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Moving Out: Getting back your Security Deposit

Moving is emotionally and physically draining-but the biggest burden usually falls on your finances. Between packing supplies and making a down payment for your next abode, your budget may be tight.

For families and individuals making a move, a return on their original deposit can alleviate some of the burden. Unfortunately, many landlords withhold some or all of this return for a variety of reasons. In fact, a 2013 survey by Rent.com shows that 1 in 4 renters have received no refund on their deposit.

house-renting-257202When it comes to factors that impact your refund, some may be out of your control. For example, most renters who lost their deposit report the cause as moving out early. Some factors, however, are entirely in your control. Most tenants will get a return on their deposit when they fulfill the following obligations:

  • Return the property in its original condition
  • Pay off all rents and money owed
  • Establish a history of responsible tenancy

In other words, following the terms of your contract should get you a refund on the deposit. If you have concerns, take these tips into consideration.

  1. Take an Inventory of Existing Damages

Before you move in, take detailed notes about the condition of the rental space. In the rush and excitement of moving to a new place, it can be easy to overlook small imperfections. By documenting the existing damages, you protect yourself from a forgetful (or vindictive) landlord.

As you take inventory, be sure to perform the following tasks:

  • Turn on and off all lights, faucets, and appliances.
  • Lock and unlock all windows and doors.
  • Test all electrical outlets.
  • Evaluate the cleanliness of all window treatments and drapes.

If there are serious existing damages, it may be wise to photograph them. As you evaluate the premises, be sure to check the balcony, yard, storage area, and garage.rental-agreement

  1. Read and Follow the Terms of the Lease

During your stay, you’ll want to be sure you fully understand the terms of your lease. Some tenants make the mistake of skimming over the paperwork. Then, they learn that they could have easily avoided a lost deposit. As a general rule, your rental agreement will require you to:

  • Clean and remove stains before they set in.
  • Abide by any and all pet policies.
  • Follow customization (painting, installations, etc.) guidelines.
  • Move in and out by a certain date.

Knowing and following the rules will make the experience easier on you and the landlord.

If you have a request outside of the agreed-upon terms, be sure to get your landlord’s consent in writing. This way, all guidelines and updates are properly documented.

  1. Return the Property in Its Original Condition . . . At Least

After you move out, take the time to clean up any messes you have made. If you can’t leave the property better than you found it, return it to its original condition at the very least.

Of course, this step will only be possible if you followed the first tip and took detailed notes about the original condition.

As you prepare your rental for the final cleaning check, be sure to:

  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Remove all tenant-owned furniture and garbage.
  • Sweep and vacuum the floor.
  • Wipe down walls, taking care to remove scuff marks.

From there, your apartment should be in good enough condition to withstand evaluation.

Secure the Entire Deposit

Following these three tips should get you on the path toward a refund of the entire security deposit. As you perform each step, a good rule of thumb is to go above and beyond as often as possible. Let your landlord see that you’ve made the effort to document damages, follow the rules, and return the property in its original condition. When your landlord sees your efforts, he or she will be much more likely to give you back your full deposit.

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7 Ways to De-stress During a Move

In 1967, two psychiatrists developed a scale for measuring stress. According to their research, different life changes create different levels of stress in our bodies. If these stress levels get too high, we are more prone to injury and illness.

One of the stressors that Holmes and Rahe identified is a change in residence.

Right alongside that stressor are others, like a change in schools, a change in marital status, and a change in work responsibilities.

A move in and of itself may not cause overwhelming stress. But chances are if you’re moving, you are probably also making some other significant life changes as well. Collectively, these changes can produce a storm of stressors.

You may not be able to control the life changes that come your way. But the good news is that managing the stress they create is possible. Simple de-stressing activities can help you keep calm and healthy amidst the packing and planning you’ll be conquering in the coming months.

Keep a regular exercise routine

True, you might be lifting lots of heavy things, carrying items up and down staircases, and scrubbing walls and windows as you get ready to move. But don’t neglect keeping a regular exercise routine. Thirty minutes a day can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, not to mention help you maintain the energy and strength you’ll need for the big move.

