Figuring out what movers won’t move can be confusing and stressful. After all, it’s not every day that you pack up everything and move across the country or even across town. Before you start packing your possessions, it’s important to know about the things movers won’t move. You certainly don’t want to have to repack anything.

Movers won’t move

    1. Plants. One of the things that long distance movers won’t move is plants. It is illegal to transport plants more than 150 miles without a special license. This is because pests, such as the emerald ash borer or other predators, can hitch a ride on your house plant and allow those pests to be introduced into a new area.
    1. Hazardous materials. You may not stop to consider them as hazardous, but paint, aerosol cans, paint thinner, batteries, fire extinguishers and other such items. Most movers, including Red Ball, will give you a list of the hazardous materials that movers won’t move. However, a good rule of thumb is that if you can’t ship it or dispose of it in your regular trash collection, your movers probably won’t be able to move it. The best plan is to use up such items before you move and dispose properly of the ones that are left over.
    1. Perishable food. It just makes sense; movers won’t move anything that will spoil, such as perishable food, frozen food or open containers. It’s best to consume what you can before the move and/or move your frozen food in a cooler yourself.
    1. Explosives. Of course! It’s a given that movers won’t move ammunition, black powder, primers, propellants, or even souvenir explosives you may have collected.
    1. Pets. Do we really have to say this? Take your pet(s) in the car or the plane with you. Pets are just another of the things movers won’t move.
    1. Flammable items. These are also hazardous materials, so use up or discard appropriately any kerosene, charcoal, lighter fluid, paint remover and the like before the move.
    1. Corrosives. Items such as muriatic acid, nitric acid and batteries with acid, are items that movers won’t move. If moving any batteries make sure they are the non spillable gel-type.
    1. Valuables. Valuables, such as cash, important documents, jewelry and stock certificates have no place in a moving van. While these items aren’t technically among the things movers won’t move, it just doesn’t make sense to risk losing them amid your other possessions during the move.
    1. Power Equipment with Fuel. The list of things movers won’t move also includes power equipment with fuel in the tank. This includes motorcycles, lawn mowers, weed eaters, and so forth. Before movers will move these items, you must drain the fuel or run the item(s) until the fuel reserve is completely empty. Be sure to do this at least 24 hours before loading.
    1. Special Items. We are different! Some movers decline to move extremely heavy items, such as grand pianos, pool tables and hot tubs. Red Ball is a full service household goods mover that can move just about anything, including your car, piano, pool table and so forth.

From preparing children and pets for the move to protecting family heirlooms and plants, Stryker has the answers.

  1. What Not to Ship
  2. Moving Your Children, Pets, and Plants
  3. Moving Special Items
  4. Professional Packing Techniques

1. What Not to Ship

For safety purposes, certain items will not be accepted for shipment by your mover. They include, but are not limited to:

Unsealed/Perishable Food

  • Opened containers
  • Frozen food
  • Items requiring refrigeration

Combustible Liquids

  • Alcoholic beverages (any single container over one gallon)
  • Alcohols
  • Fluid Cleaners (containing combustible material, like spot cleaners, etc.)
  • Antifreeze Compounds

Corrosive Liquids

  • Acids (muriatic, nitric, etc.)
  • Dyes
  • Battery with Acid
  • Disinfectants
  • Flame retardant compounds
  • Paint
  • Iron/steel rust preventing/removing compounds
  • Paint Remover


  • Ammunition
  • Black Powder
  • Dynamite, plastics, etc.
  • Blasting Caps
  • Explosive Auto Alarms
  • Fireworks
  • Fuse Lighters
  • Igniters
  • Primers
  • Propellants
  • Smokeless Powder
  • Signal Flares
  • Souvenir explosive instruments of war
  • Spear guns having charged heads
  • Toy propellants or smoke devices


