Moving is a process that requires careful planning, packaging, and smooth transportation. A lot can go wrong without an experienced moving company handling residential moves. Reputable residential movers know the risks and take steps to eliminate risks to your household good. One of these steps includes a list of items prohibited from transportation. This is simply a way to protect you and provide quality service. Here are some ways to handle these items.

Items Found in the Kitchen

A kitchen is a surprisingly chaotic room when it comes to moving. There’s a mixture of food, electronics, and appliances to be managed. Plan your menu around your remaining perishable food in the weeks leading up to the move. Another item to watch out for is the fire extinguisher due to its combustibility. You can leave it for the new residents or adequately dispose of it.

Chemicals in the Laundry Room

Detergent is thick and sticky. If it were to leak in transport, it could ruin other household goods. In the months leading up to the move, buy smaller bottles so that you don’t have to throw away the costly item on moving day. If you have other liquids, such as ammonia or bleach, you may also have to give those away or throw them out.

Shared Living Spaces

Houseplants and fish tanks add beauty to shared living or dining room areas. However, neither living thing would be equipped to handle transport in the back of a truck. Make prior arrangements to either transport these items yourself or gift them to a loved one.

Firearms and Ammunition

A moving company will not likely take firearms or ammunition in the shipment. You can check with an approved weapons shipping company to make other arrangements or opt to travel with these items yourself. If you do, ensure you comply with all laws in each area you’ll be traveling.

Items in the Garage or Patio

A grill and lawn care equipment are everyday outdoor items that need special preparation. Since combustible items are not allowed for transportation, you'll need to return them to an approved dealer or gift them to a neighbor. Anything with gasoline or oil needs to be emptied before moving day.

Moving is stressful enough without leaving things to a last-minute scramble. Your long-distance movers want to get your items to your new location safely and in excellent condition. Taking care of common prohibited items before moving day will make the whole process smoother for everyone.