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Assessing damage done in moving

- 06 Nov 2017 -
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We moved recently and our Niels Moller dining room table arrived at our destination with damage to the leg from being removed after it left our home. I am filing a claim with the insurance company and feel that even though the table could be repaired, its worth is greatly diminished by the damage. Has anyone experienced anything like this and what is your advice? I see the exact table on sale on 1st Dibs for $2900. The table was new when we bought it around 1999 from a furniture dealer in Ft. Myers.

Assessing damage done in moving
dining tables
1960 - 1969


- 06 Nov 2017

Unless you've purchased supplemental insurance or the damage is covered by your homeowner's policy, the moving company is likely liable only for amount specified on the Bill of Lading (that you signed) in the event of total loss. This amount is typically something like 60 cents per pound (read the fine print).

That said, damage claims are often settled between the customer and carrier without involving insurance companies. A couple hundred dollars to have your table repaired by a competent restorer seems fair.

I seriously doubt you'd find a small-claims judge anywhere in the US that's gonna give you $3K for what, to them, is a 15-year-old dining table that can easily be fixed.

- 06 Nov 2017

That can be fixed. And Niels Otto Møller didn't have anything to do with that table or chairs.

- 07 Nov 2017

Yeah, I was going to say, that table is definitely not a Møller design. With a professional repair, you will never even know it was broken. Because it is not Møller, and if you get it repaired properly, you will not lose any value or utility on that piece......

..... unfortunately, the value was lost when that dealer lied to you about the origins of the table. If you are going to get mad at anyone, it should be them. Of course, if you were willing to pay 3K, then you can probably find someone else to pay that.

In any case, I am sorry that the damage and deception had to happen to you. When dealers are dishonest, or more often uninformed, it is bad for everyone.

- 07 Nov 2017

Looks like a perfectly clean break. Shouldn't have too much trouble just gluing it.

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