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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 Movers, George and Sedrick, were amazing! They worked quickly and smoothly and just made the whole experience a breeze! Would use them again in a heartbeat!
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They are on time, fast and efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
From start to finish the movers go over the things that need to be done in a proffessional manner and complete the job professionally. Mark and Gabriel did a fantastic job!!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Professional and courteous from the very first contact on the phone till the drivers waved goodbye.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Professional, efficient, friendly
Vancouver British Columbia 9/10 rating
large crew for low cost detailed estimates
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Very polite and efficient.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
Everything!!! Very nice movers, very efficient.
Madison Wisconsin 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
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
Nice, professional people who quickly moved our things and saved us money!
Chicago Illinois 9/10 rating
It's modern, organized, friendly and efficient. And the guys did great (extremely fast) work with great care
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Quick, respectful of personal property, honest, hard working.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
On time, knowledgeable staff, and speedy process.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Impressive care to our furniture, regardless of the shape it was in. Thank you.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
These guys were amazing. Fast and effective. Always willing to go that extra mile to help.
Guelph 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
Great staff and great care of all our household items.
West Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Friendly, courteous, hardworking gentleman who took great care with our belongings and home. The were on time.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
Professional movers got the job done and did extra work that I kindly requested
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The team is always friendly and willing to help with anything I need moved or rearranged.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Both movers were friendly, helpful and made the whole experience fun and laughter filled... Definitely not something that is guaranteed with a move. I would absolutely use them again!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They were very professional. They worked very quickly and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
John and Nick are awesome!!
Vancouver, WA Washington 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
On time, worked quickly and carefully, friendly and respectful.
Toronto Ontario 9/10 rating
They all were so polite and professional and carfully wrapped and protected all my stuff . The best movers I have ever had !!!!! Thank you Linda Faber
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Great service! Very much appreciated. I'll be calling yall when I move again in the near future.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient! Quick and easy!
Oakville Ontario 10/10 rating
Nice guys, made me laugh even during a stressful morning. Were careful with my things and finished faster than quoted. Also willing to place boxes and furniture where ever I wanted. On time!
Minneapolis Minnesota 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
Max, Miguel, and Mike did a very quick, professional job. They were considerate and thoughtful and careful with my possessions.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
They are trained and courteous. They knew exactly what they were doing and quoted an on target estimated time.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The fellows were quick, efficient and very careful of my belongings. They really went the distance. I have never had a move go so well!!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
On time, friendly and took special care of my belongings.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Efficient, friendly service.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Professional and friendly service
GTA - Toronto Ontario 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
The crew with Shawn at the helm with Chris and Tony were very efficient, fast and amazing!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
They were polite and worked hard and quickly! Great job! Soooo helpful!
Cincinnati Ohio 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
They were professional, fast, efficient, friendly, and communicated every step of the move with me.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Friendly and professional. The movers arrived promptly and were extremely efficient and courteous. I would definitely use this service again.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They were on time, near, clean and accommodating.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
Very quick, responsible, easy communication, no attitude.
Toronto Ontario 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
My experience with You Move Me was the best moving experience that I have had. They were friendly, quick and careful with my possessions. I would recommend them to any of my friends!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Fast and friendly, and the price is just great.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They worked hard and fast took great care of everything.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
The men did a great job and very polite, very carefull with the furniture
San Jose California 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
Good people, excellent handling and wrapping of furniture. On time. Could not be more pleased.
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Prompt arrival and care of handling all the furniture. Great job and excellent customer servnice
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Very polite and efficient.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
On time, on budget and no problems.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Friendly, helpful, speedy, kind, amazing service
Los Angeles California 10/10 rating
They care. Thank you to Jamaal and Jason . It was fun working with them . You can trust them even at first meeting.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Wrapping everything with blankets and then plastic wrap. The men, Mike and Kevin were very polite and helpful.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
The movers were very professional. They did a top notch job and finished ahead of time without sacrificing quality.
Madison Wisconsin 10/10 rating
The guys were very friendly and professional! I would highly recommend this company. Very timely and worked fast.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
It was a great experience working with each and every staff member from the time I placed the initial call to request a quote to professional and courteous movers in the office.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They performed as expected and in the rain!
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
The movers went above and beyond to help me move.
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Jonathan and AJ were very hardworking, professional and did an outstanding job!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Very polite and efficient.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
The two lads who moved me were a great combination of professional, pleasant and above all, patient. They worked well together and were calm and easy to work with.
GTA Ontario 10/10 rating
The guys are hard workers and we're an amazing team. They made the experience fun. Great communication with customer."
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient crew but most importantly, they were very careful with my items. Thank you, Shawn, Victor, and Blaise!!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Hard workers, very friendly, polite, resourceful.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
It's the little things... Coffee in the morning, polite and friendly staff, plants at the end... Great service!
Walnut Creek California 10/10 rating
Diligent and efficient crews. Very well organized and move quick. Friendly staff and very punctual.
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The two personnel that came were very professional and caring. Very personable to deal with.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They were very professional speedy and did an amazing job. I would recommend these services to anyone I know.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Friendly, willing to move anything to anywhere, OK to work on small moving jobs, reasonable rates, and will move you in bad weather!
Kitchener/Waterloo Ontario 10/10 rating
Friendly staff, genuinely cared about my belongings that were being moved, brought moving supplies needed. Everyone did a great job!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Professional, prompt, courteous service from office staff and movers. Very appreciated!!
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Incredibly efficient
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
No stress. Have used your services twice and the crew is always very friendly and helpful. Coffee is a great touch. Worth every penny.
Guelph Ontario 10/10 rating
They are arrived on time. Did their work efficiently and work hard and fast. Very Impressed!!
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
The two guys that came to do my move were awesome. Always friendly and super helpful. For this and this alone I would recommend them to friends.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Friendly and efficient service.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Responsive, responsible..on time,cost less than estimate, pleasant and competent staff.
Twin Cities Minnesota 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
Curdious, on-time, takes extra care when packing furniture. Also aware of how much time they are taking to complete.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The team was efficient and well organized, and carefully packed everything. No hassle, no fuss. They ere great!
Burlington Ontario 10/10 rating
Guys are fast, strong, friendly and efficient! I'm telling people to look you up for moving needs!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
The guys were careful, polite and professional.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Finished under quoted estimate of time.
Calgary Alberta 10/10 rating
Always shows up on time and ready to work. The guys are very professional and courteous.
Kansas City Missouri 10/10 rating
Movers were OUTSTANDING! Great to work with. On time and worked very hard. Thanks!
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Professional and friendly service. The staff was well trained and personable.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Guys worked very hard, and were clean and polite. All six guys were conscientious.
Kansas City Missouri 9/10 rating
Work fast and safe. The movers move you like they are the ones paying the hourly rate.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
I liked Victor and Gary. I would recommend them to anyone. They were early and very respectful.
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
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
The "team" was extremely courteous and professional. They knew what they were doing and made the moving day a success for us.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
They were professional, on time and responsive to my questions and concerns. I appreciated Doug and Adrian taking great care of my items. I will definitely utilize You Move Me again!
San Diego California 10/10 rating
Thanks guys For your help Great attitudes, super 'we can do this' attitude, amazing work ethic, team players, considerate, willing, good natured & efficient. :-)
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
The guys did a great job. Very professional and responsive. They are hard workers.
Tulsa Oklahoma 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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