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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Moving with Antiques: How to transport your most invaluable possesions

House in The Heights. Houston, Texas.
 
The Houston Real Estate market is very busy, particularly in "The Heights," a great historic neighborhood just north of downtown Houston, where I happen to live; it seems everybody is flocking to The Heights these days, and with so much relocation going on in our city I thought it would be a good idea to write a post and spread some advice on the matter.

As with any specialized service, moving antiques -be they furniture, jewelry, photographs, etc. - comes with a host of best practices. Losing or damaging any of the aforementioned items, especially if they have sentimental value, could be heartbreaking. Protect your antiques (and your heart) by taking the following precautions on what is arguably the most dangerous day of the year for your belongings: moving day.
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17th Century French chest from Kirby Antiques in Houston.
To develop this list, I enlisted the help of Coleman American, a premier Houston Moving Company. Here's what they told us:
 
Packing is half the battle…
Packing your items correctly will make a profound difference. Whether you do it yourself or with the help of a professional, the materials you use can also be the difference between a successful journey and… well, the opposite of that. Depending on the antique's size, weight and fragility, you should use varying amounts of the following materials for protection:
  • Double- and triple-walled cartons
  • Cushioning wrap / stretch wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Fine tissue and craft paper
 
You should also label your cartons appropriately. Stickers that read Do Not Load, Fragile and Do Not Pack will give others a truly valuable frame of reference.
 
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19th century Austrian Empire Style Vitrine from Carl Moore Antiques in Houston.
 
 
Take preemptive measures.
Smart people know that the best offense is a good defense. When it comes to transporting priceless belongings, defense (conveniently) is all you really have. The following steps will reduce the likelihood that something will go terribly wrong in transit:
  • If possible, secure any loose parts or removable pieces with none-permanent methods, i.e., no superglue.
  • Any moving parts on furniture should be held down with rubber straps or strings.
  • If possible, remove protruding pieces like drawer handles and secure them inside the same drawer for easy access.
  • Remove any exposed glass/mirrors and cover them with stretch wrap and padding.
  • Upon removing any small hardware/pieces from your antiques, place them in labeled plastic bags and then in a labeled parts box.
 
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Painted Venetian Sofa from Kay O'Toole in Houston.
 
Know what should be moved by YOU.
Just because you hired a moving company doesn't mean they have to move everything. Some things, though they may not be antiques per se, still assume equal amount of importance in life. These may include:
  • Birth certificates
  • Medical records
  • Photographs
  • Essential prescription medications
  • Stock certificates, bonds and notes
 
All of these items are, for all intents and purposes, irreplaceable; keep them with you at all times, your inner peace will thank you.
For more moving help check out Coleman’s Ultimate Pre-move Checklist.
 
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8 comments :

Joni Webb said...

love this!!!

Anonymous said...

Great advice!

Miami Movers Florida said...

Thank you so much for your time and attention.I shall follow your helpful instructions/advice precisely.

Edward Thirlwall said...

Good advice and tips, Nadia! In my experience, I would say that it’s best to properly secure and wrap valuable furniture pieces with the packing crew. They are professionals, but sometimes a piece has a personality of its own. If you supervise the process, you can inform them of any issues (especially if removing certain parts could damage the surface they’re attached to). Also, putting these pieces in a storage facility while moving everything else first gives you the time to arrange your new home and find a place for the delicate furniture, so there’s less stress on transporting them later.

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edward said...

In my experience, I would say that it’s best to properly secure and wrap valuable furniture pieces with the packing crew. They are professionals, but sometimes a piece has a personality of its own. If you supervise the process, you can inform them of any issues (especially if removing certain parts could damage the surface they’re attached to). Also, putting these pieces in a storage facility while moving everything else first gives you the time to arrange your new home and find a place for the delicate furniture, so there’s less stress on transporting them later.

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