Book the mover.
If you're hiring someone else to move your stuff, check online reviews, ask friends for recommendations, and get in-home quotes from at least three companies. Make sure the one you choose is licensed and insured, then firm up your date, time, and truck size, and get everything in writing. Note: Booking a time that isn't in summer or on a weekend can save you money.
Let people know, part one.
If you're changing school districts, alert your children's current schools and get their academic records, then contact the new district about enrolling them. Ask your doctors for copies of everyone's medical records and for referrals to providers in your new locale. Notify insurance carriers, banks and credit card services, and any print publications you subscribe to.
2–4 Weeks Before the Move
Begin with nonessential and seasonal items you won't need soon. Place the heaviest items at the bottom, include padding, and fill each box to the brim. If movers are packing for you, group similar items together beforehand. Either way, label and number each box and create a spreadsheet that lists the box's contents and which room they belong to. This is also an excellent opportunity to inventory your belongings, then check with your insurance agent to be sure you have the right coverage.
Stock up on packing supplies.
You're obviously going to need lots of boxes and tape. For eco-friendly boxes, get crates from local grocers. You'll also want bubble wrap, cardboard cutters, marking pens, and packing labels. AAA Members get 15 percent off moving supplies at the UPS Store.
Let people know, part two.
Tell utilities at both ends of the move—gas, electricity, internet, water, and trash—when you'll need service disconnected at your old home and started at the new one. File a change of address with the post office, and ask neighbors or your old home's new owners to forward mail that comes for you. Misdirected mail is a key source of identity theft; the free essential coverage AAA Members get from AAA Identity Champion can help with that.