If you are a collector of wine, you most likely already know that it can be a very serious hobby and one that some people invest a tremendous amount of time and money into every year. In fact, CNBC reported recently that fine wines are one of the top performing luxury assets in the world and have even outpaced assets such as coins, jewelry, and even art. Relocation of a wine collection can be an especially difficult task.
Maybe your collection does not contain a $500,000 bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 but that doesn’t mean it’s not highly valuable and important to you. There are plenty of collectors that only have modest wines in their collections but these bottles may represent longstanding memories and stories. Based on that, they are often protected and cherished like other personal items in your home.
For these reasons, relocating a wine collection can be very stressful since the bottles are fragile, often expensive as mentioned, and can represent a capsule in time that is not easily replaced. In addition to the actual bottles themselves, your collection may also involve a storage container, rack, or specialized cooler that also requires special attention. In some instances, these storage devices are also quite valuable and may even be some type of antique.
When talking with your local moving company, it’s important to make sure that they offer packing services that are equipped to handle your collection properly. Depending on how long it will take your wine collection to reach its next destination, proper storage services can become an important factor. Many wines are refrigerated at very specific temperatures and you need to work with movers who can easily meet this demand. You certainly don’t want to deal with a company that is just going to wrap your wine in some paper and throw it in a box.
Roadway White Glove Moving Service
Whether you have an expensive wine collection or a more modest one, Roadway Moving can ensure that it arrives intact with our White Glove Moving service. We have the personnel and experience to handle every bottle in your collection with the care needed to make sure it is delivered safely.
We understand that your collection is a labor of love and that it may contain gifts or purchases that signify some key times in your life. That’s why we take the steps needed to learn everything we should know before deciding on the best method to move your wine locally or nationally. If you are seriously thinking about relocating a wine collection in the near future, reach out to us and we will discuss the best options to help you.
On the other hand, if you are someone who normally likes to do things on your own, here are a few things that you should consider before opting to handle everything yourself…
1. Special Packing Materials
You are probably going to need some separators that are designed to hold wine bottles. Yes, you could probably use traditional packing materials but you run a much higher risk of damaging your collection if you go that route. You will also need to ensure that you have boxes that can handle the weight of multiple bottles in each.
2. Consider Weight and Volume
One of the things that amateur movers sometimes fail to consider is the volume and weight of their boxes. Both of these things can impact not only what kind of vehicle will be required but how many trips will need to be made in order to complete your move. The other obvious factor that comes into play is the cost of both gas and your time.
If you are dealing with valuable items like a wine collection, insurance is something else that do-it-yourself movers often overlook. If you hire a professional moving company, damage and loss are normally worked into the overall price. If you are forced to cover these things out of pocket, the cost is likely to be far more expensive.
Regardless of which route you decide to take in the end, it is always a good idea to speak with a professional first. We can help to give you some valuable tips and that will allow you to make an informed decision. Contact us today and let us answer your primary questions about relocating a wine collection.