materials and potentially combustible items are too dangerous to transport in a moving van or truck. The tiny inconvenience of not moving these items is definitely better than turning your lifetime of memories into a flaming alternative!


If you want your lawnmower, weed wacker, chain saw, space heater, and snowblower (or other machines that run on gasoline or kerosene) moved professionally, it is your responsibility to empty the machines and ensure they are ready for transport to your new location.

Power Tools

While a large number of pet owners may be totally dumbfounded at this notion, others see nothing wrong with temporarily putting this family member in short term storage for what they hope would be safekeeping. Even though your pets may be caged or extremely well-behaved, never ask your movers to move them, especially long distances. Moving trucks can get very hot or cold inside, depending on the weather. This atmosphere definitely wouldn’t suit your furry friends. Most pets need the ability to range and roam. Of course, there’s a “going to the bathroom” consideration, which we won’t go into further details about. 


You might not know this, but several laws are in place against moving certain plants and trees to and from places. One reason for this is because some states are free of insects and diseases that can be invasive when moving these to other states. Transporting your plants could introduce unwanted intruders to your new location. Because of these laws, moving companies won’t move your plants across state lines.  Even if they were allowed to move them, your plants could wilt and/or die while in transit, and this could also affect your other belongings.


This includes live ammunition, fireworks, and other explosive products which people commonly use. While this might seem pretty obvious to most folks, you would be surprised at what other people consider acceptable for a mover to transport. Any substances or items that even remotely put your movers, their equipment, or any of your other belongings at any risk of danger definitely cannot be shipped.

Perishable Food

While many movers have various policies regarding shipping food, best practices suggest that you are better off leaving it behind.  Anything that can spoil once in transit should definitely not be shipped.  Again, the van’s fluctuating conditions are not the best for keeping food items at an optimum temperature for future consumption. In addition to the potential of damaging your other belongings, shipping food also presents the risk of attracting insects, which both you and your movers definitely want to avoid.

Your personal items

Take a pre-moving inventory of your valuables and personal items. Make separate accommodations for specifically transporting these items. While movers are bonded, you won’t want to be separated from your valuable items by avoiding your responsibilities.  

Some individuals may work in a cash-intensive business. Others store currency in the local branch of the mattress savings and loan. The fact is that anyone can spend cash. It is difficult to trace when stolen or lost. The best practice is to know where every penny is and make sure others don’t. 

Almost as valuable as cash these days are your individual financial and sensitive personal documents. This also includes financial instruments, such as checkbooks and credit cards. Any piece of paper with a personal identification number can be a key to open a safe place when in the wrong hands. Again, these are items to be prepared before and monitored while moving. 

Jewelry and family heirlooms are also important to have locked down securely. Grandma Lenore’s wedding ring has both financial and emotional value.  Give these important items the respect they deserve. 

Care when moving prescription medicine is also important. Many items have black market resale value in the wrong hands. Medicines also have a therapeutic value. Not having access to them can acerbate medical conditions. Have only what you need ready at your personal access. Use the move as an opportunity to allow local agencies or pharmacies to dispose of your non-current prescriptions. 

Collections and Damaged Items

Everyone likes to think that their personal items are highly valuable items that would fetch a pretty penny from a motivated collector. The truth is so many of us are just hoarding junk that isn’t worth the time and effort to find an interested buyer. These items may be unsellable, in a dangerous condition, and a major distraction when working to move a significant distance. Many movers offer disposal and recycling services for a fee. 


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