Here at Peace Of Mind Movers NY, we love our customers so much and want to help with all of their moving needs. But there are just some items that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates against us carrying in our moving trucks. Besides the dangerous items like hazardous materials, there are also items that we highly recommend you transport yourself.

Professional movers typically divide non-allowable items into 3 categories:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Perishable Items
  • Personal Importance or Sentimental Value
Hazardous materials are potentially flammable, corrosive, or explosive. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Paints/Stains
  • Acids/Ammonia
  • Lighter fluid
  • Pesticides/Fertilizers/Poisons
  • Ammunition/Firearms
  • Matches/Fireworks
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Car batteries
  • Motor Oil/Antifreeze
  • Pressurized containers
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Nail Polish/Remover
  • Propane tanks
  • Corrosives/Chemicals
  • Open Liquor bottles
  • Turpentine/Solvents
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Paint thinner
  • Yard equipment &Fuel

We hate saying no around here but the above list is non-negotiable. If you are moving long-distance with professional movers, many of these can be given to friends and family or you can contact your city to find out how and where to properly dispose of these items. According to the DOT, if certain hazardous materials are shipped in a moving van without the mover’s knowledge, their liability may be limited or reduced in the case of damages caused by these items.

Personal or Sentimental items are those that have personal significance or value that would be difficult or impossible to replace if lost or damaged. Some of these possessions we consider to be priceless, especially if it’s the photo album of your first-born child or even the DVD from your wedding day.

Here’s a look at what professional movers typically consider personal or sentimental:

  • Address book
  • Computer discs
  • Medicine
  • Airline tickets
  • Financial/personal docs
  • Personal videos/DVDs
  • Car keys
  • Hardware from dis-assembly
  • Photographs, photo albums
  • Car titles
  • Insurance policies
  • Professional files
  • Cash/credit cards
  • IRAs, deeds, tax records
  • Research projects
  • CDs
  • Jewelry/Furs
  • School records
  • Cell phones/pagers
  • Keys to furniture, safe, home
  • Sterling silver
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Laptop computers
  • Stocks or bonds
  • Checkbooks
  • Medical, dental records
  • Wedding albums
  • Collections (coin, stamp)

Most professional movers do not like to transport these items due to the inherent risk of loss or damage. Understandably, they would prefer to limit their liability with items of such a sensitive nature.

There is also the issue of extreme temperatures affecting photographs, medicines, or even sensitive electronics such as a laptop.

It is better to bring these non-allowable items along with you personally than pack them on the moving truck and as a consumer you would probably rather have these belongings under your control. Be sure to do your research and ask your professional movers about their specific policies regarding non-allowable items so that you can plan ahead.

Perishable items typically are not allowed on moving trucks since they will spoil while in transit, may attract bugs that will damage your property, and are unsanitary. Some examples are:

  • Frozen food
  • Refrigerated food
  • Fresh product
  • Opened food products
  • House/potted plants
  • Uncleaned Pet habitats
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