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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:


  • 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.


    • 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.


    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.


    • 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.


    • 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 ;)

They were on time, very courteous and was very careful with my furniture.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
very well organized. The crew was amazing, worked well together and so nice. Very impressed. Best movers I have ever used!
GTA Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendly, helpful movers.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
The guys were all AWESOME and GREAT to work with.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
They were professional, on time and responsive to my questions and concerns. I appreciated Doug and Adrian taking great care of my items. I will definitely utilize You Move Me again!
San Diego California 10/10 rating
They all were very polite and professional !! Also, I found them to be very helpful.
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Ziggy and Ryan were pleasant, fast, careful movers! They even replaced pads on the bottom of the chair legs for me. I highly recommend them!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Honest estimate On time Very friendly, curtueous, efficient staff Great experience
San Diego California 10/10 rating
The crew was on-time, friendly, careful and efficient. This was about as hassle-free as moving can be. Dan Hoffman
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, professional.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
Personal friendly people who show they care. They communicate with you and take care of you and your items. It was a joy to have them.
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
Courtesy, careful, respectful, and fast.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Everything and more. Especial thanks to Rich, Daniel and Andrew for excellent service
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Professional movers got the job done and did extra work that I kindly requested
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Well for one, the morning coffee was pretty great. Also, the customer service skills of the movers is fantastic! My move was quick, organized, and safe.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The two gentlemen were on time, efficient and careful with even tight corners. They were diligent and capable. Thanks Brandon and Matt!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Great workers and loved how you packed and protected my furniture.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
My two movers were absolutely incredible. Make sure they get a raise, promotion and the proper accolades. If every mover on staff is like those two - I hope I move every weekend.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Great communication, thorough and very professional.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
The people were very nice and friendly and did a great job. We really appreciated it. They were very careful and helped set things up for us. Thanks!
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Fast, efficient, professional, polite The guys were not only all of the above, but fun to be with! Great job! Thanks for a stress free move!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Movers are courteous, efficient, and effective. I particularly appreciated their communicating with me in order to coordinate the move when timing became an issue.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
When Curtis came out to our home to give us a quote he was knowable and very curtious and assured us that the company could handle our needs!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
I had a very short notice, difficult move to make and YOU MOVE ME make it much easier simply, by being professional and understanding! I am deeply grateful!
Aurora Colorado 10/10 rating
Professionalism. Very respectful with my wife. These guys deserve some recognition.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Polite on time and easy to work with.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
The moving crew was fast, friendly and efficient and didn't break anything. Great job.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The folks were on time, courteous and respectful. I appreciated their professionalism.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
On time, very careful to make sure you are pleased!! Courteous and polite!! And yes they smelled so nice!! I will recommend to my friends!!!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
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Need More Help from a Moving Planner?

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!

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