fine art moving

Fine Art Moving

Fine art collections are among the most valuable works in the world. We understand that moving fine art requires the highest level of care at every point in the move so that your valuable items are protected. From oil paintings to sculptures and statues, our movers know how to move art collections safely and will work with you to ensure that every aspect of the move is handled with precision. The information below details how to prepare for your art collection for moving.

A high-value art collection should be appraised by a qualified individual occasionally and definitely prior to moving.
There are several kinds of art appraisals, including current value and replacement value. Be sure that you know the difference and get the right type of appraisal to fit your needs. The best way to find a qualified art appraiser is through your preferred art dealer or any of the established art appraisal associations such as the American Society of Appraisers or the Appraisers Association of America.  

Fees vary widely from area to area. Appraisers charge either an hourly rate or a flat fee for services performed. We suggest that you also photograph your collection to document its contents.

At the time of the estimate by the moving consultant, you will need to let the representative know if you will be moving fine art or other high-valued items. Special arrangements may be necessary to ensure that your collection will reach its destination safely. In addition, you will need to complete a high-value inventory form to assure that your art collection is not limited to minimal liability. The form will be provided by your moving sales representative during the pre-move survey.

Protecting Your Fine Art
Your mover should explain the protection plans from which you may choose. Most moving companies give basic valuation coverage at $.60/pound. However, full replacement protection is offered by most major moving companies. If you choose a Full Value coverage plan from Holman (or a similar plan from another mover) we recommend that you provide copies of the appraisal to your sales representative.

Packing Your Fine Art Collection
Different kinds of art require different packing techniques. We recommend wooden crating for most high-value artwork including paintings, sculptures and statues. Crates should be custom built for the size of the artwork to minimize jarring during the move.

Oil paintings are the most delicate and need to be handled with extra care when moving. Prior to crating, the front of your oil painting should be covered in acid-free glassine paper, which will protect it it from moisture and dust. 

Moving Your Fine Art Collection
Once your art is crated, it is ready to be moved.

Oil paintings have a tendency to melt in the heat, so we recommend that you wait to move your paintings until cooler months. It's important that you know that the movers will not be liable if you ship your painting and it melts. Valuation coverage will not help in this case because the carrier is typically not responsible for climatic change.

We always recommend that you move your oil paintings in the fall or winter. If you have to move it in the summer, you can always store your art in a climate controlled warehouse and move it at a later date. Another option is to move your art in a climate controlled van, which can be expensive.  You may also want to consider air freight, if the first two options are not feasible.

Upon arrival at destination, your art collection can be unloaded at your new home. Your movers will break open the crates on the truck and take your art inside. We recommend that you carefully check your art and mark off the inventory. 

At Holman, we are experts in moving fine art. Contact us for a free, fine art moving estimate at no obligation to you.