Cara Giaimo is a blogger for SimpliSafe. She is currently moving and is taking special care of her guitar, her laptop, and her hat collection. SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security is making its way to the top of its industry.
Take a minute to visualize your most treasured possession. Is it your wedding ring, your father’s wrist watch, or another irreplaceable family heirloom? Now consider for a second how you would feel if this item were lost. It’s a horrible thought, isn’t it?
Moving can be one of the most stressful periods in anyone’s life, and at a time like this, it can be very easy to focus on getting your stuff from point A to point B, no matter what it takes. But if you drop your guard, you could put your most prized valuables at risk.
Regardless of how well you label your boxes and how trustworthy your moving company is, small items like these can easily get lost during the whole moving process. Fortunately, you can save yourself a whole heap of stress in just a few easy steps. Here are some strategies to help you make sure your irreplaceable items make the journey with you.
Move it Yourself
There’s always space in the car for extra possessions! The most obvious candidates are easily damaged items, such as a glass topped table, a clock, or even a rubber plant. But the car, being relatively small and lockable, is also a great way to traffic your small valuables. Here’s a list of things you might want to let have the shotgun seat:
- Birth certificates, passports, driving licenses and all other forms of ID
- Important documents (a will, for example, or insurance papers)
- Treasured items of jewelry
- Photos and other sentimental items
- One-off pieces of artwork or antiques
- Small but valuable electronics (smartphones, tablets, laptops, game consoles, etc.)
Depending on the size of your vehicle, you might also be able to haul your personal computer, television, or other large(r) electronic items. For the really big stuff, such as a flatscreen TV, you might want to call a specialist.
Be Your Own Moving Company
You can’t fit everything in your car! (After all, if you could, you’d probably live THERE). So you’ll have to come up with a different technique for getting your things where they need to go. It’s becoming increasingly popular for homeowners to rent a truck and do all the hard work themselves. Before you start, be call your insurance provider and determine what the policies are for DIY moves. Many firms will also offer helpful moving guides. And don’t forget these helpful tips:
- Even if you’re doing it all yourself, keep your valuables in the car as previously suggested. That way it’s easier to keep track of them in the hustle and bustle of the move.
- Keep an inventory! Take photos of your valuables, as they may be useful to help track them should the worst happen. Photos may also help with proof of value if you have to make an insurance claim.
- Put valuables in their original boxes, and keep them with you if you need a rest stop. (if you can, avoid rest stops altogether).
- Use a hotel safe if you have to make use of an overnight stay. Park your vehicle(s) in the best-lit area available.
How Well Do The Professionals Protect?
If you’ve decided to go traditional and entrust your stuff to a moving company, it’s vital to understand the level of protection it will enjoy while in transit.
A full-service removal company should provide full insurance for all of your items. This means that the full cost of any loss or damage will be met (although you should check—sometimes there are different rules for pieces of particularly high value).
You may also find that this kind of removal service will combine your goods with those of other households to streamline their routes. Even if they do this, a professional and trusted firm shouldn’t compromise your own possessions — but it pays to check if you are in any way unsure as to how your items will be moved.
The final alternative is generally known as ‘You Pack, We Drive.” As the name suggests, you are in complete charge of the packing and protection of all your items, valuable and otherwise. When the day comes, the removal company simply collects and transfers them all over to the new location.
Under this system, you can also ensure that your belongings are not ‘mingled’ with that of another party—even if your items don’t take up the whole of the truck, you should be able to rely on a secure dividing wall in order to keep them separate.
No matter what method you end up using, best wishes for a safe, smooth, and 100% successful move!
Have you had a bad experience with moving valuables from home to home? Is there anything you learned that you wish you had already known? Share in the comments!