Things Your Moving Company Won't Move

Things Moving Companies Won’t Move

Hiring a moving company is a great way to remove some of the stress of relocating your belongings, but it doesn’t mean you won’t have to do any work.

There are certain things moving companies won’t move—either by law or by their own guidelines—which means you will have to move them yourself (or get rid of them). These laws and guidelines exist to keep your stuff (and the moving crew) safe during transport, as well as to reduce the moving company’s liability.

Leave the following items off the truck:

Hazardous Materials

  • Aerosol containers
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition (i.e. bullets, grenades, etc.)
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Motor oil
  • Paint thinner
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Sterno cans
  • Weed killer


  • Frozen foods
  • House plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods
  • Open or half-consumed foods
  • Pets

Sensitive/Valuable Items (Not Recommended)

  • Cash
  • Deeds or wills
  • Moving documents (i.e., your invoice, contract, or bill of lading)
  • Family photographs
  • Furs
  • Securities
  • Stamp or coin collections
  • Valuable jewelry


If you own any of these prohibited items, you have a couple of options. You can choose to get rid of the item (give usable propane tanks to a friend or neighbor), dispose of the item properly (don’t just throw your car batteries in the trash!), or transport the item yourself. Following these rules will make for a happier, safer moving day.

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