11 May

Items your Mover Won’t Move

  • By: Doug MAUSHARDT
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As San Diego movers, we move hundreds of people every year. It is a big process from start to finish and it helps if everyone is on the same page from day one. This is why we try to be as upfront as possible about every part of the move so that there are no surprises come moving day.

When it comes to packing, you probably start thinking of all of the items you need to pack. Your clothes, shoes, furniture….but what you probably don’t think about are the items that you can’t pack. Due to federal regulations there are certain items that your movers cannot transport.

Not everything should be packed up into cartons and sent on the truck to your new destination. Wheaton World Wide Moving suggests the following items not be moved with the rest of your household items for safety reasons:

  • Stocks, bonds and securities
  • Coins and stamps
  • Insurance policies
  • Currency
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Important documents
  • Prescriptions
  • Liquids

These items should be moved by you. Transit arrangements should be made through your banker for financial documents and currency.

Hazardous Material

Most of this is pretty self-explanatory. Some examples include:

  • Aerosol cans regardless of content
  • Heating agents such as Sterno
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Any type of gas in bottles or tanks including propane or oxygen
  • Paints, varnishes, solvents, thinners and oils
  • Ammonia, bleach and other household cleaning agents
  • Chlorine granules or powder
  • Muriatic acid (also called hydrochloric acid)
  • Auto batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Matches and lighters
  • Ammunition
  • Any other combustible product


Produce, indoor plants, opened food items, and temperature controlled food items are also not allowed on the moving truck. This could attract rats, bugs and other vermin. Not only will these food items no longer be edible, but it also could damage the rest of your belongings.

Personal Items/Documents

This is more of a suggestion as it varies from mover to mover, but it’s a good idea to keep private records and important documents with you. Not only will you most likely need them later, but it gives you peace of mind knowing that your pictures, jewelry, keys, medicine, etc. are with you and not in the back of a trailer.

While you are placing your items in boxes, be sure to put these items in a separate area. If you have any questions or to get more information about what is not allowed, contact your mover.

Are you looking for a San Diego moving company? Contact us at McCarthy Transfer & Storage, 619-596-2594. We have the experience and resources you need for a smooth relocation. Call or visit our website to get your free quote today!

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