Moving Blog
May 16, 2022

Don't Put THAT on the Moving Truck

moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There are a million reasons why you might need to hire professional movers. You might be moving due to a job or to be closer to family or downsizing after retirement. Whatever your reason, you're likely to have a lot of stuff that needs to be packed up and moved to your new location. But did you know that there are certain items your moving company won't move?

What your movers won't move

When you're getting ready to move, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you'll be taking to your new home. After all, you know everything you own and what you can't live without. But there are some things that your movers won't move. Ask your moving company for their complete list of non-transportable items and read on for a few examples.

1. Flammable or hazardous materials

Flammable and hazardous materials pose a significant fire hazard, and professional moving companies want to avoid any potential for fire. Plus, there are strict regulations regarding the transportation of these materials, and most moving companies simply don't want to deal with the hassle.

If you have any of these items that you need to move, you'll need to plan to move them yourself. Sorry!

  • Aerosol cans
  • Bleach
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline or Kerosene
  • Matches
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint
  • The paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks
  • Weedkiller

2. Perishable food

Professional moving companies generally won't move food that can spoil, like dairy, produce, meat, etc. This is because it's a food safety issue. These items need to be kept at a specific temperature to prevent them from going bad and potentially making people sick. If the food is not kept at the right temperature during transit, it could spoil and be dangerous to eat.

Additionally, food can attract pests. If food is left out in the open, it can attract bugs or other animals that might get into the moving truck and infest the rest of the belongings. It's much easier (and less messy) to just leave the food behind and buy new when you get to your new home if you can't carry it yourself.

3. Potted plants

When it comes to moving plants, regulations vary from state to state regarding what types of plants can cross state lines. Once you verify that your plants are legal to transport, you’ll need to plan on moving them yourself. And remember, plants can be difficult to move because they need light and water throughout the journey, so you may want to consider giving them away prior to your move.

4. Alcohol and wine

Your moving company won't help you move that crate of wine or bottle of whiskey you've been saving for a special occasion. This can be attributed to some significant risks involved in transporting alcohol. Liquor laws are different in each state, and some state have restrictions on the amount of alcohol that can be transported into the state. Additionally, alcohol is flammable, so if not transported correctly, it could be dangerous to all involved. If you have a particularly valuable wine collection, look into a wine relocation company to move your collection safely (and legally) for you.

Bottom line

Most professional movers have very strict policies on what they can and can't move. There are some items that they simply will not move. These items may be dangerous, perishable, or simply illegal to transport. Before planning your move, you must carefully consider what your movers can move and what they won't.

As A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we are a full-service moving company that can help you with every step of your move, from packing to transport to storage. We have the experience and expertise to make your move hassle-free. Contact us today for a free quote and a list of all things we can help you move.


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The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.

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