When you move, there’s always a slight risk your stuff will get damaged during packing, loading or transport. This may not be a big deal when it comes to some of your cheap everyday kitchen dishes or your Ikea end table, but when the damage happens to your expensive and valuable antiques, you tend to get a little more concerned.

That’s why it’s critical to hire a professional antique mover to handle this part of your relocation. Here are some tips to heed when safely moving your antiques.

1.    Get an Appraisal

As with any item of value, such as artwork, getting an appraisal before you move is an important step. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may demand you get this done anyway, but even if not, it’s a good idea to do it on your own. This is a good way to inventory your items and detail their value, putting it all in writing.

2.    Ask About Protection Plans

Certified movers who offer assistance with antique moves will usually offer some kind of protection plan to cover you in the event of damage or loss. Ask your moving company about such a plan to see if they offer it. At the same time, ask what supplies they come equipped with on moving day to pack up your antiques in the most efficient manner. This can include glassine, corner protectors, packing paper, boxes, pads and blankets.

3.     Pack Them Properly

The biggest part of keeping your antiques protected is packing them properly. These items are inherently fragile, which means you have to take a bit more caution with them than other standard items. You may need to clean some of your antiques before moving them, which will require special cleaning products. And you can’t just throw your antiques in a box and expect they will get to the new destination safely. They must be packed and padded properly in the appropriate receptacle before anyone attempts to move them. Ask your mover for tips.

4.     Make a Plan

Even if you decide to pack your own antiques, you’ll have to notify your moving company prior to moving day of what to expect. Make sure they know they will be moving antiques, so they can take the proper precautions and bring the right equipment. Upon arrival, let them know which boxes and items need top-notch care, answering any questions they may have.

5.    Supervise Unloading

Once at the new destination, you should supervise the movers to further ensure the items are securely unloaded and placed into the appropriate rooms.

Contact Pack It Up Movers

Here at Pack It Up Movers, we are antique moving specialists, so you can trust us with your most valuable items. To get a free quote or to ask questions, contact us in Turlock CA at 209-566-2331.