Antiques and valuable art pieces are not kept for their monetary value alone, but they are also kept for their sentimental value, too. They have captured moments in time of people’s lives, have become a part of special events, and have even become heirlooms, passed on from one generation to another. Because of the value they have, they deserve to be preserved and kept safe. However, when you are moving to a new home, transporting your valuable antiques and art pieces can be quite tricky since some of them can easily get damaged. It would be best if you store them in one place first, where they will be safe and protected, before you bring them to your new home. This way, you will not have to worry that they will get scratched, damaged, or dented while you are packing, moving, and unpacking things from your old house to your new one.
Packing Mirrors and Paintings
Even if they look sturdy, your valuables need to be packed with care. Let us say for example that you have an antique mirror and expensive paintings that you want packed and stored before you move to your new home, then wrap them up in bubble wraps first. If the item is too large and you do not want to spend extra money on bubble wraps, then wrap them up in thick blankets. Wound a tape over them to secure the wrapping tightly. Place a note that says “fragile” over the packaging so the movers will be aware of the fact that what they are carrying needs care during transport.
If you have the money to spare, then buy boxes for your valuable paintings. Wrap the paintings up in felt and protect their corners with cardboard corners. Finally, tape the cardboard close, and do not forget to mark it as “fragile.”
Packing Big Furniture
As for antique furniture such as cabinets, dressers, sofa sets, and bed frames, what you can do is to disassemble them if they can be disassembled. Wrap each individual part up with thick blankets, felt, or bubble wrap, then mark them individually and as parts of a whole. For example you disassembled your antique bed frame, then mark the headboard as A1, the footboard as A2, etc., with A meaning bed and the numbers as one piece of a whole. If there are small parts and accessories such as the nuts, screws, and bolts, then store them in a plastic container and mark them as well, stating that they are a part of A.
As for antique dining tables, not only do you have to wrap the back of the chair, but you also have to wrap the legs. If the tabletop can be removed, especially if it is made of glass, then remove the top and wrap them as well. Again, mark them clearly for proper identification and mark them as “fragile.”
Packing Lamps and Light Fixtures
For your antique lamps and light fixtures, always remove the light bulbs first before packing them. Separate the base from the shades and wrap them individually. As for light fixtures, such as crystal and glass chandeliers, disassemble the parts and wrap them individually as well. Wrap cords so they will not get tangled up.
Finally, when it comes to storing them, do not stack them up. You do not want the items underneath to collapse under the heavy weight.
Jennifer Daehn is a content provider for a number of DIY and home improvement sites. If you are going to move to a new home, then click here if you want to know more tips.
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