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Updated: Sep 17, 2020

When packing things up for your move and getting things ready for your movers, have you ever taken a second to question what it is that you're putting in your boxes? Or better yet have you ever wondered if there is anything that they can't move for you? 

Today I am going to touch base on a couple different topics of items and materials that us as moving companies are not allowed to handle or transport in your move. 


  • Corrosives

  • Bleach

  • Ammonia

  • Nail Polish Remover

  • Any other Chemicals

These items are dangerous for your movers to move. Hazardous materials can create too many variables within the moving process. Luckily, most of these are household items that can be easily replaced when you arrive at your new home.


  • Propane Tanks

  • Aerosols

  • Paint

  • Gasoline

  • Lighter Fluid and Kerosene

  • Charcoal

Similar to hazardous materials, combustible items are simply too dangerous to transport in a moving van or truck. The tiny inconvenience of not being able to move these items is definitely better than a flaming alternative!


For those of us that have beloved pets we ask that you please don’t try and have your moving company take them for you. Even though your pets may be caged, or extremely well-behaved, your movers simply will not move them. Moving trucks can be very tight and go through variable conditions depending on the weather. They can go from being extremely hot, to extremely cold and this atmosphere definitely wouldn't suit your furry friend. 


You might not know this, but there are actually laws against moving certain plants certain distances. This is because some states are free of insects and diseases that afflict other states. Transporting plants may mean introducing such invaders to your new state. Because of laws like these, moving companies generally won’t move your plants across state lines. Even if they were allowed to move them, plants could soil or die in transit, potentially damaging your other belongings.


  • Ammunition

  • Fireworks

  • This might seem pretty obvious, but you would be surprised at what some people try to move. Anything that puts your movers or your other belongings in danger definitely cannot be shipped.


It’s important to check your movers’ policy on food. Some moving companies will not ship any kind of food, while others just won’t ship the perishable items. Anything that can soil in transit should definitely not be shipped. In addition to potentially damaging the other belongings that you shipped, food like this can attract insects, which both you and your movers definitely want to avoid.


  • Cash

  • Financial and Personal Documents

  • Jewelry

  • Checkbooks and Credit Cards

  • Medicine 

  • Invaluable Personal Items

While your moving company may not have a specific policy against transporting valuables such as these, it’s generally a good idea to keep these things with you as you move. Even if it’s a family photo album or another item of sentimental value, keep it close by as you move. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether that belonging can truly be replaced. If it can’t, don’t ship it.

If you’re ever unsure on what can and cannot be moved, don’t hesitate to consult your mover. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Home Bound Moving Co

“Wherever you go in life, We’ll take you there” 

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