With long-distance moving, food items will not be allowed by movers. This is because the food will not keep and could attract rats and other pests that might damage your property.
If your move will be picked up and delivered within 24 hours, the moving company may allow perishables to be transported as long as they are properly packed.
Perishable items include those listed below.
If you are having a moving company transport your belongings, it should provide you with a list of “non-allowables.” This is an industry term for items professional movers will not transport.
This list not only includes no-brainers such as ammunition and gasoline, but also seemingly innocuous items like nail polish and kids’ chemistry sets. Although not hazardous, the moving company will also include perishable food and personal or sentimental items.
Hazardous items are generally those considered explosive, flammable or corrosive. Here’s a list of common items that moving companies consider non-allowable:Hazardous items are generally those considered explosive, flammable or corrosive.
Personal or sentimental items
Professional movers don’t like to transport these items because of the inherent risk of loss or damage. Basically, movers want to limit their liability in case these items are lost or damaged. As a consumer, you likely want to have these items under your control anyway.
The loss of medical records, financial documents or school records could be difficult to replace. Sensitive electronics, such as laptops, might be damaged by the extreme temperatures in a moving van. Jewelry, cash, collections and personal video tapes or CDs could not be replaced if lost.