Non allowable items

Items moving companies do not transport

What are the things moving companies don’t move?

There are many things moving companies do not move. If you aren’t sure and a specific item doesn’t show up below, please, check with us directly. We will be more than glad to help.

What can’t movers move?

The items listed below are not only no-brainers such as ammunition and gas/diesel but also seemingly innocuous items like nail polish, kids’ chemistry sets, and plants.

Please, be aware that although not hazardous, most moving companies will also include perishable food and personal/sentimental items to the list.

  • Fireworks / Explosives / Flammable items
  • Paint and thinners / Corrosives / Hazardous items
  • Nail polish / Nail polish remover
  • Propane cylinders
  • Matches / Lighters / Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline / Diesel
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Kids’ chemistry sets
  • Open bottles of cleaning supplies / Liquor
  • Fertilizers / Chemicals in general
  • Ammo / Weapons
  • Power equipment with fuel
  • Plants / Pets
  • Perishable items
Things movers don't move

Perishables Movers don’t transport

Food items will not be allowed by movers. This is because the food will most likely not make it and it could attract mice, rats, and other pests that could possibly damage your property. (Dry or canned food is ok)

If your move will be picked up and delivered within 24 hours, your moving crew may just allow perishables to be transported as long as they are properly packed in coolers. But you will have to check with your crew leader directly.

Perishable items include:

Produce, open food containers, plants, frozen/refrigerated food

(Pets will not be transported)

Sentimental or personal items

Our PRO movers don’t like to transport these items because of the inherent risk of loss or damage. Basically, our movers want to limit their liability because those items are invaluable and irreplaceable to you.

You likely want to have these items under your control anyway, right?

The loss/misplace of medical records, financial documents or school records could be difficult if not impossible to replace.

Sensitive electronics, such as laptops, might be damaged by the extreme temperatures in a moving van.

Jewelry, cash, gold, collections, and personal videotapes, flash-drives, or CDs could not be replaced if lost.

Here’s a look at what most moving companies may consider personal or sentimental:

Address books/AgendasComputer discsPersonal video tapes, DVDs
Airline ticketsFinancial documentsPhotographs, photo albums
Car keysInsurance policiesProfessional files
Car titlesIRAs, deeds, tax recordsResearch projects
Cash/GoldJewelrySchool records
CDs/DVDs/BlueraysKeys to furn., safe, home, shed, etc.Sterling silver
Cell phonesLaptop computersStocks or bonds
Certificates of DepositMedical, dental recordsWedding albums
Collections (coin, etc.)Pagers and other devices


Moving and packing tips

Welcome to our moving and packing tips blog!

We are better movers than writers but we’ll do our best to share some wisdom with you.

After all, 10 years in the moving industry have taught us a few lessons.

movers on duty

Visit our website

Moving and packing services


Disclaimer(s): We are a moving company, we are just sharing our opinion on this blog, do not take it as advice.  If you are in need of packing services or moving services, we recommend you hire a professional moving company.

If you have decided to pack and/or move yourself, we honestly wish you luck! But as stipulated by law, we can not and do not make any guarantees about your ability to get results with our ideas, information, pics or strategies. We don’t know you and, besides, your results in life are up to you. Right?

We just want to help you by posting great accurate content and tips. The only way we can guarantee your satisfaction is if you hire us to help you but if you do it yourself, you are on your own. If you are not happy for any reason with the quality of our service, just ask for Luis Montalvo, the owner of Movers On Duty. He will take care of you.

You should also know that all posts and pages by our company are for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing on this post, any of our website’s pages or other posts, or any of our content is a promise or guarantee of results, and we do not offer any legal or other professional advice. No results or examples mentioned by us are typical or should be expected.

Making decisions based on any information presented in our blog or website should be done only with the knowledge that you could experience risk or losses just like in any other endeavor. Use caution and always consult your local movers before acting on this or any information related to a lifestyle change or your business or finances. You alone are responsible and accountable for your decisions, actions, and results in life. And by proceeding (meaning: if you continue reading, clicking, scrolling) you agree not to attempt to hold us liable for your decisions, actions or results, at any time, under any circumstance.

We just want you to thrive in life. We love helping people.


Moving and packing

Moving tips

Moving tips – Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

So much to do, so little time (or so it seems). Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, you should familiarize yourself with what’s involved in moving and begin organizing at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
By pacing yourself, the move won’t seem nearly as overwhelming. You could also involve the entire family by spreading certain responsibilities to each person, even the children. The following tips should help you with this process:

Continue reading “Moving tips”

Packing tips

Packing tips

Packing Tips to make moving easier:

Before packing, we recommend you have a yard/garage sale to get rid of unused or unwanted items. This is usually the best way to purge items that are no longer needed. Nowadays technology makes this task very easy. Many people use or to post their items for sale, as well as Apps like OfferUp.

At the end of the day, donate the things that didn’t sell. The less items you have to move, the easier and less expensive the move will be!

Tip #1

Use the right size boxes when packing.

Continue reading “Packing tips”

How to load a moving truck

How to pack a truck?

Here are some tips for loading a moving truck like a pro so you can use all the space that is available to you.

how to load a truck

Follow these simple packing and loading tips and you’ll notice that you’ll not only pack more efficiently but your move will go much smoother than you might have imagined:

Some experts believe that the largest items should be loaded in first to ensure you have the room necessary for them. Others believe that you should load the boxes in first, building a wall of Continue reading “How to load a moving truck”

How to pack books

how to pack books

How to pack books?

Before we start packing, we must know the right size box to pack books

The book box is 1.5 cubic feet and measures 17”x12 3/8”x 12 3/8”. This box is the smallest of the standard-sized boxes, and because of that, it is the ideal choice for packing heavy items and small items.
This is one of the most common moving box sizes, and can be used for a wide variety of items.

How to properly pack books in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Prepare the Box for Packing

If you are using new boxes, you’ll need to put them together first. Make sure you seal the bottom well by doubling the amount of tape. If you’re-using a recycled box, we recommend you always tape the bottom again with packing tape to make sure it will hold. Continue reading “How to pack books”

How to Pack a Wardrobe Box – Packing tips

what is a wardrobe box

How to Pack a Wardrobe Box – Packing tips


One of the best packing tips we can give you is to always get all of your household items packed into sturdy cardboard boxes. (Plastic bags won’t really work)

A wardrobe box is the largest standard sized box that most movers use for packing. Our wardrobe boxes measure 24’’ x 21’’ x 49’’ and come with a 24’’ metal hanging bar.

It is specially designed to safely transport hanging clothes during the course of the move (Hanging closet clothes, such as coats, boutique items, suit jackets, dresses, and any other hanging shirts or pants). Your clothes will not become wrinkled during the move, because you can leave your clothes on the hanger.

Packing tips - how to pack a wardrobe box

Continue reading “How to Pack a Wardrobe Box – Packing tips”

Packing and Moving TVs, Artwork, Pictures & Frames

Packing and Moving TVs, Artwork, Pictures & Frames

If you’re moving monitors, TVs, photos, large pieces of artwork or other framed prints, you need to know how to prepare them for moving so you don’t end up with broken screens/glass or chipped frames. We will now show you how we do it.

Packing tips:

When moving large pieces of artwork, it is best to pack each piece in a separate specialty box that is slightly larger than the frame you’re packing. If you can’t find specialty boxes, take apart a used box and flatten it.

Moving artwork

Continue reading “Packing and Moving TVs, Artwork, Pictures & Frames”