Replaceable items can be packed or moved anyhow, but it is unwise to even think of packing or moving irreplaceable items without utmost caution. Antiques are items that top the list of irreplaceable items. A lot of antiques are items that have been passed down through generations, which makes them extremely rare and valuable. Also, coupled with the fact that they cannot be replaced, most antiques are very fragile, which means the slightest drop in caution while handling them can render them absolutely useless or lost forever.
Antiques can make your house move a lot more difficult, especially when you do not know how to carefully pack and move them. Therefore, to make your house move less difficult and to reduce the chances of getting your antiques damaged, you must know the right things to do while packing them and while moving them.
Materials for Packing Antiques
Before you start packing antiques, make sure you have all the right packing materials. The best time to start gathering packing materials is the day you make the decision to move. Here are the packing materials you will need:
- Packing tape
- Packing paper
- Microfiber cloth
- Furniture pads
- Corner protectors for mirrors and art
- Moving Blankets
- Bubble wrap
How to Pack Antiques
When antiques are packed the right way, it greatly reduces the chances of getting them damaged during transit. Antiques that are not packed the right way can be damaged even if one is very careful while moving them.
Artwork, mirrors, glassware, and framed prints
Step one: Choose the appropriate box for each antique
The best boxes for packing these items are the boxes they came in when they were purchased. However, if you do not have the original boxes, you should select boxes of the appropriate sizes. In other words, the right boxes for packing artwork, glassware, mirrors, and framed prints are boxes in which there will be little or no space for them to wobble around.
Step two: Secure corners with corner protector
The corners of artworks, mirrors, and framed prints can be notched and scratched during transit if they are not well protected. Therefore, it is important to protect their corners with corner protectors. Corner protectors are available in cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam.
Step Three: Wrap glassine around all glass items and around all items with prints or paint.
Step Four: The importance of cushioning your antiques cannot be overemphasized.
You can cushion your antiques with paper or soft materials; however, the material that can offer maximum protection is air-filled plastic wrap.
Step Five: Secure each package with packing tape.
How to move antiques
Before your antiques are moved, you must make sure they are well labelled. That will tell your movers that they are items that must be handled with utmost caution. If you are moving your belongings yourself, isolate your antiques and move them after you have moved your other belongings.
However, if you are worried about moving your antiques, you should hire professional movers. They are the people that can guarantee the safety of your belongings.