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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 ;)

They are fast and efficient, highly recommend!!!!
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
You Move Me called and asked if I wanted a drink or anything when they were filling up the van. They were prompt, well mannered, and professional. Very impressive!
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!
South Bay California 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
On time, great employees, and fast. Customer service is fantastic.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
The guys were amazingly fast, efficient, super friendly, very clean & organized!
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
They were quite helpful and nice.
Kitchener/Waterloo Ontario 10/10 rating
Quick, clean, profesional.
Chicago Illinois 9/10 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
Friendliness of the crew. How careful they were with my furniture. How willing they were to change the furniture around until I was satisfied.
Prairie Village Kansas 10/10 rating
Kai and the other mover (local guy that's going to join the Air Force) was on time, professional and very patient. Will definitely recommend your services to others
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Movers were professional; showed up on time and performed job exactly as quoted. I felt they went above and beyond to get me moved in even less time than quoted in contract.
GTA Ontario 10/10 rating
Arrived on time, and worked very hard to get everything right and perfect. Thank you!
San Jose California 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
The staff !!!!!! Excellent people...... So polite and professional. I move every 2 to 3 years and have MANY clients that I move and will make the switch!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Energetic staff. Showed up on time and finished on time. Supervisor was there to help. All at reasonable cost.
Victoria British Columbia 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
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
Efficient, polite, willing to go above and beyond. Very impressed!
Burlington Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendly,Understanding, careful, fast, great customer service and affordable.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were friendly, they got the job done fast and they were very helpful.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Very professional. will refer to my friends, great customer service.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They guys were very nice and friendly. They moved very fast but made sure my stuff was nice placed on truck. I wish when I move again I can get the same guys.
St. Paul Minnesota 10/10 rating
The 2 men were friendly and professional. They worked very fast and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Diligent and efficient crews. Very well organized and move quick. Friendly staff and very punctual.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The guys were on time, they called ahead and offered a complimentary Starbucks drink, and were extremely professional and polite. By far the best moving experience I've had, and I've moved a lot!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Extremely nice and polite movers. Move quickly and safely
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
They were fast, professional and came in under-budget (for that I am sincerely thankful)! I hate moving and hopefully won't do it for another 10-20 years BUT if I do, I'll call You Move Me.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
On time and fast.
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Honest, friendly, responsive.
Madison Wisconsin 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
Prompt, courteous, professional.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
Fast, courteous, professional movers who listened and treated our household items as if they were treasure! Came in under budget too!
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
They were extremely professional - very impressive. Hard working and very friendly! My wife and I were going to contact you to make you aware that the team that moved us were excellent!!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Our movers were really friendly, polite, and really fast. Overall a great experience!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Professional - on time - we had some changes ( we asked them to unpack- which was not planned) and the crew adapted perfectly.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Very quick, responsible, easy communication, no attitude.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
They allow the customer to dictate the move and how the customer wants.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Very friendly and well organized. Took away a lot of the stress associated with moving. Very satisfied with the service.
Vancouver Island British Columbia 10/10 rating
The workers were courteous and efficient. Their friendly, helpful attitude made moving day a success.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
The guys were amazingly fast, efficient, super friendly, very clean & organized!
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
Our movers were extremely careful while being super efficient. They were also very customer service oriented!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Low cost. Good care with property - with minimal damage. Very courteous and willing to communicate.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Friendly and fast service!!! Made a big move a breeze!
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were diligent, focused, and quick. Not to mention personable as well.
Beaverton Oregon 10/10 rating
They did what they said they would do and charged me a fair price for the work they did.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The crew was incredibly friendly, fun, and professional. They worked quickly but also with great care. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Madison Wisconsin 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
The service was well done and the guys who made the moving made a great job and were friendly and kind.
Orange County California 10/10 rating
The movers, Johnnie and Robby were great.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
Crew worked hard and completed the move quickly.
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
The movers really cared about my belongings. They worked hard but were very careful and accomodating throughout the day.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
We had a 3 part move. Rob and his team were very professional and fast.
