Rules for Moving to Little Rock--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 recognize that there are several belongings your movers can't haul?

When you hire your moving company, they should provide you a list of the articles that they cannot transport to your new house in Little Rock. They're not aiming to make your life difficult, they're complying with the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which defines hazardous materials that aren't okay to load on a moving van. There are several 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 won't load.

Considering you're a wise law-abiding person, it's most likely never occurred to you that you're actually housing dangerous explosives wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. You've probably looked around the garage and wondered about your lawn mower going on the truck, but there are several other things that are deemed to be dangerous and you will have to be accountable for getting out of the property.

Any item with chemicals is a definite “no” for putting on the truck. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a bad custom of doing bad things if they are blended with other chemicals, which can quickly take place in a moving truck. A guideline is that if you cannot put something in your normal trash for pick up, it can't be packed up and placed on a truck. So not only must you discharge the gas tanks on any lawn machinery (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or pass it on to your neighbors—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline can produce a dreadful outcome. And guess what—anything that is damaged will be your responsibility because you were advised what not to load on the moving truck. It is not the moving company's job to check all your boxes for items that aren’t allowed, so be sure that any hazardous materials-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed 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 not to pack for movingWhat about your houseplants? Food items? Pets? If you can believe it, some people have asked that their pets be put on the moving van—the answer is a firm no. That the moving company cannot move your plants may be a bit more surprising. Out-of-state moves cause an issue in that states are sensitive to foreign vegetation being brought in, and you don't want to accidentlly bring pests to either the truck or your new home. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you might need to get a specific license to move them—so if you are the person who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new home state can find you. As for food items in your pantry, only box up new, 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. Trash anything perishable or open, unless you're going to ice down coolers and move them yourself.

Even though your valuables are not hazardous goods or likely to start an ash borer invasion, most moving companies are hesitant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other heirloom possessions. The liabilities of being lost are too big, bring them along with you in a carry on, or put them with other valuable documents.

Other things you may not think about as being 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 approved on a commercial truck, so be ahead of the game and give away or pack those items separately. The easiest option is to properly dispose of these items and get everything new once you have moved, so you will have brand new fertilizer and bleach to go with your brand-new home.