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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 ;)

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
Nick and Ethan from the Guelph location worked quickly and efficiently.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendly, fast, careful and helpful.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
Everything they said they would. I will definitely use your moving company again & recommend them. Professional, caring & no surprises.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Everyone was friendly and professional!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The three guys who handled my move were so careful of both my things, and my house! Truly amazing young men, who obviously take pride in what they do. I couldn't have been more impressed!
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
They were careful and quick - under the time estimate. They wrapped everything and moved it very carefully. John and Kyle were very nice. Everything went better than I expected.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
They were the best guys to work with, very courteous, and efficient, and everything I wanted done was perfect. I would use them anytime and recommend them to my friends.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
They took pride in work made sure not to hit walls nice guys
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Nice guys. Did everything they said they would do, so eliable. Short move but they got it done carefully and quickly!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Very professional. And very careful with your home and furniture while moving.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Timely with a good crew
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
These men were just awesome even though there was a problem with my closing they were so patient and understanding. I would highly recommend your company.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
They were on-time, polite, and hardworking. They worked non-stop until the job was done.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Arrived on time, employees were professional, moved items with care and in timely manner. I recommend using You Move Me for moving needs!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The movers were professional and nice. Cared about the things and items they were moving. Would highly recommend, You Move Me, to offer clients.
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
The two guys that moved us today were outstanding. Best crew we've had over the past 3-4 years since we stated using your company.
Kansas City Missouri 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
It was just one large heavy fragile item but had to go up a narrow stairway with a u turn. Job well done by Dave and Buster.
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
On time, professional and courteous !
Twin Cities Minnesota 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 two movers (John and John) went above and beyond! Great jobs guys! Thank you!!!
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Calvin and Robert were especially respectful and knowledgeable about the company, wrapping and protecting my furniture.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Fast, friendly and happy - went beyond expectations. Shawn and Tony were the best.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Great people. Especially Isaiah Lee.
Denver Colorado 9/10 rating
Very nice, and took good care of my things, and they were on time.
Vancouver Washington 10/10 rating
friendly and on time got right to work
Tulsa Oklahoma 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
On time and fast.
Cochrane Alberta 10/10 rating
Efficient, friendly service.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Very professional, polite and helpful and brought all necessary supplies
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
You Move Me, are very professional have used them twice in two months. Would highly recommend them. Thanks for such great service.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Guys were ready to get the work done and didn't rush or cause damage. Heavy things were team-lifted and handled well through doorways and hallways! Robert and Zach - good job!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The You Move Me guys were prompt and efficient. They were in and out in about 15 minutes! I'd use them again!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Friendly people working for the company! I completely trusted them coming into my home!
San Diego California 10/10 rating
Efficient and caring staff!! Willing to do what I wanted no questions asked and great cost!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The guys were polite and friendly. Moving isn't my favourite activity but this particular crew made it painless. They were effective and efficient. Thank you very much!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They padded doors and everything else to prevent damage. Cup of coffee and a plant were nice touches. The 2 men were eager to do anything I asked.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Everything was well explained and performed everything they said they would in a timely manner, excellent personalities and made the move a painless experience
LA / Orange County 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
Very professional. Always willing to go that extra mile. Thanks Nick and crew for your hard work. VERY HAPPY customer.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
We had Ville, Antionne & Danny move us and they were awesome!!! very friendly, fast and efficient in packing us up and moving us. excellent job
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
The movers were very professional, polite, and worked efficiently. They made a difficult day very easy for me and I would not hesitate to use them again.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The movers went above and beyond to help me move.
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Nick and Paul were great! They worked hard non-stop and got us moved quickly and efficiently coming in under the quote. Great job, highly recommend!
Guelph Ontario 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 just nice, polite guys, that moved all my heavy furniture down 3 flights of stairs really quickly. I appreciated it.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Team was friendly, professional and wow did they move quickly! Because they took half the time of previous movers we've hired we saved hundreds of dollars. What a team!
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Very kind workers clean and polite. The workers were prompt and hard working. They did a GREAT JOB THANK YOU
Madison Wisconsin 9/10 rating
Very professional. Wrapped and moved furniture quickly and safely. Was extremely pleased and would recommend Adam and Antoine.
Kansas City Missouri 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
very nice and worked very fast. we lost our keys and locked ourselves out and the guys were super cool and patient with us.
