Fine Art Removals Services

When it comes to moving treasured works of art, the process requires a level of care, expertise, and precision that goes beyond the routine packing and removal services. Works of art are not just commodities; they represent an artist’s creative spark, a snapshot of history, or a personal memory that resonates with the owner. That’s why shifting these cherished pieces can feel like a high-stakes operation. From delicate sculptures and antique furniture to grandiose galleries, every piece possesses its unique characteristics and vulnerabilities. So, whether it’s a large-scale relocation or transporting a single, priceless artifact, the task calls for meticulous planning, specialist materials, and handling with the utmost respect. 

Read on to learn more about how the world of fine art removals functions, and how to ensure your precious pieces are in safe hands.


Benefits of Hiring Professional Fine Art Moving Company

Expertise and Experience

Employing a professional moving company ensures your precious artwork is handled by seasoned experts in fine art and antique removals who understand the unique needs of transporting such items. These professionals have the requisite training in safe handling techniques, are well-versed in art preservation methods, and have extensive experience in moving pieces of art of all shapes, sizes, and types. Their experience means they know exactly how to mitigate any potential risks that might arise during transportation.

Specialised Packing Materials and Equipment

Professional fine art movers utilise a range of high-quality, specialised packing materials to protect your art. These can include custom-built crates, acid-free tissue paper, protective padding, and climate-controlled transportation to ensure the antique and fine art items remain in optimal condition. They also use state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring safe loading and unloading.

Insurance and Liability

Hiring a professional fine art moving company also offers the crucial benefit of insurance. In the unlikely event of damage or loss during transit, these companies provide comprehensive coverage, ensuring you’re financially protected. This not only provides peace of mind but also shields you from costly losses.

Time and Convenience

Finally, entrusting your moving company can save you considerable time and effort. The fine art shipping and logistics can be overwhelming, particularly when dealing with valuable and fragile items. Professional movers take on this burden, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move.

Our Fine Art Removals Services

Fine Art Pre-Move Consultation

We kick-start our process with a comprehensive pre-move consultation. This step is crucial to ensuring we fully understand the unique characteristics and requirements of each piece of art we’re entrusted with. Our team of experts will carefully assess each item, taking into account its size, shape, material, age, and any specific care instructions.

During this consultation, we also discuss the logistics of the move, ensuring we plan for every eventuality. We identify any potential risks and devise strategies to mitigate them. We also use this time to address any concerns you may have and explain in detail the measures we take to guarantee the safe transportation of your art pieces.

Fine Art Crating & Packing

Each piece of art is unique in its requirements and demands a level of precision, care, and expert knowledge. Our fine art crating and packing service begins with designing a custom container that snugly fits the dimensions of your art. We utilise high-quality, durable materials to ensure the containers are robust and secure. 

Inside the container, the items are meticulously wrapped using acid-free tissue paper, protective padding, and specialist materials to guard against any scratches, dents, or other potential damage. For delicate or unusually shaped items, we create customised padding to provide maximum protection. Paintings are protected by glassine paper to prevent any damage to the surface. 

Furthermore, we also consider the environment in which the art will be transported. If required, we can provide climate-controlled crating solutions that control temperature and humidity levels, essential for preserving the integrity of certain art.

Our team of experts carefully oversees the entire process, ensuring each piece of art is prepared thoroughly for the journey ahead. 

Transport & Handling Fine Art 

We are acutely aware that transporting and handling fine art necessitates a delicate touch and rigorous precision. Moving these precious pieces is about more than just the physical transit; it is about safeguarding the cultural and sentimental value they hold. To ensure this, we use specialised, climate-controlled fleet of vehicles for transportation, maintaining optimal temperature and humidity levels to preserve the integrity of your high value possessions. These vehicles are equipped with advanced suspension systems to minimise vibrations during transit, further protecting your art pieces from any potential harm. 

Our team of expert handlers is trained in the secure loading and unloading of valuable items, using specialist equipment to ensure there is no damage during the process. During transit, we monitor the artwork carefully, taking all necessary precautions to prevent any accidents. Upon arrival at the destination, each piece is carefully unloaded and checked for any potential issues before being handed over to you. 

Unpacking Fine Art

Our dedication to safeguarding your antiques and other high-value items extends to the final stage of the move – unpacking. We understand that this step is just as crucial as the rest in ensuring your fine art remains in pristine condition. Our moving art team, well-versed in the intricacies of handling artwork, takes meticulous care in unwrapping each piece. 

