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 ;)

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Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Very professional, polite and helpful and brought all necessary supplies
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The movers, Nathan, Andy and Tim worked quickly and tirelessly in the hot weather. They were courteous and professional.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Communication was good, punctuality, friendliness, and flexibility! Thank you!
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
Jonathan and AJ were very hardworking, professional and did an outstanding job!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Professional, friendly service.
Richmond Hill Ontario 9/10 rating
They were very professional and accomendating great customer service!!!!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The two young men who moved us were very professional and friendly. They were punctual and worked quickly and efficiently.
Toronto Ontario 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
Courteous, careful, respectful.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
The guys were very relaxed and professional in their approach. They did everything to make us feel comfortable and that they had the sitution covered! Made our potentially stressful day a non-event.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were courteous and professional, arrived early and got done in under the expected time.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Your entire team is amazing, great employees that really do care about the customer.
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
Excellent job once again.
Eagan Minnesota 10/10 rating
Very courteous, accommodating and respectful workers. Efficient but careful. Made the move as easy as it could be. Quite accurate with estimate. I would not hesitate to use them again.
Burlington Ontario 10/10 rating
You move me is the most professional, efficient, caring moving company I have ever worked with! This means something given that I am military with about 8 moves! You won't regret using them!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
The movers were quick, with little or no down time. They were friendly and polite. They attacked each task with a cheerful attitude. Overall, great service.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Amazing staff who were helpful and polite. Shaun was fabulous.
Vancouver British Columbia 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
The guys attitude, the best! Very friendly, very respectful, professionals.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Just brilliant at everything! Thanks a million.
Victoria 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
Both Dominic and Jim were extremely gracious, helpful and efficient in moving our furniture
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Fast, polite, over all good service.
Vancouver British Columbia 9/10 rating
Both Gregg and Rocky are professional, friendly and also very effective. Save me a lots of time and effort. Definately recommend.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
The guys did a great job with all of my stuff. I would have them back again.
Madison Wisconsin 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
Full service, so gentle with my stuff, so respectful of the houses, great attitudes. Great experience.
Oakville Ontario 10/10 rating
Aside from removing the stress from a stressful situation, the guys went above and beyond when they helped me with moving. I will definitely be calling you guys for our next move. Thanks again!
Vancouver, WA Washington 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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