Items Movers Will Not Move

Movers Will Not Move (Blog 9)

Items Movers Will Not Move


This list may seem like common sense to you, but you’ll be surprised the request people have to move their items. Here’s a list of items movers will not move also an update from our previous post here.

 Hazardous Items

Hazardous (Blog 9)

Items Movers Will Not Move: Hazardous Materials

By law movers are not allowed to move any flammable, corrosive or explosive items. Some of these items on this list are common household items but not limited to.

Items Movers Will Not Move:

  • Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Cleaning Supplies (Bleach, Ammonia, Pine Sol etc.)
  • Aerosol Cans (Deodorant, Air Freshener, Hair Spray)
  • Weapons and Ammunition
  • Yard Equipment that contains fuel ( lawn mowers)
  • Pesticides/Fertilizer/Weed Killers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Acids
  • Car Batteries
  • Motor Oil/ Anti-Freeze
  • Liquor
  • Paint
  • Charcoal
  • Nail Polish


If you’re moving locally or not so far from your previous home, you can move some of these items within your own vehicle. If you are loading yard equipment make sure to drain out the fuel first. If you are bringing firearms with you make sure there are unloaded and locked up somewhere safe. But if you are moving a distance with firearms, it is best to do your research since there are different laws and regulations within different states. Your best bet when it comes to moving long distance with firearms is dropping them off at federal licensed firearms dealer. From there they can ship you your firearms and it will cost to do so. But it is cheaper than being stopped at the interstate and spending the night in jail.

Do not try to be sneaky when it comes to moving these hazardous items with movers. If something were to happen because you packed a hazardous item with other items for the movers to move. They are not responsible for the damage, their insurance will not cover it and neither will yours.

Pets and Plants

It’s pretty obvious movers will not move your pets. Of course our pets are not seen as items but part of the family. But did you know some moving companies will not move your plants as well? Your pets can tag along with you in your vehicle during your move, stay at a pet hotel or stay with sitters. As for your plants, some companies might be able to move them if it’s a short duration.

If you’re moving across the country with your plants, the movers will not do it. It is actually illegal for movers to move plants no more than 150 miles. This is due to the fear bugs traveling on the plants from one state to another. Most likely it will be very hard for your plants to survive such a long trip. If you are moving a long distance you might want to consider donating your plants or giving them to a loved one.

Perishable Food

Item Movers Will Not Move: Perishable Foods.

You just went extreme couponing last month, overstock on a lot of good food in the fridge, completely forgetting you’re moving the following month. Oh joy! Here’s the kicker, the movers will not help you move that either. Perishable foods are:

  • Frozen food
  • Fresh food
  • Any open containers of perishable food
  • Refrigerated food


The reasons why movers will not move perishable foods is because they can spoil, spill over, damage your items and attracts bugs. The best solution will be to move it yourself with a mobile cooler of some sort and travel with you. Also make sure you empty your refrigerator 24hrs prior to your move, you can eat it all, donate it, give it to loved ones or haul it along with you.

 Items Movers Will Not Move, Valuables

Items Movers Will Not Move: Valuables

If you feel as though you cannot breathe or pull out your hair if an item is lost, stolen, or damaged it is maybe you should move it yourself. Movers can move valuables but if you do not trust anyone moving something that is cherish to you; to put your mind at ease you should handle it yourself. Some valuables can be:

  • Jewelry
  • Clothing Attire (Wedding Dress etc.)
  • Photos
  • Cash/Cards
  • Prized Collections (coins, trade cards, stamps etc.)
  • Medicine
  • PERSONAL DOCUMENTS!!! (Social security cards, passports, licenses, etc.)


If you feel your movers’ insurance policy cannot reimburse or replace something that has sentimental value to you i.e. grandma’s wedding ring, its best to take it with yourself. Now somethings do take movers to move, just make sure you tell them that those items need the utmost care.

Checked off your list on what movers can move for you? Ready for movers to help you with your next move? Contact Garrett’s Moving & Storage at 972-487-5843 or Make you review again, items movers will not move.

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