If your item has a high monetary or sentimental value it is wise to find a framer with years of experience. Also ask the framer to outline their work plan before the job begins.
Here are four questions you should be asking before the framer before hiring.
1. How will my item be mounted or suspended? Improper techniques can cause irreversable damage such as breakage or slippage. All items should be removable from mounting.
2. What type of backers or glass will be used? In many cases non-acidic backers and ultra-violet control glass are necessary to prevent fading and acidification of papers and objects.
3. What steps are needed to complete the plan? Does the item need specialist cleaning/stretching or restoration. The individuals providing these services also must be also be expert in their field.
4. How long will the process take? It is important not to rush the framer as quality work takes time. However most framers will give you a reasonable time frame of 2-4 weeks depending on the complexity of your project.
Michael Schumacher wearing his Formula 1 fire suit. His same fire suit after I framed it.