Portland Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Not Taking Measurements of Your New Home

Will your couch or refrigerator fit through the door? Does the desk take up three-quarters of the room? Well before moving day, measure the rooms and doorways in your new home. Then measure your furniture to ensure the house has enough clearance.

Packing Heavy Items in Boxes that Are Too Big

Don’t break your back with overly-heavy moving boxes, which might break under the pressure. A better idea is to pack a heavy item in a box that perfectly accommodates its dimensions, not one that’s bigger. If there are spaces around the object, fill it with packing paper or soft lightweight items, such as pillows.

Packing Delicate Items Incorrectly 

Fragile items require special packing materials, such as bubble wrap, packing paper, cushioning rolls and foam. Invest in boxes designed just for dishes, which have dividers. Special boxes are also available for mirrors and televisions. As you pack delicate items, ensure they have sufficient padding and label the boxes with the word “fragile.”

Not Knowing What Portland Movers Won’t Pack or Transport

The last thing you want on moving day is to learn the movers won’t transport your grill, pack up cleaning products, take your plants or touch firearms. Read the moving contract carefully to learn the mover’s responsibilities, the losses covered, and what they’ won’t pack or transport. You might find you have to pack and transport items like jewelry, alcohol, firearms, propane tanks, coin collections and other valuables on your own.

Not Labeling Boxes and Making an Inventory

Simplify packing and unpacking by labeling boxes according to the room they go in and the contents within them. Number the boxes and create a document that also lists the contents of the boxes. Use the inventory document to ensure all the appropriate boxes are on the moving truck on the day of the move. As boxes are unloaded off the moving truck, check them off on your document. It’s simpler to find a missing box during a move than several weeks later.

Forgetting to Book Moving Services in Advance

About 40 million people in the U.S. relocate annually, keeping moving companies busy. Ensure your moving specialists of choice are available the days of your move by booking them several months in advance. Otherwise, you might find yourself stuck with a less reputable company.

Forgetting to Make a “Pack Last” Box

When you arrive at your new home, you might not feel like unpacking several boxes just to find a toothbrush, towel or bed linens. There are certain items you’ll need use up until the day you move and as soon as you reach your new home. Place these items in a box labeled “pack last.” This box is the last to go on the moving truck and the first thing off it, making it simpler to locate. It is also a good idea to pack a suitcase you transport on your own with clothes, medications, hygiene products, cell phone charger, and anything else you’ll need immediate access to.

Not Providing the Post Office with Your Forwarding Address

Even if you give your new address to friends, family members, utility companies, financial institutions, magazine publishers, and other parties that send you mail, you still need to provide the post office with a forwarding address. Some companies take time to process your change of address and even the most well-intentioned individuals forget. Updating your address with the post office will ensure you receive all your mail.

Not Hiring Portland Movers

A DIY move might seem like a great way to save money. It’s also a great way to complicate your life. The DIY route might also result in unexpected body aches, fuel costs and rental costs. Plus, it’s never fun to load up a rented moving truck to discover that half the boxes and furniture are still on the sidewalk.

A reputable Portland moving company will take care of all the logistics and back-breaking work for you, from packing your belongings to loading and unloading them. Specialists know how to load trucks in a manner that protects fragile items. They may also disassemble large pieces of furniture to maximize space on the truck.

Leave the heavy lifting to All Services Moving. Our Portland movers will treat your belongings with the respect they deserve to give you peace of mind on the big day. Request a free estimate today.

Preparing for a move takes weeks. All the planning, packing and researching you do leads up to one event—moving day. Regardless of how well-organized you are and how many people help, moving day will be hectic. Knowing what to expect helps ease moving day stress so you don’t get caught up in the chaos.