If you are thinking about making a move some proper planning will go a long way. Moving can cost more than you might think and can be stressful. Keep costs and headaches to a minimum by preparing a plan and get organized early. Here is a checklist of moving tips to help make your relocation go as smoothly as possible: 1. Save and set a budget. Moving expenses can set you back thousands of dollars. There can be unexpected costs like shipping charges, personal travel costs, temporary housing expenses and start-up fees at your new residence. As soon as you know you're going to move try to plan for all of these things and set a budget and start saving. 2. Mover or do it yourself? Decide whether or not you will be hiring a moving company or managing the move on your own. If you are hiring a mover you will need to call for estimates and reservations. If you go it alone you should try to secure some help and proper transportation. 3. Look for Work. If you are moving for a new job it may not be as easy for other family members to find work. Start reviewing the job boards and calling on personal contacts before you go. 4. Research the schools. Check school schedules and enrollment requirements. Pick up school records or have them sent to the new schools. 5. Protect Your Belongings. In order to ensure your possessions will be covered while in transit or storage during your move you will want to obtain appraisals for high-value items. Make an inventory and take photos of your valuables to have a record if you need to file a claim. Make sure to also contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to ensure your possessions will be covered. 6. Do a car check. Take care of auto maintenance and repairs before you make a long trip. Don't forget to notify your auto insurance company of the move. 7. Turn it on and off. Make sure to notify your utilities of your move and plan disconnect dates. Also make sure to order new utility services for your new address. 8. Change Your Address. Fill out an online change-of-address form through the U.S. Postal Service to ensure important mail will be forwarded to your new home. Also, be sure to send your new address to friends and family, your physician, schools, magazine publishers and providers of financial services.