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Long distance moves can be one of the most challenging things you might ever undertake. There are many choices to make in deciding the best way to move your household state to state, including full service moving with long distance moving companies, and various do-it-yourself moving options. Here is your pro and con list regarding the various interstate moving options.

Move using only your own vehicle. Pros:
  • You can save money by driving your own car yourself. All you need are gas, caffeine, and pit stops.
  • You have to pack up your items and your car yourself.
  • You have a finite amount of space; so, you can only take a smaller amount of items and may have to leave a lot of things behind that will need to be replaced at your new location.
  • This strategy may work for people without furniture or college students moving out of dorms, but most people will have difficulty fitting all their belongings in their personal vehicle..
  • Depending on the length of the move, you may have the expense of staying overnight in a motel(s), if moving across the country.
  • It is recommended that you pay to get a checkup for your car to avoid problems, such as breaking down in an unfamiliar place while driving state to state.
Rent a trailer. Pros:
  • Renting a trailer allows you to take more of your things with you than a personal vehicle. If you have a small amount of furnishings and want to do it yourself, this could be a good option.
  • You may save money vs. other options.
  • You need to clean, declutter, and pack, load, and unload yourself.
  • In order to pull a trailer you will need a trailer hitch that is connected to the wiring of your car for safety signals, which may be an added expense.
  • Depending on the size of the trailer, you may need a larger SUV or truck with towing capability.
  • You may be unfamiliar with driving a trailer and have some unease maneuvering, parking, backing up, etc.
  • Your gas mileage will take a hit when pulling a trailer; requiring more frequent stops to fill up.
  • Motel stays on interstate moves; and more difficulties parking a long trailer.
  • There may be toll charges state to state.
  • Most truck rental companies charge extra fees for mileage.
  • You may be required to pay insurance fees for the trailer.
  • Moving one way will require a drop-off fee.
  • Typically, you have one day to unload or incur late fees.
  • You have to clean, unload, and set up your new place by yourself after a long drive.
  • You may need to obtain permits and endure other logistical hassles at your old or new location to keep the trailer in a convenient location for loading and unloading.
  • You may also need to clean the trailer before returning or incur an additional fee.
Rent a truck. Pros:
  • You will probably be able to take most of your belongings with you, depending on the size of the truck and the amount of items you need to move.
  • Renting a truck, loading, unloading and driving it yourself may save a little bit of money.
  • You have to clean, declutter, and pack yourself.
  • If you have a lot of items, you may need help loading the truck.
  • Moving heavy furniture usually requires more than one person and can be exhausting on top of all the other work involved..
  • You may be unfamiliar with driving a larger truck and feel uncomfortable driving.
  • Moving trucks need to make more frequent stops for fuel as the larger trucks have smaller range than personal vehicles and have very low gas mileage (usually around 10 miles per gallon).
  • You may need to pay tolls for toll roads along your interstate move.
  • Longer moves will require motel stays; parking a moving truck at a motel is cumbersome and difficult.
  • Most truck rental companies charge extra per mile and gas charges; among other fees.
  • You may be required to pay additional insurance fees for the truck.
  • On most moves, you are moving one way, so you will be required to pay a hefty fee for dropping off the truck in a different city than the one you picked it up in. The longer the move, the higher the fee.
  • You generally have one day to unload the truck; returning it the same day you arrive tired and worn. Incur late fees if not returned that night.
  • You may need to obtain permits and endure other logistical hassles at your old or new location to keep the truck in a convenient location for loading and unloading.
  • You have to clean, unload, and set up in your new place by yourself..
  • You will need to clean and refuel the truck, or incur hefty additional fees.
Rent a small container. Pros:
  • All fees are included in your quote. You do not have to pay many of the extra fees and costs associated with renting a truck or trailer, including: truck rental, mileage charges, fuel surcharges, insurance, lodging, food, tolls, drop-off fees and storage. Insurance is also included with the quote.
  • Some rental firms provide packing services and loading/unloading services (for an extra fee).
  • Rental company drives the pod to your new destination.
  • Containers are locked and sealed with a key you keep in your possession.
  • You pay for pods by the month, so you can take your time unloading.
  • Containers are at ground level, so you have easy, ramp-free loading; no climbing with heavy furniture.
  • No need to rent storage, if needed, as you have the pod for the entire month.
  • You pay for an entire month. Pod rentals start around $800 and go up based on the distance traveled.
  • Some of the pod rental companies contract out the loading and unloading; so your objects are being handled by someone you did not hire.
  • Containers are flimsy with a basic frame and a plastic material covering them, your items may have greater chance of being damaged.
  • You may need to obtain extra insurance to cover any damages, theft, or missing items.
  • You may need to obtain permits and endure other logistical hassles at your old or new location to keep the container in a convenient location for loading and unloading.
Hire an interstate moving company. Pros:
  • Many employers cover part or all of the cost of full-service movers.
  • With a reputable firm, all fees are included in your quote; no nickel and diming.
  • Many full service moving companies are now offering cleaning, decluttering and recycling services.
  • Long distance moving companies can provide packing supplies, eliminating one additional item from your to-do list.
  • Full service movers load and unload your truck; no heavy lifting.
  • Reduced stress from planning, organizing, packing, moving, driving, unloading, and so forth.
  • Professional movers are experienced at all of the aspects of a move.
  • Assembly and disassembly of furniture can be provided.
  • Short and long term storage is offered.
  • Door-to-door pickup and delivery.
  • Interstate moving companies carefully handle and protect your objects and can provide furniture placement.
  • Cleaning is available from many long distance moving companies.
  • Recycling and disposal of moving supplies is provided by most interstate moving companies.
  • Quick moving schedule; as quick as 8 days cross country.
  • Comprehensive moving plan based on your specific requirements. You can choose the date for pickup and you can delay the drop-off, if needed.
  • Extra services, including moving of your personal vehicle/s, at your request.
  • You can fly or drive to your new place without worrying about all your possessions.
  • Time is money. You have more free time to work, organize, or do other activities.
  • Hiring a moving company is a financial investment that can avoid all the headaches that moving yourself involves.
  • Reputable cross country movers are licensed and bonded.
  • You pay more than do-it-yourself.
  • Take the time to research and vet the company to ensure that they are reputable. Some professional moving companies don’t wrap your belongings, are not licensed and bonded, or may charge hidden fees.  

