Use Colored Stickers On Boxes

This is so simple but most folks just box and go, maybe write the room on the box with a marker. The problem is you will likely have dozens and dozens of boxes and they may end up in one big pile. Colored stickers help the movers and help you identify by room.

Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colored stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home. Put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, (“Boxes here please”) to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.

Good Luck and use those stickers.

More Tips On Boxing Your Personal Goods

Packing your moving boxes correctly will save you time and frustration and money as well. Although some folks don’t think too much about packing boxes, come move time you will be glad you did. At Willamette Express we’re to help and answer all your questions, even the ones that seem silly like what is the best way to pack my wardrobe box?

Strategizing wardrobe box use.

A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags, then add your hanging clothing. Pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You’ll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of a tall wardrobe box.

Good Luck!


The Right Boxes Make All The Difference

Utilize wardrobe boxes and make sure all boxes are the right size for what you are packing, don’t overpack with weight, it doesn’t save you money and will make your unpacking much more difficult.

These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they’ll be bringing. Then measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you’ll need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes.
Don’t make the boxes too heavy to lift, however. One mover told the story of someone who put a bowling ball in a wardrobe box! When the box was lifted off the truck the bottom gave way, sending the bowling ball on a wild ride down the ramp, across the street to the gutter, then down a hill where it finally came to rest in a roadside ditch. (Is that a strike or a spare?)

Boxes, Boxes, Markers & Tape

Have plenty of supplies.
Don’t make me say this twice– you’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. Again, you’ll need lots more supplies than you think, so get extra so the packing can go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.

Your Moving? Organization And Planning Will Save Your Sanity!

Moving can be a stressful nightmare or it can be an exciting adventure. The amount of time you use to prepare before, during and after your move will determine which it is for you. Not only will you save money by preparing, you will reduce the stress that comes along with seeing your prized possessions boxed, transported and moved into a new place. At Willamette Express, we know the ins and outs of the moving industry, we’ve done it for over twenty years. A little preparation goes a long, long way.

Following are a series of blogs on moving tips that I think you will find very helpful.

Happy Moving!


Make a list.
Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.

Willamette Express Preferred Vendors-Painting

Nothing can spruce up an apartment or home faster than a great paint job. With that I recommend someone I’ve worked with for a long time that will do it right the first time:
Dream Weaver Painting.
Fine Wood Finish
New Construction
Single-Family Houses
Multi-Family Dwellings
Light Industrial

Give Them A Call Today


Willamette Express Preferred Vendors-Real Estate

The real estate industry and the moving industry are tied together like peanut butter and jelly and so I’m always being asked to refer a quality Realtor. Anyone who has ever bought or sold does not need to be told that for most people, the real estate transaction is the biggest single purchase and decision in most people’s lives. The affects of making a good or bad decision on who to sell or help you buy will have ramifications for years and years after the transaction has been long completed.

With all this in mind I recommend Peter Clark with Keller Williams. Peter or one his agents are the experienced real estate professionals that you need for this important time in your life. You can reach Peter Clark at 503-924-3545 and he is there to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget, whether you are buying or selling, Willamette Express is here to be your be your mover, to give you a moving experience that is personal and caring and always price competitive.

Realistic Plumbing-Willamette Express Preferred Vendor

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked for a referral for a good plumbing service. Invariably, when you are getting your place ready for sale or have just moved into a new place you are going to need a great plumbing service, whether it’s to fix something small like a small leak or toilet to something big like a pipe obstruction or a major leak in an appliance, you need a good one.  I recommend Roger McOmmon with Realistic Plumbing at 503-657-1177.  Realistic Plumbing will do great work at realistic prices!  If you want to get advice on other move related services, keep checking out our Partners list, where you’ll find tried and true services.


Introducing The Willamette Express Preferred Provider Referral Network

One great thing about selecting a company that has been around and been highly successful for over twenty years is we also know all the excellent vendors in other industries. Many of these vendors provide complementary services to Willamette Express that involve anything and everything to do with your move(and some just because we know and like them). Need a real estate agent, we have one, need a handyman to make repairs, we have them. Painters, contractors, landscapers and much more. If you need a good referral, give us a call and we’re happy to help out. When it’s time for your move, we hope you will think of us first and if you know anybody or a business that is moving, we hope you will think of us first. The Willamette Express Preferred Provider Network is being established to provide you with excellence across the spectrum.

In the next few weeks we will be introducing some of these new vendors and adding them to our website. We hope you’ll check them out and give us a call regardless of the need, we’re here to help you.