When it comes to moving your possessions one could hardly imagine more sensitive items to pack and transport than antiques. Vintage wares and antiques are popular items for curation within many Greater Vancouver homes and as the Lower Mainland’s premier relocation company we are called upon on numerous occasions to professionally pack and move these valuable (in sentiment and appraisal) goods. Because of this we thought we would provide our readers with some advice on what-to-do when preparing for a household move when antiques are counted among their collections.
5 Tips to Moving Antiques During a Household Relocation
1. Have them Appraised
The first thing you should do, if you have not already, is to get your antiques appraised. It is essential not only for insurance purposes (while in possession and during the move) but so that you understand their true tangible value. This will then dictate the amount of care one should take when transporting the item/s from point A to B and will factor into considerations of storage. It is very common to both overestimate and underestimate items in your collection. A major household relocation offers the perfect opportunity to finally put a figure to your vintage possessions.
2. Research Conditions for Individual Items
While it would be great if we had an article in our blog that detailed the explicit care needed for every type of antique there are simply too many to provide such a resource to you at this time (but stay tuned!). We however encourage you perform additional research for each and every item so that you can uncover expert and specific advice for each unique piece. Antiques are sensitive to all sorts of conditions such as climate and thus what may suit one possession during a move may not suit another. If you own an antique grandfather clock then perform an online search for that specifically and even call dealers specializing in such items to inquire about the extra precautions that should be taken. The same holds true for all other vintage furnishings, paintings, and decorative pieces. This will take time but when it comes to valuable antiques it is worth the effort.
3. Take Photos
Take digital photos of every item in your collection before the move in order to document the condition and “inventory” to the tee. If you are separating components for safer transport then photograph their removal, where it belongs, where it was packed, and how to put it back where it was removed from. Claims regarding damage (against less than reputable agents helping with the move and other insurance providers) are frequently disputed so you will want to ensure that you have all of the evidence of original condition and accounting in your possession.
4. Err on the Side of Excess When it Comes to Packing Supplies
You can’t be too careful when it comes to packing your antiques for a relocation so be sure to have an excess amount of professional packing supplies on hand when preparing for your move. You will need padding, quilts, Styrofoam, shrink-wrap, wrapping parchment, boxes, and every imaginable supply to cover and protect the nooks and crannies of these high-end items.
5. Use a Professional Mover with Experience in Moving Antiques
If you have any large antiques in your accounting of items that need to be handled during your relocation then it is best to leave the entire packing and moving process to professionals that are experienced in handling and transporting such sensitive items. If you are moving to, from, or within the Lower Mainland and you own antique furnishings (and assorted possessions of the kind) then we encourage you to contact Best Choice Moving today.