In the end, there are great reasons for each of these choices; money savings versus less effort and stress. Hopefully, these lists have helped you decide which choice to make, but if you still have questions, contact us. We’re happy to provide an honest evaluation for your needs and provide you with an estimate.

Whichever type of cross country moving you choose, we hope you have a safe move! 

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If you have a move on the horizon, you know there is a lot to do in order to make your move happen, especially if you have lived in your current space for a while. You may find you have accumulated more stuff than you realized, which is perfectly normal, even if it makes moving more challenging. However, there are many things you can do to make the relocation process easier. Rather than wait until the last minute, start early, and take time to declutter before your move instead of packing up all of the things you never use and having stacks of boxes you never open in your garage.

1) Measure and plan

If you have advance access to your new place, measure the rooms, especially closets. Make a map of the new space and mark where your furniture will go and where shelves, closets and other storage places are. Don’t feel like you need to make an accurate floor plan. You can draw each room separately from each other, if you want.

If it’s too onerous to walk around the new place with a measuring tape, you can actually use your own feet to measure. Our foot is approximately a foot, hence the name. If you have smaller feet, measure just your foot and leave a couple of inches between each step to make up a foot. You can get a good approximation of size in this way.

If you are unable to measure the space, visualize it in your mind. Remember that spaces without furniture always seem larger than they actually are.

Plan out one room at a time of what will go where. Are the closets smaller than your current home? If so, weed out things you don’t wear any more. Will you need more shelving for your collection? Or should you winnow it down? Think about each room and what will go in them.

2) Make a schedule

As early as possible before the move, make a schedule of days and times that you will work on each room, one at a time, to decide what to keep and what to donate. Allow more time for your basement and garage as they often accumulate items and take longer to go through. Set completion dates for each room. Remember, you have a hard deadline coming up. Stick to your schedule.

