As an experienced appraiser in the Boston area, I have worked with many art collectors who have had to relocate. Moving a valuable art collection can be a stressful experience, but with proper planning and execution, it can be a smooth transition. In this article, I will provide some tips and best practices for managing your art collection relocation.

First and foremost, it’s essential to hire a professional appraiser to assess your collection’s value accurately. An appraiser can provide a detailed report that includes a description of each item’s condition, provenance, and current market value. This information is crucial for insurance purposes and can also help determine the best way to transport the collection.

Once you have an accurate assessment of your collection’s value, it’s time to start planning the relocation. One of the first steps is to select a reputable moving company that specializes in transporting valuable items. Look for a company with a track record of successful art relocations and has experience handling fragile, high-value items. You can also ask your appraiser for recommendations or contact professional organizations such as the International Society of Appraisers for referrals.

Before packing your collection, take the time to document each piece. This documentation should include photographs, descriptions, and condition reports. Make sure to keep copies of these documents in a secure location, such as a safety deposit box, in case of any issues during the move.

When it comes to packing your collection, it’s essential to use the right materials. Avoid using regular packing materials, such as newspaper or bubble wrap, as they can damage delicate artwork. Instead, use acid-free tissue paper, archival-quality boxes, and custom-built crates. Make sure to label each item clearly to ensure nothing gets lost or misplaced during the move.

Transporting your collection can be one of the most challenging aspects of relocation management. If possible, consider transporting your collection separately from other household items. This allows for greater control over the environment and reduces the risk of damage from other items shifting during transport. If you must transport your collection with other household items, make sure to use a climate-controlled vehicle to ensure proper temperature and humidity levels.

Upon arrival at your new location, it’s essential to have a plan in place for unpacking and setting up your collection. Work with your moving company to ensure each item is carefully unpacked and placed in its designated location. If you have any concerns about the environment, such as lighting or humidity levels, consult with your appraiser or an art conservation expert.

Finally, don’t forget to update your insurance policy and make sure your collection is properly insured at its new location. Your appraiser can provide you with an updated valuation report that can help ensure you have adequate coverage in case of any loss or damage.

At Manzi Appraisers and Restoration, we are dedicated to providing our clients with comprehensive appraisal services to meet their unique needs. Visit our website at If you need assistance with your art collection relocation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 617-948-2577 or follow us on Facebook at  We are here to help!