The Safe Moving of Art and Antiques


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Moving art and antiques is a delicate task that combines the precision of a conservator with the logistical acumen of a seasoned traveller. It’s about more than merely transporting items; it’s about moving history, emotion, and irreplaceable value from one place to another.

At A Luckes & Son Removals, we’re not just movers; we’re custodians of your treasures, ensuring they’re transported with the care and respect they deserve. With over a century’s experience, we understand the nuances of moving delicate items and offer bespoke solutions tailored to your unique collection.

Preparing for the Move

Assessing Your Collection

The first step in any art and antique move is a detailed assessment of your collection. This isn’t just about noting what items you have but understanding their condition, value, and any specific requirements they may have for transportation. Whether it’s a fragile porcelain vase, a large canvas painting, or a heavy marble sculpture, each piece demands a tailored approach. At A Luckes & Son, we offer a comprehensive assessment service, ensuring that every item’s needs are meticulously planned for.

Choosing the Right Packaging Materials

The right packaging can mean the difference between a piece arriving in perfect condition and arriving with damage. We use a range of high-quality, specialised materials, from acid-free tissue paper and custom-built crates to soft wrapping materials that protect against scratches and dents. Our team is trained in the art and science of packing, employing techniques that have been refined over decades to ensure the utmost protection for your items.

Insurance for Peace of Mind

Understanding the value of your collection extends beyond its physical care; it’s also about ensuring you’re covered in the unlikely event of damage or loss. We guide our clients through selecting appropriate insurance coverage, providing peace of mind that their collection is protected from door to door. Our partnerships with leading insurance providers mean we can offer bespoke policies that match the unique value and nature of your items.

The Moving Process

Professional Handling Techniques

Our team members are not just removal specialists; they’re art and antiques experts, trained in the specific techniques required for handling such items. From the correct way to lift and move heavy sculptures to the nuances of wrapping delicate glassware, we ensure that every piece is treated with the care it deserves. Our training programs are rigorous and ongoing, guaranteeing that our team’s skills are always at the cutting edge of the industry.

Transportation Considerations

Selecting the right mode of transportation is critical. Factors such as distance, the value of the items, and their size and fragility all play a part in deciding whether road, air, or sea transport is most appropriate. We work closely with a network of trusted partners to ensure that your items are transported in the safest, most efficient manner possible, always prioritising their security and condition.

On the Day of the Move

The day of the move is where our meticulous planning comes to fruition. A detailed inventory and condition report is a final check before items are moved, providing a comprehensive record of your collection pre-move. Our team arrives fully equipped and briefed, ready to execute the move with precision and care. Communication is key, and we ensure you’re kept informed at every stage of the process, providing reassurance and transparency.

At the Destination

Unpacking with Care

Arrival at your new home marks the beginning of the final phase of your collection’s journey. Our team approaches unpacking with the same level of care and attention as packing, ensuring each item is carefully removed from its protective materials and inspected for any signs of transit wear. We work with you to ensure items are placed exactly where you want them, turning your new house into a home filled with your cherished art and antiques.

Placement and Installation

The final step is the placement and, if necessary, installation of your items. Whether it’s hanging paintings, positioning sculptures, or arranging a display of antique furniture, we ensure each piece is shown to its best advantage. Our team can provide advice on placement to help you integrate your collection into your new space beautifully and harmoniously.

Special Considerations

International Moves

Moving art and antiques internationally adds another layer of complexity, from navigating customs regulations to ensuring the correct climate control during transit. Our extensive experience in international moves means we’re well-versed in the requirements and challenges, ensuring a smooth transition for your collection across borders.

Dealing with Unforeseen Circumstances

Despite the best planning, unforeseen circumstances can arise. Our team is trained to adapt quickly, ensuring any issues are resolved with minimal impact on your move. Whether it’s a delay in transit or an unexpected need for additional packing materials, we’re prepared to handle it, ensuring the safety and security of your collection.

Maintenance and Preservation

Long-term Care of Art and Antiques

Once your collection is safely moved, maintaining its condition is crucial. We offer advice on the long-term care of your items, from environmental considerations like light and humidity to tips for regular maintenance. Our goal is to ensure your art and antiques can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Moving art and antiques requires a level of expertise, care, and attention that goes beyond standard removal services. At A Luckes & Son Removals, we combine our deep respect for your items with our comprehensive planning, expert packing, and meticulous handling to ensure they’re moved safely and efficiently. Whether you’re relocating a single piece or an entire collection, domestic or international, trust us to be the custodians of your treasures during their journey to their new home.