Packing and moving valuable items such as paintings, antique objects, priceless fine china set, jewelry pieces, electronic equipment, family heirlooms, and important or even irreplaceable documents poses a rather different type of relocation challenge compared to packing and moving clothes and books, for example.
The thing is that nothing will happen when you drop a piece of clothing or a book to the floor – accidentally, of course. However, drop a really valuable item, which in most cases proves to be fragile and breakable too, and then you will create a bunch of problems for yourself. Consequently, if you don’t handle your valuable items with extreme care, then the chance of damage to your high-value articles increases substantially.
The following packing tips will teach you how to pack your valuables safely. But before you get down to protecting your valuable items with the right kind and amount of packing supplies, here are a few really important things you need to do when packing and moving valuables to a new home.
Make a list of your valuables
You’re probably a bit worried about how to protect your valuables when moving house, and you may also be a bit impatient to start packing them up in cardboard boxes. Trust us, the time for that task will come soon enough, but first, you will need to know exactly what high-value articles you will pack. Right?
Inventory all valuable items that you own. A detailed list like that will not only help you make up your mind whether you will take with you all valuables items you have, but it will also prove to be helpful in the unfortunate event that some precious items do get damaged or go missing during transit.
Make sure you take a good number of photographs of your expensive or sentimental things as proof of their current condition and keep those photos safe hoping that you won’t be forced to make an insurance claim after the move. Also, keep any type of documents that accompany your valuables such as receipts, bills, warranty cards, certificates of authenticity, etc. – keep them in a moving binder together with other types of personal or move-related documentation.
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Consider purchasing insurance for your valuable items
What to know when moving valuable items is that anything can happen on the road, therefore the right type of moving coverage will give you the peace of mind that your cherished things will be safe no matter what.
It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company and ask them if your current home insurance policy covers the relocation of valuables from one home to another. Also, discuss this critical issue with your moving company as they can advise you on whether it’s necessary to buy extra insurance at all, and if it is, then they can also help you get that additional coverage for your expensive and delicate possessions.
This way, you will be entitled to a full value protection should something bad happens to your prized items whenever things are out of your direct control. Nevertheless, whenever you choose to transport in your own car some of the smaller high-valued items such as valuable watches, collectors’ items, rare books, some smaller art pieces, fine china sets, etc., like you should, then you’ll have to rely exclusively on your superior packing skills.
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Get proper packing supplies
How you pack your valuables will determine whether they remain in one piece during the household move or not. Still, the quality and the right amount of packing materials will contribute greatly to the success of the packing operation. Are you ready to get hold of the packing materials required to keep your prized items safe?
- Boxes. It’s best if you use original packaging or brand new boxes for your valuable items, but if you must use second-hand containers, then make sure the cardboard boxes are strong, dry, and have no visible signs of pre-existing damage.
- Packing paper. Purchase a good amount of soft white packing paper as an initial protective layer.
- Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap will be your best ally when packing valuables when moving house because its protection often proves to be unrivaled. Get a few rolls of bubble wrap from your local office supply store or directly from your moving company.
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How to pack valuables safely
Most high-value articles are rather fragile and easily breakable – a fact that will make your job of protecting your valuables when moving home even tougher. Follow these tips for packing valuables – your first and most important defense against transportation damage.
- Extra protection. Double tape the bottoms of all cardboard boxes you intend to use for valuable articles. Use only high-quality packing tape.
- Initial cushioning. Be mindful to place a few sheets of Bubble wrap on the bottom of each packing box to keep valued possessions safe by absorbing any shocks along the way. /How to pack boxes for moving/
- Framed art. If possible, use special picture boxes that will fit framed paintings and photos of any size. Use plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap sheets to create multiple cushions inside the box. If your framed artwork pieces are glass protected, make a huge X along the glass surface with masking tape to keep glass shards in place in case of an accident. Your artwork pieces must not be moving inside when already packed up for moving. /How to pack pictures for moving/
- Jewelry. Whenever possible, store and transport your jewelry pieces in jewelry boxes. If not, take advantage of some fun ways to protect your valuables on Moving day. Protect your necklaces and bracelets with the help of drinking straws and empty toilet paper rolls. Use index (cardboard) cards or pill organizers to pack up your earrings. Your rings will be best protected in hard sunglasses cases or even egg cartons! /How to pack jewelry when moving/
- Electronic equipment. Most electronic devices are both expensive and fragile. If possible, pack them in their original boxes. If not, use plenty of static-free bubble wrap to bundle them together. Do your best to transport your smaller hi-tech equipment – laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, etc. on your own. Larger electronic devices, such as flat-screen TVs and desktop computers, may need to be moved by your moving company. /How to pack electronics when moving house/
- Antique furniture. Use as many moving blankets as you can to protect the entire surface of antique furniture pieces, especially any legs or arms that protrude from the main frame. Placing sheets of bubble wrap around the most endangered places is also a good idea. Use the right type of moving equipment – a furniture dolly, sliders, etc. – to move your antique furniture out of your home. /How to move antique furniture/
- Any fragile valuables. As mentioned above, valuables articles – expensive kitchen sets, priceless wine collections, pricey musical instruments, inestimable family heirlooms, or various specialty items you may own – are usually too fragile, so they need extra protection. So, what’s the best way to move your valuables safely? If you feel like the risk of damage is too great, then the best option for you, at least in most cases, is to hire a luxury moving company. Keep in mind that a luxury mover can offer custom crating services for the ultimate protection of your valuables during the move.
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