LA / Orange County California 10/10 rating
They were very friendly, very professional. The movers worked very quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend them to a friend or a family member for a move.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Bobby and Anthony were able to problem solve getting large furniture out of tight spaces without damaging anything. They were also very courteous and pleasant.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Professional presentation, follow up and expertise was commendable. Crew was well trained, pleasant, and hard working.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
They are on time, fast and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
4 man team led by Brandon Tomlin was full of energy from start to finish. They don't waste any time getting the job done, no matter what you throw at them.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were professional, helpful, and got the job done quickly, well within our estimated time. No scratches or damage to our furniture. They did a wonderful job. Thank you Gregg and Rocky!
San Diego California 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
Showed up on time, Greg and his crew worked incredibly hard, overall did everything that was promised for an affordable rate.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Professional, fast, nice, on time
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
They were professional, fast, efficient, friendly, and communicated every step of the move with me.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Started on time, friendly and fast! Very professional. I will recommend them to my friends.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Reliable and affordable. I have been using your company for 2 years to move my wall beds and I have never had anything damaged.
Nanaimo British Columbia 10/10 rating
Estimating or quoting was right on! Employees were polite, enjoyable and worked hard.
Tulsa Oklahoma 9/10 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
Very polite and efficient.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
There were on time, courteous and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
You really try hard to stay on or below budget/time, with really kind/friendly service. The house-warming gift is a cute touch, too... :D
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The entire process of working with You Move Me was a pleasure from start to finish. Communication was great, the movers were friendly and punctual, and all of my belongings were treated with care.
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Courtesy, careful, respectful, and fast.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Courteous employees that move you quickly, and take good care of your belongings. .all for a fair price.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The crew was on time, extremely polite and didn't scratch a thing. They moved everything with the speed of light! I was so impressed with the experience, Andrew and his crew are the best in town!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were very courteous and polite and constantly use "ma'am and sir". They were very careful with my belongings and were respectful of fragile items.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Super professional & respectful of your stuff! Overall great at what they do!
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Friendly movers who seem to genuinely care about your items and making the move as easy as possible for you. The attention to detail in caring for your items was impeccable!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Personal and friendly. Very business like and had a sense of urgency.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Good dudes, worked efficiently and carefully. Strong work over all. I was really pleased.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The friendliness of the two gentleman helping us move was way beyond what I expected from a moving service. They were also pretty quick at moving all my stuff.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Courteous, polite, fast, listened to direction. Protected everything.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Showed up on time, worked efficiently and only charged for the time used (plus travel). I like the fact that when the job took less time than my estimate, we were only charged for the time used.
Victoria British Columbia 10/10 rating
Their associates are very prompt and professional.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Moved with them for the first time, highly impressed with the standards. Clean truck, professional movers extremely friendly, best ever experience. Thank you!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
The guys were careful, polite and professional.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Showed up on time and worked hard to get the move completed efficiently. Would highly recommended Andrew and his crew.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were very kind and efficient. Shawn knew exactly what to do and coordinated his team perfectly.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Hard working, quick and careful with our stuff. Did not hesitate got right to work and finished on time. We will hire again
Yukon Oklahoma 10/10 rating
The crew was professional and friendly, and did a great job moving our things into our new home.
Charlotte North Carolina 9/10 rating
Very courteous and hard working.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Clean cut employees. Managers were flexible with a floating moving day. Both Robert and Nathan (two top managers) were polite and easy to work with Every body worked hard (no slackers)
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Very careful with our items and moved quickly. Very personable as well.
Honolulu Hawaii 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
Great service and people skills! From the GM to all of the employees we dealt with. We used the packing crew and the moving crew. Both were great, have people skills and know their trade.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Clean, professional movers who worked efficiently with a positive attitude.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They are very fast and organized. Jeff, Ryan and Jeremy came and moved my house in two simple hours. I couldn't imagine being able to do that.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
You guys are the best. Always on time, fast, and always willing to help with whatever I need!
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Very professional and friendly...great experience!!
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
Ziggy and Ryan were pleasant, fast, careful movers! They even replaced pads on the bottom of the chair legs for me. I highly recommend them!
San Jose California 10/10 rating
These guys were fast! Great service. Super friendly and a lot of hustle! Would absolutely recommend You Move Me!
Denver Colorado 10/10 rating
Prompt. Efficient. Hard working. Very polite. Very pleasant. Very respectful. Pricing very fair.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
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