Packing Art and Antiques

Perhaps the biggest concern for many people when they are moving is how to pack and prepare their art and antiques for transport. Because many of these items cannot be replaced and cannot be repaired, it is important that as much protection is granted to these items as possible before they are moved. There are a number of tips that our experts have pulled together, but having a professional on your side is always the best way to go. Regardless what you have to move, or how well you think you can move it, moving companies who are experienced in moving these kinds of things will have something to offer that you can’t find anywhere else.

If you still decide to pack or prepare these items on your own, make sure that you keep a few things in mind.

Padding and Packing Materials

Choosing the right packing materials for your art and antiques is probably the most important aspect of preparing them for relocation. Unlike most of your other things, art and antiques take a special touch. For flat art that is framed or on a canvas, purchase mirror pack boxes that will allow you the protection you need in a container built for pictures, mirrors, and items of this type. For unframed prints, consider sandwiching them between two framed pictures or mirrors, with unprinted packing paper between them, to avoid rolling them. Rolling unframed prints can cause damage to the picture.

Never use newspaper that has print on it to pack artwork or antiques. The ink on the paper can come off and damage the items you are packing it with. This is a good tip to keep in mind regardless of what you are packing. You can purchase newsprint with no ink on it from office supply stores or moving stores in your area.

For larger items and antiques, shipping crates generally have to be custom built for the item itself. Hiring professionals who are experienced in moving these items can offer this kind of solution for you. If you aren’t going to have a crate built, consider wrapping legs with moving pads and covering the surfaces with non-stick padding as well. Stay away from plastics though, as higher temperatures can melt these to your item and cause damage.

The Right Movers

While packing these items might seem like it will save you some cash in the long run, it’s usually a good idea to let the professionals handle this for you. There are a number of reasons to consider hiring the right movers, or professionals versed in handling fine art and antiques, including some of the following.

  • Art movers know how to build the right crates to protect your goods better than any other option.
  • Most of these movers will handle packing and unpacking, and everything in between.
  • Professional art and antique movers will bring trucks especially suited to this kind of relocation, meaning that the trailer of the truck will be climate controlled to offer the best protection for your goods.
  • These specialists offer different insurance packages suited just for these kinds of items so that you can ensure protection from start to finish.

But, like all moving companies, be sure that you check into the background of the mover you are considering hiring before you actually hire them. If you aren’t careful, you can land in the middle of a moving scam, or worse, with missing or damaged valuables. Always ask for referrals and ask questions about how they will pack and move your items before you hire anyone.