Be Careful With Your Antiques During Household Removals

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When you are moving home, you will inevitably be eager to try and ensure that your household possessions are not damaged in any way.
However, if any of them are antiques, whether valuable or not, you'll want to take particular care because unlike more modern possessions they may be difficult or even impossible to replace if something happens.
So, here are a few top tips relating to antiques and household removals.
Speak to your moving company.
Providing they are a highly professional and experienced organisation, they may have a wealth of tips and advice to offer you.
Pack highly valuable and fragile or antique items into wooden rather than cardboard boxes.
Yes, this is going to cost you more but the additional strength may drastically reduce the chances of accidental crushing or related damage in transit.
Pack the items in their own separate boxes where possible.
If that isn't feasible, consider double-boxing them with your antique items inside their own box which is then located within another.
Be prepared to use plenty of bubble wrap or other packaging.
Don't try and economise here - you will end up regretting it.
If you are packing two or more items into the one box, make sure that there are huge amounts of packing materials between each of them.
For example, never put two antique plates side-by-side resting against each other or only separated by a single sheet of newspaper etc.
In situations where your antique is particularly valuable, consider paying for a separate specialist removal services.
This might be a good idea in the case of, for example, paintings.
Another option here might be to move it yourself in your own car and so on.
If you have packed things yourself, make sure you indicate to your removals company that a certain box (or boxes) require particularly careful handling and secure placement on the vehicle.
Professional companies will always give the very best care and attention to everything they load but there is no harm in asking for extra special treatment for certain items.
In the case of antique glass, particularly if it is thin, read up on the variety of special techniques recommended for packing it.
Space doesn't permit a full discussion here but just surrounding the glass by bubble wrap isn't always sufficient.
Sometimes a particular antique requires a degree of temperature and other environmental control.
This can be a complex business and if you own such antiques, perhaps including things such as ancient books or parchments, once again it might be a good idea to ask for specialist help in packing.
Finally, consult your removal company and your own insurance provider for advice and guidance on policy cover.
Some removals companies may have limitations on the cover they can provide for damage in transit to antique items and your own household insurance may not cover them either unless they know that they exist and that you are in the process of moving them.
If you are planning to ship valuable antique or vintage items, it's a good idea to start to investigate what that means well in advance of your planned removal date.
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