Be advised that moving companies are not legally allowed to transport certain items. For certain other belongings it is not advisable to be transported by a moving company. Non-transportable items are a significant consideration when moving. These can range from hazardous materials to high-value items such as jewelry. Your belongings that are irreplaceable, such as family photos, sensitive documents are also should not be transported by movers. It’s important to recognize which belongings should not be packed and moved to save undue stress or harm that could be caused by transporting them.
We put together a list of examples of non-transportable items you should not pack and transport with the rest of your shipment. As you go through the list, you can appropriately determine how to handle the non-transportable items for your upcoming move. Remember we are always keeping your best interest and safety in mind during a move.
Hazardous materials such as explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials are not allowed for transport. The following items are examples of items that moving companies, by federal law or internal policy, cannot transport:
- Nail polish remover
- Paints and paint thinners
- Lighter fluid
- Oxygen bottles
- Propane cylinders
- Automotive repair and maintenance chemicals
- Food in glass jars and perishable foods
- Prescription drugs needed for immediate use
Transport items of personal importance or sentimental value with you, such as:
- Collections (i.e., coins)
- Family photos
- Important personal papers (i.e., deeds, wills)
- Negotiable papers (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates)
- Moving documents
Take these non-transportable items into consideration when preparing for your move. Not only are the hazardous materials dangerous to your movers’ and drivers’ safety, but they are also things that can be easily purchased again at your new residence. It’s best to keep your high-value items with you at all times during a move, as most of these belongings are expensive and/or irreplaceable.