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 ;)

Polite, on time, lots of notice and very professional! Great guys!
Victoria British Columbia 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
They were on time. They were professional, and they were courteous. John, Jason and Josh worked their butts off to get me moved in under the estimated time. They were also very nice.
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
The guys Mike and Stan were fast, friendly and super careful with our possessions. We will be recommending you all for sure!
Cincinnati Ohio 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
Low cost. Good care with property - with minimal damage. Very courteous and willing to communicate.
East Dundee Illinois 9/10 rating
Friendly, courteous, hardworking gentleman who took great care with our belongings and home. The were on time.
Madison Wisconsin 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
They were very nice and helpful.
Charlotte North Carolina 9/10 rating
The 2 guys who came to move had great attitudes, were very accommodating, and did an AMAZING job moving some heavy items. I couldn't have been more pleased with the service. Thank you!
Madison Wisconsin 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
The crew was honest, high quality and worked hard, they were very careful with our goods with no damage and fairly priced.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Amazing staff who were helpful and polite. Shaun was fabulous.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Very professional, excellent service and going above and beyond to handle our personal property with care and effort to be sure no damaged occurred.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Take great care of furniture. Called before move date to talk about move. Called the day of to confirm arrival time
Tulsa Oklahoma 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
There were really professional and wrapped all my nice items that I needed wrapped.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
On time, very polite, worked hard, Reggie and the team were wonderful!
San Jose California 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
Took great care in packing and loading large items. Worked consistently and efficiently. Price was tolerable and the guys did a great job.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Prompt service attention to detail
Toronto Ontario 9/10 rating
They were fast, professional and no damage. Super job! I have moved a dozen times and this was by far the best moving company I've used.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Communication with me was excellent. Professionalism. courtesy and friendliness was outstanding.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The two movers were very organized and courteous. They did a great job with no damage.
Madison Wisconsin 9/10 rating
Very efficient.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The professionalism and courtesy of the crew that moved us. They were great. Even the apartment manager at the place we were moving out of commented on how professional they were.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Everything!!! Very nice movers, very efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient. Also the uniform T-shirt leands credibility. You definetly wowed me.the coffee was a great touch. I actually enjoyed my move!!!! Thanks
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Fast work, nice people, and they were careful with an old desk my grandfather made
Tulsa Oklahoma 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
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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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