Packing Services in Portland OR

Hiring professional movers to pack and unpack your belongings may seem like a splurge – but it’s a service that dramatically speeds up the process and reduces stress for everyone. At Cheap Movers Portland we know that packing up a house, apartment or business isn’t easy – and it takes a lot of time. If you’re moving here in Portland, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, or Vancouver, WA, you may want professional help to pack your home. Age and health limitations can make packing and heavy lifting difficult. Improperly packed china, glassware, and lamps are easily damaged in transport.  Some furniture, such as bed frames and large dining tables, must be carefully taken apart and re-assembled.  Putting your valuables (and your health) at risk may not be worth the savings of doing it yourself.


When you meet with your moving professional, make an honest assessment of your household, your budget, and your own abilities.  Professional packers save time – most people include some packing services in their moving contract. Cheap Movers Portland is your one-stop resource to find trained and insured packing and unpacking professionals in the Portland, OR area.

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Services from Professional Movers and Packers

Get the high-quality services you need to get your home or business packed in advance of your relocation:


Full Packing

When you choose full packing services, your mover’s professional packing team handles your entire move. They’ll pack up everything and label each item with the correct room. Furniture is wrapped, and fragile items are boxed up with packing paper and Styrofoam peanuts. With a full-service packing solution, you’ll need to be ready! Clean out those closets ahead of time and relax while they do the work.


Partial Packing

With a partial packing service, you’ll hire movers to pack only certain rooms or items for you. Meet with your moving company to confirm what they should pack. Don’t forget, professional movers are trained to pack breakables correctly, and they work quickly! It’s smart to let the pros pack your dishes, lamps, and glassware and to handle large furniture for you.


Specialty Packing:  Antiques, Art & Collectibles

Antiques, collectibles, and fine art are valuable and may have fragile detailing that needs extra protection. Specialty packing services might include making custom cushioning, wrapping, and securing the item to a pallet or putting it in a heavy wooden crate. Cheap Movers Portland knows which professional packers in the Portland-Vancouver area have the resources to crate your antiques and fine art for safe travel.


Take Apart and Reassemble Furniture or Appliances

Bedroom sets, wall units, and even some dining tables must be taken apart when you move, then re-assembled at your destination. Some appliances and large televisions require partial disassembly or need to be carried upright. The professional movers we partner with in Portland and Vancouver have the training to handle each of these hard-to-move items correctly.


Packing for Storage

Cheap Movers Portland knows qualified local movers who can help you pack your household for storage. When preparing for long-term storage, using proper packaging and labels is especially important – labeling your boxes on the sides and top is a good idea.  If you’re downsizing and need short term storage, professional packers will help you organize and label things separately for storage or moving.


Unpacking Services

Whether you’re moving from Gresham to Hillsboro and need extra help, or you’re moving long-distance to the Vancouver area, an unpacking team can unload your truck and help you settle in to your new home. Professionals will reassemble the furniture, place your rugs for you, and unpack boxes if you’d like. If you’re moving for work, ask for professional unpacking services with your relocation package.

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Tips for Packing and Unpacking When You Move

Making sure you pack things carefully not only saves them from damage, but helps you stay organized. Here are some of our best pro tips:


  • Tidy up and organize rooms ahead of time – make sure things are in the room you’d like them to be packed with. If your kids have a habit of leaving favorite games or books in the family room, make sure they’re put away in their bedrooms on moving day. They’ll able to unpack and find their things quickly. 
  • Make a set-up kit in a box labeled “Open First.” Put in toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, coffee maker and coffee, paper plates, and whatever else you might need on moving day. At least you’ll be able to wash your hands, make coffee and order lunch! 
  • Have a small toolkit set aside for taking apart and putting together furniture and media equipment.
  • Pack a box with sheets and towels for all the beds and mark it “Open First” so you’ll be ready to set up the bedrooms.
  • Have each family member pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes, important personal items, medicines and toiletries. Put them in your car, and everyone will be comfortable the first night in your new place.
  • Buy moving boxes and packing materials, as much as your budget allows. Make sure to get tall ones for lamps and heavy-duty dish boxes. If you’re on a tight budget, try to find free moving boxes at your local grocery store or save up boxes from Amazon shipments.
  • Keep in mind that new, uniformly-sized boxes pack into a truck more efficiently and won’t break or fall apart on you.
  • Newspapers will leave your dishes dirty; avoid having to re-wash your whole kitchen by purchasing unprinted paper for packing dishes.
  • Use colored labels and give each room a color – it will really help when you unload the truck.
  • Label every box thoroughly – the box’s contents, the room, and whether you’ll need to unpack it first or last. Put the room it belongs in on two sides of the box and the top.
  • Put heavy items into smaller boxes! Small boxes are sometimes labeled “Book Box” – once you fill them with books, they’re quite heavy. Anything bigger is going to be hard to carry.
  • Don’t pack your extra linens and towels into moving boxes. You can use them to pack things by tucking them into boxes around lamps, toys and other small items.
  • Use large, clear trash can liners for soft items like comforters, sofa pillows, etc. They can fit on top of boxes in the truck, and you can unpack quickly since you can see what’s inside.
  • When you take apart furniture, put any hardware or bolts into a clear plastic bag. Label the bag, and securely tie or tape it to the furniture.
  • If you’re unsure about your reassembly skills for furniture, take a photo of the hardware before you take it apart.
  • Check your owners’ manual for electronics – some TVs need to be kept upright while moving and laying them flat can damage them.
  • If you’re moving locally, stack framed art in your car (put linens between to prevent scratches) and drive them over to the new place – it’ll save hours of packing.

Once you arrive, your unpacking process should go smoothly if you’ve followed our tips. Remember to recycle your packing materials – if you flatten out paper and boxes carefully, someone else who’s moving can reuse them.  


For help with all your packing and unpacking needs in the Portland area, be sure to give us a call. We’ll provide you with quotes from some of the best moving companies in Portland, so you can get quality moving services for less!

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