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August 14, 2022

13 Items most moving companies won't move

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Moving companies have a list of items they can and can’t move or put in the moving truck because of the different laws they need to abide by. Here's a list of 13 items most moving companies won’t move.

Keep in mind that a lot of these items are entirely forbidden from being transported across some state lines, which also depends on an individual state and its laws.

There are a lot of items moving companies won’t move due to the law and regulations
There are a lot of items moving companies won't move due to the law and regulations

Here are the 13 items we will be discussing:

  1. Medication
  2. Garage chemicals
  3. Money
  4. Jewellery
  5. Guns and ammunition
  6. Pets
  7. Fireworks
  8. Gasoline
  9. Liquor/ Alcohol
  10. Acids and Ammonia
  11. Poisons
  12. Fuel-operated yard equipment
  13. Contraband


Medication and especially prescription medication should always be with you when moving. Moving companies won’t put this in the truck with them as it is a high-risk item. You need your medication at all times, so keep it on your person and have it handy to use whenever needed.

This includes medication for the whole family and your pets as well. If you aren’t sure about this, call your moving company and ask, they should be able to provide you with detailed information about regulations on this.


These include:

  • Car batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Paint thinner
  • Engine oil etc.

These chemicals are extremely flammable and are a huge hazard as they can leak and leakage may cause a fire and explosions so, it's best not to pack them when moving. Movers will not allow this in the truck. Always remember to put safety first.


This is valuable and should be kept with you in a safe place. Movers will not move this as it is also a high-risk valuable item. For your peace of mind, don’t think about giving movers your money to transport for you.

chequebooksMoney comes in different forms too and this also means the movers won’t move any checkbooks, debit/credit cards, and cash. Keep your money in your person while in transit.

Always keep your jewellery with you during the move
Always keep your jewellery with you during the move


Moving companies may not be able to replace this if anything bad (like an accident) happens to the truck during the move. You can use a small safe, bag, or box to keep these important items with you during the move.


The law forbids the shipment and transportation of guns and ammunition and other explosives. You should always read about the law so you’re aware of gun laws in your state before approaching a moving company for a quote or inquiry. You are, however, able to transport your licensed gun and ammunition in your person. For this reason, it is important to check the gun laws of the state you’re moving to.


Your pets cannot be transported in the moving truck. This is both dangerous and violates the law. Proper transportation should be with you in a cage and not with the moving truck. You could also fly with your pet, just make sure you check with your airline for pet transportation rules and requirements.

Another option would be to contact a professional pet moving/courier company. This is possibly the best solution, especially if it’s a long-distance move. Remember to also take any medication your pet may need during the move.


A very high-risk explosive that can course a lot of damage to the truck and the movers as well. Leave these behind and buy new ones when you get to your new home if you need them. Don’t put anyone's life at risk by taking fireworks with you.

Be extra careful with fireworks around young children because children are curious and may want to explore what fireworks are all about. Keep them out of your children's reach even while transporting them to your new home.


This also falls under explosives and movers will not move this. Gasoline is very dangerous if not handled correctly, and is also flammable. Please don’t make the mistake of putting it in the truck with movers.


Transportation of alcohol is prohibited when unlicensed to do so. Check state laws about alcohol transportation. Moving companies will not put their business at risk and lose their business license by transporting your alcohol. Rather leave alcohol behind and buy it when you get to your new home.


Acid and ammonia are prohibited items and are against transportation laws. Movers will not move this even if you ask (which you shouldn’t unless you aren’t sure) as acids and ammonia are an explosive risk and can be harmful if mishandled.


This is a definite no! Poisons are very dangerous and should be handled with extra caution. Moving companies won’t move poisons because they are a health hazard.


This type of yard equipment is a major risk in that they are highly flammable and may cause huge damage to the moving truck while in transit. The best thing to do is to find a company that specializes in moving such equipment or move it yourself.


It's forbidden to carry contraband of any kind, whether you’re doing it yourself or have someone do it for you. Moving companies WILL NOT transport this.

A PRO TIP would be: Keep a list of items you aren’t sure a moving company will move. Once you have that list, contact them and ask. It is always better to be prepared and make other arrangements if you have to transport some of the above-mentioned items.

Remember to always put everyone's safety first including yours.


Capital City Movers is here to answer all of your moving questions. Feel free to contact us at (718) 619 4881 for a FREE QUOTE and visit our website for more moving tips and tricks that will help make your move as smooth and as stress-free as possible. Happy Moving!


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