When it is time to transport a work of fine art, the last thing you want to do is discover that the art that you worked so hard to acquire has been damaged while it is on route. To protect your investment, you will need to avoid several mistakes.

Art Storage

Prior to shipping your fine art, you will need to make sure that it is stored properly. Artwork that is not stored properly is more likely to become damaged. For example, you will need to store your art in a climate-controlled facility so that it will be protected from moisture and temperature fluctuations.

Your fine art is also very valuable and might be the target of thieves. To prevent this from happening, you will need to choose a storage facility that has state-of-the-art security including an alarm system and 24 hour guards watching over the facility.

Do Not Use Cheap Boxes

A flimsy box will increase the odds that the painting will be damaged while in transit. You will want to hire a professional who will only use proven techniques when transporting your artwork.

For example, you will not want to have bubble wrap touch the painting because this can leave an impression on the artwork. Don’t use packing peanuts either because your artwork can move inside the packaging and vulnerable spots can form.

Don’t forget to label the box before shipping it. This will reduce the risk that the artwork will be lost or the shipment delayed. The last thing you want is for your fine art shipment to be delayed because you may need your artwork to arrive in time so it can be displayed in an art gallery. 

Understand Customs

When you are shipping your artwork outside the country, you must understand the rules and regulations of the country you will be shipping the artwork to. Otherwise, your shipment might be delayed or may even be returned. 

Purchase Art Insurance

The best way to protect your investment is to purchase insurance to cover the value of your artwork. If the art is damaged, you may never be able to restore it. However, you can at least be reimbursed for the value of the artwork. Hire a shipping service and ask them about insurance options that are available. When a shipping service is specialized in shipping fine art, they will be much less likely to make a mistake.

For more information on fine art delivery, contact a delivery service.