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Sarah L.
23:49 23 May 24
I'm a home organizer and I hired the O'Neill team to move my client's belongings from his old house to his new one and they did a wonderful job. They... were on time, professional, and they completed the job very quickly. There was no damage to any items. Highly recommend!read more
C S.
23:31 22 May 24
My main movers for an international move contracted with O’Neills to pack up and load everything into a shipping contain. Albert, Markus and Freddie... arrived and couldn’t have had better attitudes. They were careful with every item they packed. The main company had failed to give them a complete picture of the size of the job, but they made it work and ensured everything was packed professionally and without fuss. I was seriously impressed with these gentlemen and would highly recommend based on this more
Karl N
13:53 11 May 24
Lynn M.
18:36 03 Mar 24
I give this company 5 stars. The staff who packed my furniture, kitchen, glassware, and collectibles did a fabulous job. Only 1 glass was broken (I... had quite a few). They stored my things until I found my new home. The moving staff was also great. I couldn't believe how quickly the got everything into place. A side note....both the packers and the movers had been with the company a long time. That says volumes about their more
God B.
20:01 04 Feb 24
A great place to store your belongings as well as work for
Karl N
15:03 08 Dec 23
Made my dreams come true!
Marcus V.
15:57 24 Aug 23
Great business with great people!
Ken H.
18:38 27 Jun 23
Our moving team was amazing. They worked hard, had solutions to problems, were personable and saved us both time and money through their knowledge of... efficient and optimal storage solutions. I was very impressed and will certainly use them again in the near more
Jim K.
17:17 24 May 23
I needed some valuable China and antiques packed and loaded into a truck. The packers arrived on time. They were efficient, not rushed, and... carefully packed and loaded the truck. They did an outstanding job packing and loading these very fragile items. The items arrived safely at their destination; the packing and careful loading of the truck was critical to that. Kudos to their professional expertise. I highly more
Jeff K.
08:52 23 May 23
In and out within 20 minutes with a full load and they were as nice as the day is long.
Helen L.
17:17 03 May 23
Great job! Careful and efficient in loading by Lumen, Anderson and Laura - helpful and friendly people
mickey O.
04:34 01 Apr 23
The two gentlemen who brought my “stuff” to me were exceptional. They carefully unwrapped every piece of my “stuff”, place it carefully and were... gracious, respectful & kind to me. We also shared a few laughs, as some of my “stuff” truly is hilarious.Chris & Karl, thank you for being just awesome.Sincerely,Ms Mickeyread more
21:46 27 Mar 23
16:58 16 Mar 23
Always a pleasure to work with the team at O'Neill! They are responsive, fair and take great care of the products we need packed and moved.
Volodymyr K.
15:53 13 Mar 23
Take 2 hours for unloading
Paige C.
02:14 02 Mar 23
After reading enough reviews about horroble moves, one will inevitably become wary and expect the worst. O'Neill totally blew me away with how... professional and kind they were every step of the way. Absolutely awesome team delivered my belongings efficiently and with care up to my third story apartment (with an elevator, but still). Scheduling the delivery was super easy as well despite the delay due to the snow. Truly can't recommend them enough!read more
geana A.
22:05 17 Nov 22
Marty D.
17:08 21 Sep 22
They did a fabulous job of protecting my what I needed moved. Communication with the office & movers was easy, price good & understanding of my... specific need. Thank you for great service!read more
Jacob D.
13:36 06 Jun 22
lawrence F.
21:41 01 May 22
Lyn C.
20:58 07 Mar 22
Complicated move with lots of moving parts and they were great!
Craig H.
06:37 22 Feb 22
Worked for these people and felt like family from day 1! Very inviting and a great place to work
19:00 01 Nov 21
A R.
13:23 14 Oct 21
My mother-in-law‘s house sold in one day. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a long-distance mover with availability before her closing date. We... found one company who had a day available a month after closing, which we were lucky to get, but no availability to pick up her belongings and put them in storage. That left us in the difficult position of having to find a carrier who would be willing to pick up her furniture and hold it in storage for a month. We were very fortunate to find O’Neills. Not only were we able to snag the only day they had availability before the closing date, but the entire experience was positive. Geana and Betsy were very helpful, responding quickly to any of our questions or requests and were great at keeping us informed. The moving crew was very pleasant, careful with my mother-in-law‘s furniture and boxes and had the truck loaded in half the estimated time. All the furniture was carefully padded and we were given use of the pads at no additional cost with the only proviso that all of padding had to be returned at the time of the transfer to the second carrier. The furniture and boxes were in good condition and the transfer to our distance carrier was seamless. I highly recommend O’Neills and want to thank them for their more
