Think your movers will move anything and everything? Think again. If you’re planning to hire a professional moving company to do the job, you should be aware that there are a number of items that even the best professional moving companies won’t allow on the truck. While some are obvious (hello, loaded guns and propane tanks), some can be a bit surprising! Here are 5 unexpected items that movers won’t move during the relocation process.
Moving soon? My best advice is to open that fridge and start eating those leftovers!
Unfortunately, movers won’t be able to keep perishable food items cool during a move. So unless you plan on packing everything into a large cooler and driving it to your new home, you’re better off ditching 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.
The good news: 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, I suggest donating the food to your local food bank. If you’re using a Move for Hunger relocation company partner, then your movers will actually pick up the unwanted food items and deliver them to the local food bank for you. The non-profit works with 650 relocation companies across 50 states and Canada, so you should have no problem finding a mover to meet your needs.
Calling all avid divers: your moving company will almost certainly not allow all of that scuba gear onto their truck, so you’ll need to think of an alternate way to get it to your destination.
According to Trails.com, Scuba tanks are composed of highly pressurized oxygen. Elite Diving Agency also points out that scuba tanks can contain specialised 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 handled correctly. For instance, Trails.com states that “a common cause of pressurized scuba tank explosion is collision.” On a moving truck, scuba tanks would most certainly be bumped around on the back of a trip, so it’s easy to see why this could be dangerous. If you’re moving the scuba tanks yourself, make sure to empty them completely first.
Whether it’s monetarily expensive or sentimentally valuable, you’ll want to make sure to pack and bring all family heirlooms with you, personally, when you move to a new home. That’s because 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 the belongings. After all, when movers are placing and shuffling numerous moving boxes onto and off of a truck, there’s always the risk that something could break. And if it does (or becomes lost), keep in mind that movers’ liability coverage for these items may only cover the item’s current market value – not the amount of money you originally paid. If the item is sentimentally valuable, such as a family heirloom, then no amount of money can ever really replace 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.
Planning on bringing your plants with you on an interstate move? Be aware that the movers may not be allowed to move certain plants to your new state.
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, I suggest packing and bringing the plants yourself. Just ensure that all potted plants are wrapped and secured in plastic wrap to avoid any unwanted plant destruction in the car.
Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover
Thinking of throwing all that nail polish in a box? Think again. Movers won’t move your your nail polish remover or your Ruby Red polish. That’s because both products are extremely flammable under the right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) conditions. These toxic products (and all chemicals) should be handled with care when moving to a new home. If you’re moving far away, I 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 it comes to loading 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 considered a no-go for moving companies.
To dispose of these materials before the move, make a trip to your county’s local hazardous waste facility drop-off center. Most counties throughout the country have several places to drop off hazardous chemical-containing items to ensure that these materials are disposed of correctly. Do not under any circumstances drop hazardous materials in your garbage. This could present a danger to the public, the environment and to those picking up your trash.
If you have questions about additional items you may be moving please call 720-338-4247 to speak to a moving specialist at ASAP Movers LLC.