It may come as a surprise, but many moving companies commonly refuse to relocate specific items. If you are planning a move in the near future, you should know what items you ought to plan on moving yourself, without the help of a professional moving company. Read on to learn more:
Heirlooms or Extremely High Value Items
Expensive property or items that are of extreme sentimental value are often not ideal to relocate via a moving company. These items include jewelry, cash reserves, stocks or other high value items. In addition, a moving company’s insurance will only cover lost or damaged items at their market value. Therefore, an item that holds immense sentimental value, perhaps something that has been passed down in your family, would not be something a moving company could adequately insure. If something happened to said item, the market value wouldn’t begin to cover the sentimental loss. Therefore, it’s wise to keep both high value items and those of sentimental nature with you during a move and not on a moving truck.
Plants And Pets
In some specific cases, moving companies will transport a certain type of plant, with a special permit. However, in most cases, plants are not considered transportable because pests can hitch a ride with them and be inadvertently transported to another area. Also, pets, being living beings, are not something you should transport via a moving company. Your pet should stay with you and make the trip to your new home by your side.
Hazardous, Flammable or Corrosive Materials
Anything that includes acid, flammables, such as lighter fluid, kerosene fuel, charcoal and paint remover cannot be moved via a moving truck. There are many household items that fall into this category. Therefore, you should check with your moving company before packing to determine their policy on these items. Often moving companies will have a list of items they will not transport, which often includes gasoline, batteries, pain thinner, fire extinguishers and aerosol cans.
Certain Types of Equipment
Fuel-powered equipment, like lawn mowers, weeding equipment, motorcycles and more must be drained of their fuel at least 24 hours before moving to be applicable for transport. If equipment still has traces of fuel inside the tanks, moving companies will often refuse to transport them for safety reasons.
Scuba And Diving Equipment
The pressurized oxygen that is housed in scuba tanks makes diving and scuba equipment a no-can-do for many moving companies. There is a risk of explosion due to the mixture of gases in these tanks, which is a liability movers don’t want.
There are many moving companies that will not move a piano. This is usually because this item demands special equipment and experience in order to move properly. Often, it’s a much better to have the piano moved professionally by a piano moving company.
While the vast majority of your household possessions are easily handled by a moving company, there are a few specific items they often refuse to move. The items listed above are just a few. It’s a good idea to ask ahead of time what items cannot be moved and prepare alternative ways to get them relocated.
7 Common Items Moving Companies Refuse to Relocate
No one is completely shielded from the risk of becoming a victim of a financial scam. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the most vulnerable demographic when it comes to such scams are seniors. It makes sense when you think about it, as this generation of individuals often did business with nothing but a handshake and trust. Consequently, someone’s word meant something. This unfortunately is the very thing many scammers use to take advantage of those who are more advanced in years. Therefore, if you, your loved one or friends are in this age group, it’s a good idea to do the following in order to avoid common financial scams:
Beware of Telemarketing Scams
According to AARP, 80% of telemarketing scams target seniors, especially those who have an above average income and are well-educated. In order to keep yourself or someone you love from falling prey to a telemarketing phone scam keep the following rules in mind:
- Never give out your social security number, date of birth, bank account number, credit card number or other important information (like if you are married) to anyone over the phone, ever! There is no legitimate organization that will call you and ask this information.
- Double check a telemarketer’s credentials. If you feel something is fishy about a caller, ask for their company name, address and a way to contact them later and tell them you will get back with them. Then, see in their information checks out. Remember, telemarketing scammers have become high tech. They can make your caller id read something official which further perpetuates their scam. You have to be diligent to figure out if a company is legitimate.
- Sign up for the do not call list. Telemarketers are regulated by the government in part. However, you have to sign up for the “do not call” list if you want to ensure they can’t contact you. The number to call is (888) 382-1222 or go to www.donotcall.gov.
Recognize Home Improvement Scams
Another common way seniors are scammed out of their hard-earned money is trusting phony contractors who promise a job well done and skip out either without starting the job or finishing it to the homeowner’s satisfaction. The following are a few ways to prevent yourself from falling victim to these scammers:
- Ask for references and check them out. Avoid using contractors no one you know has ever used if possible.
- Get several bids for any job you want completed. Beware of a price that seems too good to be true. Also, don’t allow yourself to be pressured to act too quickly.
- Draw up a contract and make sure every task and the material costs are listed on the contract. Also, ensure you get an estimated time in writing outlining the beginning and completion of your project.
- Don’t pay upfront for any job. Demand the work be accomplished before you pay. Make sure to check the job thoroughly before paying.
Avoid Door-to-Door Scams
Seniors also fall victim to high pressure door-to-door scammers. Sure, there are some salesmen that make an honest living going door-to-door, but many are con-artists and swindlers. Keep the following tips in mind to avoid door-to-door scams:
- Never let anyone enter your home.
- Don’t feel pressured into buying quickly. If you are interested in their product, ask them to leave information and tell them you will get back to them. This will give you time to check them and their product out.
- Ask for identification and/or credentials or any sale’s person. Some communities even require salespeople to have a permit.
- Don’t’ give cash to salespeople.
Keep the above tips in mind to ensure yourself and your loved one’s stay safe from scammers.