What’s the best way to keep your vital documents and treasured heirlooms safe during a move?
While movers do accept such valuables as important documents, stamp collections, or other items of extraordinary value, we recommend that you carry irreplaceable and expensive articles with you. Your local bank may also recommend the services of a commercial courier with the special facilities to provide the security such items warrant.
However, if you ask your mover to assume responsibility for items of extraordinary value they will require a list of those items and their respective values prior to loading. Such information will clearly establish that the particular items are included in the shipment. In that case, you should retain in your personal possession sufficient description and proof of value so as to substantiate a claim in the event of loss or damage.
Remember that, if a claim should arise, it will be your responsibility to prove the value of these items. We recommend that you have all such items appraised well in advance of moving day.
You should also discuss with your moving company the valuation protection they offer on items of extraordinary value, to ensure that they are adequately covered.
Remember too that, if these items are not specifically pointed out to your van operator and individual listed on the inventory as items of extraordinary value, they may not qualify for coverage offered for your other belongings.