Moving your household can be tricky, and it’s often the most beloved possessions that can be trickiest. Antiques, fine art, heirloom items, and other fragile pieces require the most care in order to be safely transported. The packers and movers at Priority have extensive experience in keeping these items secure and intact no matter how far your next move is. Consider the following tips as you prepare for your move.
Go with professionals. Even if you prefer to pack the rest of your home yourself, it’s worth getting a quote from the packers and movers at Priority for packing, transporting, and unpacking your fragile items. Professional packers and movers use professional equipment and strategies to make sure that glass, porcelain, art, and old or delicate items will be safe during transit and positioning in your new home. Professionals can also offer resources like crates, which are the best way to move fine art but can be challenging to locate for people who aren’t in the moving business.
Get insurance. Professional packers and movers can also offer insurance options, which provide an additional promise of safekeeping for your prized possessions. A representative will come to your home to make an assessment and then provide insurance options. You can also get a policy from your current insurance provider to cover particularly high-dollar amount items.
Document each item thoroughly. Especially if you select insurance coverage, you’ll want to have current photographs of each item covered in the policy. Take more than one photograph, from more than one angle, to demonstrate the quality, condition, and placement of each item.
Use the right packing supplies. Depending on what kind of delicate item you are packing, you’ll want to use different packing supplies. Antiques, wooden items, and pieces of furniture should be carefully wrapped in heavy-duty packing blankets and clothes. This provides protection from scratches and dents as these items are moved. Bubble wrap or air packs can be more effective for glass, porcelain, and other items that are thin, breakable, or brittle.
Use the right equipment. Using a dolly that is too large or too small heightens the risk that you or your mover will damage the item or the home that you’re moving into or out of. Professional packers and movers at Priority will consider the size of an item, its weight, and its fragility as they select the dolly they’ll use to move it, and where in the truck to place that item to ensure its safety during transit.
Take special care with fine art. Fine art should always be packed in crates, not boxes. This provides protection for the shape of the art, the canvas, or the frame. Packing paper should be used, as it allows the art to breathe (unlike bubble wrap or plastic wrap). Any void space in the crate should be filled with packing paper, as well.
To learn more about the packing and moving services offered by Priority or to get your free quote, contact our representatives today.