Moving artwork is a very sensitive task. You’re moving and you’ve got a few precious, valuable items or maybe you have a lot of them, you decided to donate or give it to your friends and families. There’s a good chance that some of these possessions are pieces of art. Whether it’s an investment or truly special artwork to you, you’ll want to take extra care during your move.
Full-service moving companies should know the procedure with artwork, and this is probably an added service that they will offer. But whether they are taking care of it or you would rather have the task in your own trusted hands, you’ll want to know what should be done. If you are using a moving company, make sure you talk to them before the move to understand their methods so they are up to par with your expectations.
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So what should you do with an unframed painting? No matter what, you’ll need tape and sheets of cardboard. The rest of the supplies, however, will depend on how many precautions you want to take. Tissue paper or plain newsprint is strongly recommended to cover and protect the surface of your piece. For maximum protection during the move itself, you may want to use hardboard, but at the minimum, get corrugated cardboard.
Your piece of art should now be ready to go.
If you have framed pieces of artwork, you’ll need strong boxes. Mirror pack boxes are recommended, and your movers will likely be able to provide these for you. You’ll also need tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts, and you should consider corner protectors as well. Like with unframed art, get hardboard as well for maximum protection.
Your framed work is ready to move.
If a moving company or a shipper is moving your artwork, insure the art for its full value. If a company won’t insure it completely, find one that will. If using a shipper, it’s best to shy away from shipping it by ground, as there is more opportunity for potential damage.
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