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The Art of Moving Fine Art

No one likes moving, especially if you are a hoarder of fine art. That is the reason professional art moving services are in demand at this day and age. It requires special skills to move fine art to ensure all of your delicate items reach their destination safely and undamaged. It is an ‘art’ in itself.

Moving fine art, such as paintings, antiques, musical instruments, sculptures etc., require special attention when being moved, since most of them are fragile and valuable. Below are some important aspects that you need to pay attention while moving your art-work.


The crucial part of moving fine art is the packaging. Some of the art pieces, and antiques can easily be damaged in the moving process, especially during transit. High-quality packing materials must be used for packaging.

Different packaging techniques should be used for different items. For example, fragile items such as antique vases must be wrapped in a bubble wrap and then placed safely into boxes. Paintings and canvases should be wrapped with a plain paper, before adding the bubble wrap layer on both sides, and then tucked into large picture boxes. Odd-shaped delicate items such as sculptures, must be protected by using foam padding around delicate appendages, and into the crevices. For big and heavy items such as chandeliers and piano, heavy-duty boxes works best. Labelling the boxes with cautionary stickers and signs such as, ‘Fragile’, ‘Handle with Care,’ is also important in the moving process.


The mode of transport must be determined depending on the dimensions, weight and material of your fine art. Chances of damage to your art-work is more during the shipping. It is also advisable to have art insurance which protects your art-work in case of unexpected circumstances.

Storage conditions

At some point in the moving process, you may need to store your artwork. It is important that the storage facility should be climate-controlled, because some of the art-work such as paintings are temperature sensitive. Most of the storage facilities have special units built specifically for storing art.

Cost of shipping

Although moving fine art, specifically, is an expensive process, make sure you are spending for all right reasons. The cost of your shipments not only depends on the dimensions of your art-work but also the weight. The heavier your art-work, the more it costs. Also, when moving very long distances, sea shipments costs way less than air shipments. But the transit times are much slower by sea for obvious reasons.

Hiring professional moving services is a hassle-free way to deal with the moving of your fine art. Square Cow Movers is an Austin moving company specialized in professional art moving – from heavy items like pianos, to extremely fragile items like paintings.