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Which is Better: A DIY Move or Hiring a Moving and Storage Company?


If you have an upcoming move, you may be deciding whether to tackle the move on your own or hire a moving and storage company. If you find yourself going back-and-forth, trying to decide whether to hire a moving and storage company or do it all yourself, you are not alone.

We find that a lot of our clients debate themselves in the months before their moves about whether or not hiring a moving and storage company is worth it. Although we may be a little biased, we can say with certainty that you won’t regret working with a professional moving and storage company.

In this article, we’re detailing the pros and cons of DIY moves and offering our insights into why hiring a moving and storage company is a great option for households of all kinds. Keep reading for details on the top considerations you need to contemplate to decide whether or not a DIY move is the best idea for your family.

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What to Consider Before You Choose a DIY Move

How Much You Own

The more belongings you have, the more work it will be to move it all from one place to another. Although this may seem obvious, it can be difficult to really wrap your mind around how much you own until you start compiling items together to box up. This consideration also applies to any belongings that are super heavy. You may need to hire a moving and storage company for bigger items that are too dangerous to move on your own without help.

Your Family Size

This consideration ties into the first one — the more people in your household, the more stuff there will be to sort, move, store, and keep track of. A professional moving and storage company is one of the most helpful services for larger families. You can focus on keeping your family on track with the move while movers take care of the heavy lifting.

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Your Current Stress Levels

Depending on why you are moving, you may be under a great deal of stress. If you are relocating for a new job or promotion or for a spouse’s job, for example, you may want to consider hiring a moving and storage company to ease the stress of moving. Even if a new job is a positive thing for your family, it can still cause stress when you move your life and household elsewhere. Having a professional moving and storage company there to take care of the packing and moving can make a huge difference in your stress and anxiety levels.

The Reason for Your Move

If your move is sudden or unexpected, you may not have time to pack and move everything yourself. If time is a factor in your move, hiring a moving and storage company can help ease any pressure you may already feel to get from one location to another. The benefit of hiring a moving and storage company (someone that does both) is that you can have professionals pack up your belongings, move some of your items to storage, and move the rest to your new location.

Time & Money

When you are considering whether or not to hire a moving and storage company, time and money will be the biggest factors to weigh. If you value your time and you are able to afford hiring a moving and storage company, then the choice is obvious. However, for some households, the choice may not be so simple. We encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about costs or services to help you better make a decision about whether or not to hire a moving and storage company.

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Hire a Moving and Storage Company | Gresham, Oregon & More

Priestley & Sons is your go-to service. When you need a trusted moving and storage company, we have got your back! We reserve our storage units exclusively for our moving clients, making it easy to store the things you need now so you can access them later. With nearly 100 years of impeccable service, we are the moving and storage company in Gresham you can trust. We make your move simple, thanks to our organized and experienced movers.

Let Priestley do the heavy lifting for you! You have enough to worry and stress about without breaking your back. Our clients love working with us! Check out one of our recent Google reviews:

“We have moved several times during our 42 years of marriage and have used many local and national moving companies but have never before using Priestley and Sons Moving & Storage Company witnessed such professionalism and hard working people EVER! We just moved from Gresham to Southern Oregon and they are the BEST. Team Robert, Chris, Brandon, Marty, Cammy, and Gabe are excellent employees and we will never use anyone else to move us in the future. You guys are the BEST! Give them a call, you will be so happy you did. Blessings to you Priestley and Sons. :)”


-Joanie D’s 5 Star Google Review

In addition to residential moves and storage assistance, Priestley & Sons also helps with commercial moves. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring a positive experience for all of our customers. We perform background checks on all of our movers and value experience and hard work above all else. You can always trust our team to take care of your belongings, treat you like family, and get your items from one place to the next, all in one piece.

Check out more helpful resources below from Priestley & Sons:

5 Tips for Long-Distance Moves
Moving During the Coronavirus

Hire a moving and storage company in Gresham or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley now: (503) 661-7920

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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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