One of the most remarkable things you can expect when moving houses is to have some space for your beloved board games. If you’re a board game geek, you’ll likely have a collection of games you want to bring. Unfortunately, it can be worrying even thinking about bringing your games along as they might get squished or damaged in the move. No matter the size of your collection, moving it isn’t impossible. Below are some handy tips you can use to conduct your move and keep your board games safe:
- Manage your inventory first. If you’ve taken a shelfie or tried looking at your collection, chances are you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer size of your board games. An inventory of your games is an important thing to have for more than just keeping track of your collection. It can also help you if you decided to insure your games. If you’re an avid collector, chances are you already have a detailed inventory. If not, now’s a good time to do this. Board Game Atlas is a great way to not only keep track of what you own but also to set up a trade list for games you may want to get rid of before your move.
- Secure some insurance on your collection. Before even looking for home or apartment movers, you should insure your collection just in case. No matter how careful you are or how much you plan, it would help if you had a contingency plan in case things go wrong. Talk to your insurance company and make sure you have your inventory already taken care of to see what they can do.
- Separate their transportation. Keep your favorite games with you during the move. Take your top 10 – 20 favorite/worth (or whatever you can reasonably fit) in your car while delegating the rest to the moving van or Pod. Again, best not to take chances with the gems of your collection. You can safely pack these away in specialty bags sold by GeekOn or BoardGameTables.com.
- Contact professionals to help your move. One of the best ways you can safely transfer your board games to your new home is to communicate with professionals. Google something like: best moving company New York City and take a good look at the first page of results. Depending on your location, you may find movers that specialize in moving fragile or unique objects and may find a way to ensure your board games are transferred securely and safely to your new home. They may use special crates or boxes to group your board games without having to “squeeze” them into trucks. Thanks to their specific skill sets and training, they may be able to help you move your board games without much hassle and worries.
Moving With Board Games: Keep ’em Safe!
With a little extra preparation, your beauty of a collection will arrive at your new home safe and sound. Then comes the fun part…buying new shelves! Nothing like a new shelfie in your new home to show off your collection of cardboard gold.
Media personality Rob “Devar-TTY” Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of Devar-TTY’s Pawns Perspective, Dev now focuses mostly on video games and TTRPGs. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.