Collectibles have special packing requirements that most homeowners overlook. Here are a few suggestions to keep them safe during your long-distance move in New Jersey.

When you are about to move, it’s important to make sure all of your belongings are properly packed including the collectibles. These items may be smaller than your furniture and household goods, or they might be more fragile. So, your collectibles require special packing by local New Jersey long-distance movers. Otherwise, you might lose them in transit.

J.D. Carton & Son has helped homeowners move their precious belongings since 1953. They have helps customers relocate many kinds of items over great distances. If you are moving some valuable pieces, here are a few top tips for moving collectibles from our residential movers in New Jersey.

Get the Right Packing Supplies

It’s a good idea to hire a professional moving company to take care of your packing and unpacking needs, especially if you are moving collectibles. Movers are experts who usually have additional training in how to pack small, delicate items for shipment. Plus, they are equipped with all of the best supplies and materials for the job. 

If you want to DIY your packing, make sure to get all of your supplies together ahead of time. Running out to the store to pick up something at the last minute is always a hassle.

Some suggested packing supplies for smaller items, include:

  • Packing Paper
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Bubble Roll
  • Scissors
  • Packing Tape
  • Dish Pack Cartons

If you have small vases, figurines, and statues that you’ll be moving, they fit perfectly into the dividers that come with dish pack cartons. Just don’t forget to wrap them up in packing paper first.

Use Moving Blankets to Protect Larger Items and Furniture

Make sure you wrap larger items in moving blankets for added protection. Old furniture is more likely to develop scratches as the finish wears down. While a padded blanket won’t prevent a delicate piece from being crushed in a poorly loaded vehicle, it can help prevent those minor scrapes and scratches that are more likely to occur during the course of transport. 

In fact, many moving companies use moving blankets on furniture and larger items for just this purpose. Your mover may also offer custom-crating services for uniquely shaped pieces. A custom wood crate is built in the exact shape and size of the piece to keep it secure during transport. If you have the budget, this can be a beneficial option for more expensive furniture and sculptures.

Sign Up for Full Valuation Protection

It’s also recommended that you provide self-transportation of small, high-value items you own, such as coins, stamps, or jewelry. Such smaller pieces are easy to carry along on a plane or in the car. Plus, you may feel a little better knowing these items are within an arm’s reach.

When using a mover to transport collectibles your belongings will always be protected by basic valuation coverage, also known as Released Value Protection. This is legally required coverage that all carriers provide. However, it only reimburses the property owner based on the weight of a lost or missing shipment. Some collectibles can be extremely small, yet very valuable, so this isn’t acceptable.

If you would rather use the mover to transport your high-value items, consider asking about Full Value Protection options. This is a paid coverage that reimburses property owners for the full replacement value of lost items.

Ask About Warehouse Storage

If you aren’t going to be ready to move into your new home right away, there are other options for your belongings. Inquire with your movers about getting warehouse storage for your belongings. Some moving companies also offer climate-controlled storage spaces for temperature-sensitive items. You may even have your items placed in wood vaults for additional safety.

Find Out More About Our New Jersey Long-Distance Moving Services

J.D. Carton & Son offers a selection of long-distance moving services that make life easier for our clients. When you need to relocate some pricey collectibles, consider turning to our residential movers in New Jersey. As Allied Van Lines agents, we can offer options like:

  • Full-Service Packing & Unpacking
  • Use of Furniture Protection
  • Custom-Crating Services
  • Sale of Packing Materials
  • Online Shipment Tracking
  • Short- & Long-Term Storage Services

If you are thinking about making a long-distance move soon, reach out to J.D. Carton & Son about our moving services. Simply give us a call or fill in our online form to ask about a free moving estimate.