When shipping your belongings overseas, there will always be a certain level of risk associated with items being lost or damaged in transit. A professional international mover will have the experience and expertise to move your items with as little risk as possible. Although the chances of something happening to your belongings are minimal, it’s a good idea to insure items that are of significant value to you, by the obtaining appropriate coverage or international moving valuation.
As you are planning your international move, speak with your Move Coordinator about what their company offers for moving insurance. Your options will include valuation provided through the moving company or insurance through an outside provider. The best option for you will depend on your particular situation and needs.
Keep the following facts about international moving valuation in mind, when preparing for your relocation:
- Consider obtaining an independent appraisal on expensive and valuable items: jewelry, antiques, artwork, etc. Getting an appraisal on these items, will help ensure that you are fully compensated for their worth and avoid any disputes over their value, if lost or damaged in transit.
- Be sure you purchase enough coverage to fully insure your belongings against damage or loss. This requires accurately assessing the worth of your items.
- If your move is temporary, carefully consider which items are worth bringing with you and which ones you can leave behind. Will you have enough room at your new location to store your possessions? Could you afford to rent storage space while you’re away? Can you purchase some of these items at destination? Consider storing your extra electronics and furniture. Obviously the fewer things you move, the less you will need to pay in international moving valuation.
- When you international movers pack and load your belongings, they will tag them and create an inventory of everything being moved. This will include a description of each item. Be sure you double check this list to ensure that all of your belongings are included and accurate. If something happens to go missing, that wasn’t included on the inventory, it will be difficult for you to claim it.
- Upon delivery of your shipment, be sure to thoroughly unpack and examine all of your belongings. Do not sign the mover’s release form, until you are certain everything has arrived in one piece. Document any damages done by snapping a photo or giving a full description of the item to the moving company. It will be difficult to file a claim later, if you find damages after the fact.
- We recommend that our international movers pack your belongings, especially fragile items. Coverage will not be made available for the items you packed yourself, as those items may not have been properly packed for an international move.
If in doubt, your moving company should be able to advise you on what valuation or coverage is available for your international move, as well as the steps you should take to ensure that your items are fully covered every step of the way.