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 ;)

Matt and Ron were great! They were able to get all of my furniture where it needed to be and didn't destroy the furniture or the walls in the process. They were awesome!!
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
The two movers (John and John) went above and beyond! Great jobs guys! Thank you!!!
Orange County California 10/10 rating
Friendly, professional, available last minute, honest. Very easy to work with!
Victoria British Columbia 9/10 rating
Prices were very competitive, actual move came in below quote, movers were very professional, no damages.
Chicago Illinois 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
Very careful with handling items to be moved, act professionally, and the movers were very sweet and personable.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 10/10 rating
I liked the nice little touches like the beverage phone call and the plant.
Denver Colorado 9/10 rating
Experienced crew.
Overland Park Kansas 9/10 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
Called, showed up on time, introduced yourselves, courteous!!!
San Jose California 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
Clean truck, polite, and willing to help workers.
Madison Wisconsin 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
They were very polite and consciencious of my situation and did their best to save time and money on my end. The plant at the end was a nice touch.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
We're able to accommodate other items with no problem at all and were very positive.
Vancouver British Columbia 10/10 rating
Quick response Very curtious Willing to do whatever needed done
Victoria British Columbia 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 efficiency & care of the workers. Both were very careful & diligent with our furniture.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Response time and availability were Great. The two man team worked well together, were polite, well mannered and efficient. I don't know if that was just them or they were just well trained or both.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Started on time, friendly and fast! Very professional. I will recommend them to my friends.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were there on time, and did everything that they said they would do. It was the most professional, efficient, and easy move, that I have ever done.
Vancouver, WA Washington 10/10 rating
Accommodating, courteous, hard working, careful, thoughtful, efficient, and every other positive adjective you could name.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Very friendly and well organized. Took away a lot of the stress associated with moving. Very satisfied with the service.
Vancouver Island British Columbia 10/10 rating
Took great care of my things and were very respectful during the whole move. They did a great job!
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Very efficient and professional movers.
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
Very professional and efficient. Really like the way they wrap the furniture.
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Military discount. Professional appearance. Efficiency. Positive attitudes.
Yukon Oklahoma 10/10 rating
They were courteous, helpful and careful with our belongings. They offered to do anything else we needed once the truck was loaded and unloaded. I will recommend them to others I know.
Oklahoma Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Focused, efficient team: Brian and Eric.
San Jose California 10/10 rating
Professional, prompt, careful, hard working, on time!! Quick and very careful with my items
Kansas City Kansas 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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