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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 ;)

These guys were fast! Great service. Super friendly and a lot of hustle! Would absolutely recommend You Move Me!
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
Always keeping in touch to confirm what time they would arrive. Fast and efficient. Friendly and courteous. Great team work,Thanks Ross
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Great customer service, fast and efficient, and the coffee and house plant were nice touches!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They were very professional. They worked very quickly and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
They were courteous, helpful and careful with our belongings. They offered to do anything else we needed once the truck was loaded and unloaded. I will recommend them to others I know.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Extremely nice and polite movers. Move quickly and safely
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
They worked hard and fast took great care of everything.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Perfectly handled. Very professional. Wonderful service experience. Will definitely recommend to others.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
They were friendly, they got the job done fast and they were very helpful.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They actively dig in and help with anything that needs done, as far as packing and having boxes available. Very polite and hard working!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Neat professional appearance, time efficient and courteous.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Excellent Customer Service & Punctual Arrival!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
On time, efficient, friendly and professional! Shawn and his team were great and handled the move wonderfully.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Matt McKinney was extremely helpful in making a stressful day much easier.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They were very polite and consciencious of my situation and did their best to save time and money on my end. The plant at the end was a nice touch.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Fantastic service and the crew is respectful and hard-working. You guys are the Four seasons of movers!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Professional staff that were fun to work with. They took good care of my stuff and even though it was a long day they never lost steam.
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
Very professional, polite young men caring about being cost effective with high quality work.
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Showed up on time, The crew worked very fast. Protected the furniture well,assembled and then placed where we wanted it. Great job guys!
Toledo Ohio 10/10 rating
The fellows that moved us, Dane & Blake, we're a delight and never stopped. They literally would run off the truck to get another load.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Everything. Priced right, scheduling and estimating was easy and the movers were prompt. Everything was just so easy and you accommodated our specific situation.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Ownership and management exceeds expectations. The company is a step above every moving company of ever used
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They performed as expected and in the rain!
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Really friendly guys that worked below the originally quoted price!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Absolutely the best customer service I have experienced. Great follow up, follow through, ontime, updates provided and even offered to bring me coffee on the way to load my things.
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Awesome guys- very personalble and executed a custom approach between my wife and I. We're able to communicate when I was off site taking care of different parts of the move.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Movers were very friendly, worked extremely hard, polite and considerate. Everyone involved front the phone reception, booking the truck to movers. Aces!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
How effortless the entire process was.
San Jose California 9/10 rating
On time and fast.
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
The movers were prompt, courteous, friendly, extremely careful, and did a wonderful job.
Kansas City Missouri 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
Both movers were very competent and engaging. They put me and my wife at ease. I've already recommended your company to others . Thank you
Toledo Ohio 10/10 rating
Movers were very professional. Did a fantastic job taking care of our furniture and specific needs.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Professional and courteous from the very first contact on the phone till the drivers waved goodbye.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Prompt, clean, and quick. Everything was wrapped well. Nothing was damaged. Price was very fair.
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
The speed, professionalism, and friendliness of the moving specialists.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
On time and professional.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Prompt. Efficient. Hard working. Very polite. Very pleasant. Very respectful. Pricing very fair.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
On time, knowledgeable staff, and speedy process.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Professional and friendly service. The staff was well trained and personable.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Wrapped all furniture better than expected. Loaded the truck fast and carefully. The team was not lazy. The team was VERY polite and courteous.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Courteous, careful, respectful.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
Polite and courteous.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Worked with and listened to me to make sure that the experience was satisfactory.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Excellent communication, professional, thorough, efficient, friendly. It was a great experience.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
Guys worked very hard, and were clean and polite. All six guys were conscientious.
Kansas City Kansas 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
Peace of mind! Stress free, highly efficient service! Highly organized and motivated workers who make you feel relaxed during the process!
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Work fast and safe. The movers move you like they are the ones paying the hourly rate.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Miles and Blake were awesome! They were hard workers and did a great job! Super nice kids!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Great service, it was easy and the movers were professional and courteous. Worth every penny!
