Does anyone have any advice about moving with photography equipment? We will be selling our home and moving. Did you let movers take your gear? Did you ship another way? I have a small car and not room to take a lot of gear. My trunk will have a wheelchair and a few other items. Please let me know if you have any advice. Brian
Do you mean studio equipment as well as cameras and accessories? I think it all comes down to how much gear you have. When I moved 1300 miles I just put all my gear in the truck I had to rent to move the things the movers wouldn’t take (liquids, propane tanks, alcohol, etc.) so it wasn’t a problem. I don’t have studio gear so it wasn’t a lot in terms of space either. If I had to let the movers take stuff I’d definitely pack it myself and even supervise where they put it on the truck if possible.
Good morning Christen, I do not have studio gear just some cameras and lenses. I plan on packing it all myself but I just want it to safely arrive. We are going with a reliable and local moving company as well. Thank you for getting back to me.
I don’t have any real experience with this, Brian, but I think shipping the gear via UPS or similar would end up costing a bunch if you insure it and they probably toss it around more than the movers would. At least the movers only touch it twice. If it’s well packed, I don’t think they can hurt it. You can probably find room for your favorite/most expensive camera body and lens in the car somewhere.
I’d try carefully padding and packing things in a sturdy crate that doesn’t look like it contains valuables and leave it to the movers. (They may have crates???) If it’s a multi-day trip, in your car you’ll have to haul it back and forth to motel rooms and it may be more subject to break-ins than in a moving van.
Best wishes for a safe journey and wonderful new living arrangements!
I have moved a couple of times. I transport my photo equipment, printer and computer system with me in back of my pick up. I also rent a uhaul trailer to move some stuff since I beat the movers to my new destination. I would definitely move my computer myself since anything can happen even well packed.