Vintage Valuables: Sensible Steps for Moving Antique FurniturePosted on 29 August, 2017 in
Moving can be a stressful enough undertaking on its own, but when you add in precious antique furniture, the whole process can become a lot more fraught. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to safely and securely move your antique furniture to its new location, damage free.
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Start with a Plan
It’s impossible to perform any difficult exercise without proper planning, and in the case of antique furniture, the only way you’re going to move it successfully is if you have a decent plan in place. Here's how to start:
- Map out the area and measure. You need to know exactly how much space you have to manoeuvre and which route you will take when moving the furniture. There are few things worse than hefting a heavy antique across your home only to find it doesn’t fit through the doorway.
- Know exactly which exits will be the easiest. Try to avoid moving furniture around too many tight corners, lest it gets stuck or damaged.
- Plan to remove other furniture first. You want your path will be as clear as possible when moving your antique.
- Pick a day to move when you have plenty of time. You do not want to be on a tight deadline when transporting heavy and valuable furniture. It might even be best to move your other belongings on a different day, so you can focus exclusively on the most difficult pieces.
- Hire professionals. There are companies out there who specialise in the removal of antiques and will be able to provide advice and expertise, not only in the moving stage, but in the planning beforehand. Do your research and ask around to find a company that will help you.
Take Time to Prepare
It’s likely that you’ll require specialist equipment for moving, such as moving dollies. You will also need to package and prepare the antique to ensure there is little chance that damage will occur. Here are some other things to do:
- Package your antiques properly. For smaller pieces such as end tables you might consider padding them and placing them inside a box. Ensure there is no movement. Make sure you label this as fragile, preferably with bright stickers.
- Cover fragile areas. For larger pieces, you’ll want to make sure that corners and surfaces are covered to protect them from scratches.
- Enlist professional help. Again, it can be so much easier to hire a professional service to help you pack and package your valuable antiques. An experienced professional will have done this many times before and will also likely have insurance against any damage they cause.
Execute Your Plan
You’ve planned, you’ve prepared, and now, you’re ready to go. It’s time to move that antique. There are still a few things to keep in mind while you’re going through this process:
- Stick to the plan. There’s a reason you spent so much time planning and measuring, so don’t go rogue unless there’s a good reason, or you’ll find yourself in trouble.
- Take your time. It’s hard not to want to speed things up, especially when the removalists charge by the hour, but when it comes to valuable antiques, you really do need to take your time and do things carefully.
- Breathe and relax. It's easy to get stressed out during a move anyway, but especially when irreplaceable valuables are on the line. Just remember to stay calm and let the professionals do their job. If you have decided to move the antiques yourself or with the help of a friend, then staying calm is even more important.
Moving any kind of valuables can be scary, but with the proper foresight and a cool head, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Using a reliable and professional removalist company throughout the entire process can make things run a lot more smoothly, save you stress and ensure your valuable belongings get to their new home without a single scratch.
By taking these steps, your antiques and other delicate furnishings will arrive to your new place in top notch condition without a scratch or dent.