Moving Checklist: What Items You Should Transport Yourself

Our Handy Moving Checklist

When you are moving, you might want to consider what items you want to pack yourself and what to bring with you in your own vehicle. Professional moving companies obtain a great safety record, but accidents do happen from time to time. You can leave most of your belongings to the movers, but consider transporting some yourself so you can keep a close eye on your most valuable possessions. You can also ship them via FedEx or UPS, and obtain a tracking number.

In either case, here some important items you might want to transport yourself:

  • Keys for file cabinets, extra car keys, house keys, and etc.
  • Valuable jewelries, and other small valuables
  • IRS tax records, Financial Records, and all other important documents
  • Medications
  • Expensive possessions such as electronics—Ipads, Itouch, etc.
  • Family albums, photos, letters and postcards
  • Irreplaceable mementos
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer disks and software backups
  • Personal documents: Birth Certificates, Passports, etc
  • School records—if you have children, pack along their school records as well
  • Stocks & bonds
  • And any other personal belonging you feel is important to set aside

Beside these items listed above, you might also want to consider packing some extra clothing, towels, and toiletries in case your move is delayed. Furthermore, after you have packed all your boxes, make sure to label which boxes are for the movers and which boxes are for you to transport yourself. You might want to label “Do Not Move” onto the boxes, and to move these boxes away from the boxes the movers will take with them.

If you are moving internationally, you might want to consider checking out these quick tips in preparing for your oversea move.

Once you are all settled in, consider having a housewarming party!


Pricing List

Full Service Pricing



Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%

Excludes A Nominal 30% Fuel Charge, Per Truck. Mandatory 8 Hr Min For Same Day Moves/Bookings + Additional $150 Same Day Rush Charge And Any Other Applicable Fees. 4Hrs Minimum. Anything Over Will Be Billed At The Applicable Booked Rates For Service. In Addition, 5% Will Be Billed Per Man For Anything Over 8Hrs.


Additional 3% Processing Fee For All Moves And Additional Fees Apply After 8 Hours. There Is Also An Additional $30 Fee If You Have 2+ Crew On Your Job.

Labor Only Pricing






Labor Only Fee + $30 travel charge


What is a DDT?

DDT sounds like you’re being charged double for drive time but that’s a mistake! The California Public Utilities Commission requires all moving companies to charge DDT on hourly rated moves. DDT means you are charged for the time between the old house (origin) and the new house and the moving company is responsible for the drive time between the warehouse and the origin. DDT actually SAVES you money!

One Hour Arrival Time

Please allow a one hour window for the movers to arrive. Example: 9am-10am

Full Terms & Conditions

The information you provide on the form above is strictly confidential. Your name, e-mail address, or any of the information you provide is NEVER sold, rented, loaned, or made available to anyone outside our organization.

Terms & Conditions
I confirm that by setting an appointment with Student Movers, Inc. that I have read and understand that I’m entering into a legally binding contract with Student Movers, Inc. for moving service.

Cancellation Fee

Cancellation fee of $150 (per a 2 man crew) when order was not cancelled within 72 hours before the move. 4 man crew is $300 cancellation fee. Mandatory 8 hr min for same day moves/bookings + additional $150 same day rush charge and any other applicable fees. I authorize Student Movers, Inc. to assign any charges associated with services to my credit card account I provide prior to the move and/or for any cancellation fee, when 72hrs notice was not given prior to the move date.Bids accepted are non-refundable for long distance moves.

Weight Requirements

Any item that weighs over 250 lbs or requires special equipment may be subject to an additional charge. Please be sure you let us know about any bulky or heavy items before your movers arrive.

2 Days Notice

Please plan for two days in advance and make sure to select the time you prefer so that we can give you priority. Two days notice is recommended, yet we can accommodate same day moves depending on our schedule.