Begin Packing Yesterday

Getting ready for a big move?  You can't begin preparing too soon, because the average move takes over 200 hours!  Count on your real estate representative to provide advice and guidance during this seemingly monumental task.
Your first decision is whether to hire a moving company, or rent a moving van and ask friends and family for help.  If you're using the pros, solicit quotes from several local companies who can visit your home and offer an accurate quote.
Next, begin sorting piles of items you'll want to sell in yard sales, donate to charities, or haul to the landfill.  This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, and make a few bucks on the pieces you'll sell. Anything you eliminate now will lower moving costs later.
DO create an inventory of your belongings, in case you need to file an insurance claim for lost or damaged goods.  Allow the professionals to do your packing, because if you don't, those items that you wrap and pack won't be covered by the mover's insurance policy.
Finally, invest in additional insurance with the movers and storage facility, if needed.  It only costs about $10 for every $1,000 in high value items, so it's worth it for your peace of mind.  Ask your agent for more details to make your move as stress-free as possible.