You can use big image movers with lots of credentials or fun movers that your family or friends have used in the past. But unless you only need pool table movers, or some other type of specific mover, you will need to know about substances that your mover can’t and won’t take.
Any substance considered hazardous material or “hazmat” is strictly regulated by the government in relation to licensing, labeling, marking, placarding (signage) on vehicle by any carrier. Household goods movers can’t carry these items.
CLASS 1: EXPLOSIVES
CLASS 2: GASES-FLAMMABLE, NON-FLAMMABLE, POISONOUS OR TOXIC
CLASS 3: FLAMMABLE LIQUID
CLASS 4: FLAMMABLE SOLIDS
CLASS 5: OXIDIZING SUBSTANCES, ORGANIC PEROXIDES
CLASS 6: POISONOUS AND INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES
CLASS 7: RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
CLASS 8: CORROSIVES
CLASS 9: ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCS, ELEVATED TEMPERATURE MATERIALS, HAZARDOUS WASTES, MARINE POLLUTANTS.
Questions on whether or not a substance is considered “hazmat” can be directed to Hazardous Materials Information Exchange (HMIX) at 1-800-467-4922 or contacted at:Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, DHM-WashingtonDC, 20590 http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat
ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE TRANSPORTED ARE:
Lighter fluid or other accelerants Bleach
Motor oil Batteries
Solvents –thinners or cleaners Oxygen tanks
The garage or basement are often places where restricted items are so if in doubt give a call to your mover, or whoever is doing your move to see what items they will or won’t transport. Many times the movers list of non allowable extends outside the boundaries of hazardous materials. If there is a question on whether or not a substance is in fact a hazardous material uses the references above.