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When you move, you're not just moving your household goods, but your entire life, including costly and sometimes irreplaceable valuables. To protect them during the moving process, keep in mind the tips provided below.

Wrap and pack everything properly

The best way to protect your valuables from any possible damage is to wrap and pack them properly. You can achieve this by being diligent when you're packing on your own, or by hiring movers to take care of the job for you.
  • Wrap and pack yourself - when taking on a packing job on your own, be sure to...
    • Pack fragile items and valuables in sturdy, corrugated moving boxes
    • Reinforce the bottom of all your boxes with packing tape and line the bottom with crumpled packing paper for cushioning
    • Wrap all items in packing paper or unprinted newsprint as newspaper ink can rub onto your valuables
    • After wrapping fragile belongings in packing paper, add a layer of bubble wrap for added protection
    • Pack boxes with the heaviest items at the bottom and use crumpled packing paper to fill in any gaps
    • Seal the top of all full boxes securely with packing tape
    • Label your boxes clearly with a list of contents and where it should be placed in your new home
  • Hire movers - you can also hire professional movers, who wrap and pack valuables on a regular basis, ensuring they hopefully do not face damage during your relocation

Purchase insurance

If you choose to hire a moving company, it's imperative that you purchase insurance and liability coverage to protect your valuables--also be sure to ask how their Replacement Value Protection works. Extra insurance policies may even be purchased directly from the moving company to protect especially valuable items.

Not hiring a moving company? Your home insurance might cover a move--be sure to check with your insurance provider first as all coverage is different.

Make an inventory

Regardless of whether or not you hire professional movers, make an inventory of your belongings as you pack, this way if something goes missing or is taken you will be aware of it during the unpacking process. An inventory will also help to speed up the claims process with your moving company should an item get lost, damaged or stolen.

TIP: Take photos of your high-value items before you move with professionals. If they become damaged during the moving process you can use the photographs as evidence on your insurance claim.

Move valuables separately

Did you hire a moving company but don't trust anyone with your valuables? Think about moving them separately from the rest of your household belongings in your own vehicle. To save on room, smaller valuables may even be combined with your first night survival kit. Some common valuables we recommend moving yourself include:
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Important identification (passports, birth certificates, social security cards)
  • Financial documents (taxes, insurance information, bills)
  • Personal electronics
  • Prescription medications
  • Sentimental and irreplaceable belongings (such as family photos)
  • Costly jewellery
  • Artwork

Hide your valuables

Another option (if you have hired movers, have trust issues and don't want to move your valuables yourself) is to hide important items within the rest of your belongings.
  • Bundle important documents such as birth certificates with posters inside a protective cardboard tube
  • Hide cash and other small items inside empty toiletry and cleaning containers to deter would-be thieves
  • Stash flat items inside boxes full of books or magazines (just be sure to put a special marking on the box in question so you can relocate it later)
  • Place small valuables inside a safety deposit box at your bank in advance of your move (assuming it's not too far away to retrieve your belongings from later)
  • When packing, place cheaper items on top of your more expensive belongings (especially if said items are not wrapped)

Good luck!

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on October 24, 2014

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