You’ve decided to move to the Central Oregon area for the beautiful outdoors and charming cities! After you find your new place, it’s time to discuss one of the most important – and dreaded – parts of moving to a new location: Picking the right mover. Movers not only handle your important personal possessions, but they also have a huge impact on your schedule and are a key part of your storage process. Small mistakes can add up to big problems, which is why it’s easy to find mover horror stories. But don’t worry! Finding the right movers doesn’t have to be difficult, especially with a little research. We’re kicking that research off with our list of the top moving companies in Bend and what Bend movers have to offer.
1. On the Move, Movers Moving
Serving Bend and Redmond plus locations on the other side of the Cascades, On The Move, Movers Moving (yes, it’s a mouthful) offers a wide variety of services for all kinds of moving work. Many of their services can be combined to help those moving into the area – that includes residential moving, cleaning services, and junk removal, and more. They can also handle more delicate items like piano moving. While they can move to local storage units, they don’t offer storage services themselves, and are focused on helping people move within the state.
2. College Hunks Hauling Junk & More
If you have a lot of work to be done unpacking and organizing in Bend, College Hunks are ready to help. They offer junk removal, moving, and general labor services. Their online booking system and estimation services make it easy to get a speedy answer if you’re comparing prices.
3. Professional Moving Services Inc.
This Central Oregon moving company is a local mover that offers a full suite of professional moving services and allows you to stay hands off – that includes all unpacking and packing, loading and unloading, and storage options or moving stored items. They also offer office-moving services if your business is in the moving process.
4. American Moving & Storage
American Moving Storage has 12 years of experience and great customer service. These professional movers help with household relocation. Their services include packing, loading, and unloading and are ready to do the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to. They’re capable of handling a local move as well as interstate moving and make it very easy to grab a free quote right on their website. For more specialized services, they also offer piano and safe moving. This may be a good starting place if you are moving from a different U.S. state.
5. Good Guys Moving
With an excellent track record in the area, Good Guys offer a wide variety of moving services for both homes and offices. They can assist with packing and packing-related supplies and are capable of local or long-distance moving as needed. The company offers both virtual and in-person estimates for their work, but as usual an in-person estimate is likely to be more accurate. If you’re just getting started with planning your move, download their checklist – it’s a useful guide to moving and how far out to plan important steps.
6. Bend Brothers Moving
Bend Brothers, like many of our picks, has been named one of the best moving companies in Bend: They’re a strictly residential moving company that offers loading and unloading services, with the option to rent a moving truck directly from them or provide your own truck for the movers to work with. They’re also very upfront about pricing, with a page devoted to moving rates for different types of teams – for example, two movers and a truck costs around $130 an hour.
7. Allied Van Lines
This franchise is one of the most likely to have service options in both your home state and Bend, so you can find the right services for your plans. Allied Van Lines can provide full service packing and unpacking, loading and unloading, as well as storage facilities for various items. Their website allows you to get a broad moving quote based on the size of your current home.
8. Prestige Moving and Storage
Serving the Portland and Bend regions, Prestige offers a particularly comprehensive set of household-related moving services, which includes crating (for third party movers), fine art handling, military moving, and options from a local to international move. You can sign up for a video quote to get started.
6 Tips for Choosing Moving Companies in Bend, Oregon
- Ask for local recommendations. While online reviews and ratings can tell you a little, they don’t always have the full story, and some may be inflated. When possible, try to get a local opinion on what movers have been reliable and helpful. Moving companies can vary a lot from location to location, even if the franchise name is the same, so it’s a good idea to hear stories from those in the area if you can.
- If you are choosing a moving service to help you move from another state to Bend, watch for a Department of Transportation license number. These numbers are required for movers that travel between state lines. Movers that offer these services will typically show their DOT license number on their website and similar materials. For Oregon-specific moving requirements, the state has a helpful webpage about moving companies – look under the Consumer Information tab for an excellent series of steps.
- Compare storage options with a mover to independent storage locations around Central Oregon. Decide what you want to put into long-term storage, and what should stay in short-term storage as you get your new home set up. This will help you find the most cost-effective options for storing your belongings.
- Look for upfront fees and clear payment information. Estimates and billing should be upfront, easy to understand, and skip any hidden fees or at least explain extra charges well. Ask for a binding estimate upfront, and what conditions are required for a binding estimate (typically an inspection of your home, etc.). Don’t hesitate to get multiple estimates from different movers, and compare their schedule availability, too.
- Movers usually require a deposit. This should be around 20% of the total cost of the move, not more.
- Double and triple-confirm your moving dates and specific times with phone calls. You don’t want to have your schedule thrown into chaos during the most important moving days.
Get the Details You Need at Bend Relocation Services
From outdoor adventures to craft breweries and new coffee shops, you should be excited about your move to Deschutes County or the surrounding areas. Leave the hassle and stress of moving to someone else. Bend Relocation Services specializes in helping you prepare for a move to Bend. We have information about the important services and locations around the region and can help you prepare a moving package that will take care of the details so you can focus on what’s important. From finding a rental to helping your business team manage relocation, we’re happy to be a part of your moving journey. Take a look at our popular packages to learn more.