by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
As if moving isn’t worrisome enough, did you realize that there are some items your movers cannot haul?
When you choose a moving company, they will supply you a list of the articles that they cannot put on the moving truck to your new house in Wichita Falls. They are not aiming to make your life more complicated, they're heeding the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which designates hazardous materials that are not safe to put on a truck. There are several items on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that won't tolerate being in a closed truck and the moving company won't transport.
Because you're a reasonable law-abiding individual, it has possibly never crossed your mind that you're actually storing dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You've likely glanced around the garage and pondered about your lawn machinery going on the moving truck, but there are several other items that are regarded to be dangerous and you will need to be responsible for moving out of your house.
Anything with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a nasty habit of blowing up if they're combined with different chemicals, which can easily take place in a moving vehicle. A guideline is that if you cannot put the thing in question in your normal trash for pick up, it can't be boxed up and placed on a truck. So not only should you deplete the gas tanks on any lawn equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or pass it on to your friends—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline could have a detrimental outcome. And guess what—any damages will be your responsibility since you were advised what not to load on the truck. It's not the moving company's job to double check all your boxes for contraband, so make sure that any hazardous supplies-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving van. The best thing to do is transport these items to your local hazardous waste drop-off facility or give them away to someone who can use them.
What about your houseplants? The pantry? Pets? Believe it or not, a couple people have asked that their pets be transported on the moving truck—the answer is a firm no. That the moving company cannot move your plants could be a bit more unanticipated. Long-distance moves create a concern because some states are sensitive to foreign vegetation being brought in, and you do not want to accidentlly bring pests to either the moving truck or your new residence. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you may need a special license to move them—so if you're the person who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new state of residence can find you. As for food items in your cupboard, only box up unopened, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Better, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local charity, and start fresh at your new residence. Toss out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and move them in your own car.
Although your valuables are not hazardous goods or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are reluctant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other costly items. The liabilities of being misplaced are too large, take them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other important documents.
Other items you might not realize is hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not approved to be transported on the moving truck. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not allowed on a moving van, so be wise and get rid of or pack those items by themselves. The best alternative is to properly dispose of these items and buy everything new once you have moved, so you will have brand new paint thinner and batteries to go with your brand-new abode.