Why Can't a Moving Company Transport Certain Items?


In theory, moving to a new home is quite straightforward. Your chosen moving company arrives in their truck, and all your carefully packed possessions are loaded inside, ready for their journey to your new home. The reality can be a little different, and one of the easiest mistakes to make is to assume that each and every item you own can easily be transported. Moving companies generally move residential households and the items typically found within them, covering appliances and furniture removal, along with personal possessions. However, you might have counted prohibited items amongst your personal possessions. 

Flammable and Hazardous

Anything flammable or potentially hazardous cannot be moved with the rest of your possessions. For many households, disposing of paint and solvents prior to a move isn't an issue. However, you might have a fair quantity of these items if they're used for hobbies or work. When disposing of the items isn't practical due to the cost of replacement, you should consider looking for a specialist freight company to transport them separately. 


Petrol is clearly a hazardous material. Be sure that any petrol-powered devices (such as a lawnmower) have an empty tank. Any petrol stored in canisters must be discarded. Prior to moving day, look for your nearest community recycling centre (ask your local council if you're unsure), who are able to safely dispose of hazardous and caustic materials.

Living Items

Your houseplants aren't hazardous, but you might find that your moving company is unable to transport these. It's a matter of company policy, and they're often excluded due to their potential to leak moisture and spill soil. This can damage your other items not to mention the interior of the moving truck. Check with your chosen moving company. If living plants are not permitted, you might need to give some away or even plant them at your soon-to-be former home. If you have a few favourites you can't part with, these can be transported separately in your own vehicle. 

Bulky and Expensive

Anything especially large or valuable might pose a problem. It's not as though your moving company is unwilling to transport these items, but appropriate resources must be allocated. Anything bulky must be arranged ahead of time, allowing your moving company to allocate the right number of staff that permits the item to be moved safely. Don't spring this on your moving company on moving day. Anything with a significant cash value that may exceed the maximum payout allowable under the moving company's insurance policy can also be an issue. Again, be sure to inform your moving company about the nature of any valuable items, and it might be necessary to take out additional insurance coverage with your own provider.

Moving isn't just about loading a bunch of items into a truck. There will be restrictions, and these exist for the safety of your possessions, as well as the safety of your moving company. For more information about furniture removals, reach out to a professional.


8 July 2021

Moving on a budget

Moving can be really expensive! But I move regularly for one reason or another, and I've become pretty good at moving on a budget. I can always find a cheap removalist and get some great deals on packing supplies. I also have some good tips on smart packing to reduce the amount of boxes that you need to move, which can help to minimise the costs as well. People are always impressed with my budgeting mojo, so I thought it would be good to start a blog to share my tips as well as create a place for others to share their ideas on moving on a budget.