Moving Tips from Meehan's

7 Tips For a Smooth Moving Day

There are many ways to reduce moving day stress by preparing beforehand. Call (561) 904-6000 to get a free estimate and learn more about moving with Meehan’s Family Moving.

A new and exciting journey awaits you- you’re moving! While this is an exciting time, it can also become stressful and overwhelming if not planned in advance. Here at Meehan’s Family Moving, we’ve moved different families across the country for over 50 years. Along the way, we’ve narrowed down our top list of tips and tricks to future movers before the big moving day arrives. Plan for moving day to ease stress and allow you to focus more on the excitement of starting a new adventure.

7 Recommendations For a Smooth Moving Day:

1.) Pack in advance

While this may seem like an obvious tip, it’s one that many people don’t focus on enough. On moving day you’re going to have a lot going on that needs your attention- don’t have packing be one of them! Packing up for a move is a tiring process, so leave enough time before your moving day to make sure you’re ready to go.

2.)Manage enough time for a good night’s sleep

Moving day is both mentally and physically exhausting throughout the day. Tackle your moving day with energy and excitement by planning in advance to leave enough time for a good night of sleep. Your mind and body will thank you the next day when you feel well-rested and ready to navigate the moving day.

3.)Keep a checklist

There’s a lot going on during moving day where plans are changing as the day progresses. Because of this, it’s a good idea to write out a checklist of everything to complete before the end of the day. This will serve as a reference throughout the day and give you peace of mind that you’re not forgetting anything!

4.)Section off a “no pack zone”

Depending on where you’re moving, and what you’ll need on your journey there, section off a small area of your home designated for items that will not be going on the truck, but are still going with you to your new home. Carry-on luggage, as well as clothing and shoes for future travel, should go in this area so they don’t make it onto the moving truck by accident. Make sure you alert your movers to not move anything in the designated area!

5.)Label everything

Many homeowners tend to focus most of their attention on getting their items to their new home’s location. But, you can save yourself lots of energy by planning ahead of time for what happens after you and your belongings arrive at your new destination. Label the room that each box belongs inside of with a permanent marker that is clearly visible for when you’re unpacking.

6.)Confirm logistics

It never hurts to double-check! Before the moving truck leaves with your items, make sure to confirm the drop-off address as well as making sure the contact information the movers have for you is correct and up to date.

7.)Choose a dependable moving company

This may be the most important tip for ensuring a smooth move- you need a moving company you can depend on! With 50+ years of experience and excellent customer reviews, Meehan’s Family Moving is dedicated toward providing you with a great move, starting with moving day!

Let Us Help You Plan Your Move

Let us help you make the big move easier by giving you peace of mind that you and your belongings are our top priority. Call us today at (561)-904-6000 for a free estimate, or visit our website for more information.

Best time of year to move

Summer vs Winter: When Should You Move?

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Most moving takes place in two seasons: summer or winter. That’s not to say nobody moves in spring or fall, but those two are when the bulk of the moving happens. You may be locked into a lease, so you happen to move when your lease is up. Depending on when you move, things can change like the weather, availability, and cost. Here are the top things to consider for your move.

Weather

One of the things that makes summer the most popular month to move is the weather. Sparefoot, a storage company, polled their customers, and they responded that they’d rather move in 100 degree heat than zero degree cold. While that may be true for the rest of the country, Meehan’s Family Moving knows it’s better to move in Florida’s winter than the summer.

The summer heat brings its own challenges. Moving is strenuous work, so if you move in the heat, you’re at more of a risk of heat exhaustion. For those who decide summer is the best time, or for those who must move because of rental agreements, make sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks. Also, consider hiring a moving company that will do the
heavy lifting for you.

Availability

Summer remains a busy time to move because families with children are out of school, people get married in the summer, and students go away to or return from college. In areas outside of Palm Beach county and South Florida, people tend to stay put during the winter. It may also be harder to find a professional moving service in the summer since more people are moving.

Therefore, summer has more availability for rental homes, apartments, and houses for sale. In summer, there will be more of a selection, but in the winter there will be less. Zillow found that winter is the slowest month to sell a home. While spring may be the best time for selling, many people are still looking to buy in the summer.

Cost

Winter is the better time to move than summer especially if you’re buying a home because availability also affects cost. Even though there is more of a selection in the summer, there are plenty of buyers and renters to compete with. In the winter, sellers can sometimes experience unforeseen circumstances that make them more motivated to sell.

Seasons definitely affect rental prices, and the best prices can be found in December and January. Rental properties might have trouble finding people to sign leases, and might offer move-in deals to fill vacancies. At Meehan’s Family Moving, we suggest waiting to move until October through April when possible because we are less busy and can offer our best rates!

