How to Pack Antiques for a Long-Distance Move

A woman sitting next to a pile of moving boxes and preparing to pack antiques for a long-distance move

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No part of the moving process is easy - but packing is probably the most nerve-wracking one, especially when you're dealing with packing irreplaceable and expensive antiques. After all, the slightest bump during the ride can be disastrous for unsuitably packed items. So for them to endure safe transport, it's essential to prepare and pack antiques for a long-distance move properly. If you are not sure how to do this, continue reading as below we'll cover the basics of packing and moving antiques. All that will be left for you to do is get in touch with reliable and trustworthy movers who will ensure your valuables arrive safely in your new home.

Before you start to pack antiques for a long-distance move...

Even though you want all of your belongings to be safely moved, moving antiques requires some extra caution. This is true even if you're moving within the same neighborhood as the tiniest bump on the road can destroy your precious and irreplaceable item.

Collection of antique items on a table

Antique items have great emotional and financial value and thus need to be packed and moved with extra caution.

So before you start packing your antiques, it's essential to prepare them first. Further in this article, we'll let you know everything you'll need to prepare and pack your valuables safely and securely.

Gather everything you need

The first thing to do is to gather your packing supplies. Please do this as soon as possible so that, once it's time to pack your antiques, you'll have everything on hand. Consider getting the following items:

  • Packing peanuts or paper.

  • A soft, microfiber cloth.

  • Plastic wrap that's air-filled.

  • Glassine is a better choice than a standard plastic wrap because it's resistant to air, water, and grease.

  • Packing tape and marker for labelling boxes.

  • Corner protectors for mirrors, art, and similar fragile items.

  • Standard and specialty moving boxes.

  • Moving blankets and furniture pads. 

Make an inventory

If you're moving several antiques, it might be a good idea to take an inventory. You can even go a step further and take pictures of your antiques. After all, you can never be too careful, especially when many expensive items are involved. You'll be able to assess the condition of your items and confirm if they have sustained any damage. 

A person sitting in front of a laptop and writing an inventory list in a notepad

Caption: The more valuable items you have, the more important it is to make an inventory.


Get an appraisal

Even if you are not planning to move soon, it's a good idea to get an appraisal of any valuable items you might have. However, if you're working with professional movers, it's essential to know the precise value of your antiques.

This way, in case there is a need for any claim, you'll have proof. But as your goal is to avoid any potential damage, before hiring movers, make sure they have experience with moving antiques and check their customer testimonials to ensure they're the right fit. 

Read your insurance policy

Some homeownership insurance policies cover antiques during a move. Therefore, make sure to check yours or call your agent to find out. Even though they won't replace any broken items, you'll at least get financial compensation. 

Clean every item

Lastly, before packing, make sure to clean every item safely. This way, you'll ensure they arrive in the best condition possible. Always have a clean microfiber cloth on hand and make sure not to use any chemical-based products. This is especially important for items made of wood and things you plan to relocate to storage. 

How to properly pack antiques for a long-distance move?

Now that you prepared your antiques, the next item on your moving checklist is to pack them. 

How to pack antique furniture?

When packing antiques, it's essential to take special care. This is especially true when moving bulky furniture. When it comes to packing large furniture, make sure to disassemble everything you can beforehand. This will allow safer packing and much easier transit. 

Make sure to wrap every item in moving blankets or furniture pads. Remember that you should not wrap air-filled plastic wrap around old furniture pieces, especially if the parts are wooden. This can trap moisture and cause significant damage. 

Make sure to wrap every item in moving blankets or furniture pads. Remember that you should not wrap air-filled plastic wrap around old furniture pieces, especially if the parts are wooden. This can trap moisture and cause significant damage. 

Lastly, add a layer of air-filled plastic wrap, and pay special attention to the corners. Now secure everything with packing tape, and your antique furniture is ready for transport. 

How to pack smaller antiques?

When packing smaller antiques, the first step is to determine the sizes and types of boxes you'll need for each of your antiques. Always aim to find the smallest boxes as you want minimal room for items to shift around. Keep in mind that you should pack painting, mirrors, and similar items in specialty boxes.

Your glass items require special attention, so make sure to wrap each of them in a layer of Glassine. It's vital to use it for anything with print or paint on it. Another critical thing to do is to secure corners with corner protectors. This will help you avoid potential nicks and scratches. Of course, if you are particularly worried about a particular item, it's always a good idea to resort to professional antique movers. The safety of your most precious belongings should always come before any sum of money. 

A person wrapping an antique item with an air-filled plastic wrap

Make sure to wrap all antiques before packing as this will keep them protected during transport.

Next, make sure to add some cushioning by using air-filled plastic wrap. For maximum protection, it's best to wrap it around each item at least twice. Now it's time to box everything up. Some items will be best to pack in a specially-dedicated box but always make sure to use packing paper or packing peanuts to fill in any gaps and prevent the item from moving around. 

Final thoughts

Even though it can be pretty challenging to pack antiques for a long-distance move, it's essential to do it correctly and in a way that will ensure your belonging arrives safely at your new home. However, even if you do everything right on your end, all of your efforts can go to waste if you choose the wrong moving company. Therefore, make sure to get in touch with movers experienced in moving antiques, and you'll have a carefree drive to your new place.

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