If it's a company transfer, find out what the firm does and does not provide.
For dual career families, ascertain job opportunities in new location.
Share news with children; show pictures of new area, emphasize all the benefits.
Go through present house and move all items that can be discarded to garage or take and put into storage until the day of actual move.
Make an inventory of all possessions to be moved, noting date and possible purchase price. Keep this list on you.
60 - 90 Days Before Move:
List your property - Ask for suggestions regarding improvements.
Fix obvious defect (door knob, sagging gutters, broken light switches, etc.)
Call moving company to get an estimate and reserve a date.
Obtain a change of address kit from your local post office; notify your credit companies, utilities, doctors, etc.
Begin to use up all canned and frozen foods on hand.
30 Days Before Move:
Otain school, medical, dental records for family and carry/keep with you or have them transferred to new location.
Set up new bank accounts in your area, utilities, cable, etc.
Call your insurance agent to find out if extra coverage should be carried on possessions in transit. Ask what coverage is provided if present house will be vacant.
Arrange travel plans; make reservations.
Check keys, car openers you'll give new owner; make a list of service persons you've used to leave in house.
7 Days Before Move:
Arrange to give away what can't be moved; goldfish, gerbils, houseplants?
Pack to carry with you all important documents; birth certificate, eyeglass and other prescriptions, passports, etc. Make extra copies of everything.
Mail out cards of your new address to your family and friends.
Return and borrowed items from neighbors and pick up anything being repaired or cleaned.
Call utility companies about date transfer.
Arrange to have your home cleaned after you leave, especially if it will be vacant.
Finally, pack a "fun and snack" bag if you're traveling with children.