  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Adhesives (glues, cements, plastics)
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Compound 3 Weed Killers
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Leather Dressing or Bleach
  • Enamel
  • Oil Stains for Wood
  • Gasoline
  • Paint or Varnish Remover
  • Insecticides
  • Petroleum Products
  • Kerosene
  • Polishes/Shoe Polishes, liquid
  • Lacquer
  • Propane Tanks
  • Shellac
  • Propane or other Gas
  • Stain Removers
  • Turpentine
  • Lighter Fluids
  • Varnish
  • Wood Filler
  • Other regulated material termed combustible, corrosive, or flammable

Gases, Compressed

  • Engine Starting Fluids
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gases Used in Welding
  • Aerosol Cans (containing a flammable gas, flammable liquid, toxic or corrosive substance)
  • Scuba Diving Tanks:

Only those containing not more than 25 pounds per square inch at 70 degrees Fahrenheit may be shipped. Written certification of purging serviced by dive shop or licensed individual -— a tag or label must be affixed to the tank certifying service was per-formed. Completely empty tank, remove the valve, and replace valve with plug designed for it.

Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

(in decorative lamps)

Power Equipment

Completely drain fuel from engine power driven equipment (motorcycles, mopeds, lawn mowers, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc.) Run until engine stalls.

  • Drain all oil and water.
  • Allow the fuel tank and lines to remain open for 24 hours prior to loading.
  • Disconnect nonspillable gel-type batteries and tape the ends to prevent short circuit (Only nonspillable gel-type batteries are authorized.) Batteries containing acid not acceptable.

2. Moving Your Children, Pets and Plants

From preparing children and pets for the move to protecting family heirlooms and plants, Stryker moving has the answers.

Of course, you know your children and pets best, but here are a few generic tips that might help you come up with ideas to reassure them about your move. The major change of a long distance move is often frightening for children and pets, so you’ll want to take special care.


Decide when you tell children they are moving based on their age. Small children who do not have a clear concept of time do not need to be told until shortly before a move, when they will notice the activity around them. Older children should be involved sooner so they can inform friends and adjust to the idea.

Turn fear of change into a sense of adventure. Ask children to label the boxes and let them help pack their own (non-fragile) toys.

Have each child pack a “moving package” with games they can play with as they travel to the new home.

Let them help come up with ideas for what will go into your “moving survival kit,” a box of essential items you will want to carry with you. For example: flashlight, toilet paper, paper towels, personal care items, coffee, wipes, coffee pot, etc. In other words, items you will need in your new home until the moving van arrives.

Encourage children to draw on the boxes that will hold their belongings and encourage them to write little notes on them for the driver.

Identify your current location and your new location on a map. Trace the route and, once you’re traveling, show the children where you are along the way.

Have a “going away” party the children can invite their friends to. Ask their friends to bring phone numbers, addresses and pictures with them to exchange. Play games and talk to them about ways they can stay in touch and remain friends.

If your children are old enough, encourage them to send e-mails or even maintain a website. (If they develop a website, caution them about what is acceptable to post and review the site regularly for safety purposes.)

If you have small children, we recommend that you obtain child care for them the day of the move for safety reasons and for your convenience. Heavy items will be carried around throughout the day and doors will be opened often. Also, you’ll be busy with paperwork and won’t be able to devote the attention to them that you normally would at a time when they will need more attention, rather than less.

Take pictures of your old home, friends, during the trip to the new home and the new home itself, etc. The entire family can then make a project out of assembling a scrapbook about the experience.


Your pets are a part of your family. They will probalby be frightened and confused, so you need to maintain as normal an environment as possible for them.

If possible, place pets in a kennel or with a friend the day of the move. If that’s not possible, put them in a small room clearly lableled “DO NOT OPEN  DOOR – PETS INSIDE.”  Make sure they have food and water and check on them regularly to reassure them.

Do not put pets outside, even if the area is fenced (unless it’s a kennel area that will not be entered), since there will be a great deal of activity and coming and going.

If you have not already placed identification tags on your pets and had microphips implanted, please do so now for their safety during and after the move.