Elaine K.
03:01 30 Sep 21
Another great moving experience! On time, professional, hard working and friendly! Thank you!
Timothy B.
08:07 22 Sep 21
Cassie B.
15:11 30 Aug 21
Michael B
09:54 24 May 21
Monica N.
20:22 16 May 21
Really nice people and my property was secure while I stored it there!
Raymond W.
01:06 12 Dec 20
Paul G.
01:29 30 Nov 20
Muddy H.
20:04 04 Nov 20
Karl N.
22:43 10 Sep 20
Really helpful!
Mary O.
16:07 03 Jul 20
Maria B.
00:58 02 Jul 20
Have had these delivery men for quite a few of my deliveries they are always very professional and respectful and do a great job. Their customer... service is phenomenal!read more
Christina C.
19:08 16 Jun 20
The guys were friendly, professional, and were in and out of my house in probably 10 minutes. The only reason I gave this company 4/5 stars is... because I was pretty disappointed to see neither of the guys wearing masks. I understand it’s a choice, however, we are in the middle of a global pandemic and you’re entering my house... of course I completely sanitized everything after they left. But come on, really? Their job is to go in and out of people’s homes. The least they could do is mask up. I’m surprised and again, disappointed that O’Neill doesn’t require them to wear them. Anyway, overall good more
Mark H.
19:45 11 Jun 20
Tarek Z.
18:55 11 Jun 20
Kristi S.
02:45 11 Jun 20
The individuals that delivered our matress set were quick & professional.This would have been perfect during typical times, but during a pandemic I... do wish they were wearing masks/face covering. I think PPE should be provided & used by the delivery crew!read more
Suzanne T.
20:03 10 Jun 20
Darryl N.
00:12 10 Jun 20
Delivered Costco mattress on time and set up. Also hauled away old mattress
Steve B.
18:19 05 Jun 20
Tommy B.
17:42 05 Jun 20
Sally R.
17:06 05 Jun 20
I was nervous ordering a bed online, especially not knowing the details of delivery. It actually came 2 weeks sooner than promised and the... communication setting up the delivery was superb. They kept us informed even calling when on their way even though we were given a window for delivery. The delivery itself was incredibly professional. They were respectful and helpful. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend this more
Carol g
18:26 04 Jun 20
Vickie A.
00:36 04 Jun 20
Very professional, prompt, polite and followed all directions. Would definitely recommend them to anyone. Great job! Thank you.
Edwin O.
00:06 04 Jun 20
Absolutely satisfied with the delivery and quality of my order, the delivery guys where extremely polite and professional and even dropped off the... mattress up the stairs and into my apartment. Definitely would recommend their services 10/10read more
00:05 04 Jun 20
Alyce H.
23:23 03 Jun 20
The folks coordinating the delivery were very nice and the guys who did the delivery were fantastic.
Steffanie B.
16:22 30 May 20
I have a great experience with the delivery service. The Two men were polite and professional they set up my new bed and took the packaging out with... more
Patty L.
21:08 29 May 20
The two guys who delivered my mattress were so nice. They were great!
Valerie G.
01:06 27 May 20
Scheduling the delivery was easy, they had many delivery times to choose from. Everyone I spoke to on the phone were nice. The delivery guys were on... time, very polite and respectful. Wonderful company!read more
Liana B.
00:41 27 May 20
Very satisfied with the delivery .. crew arrived on time .. were very courteous and helpful.
Don S.
03:20 23 May 20
O'Neill delivered our new mattress. The deliverymen were friendly, quick and efficient. They were in and out in minutes.
Michael W.
17:00 17 May 20
John G.
01:42 15 May 20
Dano 5.
17:24 12 May 20
Quick. Efficient. Worth it.
John J.
16:38 12 May 20
O’Neil delivered a mattress we ordered from Costco. Their office called and scheduled a delivery window between 8:30-10:30 and the truck was at our... home right at 8:30 on the agreed upon delivery day. The delivery men had the mattress off the truck and inside our garage within 5 minutes. They would have brought the mattress inside and set it up but with the virus issues I preferred to do it myself. It wasn’t the 100% contactless experience I would have preferred because I had to sign the delivery receipt so they could work on that aspect of the process. Perhaps a phone call or email where I could confirm the delivery without touching anything. All in all a 100% good delivery experience with just slight room for more
kim G.
14:46 02 May 20
Christina N.
