Here are some tricks of the trade for protecting your valuables just like a museum cares for its furniture and artifacts...
- Move every item slowly and carefully, while facing forward.
- Plan ahead. Know your route and anticipate any problems.
- Move each item only once, whenever possible. Less moves means less opportunity for error.
- Strap items in securely with no wiggle room. Vibrations and slight movement can cause nicks, scratches, and dents.
- Wrap everything with three important layers: first, a protective layer which shields the item from the elements; second, a vibration absorbing soft layer; third, a hard, resistant shell.
- Do not drag or slide items across a floor. Rather, firmly and safely hold each item, with at least one hand supporting its bottom.
- Wear gloves to avoid transferring skin oils to items.
- Keep track of small pieces.
- Report any damage as soon as it occurs, if applicable, for insurance purposes.
Make sure to do your research! Hiring a company is often the best way to have professionals perform risk assessment on your behalf. Be sure to find a company with experience moving museum or conservatory pieces as they are likely to be the most careful at protecting your valuables.