How To Pack Antiques And Collectibles 

King's Transfer Van Lines Calgary and Atlas are amongst the world's most trusted and experienced antique movers. We treat every item with the finest professional care. But moving art, antiques, and collectibles takes extra care. And no one understands that better than your Atlas Professional Van Operator and crew. They know just how your valuable items should be packed, handled, and transported. They are skilled in best practices to make sure your precious items arrive safely in your new home.

Before you move, your Atlas Account Representative will come to your home and survey your belongings. Point out things that may need special attention, such as fragile porcelains, family heirlooms, and valuable antiques. Whatever the item, your Atlas antique movers know which packing materials and methods work best. Your Atlas Account Representative will schedule a time for packing that fits your move schedule. The more breakables you have, the more you should rely on the packing expertise of Atlas.

Important packing preparations you can perform.

If you wish to pack items yourself, use the same, professional-grade materials Atlas uses. Your Atlas Account Representative can supply these at affordable prices.

  • double- and triple-walled cartons
  • stretch wrap and cushioning wrap
  • packing tape
  • fine tissue and Kraft paper
  • carton labels (Do Not Load; Load Last/Unload First; Do Not Pack; Parts Box; Fragile)

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.

  1. Prepare coins, stamps, and fine jewelry for transport with you.
  2. Pack collectibles in their original cartons. If you don't have the cartons, use Atlas professional grade cartons and bubble wrap or foam peanuts.
  3. 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.
  4. Wrap dolls, figurines and sculptures in soft tissue or padding and pack in bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Place in double-walled cartons.
  5. Label cartons containing breakables as Fragile, using labels supplied by your Atlas Account Representative.
  6. Ask your Atlas Account Representative about packing your wine or other perishable collections, as well as unusual or hard-to-move collections.
  7. Are your collectibles covered under your homeowner's policy? Provide a list to your insurance agent and ask.
  8. Leave in place anything you want Atlas to pack. It's easier and safer, for example, if we pack glassware right from the cabinet.