Florida Charities in Palm Beach County.

Best Local Charities Accepting Donations for the Holidays

The holidays are officially here and that means exchanging lots and lots of gifts with the people you love! While you’re in this whirlwind of excitement making room for these presents and surprises, it could be tempting to just throw out your old, unused things and get them out of site.
However, while you’re preparing for new things, there are plenty of people in need out there who could make great use of the things you no longer have a need for! To make donating even easier, we have curated a list of charities in Palm Beach County for all of your donation needs!

Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County – West Palm Beach, FL

This is the perfect place to donate your used — but still working — electronics. They are always looking to help children with school and employment opportunities, which is why they need these types of donations!
Computer skills are required when going to school and getting a job and, since not everyone has access to that kind of technology, this is a great place to drop off your old electronics and make way for new ones.

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. – Delray Beach, FL

Most victims stay in a toxic relationship because they don’t think that they could ever make it on their own, which is why AVDA makes it their mission to help the survivors of abuse. They accept clothing, furniture, home goods, functioning appliances, cabinets, lighting, and building materials to make starting a new life easier and less daunting. This holiday season, consider donating to AVDA to make someone’s holiday special.

Boca Helping Hands – Boca Raton, FL

The holidays often turn into one giant food fest, but for some, that isn’t the case. When you’re stocking your cabinets with holiday goodies, consider donating the leftover nonperishables. This charity provides six hot lunches and one family dinner each week to families in need.
Additionally, during the holidays, they put together holiday food preparation boxes to give to families in order to help them cook their own holiday meals.

Don’t Exclusively Donate During the Holidays

These three charities are just a few of the multitude of charities that cover all of your donating needs. While you’re cleaning out your home to make way for new stuff, we encourage you to explore your local charities to see how you can help; after all, this is the season of giving!
However, you don’t have to limit your donations to the Holiday Season! Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean house and keep the stuff that you truly need! When that time comes, Meehan’s Family moving will be here for you. Contact us here or give us a call at (561) 904-6000. From our family to yours, have a happy holiday season!

Methods to properly move appliances.

How to Properly Move Appliances

Getting ready to rearrange your kitchen? Maybe you’re gearing up for that big move and you’re trying to save a little bit of money by doing it yourself? It might not seem like the hardest job, but moving that big, bulky refrigerator or that heavy, unforgiving oven can be grueling work! One wrong move and you could seriously hurt yourself. Meehan’s Family Moving wanted to make things nice and easy for you, so we’ve prepared a short guide full of tips to make rearranging your kitchen easy and painless.

Prepare and Make a Plan

Before you move a single muscle, the first thing you should do is work out a plan. Where are you putting all of those big appliances? How are you going to move them? Is there anything in the way or maybe any small doorways that may be hard to fit through? These are a few of the questions you should be asking yourself. Preparing all of the appliances by wiping them down and cleaning them out is important as well. You would be making a big mistake by trying to move a refrigerator with food still inside, or by trying to slide an oven with any pots or pans inside of it. Not only will it make the job so much harder, but you’re also increasing the risk of breaking something. Sweeping the floors before moving anything will also make the job that much easier. Dirty floors increase friction which means you’ll have to work that much harder to get the job done.

Gather Your Supplies

Any job is made less stressful with the right equipment, and moving appliances is no exception! Why struggle and have to work harder if you can choose from a plethora of tools to make things easy? Trying to move a refrigerator without at least a dolly isn’t even worth doing. Make it even easier by adding forearm straps, plastic guides, plywood or carpet squares, or an air sled, and you can wrap up any job in no time!

Clean Up the Mess

You finally got those appliances out of the way and find yourself with a rare opportunity: to clean those hard-to-reach, forgotten-about areas! We’re talking about getting rid of the dust bunnies underneath the fridge and cleaning up the food that fell off the stove and down into the cracks to be left forever, leaving you to wonder where all those bugs are coming from. Take the time to sweep, vacuum, and wipe away all of that hidden mess and you’ll find yourself much happier. Go ahead and clean up any mess you might have made in the moving process, and you’ll be just about finished with the whole ordeal.

Meehan’s Family Moving Does it All, So You Don’t Have To

If the reason you’re rearranging your kitchen appliances is because you are preparing to move, give us a call! Here at Meehan’s Family Moving, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality service to all of our customers. Moving can be stressful enough as is so why make it harder? Call us today at (561) 904-6000 or contact us here for a free quote.

Checklist how to have great yard sale by Meehan’s Family Moving.