Be sure your pets are up-to-date on their shots and that you have a copy of their records.

Ask your veterinarian for tips on moving your pet. Some pets actually need to be tranquilized. If your pet cannot travel with you, ask your veterinarian agent for the name of a professional pet moving service


Several things will impact whether plants will survive a move: the type of plant being moved, the distance of the move, and the health of the plant. Moving vans have no windows for light and plants will not have air or water during the move. Our advice is to sell plants, give them away, or dispose of them.

Many states have regulations about plant transportation into or out of the area (quarantine and pest-free certifications are examples), so contact the State Department of Agriculture at both origin and destination for details.

If you are still willing to risk moving your plants, and you are within transit and mileage limitations, here are some basic steps to take.

4 weeks before moving

Plants should be in plastic containers. If they are not, repot them to avoid breakage (using same size pot). Give plants time to adjust to the new location after the move, then repot back into their original containers.

3 weeks before moving

Purchase heavy duty moving cartons from your Stryker moving agent. Prune large plants so they will fit into the containers. Ask a nursery for recommendations on which plants to prune and the proper pruning method for each type of plant.

2 weeks before moving

Make sure plants are free of insects, parasites and molds. If necessary, use insecticides carefully and sparingly.

2 days before moving

Water plants normally; do not water excessively.

Moving day

Punch holes in the box for air. Pack the plants that day so they will have light and air as long as possible. Anchor plants securely in the box by packing paper tightly around the pot only. Load plants last and unload them first!!


Live plants cannot be accepted if the shipment will be placed in storage.

3. Moving Special Items

Special Items Require Special Handling?

Rely on us! Stryker Moving and storage is a full-service household goods carrier and we can move just about anything, be it a car, piano, hot tub, pool table, etc.

We utilize professional techniques to protect and move your belongings. Your upholstered furniture will be shrink-wrapped to protect it from dust, snags and mars, then it will be pad wrapped for additional protection. Leather furniture will be pad wrapped only, to prevent damage to the leather. We’ll use dollies, piano boards and other devices to move your larger items.

Mirror cartons can be customized to fit large pictures and mirrors.

Crates can be specially built to size if needed to protect items such as grandfather clocks, slate tops for pool tables, etc. Your Strker moving agent can advise you about crates and what they would cost.

Third Party Service may be needed for non-moving services. While we have the skill to move items, we do not have specific knowledge of your household items and how they work or are assembled. Some will require special knowledge about electrical or water hook-ups, specific product knowledge, etc. Here are some examples of tasks that need to be completed before the mover arrives. If you are not comfortable performing these tasks, ask your Stryker agent for the name of a third party service provider or contract with a company in your area.

  • Disconnect appliances from power, gas and water;
  • Stabilize/lock down mechanical parts, such as the workings of a grandfather clock;
  • Have swing sets, weight sets, trampolines, and other items with moveable parts disassembled and ready to move.

4. Professional Packing Techniques

Stryker moving and storage is a full-service mover, so we can complete the packing for you. However, if you prefer to complete the packing yourself for organizational purposes or to save money. If you’ll be completing all or part of the packing, here are a few professional packing tips to assist you.

STEP 1: Have the right tools for the job on hand.

  • Use genuine moving boxes. They are of consistent size so they will not shift during transportation, and are heavier weight corrugated material to prevent crushing.
  • Use professional packing tape, rather than masking tape or other types of tape. It adheres best and provides the proper support to prevent the box from splitting open. Packing tape is available with us.
  • Have a supply of plain newsprint and newspaper. Newspaper you may save to use is free, but you want some plain newsprint for porcelain and other porous materials. Newsprint can transfer onto such materials and leave permanent stains.
  • Use bold permanent markers to identify the room and contents of the box, your last name and city and state of destination. TIP: Use different colors for each room for easy identification.
  •  You can apply messages to the boxes for the driver: fragile/glass, unload first, load last, etc.
  • Ask for a PARTS BOX sticker. Apply it to a small box, along with a load last and unload first sticker. Place parts for items you disassemble like weight sets, swing sets, lawn furniture, etc. in individual plastic bags and write what the go to on the bag with a permanent marker. Place the bag in the parts box. When the packers or driver arrive, they can add parts for the items they need to disassemble to the box. This way, all your parts will be together and easy to identify.
  • If your move includes multiple delivery points, clearly identify which boxes are to be delivered to which location.

