Moving can be a pain for some but a joy for others. Whichever side of the coin you fall on, moving all your belongings from your old home to your new space takes careful planning and strategic packing. Whether working with a moving company or having a few buddies help, you need to protect your items during the move.
Here are a few ways to protect your valuables while moving for boosted security and protection.
Label Boxes With Effort
Packing is tedious and annoying, making you realize you have more stuff than you thought. When packing up, you may have the urge to start throwing everything in a box and label it generically. Carelessly labeling will come back to bite you when you’re unpacking. You won’t know where anything is, and opening every box will surprise you.
To help protect your items, you should label your boxes with effort. Add whether the items require careful handling. It may help to write what items are inside specifically.
Take Inventory of Your Items
Another way to protect your valuables while moving is to take inventory before the move. By taking pictures of your items and noting them, you’ll know their conditions before and after the move. A list will also prove if something is broken, stolen, or missing.
Keep Your Valuables With You
If you have smaller valuables, such as jewelry or a small collection of antiques, you can keep them in a bag or portable safe. This way, you don’t have to worry about these items getting lost in the sea of cardboard boxes. If you’re carrying fragile artwork or other valuables, you can place them in a locked container to ensure they’re safe from getting thrown around in the vehicle.
Inquire About Moving Insurance
While you’re inquiring about homeowner’s insurance and its policies on collectibles, antiques, and other valuables, you should also ask about moving insurance. It’s best to consider discussing additional coverage for those items to protect them in case of loss or theft. However, if your insurance company doesn’t offer moving insurance, you can ask the moving company you’re hiring.
Don’t Post Your Move on Social Media
As exciting as it is to move into a new space, you should keep it to yourself. Posting boxes full of your items online makes you a target for lurking eyes. Avoid sharing information about your location, the things you’re packing, and where you’re moving. You should keep your moving journey limited to your close friends and family that you trust.