Ice Dam Prevention & Removal

Man raking snow off a roofAfter a major snowstorm, it’s important to check your roof for signs of ice dam formation. Ice dams form on the edge of your roof and can cause damage to your shingles, gutters and even cause structural damage to your home.

How do ice dams form?

As the snow closest to your roof melts, water will slide down the angle of your roof and freeze upon being exposed to the frigid air. The ice forms at the edge of your roof, which can weigh down your gutters and shingles and potentially pulling them from your home. The angle the dam forms at allows the ice, when melted, to permeate through the roof and through your home, leading to water stains, peeling paint and potential structural damage if the water hits the beams. Outside of your home, fallen ice dams can cause damage to any person or pet who may be standing underneath.

How Can I Prevent Ice Dams from Forming?

Your roof can only handle so much pressure before ice dams and other issues begin to take a toll. A plastic roof rake with rubber wheels can be used to safely remove snow without causing damage to your shingles and removing granules. As you go about shoveling pathways around your home or deck, take your roof rake and remove the snow closest to the edge. You will need to repeat this several times, moving layer by layer.

Professional Ice Dam Removal in Lynn & Peabody, MA

If you have noticed an ice dam forming on your roof and need professional assistance removing it, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! Our team will come to your home and remove the snow and any ice dams from your roof after a storm. We will move efficiently while keeping your roof safe. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Decluttering Before the New Year

Heading into the new year, you may have a little more time to spend at home with yourshutterstock_370757162 family over the holidays. This extra time may allow you to notice the number of belongings you no longer use in your home. Decluttering is a great family activity that has numerous physical and health benefits going into 2018.

Benefits of Decluttering

Decluttering can reduce your anxiety levels. Clutter can overwhelm your brain through sensory overload and an excessive amount of stimuli fighting for your attention. Being constantly overwhelmed may sour your mood and lead to mood spirals due to the increased stress. Stress overload can affect your sleep, preventing your body from properly winding down at the end of the day. Removing clutter and moving anything stress-inducing, such as your computer or any unfinished chores, out of your bedroom can get your sleep schedule back on track, letting your brain know that it’s time to rest.

Decluttering can also improve your productivity. If you are relaxed and have limited distractions around a room, you may find that it is easier to come up with new, refreshing ideas for projects at work or at home. While you declutter, you can come up with an easily-maintained organizational strategy that works best for your needs. Removing junk will also clear your home of allergens, keeping your family healthier throughout the year. Removing unnecessary items may also help your family address previously hidden hoarding tendencies. If a member of your family shows extreme emotions at the thought of parting with unused items, you may require the assistance of a professional psychologist or counselor.

Junk Removal Services in Lynn & Swampscott, MA

When you’re beginning to declutter, start with smaller tasks, such as getting rid of extra papers or cleaning out your closet. As you organize your home, start considering what you can get rid of or what you can donate. If the job seems too overwhelming for you or you are in need of junk removal, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! We provide junk removal services as well as home cleanouts in instances of hoarding. If you have items in good condition, we will donate it to a charity or family in need. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Your Winter Moving Checklist

moving in winterMoving in the winter can be difficult. In addition to having your belongings packed and prepared to load on the truck, you have the added challenge of unpredictable weather, with snow, ice and sleet always on the horizon. Preparing as much as you can ahead of time can reduce the stress of your move, and these tips can help!

Before the move

In the week before your move is scheduled, keep an eye on the weather forecast. If the weather looks too dangerous to move, you may need to reschedule your date with the moving company. If this needs to occur, your moving company will call you a few days beforehand to develop a backup plan.  Verify that your utilities will be on through the move date in your old residence, as well as turned on in your new home. Make sure each residence is equipped with shovels, salt, ice melt and sand in case of an unexpected storm, and arrange for snow removal at your new home ahead of time to keep your driveway safe for the movers and your belongings.

The day of your move

On the day of your move, make sure both locations are prepared for snowfall and remain safe for your movers. If snow falls throughout the day, have a member of your family ready at the destination to remove snow and put down sand for traction. Prop exterior doors open so the movers can move in and out of your home easily, and be patient. A little bit of cold air will be worth having your belongings safely in your home, and your movers uninjured.

Winter Moving in Lynn & Swampscott

If you are interested in hiring professional movers this winter, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! Our team will work with you to plan a quick and efficient move, and take any gently used items you do not want and recycle or donate them to a charity in need. To schedule a cleanout, give us a call at 781-775-9943 or fill out our online contact form.

Clean Out Your Home This Fall

Messy garageAs it gets colder and the days get shorter, you’re going to start spending more time in your home. Looking around, you may begin to look at accumulated clutter, whether it is leftover from a recent move or left over from years of collecting. You may consider a home cleanout this season to add peace of mind, in addition to several physical side effects.

