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Tick Tock: 3 Reasons to Trust House Movers with Your Family Heirlooms

Posted on August 14, 2017

Moving the family piano? Time to pass down the grandfather clock? House movers may be the answer you’re looking for.

Moving the family piano? Time to pass down the grandfather clock? House movers may be the answer you’re looking for.

It’s been housed by four generations of your family and has survived major restoration and has been sitting in your living room idly ticking off the minutes and seconds with that hourly gong to let you know it’s still there.

It’s time to pass down that family heirloom to the next generation.

Don’t rely on DIY moving techniques to move such precious items as your family’s grandfather clock, piano or other antiques. Save your back by hiring professional house movers who have the ways and means to do the job right.


  1. Handle with care

No offense to you, your friends, or to your well-meaning neighbour, but you and they are not in any position to qualify as professional movers.

There’s a reason why a qualified moving company should be called when it comes to handling heavy and fragile specialty items. They have all the right tools in their arsenal to prepare, pack and move your precious heirlooms with care.

This includes the use of:

  • Ramps
  • Straps
  • Skids
  • Dollies


  1. Cradle with a crate

Besides being an environmental hazard, bubble wrap and packing peanuts inside a cardboard box aren’t enough to protect your heirlooms. Whether it’s a local, long distance or last minute move, you will need professional packers and movers that offer such services as wood crating. This way, your high-value items will receive the utmost protection. Look for household movers who will come take measurements before crating your item to ensure its safety.

If you are shipping said item overseas, make sure the movers use the appropriate wood crate and packaging to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. This is important in avoiding any delays at the border.


  1. Ensure with insurance

The biggest safeguard to protect your heirlooms during a move is to make sure they are properly insured. It’s a good idea to have your heirloom appraised professionally before a move to make sure its value is supported by the insurance provided. You may have to purchase extra household insurance to make sure you are covered completely. Accredited movers must provide options on insurance.

This includes:

  • Release value protection, which covers your possessions to a maximum value of $0.60 per pound per article


  • Replacement value protection, wherein if the damaged household item cannot be repaired to its original condition, it will be replaced with a new one of like kind and quality at today’s market price.

However, in many cases those with fragile items must have them packed and unpacked by their moving company in order to be covered by these insurance options.


Do your homework to find out how to best protect your precious items. Read our blog: 5 Reasons to Use Professional Kelowna Movers for Specialty Items.


Bekins Moving and Storage is the moving company Kelowna trusts to handle such specialty and fragile items, including such precious family heirlooms as a grandfather clock. Our piano movers are equipped with the right tools and equipment to handle all types of pianos from upright to grand pianos. We also provide hot tub movers, who will prepare your hot tub for moving, including the draining, handling and electrical.