Avoiding Troubles


Here’s an assortment of serious problems that can easily be avoided with these moving tips.

Avoiding Troubles When Moving Pets

Dogs and cats frequently run away from home as soon as they see the packing begin. It’s best to keep pets inside or tied up as soon as you start to pack.

On the other end, give pets plenty of time to get used to the new home before letting them loose outside. (You don’t want them to try one of those heroic journeys back to the old place.)

Check out some of the pet information sites for details. Go to our Other Sites to Visit and follow the information about pets. You can also find information by using a search engine and the words moving pets.

Avoiding Troubles on Dangerous Materials

It’s illegal to pack dangerous items for transport by Common Carrier (Your mover): Don’t move items such as:

  • Aerosol spray cans
    • Paint
    • Insecticides
  • Ammunition
  • Compressed flammable gases like propane or acetylene
  • Corrosives like bleach or muriatic acid
  • Explosives like Fireworks or black powder
  • Gasoline
    • Small quantities of gasoline can be highly explosive in a packed moving truck
    • Drain and blow dry any small cans of fuel.
    • Drain and blow dry the fuel tanks on all power tools
  • Used motor oil
    • While new motor oil is scarcely flammable, used motor oil can have a lot of gasoline dissolved in it. It can be a bit flammable and emit flammable vapor.
    • Drain the crankcase of all power equipment.
    • Tag the equipment to remind yourself to refill the crankcase before use.
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents

Packing the above items in a moving truck is not only illegal — it is genuinely dangerous for the movers and for their truck.

Moving tips for messy items

Avoid messy items. We have a list of things to avoid moving long distances. Everything below is entirely legal to move. However, we’ve seen enough problems with spillage to feel it’s not worth the risk.

  • Cans of water based paint
  • Large glass jars of:
    • Any food item
    • Cooking oil
    • Vinegar
    • Liquid cleaners
  • Open packages of:
    • Flour
    • Salt
    • Laundry detergent
    • Large containers of irritants like pepper or chili powder

Moving tips for restricted items

Avoid restricted items. A few other items are restricted on interstate moves. Moving these across state lines may violate either state or federal laws. Check with your mover if you have questions.

  • Unregistered guns
  • Many kinds of plants
  • Some fresh fruit
  • Some types of pornography

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