Rules for Moving to Wichita Falls--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving isn’t anxiety-filled enough, did you know that there are a few belongings your movers can't haul?

When you hire a moving company, they should provide you a list of the things that they can't haul to your new residence in Wichita Falls. They're not trying to make your life more complicated, they're heeding the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which details hazardous materials that are not okay to put on a commercial vehicle. There are several items on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that won't withstand being on a moving truck and the moving company won't load.

Since you are a rational law-abiding person, it has probably never occurred to you that you are actually storing dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You have possibly looked around the garage and wondered about your lawn equipment going on the moving truck, but there are many other items that are considered dangerous and you'll have to be accountable for removing from your house.

Anything with chemicals is a definite “no” for putting on the truck. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a terrible custom of exploding if they're blended with different chemicals, which can quickly occur in a moving vehicle. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot put the thing in question in your standard trash for collection, it cannot be packed up and placed on the moving truck. So not only should you deplete the gas tanks on any lawn machinery (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or gift it to your neighbors—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline might have a detrimental result. And guess what—any losses will be your responsibility because you were advised what not to load on the moving van. It is not the moving company's responsibility to check all your boxes for contraband, so be sure that any hazardous items-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT packed for the moving truck. The best thing to do is transport them to your local hazardous waste drop-off facility or give them away to someone who can use them.

What not to pack for movingWhat about your houseplants? Food? Your cat? Believe it or not, a couple people have asked that their pets be transported on the moving van—the answer is no. That the moving company can't move your plants could be a tad more unanticipated. Long-distance moves create a concern due to the fact that some states are sensitive to foreign vegetation crossing the state’s borders, and you do not want to accidentlly bring pests to either the moving truck or your new home. If plants are being transported more than 150 miles you may need a certain license to transport them—so if you are the person who transported 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 yet, donate your new canned items, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and start fresh at your new residence. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to pack up coolers and move them with you.

Although your valuables are not dangerous goods or likely to start an ash borer attack, most moving companies are hesitant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other costly possessions. The dangers of being misplaced are too large, bring them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other valuable documents.

Other things you might not realize is hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not authorized to be moved commercially. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a moving truck, so be wise and give away or pack those items separately. The simpliest choice is to properly dispose of these things and purchase everything new once you have moved, so you'll have brand new fertilizer and nail polish to go with your brand-new abode.