The ULTIMATE Non-Allowable Moving List

Moving Non-Allowables

For the safety of our movers, and the protection of your belongings, there are certain things that cannot be packed and shipped with your move. You will need to use these items before your move date, give them away, or appropriately dispose of them.

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Essentially, “non-allowable” items fall into 3 categories:

  1. Items we cannot move.
  2. Items we will not move, except under special circumstances.
  3. Items you should move yourself.
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Items we cannot move are listed below and contain hazardous, corrosive, flammable, and/or combustible material. For the safety of everyone, we will not move these items.

  • Acid
  • Aerosol Cans (regardless of content)
  • Ammonia, Bleach, and Other Household Cleaning Agents
  • Ammunition
  • Auto Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Chlorine Granules or Powder
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Fireworks
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gun Reloading Supplies
  • Heating Agents such as Sterno
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Loaded Guns
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Lighters
  • Motor Oil
  • Matches
  • Muriatic Acid (also called Hydrochloric Acid)
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Oxygen Tanks
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paints, Varnishes, Solvents, Thinners, and Oils
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Weed Killer
  • Any Other Combustible Product

Items we will not move, except under special circumstances (like pre-approved local moves), are listed below. These items could spoil or die and attract pests that could damage your shipment. It is in your best interest that we do not move these items.

  • Frozen Food
  • Open Food Items
  • Produce
  • Plants
  • Refrigerated Food

Lastly, items you should move yourself are valuable and/or difficult to replace and it is recommended that you move these items yourself.

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non-allowable moving items
  • Address Books
  • Airline Tickets
  • Car keys
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell Phones
  • Certificates of Deposits
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer Discs
  • Financial Documents
  • House Keys
  • Insurance Policies
  • IRAs, Deeds, Tax Records
  • Jewelry
  • Keys to Safe
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Medicine
  • Photographs and photo albums
  • Professional Files (attorney, accountant, physician)
  • School Records
  • Sterling Silver
  • Stocks and Bonds

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How to Dispose of Your “Non-Allowable” Items

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Since some of these items contain materials that are potentially harmful to the environment, it is important that you dispose of them properly. Examples of improper disposal, or what NOT to do, would include burning them, pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or throwing them out with your normal garbage.

What you CAN do is easily give some of these items to your neighbors, friends, and family. They would be happy to have some extra cleaning supplies or a few cans of paint that you can’t take with you. You can also post your items for a low cost, or free, on Craigslist or Facebook ‘For Sale’ pages.

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Many communities offer a variety of options to handle this situation safely and conveniently. See if your community has a facility that collects household waste year-round or on special collection days. Arrange to have your leftover paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaning, and automotive produces picked up.

By taking advantage of this service your materials can be used by someone else rather than being thrown away. Your local health department can inform you of the nearest hazardous waste facility if you call them or visit their website.

Do you have any other eco-friendly ways to dispose of your non-allowable items? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Responses to “The ULTIMATE Moving Non-Allowable List”

  1. chubby

    I truly appreciate this post. Keep writing.

    • Elijah @ Olympic Moving & Storage

      Will do, Chubby! Thanks for your comment.


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