Decide whether you will use a professional mover or move everything yourself.
Set the date for your move. Consider timing your move to coincide with 'off-peak' moving periods. Generally Mondays, Fridays and first and last days of each month are the busiest times for professional movers and truck rental.
If using a mover, obtain estimates from at least three professional moving companies as well as recommendations from friends before making your selection.
If moving yourself, obtain estimates for the hire of removal trucks, etc. Make a booking to hire your selected vehicle/s for the moving day/s.
Sketch a floor plan of your new home. Photocopy this plan and then draft onto it the layout for your furniture. Will everything fit? Perhaps some furniture may need to be sold or given away.
Start using up food from your freezer to save it spoiling during the move.
Clean out clutter. Perhaps hold a garage sale or donate items to charity.
Start developing a list of all the people who will need to learn of your new address. As mail is received, check that the sender is on your list of people to inform. This will include friends, relatives, banks, any subscriptions or catalogues, etc.
Discuss the moving details with your mover, including all costs and insurance cover. When you are completely satisfied with the details, book the mover for the day of the move. Also collect as many packing boxes as the moving company is willing to provide.
If you are moving yourself, start collecting boxes. You could gather used boxes from supermarkets or friends but make sure these can withstand the rigors of moving. Alternatively buy or hire sturdy moving boxes from professional moving companies.
Develop an inventory of all your possessions. This will come in handy not only for organizing your move, but also as a record of your assets for insurance purposes.
Arrange for the transfer of your children's school records to their new school.
Send out furniture or drapes, etc. to be cleaned.
Start notifying others of your forthcoming change in address. This is especially important for any businesses you may deal with as it can often take time to update your address on their systems. Why not produce a moving notice and photocopy this for distribution?
Fill in a form at the post office to have your mail redirected. You should elect to have your mail forwarded to this new address for at least two months following your move.
Using your inventory list, start organizing how you will pack your possessions. How many boxes will you need? Which items should be packed last and unpacked first
If you have pets, consider how these will be moved. Perhaps ask your vet to recommend companies who specialize in the safe transport of pets.
Arrange for final readings of your services, e.g. gas, water and electricity, to be performed just prior to your move. Also organize for these services to be connected in your new home prior to your arrival.
Make sure that your telephone is connected at both your new and old addresses during the move. This will allow for communication between the two places should this be necessary. Alternatively, borrow two mobile phones if you don't have them.
If you are going to need temporary accommodation, make the necessary hotel/motel bookings.
Return all library books and rented videos. Also don't forget to collect any dry-cleaning, shoes from the repairer or lay-bys.
If necessary, arrange a babysitter for the day of the move.
Tidy up the garden and outside area.
Arrange for new locks to be installed on the house you are moving into.
Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
Finalize all packing. Number each box and take notes on their contents. Also, keep items from different rooms in separate boxes.
Keep in mind that heavier items deserve smaller boxes.
Mark any items that should be handled with care.
Pack bags of clothing and toiletries to take with you rather than send with the mover.
Have the carpet steam cleaned.
Also put together a box of items which could be useful for the day of the move. This might include such items as scissors, a utility knife, paper plates and towels, toilet paper, drinks, cups, soap, band aids, headache tablets, tea towels, rubbish bags and small toys for children.