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What Items Movers Can’t Be Responsible For During a Move

what items cannot be moved by moversAs professional movers, we are trained to handle every type of item imaginable with care and skill. However, there are some items we must decline to move for reasons of safety, rules, and regulations.

To keep the moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible, these items shouldn’t be included in the boxes meant for the moving truck and instead should be handled in alternative ways that are safe for everyone.

what items cannot be moved by movers?

Hazardous, Flammable, or Corrosive Materials

You may be surprised how many items fall under this category, but federal law prohibits any of them from being transported by movers as doing so would be dangerous for everyone involved. Some common household items include:

  • Household cleaners
  • Liquid bleach
  • Weed or pest killers
  • Paint
  • Propane
  • Charcoal
  • Guns and ammunition
  • Nail polish
  • Batteries
  • Fireworks
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers

Gas-filled yard equipment

It’s very important that you drain fuel from lawn equipment before the move. Otherwise, we can’t transport it because the results could be dangerous.


It’s best to get rid of perishable food before moving day. You can donate it, give it away to friends and neighbors, or finish it off in time for the move. Most food will spoil very quickly, so if you’re moving more than a few minutes away, chances are it won’t be good anymore when you get to the new home. It’s also at risk for spilling, attracting pests, and making a mess of other items surrounding it.

If you do have any perishable food left on moving day, transport it in your own car in coolers or temperature-sealed bags.


Pets are not allowed to be transported by movers for very good reasons. The conditions aren’t comfortable or safe for them, especially during high temperatures. Instead, move your pet in your own vehicle. They will be much calmer with their family, not to mention more comfortable and secure. If necessary, there are professional pet movers that can take care of transporting your pets with the utmost care.


Plants require special care like any other living thing and the conditions inside a moving truck aren’t ideal. Temperatures can get very high, especially during longer distances, and they can get damaged in transit, not to mention make a mess on your other items.

If you are going more than 150 miles or crossing state lines during a move, some states actually prohibit the transport of plants without a special license as they can care pests and parasites.

It’s best to move house plants on your own so you can ensure the best care and conditions for them.

Important documents and irreplaceable items

Items of especially high value to you or that are irreplaceable should never be put in the hands of movers. Even with the strongest attention to detail and care, the loss or damage of these items can cause irreparable damage emotionally, financially, or otherwise. This includes things such as:

  • Large sums of cash or coins
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicine
  • Collections and memorabilia
  • Photographs
  • One-of-a-kind pieces of art
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Antiques

You’ll feel better knowing these items are in your own hands. Be as responsible with them as possible and get insurance where necessary.

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