Benefits of Home Cleanouts

Are you feeling under a lot of stress? Clutter can be a contributing factor to stress brought on by work, school and impending holidays. Decluttering can reduce anxiety due to the newly opened spaces in your home, with everything you keep in designated shelves, drawers and spaces. You will also be able to dispose of or donate any items that hold negative memories, or anything you have outgrown or have no real use for. After years of collecting items, you will undoubtedly have some belongings that are simply collecting dust. Cleaning out your home will remove many allergens from the home, including dust and pet dander. You will be breathing in healthier air, which can boost your immune system and reduce the spread of cold and flu as the winter progresses.

A clean home also reduces risks of pest invasions. Mice, roaches and other pests are drawn to trash and messy areas. After gaining entry to your home, they could form colonies or burrows throughout your home, requiring an expensive visit from an exterminator. A clean, disinfected room, free of dust, dirt, and crumbs will be less attractive to pests. This will also contribute to lower allergy attacks due to dander throughout your home.

Home Cleanouts & Junk Removal in Lynn, MA

Flannery’s Handymen will help you with your home cleanout! We offer cleanout services room by room or the entire home. Flannery’s Handymen also offers discreet hoarding cleanouts and UFIL storage for items you still want to keep, just not in your home. Our team will also take any gently used items you do not want and recycle or donate them. To schedule a cleanout, give us a call at 781-775-9943 or fill out our online contact form.

Why You Should Clean Out Your Gutters This Fall

shutterstock_527611330Foliage season is in full swing, which means the leaves are starting to fall. It’s an important time of the year for home maintenance, particularly your roof. Leaves can clog your gutters, which can lead to water damage to your home. Before it gets too cold, you should clean out your gutters of any debris, and revisit it once or twice as fall progresses.

How to Clean Your Gutters

Since cleaning your gutters will involve a ladder, make sure you have taken proper safety precautions prior to beginning. Make sure you have safety goggles, thick gloves and ideally, someone who knows you will be using the ladder. You should at least make sure someone close by knows you will be using the ladder in case of an emergency. Remove the gutter covers and use a small shovel or trowel to remove debris from your gutters. Make sure to be gentle so you do not damage the gutter, and wear your gloves to protect your hands from sharp debris. Flush your newly clean gutters to wash away any small debris caught along the edges. This is also a good way to check the flow of water through the gutter system. If the water is still not flowing properly and clogging at one section of the gutter, you will need to flush out the downspout by spraying a pressure nozzle into the base. After clearing your downspout, you will need to flush the gutter again.

Professional Gutter Cleaning in Lynn, MA

If heights make you uneasy and you’ve noticed some damage to your gutters, call a professional to clean them for you! The team at Flannery’s Handymen will be more than happy to help you get your gutters ready for fall. We can schedule a time that works with you to perform a full gutter cleaning and inspection. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Flannery Handymen’s Charity Initiative

22554804_1253264914779577_1228656299060315181_nStarting on November 1st, Flannery’s Handymen is giving back! One truckload of salvageable goods from home cleanouts will be donated to various charities and people in need. We recently donated a truck of furniture to a family in Brazil. If you are interested in having your home professionally cleaned out, contact Flannery’s Handymen! We will come clean out your home and donate your gently used belongings to people in need around the world. For a free estimate, contact us at 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

How Can I Move Unwanted Furniture?

Flannery's Handymen junk removalGetting rid of old furniture is not as easy as it may seem. Unlike excess garbage, you cannot leave an old couch or table out on the curb next to your trash cans without notice, and many communities may require you to bring the furniture somewhere to be disposed of. Flannery’s Handymen has some tips to get rid of your unwanted furniture without much hassle.

Hold A Yard Sale

Is your furniture still in good condition? Maybe you have a chair that was barely used, or a new couch that won’t fit into your new home. If you have leather furniture, the material can last for a long time, while appearing new. You can try to sell your furniture at a garage sale. Gently used furniture will not make back the money you initially put towards it, but you will make some of it back while benefiting someone else, looking for less expensive furniture. Publicize your sale online and around the neighborhood to make sure people know to come.

Donate Your Furniture

There are several types of organizations that may accept furniture donations. Small businesses, such as coffee shops or bookstores, may accept a gently used couch to add seating to their space. A local theater may accept furniture to use as set pieces. If there is a shelter or charitable organization nearby, they may accept gently used furniture.


Hire a Junk Removal Company

If your furniture doesn’t sell and local organizations are not accepting furniture, you will have to bring your unwanted furniture to the town dump or recycling center on your own. If your furniture is too big to bring to the designated spot, you can hire a junk removal company. They will come to your home and pick the furniture up, leaving you to continue redecorating or packing sooner.

