Notify the post office that you are moving by filing a change-of-address form.
Prepare a list of friends, relatives and businesses that need to be notified of your move.
Set dates to have your utilities disconnected at your old home (plan to keep them connected through moving day) and connected at your new home.
Obtain written appraisals of antiques and other valuable items. Do not wax or oil wood furniture or clean upholstery before moving.
Clean out refrigerator and freezer and prop doors open for at least 24 hours. Remove all racks or secure them so they don't shift during the move. If it has an icemaker, disconnect the waterline and make sure it's completely drained.
Decide ahead of time how you will transport houseplants and pets.