White Glove Wine Moving Services
When deciding to move your precious wine collection, there are several
steps that should be taken to ensure a safe move.
The first step is to have your collection appraised by a qualified and
certified wine appraiser. This will help set the value of the collection for
insurance purposes, either for a personal property rider on your
homeowner's insurance or for the insurance policy of the
value for the entire collection in case that you need to make a claim for loss
or damage during your move. If you possess rare or vintage wines you may
also be given a value for individual bottles.
There are many ways to find a wine appraiser. Your local wine merchant,
insurance company or realtor's office may all be able to provide you with
good recommendations. Some personal property appraisers are also
qualified to appraise wine collections. Many auction houses have wine
appraisers on staff or know where to find them. You can also contact the
American Society of Appraisers to find a certified wine appraiser in your
The next step is to create an inventory of your collection and photograph
every bottle. This helps document rare or delicate vintages and gives you
and equally importantly, your movers NJ, a clear indication of what they
are transporting. Often, the moving company in NYC will do its own
packing inventory in the same way as they do for other household items
that they pack. It's important to check that these two inventories are
Once your inventory is complete, you need to decide on the appropriate
method of moving your wine. Call a professional moving company in NJ or
a wine transporter. Make arrangements for a climate-controlled vehicle if
your collection warrants it, and make sure that you book it well in advance
of your moving date.
Notify your moving company (if you aren't using a professional wine
transporter) that you are moving wine and that it is a high-value item. This
allows the moving company to determine the liability level and the type of
insurance required for your move. You can also purchase different
amounts of coverage for your move.
Packing the wine should be the next consideration. Professional movers NJ
of any kind should know how to pack wine. If you pack the wine
yourself, try to find boxes used to transport wine on commercial airlines.
Usually, these are made out of corrugated cardboard or Styrofoam. Some
wine stores also sell these boxes. The California Glass Company in
Oakland has a great wine box which many professional movers use. You
should avoid wooden boxes or any containers that do not cradle the wine
Corked wine should be packed on its side in the same way as you would
store it on the racks in your wine cellar. Each box must be labeled
FRAGILE-THIS SIDE UP to make sure that the wine stays on its side.
When your wine reaches its destination, it's important to carefully check
the collection against your NJ moving van inventory, your personal
inventory, and your photographs. If there is anything missing or there is
any damage, note it on your moving company's inventory and contact
your mover immediately. They will help you complete a claim form for
replacement or reimbursement.
By following these steps, you can be assured of the safe transport of your
valuable wine collection.