Pianos, paintings, sculptures, antique furniture, porcelain from remote dynasties, private wineries with expensive wines … how distressing is just the idea of moving them from one country to another!
To avoid damage due to breakages, losses or accidents of fragile, old or costly goods, it is essential to know how they should be packed, transported and insured, so the best option is to hire a specialist company in this field of moving.
If you are a private collector, a company or a public or private establishment, you have to call a professional, and it is impossible to manage by yourself without specific professional packaging, transportation, and specialized management. But, what professional to hire and with what guarantees?
How to find a good company for moving art and delicate goods
1- Ask for the experience
In the art world, almost everyone knows each other. Ask the person in charge of the company with which artists, exhibition galleries, museums or international fairs have worked. You can request or search the internet for contact and ask for references.
2- Consult art collectors
You can search for Facebook groups or art collectors’ forums. Not only in the moving are engaged in these specialists companies in transfers of sensitive or fragile goods, but also in the operations of buying and selling of art. There you can take recommendations or ask directly for the company you are considering.
3- Verify company certifications
When it comes to the international transfer of works of art and delicate objects, the removal companies have to comply with certain internationally recognized standards. One of the most prestigious certifications is the Unpakt. This badge is only awarded to international moving companies that specialize in corporate removals, art, and relocation, among other services. Another very weighted certification is of the HomeAdvisor, which is granted to moving companies specialists in infrastructure transfers for exhibitions, congresses, art shows, exhibitions, fairs, etc. If at least these 2 certifications on the website of the moving company, you are sure that it is a company to whom you can trust your valuable assets.
4- Special packaging:
Many factors affect the integrity of a work of art or an ancient or delicate object, in addition to the transfer. Temperature, humidity, vibrations are factors that specialists take into account. To control them use different materials depending on the object, wooden boxes are essential for large elements. For example, an oil painting has very different requirements than a framed photograph. Even the type of frame influences the choice of packaging and materials for the transfer. Ask what they offer you for your particular case.
5- Customized packing:
Although for the removal of art tend to be used telescopic boxes that are embedded in 2 or more halves, sometimes a work of art may need a packaging designed especially for that object. If you consult with time and some of your delicate or highly valued goods are difficult to pack, you can offer this option upon request.
6- The importance of insurance:
During transport, many things can go wrong. Although the risk of theft is usually not high, when it comes to art even the smallest scratch can be catastrophic. A damaged artistic or antique object may lose much of its value or be impossible to repair.
The insurance of common removals, in general, does not cover works of art or fragile. While the artists, art dealers art and institutions use these services regularly moving and transfer, it often happens that they do not have clear the scope of the insurance contract. For example, many insurers estimate the cost of the policy and the compensation according to the weight of the object and not to its artistic or market value.
These insurances of unique or artistic objects require that they are packed and transported especially, otherwise, the coverage is canceled. Therefore, hiring a specialist company ensures that the policy will cover you in case of damage. Ask the person in charge of the company what the exact coverage of the transfer is.
7- The deposit:
At some point, your valued assets will be in a deposit, either waiting for the ship or plane, entering or leaving the country or because the house or building where you are going to install them is not yet available. Find out in what conditions that deposit will be made and if they are unique for works of art.
8- Possibility of installation:
It may not be the case of paintings, but some objects such as massive sculptures or antique furniture may need several people or much care to be unpacked and placed in their final place. The companies that specialize in these transfers usually have this extra service available.