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Your Do-It-Yourself Move - Making A Plan

DIY & Hybrid Moving Tips

Do-it-yourself moves and Hybrid moving can be easy!  Let us show you how. Follow these simple tips and your Do-It-Yourself moving experience will be a success!


Make a Schedule

Begin the packing process early.  For a full size home you should allow at least 2 weeks to avoid last minute overload.  For a small apartment a week should be enough time.  Start your schedule in reverse order from moving day with realistic goals for each day. Decide how far in advance you can begin packing non - essential items in to boxes. Confirm your reservation with truck rentals a few days before pick up. For  PODS or container moves contact your supplier for delivery time confirmat estimates 48 hours in advance.

Move it, Sell it, Donate it, Toss it!

Your next move is a great opportunity to get rid of things you may no longer need or use.  This will save you money and make your moving experience easier.  A good starting place would be to make 3 areas for your under-used items.  If you have time and space you could select things for garage sale, Ebay, Craigslist, Offer Up, or other marketplaces.  Items selected for donation can go to Goodwill, Salvation Army and many local services even do pick-ups for free.  Last but not least would be the recycle or throw it away option.  Sometimes difficult, often necessary.

Pack and Label

We have some helpful How-To-Videos here on our blog and on our Youtube channel for packing methods that pros use. "If it’s worth moving it’s worth packing the right way"  so take your time and don’t shortcut on the right supplies.  Packing is time consuming and more of it is spent on kitchen items than any other area of your home so start there as soon as your schedule permits.  When you get your supplies make sure you have more boxes and packing supplies than you think you’ll need.  Most truck rental and moving supply centers that sell boxes accept returns for what you don't use.  Never use bags for moving.  If you have bagged items select an appropriate size box and place it inside.  You can load a truck or moving container more efficiently when items are stackable and safely secured.  Label all boxes on 3 sides for larger moves, Color coded dot stickers to identify rooms or destinations can be helpful and time saving.  That may not seem necessary but you’ll be glad you did when you arrive at your destination.

Moving Helpers

Moving day can be easy if you do your homework. You’re going to need moving help from someone.  If you’re going DIY you might consider loading over a 2 day period schedule permitting.  You may have enlisted some friends for help and breaking this up over a couple days may be easier on everyone.  Hybrid moving from professional Labor Only Movers is affordable within even the most modest budgets.  Many moving labor companies in our area have a 2 hour minimum and under $200 for 2 hours is average.  You can ask the movers to “focus on large or heavy items” and you can take care of smaller boxes and items yourself.  This is a common request.  You also might consider adding an extra hour or so to have the loading process off to a good start and have all the essential heavy items properly secured so finishing the job off on your own goes quick and relatively easy.

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You can save 10-30% by using direct moving discount offers from U-Haul, PODS, Penske, PACK-RAT, Enterprise, ABF U Pack, and more from our links on this page.   We’re always happy to answer questions so please feel free to reach out to us at If you’re in Oregon or the Pacific Northwest and you would like to schedule a move you can fill out a request on our site or call 503.922.2225. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your way!



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Do-It-Yourself Moving Tips

Full Service Moving - DIY Moving - Hybrid Moving

There are 3 basic types of residential and commercial moving.  We'll give you an overview to help you determine what makes most sense for your move and your budget.  Do-It-Yourself and Hybrid Moving have been around for a while but more recently they have become the first choice option for consumers on a tight budget as frequent moves for work and family are increasingly frequent in today's fast pace world.

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Full Service Moving

This is the least labor intensive choice for the consumer.  It's also the most expensive choice and well out of budget for most people.  You can look at a list of the most recognized moving companies, Mayflower, Bekins, Allied, North American, National, and have them do an onsite estimate for free in most cases.  You have the option of completely hands free moving by letting them do the packing and prepping for you.  It will allow you to maintain your full work and social schedule.  Corporate relocation is often the source of funding for this type of move as a coast to coast operation can be well over $50,000 for a 3 bedroom home with packing and insurance.  Total costs of twice that much are not uncommon. A local move with a full service provider for an average home is of course less money but it can still be quite expensive and out of range for many budgets.

DIY or Do-It-Yourself Moving

This is the lowest cost option for moving.  There aren’t many upsides other than low cost.  It's just as described.  You’re going to do it all yourself.  You will decide and arrange for a rental moving truck like U-haul or a shipping container like PODS, ABF U-Pack, or PACK-RAT and coordinate the schedule for the move date.  Another responsibility is to obtain boxes and packing materials as well as the packing of smaller items in to boxes and prepping things for the move like furniture dis-assembly and blanket or shrink wrapping.  The less you have the easier this type of move is.  For a large apartment or small home it’s a lot of work and a considerable amount of time.  You will most likely need at least one other person to assist with larger heavier items.  You may have to add time for repairing damaged items or painting when you’re done.  A visit to a massage therapist or chiropractor may also be appealing after moving day.

Hybrid Moving

Hybrid Moving is a lower cost option to Full Service moving and has been a growing growing trend for a reason, you can save money! Let the professionals do the heavy lifting, you take care of the small stuff.  The amount of work you choose to do can be adjusted to your desires and budget.  You will hire a “Labor Only” moving service to load, unload, and move large or heavy items.  You can have them do the packing of specialty or fragile items.  You may ask the moving service to assist you to determine if renting and driving a truck or renting a moving container is a better choice for you.  


Seeing a PODS container or a U-haul truck in front of a house is an every day occurrence for most of us in Portland and many cities.  Hybrid Moving is a great way to save money on your next move and it’s easier than you might think.  It’s a common statement in moving reviews for consumers that have used this option and you’ll be saying the same thing when you’re done with your move.  Reach out to a local moving company that specializes in servicing Do-It-Yourself and Hybrid Moving customers with questions and ideas about your next move.  Please feel free to contact Oregon Trail Moving for answers to your questions.  We look forward to helping you along your way!  503.922.2225