One of the most stressful parts about moving is making sure your valuables and personal belongings safely arrive at your new home. Some of your belongings are things you absolutely treasure, and you would be devastated if something happened to them. The truth of the matter is you can't monitor your belongings every minute of the day, which means you're going to have to trust the movers you hire.
If you need to do more to ensure your belongings stay safe during a move, doing these three things will help.
Use the Right Packing Containers
If you are planning on packing up all of your items, such as dishes, clothing, books, and other personal belongings, yourself, you will want to make sure you use the right kind of packing containers. Doing so will lessen the chances of your things getting broken, damaged, or misplaced.
Many people like the convenience of using plastic totes for their belongings during a move, but according to the packing experts, cardboard boxes actually work better.
Here are some reasons why cardboard boxes are a better choice:
- They are more stackable
- They take up less space in the moving truck
- They are recyclable
- They come in a variety of sizes
Since these types of boxes are made out of corrugated cardboard, they are stronger and more durable than plastic totes.
Call Your Insurance Agent
One of the best things you can do to protect your personal belongings is to make sure you have proper coverage during the move. You'll need to be aware that your homeowners or renters insurance policy will not cover your belongings while they are actually being moved. Only if your belongings get damaged while on your property will you still have coverage. As soon as your belongings are in the care of the movers and off your property, however, you no longer have coverage.
If you do want to ensure your belongings are covered, it would be in your best interest to purchase trip transit insurance, which will cover your belongings in case of theft, fire, or disappearance while in transit. This insurance will not cover your items if they break while in transit.
To protect your belongings from breaking, you can purchase something called special perils contents coverage. This will not cover fragile items such as dishes or vases. For things like this to be covered, a special floater policy will need to be obtained.
Don't Pack Up Important Documents
There are certain documents that you should keep with you before, during, and after your move. Important documents such as the following should not be packed up for the movers to take:
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Passport or visa
- Driver's license
- Credit cards
- Marriage license
- Medical records
While these types of personal belongings can be replaced, it can be very difficult and time-consuming to do so.
It would also be quite detrimental if you lost track of these items during your move and they ended up getting stolen. If the wrong person were to get their hands on the information contained in these documents, your identity could be stolen in a heartbeat. If you want to keep them safe while you move, you may want to purchase a metal lockbox or safe and have it with you during your move.
By using the right packing containers, calling your insurance agent, and taking important documents with you, you can to ensure all your belongings stay safe during a move. If you need more help with your move, this handy moving checklist from John Mitchell Moving/Two Guys & A Truck is a great resource.