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Protecting high value items during a move

November 19, 2013 | Staff

 If you do decide to place high-value items in the moving van, make sure that the appraisal documents are in your possession (and not loaded onto the moving van) and that the items are accurately documented on the high-value items list. Review this list with the driver before you sign it and the final bill of lading. 

High-value items include:

  1. Cash and coin collections 
  2. Rare documents 
  3. Stamp collections 
  4. Irreplaceable collector's memorabilia 
  5. Precious stones (not in settings) 
  6. Valuable jewelry (not costume jewelry) 

Valuable documents: your will or living trust; insurance policies; birth, marriage, and death certificates; religious certificates; appraisal documents; and securities (stock certificates, bonds, etc.) 

High-value inventory is different from high-value items because it includes objects that are bulky, are often heavy, and may require crating services or special packing techniques to ensure their safety. High-value inventory will need to be transported in the moving van. However, it must be properly identified and documented before it is loaded. Your moving coordinator will help you to identify high-value inventory when you complete your initial moving estimate. 

High-value inventory includes any item in excess of $100 per pound per article. These high-value objects must be properly identified on the mover's high-value inventory checklist. You will need to fill in a description and the appraised value of the inventory on this checklist. If these objects have not been recently appraised, have them appraised before you move to make sure that the amount you put down is substantiated. If any of these objects are damaged or loss in transit, you must provide a copy of the appraisal documents to the moving company to justify your claim. A photo of the item would also assist with the settlement of the claim. 

High-value inventory may include: 

  1. Antiques 
  2. Fine art 
  3. China sets 
  4. Oriental rugs 
  5. Museum-quality pieces 
  6. Rare books 
  7. Crystal 
  8. Silverware 
  9. Figurines 
  10. Silver service sets 
  11. Furs and fur coats