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The Do’s & Don’ts of Moving High-Value items

Packing and preparing for a move can be challenging, particularly if you items which are high value or items which hold significant sentimental value, such as family heirlooms or antiques.  It’s essential to ensure their safe delivery and handling. When hiring professional moving services, follow these tips.


Insure items.

Before moving day, have your heirlooms or antiques appraised by a certified appraiser to know their value, which will give you an idea of how much insurance coverage you may need in order to compensate you in case of a mishap. Make sure to go over the appraisal with your moving services provider so that they can go over the cost of purchasing additional insurance on your items, should you choose to do so.

Photograph and inventory.

Ask your professional movers to notate the condition of your heirlooms by taking pictures of them and putting together a detailed inventory. You’ll then have documentation which will allow you to keep track of your items, and which will make the end of your move quicker and more efficient.

Oversee the process.

Inspect your heirlooms carefully for any damage so that the moving company can make note of damage which already exists, and can be aware of items which require special care in handling. 

Once you know you’ve hired reputable, professional movers, let them to do the work for you. Hovering over the movers will only slow down the process of packing and moving your items, which will in turn cost you more.  Trust your moving service professionals to do their job, so you can relax during this process.


Use the cheapest moving service.

Cheaper is almost never less expensive. Ask your moving company if they offer White Glove Services. These movers are more likely to know the types of packing materials necessary for proper care of your high value items. 

Careful packing

Keep your heirlooms should be kept away from anything which can damage them, like liquids or very heavy or dense items which may cause damage in transit. Make sure the movers have an isolated space where the movers can pack them without obstructions.  

Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

While it’s tempting to load the heirloom in your car to keep an eye on it, that strategy may not work for bulky items like furniture. Hire a professional moving service with experience in transporting family heirlooms or large, fragile pieces. Ask about the way they handle items which are fragile, delicate, heirloom, or antique.  

Trust the professional movers at the locally owned JNR Global Logistics in Honolulu, HI, to handle your family heirlooms with care. They offer first-rate moving services to those relocating to or from the islands, and specialize in moves for the US military and US government. Call (808) 773-0035 or visit their website to start planning today.

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