Tips for Effective Fine Art Logistics
Fine art logistics is quite an intricate ordeal, and is something to be handled seriously.
Your fine art might be worth millions, and you cannot entrust its relocation to just anyone. Whether you are moving one piece of expensive art or several small pieces, only the right fine art mover should be trusted. And it is not just about trust, you can be sure that your chosen art handler knows how to protect and care for your pieces while they are in transit. Something to keep in mind is that not all moving companies are qualified and skilled fine art movers.
Whether you choose to use the top fine art logistics companies in your area, or feel adamant that you should move the pieces yourself, you stand to gain from a few tips on how to move your fine art successfully. Here they are:
Cutting Corners is Never a Good Idea
It is always great to save a few bucks, but not at the expense of your most valuable art. It is in your best interests to pay to have your art professionally handled. The job needs to be done right first time around. The slightest damage to your art could result in thousands of Rands worth of damages. While you love and value your art, it is always best to get a professional to pack and prepare the piece, before it is collected and transported to its new home.
If you absolutely have to pack the art yourself, avoid using newspaper, as this can leave marks on the art. Choose the correct packing material, such as bubble wrap, plain white packing paper, reinforced boxes, and so on.
Do Not Overlook Temperature
Make sure that you consider the type of fine art that you are moving. Some fine art can be damaged by extreme heat or cold. You need to make sure that you take this into account. A professional moving company cannot control the weather, but they will have the right packing supplies and equipment to ensure that our artwork is not exposed to any adverse conditions. Know your own artwork, first and foremost. A professional fine art mover should know all about your art and how to handle it, but it is best that you do not rely solely on that. If you have the know-how, you can direct your moving team effectively, and ensure that no problems arise.
Opt for Bigger Packaging
Instead of using a box that fits your art perfectly, opt for bigger boxes, so that you can use some bubble wrap. Bubble wrap can absorb the impact if the art is bumped or dropped. It can also provide extra protection for the surface of the art. Scratches and scrapes are unwanted. The more bubble wrap, the better.
Do Not Fail to Plan
Moving fine art effectively is all about proper planning. When you select a fine art logistics company to handle your move, it is best that they visit your premises to assess the art, and to come up with a strategic moving plan. By planning and discussing how the move will be handled, all parties involved will be fully prepared and ready to carry out their tasks with meticulous care. The more you plan, the less risk there is of damage to your fine art.
Make Sure the Mover is Prepared and Well-Equipped
Unfortunately, all the moving knowledge in the world will not help if your moving company does not have vehicles and equipment designed for the job. If your professional fine art logistics team does not have vehicles with tail lift suspensions, and of course, tracking devices, think twice before using them to move your expensive fine art. Bumpy roads and potholes could mean tragedy for your art.
Fine Art Logistics Specialists Just a Phone Call Away
Tired of phoning around asking for quotes on fine art relocation and being appalled at the costs? Worried that all the “professional” movers might not be as skilled and qualified as they say they are? Stress less! All you need to do is get in touch with us at Elliott Afrovan. We have experience, skilled and trained fine art moving teams, and specialised vehicles available to ensure that your fine art gets to where it needs to be, unscathed and in its original condition. For more information, give us a call or send us an email today.