While moving house is stressful enough, if you are the proud owner of valuable antiques, that can take your stress to a whole new level. Many fine antique furniture items are bulky and heavy, which means you need to pack the item and transport it very carefully. Here are a few tips for packing and transporting antiques to ensure a safe trip
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Choose an Experienced Removalist
Fortunately, if you search online, there are specialist furniture movers on the Gold Coast to rely on when transporting valuable antiques. Plus, they would be fully insured for transporting such expensive items, which is essential. Corners of heavy furniture are especially vulnerable. Experienced removals contractors use special rubber pads that protect corners of heavy furniture items.
Removing Fragile Pieces
If at all possible, you should remove delicate parts of an antique, or at the very least, protect prominent parts with special foam or bubble wrap. If you are leaving the relocation to a professional removalist, they would come and inspect all the furniture prior to the moving date to ensure they are fully equipped to safely transport the items. There is an article online dedicated to handling antiques for transit, which is a recommended read.
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This is one of the best types of packing material for protecting valuable antiques while in transit, and you can order by the roll on the Internet. Bulk buying is a good idea, as you never know when bubble wrap will come in handy, and some people even pop bubble wrap to relieve stress.
Lift – Don’t Drag
Dragging a heavy object will damage it and the floor surface, whatever that might be, but lifting correctly is the safest way to move a heavy bed or wardrobe. The experts know this and they even have machines to lift grand piano legs onto steps, and by entrusting the project to professionals, you can rest assured that your valuable antiques are in safe hands.
The New Environment
You do need to check for humidity at the new home as taking a valuable 16th century walnut dresser, for example, into the wrong environment will result in damage. While this has nothing to do with transporting, it is important that you screen the new environment to ensure it is suitable for antiques, something easily overlooked.
Inspecting the Items
Prior to the removal process beginning, you should personally inspect the antique items with the removalist, taking note of any minor scratches or existing damage. Use your phone to take some images, as this would prove invaluable in the event damage was caused, and if the removal team leader has signed off on the items, then you are covered with their insurance
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When moving valuable antiques, you really should not take any chances. A Google search will help you locate a removal contractor who has experience in moving valuable and delicate antiques. The removalist would need to visit you at home in order to inspect the contents of your home, then they can quote for the removal. You can relax, knowing everything is in safe and capable hands.