Things A Moving Company Will Not Pack And Transport

8 September 2017
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Moving your home is a big job. Even if it is just you moving out of a small apartment, taking the time to pack everything so it will be protected, hauling everything to the truck, driving to the new location, unloading, and then unpacking is not easy. You can cut down on the amount of time and energy you expend by hiring a professional moving company, such as Wheaton World Wide Moving. When it comes time for the moving company to show up and start packing, you need to be aware of things they will not handle. If you did the packing, and they will only be loading the truck and taking it to your new place, you need to make sure that these items are not going into the mover's truck.

Hazardous Materials

You need to talk to the moving company to find out what the state considers hazardous. In general, they will not be able to pack and/or transport the following:

  • Guns and ammunition
  • Gasoline
  • Candles
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Bleach
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Cleaning products

In general, anything that is flammable, combustible, corrosive, or dangerous cannot be moved.

Animals and Plants

Moving companies cannot move anything alive. This includes animals and plants. Do not ask them to take your hamster in its cage or your potted lemon tree. If you have livestock, you will need to find a friend with a livestock trailer to haul them for you. Plan on taking your dog and hamster in the car with you and fitting the lemon tree in the trunk with the lid open or asking a friend with a pick-up truck for help.

Valuable Documents

While it is not illegal, most moving companies ask that you secure any important documents and transport them yourself. You should also take your jewelry box. Anything you feel cannot be replaced should go with you too.


Hopefully, you did very little grocery shopping before the move and were able to reduce the amount of food in your pantry and especially anything refrigerated or frozen. Most moving companies will not pack or move any type of food item, even if it is in case lots or large, secured storage bins.

Knowing what you have to take care of yourself enables you to be prepared for the move. Try to have the prohibited items already packed and in your vehicles before the moving company comes to make things easier on everyone. It will keep you out of the way of the movers and ensure the things you are taking do not accidentally get mixed up with what the movers are taking. You do not want the moving truck to be stopped for anything and have something illegal in it.