01:38 18 Apr 20
I called to have a mattress delivered from O'Neill Transfer, they arranged a time to deliver the next day, delivery was excellent, punctual &... professional. The old mattress was hauled away as well, thanks for the great more
Steve S.
23:23 03 Apr 20
I have O'Neill Transfer move us from the west side of Portland over to the east side. They were able to get everything in my 5 bedroom house packed... up, moved and delivered to my new house the same day. Everything arrived as good as when it left the old house. Great work and very hard working more
Johnny R.
19:24 02 Apr 20
Brad is honest and hardworking. I have enjoyed working with him in the past.
Roger W.
16:53 07 Mar 20
Remington J.
05:46 03 Mar 20
Update, written 2 MAR 2020My items were delivered last week. I can say I have no problem with this moving company. They communicated with me... promptly and my items were in the best condition I have ever had with movers. I plan on moving again, and I will think of this company first is all I have to say.Written 11 JUL 2019Where do I begin? Well this is a good moving company, most of my communication was done via email. I managed to get an estimator to come out and look at my apartment. I was glad because basing the cost of a move purely on square footage is bad. After the estimator came out I kept in contact and all my questions and concerns were addressed.The day I was going to have my items packed and stored the three gentlemen showed up on time and were very diligent. Very professional and addressed my concerned. I am experienced with other movers and somethings I knew to look out for.I will update this review when I move into a new place and have them deliver my items. As for now they left a great more
Patrick K.
12:52 19 Jul 19
Great service and attentive to needs. We are a very-satisfied long-time customer. Highly recommended.
Xiangxiong K.
05:00 25 Jun 19
Patti W.
19:18 11 Jun 19
We had outdoor furniture delivered that we ordered from Costco. We were given a two hour window. Dean and Todd arrived within a 1/2 hour into that... window.They were prompt, efficient and had the best personality, considering I had to determine placement as they were unloading. They carefully unloaded and made sure all packing materials were picked up and hauled away.They both were a delight in the short time they were here. Our more
Tracy C.
06:55 11 Jun 19
Marty N.
00:05 07 Oct 18
Kathie Q.
16:31 31 Aug 18
The moving guys are workhorses.
Caitlin L.
21:51 19 Mar 18
We cannot say enough good things about O’Neill Transfer and Storage Co Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon – affiliated with National Van Lines. O’Neill’s... President (Bradley Boland Sr.) came to our rescue after we had been bilked by an online Moving Broker (don’t ever make that mistake!). Anyway, it was the day of our scheduled move through the online broker and the price suddenly jumped $2,000. We “fired” them, but then were in a desperate spot as we (family of 3) had our plane tickets to leave the next day. We called O’Neill and spoke with Brad Boland Sr. who immediately came out, gave us the price and made arrangements for the move on the spot. O’Neill is a very professional company with great client communication. Everything was packed and moved to Buffalo NY in perfect condition and right on time. They gave a fair price and more than made up for the terrible experience we had with the online moving broker. We would recommend O’Neill 100%!-Craig Voigt and Caitlin Littlefieldread more
Patrick S.
09:14 12 Feb 18
Organized, very dependable and local(!). Amazing packers; not a single item from a very large home broken or even scratched. Very flexible for... multi-state more
tomas V.
00:03 09 Feb 18
Good work good people
Elizabeth O.
23:29 16 May 17
Justin B.
19:47 14 Dec 16
Amazing communication! Used them to rent 2 Cow (Container on wheel) units and could not be more satisfied. Thank you. Only other suggestion I have is... to fix the link from the cow website that gives an old number in Lake Oswego that when you call hangs up on more
All Ready Moving & S.
22:17 29 Sep 16
Great crew great people!!!Family owned businesses are the best!
Kenny P.
04:20 25 Mar 16
Great place to work. Family owned good people. Awesome crew.
Lisa C.
15:03 02 Feb 16
I was relocated from OR to MN for work and it had to happen fast. I was not going to give up the OR apt. yet as I was not sure how it would all go. ... It was overwhelming trying to figure out which service to use and I was getting calls and emails with quotes from all over the country after I did an online search/inquiry. I liked the idea of using a local company and Bradley, the president, called and emailed and came over with some boxes to give me some advice on what to bring and not bring, etc. He was very hands on and trustworthy and everything went well. I would recommend his service to more
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Labor Only Moving Services in Portland

