Moving Tips for Antiques & Art

Artists, gallerists and art handlers know that moving art can be a tedious, nerve-wracking job. There are several things to take into consideration before the big move: how fragile is the piece? How heavy is it? Is it a multi-panel or awkward size? How will I load my van/truck/moving van/etc.? What about packing materials? All of these factors can make a difference in getting your art from Point A to Point B intact. In addition, there are many logistical questions that must be asked as well: Will it fit through the door? Do I have enough manpower to lift this onto a truck? Will this need special insurance coverage based on its value and fragility? Keep reading for all of our best tips on how to move art, antiques and other uncommon fragile and valuable items.

Plan Ahead

Generally speaking, it is best to start packing as soon as possible before an upcoming move so that there is ample time to properly prepare your collection . Time should be allocated for research and planning, such as measuring your artwork and getting quotes from movers. Once you pick a date that works for you and your artwork, it’s important to take inventory before moving day. Inventory maps and records will be necessary when itemizing your goods in transit and at the destination. If special insurance is needed, make sure to inform your movers.

Moving Antique Furniture: Don’t Disassemble!

When it comes to antique furniture, there are all types of unique fasteners and methods of construction, you would be wise to leave everything in its original state. Not only can you cause damage by attempting disassembly, but doing so could lower the value of the piece in question. That being said, if it is necessary, consult an expert in antique furniture.

How To Handle Strange Shapes And Curves Safely

Work from the top down when planning how to pack a curved or uniquely shaped piece of furniture. Wrap all joints in rolled-up packing tape before putting the piece into a moving box. Be mindful of putting heavier items on top – but not too heavy! – as this will cause the bottom to sag over time. For larger, fragile pieces such as cabinets with freestanding sets of drawers, remove all drawer hardware and place each separate drawer into a separate box for easy handling. With large mirrors or art that needs extra protection, it’s best to hire custom packers and movers

How to Protect Art During A Move

Speaking of custom packing, it is always best to hire professionals when moving larger or more fragile pieces. This will ensure that the piece can be moved quickly and efficiently without causing damage. For smaller items, lay bubble wrap on a flat surface before laying out the item you intend to pack. Make sure you completely cover all surfaces (including the back of the piece), and then anchor the wrap with tape before putting it into a moving box. For large art, mirrors or other multi-paneled pieces, it may be necessary to remove them from their frames – again, only do so with the help of an expert. Oftentimes these items can be placed in a custom crate for extra protection.

Contact RARE Moving & Storage

If you need any help transporting your art, antiques, or other collectible or fragile items, please give us a call at (617) 825-7273 or contact us here for a free quote.

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