What movers won’t move

A list of what moving companies don't pack and move for clients

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Moving to a new place can be stressful, but with the right plan and professional help, it doesn’t have to be. Before hiring a mover, it’s essential to know what items they won’t pack and transport due to safety and other considerations. Flammable or hazardous materials are among the things not allowed for relocation. This guide will help you make the necessary arrangements for everything you need moved.

What won’t movers move?

Whether you’re moving somewhere near or far, here’s a list of what moving companies won’t move.

1. Dangerous goods

Can a moving company transport firearms? No, they won’t move dangerous goods. These could cause a fire inside the moving truck. Due to the nature of these items, you’ll need to decide if you’d like to keep or dispose of them. Here are other examples of dangerous goods:

  • Explosives (firearms, ammunition)

  • Toxic substances (pesticides, cyanides)

  • Flammable liquids and solids (acetone, petrol)

  • Oxidizing substances (benzoyl peroxide)

  • Corrosive substances (hydrochloric acid)

  • Other items (dry ice)

Connect with your local Environmental Protection Agency for info regarding the safe transportation or disposal of hazardous items.

2. Cleaning supplies

bottles of alcohol and bleach

Once you arrive in your new home, you’ll need supplies to ensure the place is clean and tidy. However, it is recommended to buy new materials, as movers won’t move cleaning supplies. Alcohol, bleach, and other cleaning supplies are flammable and could cause damage inside the truck. You can bring these with you as you travel or consult your local agency on how to discard them safely.

3. Furry friends

a cat in a box for moving

Moving companies are not allowed to transport pets for various reasons. First, the conditions inside a moving truck also aren’t ideal for animals due to the extreme temperature. Second, pets need to be checked by a veterinarian, get certifications, and be microchipped to manage biosecurity risks. In some states, they might also need to be quarantined.

Whether you’re moving nearby or overseas, hiring a professional pet transport service will help keep you and your pets at ease as you move to your new home. For more information on moving pets in the US, refer to this guide.

4. Living plants

several potted plants

Do moving companies move plants? They usually don’t. Plants could carry unseen pests or parasites that could infest your new home. Local councils have different regulations for moving plants. It is also highly likely that your plants won’t survive the trip due to the extreme conditions at the back of the truck. 

Before your big move, you could gift your plants to your neighbors as a keepsake or donate them to public gardens. If you’re only moving a few blocks away and your plants are small, you can also transport them in your car.

5. Perishable food items

freshly baked bread

You’d least expect food to be included in a list of non-allowables. But it does make sense. Your soup, leftover pizza, or bread could spill and cause rot and mold in your belongings, moving equipment, or even the truck. It also attracts pests and can lead to an infestation. To prevent these from happening, finish your meals before the move or donate excess food to your local shelter.

6. High-value items

family jewels

Movers will not transport valuables like jewelry, cash, electronics, and collectible art. Sentimental and essential items, like family heirlooms, medical records, and home or car keys, are also excluded. This protects your movers from liability in case of loss or damage to the items.

Tips before your big move

a man carrying moving boxes

With the multiple things you need to plan and do before your big move, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you stay calm:

  • Review your items and decide which ones should be donated, disposed of, or kept. Remember to dispose of things responsibly.

  • Create a schedule for each task and include a point of contact.

  • If moving interstate, contact your current and future local councils to ensure you abide by local regulations, especially in moving hazardous items, animals, and live plants.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and safety gear, especially when handling hazardous items like bleach or gasoline.

  • Lastly, it helps to ask for an extra hand from a trusted friend to lessen the load.

Move your belongings safely with Airtasker

You might be tempted to skip to the good part and pack all items like you usually do. After all, accidents rarely happen, right? Don’t give in! Damaging your property and risking movers’ safety is costlier than spending time to plan for a responsible move. If you lack time, you can hire specialists to do it all for you. From planning and packing to actually moving, get all the help you need by hiring a trusted mover on Airtasker.

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Packers will not pack items prohibited by law, including weapons and dangerous goods such as explosives or flammable liquids. Additionally, they are unable to pack certain items due to safety reasons, including electronic equipment containing batteries and aerosols. Lastly, furniture with mounted mirrors must be disassembled prior to packing in order for it to be safely loaded into the truck.

No. Laundry detergents contain a high concentration of chemicals that are hazardous if not handled properly. These chemicals are flammable, posing a significant risk during transportation.

If you have a low budget, items that are not worth moving include bulky furniture such as couches, large appliances such as refrigerators, and fragile items such as glassware and artwork. These typically require special packing materials and/or handling techniques, which can add to the cost of the move. Additionally, transporting heavy or fragile items increases the risk of damage during transport. Thus, it is often better to sell them to cover your relocation costs.

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