Why You Should Clean Out Your Gutters This Fall

shutterstock_527611330Foliage season is in full swing, which means the leaves are starting to fall. It’s an important time of the year for home maintenance, particularly your roof. Leaves can clog your gutters, which can lead to water damage to your home. Before it gets too cold, you should clean out your gutters of any debris, and revisit it once or twice as fall progresses.

How to Clean Your Gutters

Since cleaning your gutters will involve a ladder, make sure you have taken proper safety precautions prior to beginning. Make sure you have safety goggles, thick gloves and ideally, someone who knows you will be using the ladder. You should at least make sure someone close by knows you will be using the ladder in case of an emergency. Remove the gutter covers and use a small shovel or trowel to remove debris from your gutters. Make sure to be gentle so you do not damage the gutter, and wear your gloves to protect your hands from sharp debris. Flush your newly clean gutters to wash away any small debris caught along the edges. This is also a good way to check the flow of water through the gutter system. If the water is still not flowing properly and clogging at one section of the gutter, you will need to flush out the downspout by spraying a pressure nozzle into the base. After clearing your downspout, you will need to flush the gutter again.

Professional Gutter Cleaning in Lynn, MA

If heights make you uneasy and you’ve noticed some damage to your gutters, call a professional to clean them for you! The team at Flannery’s Handymen will be more than happy to help you get your gutters ready for fall. We can schedule a time that works with you to perform a full gutter cleaning and inspection. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Flannery Handymen’s Charity Initiative

22554804_1253264914779577_1228656299060315181_nStarting on November 1st, Flannery’s Handymen is giving back! One truckload of salvageable goods from home cleanouts will be donated to various charities and people in need. We recently donated a truck of furniture to a family in Brazil. If you are interested in having your home professionally cleaned out, contact Flannery’s Handymen! We will come clean out your home and donate your gently used belongings to people in need around the world. For a free estimate, contact us at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

How Can I Move Unwanted Furniture?

Flannery's Handymen junk removalGetting rid of old furniture is not as easy as it may seem. Unlike excess garbage, you cannot leave an old couch or table out on the curb next to your trash cans without notice, and many communities may require you to bring the furniture somewhere to be disposed of. Flannery’s Handymen has some tips to get rid of your unwanted furniture without much hassle.

Hold A Yard Sale

Is your furniture still in good condition? Maybe you have a chair that was barely used, or a new couch that won’t fit into your new home. If you have leather furniture, the material can last for a long time, while appearing new. You can try to sell your furniture at a garage sale. Gently used furniture will not make back the money you initially put towards it, but you will make some of it back while benefiting someone else, looking for less expensive furniture. Publicize your sale online and around the neighborhood to make sure people know to come.

Donate Your Furniture

There are several types of organizations that may accept furniture donations. Small businesses, such as coffee shops or bookstores, may accept a gently used couch to add seating to their space. A local theater may accept furniture to use as set pieces. If there is a shelter or charitable organization nearby, they may accept gently used furniture.


Hire a Junk Removal Company

If your furniture doesn’t sell and local organizations are not accepting furniture, you will have to bring your unwanted furniture to the town dump or recycling center on your own. If your furniture is too big to bring to the designated spot, you can hire a junk removal company. They will come to your home and pick the furniture up, leaving you to continue redecorating or packing sooner.

Flannery’s Handymen come equipped with two dump trucks to help move junk as quickly and efficiently as possible. No item is too large for us to move, and we will come based on your schedule. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

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.