When you’re seeking moving companies in Seattle, such as A2B Moving & Storage, please realize we move everything—except hazardous materials.
You should know our cross-country movers’ hands are legally tied when it comes to putting certain dangerous belongings inside our trucks.
When you consider the following items, you’ll likely see these restrictions make lots of sense—even if they might seem inconvenient.
The No. 1 rationale behind government-dictated legal controls is safety—plain and simple.
For prohibitions based on A2B Moving & Storage’s own safe-moving policies, our primary consideration is protecting your possessions from a hazardous situation. Either way, we can’t budge when it comes to not moving these objects. (This should be true for any moving company in Bellevue, Washington worth its salt.)
Federal officials are unmovable on relocating what are deemed hazardous materials, primarily flammable, explosive, corrosive or eco-unfriendly items. It’s illegal to transport these items because they’ll explode under certain conditions. Consider recycling or taking these items to a hazardous-waste collection site before your cross-country move. You also might give them to friends or family members. Consult municipal or county officials on proper disposal methods if required.
This prohibited-items list isn’t exhaustive. Please talk with your pro movers if you’re unsure about an item’s safety.
- bottled gas or propane
- lamp oil
- all flammables, including matches and lighter fluid
- explosives and corrosives
- fire extinguisher
- car batteries
- motor oils and fuel
- paints, thinners, oils and varnishes
- cleaning solvents
- liquid bleach
- Sterno cans, chafing-fuel cans and cooking-fuel cans
- aerosol cans
- ammonia and liquid bleach
- nail polish and nail-polish remover
- pool chemicals
- pesticides, fertilizer and weed killer
Leave the leaves
Most moving companies won’t take your plants, and A2B Moving & Storage is no exception. We love greenery as much as you. The more beautiful and rarer, the better. However, our experience as the best moving company Seattle consumers rely on tells us the heat and stress inside our interstate moving vans kills vegetation.
You could try squeezing that prized rubber plant into your own vehicle if you’re driving as part of your cross-country move. But be aware: Regulations sometimes govern plants, too.
Many states prohibit their entry to thwart infestation that might threaten money-making crops. Others admit them only under certain conditions. Some don’t regulate plant travel at all. Make sure you understand your state’s regulations before transporting floral favorites using your own vehicle.
Plant preservation also involves not transporting eco-hostile pests, including the destructive gypsy moth, so make sure mini-menaces aren’t tagging along for the ride.
Thought for food
Do we transport food items? Yes … and no.
We say, “yes,” to dry, jarred or canned goods. Pack your boxed, dry food in medium cartons. Tape openings shut to prevent spillage. Put jars or canned goods in newsprint-cushioned book (1.5 cubic foot) cartons.
Sorry, but it’s a no-go for any perishable or unsealed food items. That includes produce, refrigerated or frozen food, and other opened food items. Perishable items attract vermin and other pests that might damage your belongings.
You might put perishable items in a cooler and transport them on your own for short-distance travel (less than 24 hours). Still, check with your Auburn movers before attempting to move edibles.
Also consider donating your usable food by contacting the not-for-profit organization, Move For Hunger. They’ll pick up non-perishable food items from people who are moving and deliver those items to local food pantries.
They’re not explosive or corrosive or potentially messy nor do they attract insects or vermin. Still, we don’t advise moving certain prized possessions via our tractor-trailers. We’re pro movers and experts in knowing how to pack fragile items for shipping, but accidents sometimes happen. We’d much rather a mishap occur involving an easily replaced item vs. a priceless heirloom. That’s why we say you shouldn’t place the following items on our moving vans cross country. Instead, carry them with you.
- valuable papers (such as bank bills, currency, deeds, notes and drafts)
- jewelry and precious stones
- stamp collections
- revenue stamps
- photo albums
- car keys
- financial or medical records
Other cherished items are ideal candidates for our specialty moving services, which are designed for unique and precious objects. From antique pianos to billiards tables and fine art, some belongings require special handling and delivery instructions to maintain their value. Discussing these added protections with your residential movers can provide you peace of mind on the move ahead.
Contact us today
Seeking a moving company in Seattle that’s among the region’s top-rated movers? Whether you need local or long-distance movers, A2B Moving & Storage are the movers in Seattle, WA best-suited to handle the job carefully and courteously. Since 2009, we’ve been the long-distance movers in Auburn, WA people confidently count on. Contact us today for a FREE moving quote: 206.419.5748.