Moving Tips for Wine Connoisseurs

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Many people worry about moving delicate items like fragile dishware, framed photographs or, for some, moving a wine collection. Moving a large and expensive collection can pose a challenge when making the big move. Check out these steps to make sure your wine collection makes it from point A to point B safe and sound.

  1. Have Your Collection Appraised

    • High-value collections should be appraised before you start your moving process. Let your movers know that you will be moving the wine collection that is valued at what the appraisal has estimated for you.

    • If your collection exceeds $100 per pound, you will need to complete a High-Value Inventory form. This will allow movers to provide you with the protection plan that best suits your collection in order to provide a smooth and protected move.

  2. Do Your Research

    • If you’re moving across state borders, make sure you check with state and local regulations for distributing alcohol across borders! Some states have limitations so it’s important to understand legislation before you move.

  3. Pack Your Wine Safe and Sound

    • When packaging your wine, most moving companies can provide special boxes that will keep your collection safe that you can have packaged by their services or purchase and package yourself.

    • Unopened bottles should be kept on its side or upside down in order to keep the cork moist during your move.

    • Opened bottles and unopened bottles cannot be shipped in the same inventory and should be separated accordingly.

    • To ensure the flavor of each bottle is preserved, you should wait at least seven days after you have moved your collection to open the bottles again.

  4. Your Wine May Need Constant Temperature Adjustments

    • Some wine, specifically red wine, need to be kept at a constant temperature of about 55 degrees in order to ensure less damage during your move.

    • If your collection is small enough to fit in a car, it is recommended that you move your collection that way and maintain a constant temperature.

    • For rare or larger collections, temperature controlled vans are an option.

    • The best time to move your collection is during the late fall and early spring seasons. If your move is taking place during the summer or winter months, moving it via commercial airline may be the best option for you.

  5. Double Check Your Inventory

    • Make note of your inventory before and after your move. If anything is missing or damaged, it will be noted and can be dealt with directly with your mover.

Check out United Van Lines for even more moving tips.

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