Five Tips for Moving Valuable Antiques

Moving furniture from Ikea is one thing, but if you’ve invested in truly valuable and unique furniture and fixtures, like hand-crafted antiques, you’re going to want to take a different approach to moving.

First off, the more valuable the furniture, the more important it is to make sure you use only qualified and experienced movers and packers—you can give the College Muscle Movers a call and we’ll help you get the right people on the job.

But there are also a lot of things you can do yourself. Here are some tips for moving your valuable antiques and delicate fixtures.

1. Extra Packing Material

You’re going to want to use extra packing material for these valuable items. If anything is going to go into a box, leave plenty of space for bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

For furniture, you’ll want to first pull out any removable parts like drawers and pack them separately. Then, you can begin wrapping padding around the top and adding more layers as you move to the bottom—that’s where they’re most likely to come into contact with other heavy objects.

For glassware or porcelain, check out our article on safely packing glass for moving. In addition, for truly valuable and delicate objects, you may even want to consider using wooden crates to ensure the safety of the items inside—wood won’t collapse under pressure.

2. Get Insurance and Take Photos

You’ll want to make sure you have the right kind of insurance for moving antiques; standard packing insurance typically has a flat value per pound policy, and your antiques are probably something a little more special than that.

Once you’ve sorted out the insurance, be sure to take photos of your antiques to prove their condition.

It's lasted almost a century. With a little care, it'll make it through this move, too. Image Credit: Flickr
It’s lasted almost a century. With a little care, it’ll make it through this move, too.
Image Credit: Flickr

3. Clean Carefully Before Moving

This is especially important if your antiques will be spending any time in storage. Minor stains can become permanent marks if left to settle in. Speaking of storage…

4. Moving Safely, Storing Safely

If you expect some of your antiques will be spending time in storage, make sure the storage facility has the appropriate climate control for your possessions. Antiques do not enjoy being exposed to the elements.

And even if you’re making only a short move, bulkier and more delicate items require special treatment. You may wish to ask about renting a van with an advanced suspension and powered lift gates to give your valuables the smoothest transition to and from the truck.

5. Check the Truck and Check Again

The most dangerous part of the moving process for your antiques will be the time in the truck, so make sure they’re settled in as safely as possible. That means looking for any objects that might come into contact with them as the truck shifts during transport. Creating barriers with mattresses can help with this.


We hope that helps you. And if you’ve got any questions, give us a call and we’ll do our best to get you the answers you need and help you get ahold of all the supplies necessary to give your antiques a safe move to their new home.