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  • Writer's pictureShively's Moving & Storage

Tips for Packing Your Valuables Like a Pro

When packing for a move, you can simply toss shoes or clothes into a box, as they are certain to withstand the bumps and jostles of the journey. But valuables won't do so well with such rough handling. These pro tips will help you pack valuables to ensure they arrive at your new home in the same condition they left.

Make a detailed inventory

Make a detailed list of all valuables you're moving before you begin packing. This includes descriptions, the condition of the items, and their value. 

You can go a step further by taking photographs of your valuables. In case of loss or damage, this inventory will prove invaluable when filing a claim. 

Use the right materials

Investing in the proper moving supplies, such as sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and packing peanuts, can provide excellent protection for your valuables. Also, consider using specialized boxes for fragile items like TVs and glassware to provide extra protection. For example, flat-screen TV boxes have paddings to prevent damage to the screen. 

Pack heavier valuables at the bottom

Ensure to place heavier valuables at the bottom of your boxes. This will help create a stable base and ensure lighter items don't get crushed under the weight of the heavier valuables. 

Prevent movement with fragile items

When packing fragile items like china and glassware, ensure they are snugly fitted inside the box and won't move around during transport. First, place crumpled packing paper or foam peanuts at the bottom of the box to create a cushioning base. Then, wrap each item with bubble wrap or packing paper and secure it with tape to prevent shattering. If there are gaps in between items that allow movement, fill them with foam peanuts, clothes, or packing paper. Then, label the box with "fragile" to remind anyone handling it to handle with care. 

Transport small valuables yourself

To minimize liability, movers often prefer you make special arrangements to transport small valuables like jewelry or important documents. You can invest in a lockable safe or special container for such valuables and ensure they stay with you throughout the journey. 

Get insurance coverage

Things can go wrong, even when you've done everything right. That's why obtaining moving insurance coverage for items with significant monetary or sentimental value is smart. But first, talk to your insurance agent to be sure these items are not already covered by your homeowners insurance. 

Ensure the protection of your valuables throughout your move 

Valuables, when damaged, often cost a lot of money to replace. Some sentimental items, like the heirloom passed down by your grandmother, may be lost forever. That's why they require careful planning and attention to detail to pack. 

If you're still unsure about packing your valuable belongings yourself or simply want the peace of mind that comes with professional handling, we can help. Request a FREE quote today! 


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