Moving day is a significant milestone in one's life, but before you start packing up your entire household, it's essential to know that not everything can be loaded onto the moving truck. Moving companies often have restrictions on certain items due to safety, legal, or logistical reasons. Understanding what these items are can save you time, money, and potential headaches during the relocation process.
1. Hazardous Materials: Moving companies strictly adhere to safety regulations, and as such, they won't transport hazardous materials. This includes items such as propane tanks, gasoline, pesticides, and other flammable or explosive substances. It's crucial to dispose of these materials properly before moving day.
2. Perishable Food: While it may be tempting to pack up your entire pantry, perishable items such as frozen foods, refrigerated goods, and open containers might not be taken but if they are should be out on the very end of the truck so they are easily accessible at the unload. Ask the moving company ahead of time and plan to consume, move them yourself or donate these items before the move.
3. Plants: Believe it or not, many moving companies won't transport your favorite potted plants. This restriction is in place to prevent the spread of pests and diseases across state lines or just because moving plants can be a giant hassle. We move plants at Husky but if your company wont consider finding alternative ways to transport your green friends or gifting them to friends and neighbors.
4. Valuables and Important Documents: Movers typically won't transport items of extraordinary value, such as cash, jewelry, or important documents like passports and legal papers. It's advisable to keep these items with you during the move to ensure their safety.
5. Pets or humans: Your furry friends are not on the moving company's list of approved cargo and we are not insured to take passengers. Make sure to arrange for alternative transportation for your pets or loved ones whether it's a dedicated pet transport service or driving them yourself.
6. Irreplaceable Items: Items of sentimental or irreplaceable value, like family heirlooms or personal keepsakes, are often better off in your care. While moving companies are generally reliable, accidents can happen, and it's best to keep these treasures close.
7. Furniture with Hazardous Materials: Certain furniture items, especially those containing hazardous materials like lead paint, won't make the cut. Ensure that your furniture complies with safety standards or make necessary adjustments before moving day.
8. Illegal Items: It goes without saying, but moving companies will not transport anything illegal. This includes substances prohibited by law, stolen goods, or any items that violate local, state, or federal regulations. We have had people try to transport guns and bongs (before recreational weed usage was legalized) with us before.
Understanding these restrictions beforehand will help you plan your move more efficiently. Consider donating, selling, or responsibly disposing of items that can't make the journey with you. At a bare minimum contaxt your mover ahead of time to ask about anything that might be questionable so you'renot caught off guard on moving day. By doing so, you'll streamline the moving process, ensuring a smoother transition to your new home.