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‘Non-Allowable' Removal Items

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
15th March 2017

Most removal companies will have a list of ‘non-allowable items’ which are deemed unsuitable or unsafe to move when relocating to your new home. Once you have booked your house removals with us we ask that for the safety of our partners that you do not include the items in this list.

While some items can be moved by your removal company at your discretion, others should be consumed or disposed of before moving day.

This article will cover the following points

Dangerous Items Perishable Foods Pets Plants Valuable Items

Dangerous Items

Hazardous materials like explosives, compressed gases, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials can’t be transported. This list also includes firearms.

Other common household items that some removal companies can’t move include:

  • Nail Polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinner
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen Bottles
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Automotive Repair and maintenance chemicals (motor oil)
  • Radio- pharmaceuticals
  • Matches

To dispose of any of these items, make sure you carefully read the instructions to make sure it is done in the safest way possible.

Firearms can be complicated – a lot of removal companies won’t be comfortable transporting guns, but it depends on the legislation from country to country.

If you are a licensed gun owner within the United Kingdom, condition 3 on every firearm and shotgun certificate states, ''The holder of this certificate must, without undue delay, inform the chief officer of police by whom the certificate was granted of any change in his permanent address’’.

As long as the owner has notified the right individuals and followed all the legislation, this should not be too much of a problem.

Perishable Foods

Food shouldn't be packed on to the removal van – it can go bad quickly, and attracts insects as well as rodents, which no one wants.

Try to make sure you have used up all your food before moving day.

The fridge and freezer need to be thoroughly cleaned and defrosted before being packed on to the removal van. A freezer that hasn't been properly defrosted will leak and cause a huge mess when packed on a hot removal van.

Any food you don’t manage to use up can be given to friends and neighbours, or even given to a charity – but try not to just let it go to waste by throwing it out.


Your pets are your responsibility, and should be kept with you during the move, not on the removal van. With so many items loaded in, the temperature in removal vans can be dangerously hot for animals.

If you aren't sure if your pets need special requirements, seek advice from your veterinarian.


Plants can be very fragile and easily damaged, no matter how careful you are. Also, don’t underestimate how heavy they can be – just a few plant pots can take up a lot of room in a removal van.

Decide whether it is worth risking damage in the move, or if it might be a good idea to give them to your neighbours and friends as a parting gift, instead.

Valuable Items

Any irreplaceable possessions such as photo albums, birth certificates or jewellery should be packed separately from everything else and kept with you – don’t give the responsibility to anyone else who could lose them.

To minimise the risk, if you have items of great value, you should look into making sure they are covered by your insurance provider before the move.

So, although removal companies will do their best to help you move all your items, legislation sometimes prevents them from transporting certain items.

Use this list to keep on top of your move and ensure you know exactly what items you can or can’t move.

Last updated on Thursday 29th June 2017

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