You Move Me Printable Moving Checklist

Printable Moving Checklist

Stay organized leading up to your move with our essential moving checklist. It’s filled with helpful tips and timelines to get you organized.

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Moving Checklist Covering The Basics

When you’re moving, you want to plan ahead as much as possible. It’s best to break it down into stages to make it seem less overwhelming. Here’s a preview of the most important tasks to tackle and when to do them:

Weeks Before The Move

  • Get rid of everything you don’t want moved—consider booking junk removal service to make it fast and easy.
  • Book elevators and make arrangements to save a parking spot for the truck 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.
  • Get insurance for your items. High-value items will need verified values in advance of a move.
  • Label items right on the box as you pack, including which room they go in.
  • Check all furniture and note any scratches or dents.
  • Book a moving company!

1 Week 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.
  • Pack a bag with a change of clothes and toiletries to keep with you for the first night.

Day Of The Move

  • Remove blankets and linens from beds and pack them up.
  • Ensure all items are removed from appliances.
  • After the truck is loaded up, do a final walkthrough to check all rooms, closets, and cabinets for any missed items.

More Must-Have Moving Tips

We’re happy to share our expert moving secrets with you! The key to a smooth moving experience is being highly organized. If you take the time to plan things out before the big day, your move will be a breeze.

Packing Tips

Packing seems complicated, but you can keep it simple with a little planning:

  • Set a goal: 1 room per day per person should give you enough time. Budget more for rooms with fragile items.
  • 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.

Prep For Your Movers:

  • Be well packed and clearly labeled.
  • Clear out everything 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! Have you booked a mover yet? 

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

Focused, efficient team: Brian and Eric.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
There were really professional and wrapped all my nice items that I needed wrapped.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Neat and thorough. They took care of my stuff as if it were their own.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
The movers worked fast and were very friendly. They worked very hard and did a great job. It was a pleasure working with them.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Professional and friendly service
GTA - Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, and careful.
Chicago Illinois 9/10 rating
Chris and John were amazing! They worked hard and with a smile. They were careful and made me laugh the whole time. I would definitely recommend your company!
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
Movers were professional, careful, fast and respectful.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Guys were very professional and efficient. The total bill was less than expected and not a single ding on any of our furniture.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Show up on time. Friendly 800 service plus local owner. Movers helpful and strong. They are polite and helpful.
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Everything! The guys were fast, extremely polite, I could not be happier with how this move went!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Friendly, clean and more importantly trustworthy. Staff work hard - what not to love! Thank you for saving all of us from people who move your things but don't care!
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Efficient professional friendly
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Professional, prompt, courteous service from office staff and movers. Very appreciated!!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They performed as expected and in the rain!
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
From start to finish the movers go over the things that need to be done in a proffessional manner and complete the job professionally. Mark and Gabriel did a fantastic job!!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
They were very nice and helpful.
Charlotte North Carolina 9/10 rating
They wrapped the glass counter tops of my furniture and ensured that they worked quickly. They explained the costs and kept it to the minimum.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Fast and friendly. This was my 3rd or 4th time using you and I will never use another!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
They work extremely hard, fast and handle things with care.. Can't say enough about your guys they're great!
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
Prompt, friendly and VERY helpful
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
The guys were super friendly and incredibly fast! Would definitely recommend this company to everyone. Thanks to Shawn, Stuart and Ryan!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Crew leader Kyle did an excellent job communicating and ensuring our needs were meet and questions answered. People make the difference and Kyle and his team did an amazing job.
Vancouver Washington 9/10 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
The 2 men were friendly and professional. They worked very fast and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Very friendly movers, who worked very hard to get our move done quickly. Also great customer service over the phone prior to the move. Would highly recommend this moving company!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were courteous and professional, arrived early and got done in under the expected time.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Called, showed up on time, introduced yourselves, courteous!!!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Great teams of movers that are friendly, hardworking crew as well as timely and well-priced. Plus, the coffee upon delivery wins my heart!
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
Responsive, responsible..on time,cost less than estimate, pleasant and competent staff.
Twin Cities Minnesota 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!

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