Whenever You’re Moving, Move With Meehan’s Family Moving

Whether you have flexibility in your move, or need to move right away, move with Meehan’s Family Moving. We’ll always do our best to fit you in. For three generations, we’ve been helping our customers’ move be burden-free, worry-free, and stress-free. Contact us today for a free quote or call us at (561) 904-6000 if you need help right away.

Planning a move around hurricane season

Planning a Move Around Hurricane Season

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Summer is the busiest and best time to move. In most places, the weather is better – there’s no snow or ice to contend with. Also, people are more likely to get married in the summer or start college, and they’re moving from place to place as a result. But for many people on the east coast, and South Florida in particular, summer is the start of hurricane season. Granted, a hurricane may not affect your move at all. But just in case it does, whether you’re moving locally in Palm Beach County or long distance, if you’re moving around hurricane season, check out this advice from Meehan’s Family Moving, so you’re prepared in the event of a disaster.

Don’t Panic

The first thing you shouldn’t do during an emergency is panic, so keep calm. Panicking can cause you to make rushed or wrong decisions, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the danger. A hurricane can happen at any time; there’s no way to plan around it. What you can do is plan how you’ll react to it, and that starts with open communication.

Stay In Communication

Talk to your landlord, real-estate agent, or property manager. It is likely they are dealing with issues related to the storm, and there might even be policies in place specifically for this situation. Ask about deposits, rescheduling move-in, or closing dates. If you’ve hired a moving company, speak with them too. At Meehan’s Family Moving, we request that you let us know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule your moving service.

Don’t Try To Beat The Storm

A hurricane’s movement is impacted by a number of factors. As a result, hurricanes are very unpredictable. It is hard to tell where a hurricane will land and which direction it will go once it makes landfall. Some hurricanes, like hurricane Florence, stall over an area for an extended period of time and dump inches of rain over a matter of hours. Driving during a hurricane is dangerous because high winds and flood water can carry away cars, so don’t try it.

Protect Your Home

If you’re in-between places to live, you might have two homes to protect. If you’re moving from one house to another, you’ll want to make sure that your new home is protected, but you’ll also want to make sure your old home is protected. If your new home is damaged, you might need to find temporary housing, and if your old home is damaged, it may cause a potential buyer to back out. If you’re moving to an apartment, ask your landlord or property manager if they take any measures to protect the property or if it’s your responsibility.

Protect Your Valuables

When moving, it’s a good idea to pack your valuables separately and in a place that you’ll know where to find them. Items like birth certificates, social security cards, passports, and deeds should all be kept with you in a safe location in the event of a storm. If possible, make digital copies of your valuable documents and store them online or at a place that won’t be affected by a storm.

Plan Your Move With Meehan’s Family Moving

Hurricanes are unpredictable, but with a little preparation, you can get through it safely. Meehan’s Family Moving have been moving Palm Beach County and South Florida for over a decade. Contact us today or call at (561) 904-6000 for a free quote!

2019 Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning 2019: Let’s Get Started!

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You may not have the most pleasant mental association when you think of spring cleaning. According to this infographic, 93% of people would rather be doing anything besides spring cleaning – 44% of those respondents said they’d rather speak in front of a large group. Still, it’s a necessary ritual that most Americans take part in, so they can shake off the dirt from the previous year and make space for the new one. To make it easier for you, Meehan’s Family Moving put together this list to get you moving on those chores.

Make A Plan

If you fail to plan, you’re planning for failure. People usually think Ben Franklin said this, but that may not be the case. Regardless, it’s good advice. Writing things down and making a list can make the task seem less overwhelming. It’s also very satisfying when you get to check off the items on your list and see your progress. Here’s a list from Martha Stewart that will get you started in the right direction.

Get Your Supplies Together

Nothing will slow you down more than having to run to the store for supplies. Before you begin, take an inventory of the cleaning supplies that you already have. Make sure you have enough to get you through all the tasks. If you’re not sure what you need, review this list of essential cleaning supplies. Replace that old broom and mop with a new one and clean out the filter in the vacuum. You can save on paper towels by using newspaper to clean windows. Not only that, it works better, too!

Get Motivated and Get Started

The best way to get started is simple – just get started! Find a task that’s small, get it done, and move on to the next one. If you need more motivation than that, break out the espresso and get ready to clean. With enough caffeine, you’ll be a human dynamo – unable to sit-still and looking for some way to channel your energy. That’s the perfect time to put the broom in your hand and make some progress. Crank the cleaning up to 11 – put on your favorite playlist or check out these spring cleaning playlists.

Bring Some Friends Along

You can ask your friends to help you, but be warned! You might get roped into helping them clean their house. Still, it’s an option. You can even sweeten the deal by offering to buy them pizza. If you have kids, have them to do their part. There are plenty of age-appropriate activities that children can help out with. Getting children involved with chores will teach them that cleanliness is important, and children who help with chores are more responsible.