Checklist: How to Have an Effective Yard Sale

The idea of getting rid of all our useless junk in one day seems almost like a dream. But with a successful yard sale, it is completely possible. It can even become a monthly event and a great way to bring home some extra income. With a little planning and dedication, here are a few tips that can make a yard sale better and more profitable.

Gather All Your Things

Start gathering all the things you don’t want from your house. Put them in boxes, divide them into categories and check to see if you actually don’t want those items anymore. If you decide that they are possessions you can bear to part with, evaluate to see if you have enough things for a yard sale. Don’t forget to check all the rooms in your house, including the attics, basement, and garage, and even places you didn’t think of looking.

Set a Date and Time

First, your yard sale should be on the weekend. That can change depending on location or holidays, but the chances of a yard sale having more visits on weekends when people are off of work are higher. Waking up very early in the morning on the weekends is not ideal, but it is a must for this occasion. People that are actively looking for yard sales start hitting the streets around 7 am, so you should start between 7 and 8 am. It is common to be busy until 10 am and, after that, it gets slower until its safe to end the yard sale.

Check if You Need a Permit

Some counties may require a permit to run a garage or yard sale. Go to your city’s website and check if you need a permit; if you do, follow the steps given by the local authorities.

Preparing the Yard Sale

Once you have all the things you want to sell and have gotten your permit (if needed), it’s time to prepare your yard for the big day! You can’t just throw everything in the street or grass; you need tables, hangers, chairs, and other supplies. Make sure you have everything you need in your house and if not, see if you can borrow from friends or neighbors.

Advertising

Usually, a few cardboard signs on the main streets near your house should be enough to gather people. You should design your signs with bright colors and bold, black lettering with the words “Yard Sale” and an address or arrows pointing in the right direction. However, if you don’t live near a busy street or want to play safe and advertise on more channels, you can use online communities like Facebook, Craiglist, and yard sale websites like Yard Sale Search. While you have to be more direct with the cardboard, the online ads can have more details and photos.

Very Important: Be Realistic With Prices and Customers

Yard sales are meant to be cheap, so be ready for negotiation. You may put a given price on an item but end up selling it for a fraction of the price. Make sure you are ok with saying yes to negotiations, but say no when you want or have to. Some customers come with the idea of taking things almost for free, so a no-nonsense attitude can come in handy when needed. A good trick is to separate the most valuable items and putting them near you. That way, when people come to this area, you can say that there is no negotiating with them.

Meehan’s is Here for You

If after a successful and profitable yard sale you need help moving the items of your home, we can help with no stress, even if it’s across the country! Our team of professional and expert movers will handle your possessions with the care and value that they deserve. Call us today at 561-904-6000 or visit our website for more information.

Four reasons to use a family-owned moving company for your next Florida move.

4 Reasons A Family-Owned Moving Company Matters

Tired of encountering moving companies with low standards for quality and safety? We were too, that’s why we formed Meehan’s Family Moving – Florida’s family-owned moving company. We’re known for our attention to detail, trustworthy staff, and dependable moving services. But don’t just take it from us, see our reviews for yourself! Check out these four reasons why a family-owned moving company is right for your move.

Trustworthy

As a tight-knit group, a family-owned company provides the kind of security and confidence that the moving industry severely lacks. At Meehan’s Family Moving, we incorporate our family values or trust, honesty, and dependability into our moving company. That’s because we treat our customers like family – we’re there for you when you need us the most. Our staff works tirelessly to make sure that your move day goes as smoothly as possible. You can only expect this high level of communication and care from a family-owned business.

Disciplined and Committed to Your Move

To continually deliver the perfect moving experience, we strive to remain disciplined to our core values. By treating our customers with the utmost respect and care, we make your move day less stressful and more efficient – because you have new places to be and new people to meet. We’re committed to moving your family on time and within your budget and we’ll work with you ahead of time to ensure that our moving plan is executed flawlessly.

Vision

We’re driven by our vision to deliver more than just your average moving experience. Meehan’s Family Moving is on a mission to “Wow” our customers with openness and honesty. As a close-knit company, our founder is very present in the daily operations of our moving company. In fact, give us a call and there’s a good chance our founder will pick up the phone! This is just one example of our effort to make you feel at home that only comes with our unique family-owned business.

Morals and Values

In today’s corporate-run world, working with a family business has become a preference of many who desire to break away from the standoffish attitudes of large companies. Meehan’s Family Moving brings the best of both worlds with competitive pricing and an at-home experience that makes moving your things one of the most effortless parts of your move. Above all, our morals and values are unmatched by large moving chains because we go the extra step to ensure that your property is handles with care and attentiveness as if it was our own.

