Over the past decade, the moving and storage industry has been plagued by unlicensed, uninsured, dishonest, and illegal moving companies.

When you choose a mover, you are entrusting your personal belongings and property to strangers. Priestley & Sons has been earning and respecting this trust by helping thousands of families for over 90 years.

Moving company helping a family move out of their home

What You Need to Know

When choosing a moving company, there are several important questions to ask.

  • How long has the mover been in business? This information can be easily verified by checking with the Secretary of State. Established in 1929, Priestley & Sons is one of the oldest moving companies around.
  • Is the mover licensed, bonded, and insured? You can check the status of the company at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin. (FMCSA) web site. Priestley & Sons is registered under DOT #103323. and Oregon file number 142126
  • Is the mover authorized to do business in your state? Most states require that a company be authorized to move household goods. This usually means the company is well established, and trusted. Priestley & Sons is one of the select companies, authorized to move household goods in Oregon.

For More Information

The following groups, organizations, and agencies provide information specific to illegal moving companies. Priestley & Sons strongly suggests that you review this information prior to entrusting your possessions to a mover.

ODOT: The Oregon Department of Transportation lays out some excellent information about moving in Oregon.

Business Name Search: You can search this database to find out if a company is registered to do business in the State of Oregon.

License & Insurance Search: Before you hire a mover, check to make sure they are licensed and have current insurance.

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How to Avoid a Moving Scam

When you do your research, you can reduce your risk of falling victim to moving scams and ensure that you are moving with a reputable company.

Ask Friends and Family

You can get recommendations from friends and family on the company they have recently used and review them based on their real-life experiences.

Check with AMSA

Get help finding a moving service by contacting the American Moving and Storage Association (moving.org). This organization maintains up-to-date lists of expert local and long-distance movers in the U.S.

Research Companies Thoroughly

See if they have a history of customer service success by searching online for BBB and Google reviews.

Document Everything

Once your belongings have been delivered you only have nine months to report any problems and file a written claim for loss or damage to your belongings. Note any issues on the mover’s copy of the inventory before signing it. The mover has 30 days to acknowledge receipt of your claim.

In 120 days, they must make an offer to pay or deny your claim. They are more likely to deny your claim if they don’t see the damage before leaving your home or if they don’t have before-and-after photos.

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Consumers have the right under federal law to receive information about the “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” from each licensed mover. Most moving companies will give you access to this information or provide you with documents detailing fair practices, industry regulations and consumer rights.

Priestley | Signing moving papers in Gresham, OR

Contact Priestley & Sons Today!

If you want to ensure you work with a trustworthy moving service in Oregon, contact Priestley & Sons! We have nearly 100 years of local experience helping residents and businesses move to and from the area. We look forward to serving you with professionalism and integrity.

Check out our service pages below for more information:

Residential Moves
Long-Distance Moves
Storage Services

Our moving team can’t wait to assist you with your move! Look no further than Priestley & Sons to take care of your upcoming move to or from the Portland metro area! Priestley & Sons always has your back!

Schedule with our team today: (503) 661-7920


“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.

2255 NW Birdsdale Ave.
Gresham, OR. 97030

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