How To Keep Your Valuables Safe During A Move

February 6th, 2019

How To Keep Your Valuables Safe During A Move

Whether it is across town or across the country, moving can put your valuables at risk. Thieves and vandals may take advantage of your empty homes or movers may put your possession at risk.  Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the stress of moving and make sure your valuables are protected.

Planning Your Move To Protect Your Possessions

When you are planning your move, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of damage or theft including:

  • Pack Early: Give yourself at least a month to go through and pack everything properly.
  • Take Inventory: Don’t just label the boxes which room they go into. Make an inventory of what is in each box to compare when you get there. In addition to making sure there is nothing missing, you can identify which boxes to unpack first. 
  • Invest In Plastic Tubs: For fragile or delicate items pack carefully and place in a plastic tub for an extra layer of security.
  • Insurance: Make sure to ask the moving company if they have insurance. If not, consider getting additional insurance for your move.

Keeping Your Items Secure During The Move

Next you’ll want to take some steps during the move to protect your items. Though not every incident can be prevented, there are ways to reduce your risk:

  • Making sure your old home is secure. Make sure windows and doors (including garage door) are shut and locked and blinds and curtains closed.  
  • Do not overshare with the neighbors. Whether moving in or out, people will be curious and ask questions. Keep your answers brief, and general. For example, “I’m not sure when the new neighbors move in”, or “I’m not sure what brand it is”.
  • Make sure the valuable items go into the house right away. If you haven’t already done so, have your security technician give you a walk through and set up your security system. Lock everything up and set the alarm every time you leave, even if you are just going to the corner store. 
  • Empty the truck. If you are moving by yourself, make sure the truck is completely empty before you quit for the day. Thieves have been known to steal from trucks. 

Should I Move My Old Security System?

If you already have a security system in your old home, you may be thinking you can just take it with you. Many security companies have policies ranging from not allowing you to move the system at all to moving with no added fees. Call your security company to find out what their policy is. The other thing to consider is that when you leave your security system in your home it increases not just the value of the home, but will sell your home faster than the competition that does not have security. Last, but not least, a new system is also a great way to upgrade to all the latest technology now available. 

If you are moving to a new home, the best plan is to have a security system installed before you move in. That way you are protected both during the move and once you get there. A professional security expert can help.