Preparing for Professional Movers

shutterstock_638812597If you are having professional movers come to pack your home before you move, there are certain steps you should take to prepare for packing day. This could be a relatively painless day if you take the right precautions.

You should start by decluttering your home. Moving a messy room is possible, but not easy. Take this time to declutter your home and get rid of belongings you do not need anymore. Whether it is clothing that no longer fits, books you no longer read or toys your children have outgrown, sort things into four piles: keep, throw away, donate or sell. You can also take this time to discard items that your movers will not be able to pack and transport safely, such as plants, paint, oils and perishable foods. Donate what you can, and look at your town’s guidelines for disposing of corrosive material.

Before packing, take photos of anything valuable that may be damaged in transit. Photos will make it easier to file a damage or insurance claim, if need be. Photos will also help you compile an inventory list to keep track of all of your packed and delivered belongings

If there are items you are planning to pack and move on your own, move them into a designated room and let the movers know before they begin working. These can be valuables and essentials for your “first week” boxes. Keep the items you will absolutely need in your first few days separate from everything else so it won’t get packed in the wrong box or put on the moving truck. This should include prescription medications, a few days’ worth of clothing, sheets, toiletries and nonperishable food.

You should make sure you make your movers feel comfortable around your family and home. Show them around your current home to give them an idea of packing priority, and show them where everything is going to go in your new home. Come up with a plan to get boxes to their designated rooms once everyone gets to your new home, and establish a clear line of communication. Provide them with food, snacks, and water, and show them where the bathrooms are. After the job is done, tip them if you think they did their jobs well and you feel like you had a good moving experience.

If you are looking to have professional movers help you move, contact Flannery’s Handymen. We will pack and move your belongings efficiently and safely, and we will work with you to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

 

Moving a Messy Room

Clutter on tableMoving can be a process, and moving a messy room can add an additional challenge. It’s easier to move a room that is already packed and cleaned, eliminating the possibility of moving clutter and entering your new home with a fresh start. When it comes to packing up your home, there are a few key tips it’s good to keep in mind to keep the process as stress-free as possible.

It’s important to pack up as much as you can prior to moving day, but before you do, it’s a good idea to sort out your belongings. Make three piles: one to keep, one to donate, and one to throw away. Downsizing lessens the stress on the move because you’re taking less, and your gently used belongs can help someone in need. Clothing, toys and even furniture can be donated to local and national organizations. You don’t need to throw everything away, like valuables or heirlooms or things you still use. If it’s a jacket you haven’t taken out of your closet in two years, it can go to someone who will wear it. While you are packing, make sure everything is labelled clearly. If a box is marked bedroom, it should not have everything you need in the kitchen. Labeling by room makes it easy to determine what is on the inside without having to take everything out of the box. You can also color code your boxes by room to make it easier by using tape or markers.

The last things you pack should be your essentials, things you will need at the last minute in your current home and during the first few days in your new home. Pack your toothbrush, toiletries and a few days’ worth of clothes in a box you keep separate from everything else, and take it with you to your new home instead of packing it in the truck. This will help you be prepared for your first few days in your new place.

If moving is overwhelming you, contact a moving company. Flannery’s Handymen will make sure your belongings get from one place to the other in a safe, organized fashion, and we’ll help disassemble and reassemble furniture between homes! We would be more than happy to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Tips for Moving Furniture Safely

Moving to a new home is an exhilarating process, but no one wants to start a new chapter with an injury. We at Flannery’s have some tips on moving safely and lowing your risk for getting hurt!shutterstock_280426793

You should use a dolly to move heavy boxes and other objects to the moving truck and around your home. Dollies are useful to have around even when you’re not planning on moving because they encourage better lifting habits and prevent back injuries. For furniture too big to lift with a dolly, make sure you follow good lifting practices. Lift with your knees gradually while keeping your back straight.

When lifting larger furniture, such as sofas and tables, carry them at an angle. One person should be carrying the item a little higher on one side and the second should carry at a lower angle. This allows you to maintain control of what you are moving while going up flights of stairs. You can also use furniture straps or ramps to move heavy objects. Straps can be adjusted to fit the mover and allow you to lift with your shoulders and forearms.

Always lift heavy objects with another person. Moving alone can be hazardous, and sharing the weight with another person reduces risk of injury. When possible, hire a moving company. Professionals know how to move without injury or damaging your property.

Flannery’s Handymen is dedicated to making your move as pain-free as possible. Moving is a busy time, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. We would be more than happy to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Tips for Planning Your Summer Move

Moving is an exciting time, even in the sweltering heat of summer. Summer is the most Moving boxes and dollycommon time to move during the year, with half of all moves in the United States taking place between May and August. Flannery’s Handymen has some tips for moving effectively during this busy time.

Leave plenty of time to plan. If you are using a moving company or renting a truck, you should make reservations at least six weeks out from your planned date. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the dates you want without running into overbooking conflicts. If you try to schedule any closer to the date you plan on moving, you run the risk of everyone being booked solid.