Get regular sleep

If you’re moving in the middle of a change in work, the only hours you have to organize, pack, and clean might be late at night.

It’s okay to work late, but remember that your mind and body will work best when they have proper sleep. Try to keep a consistent bedtime so you can get the most out of your waking hours.

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With all the hustle and bustle of moving, it is easy to let good eating go. But your body needs nutrients to manage stress and maintain health. Include fresh vegetables, fruits, and plenty of drinking water in your daily eating.

Take time to play

Go for a walk, play a board game, or cook your favorite meal. Taking time away from the stressors often gives new clarity and energy. You’ll find that when you come back to the tasks at hand, you’ll be much better equipped to manage problems.

Breathe

Practice breathing deeply for a few minutes each day. You might sit on the ground or on a chair. Close your eyes and focus on inhaling and exhaling. Play some soothing music in the background if that helps.

ChecklistMake a to-do list

When you start getting overwhelmed by how many things still need doing, one of the best ways to get that stress off your shoulders is to write it all down. Take fifteen minutes and a pencil and paper. List all the tasks you need to do, small and large.

Then prioritize the tasks. Which must you do today? Which must you do this week? Writing out upcoming tasks and assigning a time for you to do each one will make the work ahead seem much more doable.

Stay on track with this moving checklist and timeline.

Surround yourself with nature

With all the time our brains and eyes spend on screens, a little bit of nature can go a long way to de-stress. Buy a plant. Find a nearby park. Sit outside and watch clouds. Having a few minutes alone with your thoughts and with nature will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the stress of moving.Walking

Find a hobby

The act of creating can do wonders for our stress levels. Whether you’re a knitter, a painter, or a model car maker, losing yourself in a new (or forgotten) hobby can alleviate anxiety and help you regain perspective. Even setting aside fifteen minutes a day for your hobby will establish a healthy, consistent pattern that you’ll find yourself enjoying more and more.

Now that you have the tools to de-stress, check out some of Bekins’ other blog posts to get more tips for a smooth, manageable move.

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Eat, Throw Away or Donate? What to Do with Your Food Supply Before Moving

When you’re in the hustle and bustle of moving preparations, you probably spend a lot of time decluttering. You hold a garage sale to get rid of the heavy old bookshelf and treadmill you never use. You strategize the best way to pack your craft collection.

But have you thought much about your pantry?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a decent store of canned goods and other non perishables hanging around your kitchen. And that doesn’t even approach all the food you have in your refrigerator and freezer.

You don’t like the idea of throwing food away, but you don’t want to pack stacks of canned goods in the moving van either.

Moving day isn’t far off-so you need a manageable strategy right now.

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While you may keep a careful inventory of our furniture, books, and electronic devices, you probably forget about your food storage. If you don’t really buy a lot of excess food, congratulations. But if you believe in emergency supplies, you’ll need to do some counting and sorting.

To stay organized, divide your list into the following categories:

  • Frozen foods (meat, vegetables, ice cream, frozen entrées, etc.)
  • Perishable, refrigerated items (dairy products, eggs, vegetables and fruits, and condiments)
  • Foods in glass bottles (bottled fruit, drinks, olive oil, spaghetti sauce, and similar items)
  • Canned items (vegetables, fruits, soup, and so forth)
  • Boxed items (grains, cereals, and the like)
  • Plastic containers (containers for bulk foods like nuts, pasta or rice; and bottled water)
  • Food supplies in fragile containers (flour in paper sacks, bread loaves in plastic bags, etc.)

Plan for Your New Space

The best way to decide what to keep, eat, or throw away is to look ahead at your new home. Will you have more or less cupboard space there? Do you want to build up a new food supply once you arrive, or would you rather have a month’s supply of food already in place?

