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Moving home can be stressful, and this stress can be exacerbated if you have valuable paintings to pack and move in addition to your other possessions. However, you can make sure that your treasured paintings arrive safe and undamaged by packing and moving them correctly.

Here's some helpful information and advice on packing and moving valuable pieces of art.

Appraise Your Painting Prior to Moving

Before you move, you should have pieces of high-value artwork professionally appraised to establish their current replacement values.

Appraisals enable you to take out adequate insurance cover for your paintings so that you're protected in the event that they are damaged in transit. Your local art dealer will be able to provide you with details of fine art appraisers in your area.  

When you meet with your moving consultant from Price's Removals & Storage, you'll need to tell them that you are moving valuable paintings. Be prepared to fill out a form for your high-value items to ensure that your collection won't be limited to minimal liability removal insurance.

It's also a good idea to take photos of your paintings to accompany the inventory.

Pack Your Paintings

There are two different methods of packing paintings, depending on whether they are framed or not.

Framed Paintings

In some cases, an antique frame can be almost as valuable as the painting it houses. Framed paintings should therefore always be packed in crates to prevent jarring and to shield the contents from damage by other adjacent items that may move around in transit.

You can obtain gallery-grade crates from specialist art dealers, but the helpful experts at Price's Removals can supply you with a custom-built wooden crate to fit the piece's precise dimensions if you prefer.

Before you crate your paintings, cover the front of each piece with a sheet of acid-free glassine paper to protect the paint from damage by moisture and dust.

Unframed Paintings

Removing paintings from their frames can make them easier to transport and also saves valuable space.

Wear cotton gloves when handling the painting to avoid damaging the media. Put the painting on its back onto a sheet of cardboard, and then place a sheet of acid-free tissue paper over the front of the piece. Use small pieces of tape to secure the tissue paper in place, sticking the tape to the reverse of the painting.

Sandwich the painting between several more sheets of cardboard to form a sturdy foundation that won't bend. Wrap the cardboard with tape to hold the package securely. Finish the job by placing the packaged picture between two sheets of corrugated cardboard and secure it with more tape.

Pack all the pieces flat in a clearly labelled, sturdy box.

Move Your Paintings

Oil paint can melt in excessive heat, so if you have valuable oil paintings, it is advisable to place them in storage until the cooler months of the year when it is safer to move them. Price's Removals can provide storage facilities until you are ready to move your paintings.

Please note that valuation coverage does not cover damage sustained due to climatic changes during transit.

When you arrive at your destination, the removalist will disassemble the crate for you. Check your artworks carefully against your inventory. If anything is missing or damaged, notify your removalist straight away.

When moving valuable paintings, be sure to have them appraised professionally for current and replacement value for insurance purposes. Pack your artwork correctly and be prepared to place oils in storage if your move is scheduled to take place during hot weather. Marine transit and storage insurance can be arranged if you require these services.

For more information and advice, have a chat with one of the helpful experts at Price's Removals & Storage.