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Handling Valuables and Antiques: Special Care for Moving Delicate or Valuable Items


Moving can be stressful, especially when it involves transporting your most precious and delicate belongings. At Loves Pro Moving, we understand the unique challenges and concerns of handling valuables and antiques. This comprehensive guide is designed to provide expert advice and practical tips on ensuring the safe relocation of your cherished items.


A photo of antique items


Understanding the Value of Your Items

Identifying Valuables and Antiques: The first step in moving valuables and antiques is identifying what needs special care. Items often considered valuable include jewelry, art, heirlooms, collectibles, and antique furniture. Understanding these items' monetary, historical, or sentimental value is crucial in planning their relocation.


Appraisals and Documentation: Before moving, consider having your valuable items appraised, especially if you haven't last done so a while ago. Keep a detailed inventory, including photographs and descriptions, which can be invaluable in case of loss or damage.



Preparing for the Move

Choosing the Right Materials: When packing valuables and antiques, the choice of materials is crucial. Use high-quality, sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and archival tissue for delicate items. Custom crating may be necessary for highly fragile or oversized items.


Packing Techniques: Each type of item requires a specific packing technique. For instance, wrap paintings and mirrors in glassine paper to prevent sticking and moisture damage. Use bubble wrap for additional protection, and place them in mirror boxes. For antique furniture, disassemble if possible, and wrap each part separately.


Special Considerations for Different Items:

  • Artwork: Avoid direct contact with the canvas or surface. Use corner protectors and pad the front and back.

  • Jewelry: Individual soft pouches or jewelry boxes are ideal. Avoid tangling and scratching.

  • Porcelain and Glassware: Wrap each piece individually and fill voids in boxes with packing peanuts or paper.



Choosing the Right Moving Company

Expertise and Experience: Select a moving company, like Loves Pro Moving, that has expertise in handling valuables and antiques. Check their credentials and reviews, and ask about their experience with similar items.


Insurance and Liability: Ensure the moving company offers appropriate coverage for high-value items. Understand the terms and conditions of their insurance policy.



During the Move

Communication is Key: Maintain clear communication with the movers. Point out items that require special care and discuss the plan for moving these items.


Monitoring the Process: While it's unnecessary to hover over the movers, keeping a watchful eye on how your valuables are being handled can provide peace of mind.



Arrival and Unpacking

Inspect Upon ArrivalOnce your items arrive at the new location, inspect them immediately for any signs of damage. In the unfortunate event of damage, report it to the moving company immediately.


Unpacking: Unpack valuables and antiques slowly and carefully. Doing this separately from your other belongings is often wise to avoid rushing and potential mishaps.



Post-Move Care

Condition and Placement: Check the condition of your items after unpacking. Please place them in their new space, considering factors like sunlight, temperature, and humidity, which can affect certain materials.

Professional Restoration: If any damage has occurred, consult with a professional restorer who specializes in the type of item damaged.



Conclusion

At Loves Pro Moving, we understand that your valuables and antiques are more than possessions; they are a part of your history and legacy. By following these guidelines and choosing a moving company that values your cherished items as much as you do, you can ensure a safe and seamless transition to your new home.


Remember, the key to successfully moving valuables and antiques lies in careful planning, proper packing, and choosing the right professionals to handle your precious belongings. With the right approach, you can preserve your valuables for generations.

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