Items Professional Movers Won’t Move for You

If you’re planning on hiring professional long-distance and local movers like Winnipeg Moving to help you move, you can be sure that your relocation will be a lot smoother than it would be by doing it yourself. A top-rated, high-quality moving team will assist you with everything you need to ensure a perfectly planned and executed move—including specialized services customized to suit your needs. 

However, it’s important to note the services that professional movers can’t or won’t do for you. To help you determine what these services may be, we’ve included this checklist of items that most moving professionals usually steer clear from. By checking this list before moving day arrives, you can prevent problems and delays that will complicate your next relocation.

Furry Four-Legged Friends

Whether you own birds, fish, dogs, cats, and rabbits, most moving companies are not equipped for moving live animals. To ensure the safety and well-being of your scaly, furry, or feathered friends, make arrangements for their transportation with a reputable pet shipping company, an airline, or take them with you in your car for local or long-distance moving.

Dangerous Chemicals and Flammable Substances

Ask your movers for a list of their prohibited items—these will vary according to their own company policies and state laws. In general, most movers will refuse to transport firearms, fuel, propane tanks, fireworks, chemicals, and other dangerous substances and toxic materials. If you’re planning on moving items like these, make sure to mention them to your movers and ask them if they’re allowed to take care of them. If they can’t, give yourself time to make other (safe) arrangements for relocation.

Moving Food Items

One of the best moving tips to adhere to is to plan your move carefully. A weekly checklist of things to do will help you to complete important tasks ahead of time and on-schedule. A great example of this is clearing out your refrigerator in the weeks leading up to your move. 

While non-perishable food items are fine, perishable food items are not. This is because perishable food items might rot or spoil when long-distance moving, so most moving companies will refuse to transport them for you. If you can plan your meals a few weeks in advance, you can use whatever food is left in your freezer or refrigerator instead of throwing it out. You can also make plans to donate whatever is left to a food bank or charity instead of throwing it away.


If you’re moving across state lines, check to see whether your plants can come along with you. Many states prohibit certain plants and flowers from entering into the territory. This is due to pests and diseases that those plants can sometimes carry. In addition, plants can be risky to move and certain types can wither and die during transportation. 

If you’re moving very far away, consider leaving delicate plants where they are and buying new ones once you’ve settled into your new home. In any case, check with your moving company about certain plants you’d like to move and find out whether they’ll be able to transport them along with the rest of your belongings.

Superior Moving Solutions in Winnipeg 

Whether you’re moving locally, long-distance, or to an international location—Winnipeg Moving has the world-class resources and expertise you can count on to experience a high-quality moving experience. Since 1975, we’ve made a name for ourselves as the top moving company in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas—and would be happy to help you organize and execute a stress-free, affordable move. If you’d like more tips on making your next relocation a breeze, or to find out details about our superior moving solutions from our Winnipeg moving company, contact us today by giving us a call over the phone. You can also get started planning your next move with our local movers by filling out our online form to request a free, in-home moving quote and consultation.

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