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March 24, 2008
Seriously: How to move your valuable art

I confess: learning how to move my valuable art is not at the leading edge of my mind today. But I get all kinds of things in the e-mail. Maybe you, my dear cultivated readers of the federal Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area, are moving to new homes this week and can use this advice from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Use your Sharpie wisely -Do not advertise the contents of each box. Labels should not describe contents, i.e., van Gogh.
Your art needs a seat belt too - All pieces should be strapped snugly to the walls of the truck with at least two straps, which should not touch the surface of the art.
White glove service - Clean gloves should be worn when handling your artwork.
Avoid snags - Remove excess jewelry and watches. Ask movers to remove tool belts, i.d. tags and turn belt buckles to the side.
Seal of approval - Seal all bins, boxes and edges with tape and make a tab so it is easy to remove. Don't use too much tape, which requires too much pulling and manipulation of the work.
Any truck won't do - Moving trucks must be lockable, have two drivers, a working climate control system and an air ride suspension system to ensure a smooth ride.
Movers in a rush to leave? If you are unable to see the condition of your art prior to their departure, write uninspected on the receipt or waybill.
Maintain proper orientation - Write FACE and TOP clearly using an up arrow. It is always best to transport artwork in the orientation in which it is shown.
Blanket wrapping - Often the best protection for heavy works where all elements are stable and the surface is not delicate.

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