In our previous article we looked at some of the basics of making sure you have properly prepared your fragile, unique, and antique items for moves. We know the value of these items, and how often they cannot be replaced.
In these situations, you need to know how to properly handle the items, prepare them, and then get them safely moved to the new location. Part of this is also keeping in mind that if you feel any of the items have an exceedingly high value, to make preparations in regards to this specifically.
Consider Appraising High Value Items
When moving items that could potentially be worth quite a bit, it can be a good idea to have a private appraiser come and give you an estimate. For some items, this can take a bit of doing, more than the commonly held notion of walking into a pawn shop.
These items sometimes need to be examined by a specialist. Before doing so, be sure to find out what their flat fee or hourly rate is ahead of time. If you need to, you can use this appraisal to get an insurance plan for your most expensive items, to ensure you the next level peace of mind.
Document all of your items just before you package them, and make note of everything that has been marked fragile during any inventorying.
Avoid Loose Items When Packing
Your movers are experts at packing moving trucks and will ensure boxes with fragile items are protected. However, it’s important that you pack these boxes well. If there are loose items, momentum will cause them to be rolled around in their boxes during the drive. Putting antique or fragile items loosely in boxes may seem like a good idea, but it’s better to have these items packed snugly in Styrofoam peanuts or packing paper.
Designate a Packing Organizer
After everything has been packed and boxed, while keeping in mind the tip in our previous article about having a specific area set aside for the move, designate one person as the one who will plan where to put everything, with a mind to make sure it all fits, and of course that everything fragile will be protected.
Even boxes that have been properly marked, wrapped in protective equipment and then in packing paper, and small items placed in bright paper within these boxes, can still get damaged if you do not plan properly.
It is important that one person oversees this, and tells the others where to move the items because you do not want too many cooks in the kitchen. For example, if you decide to take some items with you in your vehicle and are halfway into loading it before you realize you put fragile boxes where other items might be stacked on top of them, you do not want to have to take everything out and then start all the way over.
Hopefully now you are prepared to keep your fragile items safe during your Fort Worth move! Still looking for the perfect moving company? Contact Great White Moving Company. Our Fort Worth movers will be happy to get your antique and fragile items safely to your new location!