Moving can take its tole on the whole family. The last thing you want to deal with are damaged or lost belongings—especially those nostalgic keepsakes, pricey pieces of glassware, or even your child’s favorite toys. Arriving with all of your valuables intact can take a lot of stress off of your shoulders but making sure this happens can be a hassle in itself. That is, unless you already know what to do, which in essence comes down to two important things: moving insurance and proper packing.

Moving Insurance

Let’s face it. Accidents can happen, even if you’re working with the most talented movers in the businesses. Of course, moving insurance doesn’t keep your valuables from breaking. However, if the worst-case scenario were to happen, you will be glad to have those items fully compensated for. For the best protection, make sure you choose full valuation coverage instead of basic valuation coverage.

Under Full Valuation Protection, your mover is liable for total replacement of lost or damaged goods. This can mean:

·  Repairing damaged items

·  Replacing damaged items with similar items of comparable value

·  Making a cash settlement for the cost of repair or the current replacement value

On the other hand, if you choose basic valuation coverage, most movers only accept liability for 60 cents per pound per article. That can mean very little compensation if you’re dealing with low-weight but high-value items. In any case, the exact cost, coverage, and deductible levels vary depending on your moving company, so it’s important that you ask for full written details of your moving insurance plan.

Professional Packing

One of the most important, but not always so simple, ways to prevent loss during your move is proper packing. Some items are rather easy to pack. For example, you don’t have to put much thought into packing your everyday linens. When it comes to your expensive furniture, artwork, glassware, and other breakable items of great value, professional packing services can be your best ally.

Residential movers know how to handle each item with precision whether it’s a pricey lamp or an irreplaceable family heirloom. This can include anything from careful wrapping and padding to custom crating services. Moving companies also provide the sale of professional packing materials, so if you’re determined to pack yourself, at least make sure you have the right tools for the job!

Do you need protection for your next move?

Moving can be difficult enough. Why go through unnecessary risk when you can get the professional residential moving services you need at a fair price? For full-service packing, loading, delivery, and more—all provided by licensed and insured movers—go with R.C. Mason Movers! Get a free cost estimate and custom moving plan today!