You probably spent over thousands of dollars on your antiques or you may have inherited it from another generation of your family. Either way, antiques are very valuable and that's why you would do whatever it takes to ensure that you take good care of them. When moving antiques, extra care must be taken so as to avoid damage from the moving vehicle.
One of the first things that you should do before moving your antique is to have it appraised by someone who is qualified to do so. You want to do this to determine the value of your antique for the sake of your homeowner's insurance. There are many ways in which you can locate an appraiser. One way you can do this is by acquiring a list of appraisers who are licensed and certified in personal property. This list provides you with all the licensed appraisers within the 50 states. To obtain your list you can visit the American Society of Appraisers' website at www.appraisers.org for more information or by calling 800-ASA-VALU.
Appraisers can also be found through your insurance agency or attorney or you can check the Yellow Pages and find a listing for "appraisers". The cost for appraisal services may vary although most are likely to charge a flat fee by the hour. It would be wise to have a photograph or video record of all your antiques just in case damage occurs during the move.
Before you move inform your moving company about the antique items that you wish to relocate so that they can come prepared with the right vehicle and equipment and crates to move your prized possessions. By telling the moving company exactly what you are moving, they would also be able to give you an estimate. Protection of your antiques is also paramount and so you should try to get them to lock you into an air-tight protection plan should your antiques get damaged or lost. The moving company should be able to provide you with information about the value amount and the type of protection that would go along with it.
Before releasing your antiques to the movers, make sure that you take the time to clean it with the use of special and appropriate products which are available at your furniture or antique stores and even at your hardware store. By the time moving day rolls around make sure that you direct the movers about what you have to move and the necessary special care that you would want them to adhere to when it comes to packaging. For instance, thick pads are used in most cases especially for heavy items such as your antiques.
Find out if your movers are equipped with this material. Finally, before you breathe a sigh of relief when the movers deliver your items at your new home or office, take the time to thoroughly inspect your antiques and other items making sure that nothing is missing before you sign the receipt. In the case of damage to your item, inform the moving company right away.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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