Meehan’s Family Moving is the Family Moving Company For You

When it comes to putting your trust and confidence into a business, you can always depend on the quality and care that comes from going with a family-owned moving company. We at Meehan’s Family Moving have served the public’s need for a trustworthy moving company for three generations and we’re ready to serve your family.

Contact us here or call us today at 561-904-6000 for a FREE quote.

Meehan’s Family Moving guide to long distance moving in South Florida.

Your Guide to Long-Distance Moving

Some moves might be more comfortable than others, but long-distance moving is possibly the most grueling and tiring. There’s a lot to be done along the way, and it can be hard to keep track of it all. Here at Meehan’s Family Moving, we understand how important it is to stay on top of your tasks during a big move, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you during your long-distance move!

Do Your Research

Take the time to research interstate moving companies in your area. Then, figure out a budget, get a long distance moving quote, and narrow down the list to find the best moving company for your situation.

Create a Schedule and Plan

Create a list or spreadsheet with everything that needs to be done and by when. Put it somewhere that it is visible and easily accessible, and review it often. By doing this, you’ll make sure you get to everything that needs to be done without forgetting any tasks along the way.

What To Pack and How

Packing will be stressful, and it will take a lot of time. Start early, and label boxes as you go. Use the move as an opportunity to declutter, and discard or donate items that you no longer use or need. Prepare a bag of things that you will want to have at hand with you during the move, like important papers, toiletries, changes of clothes, and anything you’d expect to need during the trip and first few days of unpacking. Most importantly, be completely packed and ready to go on moving day.

Taking Care Of The Kids and Pets

Moving across the country can be very stressful on children and pets. Having a plan well in advance will ensure that they remain calm and safe, allowing you to stay focused on the task at hand. Keep entertainment and snacks readily available for small children, and try to have some designated family members supervising them in turns. If you have pets, research different state laws regarding vaccinations and paperwork. Have your pet checked by a veterinarian beforehand to get health records up to date, and also to ensure that they are healthy enough to travel.

Managing The Trip

Know the routes that you plan to take to your new home – research whether there is construction along the way, the best times to travel along certain roads, and where you plan to eat or stay overnight if needed. Plan frequent stops for pets and or children to give them the opportunity to stretch and use the bathroom. Remember to make reservations, book hotels in advance, and also get your vehicle checked out by a mechanic so it doesn’t break down in some unfamiliar place during your travels.

Plan Your Long-Distance Move With Meehan’s Family Moving

Meehan’s Family Moving is here to help you move to your new home with no stress, even if it’s across the country! Our team of professional and expert movers will handle your possessions with the care and value that they deserve. Call us today at 561-904-6000 or visit our website for more information.

5 Top Tips for Moving College Students

5 Top Tips for Moving College Students

Moving, in general, is a very stressful and disorderly process, and when you add moving for college into the mix, you’ve got your hands full. Picture this – the big day has arrived, and you feel prepared, you feel calm. No this isn’t a dream, its reality for those who assemble a bulletproof plan for moving. Move in day will creep up on you and soon it will be right around the corner. Don’t worry, Meehan’s Family Moving has provided you with 5 top tips for moving college students!

1. Arrive a day early

Standstill traffic, younger brothers and sisters fighting and stressed out parents does not sound like the ideal moving situation. Especially if you are traveling a long distance, arriving a day before move-in day will give you time to recuperate before the heavy lifting starts. You may even be able to avoid the lines before move-in day by picking up school essentials a day early.

2. Less is more

The last thing you want to be focused on is a family reunion when you are attempting to haul and unpack college supplies. Make sure to bring only the essential members for this college expedition. The hallways are narrow and the living spaces are practically shoeboxes, so the fewer people, the more area you have to settle in.

3. Pack appropriately

As semesters change, so does your wardrobe. If it’s December and around 20 degrees out, you will be fine leaving your shorts and sandals at home. The key is to pack what you need and nothing more. College spaces are cramped and crowded so freeing up as much space as possible is ideal.

4. Be smart with your luggage

Just because a huge suitcase can jam pack a lot of things easily, does not mean that it is the smart way to pack. The most important aspect to remember is that college isn’t home and many of your things won’t fit. Pack your clothes in trash bags, already on hangers or use duffel bags that can be easily folded and placed into small spaces.

5. Have tools handy

Rummaging through the endless boxes of clothing and toiletries to find that one roll of tape will just make the moving process that much more stressful. Make sure you have a small kit of tools that are easily accessible for any on the job fixings. Be sure to put antibacterial wipes or cleaners to wipe off any surfaces that need extra attention.

