Steps Involved in Fine Art Relocation

Steps Involved in Fine Art Relocation

Steps Involved in Fine Art Relocation

Art is priceless and needs special handling and utmost care during shipping and transportation. Understanding the importance and value of fine art plays an important role in its handling. It is important to ensure that clients receive their artwork in the original condition without any damages. Customers invest large amounts in art and expect the relocation of their art pieces to be safe, smooth, and trouble-free. 

To achieve this, one needs to hire a professional moving crew who are exclusively trained to pack, handle, move, and store valuable art pieces. Here are some of the steps that should be followed during fine art relocation to ensure that precious art pieces reach their destination safely, without any damages. 

Plan and prepare artwork relocation

Careful planning is an integral part of any relocation. Shipping fine art is not an easy task and a lot of planning and preparation is required before relocating art pieces from one place to another. Having detailed information about the art pieces that need to be relocated plays an important role at this stage. 

Before packing the art pieces, it is important to determine the dimension, weight, and material of the art pieces that need to be relocated. This will enable packers and movers to decide the type of materials to use for packaging and the mode of transportation. It will also give customers an idea of the shipping cost.

Assign a manager to oversee each stage of the relocation

Eye to detail and careful handling is most important while relocating fine art. It is, therefore, important to assign a manager to oversee the stages of relocation. Assigning a manager will ensure every piece of art is handled by professionals, packed using proper materials, and stored in special facilities to avoid damages. 

The manager assigned to oversee this task should be highly experienced and have a good idea about fine art. The trained eye of the manager will help him or her to check the art pieces thoroughly before shipping them. The manager can also keep track of the shipment and ensure that it reaches its destination smoothly and trouble-free.

Ensure that the moving crew is trained in handling precious artwork

Relocating art pieces is different from domestic or office relocation. The art pieces must be handled with utmost care. However, not all packers and movers have experience in moving fine art. It is vital that the moving company selected for transporting fine art has prior experience in this field. 

The Experienced moving crew will ensure that no damages are caused to the art pieces. They are aware of the delicate nature of the items and will take special caution such as wearing gloves while handling such items. They use the right tools and transport to avoid damages to the art pieces. They also use special packaging materials that keep the art pieces from getting damaged from water, fire, mold, or mildew. Therefore, it is crucial to hire a trained moving crew for a stress-free transit and to avoid losses.

Ensure proper packaging materials are used

Packing plays an important role in fine art relocation. Art pieces are delicate and need special packaging. The art pieces should be packed with appropriate packing material depending upon the art piece. Some of the commonly used packing materials include Acid free paper, Bubble, PE Foam, Plywood boxes etc. which will provide them with additional cushioning and protection during transit. However, one must be careful to not overpack an item as it may cause damage to the art piece.

Hiring trained movers and packers will ensure that your art pieces are packed using the best materials and are safe from damages. It will also ensure that no damages are caused to the art pieces during the packaging process as it is handled by experts.

Have insurance for items in transit

It is highly recommended to get insurance for your art pieces to cover losses if any occurs during the relocation process. One cannot predict what might happen during the relocation process. Numerous unseen challenges and difficulties might crop up, resulting in the damage of your items.

Having insurance will ensure that you receive compensation for your losses. It is important to get a valuation of your items and get an appropriate estimate of the value of your art pieces. It comes in handy especially when you relocate fine art over long distances.

Store art pieces in temperature-controlled facility

Art storage is an important aspect of fine art relocation. The need to store art may arise during transit if there is any delay for some reason. In some cases, art is stored in a warehouse before relocating it to another location. In such cases, it must be ensured that the facility is temperature-controlled and is free from humidity. 

One must also ensure that the artworks are placed on elevated platforms or shelves to prevent damage due to flooding or any kind of contact with water. It must also be ensured that the storage facility is not exposed to any hazardous items that can damage the art pieces.

Keep a detailed inventory

Keeping a detailed inventory will help clients keep track of their artworks. One must take photographs of the art pieces before they are packed and shipped. A record of invoices, certificates, etc. should be made for future references. 

Clients invest large amounts in fine art and expect to have a trouble-free and smooth relocation. The points mentioned in this blog will help achieve this goal. Proper packaging and transportation ensure the safety of the artwork for short as well as long distances.

Globe Moving provides the finest quality of fine art relocation services with highly trained crews. If you want to move fine arts, call us now on +91 80 4211 5151 or email us at

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