How To Move Antiques Safely


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Storage Of Antiques.

Your treasured antiques are your most prized and valuable possessions. Obviously you want to protect them from any damage, and want your moving company to ensure their safe transport. Below are some useful safeguards you can put in place, insuring against any harm that could befall them.

Moving dayAny valuable item you own, should first be appraised by a qualified person. You may wish to get more than one appraisal. Getting an appraisal may also be necessary, to verify the value of your item for the transferal of your homeowner’s insurance. Also check with your moving company on their insurance, and if theirs covers it also. While you are getting the cost of your moving estimate, be sure to point out all high-value. Or fragile items such as grandfather clocks, silver or china, to enable them to make advance arrangements for crating and special packing. Most professional moving and storage companies can build crates, protecting items with ornate trimming or a high risk of breakage.

When meeting with a moving and storage representative, discuss the amount, and type of valuation needed to protect your antiques. Most professional moving companies offer a few protection plans in the event of loss or damage occurring.

Before packing your items, check your antiques for any special cleaning that may be required.

Check your local furniture store or antiques dealer for any advice on cleaning products for fine furniture.

Do not use any type of oil, or wax on wood furniture before you move, especially if these items will be going into storage. Particular products may soften the finish, making it highly vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.

If you are unsure about the care of a particular piece, a local historical society, or even library might have books on the subject. Some antique dealers may give you some helpful hints as well.

It is very important that you be present on packing and moving days, to help to identify items that need special care, and to answer any questions the packers, and van operator may have.

All large, and heavy, pieces of furniture should be wrapped in thick pads, and firmly secured inside the van. This is to ensure no shifting whilst in transit.

When reaching your destination, check carefully the inventory of your goods and antiques before signing any receipt. If servicing or reassembly is required after you reach your destination, advise your agent who can make all the necessary arrangements. Should there be any damage, contact your destination agent for assistance in filing a claim.

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