Moving for the First Time?

To start your labor-only move, request an estimate from three different moving companies. A representative from each company will contact you to schedule an in-person or virtual estimate. An estimator will either come to your home or meet with you over video chat to survey your belongings. Then, they will provide you with an estimate and an Order of Service detailing the labor to be completed and its associated cost. Once you sign off on the Order of Service, your movers will book your moving date. On the day of the move, your crew will arrive to move the items you choose to a different destination in your home or to a truck or pod you provide. When you hire labor-only movers, they do not provide a truck or van for transportation.

Labor-Only Moving FAQ

Our Labor-Only Moving Services

  • Loading & Unloading

    Our professional movers will load or unload your truck or storage pod for you, ensuring all your items are protected and ready for transit.

  • Packing & Unpacking

    O'Neill has a professional packing team that will come a few days before your move to pack up your belongings carefully.

    Learn More about Packing & Unpacking
  • In-Home Moving

    If you have heavy furniture or appliances that need to be moved upstairs or into the garage or shed, we can simplify that process.

  • Specialty Moves

    We specialize in moving large, valuable items, such as gun safes and pianos, within your home or into a truck or pod.

What Is the Definition of "Labor-Only" Moving?

Labor-only moving services are designed to provide the physical labor required for a move without including transportation like trucks or storage containers. This service is ideal for those who have arranged their transportation but need assistance with the heavy lifting, loading, and unloading of their belongings. explains, “The simplest way to think of moving labor is movers without the truck. You rent the truck, and [your movers] provide the muscle.”

At O’Neill Transfer, we offer labor-only services that cater to the individual needs of each move in Portland. Our team is skilled in all aspects of physical moving, from loading and unloading to packing and unpacking, ensuring your belongings get to or from the truck or storage pod safely. According to our owner, Bradley Boland, “O’Neill offers flexible services, allowing you to choose the level of assistance you need, whether it’s just a few heavy items or an entire household.”

Preparing to move a piano

O'neill Transfer and Storage

What Is the Typical Cost for Labor-Only Moving Services in Portland, OR?

According to, “The typical price range for hiring movers just depends on what type of service that you’re looking to get… If you’re looking for labor-only assistance, that could run you somewhere between $40 to $100 an hour.” This rate can vary depending on the move’s unique requirements, such as the number of movers needed and the type of tasks involved. The flexibility of hiring movers by the hour allows for customization based on the scale and complexity of the move.

At O’Neill Transfer, we align our labor-only moving services with the needs and budgets of our customers in Portland. Our competitive and transparent pricing ensures you get the best value for your money. We always offer free, no-obligation quotes, so you know exactly what you are paying for upfront. Our goal is to provide high-quality moving labor services that are both affordable and efficient, making your experience smoother and more manageable. Get your free moving quote today by filling out our online form or call us at (503) 747-3630.

Moving an electric piano

O'Neill Transfer and Storage

How Many Movers Are Included in the "Labor-Only" Service?

The number of movers included in a labor-only service is highly flexible and can be adjusted according to the specific requirements of each move. This flexibility allows for customization based on various factors, such as the size of the move, the amount of items to be moved, and the overall complexity of the task. For instance, a smaller move might only require two movers, while a larger, more complex move could necessitate a team of four or more movers.

At O’Neill, we emphasize this flexibility in our labor-only services. According to owner Bradley Boland, “We assess each move individually to provide you with a quote, considering factors like the volume of items, the layout of the premises, and any special requirements you may have.” This approach ensures that we provide the right number of movers for your move, ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Whether you need a compact team for a quick move or a larger crew for a more extensive job, we have the resources and expertise to meet your specific needs.

Will the Portland Moving Company Supply Equipment Such as Dollies and Straps?

In Portland, many moving companies generally provide essential equipment like dollies and straps as part of their labor-only service. This equipment is crucial for safely and efficiently handling items during the move. Dollies are used for easily transporting heavy or bulky items, while straps are essential for securing items during transit to prevent shifting and potential damage.

Providing this equipment is a standard practice among professional moving companies in Portland to ensure that every aspect of the labor-only move is handled with the utmost care and efficiency. However, you should still check with your labor-only moving company to ensure they provide equipment before signing on with them.

