You Can’t Put THAT in the Moving Truck!

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While most movers can move most things, not all movers move everything. When you hire your Dallas mover, it’s a good idea to ask them if they move any questionable items you may have. These can range from potted plants to a vintage liquor collection. In today’s blog, we will go over what your mover can and cannot move for you in general.

Items Your Mover Cannot Move

If you’ve done your planning, you’ve likely gone through your whole home to make an inventory of the items on hand. This will tell you a lot about what may be questionable when it comes to transport. You may not even realize that a certain item can’t be moved by a mover, such as potted plants or perishable food products.

It’s wise to ask your mover ahead of time for a list of items they won’t move for you, whether because they’re not equipped to do so or because it’s against the law. Here are some common examples. Again, check with your mover for specifics. Some things may not necessarily be illegal for them to move – they just might not have the equipment to do the job, such as move a piano and store it on the truck.

Flammable or hazardous materials

Flammable and hazardous materials can be a fire hazard, which is why movers will avoid these items at all cost. They have to follow strict regulations in place regarding the transport of these items or else they could get in trouble with the law. In the worst case, a fire could break out and they don’t want to be liable for injuries.

If you have these items in your house, you will need to properly dispose of them on your own, or take them with you in your car.

  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Fireworks
  • Bleach
  • Gas or kerosene
  • Matches
  • Nail polish remover
  • Propane tanks
  • Weed killer
  • Pesticides

Perishable food products

Your Dallas movers won’t be able to move food that can spoil, such as dairy products, produce, and meat. So be sure to chug that bottle of milk and fry up those last eggs before moving day! Movers can’t move perishable food due to food safety concerns. Foods such as fruit, bread, meat and vegetables can spill, spoil, attract pests, or grow mold during the moving and storage process, points out Smart Move.

These items should be kept at a specific temperature so they don’t spoil and lead to the potential for food poisoning. Your best bet is to eat or donate all perishable foods before moving day, or take some in a cooler with you to the new house if it’s not too far away. Canned and dry goods, on the other hand, are perfectly fine to load on the moving truck.

Potted plants

State regulations vary regarding the transport of houseplants across state lines. Sometimes you can’t move plants at all across state lines under any circumstances. But even if it’s legal, you still have to transport those plants on your own. Take the proper precaution to acclimate the plants and provide plenty of food and water for the trip. As living things, plants are very sensitive and are tough to transport because they often get stressed out and die.

You’re best off giving them away before the move or asking if the new buyers would like to keep them.

Alcohol and wine

You may have a tough time getting your mover to move those crates of wine or bottles of vintage whiskey in the basement. Transporting alcohol can be very risky due to the risk of breakage, as well as adherence to varying liquor laws in each state. Some states have rules as to how much alcohol can be transported into the state. Alcohol also happens to be flammable, leading to a safety risk. If you have an expensive wine collection, look for a wine relocation company who can move it for you legally and safely.

In conclusion, there are reasons why movers can’t move certain things. Many of them would like to help you out but are hampered by state law or lack of workers/equipment/supplies.

Contact Around the Block Moving Company

There’s not a lot our full-service movers won’t move in Dallas or surrounding areas, but it’s best to check. Call us and we can provide a list of items we can’t move. Start off with a free quote at 214-433-6763.




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