Make sure you stay hydrated. It will be hot and you will be moving a lot of heavy boxes and furniture. Make sure to take breaks and drink plenty of water. Make sure to offer your movers breaks, water and lunch as well. They have probably worked several jobs in a row and will appreciate it. The first thing you should do when you get to your new home is turn on the AC to get the cool air flowing through the house, a nice break from the outdoors.

Make plans for your kids and pets on moving day. Your yard will see a lot of foot traffic as furniture is moved in and out of your home, and there won’t be a specific place in the house that will be left alone on moving day. Find a kennel or pet daycare nearby your new home, or see if a friend or sitter can take your pets for the day with your children.

If you are moving this summer and are looking for professional help, Flannery’s Handymen is more than happy to help! We would be happy to schedule a moving date that works for your needs. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Are The Dangers of Hoarding?

hoarded itemsThroughout the years, the compulsive disorder of hoarding has gained more and more attention and is really opening people’s eyes for the problem that it is. Images of hoarded homes usually shock most people, but will still need to draw attention to the actual dangers that come with it. Hoarding can harm, not only the hoarder, but relatives, neighbors and friends as well.

Dangers of Hoarding

  • In extreme hoarding situations, there are many concerns of bacteria and disease spreading throughout the property. A hoarder’s property makes for the perfect host for producing bacteria and disease because of the deteriorating items like food, trash and in some cases, human waste. While having an excessive amount of mold and dust might not sound that bad, it can affect your breathing and cause harm to your respiratory system.
  • There are various things that can contribute to physical danger in a hoarder’s property. One of the most serious dangers are fires because there are many flammable materials being held onto. I most cases, if there is a fire, all of the hoarded items will be blocking any exits or pathways that make it safe for residents to exit. With all of these items comes an increase in weight on floors and the foundation of the home or property. Because of this, floors are more susceptible to cave in from the strain, which can cause a ripple effect to any support beams. One of the most common types of physical danger are falling hazards since there are items stacked everywhere.
  • For anyone that knows a hoarder, they can be affect directly if they are living in the home as well. Living with a hoarder can leave, both, emotion and mental scars from the experience. Isolation of the hoarder can also occur. At first, they may have been functioning fine in social situations, but as the hoarding progresses, the feelings of shame and embarrassment can be too much, resulting in less time in society. When a hoarder isolates themselves in their home, their mental state can become even more serious.

If you or someone you know are struggling with hoarding tendencies, Flannery’s Handymen can help. We have years of experience of cleaning and recycling any unwanted items that might be taking up space in your Nahant home or property. To learn more about our hoarding cleanup services, give us a call at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online form.

Tips for Last Minute Packing

guy moving boxWhile packing is one of the most important aspects of a move, sometimes it slips our minds and we’re left scrambling to get things packed! If you have procrastinated your Nahant move and need to get your stuff together quickly, don’t fret! Flannery’s Handymen have put together some tips for all your last-minute packers out there.

  • Take the time to slow down and get organized before you begin packing so it will save you time later on. If you are moving to a smaller home, reference our tips to help ease the stress!
  • Think of all the moves you have helped family and friends with…well now it’s their turn! Call in a favor and round up some helpers to get the job done quicker. Have some pizza and drinks on hand to keep your helpers motivated!
  • You may think you have boxes for packing laying around, but just to be on the safe side, run out and grab your packing equipment before the actual packing occurs. Be sure to get boxes, tape, bubble wrap and markers so all of your boxes will be correctly marked.
  • As you begin to pack, create a box for donations, a pile for garbage, etc. There’s no point in packing and bringing things to your new home that you are just going to get rid of once they are unpacked.
  • Keep a few days’ worth of clothes set to the side so that you don’t have to dig through boxes looking for clothes as you settle in. As for the rest of your clothes, pack into boxes or nylon bags and be done with them!

Don’t let packing stress you out during your move! Be a stead ahead of the game and plan out your upcoming move including moving services with Flannery Handymen. To receive a quote, contact us at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online form.

Benefits of Moving in the Spring

moving boxesWith the winter weather hopefully leaving us soon, spring will be here before we know it! Spring means warmer temperatures and it’s a great time to schedule your next move! Flannery’s Handymen has put together a few benefits for a spring move.

  • The most popular times to move are during the months of June, July and August, which means there will be fewer people trying to move during the spring month. Summer is a popular time to move because children are out of school and people have a lot more time on their hands. Because summer is typically the time to move, moving companies, like Flannery’s, have a more flexible schedule and available dates and won’t have as many clients.
  • When it comes to moving, spring has the best weather for it! It’s warm, but not too warm, the sun is shining and the snow is all melted. Spring temperatures make it perfect for all the moving and hauling of boxes and furniture that come with moving.
  • Spring break is an excellent time to move if you’re a family with children. You’ve got a full week to move and the weekends if you need it! This means plenty of time to pack, unpack and get organized as you get comfortable in your new home.

For Marblehead, Lynnfield & Nahant residents who are interested in our moving services, contact the expert movers at Flannery’s Handymen. We are happy to answer any of your questions or provide you with a free estimate! Contact us today by calling us at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online form.

