We had the fun of cleaning an antique slot machine that was handed down to our homeowner by her father when he passed away.
The very first nickel slot machine was created in 1893 by Gustav Schultze. This particular slot machine we cleaned is from the 1960’s and was one of the first of its kind to allow a player to play with 5 nickels at once. Now I have never put money into a slot machine so I don’t even understand the significance of this but it sure sounds pretty cool. 🙂
Now the home owner does have a rider on her insurance policy for this piece as it has an official appraisal and is worth $24000! So one of the first questions that we ask a home owner on the very first day of every job is “do you have any riders on your insurance policy?”
Not only is this important to know when cleaning something as you may decide not to use an aggressive cleaner on something that has antique value for fear of removing delicate finishes but you will want to charge more for handling the item. You have a lot more at risk when you are handling a single item that if damaged could cost you a ton of money.
On one job I was paid $1500 just to bubble wrap and transport a table valued at $18000+ to another speciality contractor to be refinished. I charged more than just Xactimate pricing when I clean a piece like this slot machine.
If you are a cleaner or restorer what is the mosty expensive or most unique item you have been asked to clean?