We Move Just About Everything … Except Dangerous Items

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“Unmovable” usually means inflexible. At Jackson’s Relocation Services, we’ve converted that word to cover things we just can’t transport—not because we don’t want to, but because it would be dangerous.

Legally speaking, our interstate moving company’s hands are tied when it comes to putting certain belongings inside our trucks. When you think about the following items, you’ll likely see these restrictions make lots of sense—even if they’re sometimes inconvenient.

The No. 1 rationale behind government-dictated regulations is safety—plain and simple. For prohibitions based on Jacksons Moving’s own safe-moving policies, our primary reasoning is protecting your possessions. Either way, we can’t budge when it comes to not moving these objects.

Dangerous situation

Federal officials are unmovable on relocating what are deemed hazardous materials, primarily flammable, explosive, corrosive or eco-unfriendly items. It’s illegal to transport these items because they’ll explode under certain conditions. Consider recycling. Or, take these items to a hazardous-waste collection site before your cross-country move. You also might give them to friends or family members. If required, consult municipal or county officials on proper disposal methods for dangerous materials.

This prohibited-items list isn’t exhaustive. Unsure about an item’s safety? Talk with your pro movers.

  1. acids
  2. ammunition
  3. bottled gas or propane
  4. lamp oil
  5. charcoal
  6. all flammables, including matches and lighter fluid
  7. explosives and corrosives
  8. fireworks
  9. fire extinguisher
  10. car batteries
  11. motor oils and fuel
  12. paints, thinners, oils and varnishes
  13. cleaning solvents
  14. Sterno cans, chafing-fuel cans and cooking-fuel cans
  15. aerosol cans
  16. ammonia and liquid bleach
  17. nail polish and nail-polish remover
  18. pool chemicals
  19. poisons
  20. pesticides, fertilizer and weed killer

Leave the leaves

Most moving companies won’t take your plants. Jacksons Relocation is no exception. Our experience as long-distance movers tells us the heat and stress inside our interstate moving vans kills vegetation.

Driving as part of your cross-country move? You could try squeezing that prized rubber plant into your vehicle. But be aware: Regulations sometimes govern plants, too. Many states bar their entry. Others admit them only under certain conditions. Some don’t regulate plant travel at all. Make sure you know your state’s regulations before transporting what might be deemed a dangerous plant.

Plant preservation also involves not transporting eco-hostile pests, including the destructive gypsy moth. Therefore, make sure mini-menaces aren’t tagging along for the ride.

Thought for food

Do we transport food items? Yes…and no.

We say, “yes,” to dry, jarred or canned goods. Pack your boxed, dry food in medium cartons, and tape openings shut to prevent spillage. Put jars or canned goods in newsprint-cushioned book (1.5 cubic foot) cartons.

Sorry, but it’s a no-go for any perishable or unsealed food items. That includes produce, refrigerated or frozen food, and other opened food items. Perishable items attract vermin and other pests that might damage your belongings.

You might put perishable items in a cooler and take them on your own for short-distance travel (less than 24 hours). Still, check with Jackson Moving before attempting to move edibles.

Also consider donating your usable food. In cooperation with not-for-profit organization, Move For Hunger, we’ll pick up non-perishable food from people who are moving. We then deliver those items to local food pantries.

Priceless protections

They’re not explosive or corrosive or potentially messy nor do they attract insects or vermin. Still, we don’t advise moving certain prized possessions via our tractor-trailers. We’re pro movers and experts in knowing how to pack fragile items for shipping, but accidents sometimes happen.

We’d much rather a mishap occur involving an easily replaced belonging vs. a priceless heirloom. That’s why we say you shouldn’t place the following items on our moving vans cross country. Instead, carry them with you.

  1. coins
  2. valuable papers (bank bills, currency, deeds, notes and drafts)
  3. jewelry and precious stones
  4. stamp collections
  5. revenue stamps
  6. letters
  7. photo albums
  8. cash
  9. car keys
  10. financial or medical records

Other cherished items are ideal candidates for our specialty moving services. From antique pianos to billiards tables and fine art, some belongings require special handling and delivery instructions to maintain their value.

We’re anything but unmovable at Jackson’s Relocation Services. But certain objects have to be. Gain peace of mind by discussing these added protections with your residential movers.

Based in Sedalia, Missouri, Jackson’s Relocation Services is the interstate moving company who’ll go the distance for you. Contact us to learn how our status as one of the top moving companies in Missouri can make your life easier. Whether you’re seeking an interstate moving company or local movers in Sedalia, contact our team for a moving quote at (660) 826-6898 or (800) 452-6683.

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