Rules for Moving to Colorado Springs--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving weren't anxiety-filled enough, did you know that there are a few belongings your movers can't haul?

When you choose your moving company, they will provide you a list of the items that they can't transport to your new home in Colorado Springs. They are not aiming to make your life crazier, they are complying with the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which details hazardous materials that are not safe to put on a truck. There are some items on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that will not endure being in a moving truck and the moving company won't load.

Considering you're a rational law-abiding individual, it has probably never occurred to you that you are actually housing dangerous explosives wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. You have likely peered around the garage and pondered about your lawn mower going on the truck, but there are lots of other things that are deemed to be dangerous and you will need to be accountable for getting out of your house.

Anything with chemicals is a sure bet to be a moving no-no. This is because chemicals have a bad habit of doing bad things if they are mixed with other chemicals, which can easily occur in a moving van. A ground rule is that if you can't throw the thing in question in your regular trash for pick up, it cannot be boxed up and loaded on a truck. So not only must you empty 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 friends—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline can have a dreadful product. And guess what—any losses will be your responsibility since you were warned what not to load on the moving van. It is not the moving company's job to double check all your boxes for contraband, so be sure that any hazardous items-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving truck. The best thing to do is take these items 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? Food? Pets? If you can believe it, a couple people have asked that their pets be put on the moving van—the answer is no. That the moving company can't transport your plants might be a bit more surprising. Interstate moves create a problem due to the fact that some states monitor foreign vegetation crossing the state’s borders, and you don't want to accidentlly bring pests to either the moving van or your new home. If plants are moving more than 150 miles you could need to obtain a special permit to move them—so if you're the person who carried in canker worms or aphids, your new state can find you. As for food items in your pantry, only pack up sealed, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Better yet, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local food bank, and begin anew at your new house. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and move them in your own car.

While your valuables are not hazardous or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are hesitant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other valuable items. The hazards of being misplaced are too great, take them along with you in a carry on, or place them with other important documents.

Other things you may not realize is hazardous—nail polish, cleaning supplies, liquid bleach, fire extinguishers—are also not approved to be transported on the moving truck. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not allowed on a commercial truck, so be wise and dispose of or pack those items separately. The best alternative is to properly dispose of these things and purchase everything new after you have moved, so you will have brand new cleaning supplies and bleach to go with your brand-new home.