Moving Antiques and Fine Art

Moving antiques and fine art requires a high level of care and expertise. These valuable and often irreplaceable items need special attention to ensure they arrive at their new home safely and in perfect condition. At Movers Legion, we understand the unique challenges involved in transporting such precious belongings. Here are our top tips to help you move your antiques and fine art with confidence.

Moving Antiques and Fine Art

1. Plan Ahead

Inventory Your Items

Before you begin packing, create a detailed inventory of your antiques and fine art. Document each item with photographs and descriptions, noting any existing damage or imperfections. This will be invaluable for insurance purposes and for keeping track of your belongings during the move.

Research Insurance Options

Standard moving insurance may not cover the full value of your antiques and fine art. Consider purchasing additional coverage to protect your valuables. Consult with your insurance provider to understand your options and ensure your items are fully protected.

2. Gather the Right Packing Materials

High-Quality Supplies

Invest in high-quality packing materials specifically designed for fragile and valuable items. You will need:

  • Acid-free tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Custom-sized boxes or crates
  • Corner protectors
  • Glassine paper for artwork
  • Moving blankets

Specialized Packing

For especially delicate items, consider using custom crates. These can be professionally made to fit your antiques and fine art perfectly, providing maximum protection during transit.

3. Packing Antiques

Wrap Each Item Carefully

Use acid-free tissue paper to wrap delicate surfaces, followed by bubble wrap for additional cushioning. Secure the wrapping with packing tape, but avoid letting the tape touch the item directly.

Protect Furniture

Disassemble larger pieces of antique furniture if possible, and wrap each part individually. Use moving blankets to cover surfaces and prevent scratches. Apply corner protectors to avoid damage to edges and corners.

Pack Strategically

Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. Fill any empty spaces with packing peanuts to prevent movement during transit. Label each box with its contents and clearly mark it as “FRAGILE.”

4. Packing Fine Art

Use Glassine Paper

Wrap artwork and prints in glassine paper to protect them from moisture and smudges. Avoid using plastic wrap directly on the art, as it can trap moisture and cause damage.

Frame Protection

For framed artwork, apply corner protectors and wrap the entire frame in bubble wrap. Secure the wrapping with packing tape. If the artwork has glass, place a piece of cardboard or foam board over the glass to prevent breakage.

Custom Crating

For high-value or exceptionally fragile pieces, consider custom crating. Professional art movers can construct crates that provide optimal support and protection for your fine art.

5. Handling and Transport

Hire Professional Movers

Working with experienced movers like Movers Legion ensures that your antiques and fine art are handled with the utmost care. Our team is trained in the proper techniques for packing, loading, and transporting valuable items.

Climate Control

If you’re moving over long distances or in extreme weather conditions, consider using a climate-controlled moving truck. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can damage sensitive items like wood, canvas, and paper.

Careful Loading

Load boxes and crates containing antiques and fine art last, so they are the first to be unloaded. Secure them properly in the moving truck to prevent shifting during transit.

6. Unpacking and Setting Up

Inspect Upon Arrival

Once your items arrive at your new home, inspect each piece for any damage. Compare them to your inventory and photographs to ensure everything is in the same condition as before the move.

Careful Unpacking

Unpack your antiques and fine art carefully, following the same steps as when you packed them. Take your time to avoid any accidental damage.

Proper Placement

Place your antiques and fine art in their designated spots in your new home. Consider environmental factors like sunlight, humidity, and temperature to ensure your items are well-preserved.


Moving antiques and fine art requires meticulous planning and attention to detail. By following these expert tips from Movers Legion, you can ensure your valuable items are transported safely and securely. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing top-quality moving services, ensuring your treasures arrive at their new home in perfect condition.

Contact Movers Legion today for a free quote and let us help you with your next move!


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