Rules for Moving to Little Rock--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 realize that there are several things your movers can't put on the moving truck?

When you hire a moving company, they will give you a list of the articles that they cannot haul to your new residence in Little Rock. They are not aiming to make your life crazier, they're observing the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which details hazardous materials that aren't okay to load on a truck. There are some things on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that will not withstand being in a moving truck and the moving company will not transport.

Because you are a reasonable law-abiding individual, it has probably never occurred to you that you're actually harboring dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You've likely peered around the garage and thought about your lawn machinery going on the truck, but there are lots of other items that are deemed to be dangerous and you will need to be accountable for getting out of .

Anything with chemicals is a definite “no” for putting on the truck. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a nasty custom of exploding if they're combined with different chemicals, which can quickly take place in a moving van. A guideline is that if you cannot throw the item in your normal trash for pick up, it can't be boxed up and loaded on the moving van. So not only do you need to deplete the gas tanks on any lawn equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or pass it on to your neighbors—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline can have a detrimental result. And what’s worse—anything that is damaged will be your responsibility because you were warned what not to load on the moving truck. It's not the moving company's job to double check all your boxes for dangerous items, so be sure that any hazardous materials-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT packed for the trucks. The best thing to do is take 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 items? Your cat? If you can believe it, a few people have asked that their pets be moved on the moving van—the answer is no. That the moving company cannot transport your plants might be a bit more shocking. Long-distance moves create a concern because some states are sensitive to foreign vegetation being brought in, and you do not want to inadvertently bring pests to either the moving van or your new residence. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you may need to obtain a certain license to transport them—so if you are the one who transported 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 charity, and begin anew at your new home. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to pack up coolers and move them in your own car.

Although your valuables are not dangerous goods or likely to start an ash borer invasion, most moving companies are hesitant to move jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other costly belongings. The hazards of being misplaced are too great, 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 allowed on a moving van, so be smart and give away or pack those items by themselves. The simpliest option is to properly dispose of these items and purchase everything new once you've moved, so you will have brand new cleaning supplies and bleach to go with your brand-new home.