Moving house is never fun and there are a million details that you have to remember. But things are even more stressful if you have antique furniture to move. It’s not the end of the world if a few cheap things get broken along the way but if you have priceless family heirlooms or expensive antique furniture to move and they get broken, that’s a different story. It’s important that you plan ahead and pack everything up correctly to avoid any expensive breakages. If you are moving house soon and you have antique furniture, here are a few important tips you need to follow.
Find A Reliable Mover
Unless you want to take multiple trips and move everything yourself, you will need to hire somebody to move your stuff for you. When you are comparing moving companies, it’s vital that you don’t just go for the cheapest option. You don’t want a couple of inexperienced guys with a van that will just throw everything in the back because that’s how you end up with a lot of broken furniture. Make sure that you find an experienced moving company that knows how to handle fragile and expensive items properly so they don’t get broken. Let them know about your antique furniture ahead of time as well so they have time to make all of the necessary preparations.
Make An Inventory
When you are packing up everything in your house, it’s important that you stay organized so you can ensure that everything goes in the van in the right order to reduce the chances of breakages. If you put heavy items on top of fragile antiques, you’re asking for trouble. Before you do anything else, take an inventory of all of the valuable items and the condition that they are in. That way, you can plan your packing strategy effectively and you won’t miss anything out. You will also be able to tell whether anything was damaged when you unpack at the other end.
Check Your Insurance Policy
Most homeowners insurance policies will cover your belongings when you move, but not all of them will cover antiques because the payout will be much higher. Before you move, you need to double check your policy and see whether it will cover any antiques or not. If it doesn’t, consider finding a new home insurance policy that does, just to be on the safe side.
Buy High Quality Packing Materials
Old newspapers are fine for packing around plates and glasses from the kitchen, but they won’t offer the protection that you need for antiques, so make sure that you buy high quality packing materials. If you have anything glass, you need a layer of wax paper around it to stop it from getting smudged or scratched. Put corner protectors on furniture and frames as well to avoid any chips. Once boxed up, everything needs to be surrounded by plenty of good bubble wrap to protect it during the move.
Moving antiques is always a risk but if you follow this advice, you should be able to get all of your items to your new house in one piece.