By asking yourself these questions now, you can better envision a food plan between now and then. Here are a few possible scenarios that could happen once you move into your new home:

  • If your new home has a pantry closet in addition to your kitchen cupboards, you may want to take more food with you.
  • If you need to downsize for your new place, consider a better division between food supplies and dishes. If you have too much of one or the other, you should probably give some things away before you move.
  • If you have a large family that goes through food quickly, you may want to move more food items with you. But pay attention to food costs vs. the cost of shipping. This can help you decide if moving all those cases of soup is really the best strategy.

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How much of your food supply can you use in your current menus? Be creative. Enlist the help of family members to decide what foods you can eat in advance.

In particular, try to use up items in glass jars. Glass is harder to protect during a move, so the fewer glass containers you have on moving day, the better. Do you really need all those glass jars of freezer jam? Consider donating any items you can’t eat before you move to neighbors and friends.

Of course, you have to be realistic when eating from your pantry. You may still have to stop by the store for a couple fresh ingredients. But you may surprise yourself when you see how many meals you can make completely from pantry foods. Don’t forget to use foods from your freezer as well.

Finally, get rid of expired goods before moving day. If you do your part ahead of time, you’ll still have what you need when you arrive at your new home-but without the hassle and expense of moving food items you didn’t have to.

Donate Your Leftovers

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The cost of your move is based on weight plus distance of the move. Ways to cut back on your weight would be to get rid of food. Rather than throwing away non-perishable food, Bekins along with Move For Hunger make it easier than ever to donate your food.

Bekins Van Lines is a founding member of Move For Hunger. Participating local agents will pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items and deliver it to their local food banks in the area. Your donation of food will not only save you money on your move, but will help feed a person or family in need.

Need more fresh moving tips? Browse our blog for other smart, low stress strategies before the big day.

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What is a delivery spread?

When a sales consultant comes to your home to complete an in-home estimate, they will explain a variety of information. One such topic is your delivery spread. But, what exactly is a delivery spread?

Your sales consultant will give you a set of dates that typically range of 1-14 days for your household goods to arrive at your new home. When you sign the Bill of Lading, you agree to the dates in the window and are expected to accept the delivery within those days. The driver will call you 24-48 hours to let you know the planned date of your delivery. Meanwhile, Bekins will do their best to keep you updated on the delivery date.  A moving agent greeting a customer.

What causes the shipment to take between 1-14 days to be delivered to your new home? There are a variety of factors that goes into determining a delivery spread. The three biggest factors are:

  • The distance between your origin and destination
  • The time of year
  • The weight of your shipment

The farther the distance of the move typically means the wider the spread. Larger shipments are easier to predict days vs. smaller shipments. Smaller shipments allow for more loads on the truck, so a driver may have four or five other families that he has to deliver to or pick up in their shipment spread. For example: If you are moving from New York to Florida, the truck with belongings may be stopping in Richmond, Va. and Atlanta, Ga. before arriving in Florida with your items.

customer-service-billboardIt is a good idea to remain flexible during the delivery spread dates so you are free to accept the delivery on any of those days.  If there are any days in the delivery spread that you will be unavailable to meet the driver, always make a backup plan at the time of booking for someone else to meet the driver on those days, however this is not recommended.

In the rare circumstance your belongings will not be delivered within the delivery spread, Bekins will do what it can to accommodate you and your family. Our Customer Service department will be able to provide you with updates as they occur. If you have any questions about your shipment, please call 1-800-992-5202.

 

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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Moving Date

Whether you want to move your family to the big city or you need to plan a corporate move, you have lots of things to consider, including timing. If you go into your moving process knowing the tips below, you can choose the moving date that suits you best.

1. Financial Details

If you understand the timing secrets of the moving industry, you could save a lot of money. Have you ever heard of peak moving season? When it comes down to it, the highest moving volume occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United

States. According to simple laws of supply and demand, moving rates cost more during this time.

So when planning your cost-effective and frugal move, try to avoid the time between late May to September. You’ll find prices much more affordable when you move during a less busy time. Booking in advance will also help you stay within budget.

