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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 ;)

Our moving crew were friendly and efficient and careful with our goods. Shaun and Illias were great and took everything in their stride.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Fast and friendly, and the price is just great.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The two gentlemen were very well mannered and they completely cleaned up after themselves. Thank you for a job well done. Would definateley recommend this company to friends and family.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Personable and efficient.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Polite, friendly.
Victoria British Columbia 9/10 rating
On time, skilled parking the truck, listened to my requests, gentle with furniture, worked as a team, worked continuously, and a house plant as a gift!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
The guys were on time, polite, hardworking and extremely careful with my belongings. The cup of coffee was a nice touch, too! Thanks to Jake and his crew for a great experience!
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Peace of mind! Stress free, highly efficient service! Highly organized and motivated workers who make you feel relaxed during the process!
South Bay California 10/10 rating
Great and easy service in a timely manner, that showed wonderful orginazation and great work ethic.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Everything, very efficient and focused. Also friendly and courteous, nothing was too much trouble.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They are on time, fast and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Low cost. Good care with property - with minimal damage. Very courteous and willing to communicate.
Chicago Illinois 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
They kept me informed throughout the move and worked very hard.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Very efficient and hard working crew. They were very concerned with keeping our stuff in good condition.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
The crew was awesome. They were on time, professional and very helpful. They were everything a person would want for movers.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
FAST, SAFE, POLITE, SECURE, VERY GOOD SERVICE.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Great customer service. Great communications. The moving team was friendly and professional, great attitude.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 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
Chris and Chris were extremely professional and efficient. The were on time and worked quickly. They were very careful with our furniture. We would definitely use their services again.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
On time. Great packers. Great guys.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
There were on time, courteous and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
They are very flexible and always do a fantastic job. They have been a god send to me in my transition to Hawaii and I will be forever grateful.
Makiki Hawaii 10/10 rating
Handle my furniture like it was their own, showed up on time and worked fast.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Everything, this was the best moving experience ever and I have told everyone I know how wonderful Seth and Travis were. Thank you for a perfect move!
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
Very carefull with all peaces being moved, prompt, polite. Worked hard.
Burlington Ontario 9/10 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
The two men that came to deliver my furnature to my condo were excellent... They placed the furniture where I needed it and gave me a house warming plant for my window.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Fast work, nice people, and they were careful with an old desk my grandfather made
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They are fast and efficient, highly recommend!!!!
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Very professional service Friendly staff Use of technology Surprise gift
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Our movers were incredibly helpful and efficient!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Fast and efficient. Treat your possessions with care.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Friendly, professional, available last minute, honest. Very easy to work with!
Victoria British Columbia 9/10 rating
On time, courteous and FAST! Very reasonably priced too.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Professionalism. Very respectful with my wife. These guys deserve some recognition.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Called, showed up on time, introduced yourselves, courteous!!!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Professional, good quality packing, ready with all supplies, good customer service.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Professional and friendly service. The staff was well trained and personable.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Very professional. I will recommend you.
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
There were punctual, friendly and careful with our stuff. The move was also reasonably priced.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Prompt, efficient and courteous service made for a highly pleasant experience. You made moving a very painless experience!
Twin Cities Minnesota 10/10 rating
Honesty something rare in this industry. They did exactly what they said and were up front with everything they did. You Move Me is as honest as it gets. Thank you.
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
1. Great communication. 2. Very skilled staff. 3. Did exactly what you said you'd do. No surprises.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
I found the crew to be smart, polite, and neatly dressed. That's important to me.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Very nice, and took good care of my things, and they were on time.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Jonathan and AJ were very hardworking, professional and did an outstanding job!
Kansas City Kansas 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
The two movers (John and John) went above and beyond! Great jobs guys! Thank you!!!
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
On time, courteous movers, respected my home.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Prompt, courteous, efficient. Willing to reschedule multiple times to accommodate my construction schedule.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Courteous, fast and efficient, in and out in no time and ditto for the offload a couple hours later. Thanks!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
As in my last move with You Move Me, the movers were knowledgable and efficient and they understood customer service very well. I was blown away by how economical this move was. Thank you so much.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Efficient, polite, willing to go above and beyond. Very impressed!
