In the world of moving, not all items are created equal. While a reputable company like Gallo Moving & Storage will treat each of your items with respect, “high-value items” are in a class of their own. In this post, we’ll discuss the unique considerations that go along with moving high-value items and what you need to know to care for your belongings at every step of the moving process. Let’s dive in. What is a “High-Value Item?” Generally defined as an item worth more than $100 per pound, a high-value item requires special care and consideration during the moving process. Examples of high-value items may include antiques, paintings, figurines, precious metals, and semi-precious stones or gems. Some high-value items can even be clothing, textiles, or heirlooms. Here are a few additional examples of possible high-value items: Rare currency or coins Precious metals, gems, stones, etc. Family china sets, crystal, or silverware Some artwork and antiques Jewelry Silverware, china sets, or crystal Designer handbags, clothing, shoes, and suits Furs or garments made from fur Manuscripts or rare documents Musical instruments Rare collectibles And more How to Protect High-Value Items During a Move When you hire Gallo Moving & Storage to assist with your move, our team of experienced moving experts will go above and beyond to protect your high-value items. If you’re DIYing some aspects of your move, here’s what we suggest to protect your high-value items: Consolidate As you prepare for your move, move all your high-value items into a single room in the home. As you pack, create an item inventory that includes details about each item, as well as a corresponding box and box number that will help you find where it was packed. If you’re planning to hire a moving company to assist you, provide them with a copy of this item inventory on moving day. Pack Correctly This is one of the most effective ways to protect high-value items. If you’re going to move it, each of your items must be packed correctly. While we’ve covered this topic on our blog before, here are a few quick-hit tips: Use the right materials. Don’t try to save cash by scrimping on packing materials. Instead, invest in durable, high-quality moving boxes and materials you can count on. Gallo Moving & Storage sells box bundles at a discount. In addition to helping you stay on budget, these boxes are excellent for protecting your belongings at every phase of the moving journey. Give them some space. Instead of packing valuables into a single box, pack valuable items individually. This serves two important purposes: it disperses your time so that not everything breaks if a single box is compromised. It also ensures that the items you’ve packed aren’t needlessly jostled by other items packed too tightly around them. Use boxes for artwork. Instead of wrapping framed artwork in moving blankets, pack it in a moving box. Boxes add structure and protection and can help protect your artwork from stresses, fractures, and cracks. If you have a high-value item you’re unsure how to pack, contact Gallo Moving & Storage. Our team of packing and moving experts will work with you to create a plan for your valuable and rare items and pack them safely so they can withstand your move. Buy Moving Insurance Moving insurance provides additional coverage (beyond what your renter’s or homeowner’s policy would offer) to protect your items during a move. Today, there are three basic coverage options: basic coverage, full coverage, and third-party insurance, the latter of which may be helpful in the case of very rare or high-value items. Moving insurance generally covers loss or damages incurred while moving or damage from acts outside of a moving company’s care or beyond their liability limit. Take Your Time Last but certainly not least, take your time when it comes to moving high-value items. You’ll regret it if you rush from place to place during your move, causing a precious family keepsake to break or shatter. If you take your time with the moving, packing, storage, and transport, though, you’ll enjoy a streamlined move that protects each of your items from point A to point B. Need Help Moving High-Value Items? Gallo is Here We understand that some high-value items are just too difficult to move on your own. That’s where our team comes in. Dedicated to providing professional, reliable white-glove moving services, we go above and beyond for our customers. From packing your high-value items to providing the expertise and equipment needed to get them safely from one point to another, we’re there for you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more or to get your free moving estimate.