We make use of specialist equipment as needed, ensuring the process is carried out smoothly, without causing any harm to your precious items. In the case of large or complex pieces, our team will also assist in placing and installing the art at your desired location. Our goal is to ensure that your fine art is not just transported safely, but also seamlessly integrated into its new setting. 

Storage Solutions

In addition to our services, South Eastern Removals also offers dedicated art storage solutions. We understand that there may be times when you require secure, climate-controlled storage for your art pieces and antique items, be it during a prolonged move, house renovation, or simply lack of immediate space. Our state-of-the-art storage facilities are specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of fine art. 

They are climate-controlled to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels, essential for preserving the integrity and value of your art. Further, our storage units are equipped with advanced security systems, including 24/7 CCTV surveillance and alarm systems, to safeguard your priceless pieces against theft or damage. Each piece stored with us is handled with the care and attention it deserves providing you with the peace of mind that your artwork is in the safest of hands. 


Why Choose South Eastern Removals Company for your Fine Art Removals Services?

South Eastern Removals works on behalf of private collectors, insurance companies, auction houses, galleries, and dealers. We provide services across London as well as throughout the entire United Kingdom. Choosing us to help you move your fine art means choosing peace of mind. When we relocate fine art, we are committed to maintaining the integrity and preserving the value of your art throughout every stage.

We offer a bespoke, end-to-end professional service that is tailored to the unique needs of your pieces. Our removals team of experts handles your fine art with utmost care and precision, upholding the highest standards of quality and safety.

We understand the intrinsic and sentimental value of your fine art, and we guarantee its safe handling with our comprehensive insurance coverage. This reassures you that, in the unlikely event of any damage or mishap, your precious pieces are fully protected.

Our commitment to the clients goes beyond removals. We provide secure storage arrangements for your fine art. We also offer a seamless post-move integration service, helping you to place and install your valuable possessions in their new setting with the same meticulous care we exercise during the removal process.

With South Eastern Removals, you can expect a professional, reliable, and above all, expert service. Our reputation as a trusted name in the industry stands testament to our consistent delivery of high-standard services. 

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What is the best way to pack framed art for moving?

The best way to pack framed art for moving involves several critical steps. First, remove any glass or plastic covering from the frame if possible. Wrap the art in acid-free tissue paper for protection. If it is framed with glass, consider applying a strip of masking tape in an ‘X’ shape across the glass. This can prevent the glass from shattering during transport. Next, wrap the entire piece, including the frame, in bubble wrap, ensuring that all sides and corners are adequately protected. Once it’s securely wrapped, place it in a cardboard picture/mirror box, which should be slightly larger than the piece of art itself. Fill any remaining space in the box with additional packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent it from moving around during transit. Seal the box securely with packing tape, and mark it as ‘Fragile – Handle with Care’. For particularly large or valuable pieces, consider a custom-built crate for enhanced protection. Always remember, when in doubt, professional art handlers are your best option to ensure the safety of your prized possessions during relocation.

How quickly can the fine art removal services be arranged?

The timeline for arranging services can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the collection, the specific packing requirements of each piece, and the distance of the move. At South Eastern Removals, we typically recommend getting in touch with us at least 2-3 weeks before your intended move date. This allows ample time for our team to assess your collection, devise a bespoke removal plan, and schedule the move at a time that is convenient for you. However, we understand that sometimes, circumstances may require a quicker turnaround. In such cases, do contact us directly and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs. Our priority is always to provide a seamless, stress-free moving experience for you and your precious art.

Are the staff trained to handle and install various types of artwork?

Yes, our team is well-versed in the specific requirements and techniques for handling different mediums, from sculptures and paintings to prints and installations. Before installation, we perform a detailed assessment of the art and the installation site, to determine the safest and most aesthetically pleasing positioning. Whether it’s hanging a painting, positioning a sculpture, or installing a complex art installation, our team has the skills, experience, and equipment to do so with utmost precision and care. Furthermore, we conduct regular training sessions to ensure our experienced staff are up-to-date with the latest best practices in the industry, so you can be confident that your valuable possessions are in the safest of hands.

How long does a typical piano move take?

The duration of a piano move largely depends on a few key factors such as the type and size of the piano, the complexity of the move (stairs, narrow corridors, etc.), and the distance between the pick-up and drop-off locations. However, a straightforward, local move for an upright piano typically takes around 2-3 hours from start to finish. For a grand piano, or moves that involve more complex manoeuvring or longer distances, the process may take a bit longer. Please do remember, at South Eastern Removals, we prioritize the safety and care of your valuables over speed, ensuring every step is carried out meticulously to prevent any damage.