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In addition to your availability (and any friends helping you move), you want your chosen moving company to have a clear schedule too. In addition to finding a time outside of peak moving season, you should consider the time of month or week.

Movers are always busy on weekends, along with the beginning of the month. To ensure the most convenient pick-up and delivery times, choose a weekday in the middle of the month. This date will give you all the flexibility you want when scheduling with your moving provider.

3. Weather

The weather impacts and affects many moves, often delaying them for days or more than a week. Fair weather contributes to your move’s success as much as the right moving company.

Moving in the summer puts you right in the middle of peak moving season. Don’t forget that a sweltering day will also slow down your movers, no matter which way you look at it. At the same time, moving in the winter comes with certain hazards too.

Choose a temperate season and check the weather ahead of time-and look at the forecast for your destination too. When you choose a day with optimal weather, you will protect your belongings as well as optimize your moving team’s productivity. You can’t control everything, but you can avoid a lot of problems by planning ahead.

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Whether you have a host of employees or your own family to worry about, you need to give your people time to adjust after a move. If you have to move a company, choose a time when your employees don’t have other events to distract them.

As you make your choice, pay special attention to holiday times, both before and after. Employees may struggle to stay focused if they’re excited for or recovering from winter break.

As for family factors, keep in mind that holidays are a great time to make your goodbyes to family and friends. However, traffic right after a large holiday can prove inconvenient.

You should also take the school calendar into account if you have children at home. A move after the school year ends might make sense until you realize it leaves no time to adjust to moving or say goodbye to friends. Give your family at least a month after the academic year ends to prepare for the move.

5. Personal Preferences

In the end, the best time to move is the date that works most conveniently for you after you’ve considered the above factors. Take time to stop and think about each of these factors when you plan your move.

Consider finances, company availability, the season, and adjustment time. With these factors in mind, you’ll find the best moving date for you, your family, your employees, and everyone else involved.

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How to Downsize and Organize Your Craft Room Before You Move

Given the choice, you’d probably choose to do a lot of things other than plan a move.

For instance, you might spend away the hours in your craft room-or buy a few sheets of scrapbooking paper at the craft store. You know that you should inventory your kitchen right now, but you don’t want to tear yourself away from what you love most.I'd rather be scrapbooking

With how much you love to craft it is very important for you to take the time to organize and pack your craft supplies before moving to ensure they arrive to your new home safely. If necessary, it is also important to prepare your craft room for downsizing prior to moving in your new home. Here are a few strategies for downsizing and organizing your craft supplies before moving day.

Toss or Repurpose

The hardest thing for crafters to admit is that they have too many crafting supplies. If one box of quilting fabric is great, then an entire wall is better. If this sounds like you, you may be a craft-supply hoarder.

If your new place has less room than your current one, you’ll need to downsize your supplies before you move. Not sure where to start? Try going digital, hosting a giveaway or simply trashing old items.

Consider digital scrapbooking

If you have stacks of unused scrapbooking paper but find yourself posting more photos on social media than in an actual scrapbook, then choose a digital scrapbooking method instead.

Meanwhile, donate those designer papers to a local school or to a community group. Keep only the paper you plan to use within the next year.

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Invite a few like-minded friends to your home for a crafting event. Provide supplies for everyone to make a handcrafted item. Then send participants home with boxes of supplies you don’t want to keep.

By thinking of others’ crafting tastes, you may find it easier to give things away, knowing they’ll go to a good home.

Toss old ink pads and other outdated supplies

Keep a trash or recycling bin handy when you go through each closet or paper stack. If you’ve run out of stamping ink bottles, toss the empties and the dried-out ink pads that go with them. Do the same for colored markers past their prime.

Broken supplies won’t do you or others any good, so throw them out or find a viable recycling option.

Organize and Pre-Pack

Once you’ve downsized your crafting supplies, you’ll can take the next step and organize leftover items prior to moving day with these techniques:

  • Inventory everything you have left in your craft stash: fabric, yarn, painting supplies, papers, glue and adhesives, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and refill bottles, and the like.
  • Pre-pack loose, small items into plastic bins. If you can, use clear plastic bins that stack easily when the movers put them in larger boxes. This helps you-and your movers-see Honey-Can-Do-Organizer-Cartwhat’s inside.
  • Remove wheels from wheeled supply bins. Put the wheels in a baggie and store them inside one of the bin’s drawers. Tape drawers closed so they won’t spill small contents during the move.
  • Secure ink pads with rubber bands so lids don’t pop off during the move and drip ink over everything else. Do the same with marking pens, pencils, and coloring utensils.
  • Put liquid items (paint, glue, ink bottles, etc.) in plastic, lock-top bags.
  • Pack loose paper in filing bins or metal magazine boxes.
  • Store rubber stamps in large, clear plastic bins with secure lids.

Finally, breathe a sigh of relief. Think about how organized your craft room looks, and how simple you’ve made things for your movers. A great moving day lies ahead, thanks to your efforts!

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How to Successfully Move Your Medical Practice

Do you like the location of your medial practice? Have you ever wondered how your clinic would benefit if you moved somewhere with a little more space or with a little more traffic? Regardless of your specialty, you can benefit from a move.

Moving locations can increase the number of patients you see and strengthen the stability of your practice.

If you think moving would help your clinic become stronger, you need to make sure you do it right. A well-executed move will help your practice, while a poorly thought out move could hurt it significantly.

Tip 1: Keep Your Patients Informed

Once you find a location for your clinic, immediately begin to notify your patients. Patients represent the lifeblood of your practice. You can’t afford to lose them in your move. Use these suggestions to keep your patients during the moving process.

  • Post notices of your move in the office at least 30 days before yoChecklistur move. This will allow your more regular patients to take notice and plan accordingly.
  • Send patients emails before and after the move explaining the details of the move. Include the address and, if necessary, your new phone number. Consider sending postcards as well, since some people prefer physical reminders.
  • Launch a social media campaign connected to your move. Encourage patients to like your page or share posts about the move. Not only will this remind existing patients of your move, it could also encourage their friends or followers to check out your new location as well.

Tip 2: Maintain Employee Morale

You can’t practice medicine without your support staff. You need to keep them happy to ensure your practice runs smoothly, especially during a stressful move. Use these tips to keep up your staff’s morale up, even during a difficult transition.

  • If your staff participates with the move, make sure you do things that make it more enjoyable. As they pack up files or equipment, give them plenty of breaks. Provide lunch on a few days and other rewards for their hard work.
  • In the same vein as offering rewards, consider offering some sort of bonus for your staff. They will feel more appreciated if you recognize their extra work.
  • Make sure your employees understand the purpose behind the move. When they see what they gain, they will feel more excited with the transition.

Tip 3: Find Professional and Specialized Movers

Your medical office has many things to move. Odds are you can’t afford to move it all on yourself. However, you need to hire specialized professional movers who have experience moving medical practices. Because your move represents a more complicated prospect than the average business move, you need a mover who can simplify the process for you.

Use these tips to choose the right moving service:Moving In

  • Interview movers before you hire them. Use the opportunity to get a feel for their experience and skill. Ask about their methods, so you can compare them with other companies.
  • Look for medical moving experience. You need movers who know how to move fragile equipment such as an x-ray machine or tonometer.
  • Ask for references. Use them to get a sense of the company’s work history. Try to get references from other physicians. They can give you a more accurate reading of the company’s skill.

Tip 4: Notify Your Payers

Of course, you should immediately notify your payers when you are moving. You could lose needed revenue if your payers don’t have your new address. Don’t forget to update your address with the postal service, this way you will not miss out of any mail or payments during the transition.

While moving your practice can cause stress, the right move will increase the number of patients you see and help you become more successful. Our tips will help you cover the major requirements of your move. Use our suggestions to start planning a move today.

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Permanent Change of Station: Tips for Surviving Your First Military Move

When you receive orders for your first permanent change of station, it can be hard to know where to start. Most importantly, you’ll want to take advantage of the available resources.

Before you worry about anything else, make sure you take advantage of the following entitlements:

  • Temporary Lodging Allowance. If you are moving overseas, you may ask for a temporary lodging allowance. This entitlement provides a lodging allowance for military members until they find permanent housing.
  • Temporary Lodging Expense. Like the allowance mentioned above, this expense covers lodging for military families. The main difference is that this is for members moving within the continental United States.
  • House Hunting Trip. Before your move, you will receive up to 10 days of temporary duty Military-Moving1leave. During this time, you can make a house hunting trip to your new station without paying a fee for leave.

Once you’ve taken advantage of these entitlements, you can start to plan the rest of your moving details.

Get In Touch with the Right Programs

Which relocation program you work with depends on your branch of military. Most often, you will need to contact the Transportation Management Office. This group will provide information on the coordination and reimbursement for your move.

If you have questions, you can also get in touch with your base transportation office. The name of this office varies among service branches:

  • Household Goods Shipping Office (Coast Guard)
  • Personal Property Shipping Office (Marine Corps and Navy)
  • Installation Transportation Office (Army)
  • Traffic Management Office (Air Force)
  • Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (Department of Defense)

The earlier you can make an appointment, the smoother your move will be. Once you’re familiar with the moving options available, you’ll be able to make some final decisions.

Make Preparations for Your Family

If your family is making the move as well, you’ll want to make additional preparations. For family_01this reason, most relocation programs provide family centers. This resource allows your family to become familiar with the new community. In preparing your family for the move, you can also do the following:

  • Request a sponsor. A sponsor from your destination provides extra support to your family. This individual can also prepare for the move by helping you determine which items to take.
  • Connect with employment assistance programs. Once you reach your destination, your spouse may be on the hunt for new employment opportunities. Your post or base may offer an employment assistance program to help with this step. Members of this program may also help your spouse apply for the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate. Military spouses can earn this certificate while they provide financial guidance to other military families.

By taking advantage of these services and more, you ensure a smoother transition for your loved ones.

Seek Guidance from a Local Moving Company

Finally, you can make further preparations by contacting a local moving company. With so many programs available, this resource is sometimes overlooked by military families. While it may seem easier to have the military move you, there are a lot of advantages to opting for a Moving InDIY, Personally Procured Move. These advantages include the following:

  • Saved money. Rather than having the government move you, you can choose to receive 95 percent of what that move would cost. The advantage here is that you get to keep whatever money you have left over. So, by working with a moving company and taking advantage of discounts, you can actually make money on your move.
  • Increased control. Of course, another advantage will be greater control over your move. Rather than leaving all the decisions to the government, you can make those choices yourself.
  • Additional time. The other bonus will be your ability to create your own timeline. If you plan wisely, you may save time by procuring your own move.

When you connect with a local moving expert, he or she will be able to answer some of your pressing questions about relocating to a new base. Remember, the sooner you get started, the smoother your transition will be!

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Children learn the ins-and-outs of Bekins Van Lines

The children of Bekins Van Lines employees were able to experience a day in the life of the moving industry for Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 23. The students who took part in the one-day event at Wheaton | Bekins not only sat with their parents and mentors to learn their job role, but also participated in activities designed to highlight each department’s function in the company. The day included interactive activities, such as building an advertisement, programming a computer program, assessing claims damage, and conducting customer service training. The students also participated in a packing relay and toured a moving truck. The day concluded with a stop at the Bekins store where the students purchased items with their day’s “pay”.

Check out the pictures from the day below:

 

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Protect Your Treasures: Tips for Packing Your Collection Before a Move

When a woman took her family baseball card collection for appraisal, she discovered that saving something for sentimental value can yield big rewards. At the “Antiques Roadshow” taping in August 2014, an expert examined the baseball cards, which feature some of America’s earliest baseball players, big names for the Boston Red Stockings in the late 1800s.

