Common Non-Allowable Items when Moving Houses

Common Non-Allowable Items when Moving Houses

Non-transportable or non-allowable items are a crucial consideration when moving houses. These items could range from dangerous items such as hazardous chemicals to valuable things like jewelry, family heirlooms, photo albums, and sensitive documents. It’s vital that you know which items you’re allowed to transport with your movers and which aren’t to save unnecessary harm or stress that could result by moving them.

The following items are some of the most common examples that professional packing and moving companies, either due to internal rules or federal law, couldn’t transport:

  • Ammunition
  • Ammonia
  • Aerosol cans
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Car batteries
  • Scuba tanks that are charged
  • Lighter or charcoal fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Fireworks
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Oils or fuels
  • Kerosene
  • Loaded firearms
  • Liquid bleach
  • Matches
  • Pesticides or weed killers
  • Paints or varnishes
  • Paint thinners
  • Poisons
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Propane tanks
  • Perishable food items and food items stored in glass containers
  • Prescription medicines required for immediate use

Moving companies also recommend that you personally pack and transport the following sentimental and valuable items:

  • Cash
  • Jewelry
  • Family photographs
  • Collections such as coins, cards, etc.
  • Sensitive documents such as wills, deeds, certificates, stocks, bonds, etc.
  • Paperwork for moving

So when de-cluttering your home and packing your stuff, consider how you could transport these non-allowable items if you wish to bring them with you to your new house. Do note though that aside from being potentially hazardous to the safety of your movers, these are items that you could easily buy once you’re moved in. It’s likewise crucial to note that it’s your responsibility to dispose of these items properly in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

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As for moving high-value possessions, the reason that movers are reluctant to move such things is due to the inherent risk of damage or loss. Essentially, they want to limit potential liability if these items get damaged or lost. If you’re uncertain about moving a particular item, it’s best that you consult your moving coordinator before even packing it.