Today is the day! Its finally time to move and those words have you feeling worried? If that’s the case and your heart is pumping, it’s time to stop and take a deep breath. Your final destination is likely worthy of great excitement and emotions are often running high, but saying farewell to a home you have spent time in is always difficult. The process of moving is an overwhelming and stressful task, especially without a plan, adding in the need for speedy packing, and the stress levels go through the roof.
Like a ship on rough seas follows the beacon of light from a lighthouse to safety, it is helpful to follow a checklist, so read on as we explore five hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice.
Collect The Moving Necessities
The first of our hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice is to gather the supplies you’ll need to move so that once you get started, you won’t face any delays. We all know how time consuming it can be to forget something, run to the store, then arrive home just to realize you forgot another item.. These extra shopping trips for packing tape, boxes or wrapping paper can add up and amplify your stress levels. Many sites offer general information on the subject and online calculators to estimate how many boxes you’ll need by the size of your home. These sites can also help you determine what size moving truck you will need to hire. If you should have an excessive amount of small items that require special packing, such as a collection of glass pieces, you may want to add extra boxes and extra packing to err on the side of caution. The more prepared you are the more relaxed you can be on moving day.
Thought ledgers were only for keeping track in the old days? Think again! A large binder, serving as your “ledger”, is the next of our hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice. Keep this with you at all times to help you keep track of your move. Keep a page for each room, number each box as you pack it and make notes with a general description of the contents, mentioning any particular items you may be looking for after the move. Don’t forget to place all paperwork from the movers in the binder, so it is easy to locate any information you need quickly. Prep a master checklist of essential things to keep with you during the move and be sure to include any information contact info you might need, then be sure to update your ledger as you pack. Write down the information for the utility companies and update your calendar with appointments for getting your new home up and running, such as the cable installers. Follow this and you won’t be wondering where you packed that spatula!
Clean and Sort
One more of our five hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice is to sort your belongings as you pack. You are already going to be cleaning and this is a prime time to take a critical look at your belongings. It sounds simple, but the less you have to move, the quicker the process will take, so be selective about what goes with you. Have a ton of clothing? Try donating anything you haven’t worn in six months or more. You’ll want to work on one room at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed. After that, divide your belongings into three categories, keep, donate or toss. If its a keeper, pack it. If you’re like me and have bad handwriting or end up labeling your boxes upside-down, a color-coding system of inexpensive stickers on the outside of the box to identify which packages go in which room when you unpack can be a game changer. Then, you can list the number of boxes for each room to quickly assess if everything has made it off of the truck (and be sure to jot it in your ledger).
The last of our five hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice is to think about the order the moving truck is loaded – and more importantly – unloaded. The last thing you want is to arrive at midnight and need to unpack an entire truck to find your toothbrush. You’ll want to be sure that you have access to anything you will need to have at hand the first night, such as clothing and necessities for your family for a few days. Your daily coffee fix should be the last thing placed on the truck and first thing off.
Protect your posessions
Unfortunately, not every moving company is created equal, and theft does happen during moves. Another hack to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice is to photograph your valuables. When you’ve finished cleaning and sorting through your possessions, if you have anything that holds any value, you should photograph the item and document any serial numbers – again placing this information in your master ledger. If you have a lot of electronic devices with sensitive information, you may want to pack these in a personal bag and keep them with you. If its too much, do your best to make sure they are password protected or locked. The best protection is to work with trusted and established moving companies. Ask for recommendations from friends, family members, or a professional experienced with moving companies, and check online reviews.
At Maio Strand Property Group, we know all of the hacks to help you pack up and move as quickly as possible in Venice. With years of experience, our local direct buyers at Maio Strand Property Group have helped hundreds of families just like yours make a fast move across town or the country to Venice easy. Contact Maio Strand Property Group at (631) 335-4055.