Moving can be more involved than just boxes and furniture handling. Sometimes one has to move one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art. They may be worth millions of dollars, or be of significant personal value. You won’t want to have careless, untrained workers treating them roughly. Some fine artwork is very heavy or strangely shaped. Most of it is fragile, and probably not replaceable. When moving day rolls around, you need to be sure that your art is being moved by experienced professionals who have been there and done that many times over. It’s about quality of service.
The way you wrap various pieces of art can literally make or break them. Avoid wrapping oil paintings in regular paper because it will stick. For glass-covered artwork, use special non-marking masking tape to create an X across the glass for added strength and to keep it together in the event of breakage. Wrap art and canvases in plain white or brown paper, not newsprint; otherwise, the ink will transfer onto the paint. Do not use cling wrap, which can create mold. If you want to wrap the artwork to prevent scratching, use a blanket, silicone release paper, unprinted newspaper, or plain wrapping paper.
For expensive and large artwork, consider a custom-built crate. The crate can be built around the painting on-site and then disassembled when it reaches its new home. In case the piece needs to be moved long distance or overseas, crating is not only recommended but definitely required.
Avoid packing multiple paintings in one box or crate, even without frames. They may scratch against each other in transit and damage the paint or canvas. If your artwork must go into storage, make sure it’s climate-controlled to prevent damage to the paint. Stick large red FRAGILE labels all over the crate or box.