3) Start small

Start with smaller decluttering projects first. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tackling a shelf, drawer or smaller rooms or storage spaces will give you a sense of accomplishment and a push to declutter the more challenging rooms.

4) Start with the bottom

Our closets tend to gather a lot of clutter at the bottom. Clean up the bottom of your closet first before weeding out clothes you no longer wear or want to keep.
When deciding which clothes to keep think of these three things:

  • Can you still fit into it?
  • Is it damaged or stained?
  • Have you worn it in the past year?

If it doesn’t fit, or is damaged, or you don’t wear it, get rid of it.
Once you’ve done that, tackle the closet shelves. Take everything down, wipe down the shelves, and then only keep those things which add value.

5) Divide into zones

Divide your kitchen into zones. Put pots, pans and cooking utensils near the stove. Store baking supplies near your mixer or where you normally do your baking. Storage bags, containers, plastic wrap and aluminum foil should get its own zone. Cleaning supplies in another. Once you’ve gathered everything into a zone, you may find that you have more cooking utensils than you need, or more cleaning supplies. Having everything divided into zones makes it easier to see what you have and narrow them down. Also, when everything is in a zone, it makes it easier to pack up your kitchen keeping similar objects together, and easier to unpack at your new place.

Before you get started, create your spaces or piles for your stuff: Keep, Sell, Donate, Recycle, and Trash. As you declutter, place items in these piles before you pack. There are many options to donating your unwanted goods other than Goodwill. Here is a list of great local PDX organizations to consider sending your gently used items to. Before you know it, you will have a lot less to move to your new home!

And don’t forget to contact us 3-6 weeks ahead to schedule your cleaning, packing, moving, or storage service!

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It can be a trying time when preparing to move. There are many steps to moving, but here are five tips to make your move less onerous.

1) Organize 

As soon as you know you are going to move, start organizing as early as possible. Even the most methodical people will often find items they had forgotten about in the back of closets. Instead of waiting until the days leading up to moving day, dig into all the closets, cabinets and every nook and cranny. Not everything will work in your new space. Decide what to keep and what to give away, freecycle, or cast out.

Some use the rule that you should get rid of an item if you have not used it in six months to a year. You may find something you forgot you had, but still want to use. Do not feel like you have to get rid of it because it has not been used recently.

Organizing in advance will keep you from feeling overwhelmed closer to moving day with too many things to move and do.

2) Deep clean

Do a deep clean early on while you are organizing your belongings for the move. Deep cleaning ahead of the move will also make it easier to do your final clean for the new owners or tenants who will be moving in. Baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide are great, versatile, natural cleaning agents.

You will already have a lot to do on moving day, cleaning will be last on your list. Get ahead of the curve.

3) Moving Essentials

Pack a bag with essentials you will want immediately for use the first few days upon arriving at your new place. No one wants to spend hours searching through boxes for their toothbrush or coffee mug.

Include some or all of the following as suits your needs:

  • Keys
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Daily medicine
  • Identification
  • Phone numbers of moving company, bank, lender, etc.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant)
  • Bedding
  • A few days of clothes,
  • Rags or washcloths for cleaning your new place
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • A small tool kit
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Scissors
  • Plates, utensils, cups
  • Basic meal prep, snacks, beverages
  • Basic cookware
  • Pet food and dishes
  • Instant coffee or tea, coffee mugs.

4) Documents

Gather your important documents (passports, home papers, health records), photographs and jewelry and keep them in a separate box that is kept apart from the other boxes. Keep these safe at all times. You do not want to lose these in the move.

5) Car checkup

If you are moving a long distance and driving your car across country, be sure to schedule a checkup. Basic maintenance beforehand will help keep you on track on moving day. Check wipers and fluid levels. Check your battery terminals to see if they are clean. Baking soda will remove corrosion. Inspect tires for rips or bulges. Check the tread and proper inflation. Schedule services such as oil changes or tune ups. Pack an emergency kit (flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and basic tools).

Be prepared. No one wants to add several days (or more) in the middle of a move, waiting in an unfamiliar place for the car to be repaired.