Before the appraisal, the owner had turned down an offer of $5,000, suspecting the cards were worth much more-and she was glad she did. The appraiser valued the collection at over $1 million.

But, the sentimental value still trumps the monetary value. The woman has no plans to sell and become an instant millionaire.

Instead, she wants to keep the collection in the family for many more generations.

As a collector, you may understand her reluctance to sell. Whatever you collect, the collection has worth in your eyes not just because of what it’s worth but because of what it represents. When you have to move, you don’t even question whether your collection will move with you. You just wonder how you’ll pack it up so it arrives safely at your new house. If that’s a dilemma you face in the near future, use these tips to pack your collection right.

Fragile Items

Many collectors display their collections inside curio cabinets or other prominent locations. They want family and friends to see their special items. If collectors’ items are fragile, they want that observation to take place with minimal touching.

That principle applies when fragile collections follow their owners to new homes. Protect your too-easily-broken valuables with these suggestions:customer-service-billboard

Buy special moving boxes. Many moving companies or shipping stores sell special boxes for common fragile items. These boxes have dividers to cushion delicate collectibles in transit. These boxes commonly fit dishware, stemware, wine or framed photos or art.

Stock up on cushioned packing materials. People rarely have sufficient bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing peanuts when it comes time to put collections into boxes. Start saving these items as soon as you know you’re moving. You can also put out feelers around the neighborhood and on social media letting people know you’ll take packing materials they get from online orders. Many people throw these materials away, so they probably won’t mind giving them to you.

Mark boxes as “fragile.” This tip should almost go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many times people forget to mark some boxes as holding fragile cargo. Be meticulous about marking boxes. Write “fragile” on more than one side as well as the top. And while you’re at it, note which way is up to avoid damaging the items with tipping and flipping.

Another way to ensure your fragile collection arrives safely is to use professional movers. Movers take care with every box they pick up, transport, and set down, even boxes not marked as “fragile.” If using Bekins Van Lines, talk to your local agent about the precautions that will need to be taken to protect your collection.

Large Collections

Some collections are notable not just for the individual value of each item but for the total items in the collection. If you own 500 snow globes or 200 Madame Alexander dolls, you know what we mean.

The challenge with large collections becomes packing each item with the same care. You also have to gather sufficient packing material for each part. Try these tricks to pack large collections:

Use original boxes whenever possible. Many collectibles come in boxes with custom Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the item. If you still have that packaging, take advantage of its original purpose and put your items back inside for the move.

Pack boxes to a reasonable weight limit. With a large collection, it’s tempting to put as many items as you can in the least number of boxes necessary. But, as any book collector knows, LRjimWrapGlasthat can yield heavy boxes that are hard to lift and easy to drop. Limit most boxes to 30-40 pounds, if possible. Try to keep each box under 50 pounds.

Pay for professional packing services. You might not have time to pack every item in your collection personally. You have a lot to handle during a move, so ask your mover about professional packing services. Trained movers will handle your items with care, so you won’t have to oversee the packing process.

Oddly-Sized Items

Are you a cinema buff who owns original props from your favorite film franchise? Are you bringing your collection of igneous rocks to your new home? Unique, organic, and oddly-shaped collectibles like these rarely come with original packaging to simplify the moving process.

If your collection has strange or one-of-a-kind items, first decide if you want to personally move the ones you value most. You might experience less worry if you bring great-grandpa’s phonograph in your car instead of packing it with everything else.

Next, get an estimate on the price of custom-fit foam packing. The extra expense might be justified on your favorite pieces. Plus, you’ll always have it whenever you need to transport the item later.

Finally, ask a professional moving company how they’d recommend packing unique items. Decide whether you feel comfortable packing it yourself. If not, put your collection in the hands of the pros. Remember, a little extra moving expense is minor compared to the cost of trying to repair or replace a rare collectible.

However you decide to pack your collection, using these tips will help your priceless items arrive at your new home safely.

Relying on professional packing and moving services can alleviate your worries about your collection and allow you to concentrate your energy on other moving considerations.