Moving Tips

Moving home is an exciting journey, marking the start of a new chapter in your life. Whether you’re relocating to our charming town of Guildford in Surrey or venturing elsewhere, the moving process involves numerous steps and can often feel overwhelming. At Belvoir Guildford, we’re committed to making your move as smooth and stress-free as possible. With our expertise and local knowledge, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of moving tips to help you navigate this significant transition with ease.

Start Planning Early

The key to a successful move is early planning. Begin by creating a detailed list of tasks you need to accomplish, starting several weeks or even months before your move. This list should include everything from sorting and decluttering your belongings to setting up utilities at your new home, notifying doctors and researching new schools, there is so much to do, you cannot start the process too early. By tackling these tasks bit by bit, you’ll avoid the last-minute rush and will help to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Declutter and Donate

Moving is the perfect opportunity to reassess what items truly add value to your life. Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, sell, donate, or discard. Not only will this reduce the volume of items you need to pack, but it can also lower moving costs and help you start afresh in your new home. Consider donating items in good condition to local charities in Guildford, such as the British Heart Foundation shop in Guildford, which will put your unwanted items to good use.

Hire Reliable Movers

Selecting a reputable moving company is crucial for a smooth move. Obtain quotes from several movers, read reviews and ask for recommendations to ensure you choose a company that aligns with your needs and budget.

Pack Smartly

Packing can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving. Start early and pack non-essential items first. Use sturdy boxes, label them clearly with their contents and the room they belong to and take care to wrap fragile items securely. Keeping an inventory can also help you keep track of your belongings throughout the move.

Notify Important Parties

It’s important to inform relevant parties of your move. This includes utility providers, schools, GP/dentist/opticians, banks, the Royal Mail for mail redirection and any subscriptions or services you use. Doing so ensures you won’t miss important communications and helps prevent issues with bills or services at your new address.

Prepare an Essentials Box

Pack an essentials box with items you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, snacks, and basic tools (don’t forget the kettle!). This will save you from rummaging through boxes after a long day of moving.

Take Care of Your Well-being

Moving can be physically and emotionally taxing. Remember to take breaks, stay hydrated and eat regularly. If you’re moving with children or pets, consider arranging for them to stay with a friend or family member on moving day to reduce stress.

Set Up Utilities and Services

Ensure that utilities such as gas, electricity, water and internet are set up before you move into your new home. Contact providers at least three weeks in advance to arrange for services to be transferred or set up. This will ensure that your new home is comfortable and functional from day one.

Get to Know Guildford

If you’re moving to Guildford, take some time to explore your new surroundings. Guildford offers a rich blend of history, culture and natural beauty, with stunning countryside, excellent shopping and vibrant entertainment options. Visit landmarks such as the Guildford Castle and the beautiful River Wey to start feeling at home in your new town.

Stay Positive

Moving can be a challenging experience, but it’s also an opportunity for growth and new beginnings. Stay positive, focus on the excitement of setting up a new home and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.


At Belvoir Guildford, we’re more than just estate agents; we’re your partners in making your move a reality. Whether you’re buying, selling or renting in Guildford or the surrounding area, our team of experts is here to provide guidance, support and professional advice every step of the way. Contact us today to discover how we can help you make your next move your best move.