At O’Neill Transfer Moving & Storage, “we ensure that our labor-only movers are fully equipped with all the necessary tools, such as dollies, straps, and padding materials. This is to guarantee the safety and security of your belongings throughout the process,” says owner Bradley Boland. Our commitment is to provide a comprehensive moving service that covers every detail, from packing to transportation, making your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

How Much Experience Do "Labor-Only" Moving Crews Have in Portland?

According to an article on Medium, “Hiring professional movers and packers allows you to take advantage of their years of experience in the industry.” When it comes to labor-only moving crews, experience really matters. It’s not just about lifting and shifting boxes; experienced movers know how to make a move seamless and stress-free. They’ve got the know-how for everything from wrapping delicate items to figuring out the best way to get your bulky couch out of a tight spot. It’s important to remember that not every moving company comes with the same level of experience. Having a crew that’s seen it all can make a big difference. They’re quicker at solving problems, super careful with your stuff, and they know how to keep things on track.

With an A+ rating by the BBB, O’Neill Transfer has served the greater Portland area for over a century, powered by a professionally trained and experienced moving crew. Our movers aren’t just strong; they’re smart movers. Many of our crew members have over a decade of experience; they’ve got hundreds of moves under their belts and know how to handle all sorts of challenges. Whether it’s a fragile heirloom or a massive wardrobe, they’ve got the skills to move it safely and efficiently. Our experienced crew is a big part of what makes us stand out, ensuring your move is in good hands from start to finish.

Moving a Piano to load onto a truck

O'Neill Transfer and Storage

What Is the Usual Duration for a "Labor-Only" Move?

The duration of a labor-only move can vary greatly depending on several factors. These include the size of your home, the amount and type of items being moved, accessibility, and the distance between locations. For example, a small apartment might only need a couple of hours with a few movers, while a larger home could take a whole day with a larger crew.

For a rough idea, a studio or small apartment requires about 2 hours for loading and unloading. A 2-3 bedroom apartment or house could take around 3-4 hours for loading and a similar time for unloading. If you are looking for labor-only packing services, “a three bedroom home will take full service movers about 2-3 hours to completely pack up,” according to The actual time can vary from these estimates, as factors like the number of heavy items, stairs, and long walking distances can add to the time needed. Obtaining three labor-only quotes is essential to see the estimated timelines provided by different companies.

As a certified Pro-Mover by the American Trucking Association’s Moving and Storage Conference, O’Neill Transfer provides an estimated timeline in our free quotes. During the quote appointment, we carefully assess each aspect of your move to provide an accurate estimate of the time needed. This includes considering the size of your home, the volume and type of items to be moved, any challenging access points like narrow staircases or long walkways, and special requirements such as handling fragile items or disassembling furniture.

We aim to ensure an efficient and smooth moving process tailored to your specific needs. This way, you can plan your move with confidence and ease, knowing that there won’t be any unexpected delays or issues on moving day. Get your free labor-only quote today from a member of the Preferred Movers Network by filling out our online quote form or giving us a call at (503) 747-3630.

Cardboard boxes in new apartment.

How Can I Arrange for a "Labor-Only" Move in Portland?

Arranging for a labor-only move in Portland is a straightforward process. Start by researching local movers that offer labor-only services. Many Portland moving companies have websites where you can find information about their services, rates, and availability. You can also read customer reviews to get an idea of their reliability and quality of service. Once you’ve selected a company, you can usually book their services online or over the phone.

When booking, you’ll need to provide details about your move, such as the date, the size of your home, and any specific requirements you have. This information helps the moving company prepare adequately and assign the right number of movers for your job. It’s also a good idea to discuss any large, heavy, or special-care items you have, as these may require additional planning or equipment.

At O’Neill Transfer, we make arranging a labor-only move as easy as possible. Once you complete our online quote form, one of our dedicated specialists will contact you to schedule a quote appointment. We will send out one of our estimators, who will talk to you about your needs and take into account the logistics of loading and unloading. Then, a dedicated specialist will provide you with an Order of Service that details the services you require and their respective prices. We will schedule your labor-only moving date once you sign off on the Order of Service. Our team is available to answer any questions you have and help you determine the best options for your move.


Why Choose O'Neill Transfer & Storage?

  • Certified Pro Mover
  • Fully-licensed and insured
  • Free moving quotes
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Over 100 years of experience
  • Emergency moving services
  • A+ Rated by the BBB
  • Gun Safe Moves up to 1500lbs
  • Over 50,000 Moves Completed

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