Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about your possessions getting dinged or damaged. But accidents do happen.
Say your antique vase gets cracked or you arrive at your new home only to find the flippers on your pinball table no longer flip.
Should you take photos of your valuables before you box them up?
Rather than photographing anything and everything, she suggested collaborating with your movers on the written inventory.
The best thing for a customer to do is to carefully review the written inventory to ensure all of their items are properly documented. In the unlikely event of a damaged item, that inventory will be referenced to find the original condition of the item.
Should you elect to hire movers to pack some of your possessions, she advised customers to leave the packing of breakable items to the pros: This will help minimize the risk of damage to your belongings.
Whether or not a photograph of an item’s pre-move condition can be used as proof in the event of damage will likely depend on the moving company. Your best bet is to ask the professionals to take extra precaution with items you are especially concerned about.
If you are worried that even with proper packing, your items might be damaged and want to avoid any haggling after the fact, consider buying moving insurance and be sure to look into your moving company’s liability coverage. Some moving companies offer liability coverage by the pound, while others do so by the value of the object.
Bottom line: Taking photos of your possessions can’t hurt (especially if you have insurance), but when it comes to moving, an ounce of prevention—in this case, packing properly—is usually worth a pound of cure.