Moving is always stressful, but when your home is filled with beautiful, valuable objects it adds an extra layer of hesitancy to turn your belongings over to a moving company. Will the movers know how to properly crate your valuable artwork? Will they understand that your 17th -century end tables need a
gentler touch than the average household furniture? While it’s always important to carefully vet a moving company, this is even more crucial when you need high-end movers.
While you probably won’t be 100% comfortable with someone else handling your most beloved possessions — no matter how experienced they are — you can find some peace of mind by choosing high- end movers with a solid reputation. If a moving company has offered luxury moving services for years and maintained their good reputation, that should help put your mind at ease.
Check References and Read Reviews
Being in business for a long time is one factor, but how pleased past customers are in the services they’ve received is even more telling. Reading reviews is a great place to start, but it’s difficult to tell if the review was written by someone who received high-end moving services. When you ask for references,you can be more specific. Speaking to others who used a company’s luxury moving services is another way to feel good about your choice of moving companies.
Ask the Right Questions
Because you’re dealing with high-value items, you’ll want to ask about their experience handling antiques and fine art. If a mover doesn’t have that specific experience, you’ll be better off finding one that does. This is simply because moving a $25 painting from Kirkland’s isn’t the same as moving a $125,000 painting by Picasso or a priceless Giacometti sculpture. When a moving company can explain their experience moving fine objects, it can help you breathe a little easier when they handle yours.
Moving Day Caution
You’ve done your research and chosen high-end movers you feel good about. When moving day arrives, you’ll still want take some steps to ensure the safe arrival of your belongings. You or a trusted agent should be present and carefully checking the inventory list. Be sure that you agree with the inventory before signing. This includes both the items listed and the condition of the items. The mover will note any damage, so be sure to carefully read those notes — and that you agree with them — before signing. It may also give you peace of mind to have a member of your staff observing as the most valuable of your items are crated or packed.
Insurance Never Hurts
Finally, purchasing additional insurance to cover your valuable items is a good idea simply because things can happen that are out of your control and out of the control of the moving company. While it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong if you’re careful about selecting luxury moving services, the just-in-case insurance will give you a little extra security on the day that the things you love most are packed up and taken out of your home.
Morgan Manhattan has been in business since 1851, and our high-end movers have completed many luxury moves — and earned great reviews every time. We have experience handling fine artwork, valuable antiques, and other fragile items. We understand how important these items are to you, and we treat them all with kid gloves so that they arrive at your new home in the exact same condition as when we crated or packed them. For luxury moving services that will exceed your expectations, contact Morgan Manhattan. Give us a call, or fill out our online contact form to speak with a relocation specialist or to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate.