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Buying a new house is always exciting. The moving process, however, is not quite as much fun. If you have a valuable wine collection, one of the more stressful challenges you may encounter is figuring out how to safely transport it. After all, you probably don’t want precious bottles rattling around in the back of any old moving truck. So when it’s time to pack up your wine collection, here are a few tips to ensure it arrives at the new house safe and sound. 

Make an Inventory
If you’re a passionate collector, chances are you have more than just a few bottles on hand. In order to make sure none of them get lost in the move, start by taking inventory of the entire collection. This will help to avoid any confusion throughout the process.

Get Insurance
There’s always the possibility that something could go wrong while in transit, which is why getting insurance for a valuable collection is a good idea for peace of mind. You can start this process by first getting a professional wine appraisal and then purchase insurance to either cover individual bottles or the entire collection.

Hire a Wine Shipping Specialist
Just as you would hire a specialist to transport a priceless work of art, it’s best to have a specialist move your valuable wine. A professional will be able to carefully package each bottle to avoid damage and maintain ideal conditions through the entire trip. Additionally, if you’re moving to a new state, check that the company is licensed to transport alcohol across state lines, otherwise, your insurance might not cover you in the event of any damage.

Be Prepared for Arrival
Be ready to unpack and properly store your collection as soon as it reaches your new home so that it doesn’t end up sitting out in the sun for a long period of time. If you have a wine room or cellar, make sure it’s set to the perfect temperature and humidity level, as well as properly set up with racks and refrigerators ahead of time. Of course, you might want to leave one bottle out to celebrate once you’re all settled in.