If you like drinking fine wine like I do and have a wine cellar or collection down in your basement or somewhere in your home, you will want to make sure that damage won’t occur when you move overseas or within the states. Your wine cellar probably took many years and lots of money to build up the valuable bottles in your collection (unfortunately, my wine cellar is always empty because for the life of me, I just can’t stop drinking. I’ve been a professional wino for 73 years now).
Treat your wine collection like valuable jewelry especially if you are moving overseas. Here’s some tips to keep in mind:
• Let your mover know – It’s seems simple but many times people do forget to tell their movers about a wine collection to be moved. Please advise your mover that you have a high-value wine collection among your belongings to be moved. Your mover needs to know so they can take precautionary measures to safely move and appraise your collection.
• Find out how much your wine is worth – When you contact your movers, make sure to tell them to have the surveyor or even a wine appraiser to come over to find out how much your collection is worth. That way, a monetary value is placed on your cellar before it’s moved. Upon knowing its worth, I would highly recommend purchasing insurance through your mover so it’s protected before your fine wine heads overseas.
• High-value inventory form – When making arrangements to move your wine cellar, your movers should ask and provide you with a high-value inventory form. Just like jewelry and other high-priced items, your wine is valuable and this will qualify you to receive protection and replacement plans your mover has to offer.
• Take photos – Be sure to take lots of photos of your wine collection especially your expensive bottles. Take additional photos as your wine cellar expands. This ensures you have a complete record of your entire wine collection before your move.
Preserving a fine wine takes its time and be sure to take time when moving your valuable wine cellar to a new home.