Relocating or transporting antiques is better left to professional furniture movers. The movers need to have the right equipment for relocating such sensitive items. More importantly, the cost of relocating such items is much higher. Therefore, it is vital to think about the whole process carefully and only make a decision after thorough evaluation of the pros and cons of settling on these professionals. Many removal companies exclude the antiques from insurance cover. Other movers prefer to charge very high rates for relocating or transporting the antiques. It is unsurprising to come across some removal firms that refuse to transport the antiques completely.
When the removal company says that it does not want to transport the antiques, there is very little that the client can do. He cannot force the company to handle this package. An antique items are ideally 100 years old or more. Therefore, handling such items requires a lot of skilled work force. More importantly, it would be impossible to handle such items without the necessary equipment. A newbie cannot be expected to possess the expertise needed to handle antiques. This is work best assigned to professionals with years of experience. The financial impact of damaging the authentic antiques is enough to cause the closure of a moving company.
Defining the correct value of an antique is harder for experts. Moving companies do not have the means to ascertain the true value of antiques. This is why many of them are often unwilling to relocate them with the rest of the furniture and leave this task to the client. A few years ago, a seemingly innocuous pot from China sold for more than $80 million in the UK. Any person who had looked at the pot before it was eventually sold would not have imagined that it would fetch so much money. When it comes to antiques, the appearance does not matter much. The size of the antique items does not also have a bearing on its actual value.
Insurance firms love knowing the risk that they are about to take when providing the cheap furniture removalists with the policies. This is why they might be uncomfortable providing the removalists with the policies that cater for antique item, whose value they may never fully know until after examining it. Insurance providers often price their covers based on the financial implication that they are willing to expose themselves to, which is impossible to calculate or determine accurately with the antiques. If the insurance firms provide a cover worth $50,000 only to learn that the mover carried an antique worth $1 million, they shall fume with anger.
All of the points stated above prove the importance of allowing the professional movers to relocate the antiques. Hiring a professional mover is not the end of the matter. Ensure that the mover has a solid reputation when it comes to relocating or transporting antiques. Relocating antiques can be such a problem to the tiny and newly emerging moving firms, but with the veteran movers, this is not the case. After all, most of the professional and highly experienced movers have the financial might, personnel, expertise and equipment needed to handle the relocation of such precious and highly prized antiques safely and in one piece.