Determining Your Valuation

Determining Your Valuation

American International Movers, Inc. will make every effort possible to protect your possessions from loss or damage, but the exact amount of your coverage will depend on your company’s relocation policy. Those details must be discussed with your American International consultant.

However, there are two important facts you should know:

Some items are excluded from coverage

The following items are not covered under the terms of your company’s moving policy, so we recommend you transport them:

  • Animals
  • Perishables
  • Precious Stones
  • Currency, coins, etc.
  • Plants
  • Securities
  • Jewelry (watches, etc.)
  • Personal papers (wills, deeds, etc.)
  • Stamp or coin collection

High-value items must be declared

All items included in your shipment that are considered to be of extraordinary value must be specifically identified. Otherwise, the mover is liable for these items only under certain conditions. Typical household items which frequently have extraordinary value include:

  • silver or platinum articles
  • china sets
  • crystal figurines
  • fur
  • antiques
  • oriental rugs
  • tapestries
  • and other objects of art

You will be required to complete a High-Value Inventory form whether or not you declare any items.
* Some things cannot be packed or moved by a moving company.

  • Ammunition
  • Bleach
  • Butane or propane
  • Candles
  • Explosives
  • Frozen foods
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable or combustible items
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Matches
  • Open liquids
  • Outdoor shrubs and plants
  • Paint
  • Pressurized or aerosol

* Services that must be completed before loading day.
Often special services are required which cannot be performed by the moving company, so the services of third-party technicians must be scheduled in advance. If you are aware of any special services which may be required, please contact your American International consultant whether or not those services are included in your company’s relocation policy. Some items which typically require special services follow:

  • Big screen TV
  • Grandfather clocks
  • Satellite dishes
  • Boats
  • Hot tubs
  • Stereo equipment
  • Ceiling fans
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swing sets
  • Chandeliers
  • Organs
  • Waterbeds
  • Computers
  • Pool tables
  • Weight machines

Other specific preparations are listed below:

Automobiles/Boats/Wave Runners, etc.

Gasoline should be reduced to a quarter tank or less.

Butane or propane tanks (gas grills)

Carriers are no longer allowed to haul butane or propane tanks due to recent DOT regulations.


Must be disconnected from 220 volt service
Must be disconnected from gas service and the service line properly capped
Dryers must be disconnected from exhaust vent
Washer hose must be disconnected from water service and all internal water must be drained

Refrigerators and Freezers

Defrost, clean, and allow to dry with doors open for at least 24 hours. Insert moisture absorbing fresh coffee grounds or charcoal filled stocking.
Disconnect ice makers

Ice makers (freestanding)

Disconnect from water source and properly cap ends.

Moving Plants

Movers will attempt to move plants if you request it, but they will not accept any responsibility for them, nor will they assume responsibility for their care during transit. Some Federal and state regulations require that plants be inspected and certified to be free of pests and disease.