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 worrisome 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 a few 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.

Because you're a rational law-abiding individual, it has most likely never dawned on you that you are actually housing dangerous explosives wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. You have possibly looked around the garage and pondered about your lawn machinery 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 item in your normal 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 gift it 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 advised what not to load on the moving truck. It is not the moving company's job to double check all your boxes for contraband, so be sure that any hazardous materials-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT boxed for the moving van. 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 items? Pets? If you can believe it, a couple people have asked that their pets be moved on the moving truck—the answer is no. That the moving company can't transport your plants might be a bit more unanticipated. Interstate moves cause an issue 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 truck or your new home. If plants are being transported more than 150 miles you could need to obtain a special permit to move them—so if you're the person who transported in canker worms or aphids, your new state knows where you live. 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. Trash anything perishable or open, unless you are going to ice down coolers and move them with you.

Even though your valuables are not hazardous or likely to start an ash borer breach, most moving companies are unwilling 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 think about as being 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 authorized on a commercial truck, so be ahead of the game and dispose of or pack those items separately. The best alternative is to properly dispose of these things and get everything new after you have moved, so you will have brand new paint thinner and batteries to go with your brand-new abode.