Moving to Oregon Guide
If you’re planning on moving to Oregon, view our helpful moving guide below. We offer many valuable tips and information regarding your move.
Efficient planning and preparation are the keys to a stress-free move. While the anticipation surrounding the move to a new home may be very exciting, the dilemmas and inconveniences involved in organizing and packing for the move can prove a daunting experience for anyone. But, I can assist you through all phases, easing the stress. We can offer an abundance of information about moving options, preparation, available resources, when and how you can “do it yourself,” when it’s time to call in the professionals and many other related topics.
For short distance local moves, you may consider transporting small goods and furnishings by yourself, but most moves will require a professional moving company, which you may also choose to do the packing.
We believe our Moving Guide offers vital information about choosing a mover and getting estimates, and it also provides helpful packing tips. But it’s looking after all the details – big and small – during this hectic time that will ensure your move goes smoothly. Time is of the essence, so having a well thought out checklist of steps is essential to achieving an organized and well planned move.
CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL MOVER
The decision of who to use can begin with discussions with my partners Lori and Paul Tydeman. They have years of experience with movers and can help guide you to the best one for your particular needs.
Movers should be licensed and bonded as required in your state, and employees should have workman’s compensation insurance. Your local Better Business Bureau can advise you if complaints have been lodged against a mover. Always confirm mover credentials.
If you are moving from one state to another, your mover must have authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They must also have the right equipment and be able to provide references. International moves should be discussed with embassy officials to inquire about customs protocols, duties and taxes and items prohibited in the destination country.
GETTING AN ESTIMATE
The cost of an interstate move is based on the weight of your belongings and the distance they are shipped, plus the amount of packing and other services you may need. Movers cam give you an estimate to help you anticipate the cost of your move.
- Binding estimates are written agreements that guarantee the cost of the move based on the items to be moved and the services listed on the mover’s estimate sheet. Get mover estimates in writing.
- Non-binding estimates are not guaranteed. They approximate the cost based on the mover’s survey of the items to be moved, with the final cost determined after the shipment is weighed. This is determined by putting the van on a scale before and after it is loaded. There is no guarantee the final cost will not be more than the estimate.
TIMING YOUR MOVE
Avoid moving at the end or beginning of the month when the schedules of most moving companies are filled. You can save time and money by planning your move for a weekday instead of busier weekends. And remember the worst time of the year to move is around three summer season holiday weekends: Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day.
If your plans do not include having a moving company pack up and move you to your destination, we offer suggestions regarding necessary equipment and supplies as well as a number of helpful tips to make your move easier and better organized.
Specific rooms often require special tools and equipment to make packing flow smoothly. Those items are suggested here along with helpful tips to get you better prepared. Below is a room-by-room checklist with recommended supplies.
Materials needed for all rooms
- Boxes (variety of sizes)
- Packing tape
- Markers for labeling
- Scissors/Utility knife
- Bubble wrap for fragile items
- Packing Peanuts
- Packing paper for extra cushioning
Moving tips for all rooms
- Pack similar weights together and label boxes with the items contained and their room locations.
- Start the process by packing seasonal items, attic items, and other items that will not be needed within the next few weeks.
- Bath and kitchen towels, pillows, linens, blankets and other soft goods can be used as additional padding while packing.
- Plants are especially fragile, please move with caution.
- Lamp shades are also fragile, so wrap with packing paper and place in box at least 2 inches larger than shade diameter, label box “Lamp Shade - Fragile” and pack on top to avoid crushing.
- You may want to have area rugs cleaned before moving because you will receive them rolled, which will be easy for transport.
- Always mark boxes so that movers will know where goods should be placed. Number boxes so that all items can be counted on arrival. Make a list of boxes by number and indicate their contents.
- Moving historic, breakable or valued items? Such goods routinely require special handling and packaging.
Kitchen Additional Materials/Tips
- Dish cell kits
- Cooler for food, if move is local
- Tip: Put heavy items, such as pots and pans, at the bottom of boxes.
- Tip: In addition to the dish cell kit, individually wrap glasses and dishware with bubble wrap and/or with extra packing paper as a cushion.
- Tip: Pack a box labeled “Kitchen Immediate Needs” and put items that you will need within the first few days at your new home. Pack this box last so you can access it easily upon arrival.
Dining/Breakfast Room Additional Materials
- Mirror/picture boxes
- Dish cell kits
- Furniture pads/sheets/blankets to protect furniture
Living Room Additional Materials/Tips
- Mirror/picture boxes
- Furniture pads/sheets/blankets to protect furniture, TV, electronics
- Tip: Large furniture items can be shrink-wrapped and should be discussed with the moving company beforehand.
Bedroom Additional Materials/Tips
- Wardrobe boxes
- Mirror/picture boxes
- Mattress covers
- Large plastic bag for linens
- Furniture pads/sheets/blankets to cover and protect furniture
- Tip: Pack a box or suitcase labeled “Clothing Immediate Needs” and pack items that you will need within the first few days at your new home. Pack this box last so you can access it easily upon arrival.
Study/Game Room Additional Materials/Tips
- Mirror/picture boxes
- Furniture pads/sheets/blankets to cover and protect furniture, TV, computer, electronics
- Tip: Pack a box labeled “Important Papers/Immediate Needs” and pack items that you may need within the first few days at your new home. Keep all important papers, documents, phone numbers, etc. together. Keep this box near you during the move so you can access it easily if needed.
