The first step is to make sure that you have had the antique appraised, as you need to know how much it is worth for insurance purposes. The risk of damage increases when you are moving home and you need ensure that you have the right insurance in place. Good photographs of the item may also help later on if any damage has been sustained.
You need to make sure that your moving company is aware of the delicacy and value of the item that you are asking it to transport. The professionals will advise you about how the item will be packed and moved and you can check that this meets your requirements.
Prior to the move you might want to make sure that the item has been properly cleaned. There may be specialist cleaning products available, depending upon the type of item.
The final step is to pack the item. Your moving company may have a specialist who can deal with this for you on the day of the move itself. Most antiques will be specially packed using large padded wraps to minimize the possibility of damage.
Once you get to your new home, your professional movers will ask you to check off the inventory. This is your chance to make sure that there is no damage and that everything has arrived at its destination.