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How to find a reputable moving company

Stay involved, but not too much
Stay involved, but not too much © wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

So you want to pack up your gear in free boxes from the supermarket to save money? Not so fast. That budget-saving tactic may wind up being a pricey mistake. That's because movers won't accept liability for items they didn't pack. If you have expensive, fragile or irreplaceable goods like heirloom china, you may want to leave it to the pros.

What should you move yourself? Small valuables, such as jewelry or cash, as well as medical records or irreplaceable photographs and anything else you can't risk losing.

Don't disappear when your goods are being packed for you. You may not be elbows-deep in bubble wrap, but you should see what's going into boxes. Items should be listed on an inventory that will be given to you by the moving company.

You may want to consider new apps to help you stay organized.

An app called Moving Day creates labels that you can scan with QR codes so you can see what's packed without having to go through the hassle of opening boxes. The Insurance Information Institute's Know Your Stuff - Home Inventory app lets you enter information and photos of your property through the app or its Web-based software so you can keep track of everything.

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