Reasons to hire professionals to move your art collection

An abstract painting

With newspaper titles alerting the public about the highest price for a piece of art bought recently, only a fool would say good art isn't expensive. Some note that's good, some say that's bad news. What about us? This article isn't about the evils of today's art market or something, so we'll stay pretty neutral. Let's cut to the chase. Since you're reading this sentence, there's a chance you might be moving sometime soon. Also, there's a (smaller) chance you've obtained an impressive art collection over the years. In any case, you're in for a treat. We'll show you how to move your art collection without leaving a single scratch on your (probably) pricey and (certainly) delicate possessions and why hiring professional help is the way to go.

Did we mention artwork is valuable?

Of course, we did. But, we'll broaden the topic a bit. To say art is expensive (only in financial terms) would be a tragedy. Poor choice of wording, but you get the point. There's a lot of meaningful art that isn't that popular or pricey. Say you've got an abstract painting only you like. Your love for that object is the reason behind many hilarious jokes, but you don't care. What matters is the way you feel about it. Above all, you don't even know who the author is, so there's no quick way of determining whether it could make you a fortune if you were eager to sell it. Unfortunately, names do matter more than meaning sometimes. But, let's go back to the main topic:

Why would hiring professionals make a difference?

Going DIY is not a recommendable option here because there's a fat chance you're going to damage some of the artwork during transportation. After signing a contract with professional art movers, you'll be legally insured. If something get's damaged, you'll get a decent amount of funds to cover the damage. Also, there's a slight chance anything like that would happen. Professionals don't like bad reviews or losing money.

A vase collection

Imagine transporting your vase collection by yourself. We're no masters at seeing the future, but it's not so hard to imagine something breaking during the process.

Moving is pretty stressful itself, you really don't need more trouble

You'll find a bunch of articles on the web that mention how important avoiding stress is. Some of them are concerned with the relocation process and its consequences on our mental health. There's a good reason why so many texts speak the same: moving is pretty stressful. So, how to cope with moving stress? There are many helpful tips out there designed to make you feel less stressed out. One of them, of course, is to let professionals handle the task. Most folks have trouble trying to organize things their own. Some think hiring experts is a waste of money. Let's just mention that you can lose more money by paying for all the damage that might occur, especially when we're talking about relocating a pricey art collection. There's no point in taking the risk here.

A pink piggy bank

Even though it sounds kind of ironic, you'll probably save money by paying someone to take care of your art collection.

Professionals are packed with quality packing materials

Packed with packing materials? Okay, that was intentional. You probably didn't laugh. Anyway, let's stick to the subject. When moving your art collection by yourself, you'll need to obtain quality packing materials. By that, we don't mean just the regular stuff: cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, or duct tape. Art movers have the best packing materials you can find on the market. They know all the packing tips and tricks you probably don't. They don't really want to take any risks and lose money on your art relocation, as we've mentioned earlier. All in all: move your art collection in the safest way imaginable.

A short story about a DIY art collection relocation gone wrong

Let's take a moment to relax by hearing about the tale of the good old DIY art collection relocation gone wrong. We won't mention any names. Mister X didn't want to lose money by hiring expert art moves. He wasn't a total cheapskate, but some would say otherwise. Mister X didn't want anyone touching his precious art collection, but himself, of course. He had a cute little gallery in the historic city center. It was an old building, and it needed some renovation. Mister X had no option but to relocate his gallery while the building got into shape. He knew his friend, art history graduate, mister Y, owned a truck (a bizarre configuration, really). One morning mister Y arrived to pick up valuable artwork from Mister X's gallery and carry it to the new location. They didn't attach ropes in the right way (both were pretty clumsy), and once they crossed the first intersection, their cargo fell to the ground. The end.

A cemetery statue with a broken wing

Although damaged art can still provoke a powerful emotion, it's best you prevent potential threats to the safety of your pieces.

Artwork can be pretty heavy

The title of this paragraph may inspire some thoughts. Although art can be heavy from several viewpoints, we won't go into that. We're talking about some artwork being bulky and pretty hard to move. There's a chance your friends might be able to help you load the truck, but you should avoid anyone carrying something beyond their abilities. You can be sure art movers are trained to carry cargo most people would never try to move. That being said, you can save the energy you would spend moving your artwork for something else.

Final words

We hope this was enough for you to consider hiring professionals. There's no doubt about what you should do in this situation. In other words: minimize the stress of your move by contacting pros. Still, whatever you choose - may luck be on your side. Although you won't need luck if you decide to hire experts to move your art collection, so the previous sentence is not our proudest literary endeavor. We're still keeping it, though.




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