Planning a move around hurricane season

Planning a Move Around Hurricane Season

Worried about your valuables during a storm? Call Meehan’s Family Moving today, and let’s talk about how we can safely get your items to your new home.

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!