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How to Move Art Across The Country

If you are moving artwork across the country, it can be a scary prospect because of how fragile and often valuable an art piece can be. Art can sometimes be large and easily damaged because of the framing involved. To ensure your precious artwork stays safe and sound during transport, follow some of the tips below to package and ship each piece safely.

1. Take accurate measurements.

To determine how to package and ship your art safely, you will first need to take accurate measurements of it. Selecting the appropriate shipping tube or box requires measuring the length, width, and height of the item.

2. Select a shipping container.

Once you have accurate measurements, you can select a box or tube that is the appropriate size for your art. There should be enough room in the container to add the proper amount of padding for damage protection during transport. Never use recycled boxes to ship artwork across the country.

3. Prepare the surface of your art.

It is essential to be gentle with your art while preparing it for shipment. To avoid scuffing and scraping the piece while packaging it, protect the surface of the space you are working on with foam, cardboard, cloth, or bubble wrap.

4. Use glassine paper.

Glassine paper can help protect your art from moisture and dust during transportation. It needs to be acid-free so that it will not damage the surface of the art. Make sure you cover all sides and edges of the artwork with the glassine paper. Secure the art using acid-free art tape. If you plan to roll your artwork and ship it in a tube, line the piece with glassine paper first.

5. Protect glass or acrylic on framed art pieces.

Even though you will take measures to protect your art during shipping, accidents can happen during transport. Wrap the glass or acrylic with cling wrap. Ensure it is wrapped tightly and taped securely. If the glass breaks, the film will keep the broken pieces from getting loose and puncturing or ripping the art.

6. Fill voids in shipping containers.

When shipping art across the country, friction and movement are the enemies. Never skimp on filling the package to the brim with bubble wrap. The top and bottom of a box or tube are vulnerable, and you should take extra precautions. Avoid using packing peanuts because they can settle on the bottom of the box and leave the top and edges of the art vulnerable to damage.

7. Seal package completely.

No amount of packing preparation would be worth the effort unless you sealed the container properly. All seams of a box or tube should be sealed off with high-quality packaging tape. The tape should be at least two inches wide for best results. For extra reinforcements, apply extra vertical strips of tape along with the sealed flaps. Never seal your art box or tube with duct tape or other household tape products.

Worried About A Last Minute Move? 5 Hacks to Help You Prepare

Have to move on short notice? Moving is never an easy task. Moving in a hurry with short notice takes the difficulty and multiplies it. Fortunately, there are a few hacks you can use to help you prepare for the move. Let’s look at five of them.

1. Get the Movers Lined Up

Your first decision with a short notice move is logistics. Are you going to do the moving or are you hiring movers? In either case, you need to get things lined up as soon as possible. For a professional move, start calling moving companies and getting quotes. Cheap Dallas Movers, which curates a list of licensed Dallas and Irving TX moving companies, recommends checking the company’s reputation and references closely. Always get at least three quotes before hiring.

For a DIY move, you have two essential things: hire a moving van and calling your friends and family for help. The sooner you do this, the more likely you will be to have the transportation and help you need.

2. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need or Want

Put simply, the less you have, the less you have to move, and the less you have to pack.

Once you have the moving logistics in place, it’s time to start trimming your belongings down. Go through every room in your home, every closet, every drawer, and every cabinet. Take out anything you no longer need or want.

Some items, in good condition, you can donate. If you have family and friends close, ask if anyone wants anything you are getting rid of. If something is broken, stained, or completely useless, throw it away or recycle it.

3. Pack, Pack, Pack

Moving in a hurry means you don’t have time to sort things and put them in neat piles. Your job is to pack, pack, and pack some more.

  • Everything small goes into a box.
  • Mix and match is the name of the game. Your desk lamp can share a box with your collection of stuffed aardvarks.
  • Use your clothing, towels, and linens to protect breakables.
  • Pack the things you can do without for a few days first.
  • Pack one room at a time. Concentrating on a single room will get the job done faster.
  • Clean as you go. The more debris, half-open boxes, and other things you have lying around, the harder the job becomes.

4. Set Aside Essentials

As you are packing, set aside the essentials you need to survive the first few days at your new place. Put them together in a bag or box and take them with you to the new place.

  • Linens for the beds
  • Towels and personal items for bathing
  • A few changes of clothes
  • Medicines, important documents, etc.

5. Label and Color Code Everything

Even though you aren’t sorting things, you need to have a rough idea of what is in each box. For example, “jewelry and socks” or “microwave and pajamas.” Color code each box to the room it’s going into at your new place. It makes moving in and unpacking much easier.

These hacks will help you prepare for your short notice move and, hopefully, make it a bit easier. Which one of these hacks worked best for you?