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Which Household Elements are Dangerous to Move Without Professionals?

Which Household Elements are Dangerous to Move Without Professionals?

Moving your household can be full of anxiety with questions about the safety of your personal items and concerns about expense. The daunting process of packing your life away into boxes and leaving a home filled with love and memories often only adds to the stress. As such, many might begin to weigh the costs between hiring professional help to move and managing the preparations themselves.

Large pieces of furniture or glassware are well-known to be difficult and cumbersome to move. You can find many tips and guides online that give advice on how to safely transport such items, but many household elements can be dangerous to move if the correct processes are not carried out, potentially putting yourself and your belongings at risk. Let’s take a look at those in the article below.

Common Dangerous Items to Move

Furniture and electronics, such as televisions and computers, can present some difficulties when moving due to their size, weight, and fragility. Potential damage to these things can be a cause for concern, but with the appropriate treatment, they can be managed and moved safely. However, there are a number of household elements that need more care and attention than others which are often overlooked due to their size and/or nature.


Refrigerators are heavy, weighing an average of 300 pounds. They can be particularly awkward, as they contain gases and oil and therefore must be transported vertically. If transported on their backs or sides, the gases can be displaced and oil can leak into the cooling tubes, leading to your refrigerator being unable to properly cool when reconnected. They can also potentially break down entirely, needing costly replacement.

Washing Machines are usually not as heavy as refrigerators, weighing an average of 200 pounds, but they can be just as difficult to maneuver and require a different level of attention when being moved. A plumber will be required in order to disconnect them from your main water supply, so as to avoid flood damage to your property. The internal drum will also need to be secured with the bolts with which it was supplied in order to prevent movement during transit that could damage the internal wiring of the machine.

Stoves will require an electrician and/or gas safety engineer to safely disconnect them from the main electricity/gas supply. This can only be carried out by a registered engineer because of the potential hazards involved when working with natural gases. Also, if your stove has an built-in flue, this will need to be fully dismantled by a qualified engineer prior to moving the unit itself.

Hazardous Materials

Aerosol cans contain highly pressurized gases that can explode when under extreme temperatures, air pressures, and stresses. Many moving companies will refuse to handle aerosols due to the potential dangers involved in their transport.

Batteries contain sulphuric acid, lead, and lead dioxide. If ruptured, they can leak hydrogen gas, which is extremely flammable. Due to the potential explosive nature of batteries, some may require professional equipment to move, including eye goggles, rubber gloves, a face shield, and an apron to protect the carrier from potential leakages and electric shocks.

Nail polish remover contains the chemical acetone, which is a highly flammable and colorless liquid. While it may seem harmless in your bathroom cupboard, if handled improperly, the explosive potential increases. As with aerosols, many moving companies will refuse to handle nail polish remover.


Moving house plants long distances will require specific permissions, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (USDA APHIS PPQ) strictly regulate the movement of nursery and greenhouse stock. This is to prevent the potential spread of pests and fungi that could be present in the soil, as well as the spread of invasive species of plant life which could damage the local ecosystem around your new neighborhood and beyond. To find out if your plants are safe for interstate transport, you may need to contact the National Plant Board (NPB) or seek advice from a local specialist.

Over short distances, small house plants are relatively easy to pick up and carry, but larger house plants will require assistance to maneuver. In some cases, advice from a plant specialist is necessary in order to safely secure your plants for transport to lessen the risk of shock and damage.

Watford Moving & Storage

The thought of allowing strangers into your home to help you might seem distressing, but choosing the right professionals to help you can, Home Appliances Moving in fact, make the process of moving run more safely, smoothly, and can even relieve some of the stress.

With over 20 years of experience moving families in the Santa Clarita area, Watford Moving & Storage is here to help. We have several teams of trusted, experienced movers throughout Southern California, including in Glendale, Pasadena, and Simi Valley. We will provide you with professional assistance with quality results to ensure your move runs smoothly. Contact us today for any questions you may have or to seek an estimate for your next move.