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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 ;)

Excellent service and customer service, a real pleasure to work with!
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Hard, courteous workers. No complaints here. Use em again in a heartbeat.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Estimating or quoting was right on! Employees were polite, enjoyable and worked hard.
Tulsa Oklahoma 9/10 rating
Fit us quickly in their schedule. Great response and attitude!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Friendly movers who seem to genuinely care about your items and making the move as easy as possible for you. The attention to detail in caring for your items was impeccable!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Outstanding communication, professional movers and strong.
South OC California 10/10 rating
The two guys that came to do my move were awesome. Always friendly and super helpful. For this and this alone I would recommend them to friends.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Low cost. Good care with property - with minimal damage. Very courteous and willing to communicate.
East Dundee Illinois 9/10 rating
Adrian and Vincent were awesome. They were prompt, courteous and worked hard the whole time they were here.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Nice and efficient team. Very careful with all furniture. On time!
San Diego California 10/10 rating
The movers, Johnnie and Robby were great.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
Nick and Victor were absolutely amazing! Showed up on time and were very professional. Took exceptional care of our items - both packing and unpacking. Would totally recommend them!
Littleton Colorado 10/10 rating
Great service! Very much appreciated. I'll be calling yall when I move again in the near future.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Prices were very competitive, actual move came in below quote, movers were very professional, no damages.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The movers were prompt, courteous, friendly, extremely careful, and did a wonderful job.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Responsive, responsible..on time,cost less than estimate, pleasant and competent staff.
Twin Cities Minnesota 10/10 rating
Everything and more. Especial thanks to Rich, Daniel and Andrew for excellent service
South Bay 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
Carefully picked up items indicated, and asked about where to put, best places to park outside facility. On time with advance notice!!
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Very respectful and courteous movers
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Thanks guys For your help Great attitudes, super 'we can do this' attitude, amazing work ethic, team players, considerate, willing, good natured & efficient. :-)
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Cleanliness, carefulness, skill in moving items.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Efficient and caring staff!! Willing to do what I wanted no questions asked and great cost!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The movers were on time and very good. They were very polite and professional.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Fast and efficient and the estimate was spot on. Movers were friendly and awesome!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
I liked the nice little touches like the beverage phone call and the plant.
Denver Colorado 9/10 rating
Very informative and helpful. Extraordinarily professional and pleasant. Kelly and Rodney were quick and efficient and the plant was a lovely surprise!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Great communication from the first call through the last box. The move team really listened when I explained my plan.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
I really recommend that everyone I know to contact you because I really enjoyed how you move me it was easy and really fun thanks.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Friendly, efficient, careful!
Edmond Oklahoma 9/10 rating
On time, knew what they were doing with the carpet -- so few know how to shake them out....pleasant and efficient.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Responsive, responsible..on time,cost less than estimate, pleasant and competent staff.
Twin Cities Minnesota 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
Very friendly and professional. Nice Job.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Prompt service attention to detail
Toronto Ontario 9/10 rating
Service and Attitude!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
The personalized customer service was outstanding! The guys came on time took extra special care in handling and transporting our items. Extremely polite and well-mannered.
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
They were on time, they were friendly and helpful. They did everything we asked and provided everything we needed. You never have enough boxes or wrapping paper.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Team was very courteous and polite. They worked very quickly to get the job done in a timely manner. Very impressed with the service.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Worked hard the entire time. Made me feel like they respected my cost margin.
Jenks Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The professional courtesy and personalities of the gentlemen who moved me were absolutely phenomenal. They took great care and caution with my personal belongings and for that, I am very pleased.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Everything they said they would. I will definitely use your moving company again & recommend them. Professional, caring & no surprises.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Excellent customer service. And the guys worked their tails off, without stopping to rest!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Wrapping furniture extremely carefully, personable hardworking movers! This was my second move with You Move Me and I will continue to recommend their services!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Experienced crew.
Overland Park Kansas 9/10 rating
Very professional, polite and helpful and brought all necessary supplies
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The best movers we have ever had!! Jeff and David are wonderful!!! They were polite, listened to our concerns and above all wrapped our furniture in blankets!!
Orange County South California 10/10 rating
Efficient, polite, willing to go above and beyond. Very impressed!
Burlington Ontario 10/10 rating
You really try hard to stay on or below budget/time, with really kind/friendly service. The house-warming gift is a cute touch, too... :D
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The guys were amazingly fast, efficient, super friendly, very clean & organized!
