Figuring out what movers won’t move can be confusing and stressful. After all, it’s not every day that you pack up everything and move across the country or even across town. Before you start packing your possessions, it’s important to know about the things movers won’t move. You certainly don’t want to have to repack anything.
Movers won’t move
- Plants. One of the things that long distance movers won’t move is plants. It is illegal to transport plants more than 150 miles without a special license. This is because pests, such as the emerald ash borer or other predators, can hitch a ride on your house plant and allow those pests to be introduced into a new area.
- Hazardous materials. You may not stop to consider them as hazardous, but paint, aerosol cans, paint thinner, batteries, fire extinguishers and other such items. Most movers, including Red Ball, will give you a list of the hazardous materials that movers won’t move. However, a good rule of thumb is that if you can’t ship it or dispose of it in your regular trash collection, your movers probably won’t be able to move it. The best plan is to use up such items before you move and dispose properly of the ones that are left over.
- Perishable food. It just makes sense; movers won’t move anything that will spoil, such as perishable food, frozen food or open containers. It’s best to consume what you can before the move and/or move your frozen food in a cooler yourself.
- Explosives. Of course! It’s a given that movers won’t move ammunition, black powder, primers, propellants, or even souvenir explosives you may have collected.
- Pets. Do we really have to say this? Take your pet(s) in the car or the plane with you. Pets are just another of the things movers won’t move.
- Flammable items. These are also hazardous materials, so use up or discard appropriately any kerosene, charcoal, lighter fluid, paint remover and the like before the move.
- Corrosives. Items such as muriatic acid, nitric acid and batteries with acid, are items that movers won’t move. If moving any batteries make sure they are the non spillable gel-type.
- Valuables. Valuables, such as cash, important documents, jewelry and stock certificates have no place in a moving van. While these items aren’t technically among the things movers won’t move, it just doesn’t make sense to risk losing them amid your other possessions during the move.
- Power Equipment with Fuel. The list of things movers won’t move also includes power equipment with fuel in the tank. This includes motorcycles, lawn mowers, weed eaters, and so forth. Before movers will move these items, you must drain the fuel or run the item(s) until the fuel reserve is completely empty. Be sure to do this at least 24 hours before loading.
- Special Items. Red Ball is different! Some movers decline to move extremely heavy items, such as grand pianos, pool tables and hot tubs. Red Ball is a full service household goods mover that can move just about anything, including your car, piano, pool table and so forth.
Moving with Red Ball
To learn more about what things your mover won’t take and what they will take, contact Red Ball for a free quote. We have more than 90 years experience in helping people like you move across the state or across the country. We operate in all 50 states and are adept at offering quality service at an affordable price.