Moving valuables such as electronic equipment, antiques, jewelry and even items of sentimental value may need a higher level of care and attention from both you and your mover.
Let’s start with the basics. The most important thing is to handle documents such as birth certificates, degrees, bills, insurance documents, check books, credit cards and so forth. The safest way for you to go is to concentrate all such important documents in one or two crates or boxes and to mark them down as extremely important so that the movers will place them in such a way that will be easiest for you to locate quickly. Remember, you may need some of these documents as soon as you receive your delivery, it may be difficult to locate one box in a hurry so be sure to mention that to your mover in advance.
Lets move on to electronic equipment. Most movers will charge you for packing electronic equipment such as computers, stereo systems, televisions, DVD players etc. If you decided to pack your electronic equipment yourself your best bet is to use the original boxes. If you do not have the original boxes try to locate boxes that are close in size. Packing an electronic devise in a box that is twice its size is a bad idea and a recipe for damages. Try to use bubble wrap to protect your electronic devices before placing them in a a box. Use extra layers on screens and other fragile parts.
If you own antiques you may want to consider to allow a professional mover to pack and handle them. Some antiques can be very fragile and require an expert’s knowledge in order to move safely. When it comes to antiques it is difficult to provide general advice as each piece may require a different level of handling. Don’t hesitate to consult with your movers if you have doubts about the way in which your antiques need to be handled.
Create a list of valuable items and hand it to your movers before the pick up takes place. Doing this will help you in several ways. First of all it will allow your mover to prepare better for the move and to know exactly what to expect. It will also allow them to bring the packing materials that they need in order to handle antiques or unusual items. Creating such a list will also help you if you decided to purchase additional insurance for your move. Third party insurance companies will require you to provide them with such a list of items and you will also be required to state the specific value of antiques, electronic equipment etc. It’s a good idea to check with your home insurers if they cover damages and losses that mat occur during a move.
The easiest way to protect valuables such as jewelry, laptops and personal documentation such as passports is to carry them yourself. Whether you are driving or flying to your destination, you can always carry your most important valuables with you and we highly recommend for you to do that.
Our last recommendation is to prepare for the move in advance and not leave the handling of valuables to the last minute. At the day of the move pressure and time limitations may cause you to make the wrong choices so prepare in advance and invest some thought in protecting your valuables.