Things Removal Companies Won’t Remove

What will removal companies not move?

When it comes to moving, there are some items that removal companies will not transport. This post is for you if you want to know what things removal companies will not move. Some items will not be packed or transported by professional removal companies. These are prohibited items that are either unsuitable or unsafe for a removal team to move. Every removal company has its own list of prohibited or non-allowable items, which you should inquire about prior to your moving day.

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Dangerous Items

This is the most important part of the list because it is about keeping you and the removal team safe on moving day. Dangerous substances are typically flammable, corrosive, or explosive (or any mixture of the three). Compressed gases, radioactive materials, and poisonous substances are examples of these. If any of the items listed below need to be moved, keep in mind that the removal team may not be able to handle them due to various safety regulations. If you have a few fireworks stashed in the attic that you didn’t use on bonfire night, remember to dispose of them safely or handle them yourself.

Perishable Foods

Simply put, these are the items that may ‘go off’ or decompose while being transported. Perishable food should not be packed onto the removal van, and any fridge or freezer should be cleaned and defrosted before packing. This is due to the possibility of a mess and the difficult clean-up required after decomposing. However, the removal company may take well-sealed non-perishable foods, so it’s critical to ask questions before moving. However, open, frozen, perishable, or refrigerated food cannot generally be transported in removal vans.

Why not invite your neighbors over for a final farewell meal as you are expected to defrost and clean your fridge and freezer before moving day? You never know what delicious foods you might find in the deepest recesses of your freezer. Some leftover foods can be given to neighbors, friends, or family, donated to charity, or transported as a moving-in snack, considering it is still consumable or if it’s in a pack, or not opened yet. 

Pets and Plants

Although your dog may enjoy his/her bed, he will not appreciate being stored alongside it. Removal vans aren’t the most welcoming environments and can get very hot, so they’re not ideal for transporting pets. Moving anxiety is also common in animals, so if you’re moving with a dog or cat, you’ll want to make them as comfortable as possible.

Remember that moving your beloved pet is your responsibility, so plan accordingly. Contact your veterinarian and the removal company for expert advice on how to transport your animal companions safely. If you are busy, it may be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to pet-sit during the moving process so that you can ensure the safety of your furry friend.

The same is true for houseplants, which are living and ultimately fragile no matter how careful you are. Plant pots are also bulky and take up a lot of space. The dark, cramped environment of the back of a removal van is not ideal for plant life, so make sure you transport your favorite fern safely during long journeys.

Valuable Items

Even with the extra precautions, many possessions are irreplaceable. Items that are sentimental or valuable, such as photo albums, birth certificates, and family jewelry, should be packed separately and moved by you. The same is true for tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. Because of the slight possibility of damage, it is well worth keeping valuable items on hand.

Some things are too important to risk, no matter how experienced or qualified a professional is. Make a separate box for all of your important paperwork and documents so that you always know where they are. Items that are irreplaceable must be kept safe and with you at all times. Check with your home insurance company to see if these valuable items are covered during the move.

Saving Time and Money on Your Removal

So there you have it, while you should always consult with your removal company for specific advice and information, we hope this guide gets you started so you feel prepared for moving day. To save yourself both time and money on your removal needs, fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you as fast as we can.