What items will movers not move?

Mayflower encourages you to read the following information before packing so that you can separate these prohibited items from the rest of your belongings. If you have questions about a particular item, please contact your Mayflower moving coordinator for clarification. See how to properly pack and move indoor plants. Most families take their pets in the car and plan ahead for stops at animal-friendly hotels along the way.

Check out our tips for moving with pets. Perishable foods are another big no-no when they move. If you are moving from the east to western states such as California, Washington and Oregon, you will also need to provide a gypsy moth certification form for outdoor items you carry with you. United suggests that you review our Full List of Disallowed Items before you pack so that you can separate these prohibited items from the rest of your belongings.

If you have questions about a particular item, please contact your United moving coordinator for clarification. Moving companies generally do not pack or move cleaning supplies because of the risk of such liquids spilling into the moving van and causing damage to the rest of the household items. Your movers probably don't want to breathe in all the dust from your furniture or deal with crumbs on the couch. Many interstate moving companies have a special inventory page reserved for high-value items such as jewelry, precious metals, and expensive electronics.

If you are wondering which elements will move or not and you are moving a long distance, there is always an error on the side of caution. Knowing what to pack and what to leave behind can be tricky, but ultimately, you'll want to ask the moving company to choose which items aren't allowed up front so you don't have to worry about dealing with products that can't be shipped on move-in day. Moving gives you a fantastic opportunity to tidy up any mess and get rid of items you're not using. If you're only moving a short distance away, such as across town or to a neighboring town or city, certain moving companies may agree to transport some of your perishable food locally, as long as you've taken special care to pack it safely.

If you are planning to move home and have decided to hire the services of a reputable moving company, you should know beforehand that there are specific things that movers will not move for legal, ethical or safety reasons. The moving company can move those items for you, but ultimately you (as the shipper) assume the greatest risk and responsibility for them. Below are some items that carriers can move, but you need to prepare them before carriers put them on their trucks. If you want to keep all your paints and items from the garage, or items like the propane tank or fire extinguisher, you can always move those items in your own car.

If you hire a moving company to move you, they will likely give you a “not allowed” sheet with all the items that carriers cannot pack or move. Most moving companies do not move plants due to the likelihood of damage (plants found in hot trucks tend not to survive) and compliance with agricultural regulations. Lawn mower, chainsaw, weed trimmer and other items with gasoline and oil must be drained of all flammable liquids before moving. Don't forget to request the list of prohibited items from the selected moving company, so you'll be at least one step ahead during the move.


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