How to Transport Your Valuables on Move Day

Valuable CoinsIf you’ve got something large to move, like a hot tub, or something heavy, like home gym equipment, we have no problem moving it to your new home. But there are items that, because of regulations and liability risks, we are prevented from moving.

The list of items we can’t transport ranges from cleaning products to perishables, many of which are easier to replace than pack and move. But for items of legal significance or personal value – birth certificates, wills, social security cards, jewelry, currency, or family photo albums – you’ll want to think ahead about how to transport them safely to your new home. Here are our tips to get them there safe and sound.

Separate valuables from the rest of your belongings

It’s important to set aside things that our crew shouldn’t pack and move. Before move day, gather valuables from anywhere in the house and place them in a dedicated but inconspicuous container. For items that aren’t vulnerable to changes in temperature, locking them in the car can be a good option.

Minimize handling as much as possible

If you’re driving to your new home, keep your valuables in the car with you, and make sure it’s locked whenever you step away. Try to plan a direct trip from your old to your new home, minimizing transfers of your luggage from one vehicle to another, or into and out of a hotel. If you’re traveling by air, give carry-on priority to these important belongings, and avoid checking any bags with valuable contents.

Use a safe deposit box

Your moving company will do its best to make sure all items are properly packed and secured, but things can still go missing if they are unaccounted for, especially if you’re doing a self-pack. So for small items of very high value (like currency or jewelry), consider placing them in a safe deposit box in advance of your move. You’ll have the most peace of mind if your valued items are secured and out of the way during the scurry and shuffle of moving.

The most important things for safely transporting your valuables are common sense and care. Take the time to consider in advance what degree of security you’ll need to feel comfortable, and make preparations that facilitate that security.

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