Fine Art Storage
First-time customers see the name Element Moving, and they focus on the relocation aspects of our business. While we are a top-tier boutique moving agency that caters to high-end customers with refined tastes, we also offer some unexpected services — ones that appeal to the finer things in life.
Our fine art storage service is one such example. We regularly handle and offer storage services to fine art collectors because they understand we get it. We know how to treat their investments while they’re in our care, and we know that they are investments in more ways than one.
Fine Art Appreciation
Fine art appreciates in two ways — monetarily and intrinsically. The first depends, in part, on circumstance. And by that, we mean the circumstance of its creator. Who are they? How popular is their body of work with the general public and/or in refined art circles? Are they living or dead? There’s also the actual appraisal and the question of insurance. All these factors can drive up or are indicative of the value of a painting or sculpture. The second appreciation factor is the intrinsic value. In other words, what it means to the owner of the piece. The emotional connections they’ve made to it. The functions they use it for.
No matter which angle you’re coming from — one or both — these works of art hold deep meaning for the people who purchased them, and we take that very seriously when someone asks us to put their fine art into specialized storage. To give you an idea of how serious we take it, here are some of the things you can expect from us if you decide to contract for this service.
To properly store fine art, wood crating is recommended. Understandably, some collectors prefer to do this part of the storage for themselves. However, we have the training, knowledge, and experience to take this on ourselves. In fact, more often than not, it’s the best approach.
See, while DIYers may be able to crate the art well, they tend to lose track of the exact placement inside the box when it’s time to uncrate. One misdirected hammer swipe and your painting can go from priceless to worthless in a second.
At Element Moving, our personnel routinely handles multiple pieces — collecting, packing, delivering — and our claims ratio company-wide is almost perfect at less than one percent. Fine art storage stands out as one of the things we do particularly well.
One recommendation for fine art storage that newbie collectors often overlook is this: acid-free paper is essential to preserving the integrity of the collection and guard against degradation over time. As a work of art sits in storage, it can become more susceptible to environmental damages, and acid-free paper offers a durable layer of protection no matter the storage space.
Start to Finish Installations
Our start-to-finish fine art installations are optional, and they can relieve the stress of moving a valuable painting or sculpture at the risk of damage. When we say “start-to-finish,” here’s what we mean.
It goes beyond simple storage.
If you have a piece you need storing away, we can come out to the location, carefully remove it, outfit it with acid-free paper, upon request, and crate it up for delivery to one of our two warehouses in Austin and Dallas. But you don’t want to keep it in storage forever, so when you’re ready to reinstall at a new location, just let us know.
We’ll handle the uncrating, hang it in your office/home, or set it up at the exact placement in the structure where you want it to be. It’s a one-stop shop in the truest sense of the term.
Customers We Serve
The majority of our fine art storage clients are prolific collectors. But we’re open to anyone and everyone who has a taste for it, from busy executives to hobbyists to full-scale art museums. We want to handle the moving and storage for you; but beyond that, we are happy to share tips and advice on how you should treat your collection when it’s out of our hands.
No Task Is Too Much for Us
Our fine art storage service also overlaps with some of the other staging and disassembly that we do. As easily as we can hang a painting, we can hang a television set. We can break down trampolines and other unusual furnishings and equipment. We are here to help, whatever your request, regardless of scope and size.
If you have a fine art collection, rare books or comics, memorabilia, or any other item that requires special storage considerations, contact us today to discuss your requests and get a free quote. We have a team of qualified relocation specialists who can meet, discuss, evaluate, and provide an accurate quote with no last-day surprises. Give us a try!