It may come as somewhat of a surprise, but there actually is a substantial list of items that you should never move with. The unfortunate truth is that many people simply relocate lock, stock, and barrel when they should perhaps leave the barrel behind.

 Not all movers will provide you with a “no-move list” but it may be in your best interests to consider the list that follows as a safety guide for you and your family:

dangerous items

1. Personal Items

Steer clear of leaving any room for your personal documentation to get lost. Accidents happen, so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep these documents safe. Consider storing your physical files somewhere safe and have digital copies on hand should you require them.

2. Sentimental Items

It goes without saying that you don’t want any family heirlooms or sentimental pieces to get damaged or lost during a move. If you have any items that are particularly fragile or irreplaceable, you’ll want to make provisions for them.

3. Perishables

You really don’t want to hand over any perishable items to your movers. Unless you’re spending inordinate amounts of money on a refrigerated or temperature controlled truck, you should consider making alternative plans. Frozen foods, fresh foods, or pantry items that have already been opened really shouldn’t move with you at all. Consider donating them or handing them over to friends, family, or neighbours. Ideally, you should try to avoid stocking your kitchen with new groceries for at least a week before the move.

4. Chemicals

Moving chemicals really isn’t ideal. The list of dangerous chemicals is virtually endless and includes lighter fluid, ammonia, cleaning solvents, paint thinners, nail polish remover, and so much more.

5. Poison

While you could probably combine chemicals and poisons into one “no-go” category, there are some extremely poisonous substances that you shouldn’t cart around. Weed killers, pesticides, and insecticides are at the very top of the list. Try to avoid asking your movers to lug these around for you. The risk of contamination is far too high.

6. Weapons

If you are going to be moving weapons, it is best to do so responsibly, using a locked carrier cabinet. Dangerous weapons should remain your responsibility. This also includes special antiquated pieces that may only be intended for show.

7. Fire Extinguishers

Yes, these are meant to prevent a fire but that doesn’t mean they aren’t volatile when handled incorrectly. It may be unlikely that they will explode – after all, that’s what the safety release valve is for – but they may become damaged and could therefore malfunction when used.

8. Aerosol Cans

Any can bearing the warning label “contents under pressure may explode” should not be taken lightly. Chances of explosion may be slim but you should never take the chance.

9. Batteries

This includes all types of batteries, including household and car batteries. They can explode. It’s a fact.

10. Tanks

Propane and scuba tanks should not be left to your movers. Any speciality tanks should be carefully and safely moved and stored by you (or preferably a company that deals in the delivery of these items).