Moving Soon? Don’t Forget to Protect Your Valuables!

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Think of your most valuable possession. Maybe it’s your mother’s wedding ring, your grandmother’s hand-made quilt, or your father’s antique chess set. Now, imagine if you were to lose it. Did your heart stop for just a moment? Mine did just thinking about losing my grandpa’s childhood Bible. If you’re moving soon, then ensuring your valuables aren’t lost in the process is important. Here are some helpful tips and advice for how to protect your valuables when moving.

How to protect valuables when moving

My best advice is to keep your valuables with you during the moving process. This way, they are always nearby and in your care. Here are some things that should go with you:

  • Birth certificates, passports, and other forms of ID
  • Medications (stored in a child-proof case)
  • Valued pieces of jewelry
  • One-of-a-kind pieces of artwork
  • Antiques
  • Photos
  • Sentimental Items
  • Electronics that have high resale value (smartphones, laptops, video game consoles)
  • Important documents

Large electronics like TVs can go with the mover if there isn’t enough room in the car. Read more here on how to move a large screen TV.

When moving long-distance especially, it’s important to know how your moving company will keep your belongings secure during transit.

How each type of mover protects your valuables

If you move with a full-service moving company, they will likely provide full-value coverage of your belongings. However, they might have different insurance regulations for high-value items. The one thing to be aware of is that full-service movers could co-mingle your belongings with other households moving in the same direction or transfer your belongings to another truck without your supervision. Find out how secure your valuables will be if you choose this kind of mover.

If you do all the work yourself and rent a moving truck, your belongings will “technically” be with you. However, while you’re sleeping in the hotel room, all your valuables will be sitting out in the parking lot. I don’t know about you, but I would be watching the truck 24/7 instead of sleeping. Be sure to check what items are covered when you purchase damage protection.

If you go with a “you pack, we drive” long-distance moving service like U-Pack®, you still do some of the work yourself, but you don’t have to drive. It’s really the best of both worlds. If you choose U-Pack, your belongings will be the only household goods shipment in the trailer. Because you pay for the space you use, the space you don’t use is separated by a secure divider wall, then filled with commercial, palletized goods (like electronics) going the same direction. And since you don’t have to drive, you don’t have to worry about your entire life’s belongings sitting in a parking lot while you sleep. U-Pack includes standard liability coverage in every move.

Now that you know a little bit more about U-Pack, here are some tips for keeping your things safe and secure during the moving process:

Tips for protecting valuables during your move

  • Use the original box for your valuable if you still have it.
  • When travelling with your valuables, keep them hidden, especially when you stop for meals, snacks, or bathroom/rest breaks.
  • Use the hotel safe to store your valuables that you take with you.
  • Park near the front of the hotel where there is more lighting, even if it means walking a little further to your room.
  • Check with your home insurance agent to see if your valuables are insured while in transit (with you and with the moving company).
  • Take extra precaution when packing your valuables. You can never use too much packing paper!
  • Label the box “FRAGILE” for breakable items.
  • Take photos and videos of your valuables before you move. If they are lost or stolen, a recent photo can be helpful in getting them back.
  • Get your valuables appraised to determine their true value.
  • Keep an inventory of all your valuables so you can quickly identify if one is missing.

When moving, you can never be too careful protecting your most treasured items. If you’ve moved before, let us know your tips for how to protect valuables by leaving a comment below!

Christina Williams is a moving expert at U-Pack Moving®. When she’s not sharing the latest moving tip, you’ll find her cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks, reading, or walking her two energetic dogs, Button and Zipper.