Moving is a big undertaking no matter the size of your move or how far you are moving. The more planning you can do in advance increases the likelihood of a smooth move.
As soon as you know you are moving:
Start researching moving companies. Talk to at least two companies and get firm estimates from each.
Use this place to keep track of everything related to your move—estimates, receipts, schedule, inventory, etc.
If you are moving out of the area and changing schools/doctors, contact the school/office to confirm how to have necessary records transferred
Boxes may be obtained from neighbors who recently moved. Many retailers are happy to give their used boxes away for free.
Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
One Month Before
Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
Start packing the things that you will not need prior to the move (out of season clothes, books, etc). Be sure to carefully and clearly label each box as to its contents and where it should go in the new house.
Add items such as jewelry, medication and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form or do it online at usps.gov.
Alert banks, brokerage firms, your human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies of your move and your new address.
Two Weeks Before
If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.
One Week Before
Stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.
Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
Schedule to have the utilities turned off. Contact the cable/internet company and determine if you need to return any equipment.
A Few Days Before
If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, determine how the mover expects to be paid. Don’t forget cash for tips. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover more. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.
Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.