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How to Pack Your Antiques and Collectibles

You may have a grandfather clock in your home that’s been handed down through generations, or perhaps an antique roll-top desk that belonged to a great-grandmother. Maybe you have some heirloom china. Whatever the case, these treasures make a house feel like a home. If you’re planning on moving, you may have already realized moving those items is not going to be easy!

Antiques and collectibles are some of the hardest items to move from one house to another. The first step is to hire a professional packer and mover. But here are some steps you can take on your own to ensure a successful relocation, even with tough-to-pack antiques.

Create an Inventory

First, you’ll want to come up with an inventory of every item in your collection of antiques. Start with the biggest items, such as dining room tables and armoires. Photograph each piece, and measure all sides to help you choose custom crates later – and to ensure your large antiques can fit through the hallways and doorways of your new home.

For smaller antiques such as silver, jewelry and collectibles, photograph each item, taking note of any imperfections.

Get Professional Appraisals

You should then have your antiques appraised by a professional. The American Society of Appraisers is a good resource for information about appraisals, as well as for referrals to area certified appraisers.

Insure Your Items

Even if your antiques are included on your homeowner’s insurance policy, you will want to check if that coverage extends to transporting and unpacking at your new home. With appraisals in hand, you should contact your insurance provider prior to the move to discuss options.

Pack Properly

Here are some packing tips to ensure your antiques arrive at the new place intact.

1.    Use Protective Wrap

The first layer of plastic wrap will keep the item clean and safe. For more porous items such as antique books, artwork, and fabrics, use non-acidic archival tissues. If you have glass or wood, use foam wrap or stretch wrap, making sure it extends around corners and edges.

2.    Use Shock and Vibration Protection

This layer will absorb small shocks that may happen during transport. Using a combination of blankets, bubble wrap and foam, attach each layer securely.

3.    Use a Protective Shell

The outermost layer will protect your valuable antiques from the abrupt effects of your move. A wooden crate is ideal.

Check Each Item as You Unpack

After the move, it’s time to carefully unpack your antiques. If you see damage to the crates or boxes, document it with video and photos. Carefully inspect each item while unpacking them.  Do you see any nicks or scratches that were not there before? Check the photographs you took earlier to compare the condition.

Antiques are rare and irreplaceable. This is why you should invest the time, effort, and money to ensure they are protected throughout the whole move. That all starts with hiring a professional like Luke’s Moving!

Contact Luke’s Moving

Get a free estimate on residential moves and antique packing when you contact us today at 817-752-9789.