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Can They Move That? Items Professional Movers Are Not Allowed to Move for You

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Many homeowners are surprised to find out that their professional movers can’t handle all of their belongings. It is simply unsafe or illegal to transport certain items in a traditional moving vehicle, so a Miami moving company, like Griffin Moving & Storage, must turn down offers to relocate some customers’ belongings.

Usually, customers learn whether a moving company can transport something during the initial consultation when their belongings are assessed to create a free moving quote. Miscommunications, items that aren’t visible, or even purchases made after the consultation can lead to major inconveniences on moving day.


You’ll need to come up with another way to ship those belongings to your new home when your Miami movers can’t handle certain items!

To avoid the drama on moving day and help with streamlining your relocation, Griffin Moving & Storage has put together a quick guide to the mover’s non-allowable list.

Most Professional Movers Won’t Handle Living Things

Unless you contract with a company that specifically offers this service, it’s unlikely that your household moving company will transport any living creature or plants. Companies just aren’t set up for the safe transport of living things on their vehicles. Additionally, some states have laws that limit the transport of certain plants to prevent the introduction of invasive wildlife. You’ll have to find another way to move your pet dog and those houseplants to the new home.

Ask About Transporting Valuables

The shipment of valuables may require special insurance and custom crating to protect your belongings in the event of any damage. Griffin Moving & Storage is happy to help you with moving artwork and antiques. Just let us know what you want shipped and we’ll come up with a plan.

Like many other movers, we may not transport other kinds of valuables, such as:

  • Cash
  • Jewelry
  • Important Documents
  • Checkbooks
  • Credit Cards
  • Medications

Perishable Items & Foods Are a Big No-No

Again, most professional movers aren’t set up for transporting food items. Perishables can go bad during transit and become unusable. Food items also attract insects and animals, which are a hassle to deal with and can cause damage to your other furniture.

Chemicals & Flammable Items Are Also on the List!

State and Federal laws also limit the transportation of certain chemicals and flammable items. Plus, professional movers may not want to deal with the special considerations of transporting hazardous materials. Here is a list of chemicals and flammables that movers will not ship:

  • Acids
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Aerosols & Paint
  • Gasoline
  • Lighter Fluid & Kerosene
  • Charcoal
  • Propane Tanks
  • Weapons & Ammunition
  • Fireworks

It’s not all bad news! There are plenty of household goods, vehicles, and equipment that your local Miami moving company can transport. The inconvenience of not being able to ship a few things you own is minor compared to the speed and expertise of our professionals.

To learn more about what Griffin Moving & Storage can move for you, give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We’ll set up a free consultation with a move coordinator who can explain all of our services. You’ll also receive a free moving quote based on your relocation needs.