STEP 2: Plan your packing.

  • Pack seasonal or rarely used items you know will not be needed before the move first.
  • Dispose of any hazardous, flammable items. Refer to our hazardous materials section.
  • If you have plants, we recommend you give them away or sell them. Most plants die from lack of air, light and water during a long distance move. If you plan to try to move them anyway, refer to our section on Children, Pets and Plants.
  • Make a list of what items will need to be packed the night before or morning of the move itself: sheets, a few towels, etc.
  • Plan your packing so that no box weighs more than 50 pounds, if at all possible.
  • Pack like items together – fragile items together, kitchen items together, etc.  Pack by weight – heavy items with heavy items and light items with light items.

STEP 3: Begin your packing


Wrap each book, then lay them flat, alternating the spine and open side from book to book. Use book cartons (1.5) since they are smaller to control the weight. Books are deceptively heavy.


Carefully wrap each piece in unprinted newsprint. You don’t want ink to transfer and permanently stain your stoneware, porcelain or china.

After wrapping each piece, put about three plates together and wrap them again. Place plates on their edge in the box. Nest 3-4 wrapped bowls at a time and wrap them again. Add newspaper cushioning between each set. Put larger pieces on the bottom of the box and build up to the lighter weight dishes. Cushion all sides with at least two inches of crumpled newspaper. Ask us about the advantage of dish pack cartons and special inserts designed for dishes and glasses.


Your Stryker agent has wardrobe cartons for clothing that reduce wrinkles and make moving clothing easier. You just remove clothing from the closet still on the hangers and hang them in the wardrobe box for transportation. Clothing in bureaus may be left in the drawers or packed in boxes. We recommend covering the drawer with unprinted newsprint if clothes are left inside.


Most collectors save the original boxes with formed padding, since they are often part of the value. If possible, pack your items in their original boxes. If not, wrap each item with paper, then with bubble wrap, then with more paper. At least the first layer should be unprinted newsprint. Cushion between pieces and cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.


Unplug at least 24 hours prior to packing. Secure or remove any movable parts, cords, etc. If possible, use the original box. If you don’t have the box, visit an electronics store and see if they have a suitable box. Failing that, use several layers of paper for each piece. Generously and tightly pad with paper between each item and allow at least two inches of crumpled paper cushion on all sides of the box. Use bubble wrap, foam sheets, comforters, blankets or towels to provide extra protection. You do not want them to shift. If you have bubble wrap or other special cushioning material, we recommend you use it. Identify the box with FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP stickers on all sides. Securely seal top and bottom of the box. Wait at least 24 hours after delivery to plug in your electronics so they can reach room temperature.


Use dish packs with special dividers. Wrap each glass item with several layers of paper, then place in individual slots. Wrap the stems of stemware, stuff the goblet, then wrap the entire piece in multiple layers of crumpled paper.


Remove the shade, halo and light bulb  Wrap the halo and the lamp base separately in unprinted newsprint. Place in the box base side down and generously surround with newspaper. Wrap shades separately. They can then be nested and wrapped again before being placed in the box. As always, cushion all sides of the box with at least two inches of paper.


Use paper generously to wrap mirrors, pictures and glass, then pack in special mirror cartons. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge.


You may use linens and pillows as cushioning for delicate items as long as they will not become torn or soiled in the process. Otherwise, line large boxes (since these items are lightweight)with clean paper and pack linens, comforters, blankets and pillows together.


