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 ;)

Extremely helpful, polite, efficient and professional. They went the extra mile to help out.
Hamilton Ontario 10/10 rating
The 2 movers that helped me unload my truck were quick and very friendly. I would recommend them again.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Show up on time. Friendly 800 service plus local owner. Movers helpful and strong. They are polite and helpful.
Portland Oregon 10/10 rating
The special care they took with my items. The didn't use a hand truck down the stairs, they didn't want to harm the building. So cool, very polite and attentive.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
Very careful with our items and moved quickly. Very personable as well.
Honolulu Hawaii 10/10 rating
They guys were very nice and friendly. They moved very fast but made sure my stuff was nice placed on truck. I wish when I move again I can get the same guys.
St. Paul Minnesota 10/10 rating
Nice and efficient team. Very careful with all furniture. On time!
San Diego California 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
Mike and Stan were awesome. Very friendly, careful with all of my things. Very professional. I have never hired movers before and I am very happy with you move me.
Cincinnati Ohio 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
The 2 men were friendly and professional. They worked very fast and efficiently.
Chicago Illinois 10/10 rating
Very efficient and didn't waste time and took care with my possessions, and recommended how to best move my heavy desk in the future -- all good, and very courteous as well.
Cincinnati Ohio 10/10 rating
Our movers were very kind and carefull with everything. We want the same 2 we had for the move when our house sales. Pam
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
On time, professional. Good at what they do. Mariece And Tyler did super work. Good personality and pleasent. Mariece packed the truck perfectly
Kansas City Kansas 10/10 rating
Ever part of the move was great and professional, the movers were efficient and pleasent to work with. They deserve a raise and letter of a commendation. Thank you the company is a Great Experience.
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
They were extremely professional - very impressive. Hard working and very friendly! My wife and I were going to contact you to make you aware that the team that moved us were excellent!!
Kansas City Kansas 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
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
Professional, courteous and hard working!
Minneapolis Minnesota 10/10 rating
Movers were professional, careful, fast and respectful.
Kitchener Ontario 10/10 rating
Prompt and professional.
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
On time, pleasant crew. They took 2 pieces to oakville after loading a u-haul for me. Oakville was my sister in law. She was also impressed .
Toronto Ontario 10/10 rating
The two movers you provided arrived on time and were courteous, careful with my property and efficient in completing the move.
Tulsa Oklahoma 10/10 rating
Excellent communication, professional, thorough, efficient, friendly. It was a great experience.
San Diego California 10/10 rating
They work extremely hard, fast and handle things with care.. Can't say enough about your guys they're great!
Hamilton 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
Great movers. Great to work with. I appreciated the hard work the movers put in and thought they did an excellent job.
Kansas City Kansas 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
They were very good at following up and confirming all details. They were prompt and were always communicating
Charlotte North Carolina 10/10 rating
Excellent job once again.
St. Paul Minnesota 10/10 rating
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