Good luck with your move! For even more detailed info, check our Moving Checklist. And if you need help with your move, feel free to contact us to request an estimate and reserve a moving date!

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Sustainable Moving Practices

We love serving the Portland Metro area and working with all of the passionate community members our city is lucky to have. Being such an eco-friendly city, we hear many customers voice concerns about the environmental impact and cost of their moving supplies. People often comment that they feel rather wasteful to use these supplies just once and inquire how they can pay it forward to someone else. Throughout our years of service, we have assembled some great resources. Check below for information on recycling, reusing, and sharing moving boxes and other packing supplies.

Bridgetown Moving brings 5 large, reusable wardrobe boxes for use to every move. It’s a great way for our customers to save on boxes for clothes and other light bits and pieces you may not have packed on move day. We use heavy duty moving blankets during your move at no additional cost to keep your furniture safe and dry, reducing the need for plastic.

Head to the Web for reusable freebies. Craigslist is an old standby for getting in contact with members of your community. Many customers go this route and are able to find good used boxes for their moves. If you don’t find what you are looking for there, try some other sites. NextDoor is a free social network that focuses on connecting people with others in their neighborhood.  One of your neighbors may have some used boxes or other packing supplies you can pick up and post your own when you’re done to a neighbor in your new hood!

Another great resource is your local freecycle community. Most metropolitan areas have one and the Portland branch is very active. You can find many community members giving away free boxes and other moving supplies they no longer need. Rooster is another great resource where you can make direct requests that all the community members will see. Make sure to pay it forward with your boxes afterwards by listing your supplies!

Rent, borrow, or buy reusable plastic bins or boxes.  Since they are sturdy and more leak proof than cardboard, they can used again and again. They come in handy for any long term storage too. You can find them at most home goods or office supply stores. Your friends and family may have some that you can borrow as well. You can try companies that rent out reusable crates as well, like Rent A Green Box which is easy to use. They’ll deliver your boxes, you pack and move, then reschedule for a pick up.

Find a company that sells used boxes. Carton Service is a great local business that sells and buys back used boxes. They also sell used boxes to keep the cycle going. You can give them a call if you have other used packing supplies, like bubble wrap or packing peanuts, since they often buy those as well.

Recycle your packing supplies after your move to reduce waste. Although Bridgetown Moving is unable to buy back your used boxes, all of the boxes we use for packing are 100% recyclable. If you have too many boxes for curbside pickup there are other options.  Give your nearest local small business postal store a call. Oftentimes they’ll welcome your clean packing peanuts and supplies they can use to ship someone’s box out. The Portland Metro Recycling Site has a handy directory where you can search for the perfect place to recycle. Check out their site for recyclers of all kinds of materials.

These are just some of the great resources that Portland offers. If you know of any more, please let us know. We will make sure to share them with our costumers and keep Portland green!

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Oregon Food Bank Drive

Bridgetown Moving & Storage has been accepting donations for the Oregon Food Bank all month and are excited to have the chance to help out our community during this season of giving. Do you have a move coming up with us this week and a pantry full of cans you don’t want to bring to your new home? Let our movers know! We are happy to bring it back to our warehouse and deliver it to the Oregon Food Bank. If you are not moving with us, you could still drop it off at our warehouse or at any of the donation centers around town. Here is a list of what the Oregon Food Bank is looking for.

Most Wanted Foods:

Shelf-stable milk

Foods high in protein: canned meats like tuna, chicken, or salmon, canned or dried beans

Foods high in nutrients: canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)

Whole-grain foods: brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta

Soups, chilies and stews(preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)

100 percent fruit juice(canned, plastic or boxed)

Unsaturated cooking oils

Other nutritious foods(preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

Oregon Food Bank can’t accept:

Rusty or unlabeled cans

Perishable items (unless you’re a food industry donor)

Homemade items

Non-commercial canned or packaged items

Alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda

Open or used items

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Money Saving Moving Hacks

The Bridgetown moving crew is proud to offer 5 star moving services at competitive prices. We know that between application costs, closing fees, and the various other moving expenses, your moving costs can quickly add up. Our movers work quickly while keeping safety in mind to help keep your moving bill down. We want moving to be as cost efficient for our customers as possible, so we assembled a list with some simple moving hacks that may help you save some money.

