We all have collections. They define us and provide us with intrinsic or monetary values while adding beauty and character to our homes. It can be challenging to move an entire collection. How do you go about moving a cellar full of expensive wine bottles? How do you pack a room full of classic radios? How do you move ten shelves worth of classic rock vinyl records without scratching or breaking them?
U.Santini moving and storage would like to help you move these priceless items. We have been moving our clients for more than eighty years in and around New York, cross country and across the world. Being a veteran Brooklyn moving company we already successfully moved hundred of collections, from dolls to cars and can provide some advice on how to move your collection.
Insure your collection!!!
Insurance companies offer a special type of insurance for collections. It is called “collectibles insurance”. Check with your agent and see if your company offers this type of insurance. if you have a high-value collection. Talk to your insurance company to see if they offer this option. If they don’t you can check out these online offering for collectibles insurance:
Geico collectible insurance
Collectibles Insurance Services, LLC
Make a good list…
Make a list of all of your collection items. You will need a list for insurance purposes, and also to check that everything arrived safe and sound at your new house. This can be time consuming, if you have a large collection. We suggest that you start way in advance an document your collection thoroughly before the move.
The best approach for documenting your collection is to match the list of items with pictures. Try to photograph each items from different angles and document all of the cracks, chips etc. Modern technology can help you in this task, You can create an Excel spread sheet or an online spreadsheets in Google docs for example and combine your list and pictures into one electronic document that you can backup or view online whenever you need. You can use these documents to continue and keep track of your collection in the future.
Pack items carefully
Make sure that your valuable items are carefully packed before the move. There are many online resources to help you with instructions on how to pack. You can use the following blog posts for some initial instructions.
How to pack electronics
Where to get free moving boxes
How to pack China items
Obviously, every collection type need different methods of packing and different kind of packing materials. You can purchase new and affordable packing materials from U.Santini moving and storage. We will even deliver these free to your apartment if you live in NYC. Here are some examples on how to pack common collectible items:
Wine is very sensitive to temperature flauxoations. If you intend to move in the summer or winter, consider finding a moving company that can arrange for a climate controlled truck to move the collection for you. Speak to the moving company estimator about the value of the collection and obtain a separate quote for the climate controlled truck for it.
Packing wine collections:
Expensive wine bottles need to be handled carefully and be fully protected during transit. The best packing materials for these items are professional wine boxes which you can buy from your moving company or from your local wine merchant.
Wait before drinking…
Your wine will shake inside the bottle during transport. “Shaken” wine needs to rest a few days before opening its bottle. Shaken wine that did not have time to settle down might taste differently than it usually does and might even spoil. Wait at lest seven days before opening newly transported wine bottles.
Doll collection tend to move more than other collections. Collectors bring their collections to conferences, shows, auctions and competitions around the country and around the world. It is important to follow these few simple rules when you need to move your doll collection around.
Pack your collection yourself:
Many dolls, especially antique ones are very delicate and fragile. The best way to insure their safe transport is to pack them yourself. You should also consider the safety of the doll boxes. Many dolls are worth much more in their original box and having the box crashed because of sloppy packing might destroy the value of an otherwise excellent doll. Use the best packing materials you can for this type of collection. Do not use newspapers to pack the dolls. You might leave ink stains on them and reduce their value. Many types of dolls need an ample amount of bubble wrap or tissue paper in order to be fully protected. Consult with your moving company estimator what are the best materials for each type of doll you have.
Transporting your collections:
If you have expensive dolls that are fragile and somewhat antique, you should consider moving them in a climate control truck, if you intend to move long distance. Regular trucks are storage rooms on wheels which experience large temperature changes along the way. Your dolls might easily bake in a long summer trip, causing fading, cracking and other damages. Just like wine collectors, doll collectors need to discuss using a climate controlled truck with their moving company representative and receive a separate quote for this service.
Protect your records:
Every Vinyl record in your precious collection needs to be put in a paper liner which is than inserted into a plastic sleeve. Make sure that you have enough of these to protect all of your records. These two layers will protect your records from dust, moisture and other elements they might encounter on the road.
Don’t fill up a whole box with records. Keep a few inches of the box empty and fill them with bubble wrap. This will provide your records with some cushioning in case a box gets shifted in the truck or dropped by mistake. Do not put records one on top of each other. This is a sure way to wrap the bottom records and probably destroy their covers. The pressure of the top records will dent the cover and damage it. Decreasing the record’s value. Pack the records vertically in the box.
Use the right boxes
Vinyl is heavy. Don’t pack your collection in big boxes. Small “Book boxes” are ideal to transport records. Pack the box till you feel it is becoming too heavy to be comfortably moved and fill the rest of the box with bubble wrap as mentioned before. If you own rare and expensive records than we suggest that you let a professional mover pack the boxes for you.
Whatever collection you intend to move, don’t forget to label boxes clearly
Make sure everyone knows what is in these boxes. wine, dolls, toys, records etc.) mark the boxes “Fragile” to make sure that they will not be packed in the bottom of the truck and get crushed by other items. If you feel that the collection is too valuable for you to handle, than hire a moving company to pack and secure the collection, under your instructions and have them transport it safely to your new home.
If you have any questions about moving or packing your collection. Don’t hesitate to call U. Santini moving and storage at 718-768-6778, we will be happy to advise and help you in moving your collection. We have been doing it for more than eighty years and are certain that we can help you move your valuable collection safely.