Fine Arts Removal in London
Cwraight removals specialises in fine art removals in London. When it comes to packing and shipping Fine Art, you will find no shortcuts. You either do it correct the first time, or you suffer the consequences. If you’re an art dealer, artist, publisher, photographer, and you need to save some time and money, then this information will come in handy.
The tips, tricks and guidance we’re providing here have been gained from numerous years of expertise learned about what to do, what to avoid and what not to do. Shipping costs and insurances are going up and up, so each and every little bit of advice helps. These suggestions are some simple but efficient methods to avoid the pitfalls of what I like to call “Bad Shipping practices”.
Packing paintings – In the event you decide to ship a painting with or without a frame, I highly recommend paper wrapping the whole work. This serves two purposes. One is that it protects the surface of the painting. It also serves to show your buyer/client that you care for the piece and that it wasn’t just an additional sale. Remember, “A happy client is a client for life”.
The most price efficient way to ship a painting is with an Art Shipping Strongbox. You can purchase these boxes with or without an ABS Liner. For paintings of higher value I strongly suggest going using the Lined Box. These boxes come in a number of different sizes and are the easiest, quickest, safest and most affordable method to ship. Since we started using these strongboxes, We’ve not had any issues whatsoever.
If you decide to bubble wrap your paintings, here is what I recommend. Take a piece of cardboard and cover the face of the painting and frame before bubble wrapping. You are able to tape this directly towards the paper wrap. To be able to insure a secure transit in a cardboard box, you should give three – four inches of bubble thickness. Make certain the sides and corners of painting have extra padding as these are usually the issue locations in shipping. In the event you plan to construct a crate, 2 – 3 inches of bubble wrap is sufficient.
Once you’ve wrapped the painting, make certain to line the inside with the cardboard box with additional sheets of cardboard and bubble wrap. This assists protect the wrapped piece from possible puncture or tears towards the box. This additional step has saved me thousands of pounds alone.
One more factor, before sealing up the box, put a copy with the invoice inside the box. Numerous packages are getting damaged or lost these days, so the invoice helps prove the contents. Also, if the shipping label occurs to fall off or gets removed accidentally (think it, it occurs !) the delivery individual has a way to identify exactly where it is going. “The only thing worse than a damaged piece of art is a LOST piece of art”. Though it is not essential, writing the delivery address and contact number on the box can stop numerous headaches also.
In the event you decide to ship having a wooden crate, I recommend cutting two 1x2 inch wood boards the width with the inside with the crate. Press them down on the bubble wrap, not too hard, but just firm enough to hold the painting from moving around. You can secure the wood bars with screws on either end of the crate. You should also take a marker and circle the screw heads and make a note, “Please Remove”. This helps the new owner know what to take apart and what not to. Lastly, don’t forget to write the delivery address on the crate so you realize it makes it to its destination.
Simply because most shipping services now limit their liability to a particular amount, it could be wise to insure the shipment yourself. Because the majority of the harm comes from aggressive handling, the much less time your shipment spends in transit, the safer it is.
The safe bet is to insure the artwork, especially if the art is expensive or fragile. No need taking risks. Note : Probably the most cost efficient method to send a high-value piece of art would be to use a Strongbox.
I hope these couple of pointers help you with your Fine Art shipping.