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New ImageWhen it comes to moving house, you need to know that your precious possessions are in the best possible hands and are being carefully looked after, especially those valuable items that hold sentimental value. Whether it’s an antique sculpture, artwork or furniture, you want to have peace of mind knowing that they’re being transported with the specialist skill and care that is required.

One of the best ways to ensure the safety of your valuable antiques and other possessions is to meticulously plan every aspect of your move. This will not only make sure you have everything ready to securely pack your delicate or fragile belongings, but it will also help your moving day run smoothly – making sure you’re not rushing will mean you and your movers are less stressed, calmer and more careful with your possessions.

So, we’ve put together a guide to moving with antiques to help you thoroughly prepare for your move.

A few days before the move:

  • The key to getting ready for a move is to be as prepared as possible. So it might be worth cleaning your antique items before you package them up – at least that’s one less job to do when you arrive in the new property.
  • Once you’ve cleaned them down you can get started on packaging and boxing up. The larger more awkwardly shaped items, such as antique furniture or pianos, can be wrapped in large pads to protect them.
  • Specialist packing can be arranged with removal companies to make sure those smaller, fragile possessions are professionally packaged and aren’t in danger of being damaged.
  • If you’re doing the move yourself, then try and place those smaller items, such as ornaments, in their original boxes for maximum protection.
  • Mark those boxes with arrows pointing in the direction the box should be kept in to ensure it does not get lifted or held incorrectly.
  • If you’re worried about leaving anything behind or any items getting lost, then it might be worth carrying out an inventory before the move. This way you can list all your items to ensure you’ve got everything covered.

On the day of the move:

  • If you’re using a removals company then make sure you’re around on the day of the move so you can point out those items that are the most delicate and need to be handled with even more care and precaution than normal.
  • You’ll need to have a robust trolley or some sort of moving device that’s strong enough to withhold your heavier items to move them to the van, such as grandfather clocks and cabinets.
  • You’ll also need to invest in, or hire, some heavy duty removal straps to secure your items to the trolley and then in the van – if you use a removal company, they will supply all the relevant equipment on the day, such as crates and dolleys.

After the move:

  • Do another inventory to double check you have all the belongings you started with when you took the first inventory. This will soon highlight if anything has been lost of left behind during the move.
  • Keep the boxes you used for the smaller items (especially if they’re the original ones) as you may need them again in future.


Whatever your requirements are for the move, whether you have large awkwardly shaped antique items or smaller more intricate possessions, Clockwork Removals can be there on the day to offer professional services and skills throughout all stages of the move, making sure your day goes ahead as stress-free as possible. We promise to treat all items with the upmost care and respect, ensuring they arrive in your new house in pristine condition.

If you have any concerns about your possessions during a move, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Clockwork Removals today for more information.

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