Clean your shoes. Wrap each shoe separately. After wrapping each shoe, wrap each pair together and place in the original shoe box if you have it or cushion with crumpled paper between each set. Several pairs of shoes will fit into a moving carton.


Safety First: Any item with a sharp edge should be wrapped sufficiently to prevent it from poking through the box.

Silver: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scratch. Wrap in plastic to prevent tarnishing. Place in your silver chest, then wrap the chest itself.

Flatware: Nest together and wrap securely so they do not shift and scratch. Add a cushion of newspaper between each set.

Utensils: Wrap individually and cushion between so that the layers in the box are evenly distributed.


In the case of especially large or valuable items, like antiques, a slate pool table top, grandfather clock, etc. your Stryker agent can arrange to have special crates built to protect such items.

Choosing between long distance movers can be a stressful endeavor under the best of circumstances. But the right long distance mover can assist in transporting your belongings and can help relieve much of the stress of moving.

Because your moving company will be responsible for ensuring that everything from your brand new living room set to your grandmother’s china that has been passed down to you makes it to your new home safely, you will want to take your time and do your homework before choosing among the various long distance movers. Ultimately, only you can make the decision; however, there are some things you may wish to consider when comparing the pros and cons of various long distance movers.

Are Your Long Distance Movers Licensed/Insured

For a company to offer long distance moving services, it must be properly licensed and insured. A moving company that cannot provide proof of both should definitively be avoided. A moving company that is operating without the proper federal license is violating federal regulations. Insufficient insurance coverage means that your belongings are not properly insured against theft or damage. You can check a mover’s license on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website. Don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of the company’s proof of insurance as well.

Do Your Long Distance Movers Have Good Reviews

While no company can escape the occasional complaint, a moving company with a history of complaints or one with a series of particularly serious complaints should be avoided. You can compare safety ratings on prospective long distance movers on the FMCSA’s website as well. The Better Business Bureau is another source available for obtaining an overall rating on any moving company.

Are Your Long Distance Movers Experienced

When it comes to interstate moving, the bottom line is that experience counts. Stryker Moving and storage has been in the moving business since 1995, making them a pioneer among long distance movers. Interstate moving involves a number of concerns that a local move does not. Along with numerous state and federal laws and regulations that must be followed, a long distance move is also riskier for the cargo because it has farther to travel. For these reasons, you want to be sure that you trust your belongings to an experienced interstate moving company.

Did Your Long Distance Mover Offer A Detailed Quote

Cost is typically a factor when picking from a list of long distance movers; however, you should do more than simply compare prices. Ask for a detailed quote in writing from any potential mover. Read each estimate carefully to be sure that everything involved in your move is actually included in the price.

Look For The Obvious Red Flags

The moving business is fraught with scam artists and “fly by night” companies. To ensure that you do not become the victim of one, look for some common signs that a moving company is less than legitimate. Stay away from a company that insists on cash or a large deposit prior to the move. Also be wary of a company that offers estimates over the phone or online. Never use long distance movers that shows up in a rental truck or one that cannot provide all required documents and a written estimate.

Stryker has been providing hassle-free long distance moving services at competitive prices for 25+ years now. We understand how stressful a move can be, which is why we offer our customers the ability to consult with an expert moving specialist. We can handle everything from packing to unpacking your home which allows you to focus on other aspects of your move. Contact Stryker Moving and storage services today for a free or get a quote

Preparing for a long distance move can bring a fresh revelation of how much stuff you truly own. When closets are opened, attics are emptied and garages are sorted, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at what to do with all the extra things you don’t really need.

Instead of trying to pack it, move it and sort later; purge extra or useless items before your long distance move.

What To Purge Before A Long Distance Move

It may not be easy to get rid of things that have some sentimental value, but if you haven’t used it in over a year—it most likely needs to be purged. The “…haven’t used it in a year,” test is a great way to begin purging.

This can include toys or tools you never got around to fixing, clothes you never wore, extra Christmas decorations, and so forth. If it’s just taking up space, purge it.

