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5 Ways to Make Your Move Environmentally Friendly

Moving from one home to another is all-consuming: it consumes tons of time, money, and resources. But if done right, this transition can spare both you and the environment a little stress (and some of your money). Here are a few green moving tips to get you started.

Have a Garage Sale

It’s always a good idea to sort through your things and decide what will be moving with you. But instead of throwing away the things you don’t want anymore, why don’t you have a garage sale? Even though it takes some setting up, you’re getting rid of your old things and making a little money on the side. Not a bad trade-off.

Use Old Clothes and Towels for Bubble Wrap

Why spend money on bubble-wrap (that you’re probably just going to throw away after you pop all the bubbles) when you can wrap up your valuables for free? Instead, use that towel or shirt you were going to get rid of. You can even cut them into small pieces of fabric as needed.

Use Plastic Bins Instead of Cardboard Boxes

Be honest. Are you gonna ever use all those cardboard boxes again? Instead of spending money on boxes that will probably end up in the dumpster anyway, it’s much more cost-effective to buy plastic bins to store your items. Plastic bins are sturdier, last longer, and are perfect for storing things in after you get settled in.

Recycle or Reuse Instead of Throwing Away

When you start the packing process, that also means you’re going to be getting rid of the things you’re not taking with you, and a lot of this is “garbage.” Instead of throwing away an empty milk carton, use it to store loose change around the house. Or you can use an empty container of butter as tupperware, or a place to store your needles and thread. Get creative; many things that would normally be thrown away can be reused for something else and can save you a decent amount of money.

Also, did you know that you can donate your electronics to be recycled? If you have electronics that you don’t want to take with you but would have difficulty selling, like a boxy desktop computer from the 1980’s, you can see if there’s a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge in your area. Donating old electronics is an excellent way to go green because all of the precious metals, plastic, and other materials that would otherwise go to waste can be reused.

Go Paperless

This is hard for a lot of people. Plenty of people prefer to have a tangible, hard copy of their important documents. But going paperless has its benefits besides being environmentally friendly.

By going paperless, you don’t have to worry about losing important business and personal files. You can scan and store all of your documents onto your computer. There are even apps that store and organize your records. It saves the trees in the rainforest, and a huge chunk of space in your new attic.

Go Green and Save Money With an Affordable Moving Company!

The best part about these green moving tips is that a lot of them also save you money. Meehan’s Family Moving is dedicated to giving you the best price to make your move as stress-free as possible, whether it’s a long-distance or local move. Call us at (561) 904-6000 for a free quote!

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Save Money by Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering Your Home Before You Move

If you’re getting ready to move, one of the things you’re going to want to do is declutter your home. This is a good process to go through, because over the years we often accumulate items we don’t really need.

The main reason to do this before a move is so that you don’t move items you don’t need. But there’s another advantage that might surprise you: decluttering your home can make you money, which can help pay for the move.

Get Rid of Old Clothes, Furniture, Books, and Toys

Some of the most obvious items you can get rid of are clothes, furniture, books, and toys that you no longer have use for. The prices you’ll get for these items vary widely based on the condition of the item and where you sell it.

Consignment shops and secondhand stores are usually good places to take your clothes and furniture, though if your items are particularly valuable, you may want to take them elsewhere. In general, you can expect anywhere from 15-75% of your item’s original value. (The main exception to this is antiques, which you’ll want to get appraised.)

Donations Can Save You Money, Too

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling your possessions, a good alternative is donation. Not only is donating items a good thing to do — it can also be used as a write-off when tax season comes around. That means you can save money and feel good doing it!

Ready to Move Out of Your Home?

Of course, once you’ve decluttered your home, you’ve actually got to go through the process of moving out! If you need help doing that, call Meehan’s Family Moving at (561) 904-6000.

6 ingredients for a perfect move

The 6 Ingredients for a Perfect Move

Moving is an important event in everyone’s life. Whether you’re moving into a new house across town, or relocating for business, a move is an exciting time to plan a fresh start for you and your family.

But for some, local and long distance moves can be an overwhelming experience. Avoid the stress that moving can bring by planning ahead. Developing a moving day game plan is guaranteed to save you time and frustration, no matter how far you travel.

