How To Move Antiques and Collectibles
You should transport these items yourself.
- Fine jewelry (Atlas can transport inexpensive or costume jewelry)
- Coins, cash, and negotiable paper (stock certificates, bonds, notes, etc.)
- Important papers, deeds, titles, bank books, tax forms, and similar documents
- Prescriptions, medical records, and dental records
- Keys to furniture, safe, home
- Photos and sentimental items
Follow these steps to help ensure the safety of your antiques.
- Secure loose parts and removable pieces.
- Secure doors with rubber straps or strings.
- Remove delicate handles and tape them inside drawers.
- Remove glass panels or mirrors, and cover them with padding or stretch wrap.
- Place hardware and small pieces in labeled plastic bags. Put these bags in a labeled Parts Box.
Eight pointers for packing your collectibles.
- Prepare coins, stamps, and fine jewelry for transport with you.
- Pack collectibles in their original cartons. If you don't have the cartons, use Atlas professional grade cartons and bubble wrap or foam peanuts.
- Pack china, crystal, and other delicate pieces individually. Wrap each in fine tissue and place in compartment containers. Stand plates on edge. Place stemware in separate corrugated cylinders.
- Wrap dolls, figurines and sculptures in soft tissue or padding and pack in bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Place in double-walled cartons.
- Label cartons containing breakables as Fragile, using labels supplied by your Atlas Account Representative.
- Ask your Atlas Account Representative about packing your wine or other perishable collections, as well as unusual or hard-to-move collections.
- Are your collectibles covered under your homeowner's policy? Provide a list to your insurance agent and ask.
- Leave in place anything you want Atlas to pack. It's easier and safer, for example, if we pack glassware right from the cabinet.
We can build a custom wooden crate around the piece to insure correct fit and proper protection.