What Items Can’t Go in a Moving Van?

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General Moving

When it comes time to move, you will find yourself busy getting all the items in your home packed in boxes.  As you prepare for the transport of your items though, you will want to be aware of items that cannot be transported in the moving van.  While it is obvious that some items should not go in your moving van, others are less apparent.  Let’s go over some of the items that cannot be transported by your movers.

It should come as no surprise that moving companies will not transport hazardous materials.  For the safety of your belongings and the moving crew, moving companies will not transport boxes that contain things such as fireworks, gasoline or flammable materials, or ammunition.  This should come as no surprise.  However some materials considered hazardous may not come to mind right away.  Nail polish remover, paint, and fertilizer are also typically on the hazardous no-go list for movers too.  These items may seem innocuous to you, but under the right conditions could cause serious harm or damage to the movers or your belongings while in transit.

Perishable items should not be placed on the moving truck.  If your move is only a short distance, some companies may be willing to transport items, like food or plants, however it is best to prepare to leave perishable items behind or give them away.  It is easy enough to pick up some new house plants and groceries once you are settled into your new home.  Plants as well as food and food products, whether frozen or fresh, opened or sealed are typically not allowed on a moving truck.  In addition to creating a mess if these items spill or explode, perishables can be harmful for the items you transport.  Particularly with longer moves, food may not keep and can attract rats and pests that can damage your items.

While not necessarily banned from a moving truck, movers typically do not like to take possession of items that are valuable or hold extreme sentimental value.  Reputable movers will do all they can to ensure your items are carefully transported and make it to your new home safe and sound.  However, sometimes things are lost or damaged in transit and movers want to limit their liability as much as possible.  For that reason, very expensive items, like jewelry or electronics, medications, and documents, such as deeds or school records, should probably stay with you during a move and not on the back of a truck.  If you are going to have these items transported by your movers, you should insure them and state on the inventory list what items of extreme value are in the movers’ hands.

While these are general guidelines on what not to pack, each moving company should provide you with a list of “non-allowable” items.  You should refer to this list as you pack to ensure that you do not include any of these items in your shipment, especially materials considered hazardous.  The moving company cannot be held liable for damage caused by the inclusion of these non-allowables.  Knowing what items you cannot transport will help you be prepared come moving day.

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