Check them out and let us know how they worked for you!

Plan Ahead. Contact & Schedule Moving Related Appointments

Give yourself plenty of time to plan your move. Waiting until the last minute to pack up your loose items and contact moving companies can make moving day hectic.  As soon as you have a date in mind, call your top choice moving companies and compare rates. Try to get on the schedule at least 3 weeks in advance. Securing your moving company will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on packing.

Check the fine print on the contracts for your monthly home services, such as your utility or cable company. If they won’t prorate your bill, be sure to cancel with plenty of notice so you’re not paying for a full month when you’re not living at the residence. Check if there are any set up costs at your new home and schedule time for any installations needed so there are no surprises. 

Be Flexible on Picking Your Move Day

Weekends generally fill up faster for moving companies and often it’s at higher hourly rate. If you can move during the middle of the week, you will have more options and will save money.

Look for Free Boxes

A few weeks before you begin the packing process to save money and waste less. That gives you plenty of time to peruse craigslist and local grocery and liquor stores. Start saving up old newspapers as well to avoid buying packing paper for your fragile items. The Bridgetown team also has 5 wardrobe boxes for our customers to use during their move at no additional cost.

Think outside of the cardboard box and ask friends if they have reusable plastic totes that you can use and return. There are also companies that have reusable boxes for rent, which can be cheaper than purchasing them.

Organize During Packing 

Our crew of experienced movers work hard to make sure move day goes by without a hitch. However, there are things you can do beforehand to expedite the move process to save money. Labeling boxes, getting appliances ready, and having a clear floor plan in mind at the new place will help save time. Check out our tips of things to do before the movers arrive.

Pack Fragile Items Carefully

Avoid unnecessary replacement costs by ensuring everything is packed safely. Haphazardly packing dishes and other fragile belongings at the last minute, increase the chance of breakage. Even the most careful movers can’t guarantee that the boxes won’t jostle in the truck during transit. This makes proper packing and stacking inside the box essential. Check out our blog post on proper packing techniques if you have any questions. 

Break Down the Furniture

Our movers are happy to help with basic disassembly and setup of your furniture. However, it will save you more money if everything is ready to go before they get there. Movers charge by the hour, so the extra time they take with your bed frames, desks, and other furniture that needs to be taken apart can add up. Screws and other loose items should be kept in small labeled bags so nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

Purge Unwanted Items

If you have the time, you can pad your pockets by having a garage sale or selling unwanted items online. Downsizing can be great and means less items to move. 

If you’d rather just donate them, check out our blog post detailing some great Portland area nonprofits. Make sure to get a receipt, it’s all tax deductible!

If Renting, Take Photos

If you’re a renter, be sure to take photos of the place you are leaving after moving everything out and cleaning. Take photos of your new place before the moving crew has moved anything in. Make sure to save these photos, they could come in handy to saving money later f there is ever a disagreement with your landlord about your deposit.

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Unpacking Hacks for Your Next Move

The team at Bridgetown is dedicated to making moving easy for residents of Portland and the surrounding area. Let our movers take care of all the heavy lifting so you can sit back and relax. Check out some of our reviews to see how simple we make moving. We are always looking for ways to make the process as painless as possible for our customers so we rounded up some helpful hacks that will make unpacking and setting up a breeze. Try some of these out during your next move!

Pack an Overnight Bag with all of your essential day to day items before you start boxing up the rest. That way you will feel comfortable during the first night and morning at your new place.

Defrost your freezer the day before the move so that it is dry and ready to go on move day. Unplug it overnight, if your model doesn’t include a defrost option it may take longer. Be sure to place some towels down to catch dripping water then wipe it down before the move. Moving with dripping freezer water can damage your upholstery and cause the bottoms of cardboard boxes to weaken and break when being unloaded. 

