How to Protect Your Designer Furniture, Vintage Items and Heirloom Pieces When You Move


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South Africa has some of the most beautiful luxury destinations in the world – as such, we have a wealth of designer pieces, vintage cars, furniture, and priceless heirloom pieces in the country. Whether you’re buying, moving or selling – this type of cargo needs special attention while getting it from point A to point B.

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Choosing the right moving company

“When transporting valuable items in South Africa, it is important to consider the need for security and efficiency. The company you choose needs to be a specialised carrier. Whether it’s expensive jewellery or a vintage car – the moving company needs to have the right carrier, procedures and insurance,” said Wise Move company CEO, Mr Gediminas.

What you need to know about moving vintage cars

You may be wondering what the best way is to transport a vintage car – we were curious too. Turns out there are many options available, some good, some not so great. The best course of action has to be using a speciality moving company that offers services to move this type of specialised cargo.

Collectable car transport takes specialised equipment that differs from standard car transport services. An enclosed car transport trailer can protect your vintage car during the long journey to its new home.

If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable company, make sure to:

What you need to know about moving wine collections

South Africa is home to some of the best wineries in the world. Needless to say, there are a few prized wine collections – that sometimes need to be moved. This isn’t the easiest task to complete.

As wine is a perishable item, special care needs to be taken when moving it. Wine can be a valuable asset and should be transported in such a way that its value is not diminished.

When transporting wine in bottles, everything from temperature to humidity needs to be controlled. If you’re relocating and require short-term storage for your wines, it’s best to keep them at around 13°C with humidity levels of about 50 – 70%.

Unfortunately, some companies advertise themselves as having climate-controlled vehicles but do not have the know-how to set up the temperature settings correctly. It’s worth checking with these companies before signing any contracts to make sure they know what they’re doing.

What you need to know about moving heirloom items

You want your belongings to arrive at their destination in the same condition they left your home. Your packers must know how to handle heirloom items and antiques correctly so that they don’t get damaged during the moving process.

If you have items like vintage grandfather clocks or an heirloom piano that need special handling during your move, you must let the removal company know ahead of time. They will be able to make sure that there are enough members of staff (and experienced staff) on hand for moving day as well as any special supplies or equipment needed for handling these items.

Antiques and heirlooms can have considerable value not only on a monetary level but also emotionally and sentimentally. Make sure you choose the right company when deciding on a mover – checking reviews can help you make the best choice.

What you need to know about moving artwork

Moving valuable art requires the expertise and resources of an experienced mover with knowledge on how to handle high net worth shipments.

Art handlers are trained to carefully pack art in custom-designed crates, with every piece appropriately cushioned and protected.

When moving art, you should take special care to protect them from moisture and damage. The best way to do this is to choose a container that’s specifically designed for artwork. Ideally, your mover should also use acid-free paper as the first layer of defence when packing.

Once your movers have chosen the most suitable container for your needs and wrapped the artwork in acid-free paper, they should also use an additional layer of bubble wrap to protect against any potential external damage during transport. The textured side of the bubble wrap should face outward to reduce the risk of moisture accumulation.

Your chosen mover should be able to provide you with a variety of options, including climate-controlled trucks, art transport insurance and worldwide door-to-door service.

What you need to know about moving sculptures

How do you select a mover with the experience and expertise to move valuable sculptures?

The first thing to look for is a specialist experienced in handling sculpture pieces. This is because moving sculptures requires considerable knowledge, understanding and expertise. Sculptures come in all shapes and sizes, from large outdoor pieces down to small delicate artworks. Each piece will require an individual packing solution based on its size, value, fragility and destination. A mover must know how best to handle each of these issues when packing a sculpture for a long-distance move or transport over international borders by air or sea freight.

The second aspect of moving a sculpture is insurance cover. Before choosing a moving company, check that they have an adequate level of insurance cover specifically for your artwork whilst it is being packed and during transit by road or air. This is important as many movers have only basic insurance, which may not protect your item if it gets damaged or stolen while being moved.

Make sure that the mover provides you with full details of their insurance policy, including any exclusions, to understand what would be covered should anything go wrong during the packing process or while your goods are in transit.

It may also be a good idea to check with your own personal insurance whether your items are covered during transportation.

What you need to know about moving antiques

If you have antiques that you want to move, or you’re buying antiques from an online vintage store, it’s essential to provide as much information on the piece as possible. Moving antiques comes with its own challenges, and special care needs to be taken at every stage.

Movers will also need some information regarding:

  • Where the antiques are located.
  • What type of transport they will require taking into account any age-related fragility.
  • How much attention they will require during transit in terms of packing and handling.

Let Wise Move help you find the best movers for your prized possessions

When looking for furniture movers, you will ideally want to find the best moving company for your needs. And while it may seem like a simple enough decision, there are actually many factors that can influence which moving company is right for you.

Finding the right movers will ensure that your prized possessions are moved carefully and safely and arrive at their destination in one piece. If you’re going to invest in this service, it’s well worth investing in a trusted and reliable provider that has specialist expertise in designer, vintage or high-end furniture removals.

About Wise Move

Wise Move is the leading online moving platform in South Africa. It connects you to specialised movers within minutes and gets detailed quotes to your inbox so you can choose the best provider for your needs. All without the effort of finding, negotiating and explaining your specific needs to multiple companies.

With Wise Move, you can specify all the details of your request once – through their easy to use quote request system. You can add special requests, like additional security, specific insurance, and extra fast delivery.

Wise Move will then send your request to a list of hand-picked moving companies that offer the lowest quotes and the highest possible service.

You can then review these companies on the Wise Move website to check their reviews, insurance policies and more.

All of the approved service providers on Wise Move are vetted – so you have complete peace of mind. This is one of the reasons we’re so excited about what they offer.

We were also surprised by how fast and efficient the entire process was. You can get quotes for moving almost anything in less than a few hours.

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Wise Move helps connect you to movers nationwide. Their easy to use online platform helps you find movers in South Africa:

Wise Move – South Africa’s leading Online Moving Platform

Wise Move takes complicated moves for anything from a vintage car to a piano and simplifies the process. First-time users are guided through a simple quote request form that will ensure all the necessary details are included.

Once the request is submitted, moving companies qualified for the move can view it and bid on it.

After that, Wise Move will send only the most competitive quotes to you for review – this saves you time and streamlines the process. Additionally, you can review each moving company’s profile, read customer reviews, and request additional quotes from specific moving companies if you wish.

Finally, all you need to do is book online with the moving company you choose, and they will contact you to confirm your reservation and any other necessary details. During your move day, sit back and relax as the professionals handle everything.

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