Don't we always tend forget things when we move? I have been guilty of some of it and these are a few of the biggies that seem to "sneak up" on me!
6 Weeks Before
Research and arrange for movers
Guilty! The move tends to sneak up on me so quickly that I am a couple of weeks out and have forgotten to hire movers. Once you are that close to a move, you may start to get desperate as well. Ask friends, family and even apartment complexes who they would recommend.
4-3 Weeks Before
Change of Address
I always think about the post office (you can even do it on-line) but what about your bills, bank statements, and magazines? Start about a month before you will be moving and as monthly bills and mail come in, make the change. Most can be done simply on-line.
2 Weeks Before
Transfer/Cancel Utilities, Internet, Cable, and Solar
I always forget to cancel or transfer one of my utilities, cable, or solar until a day or two before I move. It can sometimes take a week or so for these to transfer over so be sure to get it done early. Solar, I have found, can sometimes take several weeks to transfer to the new owner.
10 Days Before
Arrange to Have the Locks Changed at the New Home
This is something I ALWAYS seem to forget. Yes, the seller will likely give you the keys to the house, but often there is an "extra" out there somewhere with the housecleaner, neighbor, in their kid's backpack, etc. No accusations that the seller will break in and take things, but you never know how many other keys are floating around out there.
1-2 Days Before
Back-up Your Computer
I NEVER remember this one! Who am I kidding? I never remember to do this even when I am not moving. I have learned the hard way this is a must before you move or you may lose a LOT of vital information if something happens to your computer during the move. Oops!