The Art of Moving Fine Art
Imagine hiring a removal team to move your expensive antiques and art to a new location, and they end up tearing your oil paintings and chipping the wood on your antique dresser. Just imagine. There is probably no amount of money in the world that can help dull that sense of loss. When it comes to antiques and art, a scratch, nick, or a tear can actually void the item’s value or uniqueness and render it useless. Moving fine art and antiques is something that needs to be taken very seriously and should be carefully planned for.
Getting that expensive piece of artwork off the wall is probably the easiest part of the process when trying to relocate it. Unfortunately, when you place or mount a piece of art, it is often not its final resting place, which means that you will have the need for fine art movers somewhere in your future. Moving fine art is a fine art in itself. Everything from crating the art for transit, to preparing the piece for storage and even setting mechanisms in place to minimise the risk of tragic disasters, is something that must be done with skill and meticulous care.
The people you entrust with moving your fine art must in fact be trustworthy. The task is certainly not an easy one, and it must be carried out by people who have more than just a little bit of moving experience under their belt. Fine art movers need to be somewhat qualified in the field. Moving fine art is entirely different to moving boxes of books and regular items of furniture, so when you approach a moving company for a quote on handling your artworks, make sure that they provide you with some substantial evidence of their expertise in this particular field.
Insurance Does Not Guarantee Fine Art Moving with Care
Unfortunately, a removals company that offers insurance on fine art moves is not necessarily one that has experience in the field. Being able to get a pay-out if the piece of art is damaged or lost will not essentially replace that particular piece of art, especially if there is sentimental value attached, or the piece is one of a kind. While insurance is an absolute must when moving fine art, it is not the only thing that you should base your decision on when looking for the right service provider for your move.
Elliott Afrovan Excels at Moving Fine Art
At Elliott Afrovan, we have extensive experience as fine art movers. All of our teams, trusted with moving fine art, are continuously trained to handle art with care. By understanding how to handle valuable and potentially awkwardly sized and shaped items, our teams are able to make knowledgeable decisions about each and every unique fine art and antique relocation.
While our teams are trained and skilled in the process, we have other mechanisms in place to ensure that pieces of art make it to their final destination unscathed. For starters, we can provide all the packaging materials needed for transporting your valuables from A to B. We also have a fleet of our own vehicles that are fitted with specialised suspensions and tail lifts. As your art is bound to be very valuable, we also have our fleet fitted with tracking devices to ensure that we know precisely where your valuables are at absolutely every stage of the relocation process.
Do Not Take a Chance
If you want to cut back on costs, you might be tempted to take a chance with a removals company that has minimal or no experience in the field of art moving. It is strongly recommended that you resist the temptation, as saving a few hundred rand can often lead to major losses incurred through damages. At Elliott Afrovan, we take care to ensure that your art is correctly handled. There is a right way and a wrong way to move art. This is a topic that we are well versed in.
If you would like to book an appointment with our moving specialists, so that we can advise you on moving your art, get in touch with us. We are the fine art movers that you can trust! Give us a call via email or telephone at Elliott Afrovan today.