If you are moving high valued items, it is imperative that you discuss this with your mover and/or your insurance agent to make sure you have these specific items covered properly. If hiring a professional mover, you will have to declare these items to them. Another great tip to prevent damage is to avoid storage. When possible, move your goods door to door. Minimizing the handling of your goods decreases the likelihood they will be damaged. We had the most damaged when we moved only four hours away but our goods were in storage for a couple months which was the primary cause. Discuss this with your mover ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.