Hanging Clothes don’t need to taken down and folded up. Instead, keep them on the hangers and put a large garbage bag around them, making sure to tie it tightly around the top. Your Bridgetown movers will also have 5 free wardrobe boxes that you can use during the move. Shoes and other closet items can be put on the bottom so unpacking your closet will be quick and easy!

Label all your boxes. There are a few different ways to do this that will make the unloading process much easier. If you have time, you can number each box and keep a basic list of the items inside. Later on, if you are looking for just one item, you don’t have to unpack every box to find it.

You may also spring for different colored duct tapes and color code by room. Then the movers will be able to easily place each box in the corresponding room. Simply labeling the boxes with a marker will work as well. Make sure to label a few sides and the top so you can easily see where they should go, even if they’re stacked or placed next to each other. Don’t forget to label “Fragile” on the boxes that need it so the movers know how to stack it in the truck and to treat it with extra care.

Cords can become a tangled mess during the move process. To make setup at the new place easier, take a photo of the cord configuration before you start unplugging. Save your toilet paper rolls and then roll the cords up, place them inside, and tape them securely in. Then you can easily label the cardboard and know exactly which electronic each cord belongs to.

Consider hiring a sitter or family friend to watch over your little ones and pets during the move and when you are unpacking fragile or dangerous items. Move day will go by faster and smoother if the movers don’t have to watch their step for scurrying feet and playthings. You’ll be less stressed if you only have your boxes to worry about. 

Do a walk-through before the moving crew leaves your old home. Check the closets, garage, and other out of the way areas to make sure nothing was left behind. Screws may also have fallen from furniture during the walk from the house to the truck, so check all of the pathways as well. Missing little pieces can make unpacking and setting up more stressful than it needs to be.

Use a Checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything. Moving can be daunting and you don’t want to forget any details. We’ve even created a checklist of common moving tasks starting from a month before to post-move.

If you follow these steps, you won’t be stressing after move-in. If you have any questions or still need to get on the schedule, then give us a call at 503-664-4477. We are here to help!

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Sunny Day on the Willamette

Fun Portland Summer Events

Is the thought of moving your household in the summer heat putting a damper on your summer festivities?  Have our hard working team of experienced movers do it for you instead! You won’t be sweating while you watch our crew carefully lift your heaviest furniture items down your narrow staircase. As a full service moving company, we come prepared with all the essential moving equipment. Make sure to check out our blog post with Summer Moving Tips and our Moving Checklist to get prepared for your upcoming move.

Call our office today to see if when we can get you on our schedule while you plan your summer fun. We wanted to help you get started so we gathered a quick list of some events that caught our eye. We will see you there!

Waterfront Blues Festival

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park

When: July 1st- July 4th

Head downtown for the largest 4th of July celebration in the region. Jam to rocking blues music all weekend, eat great food, and drink tasty beverages. To top it off, the event is put on by the Oregon Food Bank, so your exciting weekend benefits your local community. Make sure to stay until the end of the festival for the Independence Day fireworks show over the Willamette River.

Portland Craft Beer Festival 

Where: The Fields Park

When: July 1st- July 3rd

If you are a fan of beer, cider, and wine, then head to the Portland Craft Beer Festival to try out some new varieties. This weekend long festival features only locally brewed beer so you will be supporting Portland businesses. You might leave with a new favorite!

The Big Float 

Where: Willamette River

When: July 10th

Looking to cool off from the summer sun? Join 2,500 others and float down the Willamette River during the annual Big Float. This family friendly event is open to all ages with music and other festivities happening on shore.

Oregon Berry Festival 

Where: NW 10th & Johnson

When: July 15th & 16th

There’s a reason that Oregon is known nationwide for its juicy, delicious berries. Come to the Oregon Berry Festival and taste the best berries of the season. There is a children’s arts and crafts booth, dozens of vendors, and every berry related food item you can dream of. Satisfy your sweet tooth and head on down!

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

Where: St John’s Cathedral Park

When: July 15th to July 17th

This free weekend jazz festival is held underneath the stunning arches of Cathedral Park. Grab a blanket and some food from the local vendors and take a seat in the grass or head to the beer garden. Either way, you will be listening to local musicians play a variety of different jazz. It’s easy to see why this event has been a part of the community for the past 37 years.  

