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Safeguarding your treasures: A guide to moving valuables safely

Moving valuables - jewelry

Moving companies are happy and well-equipped to tackle your bulky belongings like hot tubs and home gym equipment, but for your own peace of mind, please note that regulations and liability concerns prevent them from moving certain items. This includes everyday items like cleaning supplies and perishables, which are often easier to replace. However, for irreplaceable valuables like legal documents, treasured jewelry, or cherished family photo albums, we recommend taking extra precautions and handling their transportation yourself.

Here are some helpful tips to get them there safe and sound.

Pre-packing preparation:

  • Inventory and assessment: Before the boxes pile up, create a detailed inventory of your valuables, including descriptions, photos, and estimated values. This helps track everything, aids insurance claims if needed, and jogs your memory later.
  • Categorize and prioritize: Divide your valuables into tiers based on sentimental or financial value. This helps determine packing methods and transportation priorities for high-value items and sentimental treasures.
  • Packing pro tip: Opt for sturdy alternatives such as hard suitcases, camera bags, or padded document organizers for packing smaller items instead of using the usual cardboard boxes. For larger valuables, consider custom-built crates or secure containers with tamper-evident seals.

Packing and securing strategies:

  • Double up on protection:  Layer bubble wrap, padded envelopes, and acid-free tissue paper generously around each item. Fill empty spaces in boxes with crumpled paper to prevent shifting and jostling. While we recommend transporting jewelry yourself, velvet pouches or compartmentalized cases offer good protection.
  • Label for clarity: Mark boxes containing valuables with “Important Contents” or specific descriptions, distinct from regular boxes. This also serves as a reminder to handle them with extra care. Consider internal labels with item details for added tracking.
  • Keep it discreet: Don’t broadcast your valuables’ presence. Avoid labeling the outside of boxes with specific contents like “Jewelry” or “Family Heirlooms,” as this attracts unwanted attention.

Transportation tactics:

  • moving valuables - safe deposit boxCar carry-on: If driving, keep high-priority valuables within your immediate reach in the car, ideally in a locked compartment. Avoid leaving them unattended, even for brief moments.
  • Flying first class: Prioritize carry-on luggage for small valuables when flying. If checking bags is unavoidable, invest in sturdy, TSA-approved luggage with strong locks and consider insurance for added peace of mind.
  • Safe deposit box advantage: For irreplaceable items or those of immense value, consider renting a safe deposit box. This offers professional security and eliminates the risk of loss during transit.

Additional tips:

  • Insurance check: Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to understand coverage for valuables during a move. Consider additional insurance if necessary.
  • Document every step: Take photos of your valuables before, during, and after packing to create a visual record for insurance claims or future reference.
  • Trust your gut: If something feels off or unsure, don’t’ hesitate to adjust your plans. Prioritize the safety and security of your valuables above all else.

Remember, peace of mind during a move is priceless. By taking proactive steps and implementing these strategies for moving valuables, you can ensure your treasured possessions arrive at your new home safe and sound, ready to create new memories.