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

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving isn’t anxiety-filled enough, did you recognize that there are some items your movers cannot haul?

When you select a moving company, they will give you a list of the articles that they cannot haul to your new house in Tulsa. They are not attempting to make your life crazier, they're heeding the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which defines hazardous materials that are not okay to put on a commercial vehicle. There are several items on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that won't tolerate being on a closed truck and the moving company won't transport.

Because you're a reasonable law-abiding individual, it has possibly never crossed your mind that you're actually storing dangerous explosives in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. You've possibly glanced around the garage and thought about your lawn machinery going on the moving van, but there are several other items that are regarded to be dangerous and you will need to be responsible for moving out of your house.

Anything with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a nasty habit of exploding if they're combined with different chemicals, which can easily happen in a moving vehicle. A ground rule is that if you cannot place the thing in question in your regular trash for collection, it can't be boxed up and loaded on a truck. So not only should you deplete the gas tanks on any lawn equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or pass it on to your nearby relatives—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline could have a detrimental result. And guess what—any damages will be your responsibility since you were warned what not to load on the truck. It's not the moving company's obligation to double check all your boxes for contraband, so make sure that any hazardous supplies-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving truck. The best thing to do is transport 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? The pantry? Pets? 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 cannot transport your plants may be a bit more surprising. Long-distance moves create a concern in that states monitor foreign vegetation coming in, and you do not want to accidentlly bring pests to either the moving van or your new house. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you may need a special license to move them—so if you're the person who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new state of residence knows where you live. As for food items in your cupboard, only box up unopened, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Better, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local charity, and start fresh at your new residence. Toss out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and move them with you.

Even though 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 heirloom items. The liabilities of being misplaced are too large, take them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other important documents.

Other things you might not realize is hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not authorized to be transported on the moving truck. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not allowed on a moving truck, so be ahead of the game and get rid of or pack those items by themselves. The best choice is to properly dispose of these items and buy everything new once you have moved, so you will have brand new cleaning supplies and bleach to go with your brand-new home.