Flicks on the Bricks 

Where: Pioneer Square

When: Every Friday Night from 7/22 through 8/19

Celebrate the end of the work week by heading to Pioneer Square for a free outdoor Friday night movie. On five consecutive Friday evenings, a PG or G rated movie will be playing for the community. Each week, enter 101.9 Kink FM’s contest to win tickets to a special, extra comfy seating area, furnished by Portland IKEA. Check out their website to see which movie is playing which week and make sure to bring some popcorn.   

Adult Soap Box Derby

Where: Mt Tabor Park

When: August 20th

The annual Soap Box Derby shouldn’t be missed. Our office had a blast being one of the sponsors last year and can’t wait to join in the festivities again this year. Watch contestants race their homemade soapboxes through the park and cheer on the winner. This volunteer run event is free for all and a perfect end to the summer.

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 Portland Summer Moving Tips

Once the infamously long Portland rainy season comes to an end and the sun makes its appearance, our phones start ringing more and more. Summer is by far Portland’s busiest moving season. In fact, more than 50% of the nation’s residential moves occur between Memorial and Labor Day.

We have noticed that the summer rush can leave many customers feeling hurried and unimportant. The team at Bridgetown Moving & Storage works hard to ensure that every move, big or small, is treated with the same high amount of care and dedication we pride ourselves on. No matter the season, we want your next move to be your best yet. We have put together a quick list of what to keep in mind to ensure your summer move is stress-free.

Research the Moving Company

Be cautious when choosing your movers. The first company that is available may not be the best fit for you, so give yourself time to call around. A cut rate company may charge less or be able to fit you in for the next weekend but then cancel last minute or  simply never show up. Make sure that the company you choose is licensed to operate in your state by checking their Oregon Department of Transport (ODOT) number and check their reviews to see if they stick to their word. Make sure they’re licensed and bonded. While most movers should be careful with your items and the surrounding property, accidents can sometimes happen so make sure you’re covered.

Ask what will be included in your moving fees. Will they come with supplies like padding and dollies or are those an additional fee? Will they help disassemble/assemble larger furniture pieces? Do they charge drive time or mileage fees?

Once you are on Bridgetown’s schedule, your move day is guaranteed and we will work until the job is done. We offer a simple hourly pricing structure and includes moving materials like padding and even the use of wardrobe boxes to help simplify your move. There’s no hidden costs and NO drive time or mileage fees within the Portland Metro area! Experience why customers rate us 5 stars.

Plan Ahead

If you can help it, avoid moving during the summer at all. Even late spring and early autumn will be drastically less busy. However, since more houses sell and the majority of leases end during the summer seasons, it cannot always be avoided.

One way to maximize your chances of getting on the schedule is to move on a weekday during the middle of the month. If you need to move the last Friday of the month, you should start calling moving companies at least a month in advance. Once you find a company you can trust, make sure to get on the schedule. If your dates aren’t firm, schedule your move in the latest part of your window to be safe.  

If you live in an apartment or a busy part of town, there are other things to consider when planning.  Make sure to let your property manager know when you are moving so you can get on your building’s schedule as well. Elevator and loading dock reservations are essential for a smooth move and fill up quickly. If there is no loading dock, reserve parking spots from the city at least 5 business days in advance. The City of Portland requires this permit whether it’s a metered or non-metered spot.

Proper planning is key to a less stressful move. View our Moving Checklist and our full list of questions you should ask when choosing your mover.

Celebrate Yard Sale Season

There’s no point in hauling unwanted furniture across town. Summer is the ideal season to sell your household goods and furniture. Everyone is looking for a good deal and moving sales are always a hit. If you are in an apartment building, see if you can set up a communal yard sale in the courtyard or sidewalk.

If you don’t have the time or energy to set up a yard sale, check out our blog post detailing the different organizations in town that will gladly accept your donations. We’ll even gladly take your items to these places  to help reduce your moving stress.

