Items Movers Won’t Move and How to Transport Them Instead

Written by: Chloe Platt

Relocating to a new home in the New York area is an achievement itself and no easy task. If this is your first time hiring a professional local moving company, you should know that there are some items movers won’t move to your new location, no matter the distance. Research and information are key in helping you get ready for your big day, so read our tips carefully and plan your local move.

Try organizing your things before you begin packing, so you have a clear picture of what won't be transported to your new home.

Moving Hazardous Materials Is a Big No

A lot of household items that we use daily are very hazardous and harmful. Professional moving companies don’t want to risk jeopardizing the safety of your things, or the safety of their employees and vehicles. Hazardous materials create too many dangerous variables in the moving process, so transportation isn’t possible. For many companies, getting packing services isn’t an option either.

No matter how long the distance is between your old and your new home, these materials are dangerous to transport for you as well, so try to give some of these household items (like cleaning materials or fertilizers) to your friends and neighbors who live nearby or contact your city to find out where you can properly dispose of them. Even if your packing skills are on point, it’s safer to buy these products when you arrive at your new home, then risk a potential disaster.

It’s important to know what is considered harmful to the environment.

Ready a List Of Your Hazardous Materials

Hazardous items are generally those considered explosive, flammable, or corrosive under any or specific circumstances. You can see a list of what we generally use at home, but moving companies won’t move. The list may be long, but it’s good to have as much information as possible:

  • Acids
  • Ammunition and loaded guns
  • Car and household batteries
  • Charcoal and charcoal lighter fluid
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Chemicals of any kind
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Lamp and motor oil
  • Matches
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Pesticides and weed killers

Perishable Food Of Any Kind Is Not Allowed

Perishable food is any type of food that can spoil in transit, potentially damage other things or attract insects, rats, and other pests. This is something both you and your company want to avoid. Perishable foods are:

  • Frozen food
  • Refrigerated food
  • Opened food products

Even if your movers agree to transport perishable items, the best thing to do is to either consume at home what you can before the move or give away to someone who is a short distance from you. You can move your frozen products by packing them in a cooler to go with you. Non-perishables such as boxed or canned items, like dried fruits, spices, or oils, usually aren’t a problem, and movers will move them for you.

Be prepared to use or give away all your perishables.

Ask for a Quote and Find out Everything You Want to Know

If you have any doubts about whether or not certain products or items our crew from Twin Brothers Movers won’t move for you, simply ask us for clarification, we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

Your Pet Is Not An Item on the Moving List

Companies will not move your pets for you. Moving trucks can get very hot or cold inside depending on the weather, and this atmosphere doesn’t suit your furry little friend even if the ride isn’t that long. Pets experience high levels of stress when you are relocating, so as much as it’s stressful for you, it’s stressful for them too. Feel free to explore our best tips for moving with pets.

Tips On How To Reduce Stress For Your Pet on the Moving Day

You can check out this helpful video and make sure your pet has a smooth trip on your big day.

Believe It Or Not – Plants Are Items Movers Won’t Move

Even if you aren’t pulling off a long-distance move to New York, it’s still not possible to transfer your beloved plants with a professional moving company because plants could soil or die in transit, potentially damaging your other belongings. It’s always for the best to talk to contact the sales representatives in case you’re moving a few streets away because let’s face it – your plants will survive for that long.

Anyway, the best solution here is for you to read free tips on how to move your plants safely to your new home, possibly in your vehicle, or call your friends and family to help you transport your beloved greenery.

Read some tips about moving plants carefully so your packing can be done correctly.

Pack Your Valuables Carefully Because Movers Won’t Transport Them Too

Valuables aren’t things that can cause harm to movers, or your other belongings during the ride. However, both companies and clients feel much more comfortable when the valuables are with their owners because no business wants to bear the liability if these often irreplaceable items get lost or damaged. No one wants to risk losing something of sentimental or material value, so the best solution is to simply take those belongings with you.

Feel Free To Make a List Of All Valuable Items

Every time we move, we risk potentially forgetting some of our valuables along the way. Be sure to check the most commonly forgotten things to pack, so that you can prepare yourself in advance, and lower the chances of leaving something behind.

You can use our checklist of valuables, and add extra to make your own list:

  • Car keys and car titles
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Cell phones, laptop computers, pagers
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Financial documents and records
  • Insurance policies
  • Expensive jewelry and silver
  • Medical, dental records and medicine
  • Photographs, photo albums
  • School records
  • Stocks or bonds
Always double check to see if you packed all your valuables before your company arrives.

With These Tips, You’ll Be Ready for Your Local Move In No Time

Use your free time and categorize all your belongings. Try to use up all perishable items long before the move, and what you don’t manage to consume, give away to your friends and neighbors. The best way to transport your pets, plants, and valuables is to have them with you in your car, so you can bring them safely to your new home. Don’t forget to properly and safely dispose of your hazardous and explosive materials.

In case you need any help, you can let our crew do the rest by choosing different moving services for your local move. So feel free to contact us, so that your big day may run more smoothly.

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