Moving Art and Antiques: Back to the Basics

July 18, 2017

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Moving is a stressful time for anyone, especially for the 33% of renters who relocate every single year. There's so much to do: cleaning, renting a truck, coordinating with movers, cajoling reluctant friends into helping, and of course, packing.

But if you have valuable items like antiques, art collections, or items of sentimental value, it can be even more stressful. After all, what do you even do to prepare your art for a move?

This guide is designed to help you understand the best way to prepare your valuables for moving day so that you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your precious possessions are properly protected.

  1. Find The Right Residential Moving Services Company
    Not every moving company is equal. When you have delicate items like antiques or art, you need to make sure that the movers you are working with are licensed and insured. The first means that they will have the know-how to treat your property right, the second means that should any damage occur, that you would at least have some financial coverage.

    A great way to start your search is to reach out to local antique stores and see who they use for delivery. Occasionally they will work with a moving company and they will be able to put you in contact with a moving company that deals with delicate items on a daily basis.

  2. Wrap your Art
    Before of the day of the move, you should wrap your art with Glassine, or another plastic wrap. This should help to prevent smudging. After that, you can wrap it again in bubble wrap or place it in a large, narrow box to prevent it from being scratched.

  3. Handle Your Antiques With Care
    Damage can cause incredible depreciation in antiques. That is why you care for them carefully. Start by removing loose or removable parts. Then wrap everything again in bubble wrap. Once that is done you can consider adding a moving blanket that will add another layer of protection.

Make sure that you indicate any packages that contain glass so that the movers will know to handle such pieces with even more care.

The best way to make sure that your valuables aren't damaged is to consult with a professional moving service that has experience with antiques or artwork. It might seem like overkill, but the comfort that comes from knowing your items are in good hands is invaluable.