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What are usually conditions that movers refuse

Employing Moving Experts - November 26, 2019

Your movers will usually move every item from your household without any complaint. However, there are conditions that movers refuse and will not move no matter how much you pay them. These are usually hazardous materials, pets, plants, perishables and any kind of explosives. If you are unsure of whether an item is on the no-move list, all you have to do is simply contact your senior movers Massachusetts and figure it out alongside them. This way you will not come into a situation that you absolutely need to move an item but your movers simply can’t do it.

Conditions that movers refuse – Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are number one on the list of items that movers won’t move. If you are planning on moving any of such items, you need to make special arrangements. For example, if you need to move any corrosive substances, you need to have special containers for them and, in some cases, a permit for their relocation. It can all get a bit technical so the best thing to do, again, is to contact your movers and figure out if an item needs special treatment. Some of the hazardous items that you might think that is safe to move but are in fact not are:

  • Nail polish removal solutions
  • Ammonia
  • Any form of bleach
  • Corrosive substances
  • Any other chemical
Bleach is also one of the items that your movers will refuse to move,

As you can see, these items can be found in most households but your movers will absolutely refuse to move them. The reasoning behind this is that there are simply too many bad situations that can occur when transporting these. The number of variables that can happen is quite staggering. However, the good part is that most of these chemicals you can easily find in any store at your new place of residence. You might want to know that some items, such as a hot tub, produce some of these hazardous materials on their disassembly. If you have such a tub, make sure to get the services for hot tub removal Massachusetts as that will ensure the maximum safety possible. You can never be too safe!

Flammable Items

When it comes to flammable or combustible items, the same logic applies. They are dangerous, they bring uncertainty in the moving process and they are a huge risk. Therefore, movers will simply not move these items for you, you will have to move them by yourself. You can get special services for moving these items but not from your average movers. Some moving companies will take the risk, at an additional cost, but most will not. Here are some of the items that count as flammable:

  • Various paints
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Propane tanks
  • Various aerosols
  • Lighter fluids

Again, some of these items you can find in any household. It is really important to know that if you want to move such items, you need to consider how to do it by yourself. Your movers are legally prohibited from moving them. They are simply too much of a risk.

Conditions that movers refuse – Living Things

One thing that no mover will ever transport is anything that is alive. Being alive is something of a philosophical question when it comes to plants but the short answer is that they are alive because they can die. If you plan on moving anything that is vulnerable to this particular condition, make sure to have proper arrangements. We can classify living things into two distinct categories.

If you need to store some of your items and you are considering to rent short-term storage, you should also know that they have laws and regulations about hazardous items! Therefore, you should contact nearby storage facility and ask for the list of non-storable items in advance!

Living things such as plants are fragile and can “die” during the transport.


When it comes to plants, there are actually strict laws that regulate their moving. This is because plants can contain insects that can transmit diseases from one state to another. And if one state has never had a strain of a particular disease…well, you can see what can happen. The simple solution is to never move your plants, leave them at your old home or find someone else to take care of them.

If you absolutely need to move your plants, do not expect that your movers will do so for you. You will need to transport them by your own devices.


The other category of living things are pets of various species and sizes. Actually, species or size does not really matter, what matters is that no mover will move any of them, ever. There are many reasons for this but the fact remains. If you need to move your companions, they are going to be with you. And you would not have it any other way, right?

Conditions that movers refuse – Explosives

This one is a no-brainer, right? If it can explode, it will not be moved. Simple as that. However, the issue is that some of these items might not really be explosives in the true sense of the word. For example, ammunition and fireworks. Sometimes we forget that ammunition is actually explosive and that it needs to be treated as such. The same goes for fireworks, we see them as bundles of festive joy but they are actually quite dangerous devices. A good rule of thumb is: if it can explode in any way, movers will not move it.

If you want to move such items, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork in order. Also, you need to take extra precautions when moving them. These are some of the highest risk items that there are.

Explosive items such as fireworks and ammunitions are also a big “NO”.


We left this category for last because it is not really something that your moving company will refuse to move. However, due to their nature, valuables are in a category of their own. You can name this category however you want, one term is “Items you should really move by yourself”. Anything that has extreme value needs to be with you, at all times. However, you can always contact your professional mover and ask for the full list of the items they are not allowed to move! No matter how good and experienced the moving company is, the will of God can change things in an instant. So, do yourself a favor and add this to all the other categories that your movers will not move.

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