Movers And More: The Do's And Don'ts Of Moving Artwork

Do you have a pricey piece of art, or a whole collection, to move? Before you prep, pack, hire movers, or transport paintings, photos, drawings, or sculptures, take a look at the do's and don'ts of this process.

Do Hire An Experienced Mover

Just any moving company won't do. You need to hire a moving services provider with experience transporting artwork and other potentially breakable or fragile items. Ask your would-be future moving contractor for references that speak to the company's ability to move art. If the references don't specify "art," look for information on how well the mover handles large/oversized, awkwardly shaped, or extremely fragile items.

Don't Expect Every Company To Pack Your Art

Some moving companies provide a full-service upgrade or specialize in packing delicate items, such as artwork. But this doesn't mean every contractor offers these options. Never expect that a mover will help you to pack artwork. If this is a service you need, talk to the mover before you agree to an estimate or sign a contract.

Do Separate Artwork From Other Items

Organize your move and keep your artwork safe with an isolation type of approach. After you remove paintings, photos, or other two-dimensional pieces from the walls of your home — or take sculptures off of pedestals, tables, and display spaces — isolate or separate the items from the rest of your to-move haul. This allows you to take stock of what you will move. 

Place the artwork in one room or area of your house. This strategy also gives you space to plan the move and pack the items safely. 

Don't Forget To Inventory Your Art

Create a packing inventory that describes each piece. You may want to list everything separately or group the artwork into categories by artist, medium, room, or time period. Along with a description, add the price or value of the items and photos of each piece. These can help you to save time (and potentially money) in the event of move-related losses or damage. 

Do Pack Artworks Correctly

Art should never go into the moving company's truck as-is. If you plan to pack the items yourself, use properly fitted crates, dye/acid-free packing paper, bubble wrap, moving quilts, and other protective covers as needed. A moving service can provide packing suggestions. A high-quality contractor should speak up if they see incorrect packing techniques or believe that you have used the wrong protective materials. 

Reach out to a company like General Movers to find out more.

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Hello, I am Venice. Welcome. I would like to talk to you all about packing and moving your fragile items. I hope to help you use the right materials and techniques to protect your breakable items from damage during your move. I will share the best wrapping and packing techniques you can use for these items. I will also discuss the various protective supplies, whether it be boxes or bags, that you can use for this process. I will even share information about loading these items onto the moving truck or into your car and unloading them into your new home.