1)    Contact your utility companies with move dates (gas, electric, water, telephone, cable/satellite/Internet providers and trash). Verify when your service will be discontinued and when it will be restored at your new address. Do the same with any lawn care, housecleaning or security firms you employ.

2)    This is the time to purge what you really don’t want or use – do you really want to move it?

3)    Verify your change of address information with your local post office (this can be done online at usps.gov) and transfer all subscriptions over to your new home.

4)    Ensure your children are registered at their new schools and that their records have been transferred.

5)    Get referrals for doctors, dentists and veterinarians in your new area.

6)    Make arrangements for new homeowners’ insurance coverage. If you’re moving out of state, ask if you’ll need new car insurance.

7)    If you belong to any clubs or associations, find out if there are any similar clubs or chapters in your new area. You may even be able to transfer over some or all of your membership fees.

8)    Important prep work is measuring to fit, to ensure all your items will fit into your new home or office. For example, will your13 ft. couch fit on the specified wall and are the ceilings high enough for your 11 ft. armoire or wall unit?

9)    Make a detailed list of all of your valuables (cash, jewelry, important documents, photo albums, etc.).

10) Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.

11) Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.