Moving can be stressful and confusing as it is, but few things are worse than suddenly being left with a stack of items your movers tell you they can’t touch. So, as you start packing you may want to make sure you add something to your plan for any of the following items.

What things won’t a removal company move?

Removal companies are not allowed to deal with hazardous materials. These can include, but are not limited to paint, paint thinner, batteries, aerosol cans, and fire extinguishers. The best plan for items like these is to properly dispose of them before you move.

Another item that movers will not move is perishable food, such as frozen food or open containers of food. If you can’t use up the food you have frozen or opened, and you are unable to move it yourself, then it is best to just toss it before you move.

This one might be an obvious one, but movers will not move explosives. This includes ammunition, primers, propellants, black powder or any other explosives. So, if you are a hunter, or you own any guns and ammunition, plan to transport these yourself.

Flammable items are also off limits for movers. If you have any kerosene, charcoal or lighter fluid, you should use it up before you move. If you can’t use it up, then either plan to transport it yourself, or properly dispose of it before moving day comes around.

Also, plan to take your pets and plants with you when you move. Movers will not move your pets, and they should be with you anyway for their comfort. Many movers also won’t move living plants for a few reasons. First, they’re considered to be living things, so insurance won’t cover the damage. Second, they take up quite a bit of space in a removal truck. Finally, there are some plants considered to be invasive species, thus moving them from one garden to the next is a bit like moving a pest infestation from one area to the next. Check with your removal company if you intend to move part of your garden with you.

Finally, if you have any power equipment, such as lawn mowers, weed eaters or motorcycles with fuel still in the tank, your removal company will not move those items with the fuel in them. So, if you have not used up all of the fuel in them before the movers arrive, be sure that you drain out the remainder. Alternatively, you can run the items until the fuel runs out if you prefer not to drain them. It is advisable to take care of this at least 24 hours before the movers arrive to load up your stuff.

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