College moving made easy with Meehan’s Family Moving

Moving your student for college can be made stress-free with our top of the line moving company. We’ll take care of the essentials so you can soak up every last minute of your farewell. Meehan’s Family Moving is your local moving company that is there to support you from packing to unloading. We will do the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to. Call us at (561) 904-6000 or contact your local movers here for a free quote!

Moving Senior Parents into Your Home

Moving Senior Parents into Your Home

Maybe you’re moving to change things up or to live closer to family, or maybe even to live in warmer weather. The reasons may be endless, but we found that the most prominent reasons why seniors are moving are because of health issues, a need to downsize, and to be closer to family.

Health Issues

Seniors might be relocating solely because of changes in their lives, whether that is a reduction in cognitive function, mobility, or their personal health. Some of these seniors find themselves in critical conditions with obvious complications that require the help of another individual or medical professional. There are also other medical issues that are not as severe but still bring complications. Though health issues like diabetes or a recent bone fracture are milder conditions than the severe medical issues, seniors could use another person’s assistance here and there to make sure that their health is taken care of. Other issues of this sort include arthritis, hearing loss, and allergies.

With whatever medical issue you or a senior may have, big or small, it is important to fully understand it. This will help in relocating the senior as medical conditions must be addressed and nurtured. Moving a senior member of our society also involves moving medical records and switching personal physicians. These aspects should be considered just as much as any other aspect of a big move!

Downsizing

A large number of seniors are moving to downsize. They’ve found that their houses are too big for just 1 or 2 people after living in the same place through decades and life stages. However, downsizing is a bittersweet process for a senior. It is emotionally stressful, but also an exciting next step as it a new beginning.

It is natural to collect overtime. The stress kicks in when you need to figure out what to do with all of the furniture, antiques, clothes, knick-knacks, and more, that the new home will not have room for. They must figure out how to sort, sell, and organize the things they no longer want or need. They also have to figure out what to preserve or honor and how to best do this with their personal items. With this process comes a need for help from friends and family. Seniors need another person to help make these big decisions, just like anyone else. But because they are moving, this might be more stressful for them after living in one place for so long. Some easy ways to start include holding an estate sale, donating reusable items, hosting an online auction, or hiring a removal and clean-out service.

Loneliness

As the size of the household grows smaller, the feeling of loneliness grows larger. When the process of moving is brought up, it is important to remain empathetic the entire time. Understand that although digital communication has grown tremendously, some seniors have impaired hearing or seeing which makes this online communication more difficult. Often, seniors will have a caregiver but this relationship is not one that provides a deep and engaging connection. These factors are just some of the contributions to a senior’s loneliness.

Many studies have found people who are 55+ move closer to family and friends who, a lot of the time, have relocated. Just being near someone familiar brings back a sense of community and intimacy. As humans, we deeply value our relationships, which is why seniors often want to move closer towards family or friends when their household number shrinks.

Not a One-Person Job

Moving is far too large of a task to handle it all by yourself. With Meehan’s Family Moving, you can trust our family-owned business to handle your move with care and diligence. Meehan’s Family Moving understands the importance and possible difficulties in each unique situation. As a third-generation moving specialist, Meehan’s Family Moving is prepared for all kinds of moves that will leave you feeling confident and stress-free. Visit our website to get a free quote!

Leaving Florida? Here Are 3 Tips When Moving To A New State

Leaving Florida? Here Are 3 Tips When Moving To A New State

Relocating to a new state can be exciting, but it can also be extremely stressful. There’s so much to be done, and it never feels as though there is enough time for everything. Unless you’re a superhero, it can difficult to balance all of these new changes along with an interstate move. Meehan’s Family Moving wants to help make this transition more comfortable for you with these three tips.

1. Start Packing

– Preparation is the key to success when it comes to moving. Don’t wait until the last week before you move out of state to get started on packing. This process can be more stressful and time-consuming then you imagine. Begin going through your stuff and be realistic about what you’ll be bringing with you. Don’t delay your move as you pack up the last few boxes on moving day.

2. Declutter Your Space

– Long distance moving is calculated by the distance and weight of your items. Shed some of the dead weight and save yourself some extra cash. Anything you want to leave behind can either be sold or donated if you prepare ahead of time. Ideally, this prep work could begin in the months leading to the big move before things get too hectic. So declutter and rid yourself of extra baggage that will only cost you more money to move.

