If you’re the owner of an antique, the time will inevitably come when you need to move an antique. Whether you’re making a house move and need to move several antiques or you’re simply buying or selling a single piece, you’ll want to know how to transport the antiques in question safely and securely, to ensure they reach their destination in optimum condition.
So how do you transport antiques? Read on for Aardvark Art Services‘ top tips on transporting antiques.
Prepare Your Antiques For Transportation
Before you contemplate transporting your antiques, you’ll want to properly prepare your antiques for transportation. This involves several steps.
First, you’ll want to ensure you have an accurate and up-to-date valuation of your piece/s. This is important for insurance purposes as it will enable you to arrange the appropriate level of cover for your antiques.
The next step is arranging insurance for your antiques. You may already have cover in place but before your move, you’ll need to check if your existing policy will cover your antiques during their transportation and if not, you will need to take out an additional policy. If you hire a professional antique removal service, this may be something they can arrange for you. If you’re doing a DIY move, make sure you read the small print in your policy to make sure your situation is covered.
Before moving your antiques, it’s also a good idea to photograph the item/s. You may already have done this as part of the valuation and insurance process but if not, it’s helpful to have a recent photograph and description of the condition of each item to refer back to in the unfortunate event of damage during transit.
Package Your Antiques For Transportation
When you’ve prepared your antiques for transportation, you’ll need to correctly package them ready for the move. The type of packaging materials you use and how you pack your antiques will depend on the types of item/s you’re moving.
Delicate items will need to be handled with care. As with antique art, it’s a good idea to wear gloves when handling delicate antiques, such as those made of cloth or glass, to avoid scratching, smudging or marking the item/s.
Individual items should be packaged separately and if transported together in one container, they should be packed as tightly as possible to avoid movement during transport, with the spaces between each item filled with plenty of packaging materials to prevent damage from jostling.
Antique furniture can usually be cushioned with bubble wrap and polystyrene to avoid knocks, however, it’s important to remember that, unlike modern flat-pack styles, most antique furniture will need to be transported as it is, in one piece and can’t be taken apart to fit through narrow gaps or doorways or around tight corners or staircases. Therefore it’s important to take accurate measurements ahead of time to ensure that the item will fit along its proposed route. The last thing you want is to end up jammed into a tight spot with a valuable piece of antique furniture!
Antique books should be handled carefully and not packed too tightly together as this will damage the binding. For specific advice on transporting antique art, see our blog, The Dos and Donts of Transporting Fine Art.
Transport Your Antiques
Once you’ve prepared and packed your antiques ready for transport, how do you transport antiques safely from one location to another?
If you chose to move the antiques yourself, you’ll want to ensure they’re carefully loaded and packed in the vehicle and that they won’t slide around or fall over during the drive.
If you’re moving antiques as part of a house move, and you’re using a removals service, it’s a good idea to let the movers know ahead of time that some of the items require special care and attention.
If this isn’t possible, it might be a good idea to consider having your antiques moved separately by a specialist antique removal service.
Ask The Experts
The safest and easiest way of transporting antiques is to seek expert advice and engage the services of professional antique movers. By choosing this option, rather than attempting to move antiques yourself, you can rest assured that your antiques will arrive in the same condition that they left in.
Aardvark Art Services have over 30 years of experience transporting antiques and we can help with every step of the way, from packaging, and storage to arranging insurance and the actual moving of your antique to its new home. At Aardvark Art, our services include custom packaging, temperature-controlled, trackable vehicles, secure storage and expert handlers.
Get In Touch
We hope this blog has answered the question, ‘How do you transport antiques?’ If you would like to discuss Aardvark Art Services antique transport services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also call us on 01253 794673 or email us at [email protected].