Having fine art in a house can instantly brighten it up and make it feel homier, so many people will decorate their homes with it. If you are moving a customer with fine art in their home, however, you will need to know how to protect the fine art from damage when moving or transporting it. Fortunately, we have a list steps to take so the painting or other fine art doesn’t get damaged, so you won’t need to worry about packing and transporting Great, Great, Great Grandma’s priceless painting. We have the scoop to keep help keep the claims at a minimum.

Did you know humans pose the most dangerous threat to paintings? Pastels, watercolors and paintings are the most vulnerable to being damaged by handling and moving. The “Oil Painters of America,” blog on painting transport does a great job of showing step by step examples on how to ensure fine art’s safety. Here are steps from that blog you can take to make sure the art arrives in the same condition you received it in:

man with fine art

  1. Wrap the painting in a non-acidic large plastic sheet (not stretch wrap)
    • This clear protective coating protects the frames finish from rubbing off and keeps packing particles off the painting
  2. Create a Styrofoam package that will fit your frame snugly, if you do not have Styrofoam you can wrap the art in a blanket or bubble wrap over the plastic wrap. You want to create a cushion
  3. Never use packing peanuts in a picture carton with a painting. The peanuts can all settle at the bottom causing pressure on the painting and leaving the top half unprotected
  4. Slide the protected painting into a close-fitting cardboard box or create a box to fit the painting
  5. Secure all sides of the box with tape
  6. Write on the box what painting is inside and put the same information on your inventory
  7. DO NOT PACK MORE THAN ONE PAINTING TOGETHER
  8. Transport the paintings standing up so nothing is stacked on top of them

Many homeowners cherish the paintings and other fine art in their home, so it’s important to treat the fine art as if it was your own. If you follow the proper packing and moving steps for transporting fine art and handle it with care, the fine art should be damage-free when it arrives at its new destination. It’s also very important to have the right equipment, as having the clear protective coating for the fine art will make your job as a packer and mover much easier.

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