Whether you're a student moving out of a dorm and into an apartment or you're a business professional moving across town, you need to protect your valuables during the move. You don't want to lose your most valuable items or have them stolen due to carelessness or for any other reason. Whenever you move, consider these tips to ensure your valuables are protected.
Create a Full Inventory
It doesn't matter if you hire a professional Chicago moving company or you move everything yourself, an inventory list is essential. You should inventory all of your belongings and make sure the most valuable items are on the list. Your inventory list should also include pictures of any valuables you own, especially if they are traveling in the truck of a professional moving company.
Take Your Valuables With You
Whenever you hire a company to move your things for you, it's a good idea to take some of the most valuable items with you, if possible. Of course, this isn't easy to do if your valuable items are large paintings or hard to move. However, smaller items, such as jewelry, currency and other valuable should travel with you, just to ensure they don't get lost or stolen.
Temporarily Store the Items
If your valuable items will fit in a safety deposit box, you may want to use this option during a move. Before you even hire a Chicago moving company to help you out, take your most valuable items and store them in a safety deposit box. This will help to ensure you don't lose the items or have them stolen due to someone's carelessness.
Storing larger items isn't quite as easy. However, you may be able to leave a larger valuable item with a relative or friend while moving. Make sure they are a trustworthy person and can take the item for you until you've moved into your new place.
Hide and Mislead
Maybe storing the items or having them travel with you isn't really possible. If this is the case and you need to pack the items with everything else, use hiding places and misleading labels.
For example, if you have a fine jewelry collection you want to move, but you don't want to lose or have stolen from you, pack it in the bottom of a box with holiday decorations and don't label it as jewelry or valuables. Instead, just label it as holiday decorations. This will help keep some passerby from deciding to swipe the box when no one is looking because it's labeled as "fine jewelry."
Use Declaration Forms
The best and most professional moving companies will allow you to fill out declaration forms for more valuable items. This ensures you and the moving company both recognized these specific items packed with your things and require special care.
Don't Share on Social Media
One of the easiest ways to announce you own something valuable and end up losing it to a thief is to share it on social media. Keep your valuable items off social media. It's best to keep the information that you're moving off social media altogether. Wait until the housewarming party to show off your new place.
There are many good ways to ensure your most valuable items stay safe during a moving. Hiring a professional moving company with a good reputation is a very good start. Make sure you use the tips above and your move will go smoothly, even for your most precious items.