When you need long distance moving and storage services, you'll probably divide your possessions into two groups. The first, which includes some clothes, household items and pieces of furniture, are those things that wouldn't devastate you if they were lost or damaged. After all, quite a bit of what people use is relatively expendable.
In contrast, many people have prized possessions they could never find replacements for. Family photo albums, for example, are one-of-a-kind and their losses can be extremely tragic. The same is true for home videos, and this idea also applies to important items such as financial documents, government forms and medical records.
Consequently, it's a good idea to make a digital backup of those materials well before the relocation and moving services come to box up your possessions and cart them across the country. Invest in a scanner and external hard drive or get in touch with conversion specialists. Moving company employees are professionals and won't be to blame for your losses, but random acts of God can quickly wipe out your family records and keepsakes at the drop of a hat. Don't take the risk these items will last forever - convert them to digital when you transfer your life from one home to another.