Many of the items on this checklist can be completed before you actually move, although some of them will have to wait until you arrive and can physically visit a certain office to get your picture taken or sign on the dotted line. The idea is to take care of as many of these items as you can before you move. Doing this will expedite the moving process and ease your transition into a new chapter of your life.
Research School Systems/Day Care
Search for the music scene in your new location to find out if there are concerts you want to see soon after you arrive.
If you are into sports, locate schedules for the major sporting events in your new city.
Have the carpets cleaned before you get there. Also a good idea to have the ducts cleaned. The idea is to move into a completely clean, safe home.
If you have a homeowner's association, find out who to call for plumbing/electrical/other emergency problems.
Find out when the trash is picked up (you will have many things [packing materials] to toss out when you move in and you might need to make special arrangements if you have more than usual to throw away).
Have your utilities hooked up, including phone and internet.
Have the lawn mowed the day before you arrive.
After Moving in
Register to Vote
Open Bank Accounts
Find a Local Veterinarian/Doctor/Dentist
Drive around the area to discover what you are close to: restaurants, convenience stores, dry cleaners, parks, grocery stores, theatres, video stores, etc.
Find out what emergency services are close to you: hospital, police station, fire station, pizza delivery place, cheesecake store.
Find out if you have a municipal recycling program. If not, find where some recycling centers are located.
Locate your new church, temple, mosque, synagogue.
Visit the chamber of commerce to find out when festivals will be occurring in your new city.
Register your vehicle at the DMV, get new license.