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Items Your Moving Service Won’t Pack

There are certain items that our Memphis movers cannot take in the moving truck for good reason. You may think that the following are normal household items, but some products and materials aren’t safe due to their hazardous nature and are generally illegal to transport. Being organized and creating a checklist ahead of time when moving can serve to prevent unexpected surprises, such as figuring out what to do with items that can’t go onto the moving truck. Here’s a list of items movers won’t move to review before purchasing our Memphis packing services.

List of Items Movers Won’t Move

Hazardous Materials

Professional movers and packing services are forbidden from transporting flammable, corrosive, or explosive materials. In fact, federal law requires that freight companies obtain a special “hazardous materials permit,” so that they qualify for moving hazardous materials. This is because these items pose a risk to movers, as well as the environment. Some of the items movers won’t move that are considered hazardous are, but not limited to: pesticides, propane tanks, acids, ammonia, motor oil, liquors, paint, aerosol cans, nail polish, nail polish remover, antifreeze, gasoline firearm, and ammunition.


Perishable food items should never be taken to a new home if it can be avoided. Moving and packing services will typically include this on their “no transport list” because these items tend to grow mold and attract insects. When moving on your own or contracting a Memphis packing service, it’s best to cook and eat everything in the refrigerator prior to the move date. If you can’t dispose of your food items, it may be a good idea to simply give it all away to a friend, family member, or neighbor.

Valuables and Sentimental Objects

Valuables and sentimental objects are not necessarily items movers won’t move. However, since items of sentimental value are priceless, our Memphis local movers offer moving insurance to their customers to cover the costs of accidental damage to items. We know the value of a family heirloom can far exceed any dollar amount that is placed on it. It’s always best to pack and transport separately any heirlooms, artwork, family photo albums, souvenirs, or collections.


It goes without saying that pets are items movers won’t move. Pets require more special care than boxes of books and dishware – which is why they receive special moving considerations. If you’re unable to transport your pet yourself, arrange ahead of time for your pets to be moved from a specialized pet service. During a move, pets need to be air-conditioned, fed, and have access to a place where they can relieve themselves. The same way you wouldn’t stick your children in the back of a moving truck, you should apply the same thought process to your pet – the other member of your family.

Your residential Memphis movers at All My Sons Moving & Storage can offer additional tips on how to take care of items movers won’t move before your big day. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote and to learn more about our services.