Contact your current utilities/home services/newspaper providers to discuss their timing and procedures for disconnection (or account transfer to the new residence, if applicable) as soon as you know you'll be moving.
Change your mailing address with the post office about 4-6 weeks before you move. You can notify the post office by completing an online form on the U.S. Postal Service's website (www.usps.com) or in-person at any post office.
About a week before moving day, mail "We've Moved" postcards to your friends and family, and send similar notices via the Internet if your email address will change. You can buy these postcards in office supply stores, find them on the Internet or create them on your home computer from free templates downloaded from the Internet.
At least a month before your move, arrange for utility services (electric, gas, telephone, cable, Internet, trash, etc.) for your new address. At a minimum, you'll probably want the power and water running at your new home by the time you move in.
Register your children with their new school or daycare.
Pack essentials you'll need as soon as you arrive at your new home separately. Items should include cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper, extension cords and batteries, work gloves, disposable plates, cups and utensils, pet supplies, toiletries, a hammer and screwdriver, bedding and linens, snacks, canned/boxed drinks…and even toys for the kids. (NOTE: For easier accessibility, pack these items last on the truck.)
If you can't do all of the packing and loading yourself, ask friends if they can help. (Be sure to give them plenty of notice and begin packing well BEFORE your moving day!)
Create an area in your home for storing the cleaning supplies and tools you'll use on or before moving day.
Schedule a walk-through with your landlord (if necessary).
Pack a bag of essentials—including medications—that you can easily access the day of your move.
Plan for (or order) food and beverages for moving day.
Withdraw funds from the bank to cover both expected and unanticipated moving-day expenses.
Pack valuables and important legal, medical and personal documents away from everyday items, and plan to take them with you rather than putting them in the moving truck. Examples include medical records, passports, photo albums, jewelry, insurance information and tax records.