We recommend planning your move at least 5 to 6 weeks in advance. This is for local moves, although long distance moves will require more planning which requires more time. Begin your search by looking up local moving companies in your area. Once you find a company that offers affordable pricing and rates, be sure to look into their reviews.
Now that you have your movers scheduled, you should make a "TO DO" list which should consist of everything - what to pack, the materials that you need (boxes, tape, etc), utilities for the new (and cancellation of the old) and anything else that you can think of.
Be sure to touch base with your moving company prior to your move to make sure that everything is still firm. This company should be licensed and insured and should also come with their own moving equipment such as hand trucks and dollies.
A professional moving crew will have licensing and insurance which is a necessity when handling your personal belongings.