After you make the decision to partner with a professional and full-service moving company, your mover will take care of the vast majority of your primary moving services. Additionally, you may choose to add packing services to your package to make even more of the process simple.
However, even the most skilled and well-trained movers have items that they will not move as per company policy or by law, both State and Federal. At Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, these items are known as non-transportables. In this blog, we list some of the most common non-transportable items that your movers will not move; we will also provide alternative ways of dealing with these items.
What Won’t Your Mover Transport?
Some non-transportable items are obvious, while others may come as a surprise. Some of the most important non-allowable items are:
Your pets are more than just mere animals and are often part of your family, thus making them an important part of your move. While there are services for pet kenneling and moving to help you with this challenge, as a general rule, your moving company will not transport any animals.
2. Combustibles and Other Hazardous Substances
Volatile and potentially damaging substances are not allowed in moving trucks. Combustibles and hazardous substances can include anything from rubbing alcohol and disinfectants to SCUBA tanks and household batteries. These items are not allowed in a shipment because it is almost impossible to entirely control the in-transit conditions on the moving van.
Laws governing the transportation of firearms can be complex, especially when crossing state lines. If it is your intention to transport firearms, the best practice would be to check with your local Stevens agent first.
4. House Plants
In comparison to other non-transportable items, plants seem harmless. However, many states have restrictions the transportation of household plants to reduce the spread of blights, diseases, and pest infestations.
5. Perishable Food
When it comes to food items, your mover may have specific policies against transporting them because spoiled food potentially poses a health and safety hazard. Instead of disposing of your food items, consider donating them to a local food bank. Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is a proud supporter of Move For Hunger, an organization whose mission is based around donating food to food banks before a move. To learn more, click here.
What You Can Do with Non-Transportables
After you have an idea of the items that your mover will not be transporting, you will need to decide what to do with those items. For your non-transportables, you will have the following options for dealing with them in most cases:
1. Alternative Transport
A common alternative transport method is shipping by mail. You can track this package on its own through the internet, which may give you more peace of mind than putting those items in one box among your many other boxes in your shipment.
It is important to know that shipping is not without its risks. As is the case with any item going through the mail, the potential for lost parcels is always present. If you choose to ship your non-transportables, you should consider purchasing insurance or mail certification.
It is also very important to remember that combustibles, firearms and liquid chemicals cannot be mailed for the same reasons they cannot usually be moved.
The disposal of your non-transportables and then purchasing new items at your destination is preferable to arranging travel for these items separate from your main move.
Disposal is a sensible option for liquid chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances that you may not want to transport in your own vehicle. However, if you choose to go this route with these items, check the proper disposal methods. Without using the proper disposal, you could cause property damage or even face fines.
3. Personal Transport
As an alternative to shipping items or disposing of them, you may want to move non-transportables in your personal vehicle.
The exact list of non-transportables for your moving company may differ from what Stevens Worldwide Van Lines outlines as non-transportable (you can view the list here). Always check with a representative before packing any item that may not be allowed, particularly if that item can be considered hazardous.
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