Moving Antiques & Fine Art: Handling Tips

Moving Antiques & Fine Art: Handling Tips

If you’re in charge of moving antiques or fine art, you know how important it is to handle these delicate items with care. Properly caring for and transporting these objects requires knowledge and specific materials. Fortunately, we have some tips to make the process a bit easier. From inspecting and preparing your items to loading them up safely, tracking their movement, and unloading them at their destination – we’ll cover all the basics so that your move goes smoothly. Let’s get started!

Gather the Appropriate Materials

Gather the right materials to ensure you safely handle and transport antiques and fine art; don’t skimp on quality, as it could cost you more in the long run. Get acid-free boxes for proper storage with several layers of cushioning material such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or foam. Make sure to have plenty of tape, scissors, markers, and labels handy to secure your items during transportation. Additionally, use appropriate handling techniques such as lifting using your legs instead of your back, avoiding sudden movements, and seeking help from another person when necessary. Equipping yourself with the right tools will make moving antiques and fine art much easier.

Inspect and Prepare the Objects for Moving

Prepare for a delicate job — inspecting and moving your precious items requires a careful touch! Before you start packing, inspect each item for cracks, chips, or other damage that could occur in transit. Take photos of the pieces before they are packed away to ensure that any existing damages are documented. Securely wrap each object in bubble wrap or similar material to prevent further damage during transport. It’s also important to consider packing strategies when it comes to large objects such as furniture or paintings. If possible, disassemble them into smaller parts which can then be wrapped individually and more easily transported. Finally, make sure you have insurance coverage so any damages incurred during the move are covered.

Properly Load and Secure the Items in the Moving Vehicle

Once you’ve wrapped and inspected each item, it’s time to load them into the moving vehicle. Be sure to use careful lifting when handling your antiques or fine art pieces, as they are delicate and can easily be damaged during transport. Make sure the items are properly secured within the vehicle using protective padding in between them for extra cushioning. Here are some tips for loading and securing items in a moving vehicle:

  • Utilize straps or blankets to secure items against the walls of the vehicle.
  • Use packing materials like bubble wrap and foam sheets to protect fragile objects from shifting or bouncing around during transport.
  • Place heavier items on the floor of the truck and stack lighter items on top.
  • Fill any empty spaces with packing materials to prevent movement while driving.

Unload and Unpack the Objects at the Destination

When you arrive at your destination, it’s time to unload and unpack everything – a task that can be both overwhelming and exciting! Use proper storage techniques to ensure the antiques and fine art are not damaged during transport. Unload the items carefully, using tools such as dollies to carry heavier items. Securely transport them into their designated areas, whether that be a basement or an attic. As you unpack, inspect each item for any damage that may have occurred during transportation. Once all of the objects are unpacked and inspected, store them in their appropriate locations according to their size and fragility. Take extra care when lifting heavy items by bending your knees rather than your back. Make sure the objects are stored in locations with no direct sunlight or additional moisture which could cause further damage. Finally, add protective padding around delicate items before storing them away in their proper places for safekeeping until they’re needed again.

Document and Track the Movement of the Objects

Tracking the movement of objects, from pick-up to delivery, is an essential part of any relocation process. If you’re moving antiques or fine art, proper documentation and tracking is even more important. This helps ensure that the items are handled properly throughout the entire process. To document and track the movement of these precious items, there are some steps you should take:

Step Details Resources
1 Choose packaging methods for each item based on fragility/size/weight Moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts
2 Take pictures/video of each item before it’s packed up  
3 Label all boxes with descriptions & notes about contents  
4 Develop storage solutions for transit and destination location

By following these steps and using appropriate resources like moving boxes and bubble wrap, you can ensure that your antiques and fine art will stay safe throughout their journey.


You’ve done it! You have moved your antiques and fine art safely and securely. All that’s left is to unpack them at their destination, document their movement, and take a well-deserved rest. With the right materials, inspections, loadings, and unloadings you can be sure your items are in good hands. Congratulations on a job well done!