If you are moving for the first time or you just need a reminder, let us just refresh your memory that there are things your movers won’t move. Whether you are preparing for a long or short distance move, you have to know that there are some things you will have to take care of without movers help. The first and the most important thing is to make a plan, sort out your budget and make checklists! Checklists are very good as they will help you to organize your time better. Also, relying on checklists will reduce the stress that awaits you.

Hiring a professional moving company

Whether your move is short or a long distance one, hiring a professional moving company is the best thing you can do. The first thing you should do is to call several companies and ask for prices. Also, ask what kind of services they are offering. Some companies will offer some of the services for free if you decide to hire them. And, of course, every good moving company will calculate all your costs and inform you about them in advance. This is also important because you can be sure that in the end, you won’t have to pay more and that there won’t be any hidden costs.

Every professional moving company has years of experience and also really good, trained, workers. They will try their best to pack, load and transport your stuff to another location as safely as possible. However, you should keep in your mind that there are things your movers won’t move. Therefore, let’s mention some of the services that professional moving company offers.

  • Great communications with customers
  • Calculating all your costs
  • Packing supplies
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Truck and transport services
  • Additional Insurance
  • Storage places
  • Other services (packing fine arts and antiques, car or motorcycle transport etc.)
Hiring a professional moving company will save you time and make your relocation fast and easy!

Every professional moving company will do whatever they can to meet their client’s needs!

You can also check this guide if you are not sure on how to find a good mover!

Things your movers won’t move

As we already have mentioned, you can count on your moving company to pack and transport your belongings safely. However, there are some things your movers won’t move. Therefore we will help you prepare in advance. The best solution is to get enough packing supplies (such as different sizes of boxes) and pack everything yourself. After packing, you will load those boxes in your car and transport them. Your professional moving company will let you know which items they don’t want to deal with.

Now, let’s see what items you should take care of by yourself.

  • Perishables
  • Plants
  • Pets
  • Hazardous materials
  • Flammable items
  • Valuable items
  • Guns and ammunition
  • Supplies for cleaning
  • Liquors


For starters, your movers won’t move perishable food. Fresh or frozen food can spoil during transport. Opened cans can spill and ruin some of your furniture. That’s why we suggest using up all the food you have left during the last week before the move. Also, do not buy unnecessary food, try to spend everything you have from your refrigerator and freezer before that.

Also, since perishables and kitchens are tightly connected, here you can find some useful tips on how to properly pack your kitchen!


We know that plans are very fragile. They can also get ruined in the moving truck during the transport. That’s why you should transport plants in your car. In case you are not able to do so, give them as a present to your friends, family or neighbors.


Everyone who has pets won’t put them into a moving truck. Pets should also be with you, in your car. Those lovely creatures that make our day and put a smile on our face do not deserve a ride in a dark moving truck with the rest of the furniture. They can get scared or also hurt if they are placed into the truck.

Take your pets with you, they should not be in the moving truck with the rest of your belongings!

Our lovely pets should always be with us during the move!

However, if you are moving with your family and pets to New York, here are some useful things to know before moving to New York!

Hazardous materials

Hazardous materials are very serious and dangerous. Your moving company won’t move anything hazardous because things that can burn or explode are a major risk. They can cause serious injuries or death. We will put some of those materials on the list, but you should also talk to your moving company so they can give you a full list of items they don’t want to deal with.

  • Gasoline
  • Lighter fluid
  • Fireworks
  • Acids
  • Different types of oils and dyes
  • Black powder
  • Matches etc.

Flammable items

Other things your movers won’t move are nail polishes, polish removers and different type of deodorants. All of these items are extremely toxic and flammable. In case you are not able to transport things like this at all, just keep on your mind that they are not that expensive and you can get new ones when you arrive at your new destination.

Valuable items

Every professional moving company has their own policy about moving certain items. Most of them will accept moving your valuable stuff, but for your own good, you should keep these kinds of things with you at all times during the move. Even though a professional moving company will take care of your belongings, things like family heirlooms, documents or even money should be with you, at all times. Here is a list of some valuable things you should keep with you:

  • Money
  • Documents (passports, ID etc.)
  • Family heirlooms
  • Photos
  • Jewelry
Other than jewelry, some of the other things movers won't move are documents, money and family heirlooms.

We should also take care of our jewelry, documents, and other valuable items and transport those ourselves!

Also, be sure you are not making any moving mistakes!

Supplies for cleaning

Next, on the list of things your movers won’t move are cleaning supplies. Your movers won’t pack things like these, simply because they can spill out, in transport, and ruin your other belongings that are inside of the moving truck.  The best choice is to just get rid of them and buy new ones when you arrive at your new location. Cleaning supplies are not expensive and are something that we often buy on a weekly basis, to keep our home clean and fresh.


Transportation of liquors and alcoholic beverages vary from company to company. Some of them want to transport liquors without a question. However, this actually depends on you. If you have wine or any other beverage collection, you might want to find some of the moving companies who specialize in packing and transport valuable collections like this.