Flannery’s Handymen come equipped with two dump trucks to help move junk as quickly and efficiently as possible. No item is too large for us to move, and we will come based on your schedule. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Preparing for Professional Movers

shutterstock_638812597If you are having professional movers come to pack your home before you move, there are certain steps you should take to prepare for packing day. This could be a relatively painless day if you take the right precautions.

You should start by decluttering your home. Moving a messy room is possible, but not easy. Take this time to declutter your home and get rid of belongings you do not need anymore. Whether it is clothing that no longer fits, books you no longer read or toys your children have outgrown, sort things into four piles: keep, throw away, donate or sell. You can also take this time to discard items that your movers will not be able to pack and transport safely, such as plants, paint, oils and perishable foods. Donate what you can, and look at your town’s guidelines for disposing of corrosive material.

Before packing, take photos of anything valuable that may be damaged in transit. Photos will make it easier to file a damage or insurance claim, if need be. Photos will also help you compile an inventory list to keep track of all of your packed and delivered belongings

If there are items you are planning to pack and move on your own, move them into a designated room and let the movers know before they begin working. These can be valuables and essentials for your “first week” boxes. Keep the items you will absolutely need in your first few days separate from everything else so it won’t get packed in the wrong box or put on the moving truck. This should include prescription medications, a few days’ worth of clothing, sheets, toiletries and nonperishable food.

You should make sure you make your movers feel comfortable around your family and home. Show them around your current home to give them an idea of packing priority, and show them where everything is going to go in your new home. Come up with a plan to get boxes to their designated rooms once everyone gets to your new home, and establish a clear line of communication. Provide them with food, snacks, and water, and show them where the bathrooms are. After the job is done, tip them if you think they did their jobs well and you feel like you had a good moving experience.

If you are looking to have professional movers help you move, contact Flannery’s Handymen. We will pack and move your belongings efficiently and safely, and we will work with you to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

 

Moving a Messy Room

Clutter on tableMoving can be a process, and moving a messy room can add an additional challenge. It’s easier to move a room that is already packed and cleaned, eliminating the possibility of moving clutter and entering your new home with a fresh start. When it comes to packing up your home, there are a few key tips it’s good to keep in mind to keep the process as stress-free as possible.

It’s important to pack up as much as you can prior to moving day, but before you do, it’s a good idea to sort out your belongings. Make three piles: one to keep, one to donate, and one to throw away. Downsizing lessens the stress on the move because you’re taking less, and your gently used belongs can help someone in need. Clothing, toys and even furniture can be donated to local and national organizations. You don’t need to throw everything away, like valuables or heirlooms or things you still use. If it’s a jacket you haven’t taken out of your closet in two years, it can go to someone who will wear it. While you are packing, make sure everything is labelled clearly. If a box is marked bedroom, it should not have everything you need in the kitchen. Labeling by room makes it easy to determine what is on the inside without having to take everything out of the box. You can also color code your boxes by room to make it easier by using tape or markers.

The last things you pack should be your essentials, things you will need at the last minute in your current home and during the first few days in your new home. Pack your toothbrush, toiletries and a few days’ worth of clothes in a box you keep separate from everything else, and take it with you to your new home instead of packing it in the truck. This will help you be prepared for your first few days in your new place.

If moving is overwhelming you, contact a moving company. Flannery’s Handymen will make sure your belongings get from one place to the other in a safe, organized fashion, and we’ll help disassemble and reassemble furniture between homes! We would be more than happy to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.

Tips for Moving Furniture Safely

Moving to a new home is an exhilarating process, but no one wants to start a new chapter with an injury. We at Flannery’s have some tips on moving safely and lowing your risk for getting hurt!shutterstock_280426793

You should use a dolly to move heavy boxes and other objects to the moving truck and around your home. Dollies are useful to have around even when you’re not planning on moving because they encourage better lifting habits and prevent back injuries. For furniture too big to lift with a dolly, make sure you follow good lifting practices. Lift with your knees gradually while keeping your back straight.

When lifting larger furniture, such as sofas and tables, carry them at an angle. One person should be carrying the item a little higher on one side and the second should carry at a lower angle. This allows you to maintain control of what you are moving while going up flights of stairs. You can also use furniture straps or ramps to move heavy objects. Straps can be adjusted to fit the mover and allow you to lift with your shoulders and forearms.

Always lift heavy objects with another person. Moving alone can be hazardous, and sharing the weight with another person reduces risk of injury. When possible, hire a moving company. Professionals know how to move without injury or damaging your property.

Flannery’s Handymen is dedicated to making your move as pain-free as possible. Moving is a busy time, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. We would be more than happy to schedule a move that works with your schedule. Contact us today by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.