When you’re moving homes or businesses, it’s important to take extra care of your artwork. Here are ten tips on how to safely pack your paintings, sculptures, and photographs:
1. Get insurance for your artwork.
This will protect your investment in case of any accidents during the move. This one is so important, it’s right at the top, and the team at Crusaders can help you with insurance options. Click here to contact the team.
2. Pack each piece of artwork individually.
Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or other soft materials to protect the artwork from being damaged.
3. Label each box containing artwork with the words “Fragile” and “Do Not Stack.”
This will ensure that your artwork is handled with care. Whether it is a treasured drawing your kids or grandkids made for you that you have framed, or your favourite Australian Indigenous Artwork that hangs in your corporate office, labelling appropriately really helps the move.
Along with the furniture you are moving, art, photographs and sculptures bring the personality and feeling of a room to life.
4. Keep a list of all the artwork you are packing.
This will help you keep track of your belongings and make sure nothing gets lost in the move. Your removalist should have a manifest for you, and be sure to ask them about their experience in moving art, especially if that is a significant part of your move.
5.Pack your artwork in a sturdy box that is the appropriate size.
Make sure the box is not too big or too small for the artwork inside. The less “wiggle room” for your precious goods, the better.
6. Fill any empty space in the box with packing material
This will assist in preventing the artwork from shifting during transport. Small valuable items like coins or art deco jewellery may be better suited to taking on your person as opposed to putting in a box.
7. Wrap each piece of artwork in acid-free paper before packing it in the box.
This will help protect the artwork from damage caused by moisture or other environmental factors.
8. Remove any hanging hardware from frames before packing them.
This will prevent the frames from being damaged during transport. You may wish to ask your removal company if they have special boxes you can purchase for these items.
9. Take a photograph of each piece of artwork you are packing.
This will help you keep track of your belongings and make sure nothing gets lost in the move.
10. Hire a professional moving company to transport your artwork.
This will ensure that your belongings are handled with care and arrive at your new home or business safely. It is important that how the artwork is being transported is not exposed to weather, and their trucks or containers are watertight. A hire trailer from your local gas station might not cut it in this case, so you may want to engage moving professionals to help.
The team at Crusader Removals have been helping people in Perth and all over Australia with their packing and removal needs for 10 years. Reach out to the team on the number below.
By following these ten tips, you can be sure that your artwork will be packed safely and arrive at your new home or business in the best condition.