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!

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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.