by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
As if moving weren't worrisome enough, did you recognize that there are a few belongings your movers can't transport?
When you choose your moving company, they should provide you a list of the items that they can't put on the moving truck to your new home in Little Rock. They're not attempting to make your life more complicated, they're observing the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which designates hazardous materials that aren't acceptable to put in a truck. There are some things on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that will not withstand being in a moving van and the moving company will not transport.
Since you are a wise law-abiding person, it's probably never dawned on you that you are actually storing dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You have probably peered around the garage and thought about your lawn mower going on the moving van, but there are several other things that are regarded to be dangerous and you will have to be responsible for moving out of .
Anything with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a nasty custom of exploding if they're blended with different chemicals, which can easily happen in a moving truck. A ground rule is that if you cannot throw something in your normal trash for pick up, it can't be packed up and put on the truck. So not only should you discharge 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 produce a detrimental outcome. And guess what—any damages are your responsibility due to the fact that you were advised what not to load on the truck. It's not the moving company's responsibility to check all your boxes for dangerous items, so make sure that any hazardous items-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT packed for the moving van. The ideal thing to do is take them to your local hazardous waste drop-off facility or give them away to someone who can use them.
What about your houseplants? Food? Your dog? If you can believe it, a few people have asked that their pets be transported on the truck—the answer is no. That the moving company cannot transport your plants could be a little more unanticipated. Out-of-state moves cause an issue due to the fact that some states monitor foreign vegetation crossing the state’s borders, and you don't want to unintentionally introduce pests to either the moving truck or your new residence. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you may need a certain license to move them—so if you're the one who brought in canker worms or aphids, your new home state can find you. As for food items in your cupboard, only pack 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 begin anew at your new house. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and transport them with you.
Even though your valuables are not hazardous goods or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are unwilling to move jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other heirloom belongings. The liabilities of being lost are too large, bring them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other valuable documents.
Other items you may not recognize 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 truck, so be ahead of the game and give away or pack those items separately. The best option is to properly dispose of these items and buy everything new after you've moved, so you will have brand new fertilizer and bleach to go with your brand-new home.