3. Get Moving Insurance

– Insurance coverage can be a lifesaver if your property were to be lost or damaged in a long distance move. Protect your assets and look into different coverage plans in preparation for the big move. In the worst case scenario, this can help you recuperate any monetary value of your property. Keep in mind this will not be able to replace anything of sentimental value. Do your research and go with a moving company with excellent reviews right off the bat to lower your risk. Here at Meehan’s, we know that some things are simply irreplaceable.

We’re With You Every Step of The Way

At Meehan’s Family Moving, we know you have a million things to do so let us take this extra load off your hands. As full-service residential movers, our goal is to make your journey as stress-free as possible. Call us at (561) 904-6000 or visit us here to get a quote for your long distance move.

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3 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Palm Beach County

1. The Weather Can Be Bizarre

Have you ever heard the expression, “When it rains, it pours?” Here, it can pour on one block and be magnificently sunny one block over. South Florida counties are prone to wet summers, and Palm Beach County is no exception. Summers can reach blistering temperatures, and humid air often turns into thunderstorms in this tropical climate.

However, this is not to say that Palm Beach County weather is all storms and gusts. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Fall and winter in Palm Beach County are particularly beautiful, with low temperatures that dip into the 50’s and highs that reach 80 degrees. If you’re making the move to Palm Beach County it’s safe to say you can leave your winter coat behind.

2. The Landscape is Diverse

Palm Beach County stands out among other South Florida counties for a variety of reasons, but something particularly noteworthy is the variety of landscapes it offers. On the eastern edge of Palm Beach County you’ll find gorgeous sandy beaches that are complimented by a thriving nightlife – Delray Beach and West Palm Beach offer fantastic beaches that sport seaside towns full of shopping and restaurants.

Moving more inland, Palm Beach County becomes more rural. Home to some excellent schools for your young ones, you’ll only ever be a few minutes drive from classes to the shore.

Most uniquely, Palm Beach County does include the northern edge of the Everglades National Park. Between various wetlands, such as Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee and Green Cay Nature Center, and the tip of the Everglades outside of your front door, peaceful walks and exciting wildlife are always nearby.

The Streets Are Bustling

Some people hear the word “traffic,” and immediately assume it’s a bad thing. However, do you know why Palm Beach County streets get a bit busy? It’s because the county features growth every year, with more people fluctuating in to stimulate the economy and add their own flavor to the county.

Between schools, entertainment, dining, shopping and wildlife, there is always somewhere to go or something to do in Palm Beach County. Since you’ll be sharing the road with just over 1.4 million Palm Beachers, a bit of congestion is expected here and there.

The upside? Palm Beach County streets are meticulously maintained. With most main roads featuring upwards of four lanes lined with flourishing palms and tropical plants, even a slower drive is a gorgeous drive. Additionally, major roadways such as Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike make getting from Point A to Point B a whole lot quicker.

Dive into Palm Beach County

Are you making the move to Palm Beach County? Welcome! Bear this information in mind as you get adjusted, and contact the team at Meehan’s Family Moving for help settling in to your new place.

Give us a call at 561-708-4639.

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3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Cross-Country Moving Company

Moving is one thing, but moving cross-country presents a whole new set of challenges and stressors. It takes more time, more money, more organization, and more help, so when choosing a moving company for your big move, what should you look for? Stick to these three tips and you’ll be in trusted and able hands during this stressful time in your life.

1. Check for their licenses and insurance. For an out-of-state move, look for the US DOT number which has been approved and distributed by the United States Department of Transportation. Once you see that they have one, check that it is valid using the DOT database. For California moves, it’s called a Cal T license, so make sure to look for that instead. On that same website, you can check if they are currently insured so that you will not be responsible if anything were to happen. A bonus would be if your personal items were covered during the move, but if not, you could always reach out to an outside insurance company.
2. How long have they been in business? Do they have reliable reviews? Choosing a company with many years of experience under their belt means that they have stood up against the competition and have proved themselves to be a responsible and reliable moving company. Additionally, check some online review sites or testimonials to see if they have any specific strengths or weaknesses.
3. Ask what their rates include. Out of state moves can get expensive very quickly, making it extremely important to get your budget in check. Do their rates include gas? Does it change based on the season or days of the week? This is also something you can look at reviews for—any hidden charges will be first and forefront in negative reviews.

As third generation moving specialists and over 10 years in the business, here at Meehan Family Moving we understand how stressful moving can be. We’re here to make your move—whether local or cross-country—as easy as possible. For movers you can trust, call 561-708-4693 or visit us online at www.meehansfamilymoving.com.