Extra Care: Moving House When You Have Valuable Antique Furniture
Moving house poses some logistical complications at the best of times. It can be even more complicated if you should need to move valuable, antique furniture, whether its value is sentimental, financial or a combination of the two. You'll want to ensure that it arrives at its new home in pristine condition, while also making sure that it's protected if the worst was to happen. While your chosen furniture removal company will take the utmost care with the items in question (along with the rest of your possessions), you will probably need to do a small amount of preparation yourself. So what can you do to make sure that your valuable and beloved items arrive at their new home in the same condition that they left their old home?
Preparing the Items for Transport
Obtain the necessary protective materials. While bubble wrap can be used, you don't want this to rub against the items, causing friction and potentially damaging fragile varnish. For this reason, old rags might be more appropriate. Take extreme care if using tape to secure the protective materials. If any part of the adhesive side should come into direct contact with the furniture, delicate varnish can once again be jeopardised. You might wish to secure the protective materials with string.
The Path of Least Resistance
While the furniture removals company knows their job, you know your home and know what needs to be moved. You might wish to assign an order of removal for key items, allowing a path to be cleared before the valuable antique is removed from the property. This minimises the chances of it bumping into something else while being carried.
Considering Your Insurance Needs
For items that carry a hefty cash value in addition to their sentimental value, you will need to confirm that adequate insurance is in place. Speak to your existing insurance provider to make sure that your home and contents policy is in order for your new property. You should also speak to your chosen furniture removals company. What is the extent of their insurance? Will it be sufficient to reflect the value of the goods being transported? If this is not the case, enquire as to whether additional insurance is available beyond their standard coverage (a surcharge might be applied in this instance).
With a small amount of preparation, your beloved and valuable antique items will soon be safe and sound in their new surroundings.