Relocating your antiques and artwork as a do-it-yourself project is not something that we would recommend especially since there are a lot of specialized movers whose job it is to ensure that they package and move your valuables with great precision.
However, if you are strapped for cash and you are confident enough to package some of the items by yourself and leave the heavier items for the professionals, then there are a few things that you need to know. One of the first things that you would need to do is to draw up a list of all the antiques and paintings that you have in your possession making sure that you itemize the small and the larger ones in separate columns. You want to do the list in this way so that you can pretty much decide on the ones that you would package and the ones you would need professional assistance with.
The next step would be to get the proper packaging to hold your antiques and artwork. These boxes are more durable than the standard moving boxes as well as they are more flexible too. Most of these cardboard boxes can hold really large paintings and are flexible enough to adjust in order to better frame your picture or artwork. For protecting the corners of the artwork, you would need to also invest in some corner protectors; there are a variety of corner protectors which contain different materials to aid in bolstering your frame. They include foam, cardboard and even bubble wrap.
Find out from the store attendant which one would suit you better. Get masking tape too; you will need this to protect your glass paintings or photos. Even before putting the painting in the box, you would wrap it in bubble wrap to further protect your artwork from breaking.
Do you have antique sculptures? Then depending on their sizes you can pack them in boxes that have enough room in them that would allow you to place packing materials in them. These would include materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, even newsprint and small towels; anything that can be used as padding to protect the items. By the end of the packing project you can seal your boxes with tape and label it Fragile before you take it out to the moving truck. If you think you would make a mess of packaging your antiques and paintings, you might as well keep your antique movers' phone number nearby just in case.Written by Margarita Hakobyan