February 2, 2017

Even Full Service Movers Can’t Move These Items

The last thing people think about when they hire a full service moving company is that there might be limitations to full service. Items that are typically left out of the mover’s hands are due to liability and are defined by the moving company. Other items, however, are defined as hazardous by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and cannot legally be moved by your movers as a safety measure.

Before the movers arrive make sure you are aware and understand what those items are to avoid any hiccups on the day of your move.

Items Your Movers Can’t Move

Hazardous Materials:

Moving hazardous materials

Combustible Liquids

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Motor oils or lubricants
  • Antifreeze compounds


  • Acids
  • Drain cleaners
  • Photographic acids used in developing
  • Film bleach
  • Batteries (wet or dry)
  • Water purifying agents used in swimming pools


  • Fireworks
  • Small arms ammunition
  • Flash bulbs


  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Wood oil stains
  • Petrol-chemical based garden sprays
  • Paint, varnish or paint/varnish removers
  • Butane, propane, gasoline (in garden equipment)
  • Signal flares
  • Charcoal briquettes

Compressed Gasses

  • Aerosol cans
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Scuba diving tanks

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Items Your Mover Will Not Move

Keep in mind most movers will not move under packed boxes due to the vulnerability of the contents inside; the integrity of the box is compromised and often times collapses during the move causing breakage to packed items. Other items you should plan on bringing with you are high value items, medication and documents.

Items with High Sentimental or Monetary Value

• Pets
• Jewelry
• Cash