While hiring a moving company to handle your local or long distance move is your best bet for a successful and stress-free move, you need to be aware of what they will or will not take. The ideal situation is that they will pack up everything you own and have it shipped to your new location but the reality is that there are certain items a company will not take. By finding out what movers won’t take, you can prepare these items by disposing of them if they need to be or have them boxed up properly on your own for you to move during the actual move.
5 Items Movers Won’t Move
If you are moving interstate or internationally, the moving company will probably not take your plants in the moving truck. This is because it is illegal to transport plants more than 150 miles without a special license. The reasoning behind this is because pests such as the emerald ash borer can be on your plants and during a move can get into other items of your home. Once you get to your new location these pests can infiltrate your new home as they will now be on the plant and the boxes it was next to.
With most moving companies, the transport of hazardous materials is something they will not move during a move for safety reasons. When booking your moving company be sure to discuss with them what they deem is hazardous so you know what not to put with the items that will be packed up for the move. Some items that are deemed hazardous include:
- Aerosol Cans
- Paint Thinner
- Fire Extinguishers
If you can’t dispose of it in a regular trash can then consider that item as hazardous as moving companies will probably not move them. If you do have hazardous materials with you then be sure to use them up or find ways of disposing of them properly before your move.
This one is more of a given as its common sense that movers and even yourself wouldn’t move anything that will spoil. No matter the expiration, the temperatures during the actual transport could effect perishable food items to spoil sooner than later. It is best to consume these food items or dispose of them before you move so there is one less thing to worry about for your move.
If you have any ammunition, black powder, primers, propellants, or anything that could explode then you can bet a mover won’t be able to move them. With temperature changes in the moving truck let alone these items just being dangerous in general, don’t expect a moving company to take them in the moving truck the day of your move.
When it comes to pets, the best thing to do is to have your pet’s belongings in a box to go in the moving truck. Then you will want to take your pet and overnight bag for your pet, so they are comfortable in the new house, and take them both with you in your own personal vehicle.
If you need assistance moving then be sure to contact MacDonald Moving Services for more information!