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Advice for Keeping Your Art Safe During Home Relocation

In most people's homes, some of their most prized possessions are the artworks that they own. These don't have to be by famous artists or even be terribly expensive; in fact, a lot of the art that people hang in their homes are pieces they have worked on themselves or have been gifted by loved ones or have been in the family for generations.

When you are relocating to a new residence, it goes without saying that you would like to ensure the safety of these things during the relocation. Whether you have tons of art in the house, whether the pieces are big or small and whether it is for financial or sentimental reasons that they mean so much to you, the prerogative is to make sure that they are not damaged at all. Not only is it very expensive to repair damaged art, it also doesn't "quite feel the same after".  Here are some steps you can take to protect your art from getting damaged while you move.

Firstly, decide how you want the different pieces to be packed. Some works of art, such as paintings, might have come in rolls. If you can remove them from the frames, rolling them back into their cylindrical cases is a great way to keep them from getting dirty or creased.

If the above option is not a feasible one, the next option is the most popular one, and will work for all kinds of art: boxes. Any sturdy cardboard or wooden boxes will do the trick. Boxes are the best way to pack artwork, whether it's paintings that will be packed flat or sculptures that will be packed "standing up" inside the box. Buy tons of cardboard boxes in different sizes.
You can pack more than a single painting in one box. This will fill up the box and the items won't have a lot of space too move around inside.  Begin by adding a layer of paper at the bottom and then add a thick layer of shredded, confetti-like paper to it. This is going to act as a cushion for your paintings. You can add wrinkled paper too, but make sure you don't use anything that has any ink on it that could transfer to your paintings.

Take your first painting and wrap a soft, thick cloth around it, without folding it. This will protect it from dust, dirt, sunlight and any scratches it might suffer from the movement on the road. After it has been wrapped properly, place it gently into the box. Now add a layer of wrinkled or shredded paper on top of it and proceed with the next painting. This can be done till the box has been filled. Attach the lid or tape the box shut and tie a rope around it to make sure nothing falls out. This packing method can also be used for photographs and portraits.

When it comes to other types of art, such as sculptures and figurines, you need to create a tick layer of paper at the bottom of the box. Wrap the sculpture in towel by rolling it down the length. You can close off the ends by tying them with a bit of twine or elastic. As an extra measure, wrap a sheet of bubble wrap as the outermost layer. Slide the piece into the box. Ideally, there should be no empty space inside the box so that there isn't enough movement to cause damage.

When your items are being loaded into the moving van, asking the person who is placing them to make sure the art is not placed under the other boxes and preferably, is placed in a safe-zone where there is least potential for damage.


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