Moving items of value
Valuables such as antiques and paintings require special attention. For security and customs purposes, valuable jewellery should never be moved among general household items. For insurance, it is essential that there is a detailed inventory of these items with up to date valuations. You also need to make sure they are adequately covered by insurance.
In the case of paintings, expert packers are required, who will use tried and tested methods to protect paintings for transit. Valuable paintings and their frames are protected before being placed in suitably made cases to prevent any risk of damage whilst in transit.
To protect antique furniture requires a specialist export blanket, consisting of five or six layers of varying strength and composition, possibly followed by an overlay of card for final impact protection.
Small fragile items need to be carefully and individually wrapped prior to packing into cartons to avoid potential chaffing, chipping or breakage. This internal wrapping can include tissue (acid free for silver), clean unprinted white paper (newsprint), globular straw bossed sheets (found between new crockery), bubble-wrap, polystyrene granules, carton inserts and dividers.