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Protecting Valuables When Moving Home

Moving home can often be a stressful and expensive time. Your valuables not arriving at your new home safe and sound will only add to the stress and probable the expense too. Here’s a handy top 5 tips for how to make sure your valuables have a safe journey:

Identify Your Valuables

  • Make a list of what your valuables actually are, what are the things that you really don’t want to lose in the move? Remember that not all valuables are fragile, think of things like clothing, documents, jewellery, or trinkets that you’d hate to lose. Taking a little time before you start packing to look around your home and list your valuables is such an effective way to prevent loss. You’ll be amazed of the items that you didn’t think of until you looked.
  • Keep the list handy and mark off each item as you pack it. Record what box items are in and record once each box is loaded and delivered.

Decide Who Will Transport The Items

The three most common answers to this are: a removal company, a man with a van team, or a DIY move with a hire van. If you’re not sure of the difference between a removal company and a man with a van team, check out our handy hint that answers this here.

  • Moving home yourself can seem like a great way to save money because it is cheaper than hiring a man with a van or a removal company. Cheaper up front at least. Often, moving home yourself will end up costing more than hiring a removal company to do it for you. Moving heavy or fragile items can lead to injury and or damage if not carried out properly. Good removal people are experts at what they do and this minimises the risk of injury and damage.

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Do Your Research

Hiring a removal company, a good man with a van team, or a van to drive yourself costs a significant amount of money shouldn’t be done without careful planning and research.

  • If you’re hiring a removal company, look for companies with a strong on-line presence and good reviews; Facebook, Google, Trustpilot, and Yell are just a few places you can find reviews from past bookers of a company.
  • Get at least 3 quotes, but remember that more expensive doesn’t mean better but the cheapest isn’t always the way to go either. Speak to the removal companies you’re considering and get a feel for if they’re the best company for you.
  • If you’re planning to drive a hire van yourself, research how best to load a van and the equipment you’ll need. Do the same desktop research for the van hire companies. We’ve put together extra info the self-drive van hire, check it out here.

Get Insured

Even with the best forward planning and packing, sometimes things go wrong and its better to check your valuables are insured before you need them to be.

  • Your home insurance may cover your belongings for moving home, its best to check with your insurance company. If it doesn’t, you can usually take out separate insurance.
  • If you hire a removal company, they should provide insurance whilst in transit so check that they do.

Pack Properly

Poor packing will result in damaged items so use the best quality packing materials you can.

  • A good quality box will make a huge difference. For lighter items, a thinner, cheaper box will suffice, but a triple walled cardboard box is the best option for valuable items. There are boxes specifically designed to protect items such as bottles, vases, glasses, TVs, and plants. It’s worth checking with a good removal company if you’re unsure.
    Asking local shops for free boxes is a good way to save money but check the quality of the boxes you get; it may be worth only using these boxes for less fragile items.
  • Protective wrapping. Bubble wrap is the most effective way to wrap your valuable items for transit. if you would prefer to use something a little more eco-friendly, packing paper is a good alternative. Less expensive options are newspaper or even items of clothing or bedding. When wrapping, start with one corner of an item and wrap around and across. Tape the protective wrap in place as you go. Use multiple layers for more fragile items. When wrapping hollow items such as glassware or china, its important to fill the internal void.
  • Once wrapped, be sure not to over fill boxes. The weight of a box full of well wrapped belongings can be enough to damage the items at the bottom, so it’s best to use smaller boxes for fragile items.
    Use packing peanuts or shredded paper to fill empty spaces in boxes. This stops items moving around in the box
  • Label boxes, ideally with the location it came from / wants to be put in, its contents, and if heavy or fragile, with heavy and fragile tape.