Are you getting ready to move a long-distance with valuables and collectible items? While residential movers in Buffalo can take care of the packing and transport, it’s not always possible to hire someone. Or you might want to save a little money by taking care of the packing yourself.
To make the process go faster, we’ve put together a few tips for packing and shipping collectibles. Follow these suggestions to ensure your belongings are protected before your Buffalo long-distance movers arrive.
Make Sure to Stock Up on Plenty of Packing Supplies
Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do is prepare all of your packing materials. It can be frustrating to realize you don’t have what you need to properly pack a delicate or valuable item at the last minute.
Some of the packing supplies you’ll want to gather include:
- Packing Paper
- Packing Peanuts
- Bubble Roll
- Cardboard Boxes
- Cardboard Boxes with Dividers
It’s important to make sure that smaller items are well-wrapped and secured. They can easily get lost or even damaged under the weight of other items in a box. It might be better to pack them separately. Also, take care with your tape as it can leave residue behind on the surfaces of collectibles, which may be hard to remove.
A professional long-distance moving company that offers packing and unpacking services can be a great help. They’ll provide the training and supplies needed to safely pack your collectibles of all sizes.
Don’t Forget to Wrap Your Larger Items & Furniture
Larger items and furniture may also be protected with heavy moving blankets like the kind that professional movers use. These blankets can prevent scratching of delicate surfaces, and also keep your furniture from damaging the walls when being carried out.
If needed, you can also find a moving company that provides custom crating services for unusually shaped or delicate items. During the crating process, wood crates of the exact size of each piece are constructed and filled with packing material to act as a cushion that prevents movement during transport.
Consider Upgrading to Full Value Protection
You may also want to consider upgrading the basic valuation coverage provided by your moving company. Movers are required by law to provide a basic coverage that reimburses customers for lost items by the weight of the shipment. If you are transporting collectibles, this may not be anywhere near their true value.
Many movers also offer Full Value Protection options for their customers. By purchasing this extra coverage, you can at least be assured of getting reimbursed for the true value of your collectibles if they are lost or damaged.
As a side note, you might want to look into self-transport of smaller items that have very high value, such as jewelry or coins. If bringing these items along yourself isn’t an option, a specialty shipping service with proper coverage for extremely valuable shipments may be the best choice.
Invest in Warehouse Storage for Your Collectibles
It's also a good idea to look into warehouse storage for your collectibles and furniture. Whether you are moving or just need extra space at home, a climate-controlled facility can provide a safe place to keep your belongings. Many moving companies also go to the effort of keeping customers’ items enclosed in wooden vaults for additional security.
Learn More About the Long-Distance Moving Services of Lincoln Moving & Storage
When you are getting ready to move collectibles long-distance, consider turning to Lincoln Moving and Storage. We’re interstate agents with Atlas Van Lines, equipped with the training and resources needed to properly transport our customers’ belongings.
Many of our long-distance moving services can meet the needs of those looking to transport collectibles, like:
- A Personal Move Coordinator
- Full-Service Packing
- Crating & Rigging
- Short- and Long-Term Storage