How Artists Can Protect Their Art Work & Supplies When Moving

This week I bring you a guest blog post.

As an artist, there is nothing more important than the gorgeous paintings and pieces that you have poured your heart, sweat, and imagination into creating. If you’ve found success as an artist and you’re looking to move into a larger home for studio space, then there are some things you need to know. To help you out, we have compiled a list of tips for packing your valuables, finding the perfect home, and getting the best professional help.

Finding the Perfect Landing Spot

Now that you have your heart set on relocating, you need to look for the perfect place for your family and your paintings to call home. When you look at potential properties, bring a list of features you’ll want in an ideal house. You will likely want a separate space for a creative studio. Also, if you plan to sell your art at particular galleries or stores, you will want a place that is in close proximity to those locations.

Moving paintings and creative tools can be costly, so if you are selling your existing home, then you will want to get top dollar to cover the expenses and you can do that by repairing and replacing any faulty plumbing, flooring, and appliances. It’s a good idea to make these repairs before you start having potential buyers tour the home because something as small as a broken window or hole in the floor may turn them off.

When you believe you have found the perfect place, take the time to review the loan documents carefully and read all the fine print. As an artist, your income could fluctuate based on what you sell so create a budget and make sure you can afford the mortgage payments.

Tips for Packing Your Tools

When it comes to packing your art and supplies, care and consideration is key. The experts at Apple Moving recommend packing framed paintings one by one. Wrap them in stretch wrap to support the structure of the frames and to prevent any bending or breakage. Then, consider adding an extra layer of bubble wrap around the work and in between paintings.

Unless you want to transport each piece of art one by one, you will want to find large boxes so you can keep your pieces consolidated to as few boxes as possible. If you are on a budget, you can often find boxes at liquor stores, grocery stores, and pet stores. You can also purchase them at home improvement retailers like Home Depot.

Packing your paints and brushes will be easier, but you still want to take care to keep them protected. Seal all caps on liquid paints and keep all your brushes in one place. Consider inserting newspaper into the box to keep everything in place. If you don’t get a newspaper delivered, you can still find newspapers in bulkby visiting the local newspaper office, library, or a recycling center.

Professional Help

Even if you pack everything to perfection, there is still the chance that a box can get lost or damaged, especially during the confusion of moving day, so it may be a wise idea to hire professional movers. To find the best movers, ask family and friends and research local companies.

It is important to be involved during the entire moving process, so everything is put in its proper place. The folks at Movers.com recommend being proactive by writing the name of each room outside of the box so everyone knows where it goes. Also, mark delicate items as fragile. It is also a good idea to mark on each box which room it’s going to.

Moving into a new home is always exciting, especially when it means that your art studio is growing. Follow the tips above and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Thank you Brad.

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