Everyone knows that moving and packing can cause a lot of stress and tension. And that’s even more true when packing precious antiques.
Picture what it might be like to transport a bunch of delicate antiques in a giant moving truck on a bumpy road. It seems almost certain that you would cause some damage, doesn’t it?
Thankfully, damaging your precious items doesn’t have to be inevitable–antiques are usually damaged due to poor packing techniques. Antiques are among the most difficult items to pack properly, which explains why they’re often damaged.
The safest way to move with antiques is to hire Professional Trained Movers to handle packing and transport for you. But if that’s not an option, it is still possible for a layperson to pack their own antiques like a professional moving company. Here’s how you can do that.
Take Inventory Of Your Antiques
Packing delicate items, especially antiques, requires written planning. It’s time to write down a list of your things to transport, ranked by how fragile they are.
Start with the most fragile items you own. For example, a dining table with a glass top needs to be treated with extreme care.
Additionally, make sure you measure each item accurately. If an item cannot fit through a doorway, you need to create a plan for getting it to your new place. Otherwise, it will end up getting damaged.
For all antiques, take a photo of each item and check for any existing damage or imperfections.
Find Out How Much Your Antiques Are Worth
There are agencies that can easily appraise the value of your antiques, so you know exactly how much each item is worth. This will be important for you moving forward.
Here Is What You Will Need Before You Start Packing
Now that you’ve taken inventory of your items and learned how much they’re worth, it’s time to start gathering your moving supplies. Here are the moving supplies you will need:
Your antiques are priceless, which is why you need to take your time to meticulously wrap each individual item. Start with the air pillows, then use wrapping paper. For heavier items, use the microfiber cloth. Make sure you have durable boxes to transport each item safely.
Get Moving Insurance
While there are ways to reduce the likelihood of your items being damaged to nearly zero, accidents can and do sometimes happen. That’s why it’s important to purchase moving insurance, especially when transporting expensive valuables.
Label Every Single Box
You need to know which boxes contain fragile items so you can handle them accordingly. This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised by how many people neglect this step. Be sure to label every single box.
Three Steps For Packing Like A Professional Moving Company
Here are three steps for getting your antiques from Point A to Point B with zero damage. These steps form the foundation of how we move things at Tristate Moving And Storage.
Step #1: Use Protective Wrap
For delicate items, foam wrap and stretch wrap will help provide adequate protection.
Step #2: Protect Your Items From Shock And Vibration
Basic cushioning isn’t enough–things like Air Pillows will help protect your items from any minor impact that occurs during the moving process.
Step 3: Seal Your Items With A Protective Shell
Don’t cut corners here. We recommend wood or metal crates.
Pack Your Antiques Onto A Moving Truck
If you have professional moving companies handling this part of the process for you, feel free to skip this section. But these steps are absolutely critical if you’re handling this yourself.
You need to pack the most fragile items last. This greatly reduces the risk of your items falling or getting damaged. Do not place other items on top of your antiques; this will increase the risk of damage
Unload Your Items
You need to unload your antiques first–this should be safe and intuitive if you packed them last. Be sure to check for any damage.
We hope you found this guide useful. If you would like an actual Professional Moving Company to handle your move for you, get in touch with Tristate Moving And Storage! Our Professional Trained Movers undergo over 200 hours of training before working with a single client, so you can rest assured your precious antiques are being handled by the best movers in the business.