Antiques are, by their nature, irreplaceable. There’s no way to get another hutch that’s been in your family for four generations, no matter how long you look. So when it comes time to ship your single pieces of antique furniture, you want to make sure the job is done properly.
The first step in shipping your antique or estate furniture is to inspect and document your furniture’s condition. Take pictures. Pay attention to any loose parts: shelves, drawers, doors, and sliding panels need special attention. Your shipping company will need to know about any integrity issues to make sure your furniture is packaged properly for shipping. This inspection is helpful when insuring your shipment. You want to make sure your valuables are adequately covered!
Make sure that your furniture is empty. You don’t want to ship bureaus with clothing in the drawers, for example. Emptying furniture reduces the weight of the load. The contents of drawers and compartments can shift wildly while in transit, potentially damaging your antique furniture from the inside out. Have the contents packed and shipped separately. Your Boston packaging and shipping company can assist you with this.
Despite what you may have heard, do not tape or tie your furniture shut. Tape can damage the finish. Your Boston moving company will secure your furniture using methods designed to protect the integrity of your furniture and keep it looking great.
Custom Crating for Antique Furniture
The best way to ship antique furniture involves the use of specially designed and constructed crates. These crates are built specifically for your items, individually designed to cushion and cradle your items throughout the shipping process. Crates are built to comply with carrier regulations and to best protect your items from the environment while in transit. When appropriate, foam in place technology is used to provide the ultimate in protection for your antique furniture.