Things That VIP Moving Services (Usually) Won’t Do
May 4, 2016
You entrust a moving company to transport your precious possessions from one location to another with the confidence that they will arrive in the same condition as when they were loaded onto the truck. Consumers have high expectations for those people in whom they place that trust. However, before you move, there are some things long distance movers in Colorado generally will not do, generally for reasons having to do with expertise, liability, or safety. Plan to either hire a professional, perform yourself, or pay an additional fee to your mover to outsource the following tasks. Here are some things you won’t want to forget:
Disconnect anything hardwired into the electrical system. Movers are not trained to disconnect chandeliers, wall sconces, air conditioning units, satellite dishes, or other items that are directly connected to the house’s electrical system. Generally, if it require the service of an electrician to install it, then it requires an electrician to take it down.
Disconnect large appliances directly connected to water or gas. Many movers don’t have the expertise to disconnect your washer, dryer, dishwasher, hot tub, or generator. Again, if it requires a plumber or other technician to install it, then it requires a plumber or technician to disconnect it.
Haul plants. Movers can’t be responsible for keeping your prized African violets alive. Also, special permits are required to transport plants more than 150 miles due to the potential for introducing non-native pests to a new area, like the emerald ash borer.
Haul perishable and frozen food items. If you can’t consume it before you move, throw it away or donate it to a soup kitchen. Rotting food creates an enormous mess, stinks, and attracts pests.
Haul hazardous, toxic, or explosive materials. Federal law prohibits movers from transporting hazardous materials, like ammonia, car batteries, herbicides, or any materials that could cause a fire (e.g., fireworks), and firearms also land on the “do not transport” list. Power equipment must be drained of all oil and gasoline (hazardous, flammable) before moving, too. Your mover will provide you with a list of forbidden items.
Move special items. That concert grand piano, the priceless Monet in your living room, the billiards table imported from England, or that collection of rare, first edition books requires special packing and kid glove treatment and additional insurance. Packing and transport of these types of delicate and valuable items require special training in addition to special packaging to protect them. Check with your mover before assuming the company handles such items.
Transport pets and livestock. Movers cannot be responsible for caring for pets and livestock. Either haul the living cargo yourself or find a qualified animal transportation service to perform that task for you.
In addition to the items that most moving companies will not or are legally prohibited from moving, experts advise that consumers not move such items as antique mementos like Grandpa’s love letters from World War II, personal diaries and journals, and Great Grandma’s wedding gown. Movers generally don’t want to be responsible for any damage to irreplaceable items such as these. Other items that consumers are advised not to hand into their movers’ care are cash, jewelry, medical records, medicines, and other precious valuables. To keep them safe, take them with you.
Denver moving companies should provide you with a list of items that they do not handle. If not, be sure to request one so you can make the necessary arrangements.