Finding a London Removals Company to Handle Antiques and Artwork Correctly

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Fine Art Removals, Fragile Removals | 0 comments

In the world of relocations, each move presents its unique challenges. However, expertise becomes paramount when handling art, antiques, and other high-value items. Anthony Ward Thomas specialises in catering to a clientele that demands perfection. They seek absolute assurance that their prized possessions will be safeguarded throughout the moving process.

This blog will explore what sets a specialist removal company like ours apart from the rest in London. We’ll discuss why working with a moving company capable of performing relocations involving precious items is essential.


  • Why Specialised Handling Matters
  • Choosing the Right Removal Company
  • Choosing the Best Packaging Materials
  • Assessing Experience and Expertise
  • Custom Crating for High-Value Items
  • Climate-Controlled Storage Solutions
  • Insurance Coverage for Valuables
  • Anthony Ward Thomas – Experts in Handling Antiques and Artwork

Why Specialised Handling Matters

Regarding your valuables, expert handling is the key to preserving their value. Our specialists understand the nuances, from specific packaging to shield art from overheating and scratches to ensuring precise placement in our moving vehicles to prevent any unexpected collisions. We go the extra mile, adding padding between boxes to guard against impact damage, ensuring your valuables arrive at their new home unscathed.

The stark truth is that improper handling can lead to damage you’d rather avoid. Lesser movers sometimes cut corners and make promises they can’t keep. Choosing a specialist removal company like Anthony Ward Thomas is your best bet.

We’ve honed our craft to perfection, leaving no room for uncertainty. When you entrust us with your treasures, you gain peace of mind knowing they’re in the hands of consummate professionals. Remember, it’s always wise to seek at least three quotes and request accreditation to ensure your move is as smooth as possible.

Choosing the Right Removal Company

When selecting the ideal removal company, checking their track record is critical. Google can be your trusty ally here; it’s an invaluable method to gauge their reputation.

The best companies have an average rating of 4.6 or higher, backed by numerous reviews. Similarly, don’t forget the power of word-of-mouth – seek referrals from family, friends, and your business associates. Their experiences can provide valuable insights into a company’s expertise.

Affiliations with relevant organisations carry weight when evaluating a removal company. In the UK, the British Association of Removers (BAR) is the go-to accreditation, and we proudly affiliate with them at Anthony Ward Thomas.

 It’s a sign of our commitment to industry standards. But there are more; inquire if the company adheres to internal quality protocols. Our rigorous quality policy at Anthony Ward Thomas ensures every move is executed precisely.

Choosing the Best Packaging Materials

When it comes to packing, the choice of materials matters. Avoid skimping cheap or freebies from the local shop; they can lead to collapses in damp conditions due to low quality. At Anthony Ward Thomas, we understand the importance of top-notch materials. We offer industry-level quality packing materials at our dedicated shop and online. Your valuables deserve nothing less.

Proper packing techniques are essential to ensure your items arrive intact. Individual wrapping and boxing are necessary for delicate items like glassware and porcelain. Keep these fragile treasures last in the moving van and first out, or take them in your car for added protection. It’s also vital to leave plenty of space between delicate items and bulkier objects in the removal vehicle to prevent accidental damage.

If the idea of packing seems daunting, worry not. We offer a dedicated packing service for domestic and business situations. Our team consists of the best professionals in the industry, ensuring they pack and handle your valuables with the utmost care. We can even fill the day before the move, providing you with the ultimate preparation for a stress-free relocation.

Assessing Experience and Expertise

Experience is a cornerstone when choosing a removal company, especially for handling valuables. While most moving companies can handle typical relocations adequately, the landscape changes when dealing with expensive and irreplaceable items. In such cases, you need the very best.

At Anthony Ward Thomas, we proudly declare ourselves as a high-end moving company, not to boast but because the demands of your valuables require specialist handling and transporting expertise that only extensive experience can provide.

To evaluate a removal company’s experience and expertise, dive into their track record. Thoroughly read Google reviews to gain insights from previous customers. Also, if you spot a review from someone you know, don’t hesitate to contact them for firsthand information.

Contact each prospective removal provider to gauge their professionalism and expertise. Discuss accreditation and inquire about their in-house customer care standards to ensure your move is in capable hands.

