Tips for hiring fine art movers

A stone statue in a box with packing paper.

Moving is complex - there is no doubt about that. It does not matter whether you are moving across the ocean or just around the corner - relocating will take its toll on you. You will have to take care of your family, yourself, and of course, all of your belongings. And, doing all of that will require an abundance of your time, energy, and money. However, not all relocations are equal. For instance, relocating furniture is a far cry from relocating fine art. Not only is the process of those relocations completely different, but so are the movers you have to hire. When it comes to relocating fine art, you should not cut corners on anything! Whether you have an extensive collection or just a couple of precious and expensive pieces, you will need somebody to make sure those pieces arrive at your new address intact. Here are a few tips for hiring fine art movers.

Ask for Recommendations

When it comes to hiring fine art movers, the first thing you must do is ask for recommendations. However, you should not ask just anybody for a piece of advice on which movers to hire - you should ask only the people you fully trust.

Ensure you are talking to people who have experience in moving fine art , not just furniture and household items. Ask them about their moving experience. Talk about the problems that appeared along the way and how they were handled. If you like what you hear about a particular moving company, well, congratulations, you have found yourself a fine art mover. But, if not, then you will have to do the following steps as well.

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Before you hire fine art movers, be sure to ask for recommendations.

Do Online Research

If you had no luck with the people you trust, or if none of them have experience in moving fine art, you will have to turn to the Internet. Since you can find almost anything there, be sure to know what you are looking for exactly. For instance, if you are looking for the best way to relocate your fine art or the best way to store and keep it safe, you must narrow down your search to companies that offer art moving and storage services.

Moreover, do not just call the first company that pops up. Instead, do online research on a couple of them. Start by checking their websites first. Then, move on to their social media accounts and forums. These accounts and forums may be the best place to do your research because, there, you will be able to read the comments from people who used their services.

Ask for an In-home Estimate

Hopefully, after researching moving company databases such as , you have found several that you like. Now, it is time to call them and meet them in person. The best way to do that is to ask for an estimate. All legitimate moving companies offer free estimates. They can be done online, over the phone, or in-home. If there is a possibility to choose the last one, always go for that!

In-home estimates are a great way to meet potential movers and make sure they are genuine and legitimate. Moreover, these kinds of estimates are the only thing that can provide you with the exact final price of your move. This is because fine art movers will come to your home and carefully examine all the pieces that have to be relocated, as well as see all the possible obstacles that may occur along the way.

A woman writing an estimate.

In-home estimates are the best way to ensure you are dealing with reliable movers.

Compare the Bids

After a couple of in-home estimates, you should choose two or three fine art movers whose offers you found pleasing. Then, it is time to compare their bids. Put all of their offers in front of you and carefully examine each and every detail. Read the small letters at the end of the proposals - usually, that is the place where they mention additional fees.

Do not choose the company that offers the most affordable price for moving your fine art. Maybe they are new and inexperienced, perhaps they are fraudulent, or perhaps they did not tell you about all the additional fees mentioned above. Always follow the golden rule - if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Choose the company whose moving services suit your needs and budget, and keep in mind the best price to service ratio!

A woman looking at bids.

Comparing the bids will not be easy, so give yourself some time for it.

Do a Background Check

The last thing you should do before hiring fine art movers is a background check. When you think you have found your perfect moving company, be sure to read everything about them. Besides checking their legitimacy on social media, you should also verify the company's licensing credentials. You can do that by checking whether they are registered for a USDOT Number first. Then, search the movers through the Better Business Bureau.

Do not forget to make sure the company you chose is not blacklisted anywhere. If it is - that is a huge red flag! And, speaking of red flags, you should also pay attention to complaints from previous clients. Moving reviews play an essential role when hiring fine art movers, so read those comments. Doing all of this may seem time and energy-consuming, but you do not want to leave anything to chance when it comes to relocating something as valuable as fine art.








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