When it comes time to move, you probably expect that your moving and storage company would handle everything for you. While your residential movers are happy to assist with anything you need, there are certain items they won't be able to transport. Normally this is due to legal regulations by the Department of Transportation, and not a policy of the moving company itself. In cases where your Detroit area home has these items, you'll need to take a few additional steps during the moving process. Here, we'll look at some of the common items moving companies won't take, as well as what you can do about them.

Common Household Items That a Moving Company Can't Transport

Not every item can be packed away and transported in a moving truck. It's important to keep yourself well informed on what these items may be so you're not left with any problems on moving day. If you're unsure what you can't transfer, your long distance movers will gladly give you a complete breakdown. In general, there are some specific items homeowners have that can't be transported. These include:

  • Household Chemicals: Basic household cleaning chemicals like bleach and ammonia can't be transported due to their flammability.
  • Garage Chemicals and Fuels: Motor oil, gasoline, and propane tanks are all items that your moving company cannot legally transport due to the DOT.
  • Firearms: Firearm transportation will have to be transported by the individual. If you're moving across state lines, be sure to familiarize yourself with that state's reciprocity laws.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Even small kitchen fire extinguishers cannot be transported because of the risk of explosion.

Solutions for Transporting These Items

Luckily, there's a variety of avenues you can take for these items. Your best choice is to handle transportation yourself. As long as you're not breaking any transportation laws, feel free to pack up your own car with cleaning supplies, garage chemicals, and firearms. You'll avoid any hassle with the moving company.

The other option is to use up the chemicals or dispose of them. Weeks prior to your move, try to cycle through any unused gasoline you have lying around, and avoid buying new cleaning chemicals. If you'd rather not transport these things entirely, be sure to bring them to a proper recycling center for processing.

Contact Your Long Distance Moving Company With Any Questions

If you're still unsure about what your moving company will and will not transport, contact them directly with any questions. Frisbie Moving & Storage is available anytime to answer your concerns. We've been loyally serving the area since 1930 and our household movers are experts at what they do. Contact us for your free quote.