When planning a move, it’s important to know which items a moving company won’t take to prevent delays. These items often are too flammable or hazardous for a moving provider to bring on their trucks. 

As a professional moving company, we know the ideal ways to handle these items when relocating. This article will cover what you can do with the most common items a moving company can’t take.

Firearms and Ammunition

If you own a firearm and ammunition for protection, you must transport them in a personal vehicle. However, it’s important to know the local laws on transporting firearms if you are crossing state lines. 

You may be breaking the law unknowingly if you aren’t kept informed on regulations. For firearms collectors with multiple weapons, the best option is working with a specialized shipping company for hassle-free transporting. 

Garage and Shed Equipment

Garages and sheds often house lawn equipment and supplies that need special attention when relocating. For gas-powered equipment like lawnmowers, you will need to empty the gasoline out of the system. If you have propane grills or heaters, you must dispose of the propane tank.

While most of the lawn supplies are ok to move, you must also throw away items like fertilizers. These items are flammable, and a moving company won’t take them on the truck to avoid any problems. 


Plants are a great design accent for areas like the living room and patio. While plants aren’t a hazard, they are too fragile to handle the conditions of a moving truck. If you want to take plants with you, the best choice is to bring them in a personal vehicle.

You can ensure that your plants don’t move around and remain undamaged when you bring them with you. If you don’t want to bring the plants, we recommend gifting them to a friend or family member. 

Cleaning Supplies

Many of the cleaning supplies found in your laundry room and cabinets may not be allowed on a moving truck. These cleaning agents include chemicals that are too flammable or hazardous to inhale.

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Disinfectants
  • Glass Cleaner

Kitchen Equipment and Food

You can’t take perishable food items in the moving truck when packing up your kitchen. These items, like fresh produce, will spoil when placed in the back of the truck. If you are making a local move, you may be able to bring these items if prepared by professional residential movers.

Along with food, you cannot put a fire extinguisher on a moving truck due to its threat of combustion. It’s recommended you replace extinguishers frequently, so you should purchase a new one at your next destination. 

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