Hiring residential movers in the Bay Area is a great way to reduce the stress and chaos of your home. You'll be able to kick back and relax while they handle all of the heavy liftings. However, there are certain items that your moving company can't move, and you'll want to ensure that you're accounting for these.

In this blog, we're going to tell you how to plan for the items that the moving company won't move. But first, why not learn a little more about us?

Since the 1940s, Metropolitan Van & Storage has been a leading moving and storage company in the Bay Area. With a team of professional movers and access to top-of-the-line equipment from Atlas Van Lines, we’re proud to be the name Californians can trust.

Garage Items

Always ensure that all gasoline in motor-powered equipment like the lawnmower and weedeater is emptied before the moving company arrives. Because of the explosion risk, gas and fertilizer for your garden will be allowed in the moving truck.


Laws state that only the person who owns a firearm can have it. With this in mind, your moving company will not be able to move your guns. And if you’re hiring long-distance movers, you’ll want to check the local laws around moving your weapons across state lines.

Dealing with Laundry

Often, laundry items contain hazardous items that a moving company cannot move. Here's a short list of common chemicals that will need to be disposed of:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Other Flammable Materials


If you're a houseplant lover, you'll want to plan and ensure that your plants arrive at your new destination before or after hiring movers. With all the movement and cramped space in the back of the moving truck, it's not ideal for transporting houseplants this way.


Canned items can be moved, but anything perishable should be consumed or thrown away before the move. With the risk of food spoiling in a moving truck, your movers will likely not accept items like milk and eggs.

Call the Local Experts Today

If you have a move on your horizon and want to work with a trusted company that can handle your needs, then you'll want to call the experts at Metropolitan Van & Storage. Since the 1940s, we've been offering comprehensive moving services that help clients reduce stress. Call or fill out the online form for your free, no-obligation estimate.