Rules for Moving to Killeen--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving isn’t anxiety-filled enough, did you recognize that there are some things your movers cannot move?

When you choose your moving company, they should supply you a list of the articles that they cannot transport to your new house in Killeen. They are not aiming to make your life difficult, they're adhering to the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which defines hazardous materials that are not okay to put on a commercial vehicle. There are several items on the list of non-transportables that are not hazardous, but that won't endure being in a moving van and the moving company will not transport.

Because you're a rational law-abiding person, it's possibly never crossed your mind that you're actually storing dangerous explosives wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. You have probably peered around the garage and wondered about your lawn machinery going on the truck, but there are several other items that are regarded to be dangerous and you will need to be in charge of removing from .

Anything with chemicals is a definite “no” for putting on the truck. This is because chemicals have a bad custom of blowing up if they're combined with other chemicals, which can quickly take place in a moving van. A good rule of thumb is that if you can't throw the thing in question in your normal trash for collection, it cannot be packed up and placed on the moving truck. So not only do you need to empty the gas tanks on any lawn equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or gift it to your neighbors—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline might have a dreadful result. And what’s worse—anything that is damaged are your responsibility since you were warned what not to put on the moving truck. It is not the moving company's obligation to double check all your boxes for dangerous items, so make sure that any hazardous items-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT packed for the moving truck. The ideal thing to do is take them to your local hazardous waste drop-off facility or give them away to someone who can use them.

What not to pack for movingWhat about your houseplants? The pantry? Your dog? If you can believe it, a few people have asked that their pets be put on the moving truck—the answer is absolutely not. That the moving company can't move your plants might be a bit more surprising. Long-distance moves cause a concern in that states keep a watchful eye on foreign vegetation crossing the state’s borders, and you do not want to inadvertently bring pests to either the truck or your new home. If plants are going more than 150 miles you could need to obtain a special permit to transport them—so if you are the one who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new state of residence can find you. As for food items in your pantry, only box up sealed, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Or, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and begin anew at your new home. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and move them with you.

Although your valuables are not hazardous goods or likely to start an ash borer invasion, most moving companies are hesitant to move jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other valuable possessions. The risks of being misplaced are too great, take them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other essential documents.

Other things you may not recognize is hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not approved to be moved commercially. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a commercial truck, so be wise and get rid of or pack those items by themselves. The easiest option is to properly dispose of these things and get everything new once you have moved, so you'll have brand new fertilizer and batteries to go with your brand-new house.