Things Your Long-Distance Mover Cannot Transport and What You Can Do with These Items

When the time comes for you to relocate for work, you may need to hire a long-distance moving company for help. While the company you hire will be able to move most things you own, there are certain things they may not be able to move. Here are some of the things that might be included on the list of things they cannot move, and here are some ideas as to what you can do with these items.


Moving companies will typically move non-perishable food items for customers; however, they will not move perishable items. This includes things that are kept in your refrigerator or freezer, and it also includes things like bread, fresh vegetables, and open containers. Also keep in mind that the costs for moving will be based on the number of boxes and things you have to move from your existing house to your new house, so finding ways to reduce the amount of stuff you move is a good way to keep your moving costs down.

If you have a lot of food on hand, you should start trying to use it up in the weeks preceding your move. This is especially important for your perishable foods, but you can even try to use up as much of your unperishable food as possible too. After spending a few weeks using up food and not buying any more, you may run out of ideas. If so, you could use a website to help you generate recipe ideas based on the food items you have on hand. All you have to do is state what ingredients you have, and the website will give you some ideas as to what you can make with the items.

Live Plants

Living plants, bushes, and flowers are also things that most long-distance moving companies will not transport. If you have a lot of living plants at your current house, you will have to make some decisions about what you will do with these items. Here are some ideas you could consider using.

Take the plants in your own vehicle – If you have some really special plants that you do not want to leave behind, you could always pack them with you in your own vehicle. If you do this, place the plants in boxes and stuff newspapers around them. If it is winter, wrap the plants in newspapers to keep them warmer.

Give them to your friends – Another option is to give some of your plants to your local friends. This would be a nice gift to give them before you leave, and it may help them remember and think of you each time they water or look at the plants.

Leave them behind – You could always leave some of the plants behind too if you have a lot of plants that you cannot fit in your car or that you do not really want.

Cleaning Products and Chemicals

The third category of items moving companies may not move is cleaning products and chemicals. These are things such as bleach, nail-polish remover, gasoline, and toilet cleaner. Any liquid products like this may be flammable or explosive, and this is typically why moving companies do not transport these items.  

If you have a lot of these on hand, you may want to ask your friends if they would like any of them. With the rest, you should look for a company that offers household chemical-recycling services, or you can ask your local garbage company whether they offer recycling for these types of items.

Preparing to move takes time, and these are a few things you will need to think about a few weeks or months before you move. To learn more, contact a long-distance moving company today.