Four Mistakes for Artist to Avoid when Making a Big Move

Four Mistakes for Artist to Avoid when Making a Big Move

Nothing is more precious to an artist than their artwork and art supplies. That’s why they can oftentimes dread a big move, as the simple act of getting all of this from point A to point B can be a bit dangerous. If you want to make sure you make the move without damage to your life’s work, here are some moving mistakes you should avoid.

1) You use the wrong packing materials/strategies

If you’ve been told that newspaper/packing peanuts is the perfect combo for packing your art, you’ve been led astray. You want to avoid any packing material that can cause damage to the art itself, and newspaper ink and degrading packing peanuts can do just that (peanuts can also “melt and turn glue-like” in heat).

Bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing out) is your best bet, and plain packing paper and corner protectors can also be of use. You should never pack unframed paintings or photos in boxes that are much larger than the artwork; everything should fit relatively snugly. You should also know that the best way to pack loose artwork is to roll it up and put it in a cardboard tube.Four Mistakes for Artist to Avoid when Making a Big Move

2) You lay your artwork flat when moving

It may seem natural to lay packed artwork flat when moving, but it’s actually the wrong way to go about it. Resting artwork – especially framed pieces – on their edges is the best way to move them as long as they are properly secured.

“When you load artwork onto the moving truck, pictures should be places standing up instead of lying flat, as this reduces the risk that they’ll be damaged. Framed pictures are safest wedged between two mattresses, couches, or other upholstered furniture, but you can also place them between heavy, secured furniture that won’t shift in transit,” says

3) You think your moving company’s liability insurance is enough

The more valuable your items, the more you should consider mover’s insurance. Though your moving company may say they have insurance, it is rarely ever adequate – especially for an artist.

“In case of an accident, moving companies do have federally or state mandated liability. But that liability coverage can be far inferior to the value of your goods. Instead, consider a special policy – one that isn’t through the moving company,” says Your homeowner’s insurance may cover some of your prized possessions, but you’ll need to make sure. Getting a check in the event some of your artwork is damaged cannot completely heal your injury, but it can help (especially if what was damaged was supplies).

4) You don’t vet your movers enough

Whether you hire movers will depend on many factors, including the amount you have to move, the distance of the move, and your access to funds to support the move itself (don’t know what option is best for you? Read more on moving options here). If you opt to hire movers, it’s important that you ask any potential movers specific, pointed questions. Don’t just ask about their general experience and practices, ask about their experience and practices moving artwork and supplies. If you do enough research, you can find movers and regular moving companies that are experienced in this regard, and you won’t have to hire specialty art movers on top of your regular movers.

Artists don’t live the same style of life as others, and they shouldn’t think about moving in the same way either. While a damaged couch or end table can be replaced, it’s impossible to replace a one-of-a-kind piece of art. That’s why it’s vital you take every single precaution you can when moving, as it’s your livelihood that’s being packed up and shipped.

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DIYDarlinMs. Lyons created DIYDarlin to share her DIY knowledge and serve as a forum to learn from other DIYers.

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