You Move Me Printable Moving Checklist

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Moving can feel a bit like a juggling act. There are a ton of things to keep track of, and it’s easy to forget about all the little things. (And the big things too!) We understand that it’s stressful, which is why we’ll do everything we can to help make things easier on you.

We’re happy to share our expert moving secrets with you! The key to a smooth moving experience is being highly organized. You don’t want to feel frazzled and rushed on moving day. If you take the time to plan things out before the big day, your move will be a breeze. Don’t worry, it’s a whole lot easier than you think!

Our advice is to plan ahead as much as possible. About a month or so before your move, it’s smart to start thinking about what to keep and what to get rid of. After all, there’s no point in paying to move items you just don’t need anymore. Once you’ve cleared out all the stuff you don’t want to take with you, you can start packing up all the things you won’t need right away. This is also a good time to arrange cut off/activation dates for your utilities.

The idea is to take care of the biggest things ahead of time, so when it comes to moving day, you won’t have much left to worry about. It’s going to be a busy day, so you don’t want to have too much left to tackle. If you need some help with planning, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered!


Preparing to Move? Let our Moving Checklist Help!

You’ve decided to move, and now it’s time to prepare for the big day. We’ve put together some great tips to help you take the stress out of moving. Starting early is key—if you do this, you’ll be able to avoid trying to finish everything at the last minute.

When you’re about to start the process of getting your home ready for a big move, make sure you have our moving checklist handy. This checklist is an absolute essential - it breaks down the tasks into stages, and helps establish a timeline, so you’ll never feel too rushed. Just work your way through the list, and by the time you’ve checked everything off, you’ll be ready to move!


Our Moving Checklist Covers the Basics:

When you’re prepping for a move, it’s best to break it down into stages. That way, you’re dealing with a few smaller checklists, which makes it seem less overwhelming. In this short checklist below, we’ve outlined the most important things to cover, starting from a few weeks before the move, right through to moving day.

Here’s a preview of the most important tasks to tackle:


WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Get rid of everything you don’t want moved.
  • Book elevators and make arrangements to have a truck parked in front of both locations for up to 4 hours.
  • Make a list of people and businesses to notify about your new address.
  • Get packing supplies: boxes, tape, paper/bubble wrap for delicate items.
  • Have your items insured. High value items will need verified values in advance of a move.
  • Label items as you pack. Our boxes have rooms designated on them so you can check them off as you go and put notes in the speech bubble.
  • Check all furniture and note any scratches or dents.
  • Drain all fluids from hoses, lawn mowers, propane tanks, etc.

DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Take down and pack all pictures and hanging items.
  • Make sure all loose items and electronics are packed.
  • Remove all fragile items from dressers and desks.
  • Clean out and pack the bathrooms—you’ll need these items right away at the new place.
  • Remove blankets and linens from beds and pack them up.
  • Pack a bag with a change of clothes and toiletries to keep with you for the first night.

MORE PACKING & MOVING TIPS

Packing seems complicated, but we’re here to make it simple:

  • Set a goal: 1 room per day per person should give you enough time. Budget more for rooms with fragiles.
  • Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
  • One room in a box. It makes organizing the new place much easier.
  • Boxes that aren’t full aren’t stackable. If you can’t fill a box, stuff the remaining space with paper.
  • Don’t pack boxes on moving day. You’ll end up losing track of things.

MOVERS PREP:

  • Be well packed and clearly labelled.
  • Have everything cleared out that is not coming.
  • Movers load boxes first, so staging them in the most accessible room is best.
  • Take the beds apart before the move.
  • During load up, close doors on rooms that are complete—movers will know to focus on other areas.
  • Direct traffic at the front of the house during the unload, informing the movers where each piece goes.

ACCESS FOR MOVERS:

  • Secure designated parking as close to the house or apartment as possible.
  • If there is a difficult area to move things through, having items empty and disassembled helps.
  • Any dressers that have more than 3 rows should be emptied. Drawers can be left in because they take less space as one piece.

Once you’ve completed all these steps for move prep, you should be all set for a smooth moving experience!

Thanks for the love! Actual customer reviews (typos and all ;)

The 2 guys who came to move had great attitudes, were very accommodating, and did an AMAZING job moving some heavy items. I couldn't have been more pleased with the service. Thank you!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Movers were on time, did exactly as I asked and were friendly. They were also conscientious of my time.
Washington DC D.C. 10/10 rating
The movers, Nathan, Andy and Tim worked quickly and tirelessly in the hot weather. They were courteous and professional.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
The guys were all AWESOME and GREAT to work with.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
The friendliness of the two gentleman helping us move was way beyond what I expected from a moving service. They were also pretty quick at moving all my stuff.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Doug and Ryan were very pleasant, friendly and careful. They were willing to be accommodating of our special requests.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Tyler & Rad were AMAZING!! This is the second time I have used You Move Me. ABSOLUTELY NO Hesitation. Great company, great moving staff, great office staff, great owner who is very involved!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Excellent customer service. There were some hard things to move and the boys worked hard to get it upstairs as quick as they could.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They made moving look easy. Very efficient and knowledgable.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Professional, fast, nice, on time
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
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Need More Help from a Moving Planner?

Feel like you need a little more guidance than just our short checklist? Download our complete moving planner checklist for free. It's a more comprehensive version of the checklist above, and will help guide you through all the steps to get you ready for moving day. It’s printable and covers all the bases, from start to finish! It’s a great way to make sure you stay on track with all your planning. Just think of how satisfying it will be every time you get to fill in each box with a checkmark!

Get ready for the best moving experience of your life. If you hate moving, you’ll really love us!