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Moving to Portland? Your Questions — Answered!

Are you planning a move to the Portland metro area in the future? If so, that’s great! Moving to a major city is an exciting step to take, and a decision a lot of people dream of before they can make it happen.

You likely have a lot of questions about moving to Portland or working with a moving company in general. We’ve got the answers you are looking for to help guide your upcoming move to Portland. Read on to learn the answers to your burning questions, or give us a call to speak to one of our movers directly.

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I’ve Never Hired Movers. What Can I Expect?

Moving to Portland may require you to hire movers, especially if you have a large family or a lot of belongings. Hiring professional movers is often sought after due to the convenience and ease it provides families that are often stressed to the max during a move.

With Priestley & Sons, you can expect professional services from movers with decades of combined experience. Your belongings can be packed, transported, and unpacked at your new home by a team of professionals that know how to get the job done fast.

By working with Priestley & Sons, you will save yourself hours of backbreaking labor and frustration. Nobody is too happy after unloading a truck or two on their own. You can spare yourself emotional turmoil (and potentially throwing your back out) by trusting our team to get your move accomplished quickly and efficiently.

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How Much Does it Cost to Hire Movers in Portland?

The moving of residential goods within Oregon is a regulated service. Only companies authorized by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) can provide this service to the public at approved rates.

This regulation protects the public from inflated, unfair, & illegal rate hikes. It also requires moving companies to be legitimate, licensed, & insured.

Priestley & Sons is an authorized moving company with the following credentials:
State of Oregon #142126
State of Washington #HG062908
US Department of Transportation #103323.


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Note: We require a 2 hour minimum for service during weekdays (Mon-Fri) & a 5 hour minimum for service on Weekends & Holidays.

To find out more about moving rates, visit our Residential Moving Page.

How Do I Hire Dependable & Reliable Movers?

This is a great question, and arguably the first question you should ask yourself. The state of Oregon helps cut down on scammy moving services by regulating prices, but you will have to do your own due diligence to make sure you work with a trusted and experienced Portland moving company.

At Priestley & Sons, we perform yearly background checks on all of our employees and only hire the most experienced and professional workers to join our team. We are also bonded and insured. Some of these standards are mandated by the industry, while others show that we go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

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I’m Overwhelmed. How Can I Make Moving Easier?
There is no doubt that moving is stressful. You might be changing states, jobs, or have other shifting circumstances related to your move that are adding to your stress. These feelings of overwhelm are very normal and expected.

To help cut down on the stress of any move, hiring movers is highly recommended. Our team works quickly and efficiently to do the heavy lifting for you, while you use the extra time to focus on other components of your move.

Hiring movers is well worth the cost. The added time you gain, along with eliminating the chance that your back will be super sore the next day, you will find that your move to or from Portland is a lot less stressful and taxing.

Do You Offer Commercial Moving in Portland?

Absolutely. In addition to moving homeowners all over the Willamette Valley, we also work with local business owners and office managers to help them move into or out of a commercial space.

Here are just some of the items we can move for offices:

  • Printers
  • Exercise Equipment
  • File Cabinets
  • Office Furniture
  • Office Kitchen Appliances
  • Conference Tables
  • Large Office Desks
  • Cubicle Removal
  • Commercial Safes

Learn more about how we can help over on our Commercial Moving Page.

Do You Offer Storage Services?

If you need long-term or short-term storage, we’ve got you covered. We can accommodate extra items that you are waiting to move that you need stored in a safe and secure spot. Our storage units are available only to moving customers. Your belongings will be kept clean, dry, and protected for as long as you need.

Learn more over on our Storage Page.

What Large Items Can You Transport?

If you are concerned about the larger assets you have, don’t worry. We transport a variety of bulky, heavy, or large items for our clients. Here are just some of the most common large items we move:

  • Large sectional couches
  • China cabinets
  • Large hutches & bookcases
  • Recliners and loveseats
  • Bed frames
  • Home & gun safes
  • Pianos

Learn more over on our Residential Moving Page.

Is Portland a good place to move?
Absolutely! Portland is a fun, quirky city that strives to go green any chance it gets, from swapping plastic bags for reusable bags at grocery stores to encouraging recycling. On the subject of “green,” it’s also a beautiful, verdant city full of trees, hiking spots, rivers, and the works. In a single day, you could go shopping at a popular mall like the Clackamas Town Center to checking out the Japanese Garden or hiking just on the outskirts of Portland at Multnomah Falls. With great job prospects and tons to do, Portland is one of those cities you can’t help but love.
What should you know before moving to Portland, Oregon?

Before moving to Portland, you should know just how easy it is to get around. The city has many convenient transportation options, including the TriMet, MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, and Greyhound. Also, if you get the travel bug, the city also is home to the Portland International Airport, which has been called the country’s leading airport on more than one occasion.

How much money do you need to make to live in Portland?

That depends on the city you move to within Portland and whether you’re moving alone or with a family. Aim for a minimum of $51,080 per year to afford a small one-bedroom apartment and your basic living expenses. Of course, a salary in the 50s might not get you much more than that. Strive for the 70s-80s if you can.

What is the best time of year to move to Portland?
Some of the best times of year to move to Portland are spring and fall. That’s outside of the moving season, and it can be easier to find a day that works for both you and your movers. The roads are also generally better at that time than during the winter when the weather can be unpredictable.
What are some important questions to ask before moving?

Moving is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Before you decide to move, have a conversation with your roommate or partner on whether you can afford it and whether the cost of hiring movers is worth it. Some questions to consider are:

  • What salary should we strive for?
  • How will the bills be split up?
  • What are our financial goals?
  • Should we downsize or upsize?
  • How will we pay for the moving expenses?

Trusted & Local Portland Movers

If you have a question about moving to Portland that you don’t see answered here, give us a call. We are always happy to help, whether you have concerns about an upcoming move, or you are eager to utilize our moving services as soon as possible. With nearly 100 years of experience moving residents to and from the Portland area, you can trust Priestley & Sons with your upcoming move.

Schedule Your Move with Priestley Today

Our team is standing by to take your call. Whether you have a short journey to make to get to your new home in Portland, or you are moving out of the area, we’ve got your back. Give us a call today!

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