Rules for Moving to Denver--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving weren't anxiety-filled enough, did you realize that there are some belongings your movers can't put on the moving truck?

When you hire a moving company, they should provide you a list of the items that they can't put on the moving truck to your new home in Denver. They are not trying to make your life crazier, they're heeding the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which spells out hazardous materials that are not acceptable to load on a truck. There are a few things on the list of non-transportables that are not hazardous, but that will not tolerate being on a moving truck and the moving company will not load.

Since you are a wise law-abiding citizen, it's probably never crossed your mind that you are actually harboring dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You've possibly looked around the garage and wondered about your lawn machinery going on the moving truck, but there are several other items that are deemed to be dangerous and you'll need to be in charge of moving out of your house.

Anything with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a bad custom of exploding if they're mixed with other chemicals, which can easily happen in a moving truck. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot place the thing in question in your normal trash for pick up, it shouldn’t be packed up and put on the truck. So not only must you deplete the gas tanks on any lawn machinery (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or give it to your friends—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline could produce a dreadful product. And guess what—anything that is damaged will be your responsibility because you were advised what not to load on the moving van. It's not the moving company's obligation to double check all your boxes for items that aren’t allowed, so make sure that any hazardous materials-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the trucks. The best thing to do is take them 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? Your dog? Believe it or not, a few people have asked that their pets be transported on the moving truck—the answer is a firm no. That the moving company can't transport your plants might be a bit more unanticipated. Interstate moves create a problem due to the fact that some states keep a watchful eye on foreign vegetation being brought in, and you do not want to unintentionally bring pests to either the moving van or your new house. If plants are being transported more than 150 miles you may need to get a special license to move them—so if you're the one who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new state knows where you live. As for food items in your pantry, only pack up sealed, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Or, donate your unopened canned items, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and start fresh at your new home. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you're going to ice down coolers and move them in your own car.

Although your valuables are not dangerous goods or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are reluctant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other costly belongings. The hazards of being lost are too great, bring them along with you in a carry on, or put them with other important 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 transported on the moving truck. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a commercial truck, so be smart and get rid of or pack those items separately. The best choice is to properly dispose of these things and buy everything new once you have moved, so you'll have brand new fertilizer and nail polish to go with your brand-new abode.