Heat Sensitive Items

Moving trucks are not climate controlled so think twice before boxing up candles, DVDs, electronics, or other items that can easily melt, fry, or warp while sitting in a hot truck. If you have no other way to move them, then clearly label them and make sure that they are loaded last and unloaded first.

Although you can lug around a bulky cooler and buy bags of ice for transporting your frozen or refrigerated food items, it is easier to plan your last week of meals around them. Using space in the truck to move a heavy icebox full of frozen peas isn’t the best use of your time or money.  

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, even during the hectic summer months. If you are organized and choose a reliable company like Bridgetown, you will be able to stay cool and calm. Put your trust in us so you can spend your time planning your next trip to the river instead.

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Local Portland Non-Profits To Donate To

As a locally owned and operated company, the team at Bridgetown Moving & Storage knows first hand how unpredictable springtime in the Portland area can be. One day, our movers will be carefully wrapping the furniture with moving blankets to keep them safe from the spring showers . The next, our crew will be trying to stay cool and hydrated while they work in the sun.

The year’s first rays of sunshine also brings out the “spring cleaner” in everyone. This time of year, many customers let us know they are downsizing or attempting to de-clutter their homes. With the stress of moving, many do not have the time to research the best places to donate their unwanted items. We try to assist in planning as much as possible but move day is always smoother if there is a clear itinerary in mind complete with addresses. Some customers end up running out of time and ask our movers to drop unwanted items at a garbage site, which usually comes with a disposal fee. As an eco-conscious company we hate to see these items go to waste. We also know that they could be useful to others or often re-purposed into something rad.

To help make your packing and moving process easier, we gathered a list of local donation options. All of the organizations listed below are non-profit and largely volunteer based, so you can grab a receipt and claim your donation on your taxes. They range in the types of items they accept, so you are sure to find one that will work for you. If any of these interest you, please let our office know and they can discuss adding a second stop to your move. Many also do offer their own pickup service but have limited hours available, make sure to call at least a few weeks ahead.

The Community Warehouse

The Community Warehouse is an amazing local, non profit organization that gave assistance to more than 7,000 of our friends and neighbors last year. It is a great place to drop off your gently used items. Led by volunteers, they accept thousands of donations a year which they distribute to families in need. They also happily accept many items that other organizations do not, such as clean mattresses and blankets. Feel good knowing that your unwanted items are helping people in your community. Have our crew drop off your gently used clothing and furniture at one of their two drop off sites.

Learn more about their organization and check out their complete list of acceptable donations by visiting their website.

Habitat For Humanity

If there are leftover building materials taking up space in your basement or shed from an old home improvement project, Habitat for Humanity would be happy to take them off your hands. Their hard working team of volunteers build affordable houses for our community members. The Portland metropolitan branch has already helped more than 300 families find long term housing options. Your donation may literally help hold up another family’s new home.

Learn more about their organization at their website.

The Paw Team

Did your dog outgrow their gently used kennel or refuse to eat the new food you bought them? The Paw Team will gladly take your pet donations. From food to toys and everything in between, they will put your pet items to good use at local animal shelters.

There are many drop off locations around the Portland Metropolitan Area, see the complete list at their website.

Sunshine Division

If you have bags of unwanted clothing or an overflowing pantry, The Sunshine Division can use it to help those in need. It’s a wonderful alternative to transporting dozens of cans of beans or other nonperishable items from house to house. Partnering with the Portland Police Precinct, they offer food assistance and gently used clothing to thousands of community members

Their drop-off hours can be found on their website.

Free Geek

After an upgrade, your old technology is usually no good to you or worth very much. Many people ask us to drop their old desktop computer down by the dumpster during their move. Instead of simply throwing it out, consider donating to Free Geek. They take old, unwanted technology and turn them into community learning opportunities. They would be happy to make use of electronic items that are no longer of any use to you.

Learn more about the different electronic items they accept and the many ways they benefit the community at their website.

These are just a few of the organizations that offer assistance to our neighbors and community members. If you know any others that you think would be a good for us to recommend to our customers, then please call our office at (503)664-4477 and let us know. We are always looking for ways to help keep Portland great.

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