I Bought a Hoarder’s House, Now What?

garage hoarderStudies show that as many as 1 out of every 300 people suffer from obsessive hoarding. While it’s a topic that we’re much more aware about, thanks to TV and the news, it doesn’t mean you’ll know what to fully expect. For anyone that has been assigned to cleaning a hoarder’s house or has recently bought a home previously owned by a hoarder, there are various hazards that you can be opened up to. Flannery’s Handymen has outlined a few below:

Falling Debris

Hoarders are inclined to constantly gather items, sometimes, piling them as high as the home’s rooms will permit. When it comes time to clean the home, these towers of items can present as a danger since there is a good chance of debris falling. To avoid any harmful danger, create a plan to remove any items that will be easiest to eliminate. Once you’re finished with the easier items, you should have enough room to move out some of the more difficult items.

Rodents

Homes with hoarded items will usually attract rodents like rats and mice. This makes cleaning a dangerous situation because they can be the carriers of dangerous diseases. Hantavirus is a respiratory illness that rodents have been known to carry, which can be fatal. A hoarded home with rodents can also turn into a bio-hazard job because of the buildup of waste. If you see signs of an infestation, contact the professionals to remove it.

Structural Damage

If there is any structural damage to your home, hoarding items can hide it. The weight of the stacks of items can weaken your home’s floors over time. These stacks can also hide or disguise mold or water damage, which may result in the need for remediation or reconstruction services. Not only can mold be dangerous to your home, but it always poses a threat to the occupant’s health.

Emergency Access

In the event of an emergency, you put yourself in danger trying to exit your home. Since hoarders have the habit of filling every room, this makes it difficult and dangerous for emergency workers to reach you in a crisis.

To most, a hoarding cleanup sounds like you just need to go through each room and throw things away, but they can be much more complicated than this. To keep yourself and family members safe, it’s best to leave these types of jobs to the professionals. If you are in need of hoarding cleanup professionals, contact Flannery’s Handymen today. We will provide you a free estimate by calling us at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Moving Tips When Downsizing to a Smaller Home

guy carrying moving boxTransitioning from a home in the suburbs to a crowded apartment in the city can be a difficult task. While it would be ideal to pack up and take all of your belongings, there isn’t a very good chance that everything will fit into your smaller space. Flannery’s Handymen has a few tips to help you to utilize your new space without too much clutter.

  • As you prepare to move, you’re going to want to make a measurement list. This list should include various measurements of your new home. From wall lengths and widths to ceiling heights, you want to gather any measurements you may need. Next, measure the furniture you plan to move with you and jot down the dimensions. If you own bulky or large pieces, you may want to invest in some smaller items. Be sure to check your stairwells to ensure that everything will be able to make it through!
  • Invest in multipurpose furniture that can offer you more than one purpose in your apartment. If you purchase these items wisely, you’ll not only save apartment space, but you can save money too. For example, when purchasing a TV stand, look for one with built-in shelves or drawers for additional storage. Another great multipurpose piece of furniture is a bed frame with built-in storage. You can store anything from pieces of clothing to extra bedding or sheets here.
  • One of the best ways to utilize space in your apartment is to install shelves. When you don’t have enough space to add a bookcase, shelves are the way to go!
  • One of the biggest issues we find in apartment bedrooms is the closet door. Typically, the door will swing outward and can prevent you from adding an additional piece of furniture. Reach out to your landlord and see if they’d be willing to install a bi-fold or sliding door instead. Another option is to just completely take the door off and hang up a curtain instead.
  • While it’s easier said than done, the best way to maximize your smaller apartment is to get rid of things! You may still have trophies from middle school or a high school sweatshirt, but ask yourself, when’s the last time you used those things? For items that are sentimental and you can’t bear to part with permanently, consider storing them in our U-Fill storage container!

Without correctly de-cluttering, your new, smaller space is only going to seem smaller. If you have an upcoming move and are interested in our moving or storage services, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! Fill out our online contact form or call us at 781-775-9943 for your free estimate.

How Should I Store My Belongings?

u fill storage containerFor homeowners that are looking to downsize or are moving and need to temporary store their belongings, a U-Fill storage container is a great option for you. When it comes to storing your items, you want to be sure that you are storing them correctly. If not stored correctly, you run the risk of your belongings being ruined. Here are a few items that you want to be sure are stored correctly:

  • If not kept in a temperature controlled space, leather furniture can submit to deterioration. Because this type of furniture is expensive, you want to be sure it’s being stored properly.
  • To keep your wooden furniture looking good as new, you need a unit where the temperature won’t vary. This is especially true for antique pieces.
  • Larger appliances, like washers, dryers or refrigerators, that require an outlet are another type of item that needs to be properly stored. When temperatures fluctuate, mold can easily grow on these appliances and negatively affect the wiring.
  • Any collectible items, like coins, stamps, etc., should be stored in a unit where the temperature won’t affect them.

There are various other types of items that, if not stored correctly, will be ruined or damaged. If you’re unsure how to store your belongings or would like more information on our U-Fill storage containers, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! We can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.