How to Move Fine Art and Sculptures

Canvas painting of a woman with art suppliesWhether its value is monetary or sentimental, it’s normal to be paranoid about having to move art. The unusual shapes, weight, and fragility of paintings and sculptures make safely packing them a special challenge. Follow these guidelines to keep them safe and protect their value.

How to Move Paintings and Drawings

  • For expensive and large artwork, consider a custom-built crate. The crate can be built around the painting on-site and then disassembled when it reaches its new home.
  • Do not use cling wrap, which can create mold. If you want to wrap the artwork to prevent scratching, use a blanket, silicone release paper, unprinted newspaper, or plain brown paper.
  • Avoid packing multiple paintings in one box or crate, even without frames. They may scratch against each other in transit and damage the paint or canvas.
  • For glass-covered artwork, create an X with masking tape over the glass to prevent it from shattering in case of cracks.
  • If your artwork must go into storage, make sure it’s climate-controlled to prevent damage to the paint.
  • Stick large red FRAGILE labels all over the crate or box.

How to Move Sculptures

  • Fill in crevices with foam padding before wrapping the sculpture in a generous layer of bubble wrap.
  • Place foam padding or packing peanuts inside the box on all sides of the sculpture to prevent any movement.
  • Sculptures should be packaged individually to prevent breakage from friction or banging together in the truck.
  • Mark the box as fragile and indicate which side of the sculpture’s box should be facing up with large, red labels on all sides.

When in doubt, call in the experts. At Weleski, we’ve moved every kind of item you can imagine and will treat your valuable artwork with the utmost care. Contact us with questions or to request an estimate today.

How to Pack and Move an Office

Woman packing and moving an office in a boxAn office move is even more difficult than a home move. Every minute that normal business operations are interrupted by packing and transporting office furniture, money and opportunities go out the window. Whether you work for a large company or work for yourself at home, these tips will help you prepare, stay organized, and stay in business.

Two Months Before Moving

  • Make an online calendar pointing out important dates and mapping the entire move on a timeline. If you have employees, share it with them. The more people who know the ins and outs of what’s going on and when, the better. Share important dates with your suppliers and movers, too.
  • If the office is outside your home, notify your property manager that you plan to move and follow their move-out procedures.
  • If you’re in a company with multiple departments, delegate to department heads. Give them the responsibility of communicating important information to their employees and taking care of any special requirements.
  • Get excited! Moving means renewal and change for business. New location, new opportunities. Share your vision for the new location with your employees, partners, and customers.
  • Take inventory of supplies, furniture, electronics, and everything else that’s going with you.
  • Everything that’s being left behind can be donated or sold.

One Month Before Moving

  • Documents older than seven years can be shredded or put into storage.
  • Order new stationary and other office supplies featuring your new address.
  • Call utility companies and give them your moving date.
  • Let neighbors know that moving trucks might be temporarily blocking the street.
  • Back up important files digitally on a cloud server.
  • Notify customers that you’re moving and give them your new contact information.

During and After Moving

  • Update social media profiles and online directories like Google My Business with your new contact information.
  • Make sure nothing is missing according to your inventory list.
  • Instead of arranging everything exactly like it was in the old office, switch it up and breathe some new life into the décor.

We understand how much work and careful planning goes into an office move. Contact Weleski today for more information or to request an estimate.

How to Coordinate a Move around the Holidays

Red sack of wrapped Christmas presentsSometimes, you have to move when you have to move. Your lease is up right before Christmas, or there’s a serious problem with your current house right before the New Year, or you’ve decided to pack up and go and can’t wait until spring. While moving during the off-season is more difficult, it can be done. Here’s how to do it without significantly disrupting your life and your enjoyment of the holidays.

Plan Ahead

If you have the luxury of extra time before the holidays to do important things like gift shopping, decorating, and planning, do it now. Don’t let anyone judge you for thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving! Once your gifts are already bought and wrapped, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.

Pack Your Decorations Last

You don’t have to sacrifice your enjoyment of the season. Leaving up your holiday decorations will cheer you and help you stay in the moment when you’re stressing out about your impending move. On that note, only use decorations that are easy to put up and disassemble.

Re-Gift

Use your move as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Unload nice items that you’re not attached to by giving them as gifts. Most people won’t care that the items are second-hand as long as they’re in good condition and given thoughtfully.

Give Yourself Permission to Say “Sorry, I Can’t”

If you explain your predicament to your family and friends, they will understand if you can’t accept every party invitation, cook a meal for every potluck, or spend a ton of money on every gift. Give the gift of whatever time you can spare, and if you sometimes have to prioritize your move over having fun, there will always be another year.

Contact us today to get an estimate and schedule your move. We’re here to help you!

How to Decorate for the Holidays Before and After Moving

Portrait of a Young Girl Wrapped in Christmas LightsYes, it’s true that putting up decorations right before packing up and moving creates more work. If you’re still trying to sell your old house, this too is a reason to keep the walls bare. And, after you’ve just moved into a new home, taking time out of unpacking to decorate for Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind. However, aren’t the holidays all about taking time to slow down and enjoy the little things like cold weather, good food, and time with friends and family?

This doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation. Here’s a list of subtle, low-effort decorations that will put you in the holiday spirit without breaking your back once you have to take them down, pack them up, and put them back up in a new home.

1. A Wreath for the Door

A simple wreath featuring faux evergreen, cedar, or even magnolia, olive tree, or berry arrangements is ridiculously easy to install and remove. You can hang it using command strips or a special wreath hanger that clips to the top of your door. When it comes time to move, just take it down, pad it carefully, and pack it away with your other decorations.

2. Projector Lights

These mini projectors that cast LED lights all over your house were designed to save time and labor, and they can create an incredible variety of effects to your personal tastes, from twinkling stars, to gently falling snow, to twirling snowflakes. Best of all, if you’re worried about what potential sellers will think of your decorating tastes, you can simply switch it off. All you need to do to install a projector is stick it in your front lawn and connect it to a power source. Packing it up and taking it to your new home is as easy as packing up any small household electronics.

3. Alternatives to a Christmas Tree

Putting up and taking down a Christmas Tree can be too labor-intensive even for people who plan on staying put in their houses. Instead, try any one of these Christmas tree alternatives. Some of them can be made with objects already in your home that you’re planning to take with you to the new house, like your books. Some can be made and decorated by your kids, like a chalkboard tree.

4. Wrapping Paper

You can easily pull off these leftover wrapping paper DIYs with the remnants of last Christmas. Line your shelves with white and red, or fill your empty photo frames with squares of paper bearing Santa and holiday tidings. When it’s time to pack, all you have to do is take it down and recycle it, and you can easily do it over again in your new home.

Need more ideas about how to organize your move without missing out on the holidays? We’ve moved thousands of families at all times of the year, so just ask!