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Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to Protect Your Precious Valuables During Moving

Nothing is more disappointing than moving into your new home and unpacking something you love only to find it was broken or damaged in the process. Protecting your valuable items is an important precaution to take as it’ll likely preserve sentimental value and money spent replacing beloved items. While accidents happen, there are some few extra steps you can take when moving to protect the things you love most. Follow these steps to help keep your valuables as safe as possible during your moving process.

Assign Value

One of the most important first steps to protect precious items during moving is to make a list of everything most valuable to you. The list can include anything from beloved pearls to a child’s favorite stuffed animal. All of these things should be written down on a checklist, so they can be accounted for and their location is known. Assigning items value ahead of time will also help keep you organized and prepared for when the move comes. If you categorize your valuable items into their own separate moving box, they’ll be easily accessible, and it’ll be recognizable to remind your movers of the box’s importance.

Take Photos of Items for Evidence

Another key way to keep track of important items is to take photos of your valuable inventory. Once you have created your checklist of what’s most important, take pictures of each item and write it all down. Having written and visual evidence of what you were supposed to have and where it is will be a great help if anything goes wrong. Be sure to keep track of important paperwork and prescriptions during the move and take pictures of important documents in case any papers get lost during the process.

Pack Particularly

Packing smartly and efficiently is easier said than done. To be honest, it's easy to get disorganized and want to throw everything in one box and call it a day. However, you’ll be grateful you didn’t when it comes time to unpack and your valuables are clearly consolidated into identifiable locations. The most obvious rule when packing for a move, label every box clearly with the contents of what’s inside. As a reminder, be sure to stop by your local hardware or supply store to buy packing materials to protect the fragile valuables you have.

Keep Small Items with You

A very important tip to never lose your most loved little items is to keep them with you. If you are responsible for them and not the movers, it ensures you have peace-of-mind knowing their location. Keeping small valuables with you is also a great way to know they won’t get lost in the bottom of big boxes or accidentally forgotten about. Toss your precious jewelry and fancy camera into a backpack that you can grab and take with you conveniently on moving day.

The key to protecting your valuable items during a move is to keep a detailed list with pictures of all the items most important to you. This will help you be able to document clearly if anything goes wrong that wasn’t your fault. Once your belongings are delivered to your new home, be sure to do a walk-through check of all your inventory before the movers leave. You’ll be thankful for your itemized list of important things if you have to make a claim for missing items.

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