Know Exactly What You Are Moving
As you pack, keep a detailed inventory of your belongings and an estimate of their value. Number boxes to match your inventory so that you can both monitor for loss and easily get boxes to the correct room and priority ranking at your new home. For example, you may note that box 1 contains 20 sweaters at a value of under $100 and belongs in the bedroom.
If you suspect an item may be particularly valuable, have it appraised and insured separately as needed. There is no way to do so retroactively, so be sure to protect these items upfront. For any breakable items such as electronics or collectibles, take digital pictures of the item to show condition prior to moving.
Understand Your Insurance
Most moving companies do not provide specific insurance, so it is critical that you understand what is covered (or not) in advance. Your property insurance may cover certain losses, but again, it is important to know the details prior to your move. If necessary, you can purchase additional insurance on specific items.
There are insurance providers that offer relocation coverage at fairly high premiums. However, if you have a large household to move over a long distance, the supplemental insurance may be well worth the cost.
Use Specialty Movers For Specialty Jobs
If you happen to have a collection of fine art, a wine cellar, a piano, or other specialty items to move, research, meet, and carefully choose a specialty mover with a great reputation.
Finally, if you have irreplaceable items that you can move yourself easily, do so. You will feel more comfortable with your priceless heirlooms in your own care.