When you have valuable antiques, and you are looking to move, it is essential that you pack them correctly to avoid getting them damaged during transit. You can rely on a moving company to do this for you, but you may need to obtain additional insurance for antiques of high value.
You can get some excellent information from articles available online that can help you understand more about shipping antiques as well as insurance. Below is some advice on packing your antiques to make sure they stay intact when moving home.
Take Inventory Of Your Antiques
The first thing that you will need to do is to take an inventory of all your antiques. You will want to put together a list of everything that is being transported and make sure that you list its condition, highlighting any existing damage to them. As well as having written documentation, it is also a good idea to take high resolution images of all of the antiques which will give you evidence of their condition in case you do have to make an insurance claim due to damage or loss.
Have Your Items Appraised
With antique jewellery UK insurance companies will most likely require you to get the items appraised before they will offer you insurance coverage. It is also the same for other types of antiques, especially if they are of high value. Speak to the insurance company and see if they can recommend an appraiser in your local area that they have used before for this purpose.
Getting Ready To Pack
When it comes to packing your antiques, you will want to use the same methods that museums use to pack their exhibits, which consists of three layers. These three layers will help to protect the items from damage during transit no matter what happens to them.
The First Layer
If you are packing porous objects such as books or painting, you will want to use a non-acidic material, and archival paper is excellent for this. For other items especially furniture, you can use stretch wrap to cover the surface area of the antique. You will want to ensure that the entire surface area is covered completely. Once the item is covered, you will then be ready for the second layer.
The Second Layer
The second layer is just as important as the first, as this layer will protect the item from damage through vibration and give it shock protection. The best material to use for this is bubble wrap, and you will again want to make sure that the item is completely covered with a thick layer of bubble wrap. Now you are ready for the final layer.
The Third Layer
The third layer is just as essential as the previous two, and the best material to use would be a wooden shipping crate. However, you can also use a sturdy cardboard box which will suffice. Place the antiques in their boxes and add additional packing material inside to prevent them from moving about, Styrofoam peanuts are excellent for this. Make sure that you seal the box securely and, on the outside, make sure that you mark which way is the right way up. You can also mark on each of the boxes what is inside, which will help you when it comes to unpacking at the other end.
Now you are all ready to move, and you have ensured that all your valuable antiques are going to be safe during transit.