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Antiques and collectibles often have a high monetary and sentimental value. Follow these steps to properly prepare them for packing and loading and avoid any physical harm.
Step one: Get an appraisal
If you haven't done so yet, you should have all extraordinary value items you own appraised by a professional. This may be necessary when choosing your protection program or to verify the value of your personal property for the transferal of your homeowner's insurance policy. The best way to locate an appraiser is through a recommendation by an insurance agent, attorney or bank official.
In addition to obtaining an appraisal, make sure you have clear photographs of your antiques. During the in-home estimate, point out all high-value or fragile items to the moving consultant so advance arrangements for crating and special packing can be made. Crates can be specially built to protect items with ornate trimming or a high risk of breakage.
Step two: Review your moving protection plan
Discuss the valuation of your antiques when meeting with your moving consultant. Chipman offers several protection plans in the event of loss or damage. Be sure to list your articles of extraordinary value (items worth more than $100 per pound) on the High-Value Inventory Form and document any signatures, serial numbers or manufacturer marks on your possessions.
We recommend you use a video camera to fully document the condition of your antiques and high-value items prior to your move in case you need to verify a claim. When doing so, make sure you get clear, high quality footage of your items so that it is usable.
Step three: Prepare for packing
Check if your antiques or collectibles need any special cleaning prior to packing and transporting. Do not use oil or wax products on wood furniture immediately before they are being moved or stored. Some products might soften the finish, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
If you need help with the care of a particular antique piece, contact an antiques dealer for advice or visit a local historical society or library for books on the subject.
Step four: Pack, wrap and protect on moving day
Most large, heavy pieces of furniture will be wrapped in thick pads to help protect them while in transit. However, it is still very important that you or an appointed representative be present on packing and moving days to identify items needing special handling or answer any questions from packers and van operators.
Step five: Unloading and delivery
If any servicing or reassembly is required after you reach your new home, you must let your moving consultant know from the beginning so he or she can make any necessary arrangements. When you reach your destination, carefully check the inventory of your household goods and antiques before signing for receipt. If there is any damage, contact your moving coordinator for assistance in filing a claim.