What Items Typically Cannot Be Packed and Moved by Movers?
There’s no question that professional packers and movers are well trained and experienced in packing and moving a wide range of goods. However, there are specific items they can’t or shouldn’t handle due to rules, regulations, and safety concerns. To enjoy a stress-free moving process, it’s best not to add such items in boxes to be moved on the trucks. Instead, they should be transported in ways that are legal and safe for everyone. Some of these items include:
Potentially Hazardous Materials
Anything considered hazardous and potentially dangerous cannot be allowed into the trucks. These include flammable or corrosive goods like acid-based batteries, paints, paint thinner, varnish, charcoal, propane, and some cleaning products or items that might explode when exposed to heat or pressure. Even nail polish and remover are in the “do not pack or move list.” Other harmful items in this category include weapons and ammunition.
You might want to dispose of all perishable items before the relocation day. You don’t have to throw everything away and can instead donate to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers or a charity. Alternatively, you can plan on how to finish it off in advance. Most of these foods are likely to spoil, especially for long-distance moves. On the other hand, most preserved and non-perishables such as canned or boxed foods, oils, dried fruits, and spices are easy to transport. If you are unsure of what food items your moving company can pack and move, always seek clarification.
Documents and Valuables
Some moving companies have their policies about handling and moving valuable goods. However, your documents and other valuables should never be entrusted to a mover—even the most reputable ones. The loss or damage of such items might damage you emotionally and financially. In addition, while movers can compensate you for the damage or loss, some things are irreplaceable for sentimental reasons. Some of these include:
- Family photos
• Valuable pieces of art
• Collections including stamps and coins
• Sensitive documents include wills, deeds, stocks, passports, bonds, medical records, tax filings, etc.
Your mover won’t move your four-legged buddy. First, the conditions inside the truck are not safe or comfortable for them. It’s best to move your pet(s) in your vehicle where they’re safe, comfortable, and in the company of the rest of the family.