5 Steps To Keep Your Artwork Safe During Your Phoenix Move

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Packing and transporting artwork requires careful planning and attention to detail to ensure that each piece arrives at its new destination in perfect condition. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you pack your artwork safely:

1. Sorting by Type and Size

  • Glass-Covered Paintings: Apply blue painter’s tape in an X shape across the glass. Use wide tape and cover from corner to corner to prevent damage in case the glass shatters.
  • Oil or Acrylic Paintings: These should be covered with glassine before wrapping. Never use plastic or bubble wrap directly against the painting or frame, as they can cause damage.

2. Adding Protection to Corners

  • Protect the corners of frames with cardboard corners. This is essential as the frames are often integral to the artwork’s appearance and value.
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3. Wrapping Each Painting

  • First Layer – Parchment Paper: Use parchment paper that is three to four times the size of the painting. Wrap the painting with several layers, securing it with painter’s tape.
  • Second Layer – Bubble Wrap: Use bubble wrap in a similar manner, ensuring it’s large enough to provide several layers around the painting. Secure with blue painter’s tape.

4. Boxing

  • For Large Paintings: Use art/mirror boxes specifically designed for large, heavy paintings.
  • For Smaller Paintings: Group and box them in heavy-duty square cardboard boxes. Ensure the bottom of the box is cushioned with crumpled bubble wrap, and fill any airspace with crumpled newspaper or more bubble wrap to prevent movement.

5. Labeling

  • Use a permanent marker to label each box with:
    • A description of the artwork.
    • The intended location in your new home (e.g., “Living Room”).
    • The word “Fragile,” especially for pieces containing glass.
    • Large arrows indicating the top side of the box to prevent it from being turned upside down.

Note on Professional Movers

If you’re concerned about the safety of your artwork or lack the time to pack them yourself, consider hiring professional movers like Nonstop Moving with expertise in handling artwork. They can provide white-glove service, ensuring the safety and integrity of your valuable pieces during the move.

By following these steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your artwork during relocation.

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Key Takeaways

  • Strategic Planning: Emphasizes the importance of creating a detailed moving plan, especially for last-minute moves, to avoid chaos and confusion.

  • Efficient Purging and Packing: Highlights the need to declutter (purge) before moving and adopt efficient packing strategies to streamline the moving process.

  • Professional Assistance: Recommends hiring professional movers like Nonstop Moving for a hassle-free experience, especially in urgent moving situations, with specific services tailored for different moving needs (home, apartment, commercial, etc.).

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