September 2015

How to Properly Prepare for Antiques Shipping

How to Properly Prepare for Antiques Shipping

While shipping items securely is always important, it’s especially crucial for antiques and collectibles, which tend to be unique pieces that can’t be easily replaced if damaged during transit. At 1 Stop Pack N Ship, we specialize in delivering high quality antiques from coast to coast. There are three major steps that an antique owner should take when they need to ship their antiques, whether they are priceless or just worn family heirlooms. Whether you are looking for antiques shipping dc, antiques shipping va, or antiques shipping md, 1 Stop Pack N Ship is your 1 Stop Antiques Shipping Destination.

Know the Antique

The first step in planning to ship antiques is to know the specifics of the item being shipped. Ensure you know the exact dimensions of the item. If you are working with an antiques dealer or business, ask them. They work with these types of items day in and day out, and they can often assist you in understanding the shipping requirements your item will need. At 1 Stop Pack N Ship, we know our antiques, and we can also assist you in understanding the shipping requirements your item will need. Also have an understanding of the value of your antique. Get a professional appraisal on the antique if you don’t already have one to ensure the accurate value of the item.

Insure the Antique

It is always important to ensure that you ensure the items you are shipping. The appraisal will help you identify the amount of insurance to purchase. Check with the insurance company. There are often a variety of insurance plans available to the antique owner, also check out dealer insurance or automotive insurance if you are shipping an automobile. You may be able to draft a addition to your homeowners policy to ensure your antiques.

Safe Packaging for Antiques Shipping

Ensure that your shipping company is choosing the appropriate shipping container for the type of item. Placing a necklace loose in an oversized container can cause the necklace to become tangled. Packing a delicate antique into a box with minimal padding will not protect that antique from being crushed if a heavier item is placed on top of it. At 1 Stop Pack N Ship, not only will we take care to ensure that your valuable is packed with the appropriate protection, but we also have the experience to pack a moving truck to prevent item damage. Don’t risk your valuables to just any shipping company, trust 1 Stop Pack N Ship.

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Fine Art Movers DC, MD, VA and Nationwide

We are Professional Fine Art Movers

We are professional Fine Art movers.  Fine Art is an investment, and your investments deserve protection.  From moving a single art piece to moving and storing entire collections and providing multi-city exhibit shipping, 1 Stop Pack N Ship is your proven transporter.  Whether you are a museum or a personal owner, 1 Stop Pack N Ship has the training and experience necessary to protect your investment.  We are a full service fine art handling and storage company providing custom crating, packing, transportation and insurance.  We bring safety and peace of mind to your itinerary.  We can even protect your most sensitive and delicate artifacts with specialized equipment in our climate-controlled transport in order to ensure the appropriate light, humidity and temperature levels are maintained through the entire shipping and storing process.

Moving Paintings, Sculptures, & More

 Our specialized staff have the experience necessary to ensure the proper packing and crating methods for you paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts.  All packing materials are archival quality and acid-free to ensure that whether your treasures are being shipped or stored or both, they will be returned to you in the same condition.  Our experienced staff will discuss the entire moving and storage process with you and ensure that all your concerns have been addressed.  Your moving staff will be assigned to you and will be with you for the duration of your move and storage time.  If you aren’t ready for your art to be delivered just yet, 1 Stop Pack N Ship also offers affordable storage options that will protect your fine art and when the time comes to deliver, we can even help you set it up. Each one of our art movers is a licensed and insured moving professional, and we take the time to screen all of our employees prior to hiring.
Whether you are transporting locally within Maryland, DC, or Virginia or need a fine art mover to transport cross-country or multi-city, 1 Stop Pack N Ship is your 1 Stop Destination for fine art shipping.  Call us today at 301-762-3715 to see how we can assist you.

Moving Tips and Tricks DC, MD, VA and Nationwide

No one likes the thought of moving, whether you are moving a few pieces of furniture or moving your entire home. Moving is less of a chore when you break down the tasks into weekly to-do lists. 1 Stop Pack N Ship wants to help make moving your furniture easier with these helpful tips and tricks. Let 1 Stop Pack N Ship show you why we are THE furniture movers in the DC, MD and VA region.

8 weeks

Research moving companies with the Better Business Bureau and get recommendations from friends and family who have recently moved.
Go to protectyourmove.gov to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as you prepare to work with a moving company.
Consider extra insurance coverage you may need for your move. Ask prospective moving companies what insurance is included and check your homeowners’ policy to see what it covers.
If you are moving to a new area, research banks, doctors, and schools. Gather all the proper paperwork you need to set up new accounts.

7 weeks

Get estimates in writing from at least three licensed moving companies (of course, make one of them 1 Stop Pack N Ship). If possible, have an estimator come to your home to do an inventory.
Start a binder or folder where you can keep all of your moving estimates and moving-related paperwork.
Make a list of businesses you will need to contact in order to change your address. Don’t forget to list your online accounts too.

6 weeks

Get the packing process started by assessing your closets and getting rid of clothing that doesn’t fit or you no longer want. When the closets are done, start to assess items room by room.
Do a first round of donations of unwanted goods to charity, sell items online, or have a garage sale to help pay for your move.
If you have children, work with the current and future school to transfer school records and make plans for a smooth transition.
Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start. And don’t forget, if you need to store anything, 1 Stop Pack N Ship can assist you with your moving AND storage needs!

5 weeks

Use up food from the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping or buying in bulk before the move.
Get the word out to friends and family members that you’re moving. Send them an e-mail with your new contact information or consider sending a moving announcement.
Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Remember to order specialty items like dish boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress bags if your mover is not supplying them.
Get a box-labeling system in place. Numbered boxes, color-coding by room, and a master list with inventory are key elements.
Make a room-by-room packing schedule and start packing!

4 weeks

Fill out an official change-of-address form with the U.S. Post Office.
Consult your list of businesses and services and make address changes on all accounts.
Put in for vacation time at your job for the days surrounding your move and schedule a babysitter if needed.
Confirm all paperwork with your chosen mover and double check that the proper insurance is in place to cover your valuables.

3 weeks

Cancel all newspaper home delivery and set up delivery in your new neighborhood.
Gather valuable paperwork, jewelry, and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and make a plan for transporting them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.
Do an inventory of high-ticket items and videotape or photograph these items. Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture.

2 weeks

How’s the packing going? Keep plugging away and don’t leave it all until the last week.
Tie up loose ends. Confirm that you’ve changed addresses, have all the proper moving insurance in place, and are ready to make your move.
Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations, and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you mail.
If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re cleaned, unplugged, and ready to go. Freezers need to be defrosted and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.
Fill prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase.
Withdraw cash to tip the movers and make sure you have enough cash, checks, or a credit card to pay for any unexpected expenses.

1 week

Utilities should be turned off in your current home one day after your move-out date. It is helpful if utilities in your new home are turned on one day before your move-in date.
Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
See if you have accumulated anything else in your “donate,” “pitch,” or “sell” piles. After more packing, you may have additional items to donate and should have one last pickup by your chosen charity, if needed.
Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.
Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.
Check in with your moving company one last time and confirm that everyone is on the same page. Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.
Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.
Celebrate the memories you’ve made in your home and get ready to start a new chapter in your life.
Items listed in this post originated from Good Housekeeping. See their post for original content: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/a18092/moving-checklist/