Moving Antiques – The 3 Important Tips You Need to Know – Boston

Antiques are older items of very high value. What determines the value of an actual antique is the rarity of the piece and the condition. Antiques are not just antiques because they are old, but because of their value.

If you have antiques, you should have individual appraisals on them by your insurance company. This is not just for your residential move, but also for your protection. Prior to a move, you should certainly have an appraisal company come out and give  you an appraisal of the value of the pieces.

How true your antique is to its original condition is one of the ways value is established. In fact, refinishing an antique can actually decrease it’s value. So, what happens if an antique is damaged during your move?

Repairs to antiques can diminish the value. This is why it is important that if you have antiques in your home that you do your research and make sure that you are dealing with a high-value, reputable  moving company to move antiques and that you have discussed these antiques with your in-home estimator to ensure that you have a very experienced move crew during your residential move. The goal is to not have that piece damaged.

In order to make sure your antiques are protected, you should list any antiques on the ‘high-value inventory’ form provided by the Boston movers so the piece can be examined and photographed. This way it can be determined if damage happened during the move.

However, you do want to do your due diligence because damage will leave the piece with a diminished value even if repaired. We would bring in an appraiser to assess the value of the piece prior to the shipment and then assess the value after repaired. You would then be entitled to the repaired antiques and the value difference of the antique after repairs.

For more information on moving antiques, contact Marathon Moving.

Moving Fine Art, How Best to Protect Your Treasures – Boston

One of the main concerns that people have when they are moving is damage to their most expensive and cherished possessions. Moving paintings and statues is no exception.

Often the highest concern that people have when they are moving is fine art being moved with their household goods. No one wants there artwork and expensive belongings damaged, and if they are, they want to be sure that they are properly insured.

The only way to ensure that your fine art is not damaged during a residential move is to make sure that your art is ‘carrier packed’. That means packed by the moving company.

Therefore, Marathon Moving does warn homeowners that even if they do have the original packaging for their artwork, for instance if the item was bought at a gallery,auction house or art show, or if they have a crate from a prior move, do not use that packaging to re-crate the item yourself. Leave the packaging of the artwork to the Boston movers.

With a lot of statues or fine art, crating is important. However, not all moving companies offer crating services. If your shipment or belongings requires crates, you want to be sure that you have chosen a moving company that has in-house crating for at least the standard items. This means glass and marble table tops, framed art, small statues, etc. Higher end moving companies that can handle a shipment that includes high value artwork will typically have an in-house crating option.

This does not mean that these moving companies can crate every single item on their own, however a good moving company will always have a third-party company who can do things like foam-filled crates for us for items like large items to ensure that item qualifies as carrier packed so is protected and insured throughout the move.

For this reason, the homeowner should not hire that third party carting company on their own because this does muddy the water regarding insurance. Therefore, you should let your moving company handle third party crating.

Maybe you have items that are expensive, but are not tens of thousands of dollars. Where do you draw the line on what should be crated and what should be packed with standard packing? Well, that line changes. Sometimes it depends on the value of the item compared to the cost of crating. Sometimes it depends on how easily a piece is to crate, versus how easily it will fit into a container. It can also depend on sentimental value of an item.

The moving company estimator can help the mover determine what is the best way to move and handle each and every piece. If you are going to move fine art, be sure to use a knowledgeable and experienced moving company that knows how to protect it during the move. Contact Marathon Moving for more information.

Should you Ship a Wooden Swing Set with Your Household Goods When you Move? Boston, Ma

Outdoor play structures and swing sets are a lot bigger and more complicated than they used to be. So many wonder, “is it practical to ship these with your Boston movers?”

It isn’t really ideal. Marathon Moving often will direct homeowners to the company from which they bought the swing set or play structure. These companies are well versed in assembly and disassembly of the swing set. They can come to your home and safely take the swing set apart, move it to your new home and reassemble it.

But what if the play set seller is no longer around? Should you as a homeowner just sell it, or should they move it?

Marathon Moving does move swing sets and play structures. So you don’t necessarily have to sell or discard it. However, it is very time consuming and quite a bit of work. We handle the disassembly of the swing set, securing all the parts, and moving it to your new home. At the new location, most moving companies have partnered with a third party vendor who will reassemble the swing set. Some homeowners who are handy, can reassemble or supervise, but safety is paramount.

To get a general idea of the cost of shipping a swing set, one structure with one tower would typically cost around $500. This includes disassembly and move to the new home. When you get into the larger structures, the cost increases, so the homeowner would have to make the decision.

For more information on residential moves, contact Marathon Moving.