7 Rules to Keep Jewelry Safe During a Move
Summer is one of the most popular times of the year for people to move to a new house. Unfortunately, what many people tend to overlook in their preparation is how to best take care of their special valuables.
Jewelry is one of the most commonly stolen items, with or without a move. Add the chaos that comes with packing boxes, hiring movers and loading the moving truck and it’s the perfect recipe for jewelry loss, damage and theft.
We want to help make keep jewelry safe during a move.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind while moving:
- Keep valuable jewelry with you at all times when moving, not in a moving box left with movers. If you’re moving locally, keep your items in a safety deposit box at a local bank.
- Never put your jewelry in storage. Too often it gets lost with other belongings or worse, stolen.
- Remove jewelry when you’re doing heavy lifting to prevent such damages as bent and scratched bands or chipped stones.
- Be careful with packing earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Pack items in separate compartments to avoid tangling and scratches.
- Account for your items. Take pictures of each piece and make a detailed list of the description including the serial number if there is one. Make two copies; one to carry with you and store the other in a separate safe location, such as a safety deposit box.
- Get your items re-evaluated or reappraised to determine their current values and replacement costs. Then have your insurance coverage adjusted accordingly. Copy the appraisals and receipts and keep one set with your personal documentation and another in a safety deposit box.
- Make sure your jewelry is properly insured. When it comes to your homeowners or rental policy, jewelry typically is insured only up to about $1,000. Plus, these policies often do not cover mysterious disappearance - the most commonly reported cause of jewelry loss.
Most commonly lost jewelry
A poll of 600 married women conducted by us in May 2012 shows that among the people who have lost jewelry, 43 percent have lost a ring. The next most commonly lost items are earrings and bracelets (with 20 percent each), and 17 percent of lost jewelry are necklaces. While you can take considerable steps to stop your jewelry from disappearing while moving to your new destination, nothing can give you complete security.
Read more about jewelry care and safety at home and away.
Don't forget to update us with your new address information (it could affect your coverage) in your online account or call us at 888-884-2424.
With the proper precautions in place, we wish you safe, happy travels to your new home, sweet home.