Collecting antique furniture is a passion for some, a business for others. Boston is home to some of the world’s most interesting antique stores, and you never know what treasures can be found in the Metrowest area. There’s a reason why Boston is a destination city for treasure hunters! But once you’ve found that elusive antique sideboard or a piece of vintage collectible glassware, how are you going to get it home?
Shipping antique furniture is often the safest, most cost effective ways to transport it a long distance. There are definitely some do’s and don’ts associated with shipping antique furniture from Boston. Here’s what you need to know:
DO: Work with a professional shipping company. Shipping antique furniture is not a DIY job. Many pieces of antique furniture are truly one of a kind, which means that if they get damaged, they can’t be easily repaired or replaced. Protect your investment by working with an experienced Boston shipping company that knows how to build custom shipping crates for shipping antique furniture. These shipping crates have the rigid sides freight carriers prefer as well as protective cushioning to protect hardware and vintage finishes.
DON’T: Trust the ‘shipping department’ at an office superstore or shopping club warehouse to ship your antique furniture. We’re not going to tell tales, but there are some real horror stories from people who relied on these shipping departments to ship valuable items. The employees in these departments are often inexperienced, part time workers who don’t know what’s involved in properly packaging antique furniture for shipping.
DO: Choose the right amount of insurance coverage and tracking options for your antique furniture shipment. At Boston Pack and Ship, we know that people are passionate about their antiques. That’s why we work closely with all of our customers to ensure the paperwork is filled out accurately, insurance coverage is secured at desired levels, and tracking information is provided in an easy to access format. Experience matters. When you want peace of mind, go with the shipping pros!