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For every art lover, proper storing artwork and collectibles is a key concern when moving. These items mean a lot and they deserve the best possible treatment. Whether it will be on a short-term or on a long-term, preserving them and keeping safe is a must! And to do so, you will need some good, professional tips. Here is how you can store your valuables and keep them in the exact condition.
Preparation is crucial for storing artwork and collectibles
If you want to pack your belongings properly, you will need to put them into best condition before storing. This means cleaning everything. There is no room for dust, rust or any other unwanted spots. Whether you are storing paintings, silverware, antiques or other valuables, choosing the right cleaning product is very important. There is a big chance you will damage your items if you treat them with harsh chemicals. So, keep this in mind when you are buying cleaning products.
Know how to pack
Knowing how to pack will save every item that you are preparing for transportation. Not to mention the importance of this step when storing artwork and collectibles. So, what is there to know?
- Firstly, don’t forget to always pack heavier items on the bottom, and lighter ones on the top.
- Secondly, you will need the right packing materials.
The right packing materials are the ones that will allow the air flow and circulation. Breathable materials keep your items fresh and will prevent them from catching mold.
And last but not least, make sure they don’t come in contact with cardboard or newspapers. They can be very acidic and cause severe damage to your belongings. In order to avoid this scenario, wrap them in acid-free materials and only after that you can put them in a box.
Be aware of…
In order to ensure the safety of your treasured belongings, packing them right won’t be enough. There are some things you will need to be aware of. Things like:
- Bugs. Make sure your storage unit is bug-free before storing artwork and collectibles. Moths and similar bugs are known for destroying everything in their way.
- Mold. Rapid changes in humidity and temperature lead to the growth of mold and mildew. And once it starts to grow, your artwork will be in danger. Be cautious and know how to keep your items safe.
- Fading. If your storage unit has a window, keep your artwork and collectibles away from the sunlight. If they are exposed to the Sun all the time, it will lead to fading damage.
- Acidic materials. Don’t keep your items in contact with acidic materials. Even newspapers can damage your valuables.
Once you prepare your belongings for storing, write down all of them. Make a report in which you will take a notation of every item’s condition. When you have everything written down on paper, nothing will get lost. And once you want to move your items from the storage, you will know the exact number of stored artwork and collectibles. Organizing their move will be a piece of cake. Also, if possible, take photos of them. Photographs will show you in what condition your belongings were before you stored them. It will be easier for you to notice even the smallest damage on them.
Pick the right storage unit
When it comes to storing artwork and collectibles, you will need a good storage NYC. Don’t go with the one you’ve just stumbled upon! Choose your storage wisely. First of all, think of the preferred location. It needs to be somewhat close to you so that you can be able to do routine checkups on your items. And secondly, it needs to be in perfect condition. If storage is damaged, has a hole or mold, it will ruin your precious belongings. If you end up with a storage in bad shape, fix every problem before you start storing your belongings in it.
Keep an eye on humidity levels
Most people forget to pay attention to humidity levels. Recommended levels of humidity should be around 50%. If humidity levels are above 60% or below 40%, damages like cracking paint or growing mildew can occur. Instead of risking, regularly stop by your storage and check humidity levels. You can do it by yourself by installing a special instrument hygrometer, or you can hire a professional. With this in control, your items will stay in perfect condition.
Hang them up
If it is possible, hang your artwork in the storage. You can install S hooks and hang all of them. The air flow will be better if they are not stacked on the floor. If you are not allowed to make changes to the storage that you are renting, you will need to stack your artwork. But, make sure you stack them vertically. If you lay them on top of another, their weight will damage the artwork that is on the bottom of a pile.
In the end, don’t forget to make routine checkups. You don’t need to stop by your storage unit every day or every week. But check it up at least once a month. Take your dog to a walk and make sure everything is okay. You will be able to inspect the storage from the outside, and from the inside. If you notice any damage, fix it.
And remember to inspect it for bugs. Even if unit next to yours catches moths, yours unit will be in danger, too. Now you can see why making regular checkups are important. Better safe than sorry. All in all, if you want to preserve your items, you’ll just have to follow our super easy tips. Storing artworks and collectibles, while keeping them safe at the same time, has never been easier!
For over 6 years in a row Divine Moving and Storage has been beating the public self storage prices.
In most cases we were cheaper by 35%-40% and even 50%-65% if comparing us to Manhattan Mini Storage rates (rates as advertised on their website- excluding special promotions).
We offer to our customers short term and even daily rates with no deposits, monthly and of course long term storage as well.
You can always add (or remove) more boxes and furniture without needing to switch rooms, you are only charged for the space you use and not the room size as the mini storages do.
Our facility is monitored 24/7 and has the top of the line security including 1080HD video surveillance.
Unlike public storage we don’t allow access without an appointment in order for us to have a record and track our visitors at any given time for extra security.
The reason for that was born years ago when the bed bug epidemic was running wild in NYC and we wanted to have a better grip on what customers are brining in and in what vehicles, since then we don’t allow rental trucks or any non owned vehicles in to our building knowing that those trucks are never treated for bugs as opposed to ours who are treated daily. (no one here wanted to bring a “pet” home to our kids)
On move day our movers will inspect your furniture and log any issues such as nicks and scratches on an itemized inventory sheet including the number of boxes and contents if known. This master list is given to the client and from there the items are checked once arriving at the storage to make sure everything arrived and checked in. On move out day the list is checked again when the team is loading it from storage and once more once it arrives back to your new apartment.
This level of checks, inspections and detailed inventory is unheard off in the self storage industry.
We store and protect your belongings in the safest manner and for that reason we don’t allow unscheduled visits since if you remove boxes without us marking it on the inventory pages we will be “missing” items on delivery.
A few weeks ago we logged a complaint from a young lady stating she didn’t agreed to open storage concept.. She clearly didn’t understand the open part of it. We are not open as the mini storages our security tops theirs by multiples of times. The same young lady complained that she wanted to inspect her belongings, we don’t unpack the wrappings until the move out as there is no point to repackage everything again. We mark the goods coming in so we don’t have surprises on move out day.
For some clients the extra levels of protection is not needed but we feel we need to take those measures as we are 100% liable for your belongings while they are in our safe keeping.
NYC trusts Divine Moving & Storage’s premium White Glove relocation service to take care of all their moving needs. Our professional moving specialists have years of experience packing up priceless works of art, antiques, crystal, china, and even musical instruments. With Divine, you never have to worry about damage because we take the time to ensure your valuables are protected and safe for the entire time they’re in our care. For a luxury move without the luxury price tag, call Divine.