How To Safely Move Antiques
As a removal company in Preston, antiques and valuable items are something we are asked about regularly. Although ensuring all your items are packed and prepared properly is important, antiques and valuables are something that you might need to spend some extra time and attention on. Whether the items have been in your family for generations or you have recently purchased them, they are usually irreplaceable. So, have a read through these tips and tricks before moving and we’re sure you’ll find something useful! Additionally, if you would like to learn more about Flexi Removals, click the link.
Before The Move
We always recommend not applying waxes or oils to wooden furniture before the move, especially if you are putting the items into a storage unit. Applying waxes and oils can soften the finish and leave the surface more vulnerable to damage from furniture pads. Instead, wait until after the move to treat your furniture. If you are looking for a dry and secure storage facility, take a look at the storage section of our website.
It goes without saying, different types of items are vulnerable in different areas, therefore, different items need different types of packaging and techniques to transport them safely.
Antique furniture can be tricky to move safely sometimes and one small bump can be very costly! The tricky part of these items is usually the size and the awkward shape. Maneuvering a large sofa for example can be hard to navigate around corners and down corridors. Firstly, plan a route, and when it comes to moving the item, do not lift it with any vulnerable spots such as legs and arms. Instead, pick the item up by the base. This way you will have move control as well as not being at risk of snapping a leg off! Also, it helps to have at least 3 people helping. Two (or more) people carrying and one who can clearly see the path without obscured vision who can guide the other removal men.
Antique Paintings and Mirrors
Paintings and mirrors are particularly fragile. They are vulnerable to knocks, bumps and even accidental drops, but one thing a lot of people overlook is added pressure. If packed into a van for example, things settle and move as the van goes round corners and over bumps in the road. This can cause the items in the back to shift around until they fill spaces and settle into a position. The last thing you want is the weight of an items pressing into something as fragile as glass!
Wrap paintings and mirrors in layers of bubble wrap and protective sheets, especially corners as these tend the be the sections most vulnerable to bumps and chips.
Fragile Antique Items
Whether it’s glass jugs or delicate china, these items are particularly vulnerable when being transported and require some careful thought and planning. Each item should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap or sheets then neatly and carefully packed into boxes. Pack the top of the box with bubble wrap or sheets for a bit of added protection and to fill any space left over at the top of the box. We always suggest labeling these boxes to ensure nobody stacks boxes or other items on top of them and it also reminds people to handle them with care.
Use a Professional Removal Company
We would always suggest using a professional removal company for moving the kind of items listed above. They most likely know more than you and have experience moving antiques, not to mention they will be fully insured. They will have the correct equipment to protect items and hold them in place, plus the tools and know how to dismantle and reassemble any items that may need it.
The last piece of advice we have for you is, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. With items and delicate and valuable as these you can’t prepare too much. Phone a few different removal companies or specialists for advice and see what they say.
Here at Flexi Removals, we are antique movers and specialists and move these kinds of items all the time. Take a look at our White Glove Service and our Packing pages for more information about the services we offer. If you are looking for an antique furniture removal company, contact Flexi Removals and one of our members of staff will be happy to help.