Custom Crating for High-Value Items

When it comes to high-value items, customised crates offer an extra layer of protection. These crates are crafted from reinforced, heavy-duty materials, providing robust shielding for your valuables. Some customers entrust us with items of extraordinary worth or sensitive business equipment without room for error. Custom crating ensures these treasures remain safe and secure throughout the moving journey.

The crate hire service process may vary from one removal company to another. At Anthony Ward Thomas, we offer a comprehensive crate hire service. You can rent the crates for DIY relocations or let our experts pack them as an add-on service. Furthermore, we provide boxes of various shapes and sizes, suitable for any purpose and quantity.

Whether you need crates delivered or collected, we’ve got you covered. For special items, we even create bespoke containers tailored to their unique dimensions and requirements. Moreover, our range of removal services caters to domestic and business relocations, ensuring your valuables receive the care they deserve.

An overview of Anthony Ward Thomas’s crate hire service:

  • Full crate hire service available.
  • Crates of every shape and size for any purpose and in any number.
  • Crates delivery option available.
  • Crate collection service.
  • Bespoke crates for particular items.
  • Crate packing service available on request.
  • A range of removal services is available for domestic and business relocations.
  • Secure short or long-term commercial storage available for all items.

Climate-Controlled Storage Solutions

Certain items demand specific storage conditions to safeguard their integrity. While many removal companies offer storage options, not all can ensure precise temperature control within their storage units. Here at Anthony Ward Thomas, we take climate control seriously. Likewise, we maintain a balanced internal temperature, shielding your belongings from the extremes of heat, cold, and damp conditions, ensuring they remain pristine throughout their stay.

When considering storage options, asking prospective providers about climate control from the beginning is crucial. You should feel confident that everything entrusted to storage will be left in the same condition it arrived. Conversely,  the slightest temperature fluctuation within a storage room or unit can have significant consequences. For instance, a damp surface can lead to mould growth, which can quickly spread and cause permanent damage, particularly to biodegradable materials like fabric.

Anthony Ward Thomas boasts top-quality storage facilities, including business storage, self storage options, household container storage, and archive document storage. With our commitment to climate control, you can trust that your valuables and belongings will remain pristine during their time in our care.

Insurance Coverage for Valuables

Insurance plays a crucial role in protecting your valuable possessions during a move. You can usually find the specifics in the terms and conditions of your chosen removal company. However, it’s also essential to ask about insurance upfront to ensure that the company’s baseline coverage aligns with the value of your belongings. Finding out later that your possessions had inadequate cover can lead to complications if unexpected mishaps occur.

Take the time to review your policy and discuss it with your insurance broker. Many insurance companies have clauses specifically tailored for moving home and using storage services. Some may even require you to work with professionals as a condition of your policy. Please update them about your relocation to avoid complications when you need to submit a claim, making it crucial to stay informed about your insurance options.

Anthony Ward Thomas Insurance

Standard Liability:

  • Standard liability is £40 per item as defined by the inventory list.
  • There are no additional charges for this standard liability.

Recommended Additional Insurance:

  • If your possessions are worth more than £40 per item:
  • We recommend you take out additional insurance to cover the total value of the contents.
  • Declare the value to the nearest £1000.

Additional Insurance Cost:

  • The cost for supplemental insurance is £0.53 per £1000 in value per week.
  • This cost includes a 6% insurance tax.
  • For example, if you declare £10,000 in value:
  • You will be charged £5.30 per week for all-risk insurance.

Access to Insurance Terms and Conditions:

  • You can read the Terms and Conditions of the insurance by clicking on the provided link.
  • Alternatively, you can speak to a team member for more information.

Anthony Ward Thomas – Experts in Handling Antiques and Artwork

Anthony Ward Thomas has a proven track record of excellence that speaks for itself. Thousands of people entrust us with expensive, occasionally irreplaceable belongings every year. There’s no room for error if you relocate with family heirlooms, delicate vases, and unique artwork.

At Anthony Ward Thomas, our moving teams boast decades of experience. They are not only problem-solvers by nature but also consummate planners who leave nothing to chance. You can read our stellar five-star ratings to see what previous customers say about us.

Whether you need a free assessment and quotation or want to inquire about our range of services, we’re here to ensure your valuable possessions are handled with the utmost care and precision.