Packing for a Move? Don't Put These Items on the Truck

Before you pack everything and open the door to your mover, keep in mind that some items may be hazardous (or even illegal) to put on the truck.

Generally, don't pack anything that's flammable, combustible or explosive.

Sounds easy, right?

Well, that simple rule of thumb covers many common items that you might not realize are a risk. Make separate arrangements if you need to move any of the following items that make movers balk:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition and guns
  • Charcoal
  • Cleansers containing bleach or ammonia
  • Fertilizer
  • Lighter fluid
  • Nail polish remover
  • Oil or gas of any sort
  • Paint cans
  • Pesticides and poisons

Another tip: Don't try to sneak any of the above items into your moving boxes. You could be breaking the law, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Besides hazardous goods, movers won't touch anything needing special attention, such as refrigerated or frozen food, plants or pets. You'll have to find other ways to get those items to your destination.

There's one other category of stuff you shouldn't just hand over to your movers; high-value items. Your movers will take them, but think twice before packing them away. If you have jewelry, priceless collectibles, precious metals, or heirlooms that aren't easily replaced, you should take them yourself.

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