The Best Moving Companies in Portland

Whether you’re moving across town or cross country, we’ve found the best moving companies for you. We analyzed the services, customer reviews, and costs for more than 20 movers in Portland. These are our top picks.
Best long distance mover
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
Our Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
pro Full-service moves
pro Movers load and drive truck
Best for local moving
Primetime Movers Portland
Our Rating
5 out of 5 stars
5
pro Full-service moves
pro Movers load and drive truck
Best for container moving
pods
PODS
Our Rating
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
pro Container moves
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Best for truck rental
penske
Penske
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
pro DIY truck-rental moves
con Customer loads and drives truck

What type of moving company is right for you?

Professional movers
They handle it all.

Professional movers load your stuff, ship it to your new home, and unload it all for you. It’s the easiest—but most expensive—option. Learn more.

Containers
You load, they ship.

You load up all your belongings, but the movers transport your container to your new home. It’s the middle road for effort and cost. Learn more.

Moving truck rentals
You do all the work.

Worried about costs? Rent a truck, load it yourself, drive it to your new home, and unload all your things. You do it all—and save a lot. Learn more.


The best long-distance movers in Portland

Move.org researched over a dozen nationwide moving companies. These professional moving companies are our top picks. If you’re moving to a new home outside of Oregon, we recommend these movers.
Best long-distance moving company
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
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Best premium services
Best for customizable services
northamerican
North American Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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    A la carte services
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    GPS tracking
Best customer reviews
safeway
Safeway Moving System
4 out of 5 stars
4
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Best budget moving company

Local professional movers in Portland

If you’re moving to a new home in Portland or somewhere else in Oregon, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Moving company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
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5 out of 5 stars
5
-Packing services
-Storage services
-Piano moving
-Local moves
503-201-7953
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
-Packing services
-Furniture assembly and disassembly
-Junk removal
-Local moves
503-664-4477
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
-Packing services
-Storage services
-Local moves
-Interstate moves
503-549-4206
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
-Packing services
-Office relocation
-Local moves
-Interstate moves
971-266-3101
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
-Packing services
-Office relocation
-Local moves
-Interstate moves
503-766-2385
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Best moving container companies in Portland

Move.org analyzed approximately 8,000 customer reviews and 300 quotes over 3 years to find the best moving container companies in the US.
Moving company
Move.org rating
Avg. cost for local move
Avg. cost for long-distance move
Phone
Learn more
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
$1,370$4,300866-229-4120
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$1,940$4,240800-722-5728
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$1,500$3,880888-947-7974
4 out of 5 stars
4
$1,870$5,030844-362-5303
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
$1,730$4,100800-468-4285

Best truck rental companies in Portland

Move.org researched services, gathered over 100 quotes, and interviewed customers to find the 5 best moving truck rental companies in the country.
Moving company
Move.org rating
Avg. cost for local move
Avg. cost for long-distance move
Phone
Learn more
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$328$1,944844-847-9577
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
$28$2,080800-462-8343
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
$39$1,946800-468-4285
3.1 out of 5 stars
3.1
$130N/A888-736-8387
3.1 out of 5 stars
3.1
$324$2,337N/A
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What to know about moving in Portland

How much does it rain in Portland?

Oregon’s annual precipitation usually ranges between 60 and 120 inches,1 whereas the US’s average annual precipitation in 2020 was just over 30 inches.2 No wonder the city took second place on our list of the US’s gloomiest cities.

This means that if you’re moving to or around Portland, you’ll need to take weather into account. A move ain’t exactly a parade, but you still don’t want to get rained on.

Of course, it’s impossible to know exactly what the weather will be like a few weeks from now—let alone in a month or two. If you’re planning your Portland move months in advance (which you should), the best you can do is schedule your move date outside of Portland’s rainiest season, which runs from October to April.1

If you simply have to move during Portland’s wettest season—or it ends up raining on your moving day despite your best-laid plans—pack your stuff in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes. Alternatively, you can slip boxes inside of trash bags to keep rain from seeping in. You should also lay down mats on your floors to prevent slips.

Lastly, make sure everyone helping you move has a raincoat, proper footwear, and a healthy supply of towels for drying off between loads.

How much does a local move cost in Portland?

On average, a local move costs somewhere between $550–$2,000 if you hire professional movers. Your exact price will depend on factors like how much stuff you’re moving, what time of year you’re moving, and how far you’re moving. Because of this variability, it’s almost impossible to know exactly what your move will cost until you get an estimate from your movers.

The best way to keep costs low is to get estimates from multiple movers. No two companies will charge the exact same rate for the same move, so get quotes from as many companies as you can to find your cheapest options.

If you want to learn more, check out our guide to moving costs.

Is Portland a good city for first-time homebuyers?

Unfortunately, Portland ranked in the bottom 20 on our list of the best cities for first-time homebuyers. The median home value in the Portland metro area was $368,800 in 2020,3 which isn’t too bad considering that the median home value in San Jose was nearly $1,000,000.

Still, paying for your mortgage and other monthly costs associated with owning a Portland home would eat up a significant portion of your paycheck. This is especially true if you were making Portland’s average individual income of $41,310 a year.4

If you want to buy your first home in the near future, Portland probably isn’t the best place to move. Look for homes in our top 10 cities for first-time homebuyers instead.

Is Portland a great city for bike commuters?

Yes, Portland is actually the best city in the country for people who commute by bike. Between the city’s comprehensive laws for protecting cyclists, its excellent bike lanes, and its crisp climate, it’s easy to see why nearly 6.3% of Portland residents commuted by bike in 2019.5

Sources

  1. Britannica, “Climate of Oregon.” Accessed January 20, 2022.
  2. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, “State of the Climate: National Climate Report for Annual 2020,” January 2021. Accessed January 20, 2022.
  3. Joe Roberts, “The Best Metros and Towns for First-Time Homeowners,” January 25, 2021. Accessed January 20, 2022.
  4. United States Census Bureau, “Portland city, Oregon.” Accessed January 20, 2022.
  5. Joe Roberts, “US Cities with the Most Bicycle Commuters per Capita,” July 29, 2022. Accessed January 20, 2022.
Joe Roberts
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Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over four years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.