Burlington Ontario 10/10 rating
I had a great experience with You Move Me. Shawn and Niko were very helpful and did an excellent job with my move.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
High quality move, very courteous, on time, low cost. I just can't say enough good things about these movers.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Dan and Dan were both professional and polite. Both worked hard and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Made this move the most painless and non-stressful that I've experienced yet. Worked quickly but carefully to minimize their time spent.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The move went great and your team was very easy to work with. Thank you
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The guys started working as soon as they arrived. They moved very fast, jogging from the truck back to get more stuff. They were very respectful and professional. Not a thing was broken or damaged.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They moved me in a reasonable amount of time while taking care of my belongings. I loved the clothes racks that your service provides!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Timeliness, professional, always willing to help. I have used your company 4 times in the past 4 months and have never been disappointed. Thanks!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They were quick, professional packers and made sure my boxes were where I wanted them once unloaded at the new place.
Twin Cities Minnesota 10/10 rating
The move was fast, and the guys were very friendly and polite. Not troubles plus very receptive to suggestions
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were on time, near, clean and accommodating.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The efficiency & care of the workers. Both were very careful & diligent with our furniture.
Charlotte North Carolina 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 worked there Behinds off and were very friendly and proffesional. Words can not describe how hard they worked. I AM VERY HAPPY.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Work was done quickly, but they didn't cut corners. All of my belongings arrived safely with zero damage.
Honolulu Hawaii 9/10 rating
The folks were on time, courteous and respectful. I appreciated their professionalism.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
This is our 3rd time using You Move Me. Each crew has been professional, communicative and careful with our belongings. We will use them again and would recommend them to our friends and family.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were quick, efficient, friendly, and professional. And the coffee handed to me when I opened my door - great way to start a stressful day. However, I got coffee and no stress.
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
Level of professionalism and friendliness, hardworking and very respectful, Cody and Tony were excellent
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendliness, great communication and the price is right!
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
The guys were helpful and compassionate. They even got our king sized mattress up a tiny staircase even though we thought it might be an impossible feat!
GTA Ontario 10/10 rating
Showing up on time and professional service is extremely important to me. You're guys were awesome.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Worked with and listened to me to make sure that the experience was satisfactory.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
The fellows who came with the truck were cheerful and ready to do everything I asked, no complaints about the heavy stuff!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
The two gentlemen were very friendly, gave me some much needed advice and were done in shorter amount of time than I expected.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Great service. I liked that they had padding and wardrobe boxes.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The young men actually doing the moving are great. Courteous, polite, and efficient as they work.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Treats my move as the most important move of the day .
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
Good people, excellent handling and wrapping of furniture. On time. Could not be more pleased.
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Martin & David were terrific. Very efficient, friendly and careful with our things. Showed up on time and got the job done.
San Diego California 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
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
Olu and Willy were very efficient, friendly, and professional movers. All of our furniture and belongings were handled with care. We were pleased with the entire move.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Polite, on time, positive attitudes. Overall very pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend You Move Me to someone else.
Vancouver British Columbia 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
Courteous, and efficient!
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Finished under quoted estimate of time.
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Kept in touch to let us know what time they would arrive. The 2 movers introduced themselves and were friendly and professional.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
The movers were prompt and pleasant as they carried furniture up and down the staircase. They knew we were on a budget for our move, so they worked with extra umph to get the job done quickly!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Very reliable and professional. Cost savings better than most competitors. Complete the job in detail and to customer satisfaction.
Toledo Ohio 10/10 rating
Outstanding customer service. Professional.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
The crew was awesome!!! Very polite and wrapped things perfectly!! Hats off to Billy D , Billy H. and Koda! I will definitely use these young men again! I didn't have a single thing broke or damaged!
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
2 great guys, polite and professional. Mike and Marco..
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Very professional. will refer to my friends, great customer service.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Everything!!! Very nice movers, very efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
The moving crew was fast, friendly and efficient and didn't break anything. Great job.
Toronto 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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