As you prepare for moving day, check out these six tips for organizing a stress-free move:

  1. Documentation: Keep all important documents in one file. These should include employment papers, rent, bank, credit, contracts, and your family’s medical records. If you’re moving to a new town or relocating out of state, use the same file to hold all of your personal traveling documents, such as tickets, itineraries, and passports. You’ll feel relieved that your documents are safe in one place come moving day.
  2. Packing Supplies: The right packing tools are essential for moves both large and small. Be sure to stock up on packaging tape, cardboard boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts. Almost in every move people tend to underestimate the amount of things they own. Consider purchasing plastic storage bins and other shipping containers for your movers to stack in the moving truck.
  3. Medication: Don’t forget to pack medication and other medical necessities for you and your family. Make sure you don’t pack any expired medicine. Prepare an emergency kit with everything you or your family members may need on moving day. This goes for family pets, too!
  4. Consider the Children: Plan ahead by packing your kid’s favorite toys, games, and snacks before moving day. It’s important to pack for your pets, as well. Remember to consider their needs and pack their bowls for food and water, especially for a long distance move.
  5. Tidy Up: Prepare your home before you leave. You’ll need cleaning supplies to help put your house or apartment in order, bags for the trash, and cleaning equipment like a vacuum cleaner, broom, or mop.
  6. Food and Drinks: Remember to pack food and drinks before you hit the road, especially if you’re traveling long distance. Don’t forget napkins and cutlery!

Local and Long Distance Moving in Palm Beach County, FL

If you’re looking for a quality moving company in Palm Beach, Meehan’s Family Moving is here to help.

Whether you need assistance for a local move, or need an extra hand with relocating long distance, our moving specialists will work with you to create a custom moving plan specifically for the unique needs of you and your loved ones.

We know that moving isn’t always one-man job. As third generation moving specialists, Meehan’s Family Moving will go the extra mile to ensure that all of your family’s needs are met, and aim above and beyond customer expectations.

We offer flexible moving services at fair prices. Call Meehan’s Family Moving today and receive a FREE estimate on your next local, long distance, or commercial move.

From full packing services to safe and reliable transportation, Meehan’s Family Moving has it all. Contact the Meehan’s Family Moving Team today! For more information, call: (561) 904-6000.

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The Ultimate Home Moving Checklist: Part One

The Ultimate Home Moving Checklist: Part One

Before The Move

Whether you’re moving across town or cross country, it pays to be prepared. Stay organized with these helpful tips as you count down the weeks until moving day:

8 Weeks Before the Move

  • Hire Professional Movers: Help make the moving process easier for you and your family by hiring professional local and long distance movers. Most moving companies offer full packing services, including full value transit protection on all household items to help ensure a smooth move. For a stress-free move, leave the packing and transportation to the professionals.
  • Get Rid of Junk: Moving is a great opportunity to purge all of the old clothes, appliances, and junk that’s been accumulating in your house. Evaluate what you need to pack, and what items your family can do without.
  • Create a Binder: Keep track of important information and documents that might get misplaced in the move by organizing a binder for you and your family. With all of your files in one place, you’ll be good to go.
  • Plan Ahead & Save Time: If you can acquire a floorplan of your new home, organize where you intend to place your boxes and furniture on moving day. Create an inventory of your home to ensure that all belongings arrive safely.

6 Weeks Before the Move

  • Slow Down on Grocery Shopping: Don’t let it go to waste! Finish using up things that you don’t want to move, such perishables, frozen food, cleaning supplies, and paper goods.
  • Stock Up On Boxes & Shipping Containers: Consider ordering specialty containers such as wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Gather spare boxes and containers ahead of time.
  • Sell or Donate: Organizing a community garage sale is a great way to make some extra cash. Before you toss anything, donate the items you weren’t able to sell.

4 Weeks Before the Move

  • Start Packing: Start packing belongings that you will not be actively using before you move, such as books, specialty kitchen appliances, and out-of-season clothing.
  • Label Your Boxes: Ensure that nothing gets misplaced on moving day by labeling each of your boxes with its contents and what room you want it moved into. Not only does this help you know where everything belongs, it also helps professional movers speed up the moving process.
  • Change Your Address: Bills, subscriptions, insurance information, and everything else you receive in the mail should be changed to your new address ahead of time.