Hire a Professional

If this list didn’t inspire you at all, this is the easiest option. A professional will have all the supplies, not to mention the expertise, to do the job. And let’s be honest, sometimes it just feels better to hire an expert and know that the job is in capable hands.

Need a Hand Removing a Large Object? Call Meehan’s Family Moving

Meehan’s Family Moving is here to help you move across town or out of state. But if your spring cleaning means you need help moving some items to the local donation site, give us a call at (561) 904-6000 for a free, no-obligation quote or contact us online.

DIY tips to clean out your attic.

DIY Guide to Cleaning Out Your Attic

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Happy March! You know what that means: the days are longer, the pollen count is higher, and the spring cleaning season has arrived again. Whether you’re moving, remodeling, or decluttering, finally get around to tidying your attic this spring cleaning season. The time to part with what hasn’t seen the light of day since the 1980s is now. Following these easy steps, this seemingly daunting task can be completed in an afternoon!

1. Grab a Cold Drink and Switch on Some Rocking Tunes

You’re going to need it. Maybe listen to music from the decade you last cleaned out your attic, turning your attic into a time machine. The cold beverage will help you keep you cool, especially in poorly ventilated, stuffy spaces like an attic. If you can turn cleaning into something a bit more lively and fun it’ll go by in no time!

2. Make Three Piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash

Organizing your things into these three categories helps keep the cleaning process more orderly. When deciding what pile to put something in, consider the following:

  • When was the last time you used it?
  • If you moved, would it really be worth taking with you?
  • Is it broken? Is it worth keeping it to fix?
  • Does it really add anything to your happiness?

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, get rid of it. Be honest with yourself! The trash and donation piles can be easily differentiated. If someone would spend money on the thing, donate it. If someone would not spend money on it, throw it out. Some local Palm Beach charities that accept donation include Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the Homeless Coalition. You’re doing a good deed by donating and reclaiming your attic space at the same time! Win, win! If you have a big attic with a ton of junk, it may be worth renting a dumpster for all the trash you’ve purged. Once you are left only with the keep pile, integrate your long lost treasures back into your home. Alternatively, pack them up in clear plastic containers, so you will easily be able to see the contents of each box next time you’re feeling inspired to clean out your attic. They’re also water and bug proof.

3. Sweep, Vacuuming, Dust, Repeat

Grab another drink and make sure you’re wearing some old clothing you don’t care about! This step gets messy. Get ahold of a good vacuum that not only has a large storage bin but that you won’t mind using for dirty places like your attic. If it’s particularly dusty up there, run by a home goods store and buy a few dust masks (especially for anyone who has slight allergies). Make sure to really get into the corners where the dust bunnies hide.

4. Check for Pests, Molds, and Water Damage

The trifecta of attic issues. Gone unchecked, any one of these issues can result in a very expensive mess. These problems should be addressed as soon as possible especially if you are trying to sell your home. Look up a local exterminator, mold remediator, or water remover if you run into any serious problems, as some issues are best left to the professionals.

5. Contact Meehan’s Family Moving

Now that you’re left with just the stuff you like, contact Meehan’s Family Moving or call 561-904-6000 to move it to your new home whether it’s across the county or across the country. For 50 years, our family-owned moving business has reduced the stress of moving for thousands of families. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote today. Putting the customer first is our main priority, and we are excited to hear from you. Not convinced? Read our shining reviews from past clients.

How to find the perfect apartment after graduating from college.

2019 Guide for Moving Into Your First Post-College Apartment

Graduating from college is one of the greatest achievements in anyone’s life. All the late nights writing term papers and weekends spent confined to the library have finally paid off, and now it’s time to join the real world and put your new skills to use. Depending on what your plan is after graduation, you’ll either be moving back in with your parents or looking for your very first apartment. If you’re getting ready to hit the ground running by moving out for good, trying to find the perfect apartment can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. If you plan ahead and use proper strategizing, you’ll be unlocking the door to adulthood in no time. At Meehan’s Family Moving, we know how difficult this process can seem, which is why we put together a guide on how to find your first apartment after college.

Know Your Budget

The first thing you need to do before you even start looking is to know your budget. Do you already have a job lined up, or are you still going to be working part-time until you find something better? Are your parents going to help you out financially until you get on your feet? If you already have a job lined up, try to work out how much you’ll be making each month. If your salary can vary from month to month, base your calculations on the lowest possible salary you may earn one month so you can be prepared for the worst – that way, you’ll know that you always have enough money to cover all of your expenses, and on the months you make more, you can use the extra money to do something fun for yourself, add cash to your savings, or pay off some of your student loans. If budgeting was never one of your strong suits, try downloading a budgeting app on your phone to help you stay on top of your finances – it’s like having your own personal financial adviser in your pocket!