Minneapolis Minnesota 9/10 rating
The staff are outstanding, courteous, personable, and hardworking. They go out of their way to help de stress the move! I also really appreciate that they partner with the Furniture Bank!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Well dressed, smart, polite men who went out of their way to do extra tasks.
Toronto Ontario 9/10 rating
On time, skilled parking the truck, listened to my requests, gentle with furniture, worked as a team, worked continuously, and a house plant as a gift!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Promptness, quality effort, giving the additional effort.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
They are fast, efficient, professional and, provided they get honest information, come in exactly in the time and cost of their estimate.
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Courteous, and efficient!
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
They took pride in work made sure not to hit walls nice guys
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, professional, took really good care of my stuff.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were quick and respectful.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Great customer service.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Fast and efficient. Treat your possessions with care.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The movers are very careful with your possessions and also take care of protecting the house and flooring from moving things out and in the homes.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Super friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend them to my friends!
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Well organized, great people and very helpful.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Great people. Especially Isaiah Lee.
Denver Colorado 9/10 rating
On time, courteous, clean. Did what they said they would do when they would do it.
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Friendliness, great communication and the price is right!
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
The two young men were very good and worked hard and steady... you can be proud of your employees they did an excellent job.
Waterloo Ontario 9/10 rating
The guys were careful with my equipment and they are very respectful and friendly. Will use again in the future. A++ people to deal with.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Scott and his team were careful not only wrapping my furniture but helping me arrange and even assemble furniture
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
James and Cedric did an excellent job with our stuff, they were fast and efficient and we really appreciated everything that they did for us. Thank you so much!!
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Great experience! Movers worked timely and carefully with my things. Would highly recommend this company
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Fellows were very friendly and professional. Made this tough time in our lives a little easier. Thank you. I would recommend you to anyone!
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
On time, courteous and professional. Very patient with stressed out people! Sam, John and Rob were the best and worked really hard on our much more difficult move than anticipated!
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were flexible when I had to make several schedule changes at the last minute. They were professional, fast, careful and courteous.
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Very personable and careful, shows up on time and calls ahead to confirm. So likeable.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Honest estimate On time Very friendly, curtueous, efficient staff Great experience
San Diego California 10/10 rating
The guys that came to move my stuff were very courteous, very well spoken and very efficient. I have helped several people move but this was one of the best moves I have experienced.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Timeliness, professional, always willing to help. I have used your company 4 times in the past 4 months and have never been disappointed. Thanks!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Great communication skills I found them to be careful and got the job done quickly I was very pleased
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
On time, worked hard, easy to work with, willing to help out whenever possible. Loved the coffee idea!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
On time, guys hustle.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
They were extremely prompt, polite, likable movers. Very hardworking! We were totally happy and would use YOU MOVE ME again for any future moves.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Nick and Paul were great! They worked hard non-stop and got us moved quickly and efficiently coming in under the quote. Great job, highly recommend!
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Very efficient and hard working crew. They were very concerned with keeping our stuff in good condition.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
It's modern, organized, friendly and efficient. And the guys did great (extremely fast) work with great care
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Nice guys. Did everything they said they would do, so eliable. Short move but they got it done carefully and quickly!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Super friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend them to my friends!
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Very professional yet personable movers made the experience quick and easy!
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Bobby and Anthony were able to problem solve getting large furniture out of tight spaces without damaging anything. They were also very courteous and pleasant.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The guys were so friendly and wonderful!! Absolutely fantastic job
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
The crew that came was on time, in uniform and extremely efficient. Also they were friendly and quite funny.
Calgary Alberta 9/10 rating
Professional, courteous and hard working!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Our movers were extremely careful while being super efficient. They were also very customer service oriented!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Everything from following up, to accurate quotes and to an amazing crew of 3 that were professional, quick and friendly
South Bay California 10/10 rating
The "team" was extremely courteous and professional. They knew what they were doing and made the moving day a success for us.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Great communication as far as timelines and planning. Super professional attitude.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The movers were great. Handled everything with care, were polite, and hustled to get done as soon as they could. Really great guys. Plus, the morning coffee and little plant was an added bonus.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Fast and friendly, and the price is just great.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
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Download our complete moving planner checklist for free. It's a comprehensive checklist that 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!

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