Rules for Moving to Tulsa--What Movers Can't Move

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Moving BoxesAs if moving wasn’t anxiety-filled enough, did you know that there are several things your movers cannot transport?

When you hire your moving company, they will give you a list of the items that they cannot transport to your new home in Tulsa. They're not trying to make your life crazier, they're heeding the U.S. Department of Transportation statute (49 CFR 100-185) which details hazardous materials that aren't okay to put on a moving van. There are some things on the list of non-transportables that aren't hazardous, but that will not endure being on a closed truck and the moving company won't transport.

Considering you're a rational law-abiding person, it has most likely never dawned on you that you're actually harboring dangerous explosives wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. You've probably glanced around the garage and thought about your lawn machinery going on the moving truck, but there are lots of other things that are considered dangerous and you will have to be responsible for removing from .

Anything with chemicals is a definite moving no-no. This is due to the fact that chemicals have a nasty habit of doing bad things if they are mixed with other chemicals, which can easily occur in a moving van. A guideline is that if you can't place the item in your regular trash for pick up, it cannot be boxed up and put on a moving truck. So not only must you empty the gas tanks on any lawn machinery (mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers, etc), either use any fertilizers and grass seed or pass it on to your nearby relatives—a little Miracle-gro and a little leaking gasoline can produce a detrimental outcome. And guess what—any losses are your responsibility because you were advised what not to load on the moving truck. It's not the moving company's obligation to check all your boxes for contraband, so be sure that any hazardous supplies-including old paint, batteries, aerosol cans, charcoal, and paint thinner—are NOT packed for the moving truck. The ideal thing to do is take them 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? Your dog? Believe it or not, some people have asked that their pets be put on the moving van—the answer is no. That the moving company cannot transport your plants might be a little more surprising. Out-of-state moves create a concern due to the fact that some states monitor foreign vegetation coming in, and you don't want to accidentlly introduce pests to either the truck or your new house. If plants are being transported more than 150 miles you may need to get a specific license to transport them—so if you're the one who transported in canker worms or aphids, your new state of residence can locate you. As for food items in your cupboard, only pack up new, non-perishable stuff with a long shelf life. Or, donate your unopened canned goods, cereals, and cookies to a local charity, and start fresh at your new residence. Throw out anything perishable or open, unless you're going to pack up coolers and transport them with you.

Although your valuables are not hazardous or likely to start an ash borer attack, most moving companies are reluctant to transport jewelry, cash, stock certificates and other heirloom belongings. The hazards of being lost are too big, 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 authorized to be moved commercially. Again, anything chemical or flammable is not approved on a moving truck, so be wise and get rid of or pack those items separately. The easiest alternative is to properly dispose of these items and buy everything new once you've moved, so you will have brand new cleaning supplies and bleach to go with your brand-new home.