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Moving Non Allowable Items: What not to pack?

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Moving Non Allowable Items: What not to pack?

When it comes to relocation, there are some things that your movers can’t move for you. Moving non allowable items has strict restrictions and can have serious legal coincidences. It’s best to find out which items are on the prohibited list and which ones you shouldn’t pack.

Moving non allowable items isn’t an option – don’t insist on it

Maybe you think that you can slip some more dollars to your movers so they will close their eyes until you pack the things that you shouldn’t. Don’t do that. You can only make your all shipment unsafe and put it in danger.
Also, if your movers accept to conduct moving non allowable items, it’s the big sign that they’re not worthy of your trust. They are clearly used to doing shady business, and there’ no guarantee that they won’t try to scam you.
Always choose the moving services from a reliable moving company. When you hire Hamilton moving services, you will know that your belongings are in the capable hands. Their years of experience, spotless reputation, and excellent customer references are the great proof of that.

Moving checklist for moving non allowable items

Packing is one of the relocation tasks that require a lot of planning and good organization. You need to purchase packing supplies, to make a bulletproof packing plan and schedule. Also, you have to go throw your house and remove all dangerous items that will ensure that you’re not moving non allowable items.
Luckily, there’s something that can help you a lot in this process. It’s your movers. Any reliable and reputable moving company like Cambridge movers will offer additional packing services. That can come at the very affordable cost that’s well worth it. Except for their expertise in packing your belongings for the relocation, these professionals also know exactly which items to separate, so the moving non allowable items won’t be an issue that you’ll have to worry about.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to learn which are the items that movers won’t move for you. It’s important to know them since they are the same as the restricted items that you shouldn’t keep in a storage unit.
See the following moving checklist and make sure that these items aren’t on the inventory list of your belongings for the move.

Items that can be potentially dangerous

Flammable items in the moving truck on the bumpy road are the accident waiting to happen. That’s why the movers won’t risk the safety of your belongings or their health to transport them. Good news is that all of these things you can purchase and replace when you come to your new home. Moving non allowable items is extremely dangerous and it’s just not worth the risk.

Some of these items are:

  • Oxygen bottles
  • Propane cylinders
  • Gasoline
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter fluid
  • Nail polish remover
  • Matches
Gas bottles can be very dangerous to relocate.
All flammable items are the major hazard when they are in the moving vehicle.

Illegal belongings

You shouldn’t even possess the illegal things, let alone try to transport them to the new location. Especially not using the third party, specifically the moving company. Reliable and professional movers have a strict policy of not involving themselves into any criminal activities. They are legally responsible to report to the police any suspicion that you are trying to move illegal items.
The top on that lists are:

  • Drugs
  • Unregistered weapon
  • Exotic animals or plants that are forbidden by the state/federal law
  • Any stolen goods
  • Any goods acquire by smuggling from another country


In general, movers will rarely consider transporting food as moving non allowable items.
Still, there are some limits to that.
When you are relocating long distance, the movers will refuse to move perishable food. Due to the long transportation, humid and warm conditions it can turn bad really quickly and contaminate your all shipment. Do you really wish your things to smell like the rotten tomato or overdue milk?
When you’re moving in the summer, that risk is enhanced by the heat, so even local movers may refuse to move your perishables.

Moving non allowable items doesn't consider cans and dry food.
Cans and dry food that can survive nuclear war will survive your relocation as well, so those items are clear for relocating.

Valuables and documents

Some of the companies have a policy of moving non allowable items that include very valuable things and also your important moving documents, as well as the personal ones.
Damages to highly expensive pieces can cost a moving company a lot, so they won’t take that responsibility.
Also, some items can have no real value but have an unreplaceable emotional worth. Ask yourself – will you be devastated if something happens to them? If the answer is yes then don’t pack them with the rest of the household.

It’s best to keep the following items by your side at all times when moving:

  • Cash
  • Jewelry
  • Heirlooms
  • Family photos
  • Collections (stamps, coins, etc.)
  • Important documents (personal documents, wills, stocks, deeds, bonds, medical records, etc.)
Moving non allowable items include valuable stamps collections.
Bring your valuables with you when you’re relocating.

Why movers won’t move certain items?

  • The first and most obvious reason is Safety of your shipment, safety of the movers, safety of the moving vehicle and the safety of the environment.
  • A second reason is a law. The state and local laws in Canada are restricting the types of items that can be moved by movers. Or on your own for that matter. If you are moving from the USA, make sure to learn which items are illegal to import in Canada.
  • It’s just not worth it will be the final reason. When you add all the risks of moving non allowable items, you can see that it really doesn’t pay off. Not for the movers, and not for your belongings. Just think logically. Why would anyone risk to be criminally prosecuted for endangering the public because of the propane tank that you can buy in every store? The answer is simple – it so not worth to risk it