Decide in advance where the work will be moved to and ensure the entire path is safe and clear. Carry a painting with the image side facing you, and grasp both sides firmly rather than dangling the work from the top edge in one hand. Obtain assistance if the work is too large or heavy to move comfortably on your own. Further details are described in technical Note 10/13 from the Canadian Conservation Institute.
Carefully consider hanging location. Place the work in a location and at a height where it is unlikely to be accidentally contacted. A large painting placed beside a dining table, for example, invites accidental damage as chairs are moved back for that glass of port after dinner. Interior walls are generally preferable to exterior walls, particularly if they are poorly insulated.
Temporary and Long-term Storage
Pictures are more vulnerable to damage while removed from their display locations. If you lean an artwork against the wall, take precautions to ensure it does not slip or get knocked over. Avoid high traffic areas and pet and child accessible zones. Remove paintings from any area where renovation work is undertaken (it is not unusu