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

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving wasn’t worrisome enough, did you know that there are some belongings your movers can't haul?

When you hire a moving company, they should provide you a list of the articles that they can't put on the moving truck 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 truck. There are several things 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 citizen, it has most likely never occurred to you that you are actually storing dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You have possibly peered around the garage and wondered about your lawn equipment going on the moving van, but there are lots of other items that are considered dangerous and you'll have to be in charge of removing from your house.

Anything with chemicals is a sure bet to be a moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a terrible tendency of blowing up if they're combined with different chemicals, which can quickly occur in a moving vehicle. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot place the item in your regular trash for collection, it shouldn’t be packed up and placed on the moving van. So not only do you need to 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 could have a bad outcome. And guess what—any losses will be your responsibility since you were advised what not to load on the moving truck. It is not the moving company's responsibility to check all your boxes for contraband, so be sure that any hazardous materials-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving truck. The ideal 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 items? Your dog? 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 surprising. Long-distance moves create a concern due to the fact that some states monitor foreign vegetation crossing the state’s borders, and you do not want to inadvertently bring pests to either the moving van or your new home. If plants are moving 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 home state 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 goods, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and start fresh at your new home. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to pack up coolers and move them with you.

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

Other things you might not think about as being hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not approved to be moved commercially. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a moving van, so be ahead of the game and dispose of or pack those items separately. The simpliest alternative is to properly dispose of these things and purchase everything new after you have moved, so you'll have brand new fertilizer and nail polish to go with your brand-new abode.