Account for Every Expense

Remember that rent isn’t going to be your only expense. You’ll need money for utility bills, groceries, and household items like toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, internet connection, and more. Depending on where you end up settling down, you may even need to account for HOA or other neighborhood maintenance fees. On top of living expenses, consider everything else you’ll need… including phone service, medical insurance, car insurance and gas, bus fares, and more.

Start an Emergency Fund

No matter how well we plan, sometimes things happen that are out of our control. Whether it’s an unexpected medical expense or a flat tire, you want to have the funds to be able to cover these unexpected costs that may occur.

Additionally, set up a “rainy day” fund. Maybe you had a stressful day at work and need some comfort pizza when you get home, or you want to be able to go out with your best friend for your birthday – either way, accounting for our mental health is just as important as any other expense. Now, don’t go crazy and irresponsibly spend all your money, but there is nothing wrong with the occasional splurge on something that will make you happy – in fact, it’s highly recommended to set up a fund for this purpose, so you don’t feel guilty dipping into your rent money or savings.

Set Your Parameters

Now that you know your budget, set up parameters for yourself. What amenities do you absolutely need? How far are you willing to commute to work each day? Will you have a car with you, or will you need to rely on nearby public transportation? Make a list of must-haves, of wants, and of deal breakers for your future home. Keep in mind that it’s OK to adjust this list as you go, but make sure not to settle out of desperation and end up sitting frozen in your apartment all winter because when you signed in the summer, you figured you could get by without heating.

Start Your Search

Even if you’re not ready to sign your lease immediately, start browsing apartment listings to get an idea of what’s out there. Check out local Facebook apartment search groups, Craigslist, or online apartment search services like Apartment Guide, Apartments.com, Apartments List, ForRent.com, Hotpads, Lovely, PadMapper, rent.com, or Zumper. These sites will allow you to refine your search by area, amenities, price, and more. However, they may not account for things like the city’s plans to change the bus routes or other important factors that could influence your life in your new home, so make sure to ask all the right questions to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Ask for Help

While you may be inclined to do everything by yourself, there is nothing wrong with asking for help – and you’ll probably need it. In fact, many first-time apartment renters are required to get someone with better credit to cosign the lease. Ask your parents, grandparents, or other relatives if they would be willing to cosign for you, just in case. You also may want to have someone with more rental experience come with you to view the apartment – you may not know what red flags to look out for or which questions to ask. An experienced relative or friend can also help you read through the lease agreement and fully understand the fine print, as well as help you negotiate certain terms. If your budget allows it, you may even want to consider hiring a real estate agent to help you.

Call Meehan’s Family Moving Service

Once you’ve found an apartment, give us a call! We have been in the moving industry for generations, and our excellent standard of work means that we’ll treat your possessions with the utmost respect and care. Contact us online or give us a call at (561) 904-6000 for a free quote, then sit back, relax, and get ready to start your new life!

Reasons to move to South Florida.

Why Not Move to Sunny South Florida?

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If you’re too busy shoveling snow, putting on 14 layers of clothing to walk your dog, and wrapping up your kids in so much clothing that they can barely walk to school, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and pay attention. What if I told you that with one simple move, you’d never have to do any of that again? No, this isn’t a hypothetical question; It’s totally possible right here in sunny South Florida!

Live Where They Vacation

To start, in South Florida you are never too far from the ocean—an ocean that you can visit year-round without freezing your toes off. There are few things as calming as feeling the salty ocean breeze on your skin and listening to the waves crash against the shore. You can have your own personal oasis every day in South Florida within a quick drive—or walk—to the beach!

Warm Summers… and Winters Too

Speaking of cold, winter is usually a time of staying indoors as long as possible, cranking up the heat, and wearing layer on top of layer if you were to go out and brave the cold. But in South Florida, the winter is our time to shine. Even during the coldest days and nights the rest the country experiences, South Florida shines bright and stays comfortable for everyone. If you wanted to, you could still hit the beach and enjoy some fun in the sun. Invite your friends and family that stayed up north after you move, they’ll appreciate the climate change!

The Excitement of Having it All

Think you’ll miss your bustling city life while living in South Florida? Between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and West Palm Beach, you’ll never be too far away from world-class restaurants, bars, and clubs! That means that you can have a home in a nice, quiet area while still enjoying the entertainment that big cities are known for; the best of both worlds.

Ready to Make the Move?

Moving is never easy, but if you were to move anywhere, why not choose South Florida? You can get year-round sunshine, world-renowned restaurants, beaches that are never too far away, and a non-existent winter! If you’re thinking about making your big move to sunny South Florida, call Meehan’s Family Moving. We are third-generation moving specialists and we understand the importance of quality, security, and customer care while moving. Our number one goal is making the whole process worry-free. Contact us here for your free quote or give us a call us at (561) 904-6000. we look forward to hearing from you!

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.