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.