3 Weeks Before the Move

  • Cancel Utilities: This tip is especially important! Contact your current utilities providers and confirm the days they will each be disconnected, then set them up at your new home.
  • Forward Your Medical Records: For those moving long distance, have your current healthcare providers forward your medical records to your new provider. If you haven’t yet decided on healthcare providers in your new town, ask to keep copies of your medical records.
  • Arrange Childcare: For families with small children, hiring a babysitter on moving day is a good idea.

1 Week Before the Move

  • Prepare for Your First Night: Set aside things you’ll need on the first night in your new home. Be sure to label your boxes something along the lines of “Pack Last.” That way, it will be the last thing the movers pack and the first thing out of the truck on moving day.

24 Hours Before the Move

  • Double Check the Details: Reconfirm your appointment with your movers and plan your method of payment. Most importantly, now is the time to empty and defrost your freezer and refrigerator.

Prepare Yourself for Moving Day with Professional South Florida Movers

With over 50 years of industry experience, Meehan’s Family Moving is the most trusted source for local, long distance, and commercial movers in Palm Beach County. As third generation moving specialists, we understand how important your move is for you and your family.

It is our goal to ensure a pleasant and stress-free moving experience for you and your loved ones. We offer a wide variety of customizable moving services, from full-service packing to providing you with extra boxes on moving day.

At Meehan’s Family Moving, we’ll offer you the services you need at a price that works within your budget.

So, what are you waiting for? Call Meehan’s Family Moving, South Florida’s premier local, long distance and commercial movers. Contact us at (561) 904-6000 and find out how our family can help yours today!

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Relocating on a Budget: Tips for Long Distance Moves

Moving across town can be stressful enough, but long distance moves are typically the most difficult. Not only are long distance moves expensive, they also require extra planning for transitioning to a brand new environment. Often times, long distance moves take days at a time to complete, and may require additional assistance upon arrival.

If you’re one of the 37 million people who move every year and are looking to move 100 miles or more, hiring professional movers for a long distance move is the way to go. These professionals are trained, certified, and staffed with the skills and tools to assist with your long distance move.

When you hire a professional moving company, the expert planning that full moving services can provide will ensure that your long distance move runs smoothly for both you and your family. Not only will you save time and money with movers, the extra hand will help ease the frustration that often comes with relocating in and out of state.

As you prepare for your next big move, consider these 5 professional packing and moving tips for relocating on a budget:

  1. Start Early: Don’t wait until the last minute to pack and clean out junk. Prepare a thorough moving plan weeks in advance to help make moving day less stressful for you and your movers. Figure out what needs to be disposed of in advance so your movers can work with you to ensure everything is packed and ready for shipment. Even if you opt for packing services, it’s important to have a packing and storage plan ready to prevent miscommunication or damage.
  2. Label Your Boxes: Speed up the moving process by marking your boxes with the appropriate destination rooms. Otherwise, your movers will be constantly asking you where everything belongs, or worse, they’ll leave your boxes in the living room and you’ll have to move them yourself. Save time and let the movers do the work for you by labeling your boxes while you pack.
  3. Take What You Need: Before moving day, make note of what you want to keep. Save money on transport and storage costs by tossing what you can do without. Make an inventory of everything you need and decide what can be thrown away or donated to help cut back on cargo space and moving time.
  4. Use Free Packing Materials: Moving boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials can cost a small fortune when relocating homes. If you want to save money on packing services, use what you already own for safely storing your belongings. Visit your local recycling center for free cardboard boxes. Wrap fragile items in old magazines, newspapers, towels, and linens for added protection.

Save On Your Next Long Distance Move with Meehan’s Family Moving

At Meehan’s Family Moving, we pride ourselves in taking personal care of our customers and their belongings with every local and long distance move. Our precise planning and attention to detail are guaranteed to go above and beyond customer expectations for a professional moving company.

We understand the stress and frustration that relocating can bring. Let us be the number one local and long distance movers you can count on.

To find out how we can help with your next long distance move, give us a call and receive a free estimate on our moving services. For all your local, long distance, and commercial moving needs, trust in Meehan’s Family Moving. Contact us today! (571) 904-6000.