How to Plan for Moving Questionable Items

When you hire a moving company, it makes your large move much easier. Most movers will transport just about anything, but there are a few items that may be considered “non-allowable” items. These items are best kept separate from the rest of your packed household goods, and you should handle them yourself.

 “Non-allowable” items fall into three general categories:

  • Items movers cannot move
  • Items movers will move under special circumstances
  • Items you should move yourself

Here are some items that fall under these three categories.

Hazardous Materials

These materials not only pose a threat to your household goods but to human safety as well. You cannot mix these items into your general belongings when packing because it’s very dangerous. Most moving companies ask you to handle these items on your own or dispose of them in a safe manner.

Among others, those items include:

  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Liquid bleach
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fireworks
  • Weed killer
  • Charcoal

Recycle or give away these items before your move. Or, you can take these items to your community’s collection point for hazardous waste. Ask your local or state health department where those locations are.

Keep these things in mind when you are ridding your home of hazardous materials:

  • Never dump hazardous products
  • Never burn hazardous wastes.
  • Recycle used motor oil and antifreeze at auto service centers and auto parts stores
  • Call your local trash center or health department to learn where you can recycle products that contain mercury, such as fluorescent lightbulbs, blood pressure meters, thermometers and thermostats.


You should not pack anything that may rot or spoil in transit, including food items that are fresh, frozen, refrigerated or already opened. This may also include indoor or outdoor plants. Eat all perishable food, donate it or throw it out before you move – it’s helpful to do this 24 hours prior to the mover’s arrival.

If you plan to move your refrigerator, empty it and keep the doors open for one day before the movers put it on the truck to prevent the growth of mold. In cases where you must take perishables with you, discuss this with your mover, who may make special arrangements under the circumstances.

Personal or Sentimental Items

Your mover probably won’t have a problem moving your personal or sentimental items, but it’s best that you pack them and take care of them yourself. If something were to happen to the moving truck or damage or loss occurred during transport (both of which are unlikely), those treasured items cannot be replaced.

These items include:

  • Car keys
  • Check books
  • Credit cards
  • Medical and dental records
  • Professional files
  • Jewelry
  • Medications
  • Albums
  • Photographs
  • Travel documents

Contact Ameramove

For a free quote on your impending move, please contact us in Royse City at 214-784-5227. Feel free to ask us any questions about what we can and cannot move.


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