- Tip: Be careful when packing books and do not overload the box. Try to keep the weight below 50 lbs.
- Tip: A qualified professional should assist you with moving preparation for large items such as pianos or pool tables.
Bathrooms Additional Materials/Tips
- Mirror box (if specified in contract to go w/ seller)
- Tip: Keep medicines and related prescriptions in a place where they will be available during the move.
- Tip: Pack a box labeled “Bathroom Immediate Needs” and put items that you will need within the first few days at your new home. Pack this box last so you can access it easily upon arrival.
- Baggies for nails, screws, and other loose hardware
- Towels to cover sharp edged tools
- Tip: Drain power tools of oil and gas.
- Tip: For grills, either dispose of charcoal or disconnect propane tank (propane tank cannot be transported in moving truck).
We hope this moving timeline assures that nothing gets overlooked.
6 weeks before moving
- Make moving arrangements and travel plans. See our Moving Guide for information about choosing a mover.
- Evaluate your belongings in all rooms, including attic and garage. Is there anything you want to donate, toss or sell?
- Begin using items that can’t make the move with you – such as frozen and perishable foods.
- Make a list of people who must be notified of your move – family, friends, subscriptions, creditors, etc.
- If relocating as part of your employment, check with your employer to determine what moving expenses they will cover.
- Label an envelope “moving receipts” and keep all moving expenses together in case they qualify for tax exemptions or reimbursement.
4 weeks before moving
- Arrange the transfer of all your records: legal, school, personal insurance, medical, dental, prescriptions, pet healthcare and immunizations, etc.
- Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if your move is covered. Contact insurance agent to transfer/cancel insurance coverage. Be sure that your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft, and other personal property insurance.
- If moving from an apartment, notify landlord and request apartment deposit back.
- If not using mover’s packing service, purchase or assemble all moving supplies (refer to our Moving Guide) and begin packing items that you won’t need immediately.
- Have a moving sale and donate all other unwanted items, saving charitable receipts for tax records.
- Give away or arrange for transportation of house plants (movers generally will not move plants).
3 weeks before move
- Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them (if specified in contract to go with seller).
- Check and clear tax assessments.
- Properly dispose of combustibles, aerosols, flammables, ammunition, or bottled gas (these items cannot make the move with you).
- Review any needs you may have for your pet.
2 weeks before move
- Set up bank account at your new location, and switch automatic payments and deposits.
- Don’t forget belongings at other locations – empty safe deposit boxes, storage units and lockers, collect dry cleaning, etc.
- If possible, you may wish to open a safe deposit box in new location to ensure that important items/records are safe.
- Make sure your car is in good working order if you are making a long road trip to your new location.
- Confirm all moving arrangements/travel plans.
- Notify utilities and service providers of turn-off date – electric, gas, water, cable, satellite, phone, internet – and request refunds of deposits where applicable.
- Cancel all newspapers and magazines, pool or lawn care service, gym memberships, other clubs or associations, and arrange for transfer where applicable.
- Complete change of address forms and give to Post Office. Also, notify insurance companies (life, health, property), local financial institutions and credit unions (where you have deposit accounts, loans, or stock), Internal Revenue Service and/or other government agencies.
- Arrange services/connections in your new location.
- Draw a floor plan of your new home indicating desired placement of furniture –this will make arrival much more productive.
1 week before move
- Confirm with moving company method of payment, and make sure that proper steps have taken place to pay movers in order to complete your move.
- Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
- Be sure to return all borrowed items – movie rentals, library books, etc.
- Drain water hoses.
- Disassemble items such as swing sets, trampolines, exercise equipment, etc.
- Double check inaccessible or rarely used areas such as attic, storage shed, etc. for items.
2-3 days before move
- Assemble your “Survival Kit” – a 30-day supply of medications, important papers/documents, mover contact information, other important contact numbers, bathroom and clothing requirements, valuables, and any other essential necessities for you, your children and/or pets. Maintain possession of this kit/suitcase throughout your move.
- If using mover’s packing service, plan to remain at the house throughout the packing process. Be available to answer questions and advise movers of items that are fragile or need special attention.
- Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
- Finish all personal packing.
- Confirm utilities at new location.
- Clear all walkways.
- Plan to remain at the house throughout the moving/loading process. Be available to answer questions and advise movers of items that are fragile or need special attention.
- Make sure driver/moving company has all your contact information in case of problems.
- To avoid confusion with other boxes, load all boxes/suitcases (Survival Kit) that need to stay in your possession and will be needed immediately upon arrival. Also take in your car – maps, snacks, first aid kit, cell phone charger, and emergency road equipment.
- Load the vacuum/broom last to clean floors as a courtesy to new buyers/tenants.
- If you’re moving more than a few miles, you should have enough cash or credit to cover travel, food, transportation and lodging.
- If moving with children, make sure that each has a favorite toy or toys, blankets, games, music and other goods.
- Have address books readily available in case you need help.
- If you have a laptop computer with WiFi capabilities, make sure it is easily accessible during your trip to pick up business and personal e-mail.
- Make final tour of home before moving truck drives away.
- Lock all doors and windows as you leave.