Rules for Moving to San Antonio--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving wasn’t stressful enough, did you know that there are several items your movers cannot transport?

When you choose your moving company, they should supply you a list of the things that they can't haul to your new home in San Antonio. They are not aiming to make your life crazier, they are complying with the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which defines hazardous materials that are not safe to load on a moving van. There are several things on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that will not tolerate being in a moving truck and the moving company won't transport.

Considering you are a rational law-abiding person, it has most likely never dawned on you that you're actually harboring dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You have probably glanced around the garage and thought about your lawn equipment going on the moving van, but there are lots of other things that are considered dangerous and you will need to be accountable for getting out of the property.

Any item with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is because chemicals have a terrible tendency of doing bad things if they are combined with other chemicals, which can quickly occur in a moving truck. A good rule of thumb is that if you can't put the thing in question in your regular trash for pick up, it cannot be packed up and placed on the moving van. So not only must you deplete the gas tanks on any lawn machinery (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or give it to your neighbors—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline could have a dreadful product. And what’s worse—any losses will be your responsibility since you were warned what not to put on the moving van. It is not the moving company's obligation to check all your boxes for contraband, so make sure that any hazardous supplies-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving truck. The ideal thing to do is transport these items 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? Food? Your dog? Believe it or not, a couple people have asked that their pets be moved on the truck—the answer is no. That the moving company cannot move your plants could be a bit more unanticipated. Interstate moves cause a concern due to the fact that some states are sensitive to foreign vegetation coming in, and you do not want to inadvertently introduce pests to either the moving truck or your new house. If plants are going more than 150 miles you might need to obtain a special permit to move them—so if you're the one who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new home state can locate you. As for food items in your pantry, only pack up new, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Or, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and start fresh at your new house. Toss out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to pack up coolers and move them with you.

Even though your valuables are not dangerous goods or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are hesitant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other heirloom items. The hazards of being misplaced are too big, bring them along with you in a carry on, or put them with other valuable documents.

Other items you might not think about as being hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not allowed to be moved commercially. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a moving truck, so be wise and get rid of or pack those items by themselves. The best choice is to properly dispose of these things and get everything new after you have moved, so you'll have brand new fertilizer and bleach to go with your brand-new abode.