Navigating the Packing and Moving Process

Despite the excitement of a new beginning, moving often brings many challenges. From sorting through belongings to coordinating logistics, the process can be overwhelming no matter how short the move or how small your household is.

Careful planning and the proper guidance will improve any move. Follow our helpful packing and moving tips and make relocating to your new home a smooth and stress-free experience!

How to Efficiently Book Your Move

Defining Your Moving Goals

Before booking a mover, it’s crucial to define your moving objectives. Consider factors like the distance you’re moving, the size of your household and belongings, and any items requiring extra care in packing. Budget and timing will also play a role. This will all help guide your choice of moving services.

Understand the differences between types of moving services as you begin your search: full-service moving companies offer comprehensive relocation assistance; other movers may provide only basic transportation services.

Choosing & Booking Movers

Take a holistic approach when researching moving companies. Look for positive reviews, proper insurance coverage, clear policies regarding what they will and won’t pack or move, and transparency about rates and terms.

Once you’ve done your research, interview and obtain quotes from multiple companies. Ensure that the movers you’re considering conduct an in-person or virtual assessment of your belongings for an accurate estimate. Be clear about your expected move date and schedule, and clarify timelines with the mover. Review any additional services you may require, insurance coverage specifics, moving company rates, and payment terms. Pay close attention to paperwork. (“Read the fine print” is good advice!) And don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Essential Tips

Packing Tips & Recommendations

person carefully packing items with wrapping materials

Experienced, full-service moving companies will quickly and efficiently handle every step of your move, from packing to moving and unpacking.

However, certain items, like hazardous materials or perishables, cannot be packed by movers. Fragile and delicate items take special care. It’s crucial to manage these separately and responsibly. Use quality packing materials, sturdy boxes, and an organized labeling system for items you pack yourself. Pack room by room, keeping similar items together to streamline the unpacking process.

A moving checklist will help you stay organized and on track for the big day. Start early! Moving to a new home is an excellent opportunity to sort and declutter. The sooner you begin to downsize and organize your belongings, the easier packing and moving will be.

Moving Day

On the day of the move, ensure your movers have easy access. Clear paths, stairways, and hallways. Move carpets or items that might be tripping hazards. Make sure appliances are emptied and unplugged.

Your moving crew will bring all the necessary packing material and moving equipment, coordinate the packing and loading of the moving truck, and help determine which items require special care and attention during the move.

Valuables, plants, and pets are precious cargo and should accompany you on the big day. Plan ahead to ensure their safety and comfort during the move. Have a checklist of personal move-in essentials – overnight bag, medications, important documents – to aid in a smooth transition to your new home. Place important must-haves you’ll carry in a designated spot away from moving boxes.

Unpacking & Next Steps

two people unpacking boxes

Full-service moving companies like Priority Moving will unpack your household in your new space. They’ll set up furniture and take away packing materials. If you’re doing the unpacking, start with the essentials and gradually unpack room by room. The kitchen and bathroom are a good place to begin!

Short or long-term storage sometimes comes in handy when moving from one home to another. Consider using a storage unit rental to help ease a downsize or allow for a more organized settling-in period.

Priority Moving Will Streamline Your Move

A well-planned relocation begins with defining your moving goals, researching reputable moving companies, and making informed choices. Packing smartly and preparing adequately for moving day can alleviate stress. Lastly, unpacking and considering storage options contribute to a smoother transition.

We understand the challenges of moving and are here to help streamline the process. Should you have questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at Priority Moving. We have moved Oregon households of all sizes for close to two decades. Our trusted team of licensed, experienced movers is dedicated to ensuring your relocation is as seamless as possible. Call 503-544-7972 today for a free estimate or to book your move.