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
The crew was on time, extremely polite and didn't scratch a thing. They moved everything with the speed of light! I was so impressed with the experience, Andrew and his crew are the best in town!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Made this move the most painless and non-stressful that I've experienced yet. Worked quickly but carefully to minimize their time spent.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The workers were courteous and efficient. Their friendly, helpful attitude made moving day a success.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
On time. Friendly. Competent. Careful. Helped very much with my move to a small place with a tricky tight corner into a staircase. Thanks!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Excellent communication, professional, thorough, efficient, friendly. It was a great experience.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
They are very flexible and always do a fantastic job. They have been a god send to me in my transition to Hawaii and I will be forever grateful.
Makiki Hawaii 10/10 rating
Clean equipment, excellent service and on time performance, it was a real pleasure
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Movers were professional, careful, fast and respectful.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Great customer service. Great communications. The moving team was friendly and professional, great attitude.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The customer service was excellent! Everything went very smoothly.
GTA - Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The guys were courteous and cordial. They made the whole move experience actually kind of fun.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
They were very careful with my furniture and boxes. They were very polite and helpful. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to friends and family.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Flexible when our timeline changed, they were able to fit us in on another day. Staff was friendly and reliable. Cost was a good value.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Great service and people skills! From the GM to all of the employees we dealt with. We used the packing crew and the moving crew. Both were great, have people skills and know their trade.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
On time, professional. Good at what they do. Mariece And Tyler did super work. Good personality and pleasent. Mariece packed the truck perfectly
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, efficient and effective -- pretty much all the things that make working with you guys an awesome and easy experience!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
High quality move, very courteous, on time, low cost. I just can't say enough good things about these movers.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
They were courteous and professional, arrived early and got done in under the expected time.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Courtesy, careful, respectful, and fast.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Attentive to our needs and willing to accept suggestions to resolve challenges that always come up during a move.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Fast and efficient. Treat your possessions with care.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
They were the best guys to work with, very courteous, and efficient, and everything I wanted done was perfect. I would use them anytime and recommend them to my friends.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Offers a valuable service for a fair price. The communication was excellent and you were able to schedule me within a few days of my move.
Kansas City Kansas 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
Professional and nice.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Response time and availability were Great. The two man team worked well together, were polite, well mannered and efficient. I don't know if that was just them or they were just well trained or both.
Honolulu Hawaii 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
Friendly, professional, and prompt with great packing and attention to detail. Will, Robert and I believe the other man's name was Bill were great !
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Olu and Willy were very efficient, friendly, and professional movers. All of our furniture and belongings were handled with care. We were pleased with the entire move.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Professional presentation, follow up and expertise was commendable. Crew was well trained, pleasant, and hard working.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Just brilliant at everything! Thanks a million.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
The guys were fast! They worked so quickly: I ended up paying a lot less than the estimated price. They also handled the furnitures carefully. Overall, it was a great service.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient! Quick and easy!
Oakville Ontario 10/10 rating
David and Chris were exceptionally professional and hard working. I couldn't have asked for a better crew.
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
They were quick, professional packers and made sure my boxes were where I wanted them once unloaded at the new place.
Twin Cities Minnesota 10/10 rating
Arrived on time, employees were professional, moved items with care and in timely manner. I recommend using You Move Me for moving needs!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Fast, considerate help.
Minneapolis Minnesota 9/10 rating
You Move Me, are very professional have used them twice in two months. Would highly recommend them. Thanks for such great service.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Cam, Anthony, and Mark were very polite, professional, and moved us very quickly.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Just the work the guys did. And the attention to detail and being so careful with everything we owned. They were all professional, great to be around and so considerate.
Castle Rock Colorado 10/10 rating
quality service and personnel.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
They were there on time, and did everything that they said they would do. It was the most professional, efficient, and easy move, that I have ever done.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
QUICK AND EFFICIENT. THE GUYS WERE PROFESSIONAL AND VERY PERSONABLE. THEY WERE ABLE TO EMPTY ONE HOUSE AND MOVE US INTO OUR NEXT HOUSE IN A TIMELY MANNER! WOULD DEFINATELY USE THEM AGAIN.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Great staff and great care of all our household items.
West Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
You Move Me was courteous, prompt, friendly and very professional. Brandon and Paika did a wonderful job and are deserving of recognition and reward!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The two gentlemen were very friendly, gave me some much needed advice and were done in shorter amount of time than I expected.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Mike and Stan were awesome. Very friendly, careful with all of my things. Very professional. I have never hired movers before and I am very happy with you move me.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
On-time and worked like crazy to get me moved. Thanks for the hard work!
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Fast, friendly and happy - went beyond expectations. Shawn and Tony were the best.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Professional, fast, nice, on time
Portland Oregon 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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