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What Household Items Cannot Be Moved by Local Movers?

Household items that cannot be moved by local movers | Moving Squad

To the residents of this lovely area of South Florida: Are you aware that there are some items that cannot or should not be moved by your local moving company? If this is news for you, then it’s great that you are preparing yourself for your upcoming move. Of course it’s natural when you are planning a move to focus on all the items that are coming with you. However, there are quite a few items that, – for various reasons- are not allowed to be moved to your destination.

Our locally owned South Florida moving company has executed thousands of moves all over Florida, and our clientele appreciates a little heads up about the items that are on the DO NOT MOVE list.

While there are some obvious items like explosives, fireworks and firearms. There are many more, seemingly harmless household items that cannot be moved. Take your time to go over these and devise a plan to either move them yourself, discard them, or give them away to a responsible party.


Household Items that Cannot be Packed by Movers

Although these some of these items may seem harmless, trust us, when these items sneak their way into a moving truck, there is potential to cause major harm during loading and unloading. Another reasons why it’s a good idea not to pack these items is because, while they were once locked away from younger children, during a move, there is more risk of kids getting access to them. Furthermore, they could potentially harm your family or the movers during the transition. At best, these items can corrode, stain or otherwise destroy other belongings of yours on the truck.


Items not allowed to be moved by your local mover include:




  • Sterno
  • Motor Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Aerosols
  • Kerosene
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Fireworks
  • Lamp Oil
  • Propane
  • Anti-freeze
  • Ammunition: Just like firearms, these should never leave your personal possession.



Toxic Chemicals and Corrosives


  • Acid
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Weed Killer
  • Ammonia



Even everyday items like paints and paint thinner are not allowed to be moved onto a truck. We recommend leaving these for the newcomers to touch-up. It’s time for new colors anyway.

Also… Car Batteries cannot be moved: These are potentially corrosive and could leak onto other items during transit.

Other Everyday Items that Cannot Be Moved by Local Movers


A common item that our customers usually forget cannot be moved by local movers. If fresh food spoils during transit it could result in illness for those who end up consuming it. It is better to get a plan in place to use up all of your perishable food prior to the move. Also, pantry items like canned goods and other items are heavy and not worth traveling from A to B. Luckily, there are many avenues and programs available to get these items to food pantry’s and into the hands of less fortunate people who will use it.

We’ve partnered with a local nonprofit, Move for Hunger. who collects non-perishable foods from your home and delivers them to a local food bank? This saves you time, and it’s an excellent way to give back to your community before you move. It’s a win-win.

Prescription Meds

While it’s not illegal to pack prescriptions on your local move, it is wise for these to stay with you in your personal vehicle. These are important to your health and not something you want to go missing among dozens of boxes as you slowly unpack over the course of a few days or weeks. And just like with corrosives and other chemicals, you don’t want your kids discovering these in a box before you do.

Important Documents

Its also a good idea to utilize a file cabinet for all of your important documents to protect from water damage, loss, theft and anything else. Plus certain documents like birth certificates, social security cards are usually needed at the start of a new job. Since this is a reason why many people move, it’s wise to keep these with you to bring to your orientation with your spouse’s or your new employer.


Sentimental items like vintage family photos should also ride along with you if possible. We know you’ve been meaning to scan 1000 pictures of your grandparents and your parents’ baby pictures but of course, you didn’t get around to it before your move. We won’t judge.

Other high-priced valuables like jewelry should be transported in a lockbox and stay with you as well.

South Florida Movers who can help you protect your belongings from hazardous items

Now you know what cannot be moved by local movers so start eliminating these items by giving them away to neighbors or disposing of them properly. If you have any other questions about your move, feel free to give our professional representatives a call anytime.  We’re among the topmost experienced, organized, and efficient movers in the Tri-County area.

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