Dishing out tips: how to pack antique dishes for moving

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Packing for a move is always a challenge in itself, but few rooms present as much a challenge as the kitchen. The fragility of the items that warrant special attention is what makes the kitchen a notoriously difficult room to pack.

When you’re dealing with antique dishes, the stakes are even higher. It is painful to lose a plate from your regular dinnerware, but losing a piece of your vintage china is an entirely different feeling. A sinking feeling.

Antique dishes are not only valuable, but they’re not the easiest to replace, especially when we are talking brands like Lenox, Welmar and the lot who do not mass-produce.

More than that, there is also the uniqueness of the kitchen as a room. Bar the bathroom (which isn’t much work as far as packing goes) the kitchen is a room most people use on a daily basis.

Matter of fact, it is the last room to be packed and the first you will unpack when you get to your new digs. For families especially, this is one of the rooms that will eat up the most hours.

Unless you’re planning to hire expert movers to do it professionally for you, the best way to approach the kitchen when packing is to have a clear plan, some bit of expertise, and of course – plenty of packing paper!

Items like antiques can always be packed a few weeks before moving day as they’re not used on a regular.

That said, this is something you want to include in your plan when creating your moving checklist. This allows you to determine when exactly you will be doing the packing while also allowing you sufficient time to gather the required moving supplies in advance.

It is also important to note that if you intend to hire a moving company, the mover will not be liable for any damage to your antique items should any accidents happen on transit. Your antiques will only be insurable if the mover does the packing themselves.

Even then, you will need special moving insurance beyond the default coverage offered by moving companies. This is something you need to discuss with the mover in advance so they can advise you accordingly.

It never hurts to create an inventory of all your antiques. You can even go one further and create a polaroid of each item to make notes of any imperfections, if any. As far as the actual packing goes, as mentioned, you will need superior packing methods to ensure…
 
 
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