Twin Cities Minnesota 10/10 rating
Very,very friendly and willing to go that extra mile to please. Have used You Move Me for 3 different moves in the last 2 months .Very pleased with each Crew and their completion of each move.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Military discount. Professional appearance. Efficiency. Positive attitudes.
Yukon Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They moved my heavy yet fragile items with care and efficiency. They were friendly and easy to work with.
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
They were very careful with my furniture. I also had an expensive washer and dryer that was difficult to move. They took extra care to get it to my new condo. They were friendly and professional.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, professional, took really good care of my stuff.
Tulsa Oklahoma 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
Guys were very friendly and polite as well as very hard working. Really felt like we got our money's worth. Would absolutely use you again!!
Denver Colorado 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
The movers took their time making sure they had securely wrapped all the items. They showed respect for my property. It was one of the hottest days of summer. They worked hard.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Great movers. Great to work with. I appreciated the hard work the movers put in and thought they did an excellent job.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Conscientious, professional crew that did a thorough, thoughtful job.
Toledo Ohio 10/10 rating
Good communication. The workers are careful, personable and very hardworking. They do a great job! Bobby, Antoine, and Dre were excellent. Quite an efficient team!!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The two men who helped my family were very professional, strategic with their time, and extremely careful with our belongings and new house.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The guys that came to help with the move were awesome. Really friendly and helpful.
South OC California 10/10 rating
They were very professional. They worked very quickly and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The move went great and your team was very easy to work with. Thank you
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
That was the smoothest move we've ever had. They even left us a housewarming gift!
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Professional presentation, follow up and expertise was commendable. Crew was well trained, pleasant, and hard working.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Very curteous staff. They communicate well and try hard to organize and please. They were timely and worked hard to complete the task.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Communication with me was excellent. Professionalism. courtesy and friendliness was outstanding.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Great customer service from scheduling all the way through the actual move. The crew that moved us was awesome! Thank you!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Courteous, fun, and it seemed to be their pleasure to move me, not just a job to them. I hugged them when they left.
Cincinnati Ohio 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
They where very friendly, hard working, careful with our stuff and great with my 3 kids.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Very fast, friendly and funny. I felt completely comfortable having them in my home and appreciated their professionalism along with a touch of humour. It made moving so much less stressful.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 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
Neat and thorough. They took care of my stuff as if it were their own.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Handled fragile items extremely well!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
On time, knowledgeable staff, and speedy process.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Friendly, courteous, and they felt like they actually cared about ensuring my move was as painless and problem free as possible.
Vancouver British Columbia 9/10 rating
Great experience! Movers worked timely and carefully with my things. Would highly recommend this company
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
They were very good at following up and confirming all details. They were prompt and were always communicating
Charlotte North Carolina 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
They were professional, fast, efficient, friendly, and communicated every step of the move with me.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Friendly, fast, careful and helpful.
San Diego 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!
Orange County California 10/10 rating
the two young men were very polite, and hung right in there , the move was tough and so late at night and they really worked hard. and I will highly recommend your company, Thank You for your help.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Hardworking, trustworthy, and very nice!
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
On time and professional.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient! Quick and easy!
Oakville Ontario 10/10 rating
Everything was as you said it would be. Everyone I worked with was very pleasant and professional.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Worked with and listened to me to make sure that the experience was satisfactory.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Everything was very organized and well explained, the moving team could not have been more pleasant and patient, and even the taking apart and reassembly of furniture was perfect. Thank you!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
AJ and Bobby worked so hard. We have large heavy furniture and they did an amazing job. They were efficient and took great care with our possessions.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Very professional, qualified, insured. made it look easy.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Chad and Dean were careful with my things and friendly. They went above and beyond helping me set up beds and assembling my antique mirror . They made a stressful day enjoyable :)
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
The three young men, Chris, Raphael and Joel were very professional. They worked very quickly and efficiently. I would recommend them to any friend or family member who would need movers.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
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