Purging before a long distance move will save you time, money and keep your new home from being cluttered when you move in.

How To Purge Before A Long Distance Move

There are a plenty of ways to get rid of items before your long distance move. Don’t think just because you need to get rid of something, that it has to be thrown away. Before you pitch an item consider if someone else could use it or what it may be worth. Throwing something away should be the last resort.

1. Sell It

It may not seem like dollars, quarters and dimes can add up quickly, but they can. A moving sale is a great way to purge unused items and is also a way to make some extra money. You might be surprised at what people will buy and how much they will pay for the items you’re purging.

Be sure to advertise your moving sale everywhere possible. Make plenty of large bright colored signs (add balloons if possible) to get noticed. Be willing to haggle on your prices and remember, what you s ell is one less thing you have to pack.

You can also place items on EBay, Craigslist or in the local paper. By whatever means you can use to get the most out of your items and sell them in a timely manner, use it.

2. Donate It

After your moving sale, you will most likely have items that didn’t sell. These items can be donated to a charitable organization. Some of these organizations will offer a receipt based upon the value of your donation for which you can use as a tax write off. Getting rid of these items not only helps with your long distance move, but assists in providing future income for charity.

Most of these organizations will take furniture, clothing, shoes and so forth. So, before you pitch it—donate it.

3. Pitch It

While preparing for your long distance move, there will be items you need to throw away. These items will have no value in a sale or to charity. Remember, the less clutter you have in your new home the better your move will be.

Long Distance Moving With Stryker Moving and Storage

For over 90-years we have been providing hassle free long distance moving. Building on a successful track record and stellar reputation, our goal is to make your long distance move a pleasant one. Contact us today for a free moving quote and let us make your move stress free.

Not all moving companies are alike, and finding the one that best suits your family’s needs can be a challenge. After all, a long distance move is a lot more involved than just moving across town. When choosing between moving companies, you need a company that is going to treat your furniture and other possessions as if they were their own, a company that will help make this major change in your life as stress free as possible.

Differences in moving companies

Not all moving companies are alike. Below are just few things to consider when shopping for a company to move your belongings to your new home:

  • Experience — When you’re moving out of your current residence, you want a moving company with experience in moving. Such moves need finesse, and often involve overnight stays en route, navigating neighborhoods that are unfamiliar to you and juggling schedules of when you have to be out of your home and when you can move into your new one. Experienced moving companies knows how to handle all of these eventualities without casualty.
  • Longevity — How long the moving company has been in business is a good indicator of how well they can handle the unexpected events that tend to pop up during long distance moves. Choosing a moving company that has a been in business for several years will help to insure you have a successful move.
  • Rates — Of course, how much your move will cost is always a prime consideration. Make sure that the moving companies you talk to take into account all of your living and storage spaces, including any attics, crawl spaces and/or garages. Be wary of the company that gives you a firm estimate without walking through your living space.
  • Trained staff — You’ve worked long and hard to be able to purchase the belongings that make your house a home. You don’t want to leave them in the hands of seasonal help. You want a company with well-trained, dedicated staff, who view their jobs as a career, not a summer hobby.
  • Hidden charges — Hidden charges can turn your move into a nightmare. There are a myriad of potential extra fees in a long distance move. If you are moving to or from a walk-up apartment or a building with a elevator, that could involve an extra fee. So could things that involve extra care and logistics, such as a piano.
  • Insurance and bonding — Even the most careful of moving companies sometimes makes mistakes. Does the company you’re considering hiring have bonded employees and offer insurance in case one of your belongings gets lost or damaged during the move?

Hassle free moving with Stryker moving and storage

Stryker has a proven track record of more than 20 years worth of successful moves. We serve most locations and are adept at taking the stress out of your long distance move. Our moving specialists can walk you through the ins and outs of a long distance move. We offer a high level of service, while still keeping our prices competitive.

If you’re considering a long distance move, call Stryker Moving and Storage today for a free moving quote.

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