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How to Make Your Move Easy for You AND Your Long-Distance Movers

Priestley & Sons has been in business since 1929. With nearly 100 years of experience, our residential and long-distance movers have learned a thing or two about what it means to accomplish a long-distance move with as few hiccups as possible. If you are planning to hire long-distance movers for your upcoming move, this article is for you.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • 5 insanely helpful tips that will guarantee a smooth move
  • How to organize and plan for long-distance movers
  • Etiquette regarding tipping long-distance movers
  • How to work with our team at Priestley for your move

In addition to long-distance movers, we also have residential movers on staff that assist local clients with city moves in the greater metropolitan area. Our team also works with small businesses and commercial building owners for office moving services and storage assistance.

No matter what kind of move you are facing, we are here to help. Contact our long-distance movers in Gresham now at: (503) 661-7920

We have the team you need to get the job done!

5 Tips to Assist Long-Distance Movers

Many of these tips apply to the collaborative efforts you will need to engage in — particularly with your long-distance movers. As you prepare for your upcoming move, it is important to understand that even the smallest efforts can make a big difference. Don’t hesitate to go the extra mile (pun intended) so you can rest easy during this new transition. Read on and follow the tips listed below, and you are sure to help your long-distance movers and your family enjoy the journey to your new home.

1 – Pack a “Go-Bag” with Essentials

Depending on where your new location is or how far you will have to travel, the first thing you will want to pack is a travel bag. This should include daily essentials like medications, hygiene products, clothes, pajamas, shoes, etc. You might consider packing a suitcase as if you were going on vacation. That way, you have everything you need to survive the initial stages of your move. A go-bag will prevent the stress of a frantic search for something you left packed up in a box in the back of the moving truck. Keep the essentials you need on hand and you will save yourself a lot of stress.

You might also consider keeping personal documents, extra cash, expensive jewelry, and other valuable items with you in your own vehicle, rather than the moving truck. This eliminates the possibility of these items becoming lost or damaged.

2 – Get Insurance for Valuable Items

Make sure you have insurance coverage on your most valuable items. While your long-distance movers may be able to cover certain damages, their policy may only cover a certain percent or dollar amount. It is best to go through your own insurance and cover your valuables beforehand.

A great precaution you can take to avoid damages at all is to pack up your belongings properly. Invest in high-quality moving boxes and carefully wrap glassware and other fragile items so they survive their journey intact. Your long-distance movers should be able to help you with packing if you so choose, but you can proactively protect the items that mean the most to you for the added peace of mind.

You can also take photos of all of your valuables and their conditions before the move. That way, you can resolve any accidental damages with your insurance or the moving company with proof.

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3 – Protect Your Mattresses

Make sure to cover your mattresses with protective coverings. You will want to keep your mattresses free of dust, dirt, bugs, and other pests during transport. A protective covering will also prevent sweat and dirt from getting on your mattresses as multiple people handle and move them.

4 – Be as Organized as Possible

Organization is crucial for any move, especially if you are traveling long distances. Movers (and family members) will appreciate some forethought and preplanning. If you are diligent about marking boxes and packing similar items into one box, you are guaranteed to have an easier time when it is time to unpack. Use a sharpie to mark the outside of your moving boxes, so the contents inside are clear to both you and your long-distance movers.

5 – Take Your New Location into Consideration

Be sure to consider your new move-in location. Are there narrow streets or limited driveway space? Will you need to notify neighbors if you need to take up extra street parking for moving trucks? These are all questions you will want to workout beforehand.

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Long-Distance Movers | Gresham, Oregon & More

Finding and working with the right team of long-distance movers in Gresham is easy. With Priestley & Sons as your preferred long-distance movers, you can rest easy from start to finish. We help with everything from storage, packing, and loading to moving and unloading at your final destination.

We operate on principles of respect, integrity, and care. Your belongings are in good hands with our long-distance movers. Gresham residents and those elsewhere in the metro area will be the first to tell you how much they appreciate our services. But don’t take our word for it — below is a review we received from one of our most recent clients:

Cam and Ben were great! I had some really big pieces and they had to take them down some turning stairs. They are truly professional. As for Covid protection, they wore their masks consistently and socially distanced. Would definitely recommend Priestly and Sons. Thanks Ben and Cam! 

-Melissa P’s 5 Star Google Review

Are you ready to schedule with our long-distance movers? Gresham residents and others elsewhere in the area can get ahold of us at: (503) 661-7920

You will LOVE working with Priestley & Sons! We are standing by and waiting to hear from you.

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“Teresa, Thank you so very much for sending Robert, Kameron, Andrew and David to my home to move our large items last week. The professionalism shown by your crew was incredible! They made what could have been a very trying day into a pleasure. They were quick, effecient, and very nice to work with. Thanks again!”

-Debra and Jon, SE Portland, OR

“We had Priestly and Sons relocate my Mother into an assisted living apartment. Robert and Cameron arrived on time and checked in with facility staff on how to access the apartment and started the move. They worked quickly and efficiently with no impact to other elderly residents. After my Mothers furniture and belongings were relocated they loaded up the truck with the excess furniture and delivered it to a couple our relatives. It was a long day with a lot of milk run type stops to drop off this and that. The two guys were very courteous and pleasant for the entire day. Most all of our family uses Priestly for their moves and in our extended family there has never been a discouraging word about the Priestly company or employees. Job well done Robert and Cameron.”

-Doug J.

“I am so pleased and impressed with the move efforts & performance by the Priestley team, including the initial contact, the from-to move site visit, and the actual move itself. The movers - Robert, Zach, & Matt Z. were fantastic! They were curious, professional and committed to make the move go without a hitch. Everything was perfect and most importantly, there was no damages of any type. A great experience and I would highly recommend Priestly & Sons for your moving needs.”

-Jim N.

“It has taken me too long to give a review. I'm still up to my neck in boxes. But I really wanted to share how fabulous these guys were to work with. So very professional, and also just all-around nice guys. I really felt that my things were in good and capable hands, and nothing was damaged at all. I really appreciated the way they taped the boxes up with the edges of the tape a little loose. Seems an odd thing that I would mention that, but that little extra courtesy made it so much easier to unpack the boxes later. I would highly recommend Priestly to anyone considering a move. Thanks, guys!”

-Lesley N.

“By far the best moving experience (& I’ve had quite a few moves unfortunately) but the guys were super quick, thorough, stacked the boxes nicely in my storage & provided several walk ways which no other company has ever done. I definitely feel like they went above and beyond. I tried to get them again & they were booked out too far but I don’t blame them for being busy they rocked. The movers weren’t creepy either like two other local companies I’ve went through. They were just ideal & went above & beyond”

-Jessica R.

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Gresham, OR. 97030

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