6 Ways to Secure Your New Home

Purchasing and moving into a new home is not only a great life experience but also an investment opportunity. And since you will naturally wish to protect that investment – as well as your family – you should do all you can to improve the security of your new investment. Here are 6 simple things you should do right away to secure your new home.

Hold a household meeting: Make sure everyone in your household is on board with the steps you will be taking to secure your home. Everyone – including the kids – should abide by common sense rules such as being sure that doors are locked when coming and going, not welcoming strangers into the home, etc.

Get to know your neighbors: Getting to know your neighbors is a simple and effective way to keep your home safe. By getting to know each of your neighbors you will be able to watch each other’s houses, which can be especially important when you go away for an extended period of time. You may also wish to inquire about formal neighborhood watch programs in your community. 

Keep your property well lit: Well placed lighting is one of the most effective ways to deter burglars who generally tend to avoid brightly lit places near and around houses. Try installing motion-activated lighting that switches on when someone walks near your property. This way potential burglars will always be kept guessing as to whether or not someone is at home.

Add foreboding signs: Signs like “This home is protected by a security system” or “Beware of Dog” posted around your home can make burglars wary of coming onto your property.

Hire a home security company: You can go the extra mile and have eyes on your property by hiring a home security company. They will be able to monitor your home 24/7. 

Eliminate hiding spots: Tall weeds, bushes and shrubs are not only unsightly; they are also potential hiding places for burglars as they approach your home. Therefore, be sure to trim and prune all plantings around your new home. 

There you have it. Those are just a few ideas for securing your home and family from intruders. If you are planning a move yourself please consider our Moving company in Agoura Hills. We offer full service moving in Los Angeles and surrounding areas and are here to answer any questions you may have about our company. 

6 Home Maintenance Tips for First-Time Homeowners

If you’re a new homeowner chances are you are looking for ways to save money as you settle into your new place. After all, more than a small amount of expense is involved in the moving process. As it turns out, you can save money on home repair costs as a first-time homeowner by attending to several maintenance issues. Here are 6 such ways you can save as a new homeowner.

Check your furnace and HVAC filters: Very few buyers check the heating and cooling systems of the new home they are considering moving into. However, clogged filters make heating and cooling systems run less efficiently, which can waste energy and cost you money. Therefore, we recommend that you turn off your HVAC system when you have had a chance and to check the filter and its other components.

Reseal the deck: If you are buying a home with a deck then it may be vulnerable to damage from insects and weather. Resealing the deck in your new home could save you the expense of having to have it replaced. 

Use weather stripping: According to some studies, damaged or missing weather stripping can account to anywhere from a 30% to 40% energy loss for homeowners. Additionally, even if you are in a warm climate weather stripping is useful in that it helps keep cool air in during the hotter months.

Clean your gutters and roof valleys: Mucked-up gutters and roof valleys can cause water to back up and potentially enter your home via the foundation, roof or crawl space. Not only that, but a clogged gutter can end up damaging the fascia boards of your home letting in pests such as possums and raccoons.

Clean your dryer vent: Your dryer can cause a huge amount of energy to be drained from your home. In fact, according to the site Igsenergy.com, a clogged vent can cost homeowners up to $140 a year. 

Seal your driveway: Cracks in your driveway can give rise to weeds which can destroy your pavement and make your home look rather shabby. Sealing your new driveway will stop weeds before they start and doing so will protect your new investment.

The above tips will help keep your new home in excellent condition. Our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company can help you with your move so that one less burden is relieved as you settle into your new home. Our relocation company in Los Angeles can also store those belongings you will not be taking to your new home immediately.

5 Moving Tips for People with Disabilities

Moving is an incredibly taxing event in and of itself. For the disabled however, the challenges of moving can be especially difficult. The disabled often have to adopt a deeper, broader perspective of how the move will be accomplished. They often need to be more resourceful than people who are not physically challenged in order to make the move as easy as possible. Here are 5 moving tips for people with disabilities to make the moving process smoother and less stressful.

Hire a moving company: Whether you are disabled or not, hiring the right moving company can make all the difference in the world. Research companies carefully before narrowing down your list of candidates. When you have chosen a company, contact them to get an estimate, and to ask how they can help make your move easier as someone who is physically challenged.

Take care of the paperwork and logistics: If you are receiving any kind of governmental assistance as a result of your disability you will want to make sure that your move does not cause a disruption. To this end, you will want to notify the post office, Social Security and other agencies that you are involved with long before your move out date. Notify them of where and when you will be moving to make sure your relocation is seamless. 

Check out the accessibility of your new home: If you haven’t done so already, map out the accessibility of your new home. Make note of the width and length of each corridor and hallway, see if ramps are already built into your new home and take note of any changes that may need to be made to make you safer and more comfortable in your new dwelling.

Locate the healthcare services in the area: It is vitally important that you know where the nearest healthcare services are to your new home in the event of an emergency. Therefore, take special note of these locations and plan for how you will reach them if and when needed. 

Pack an overnight bag/emergency kit: Put together a bag of essentials such as medications, wheelchair equipment, clothing, etc so that you can make it in case unpacking takes longer than expected.

Have other questions about how we can help facilitate your move? Want to learn more ways to make the process easier? Take a look at our blog for more useful information. Our relocation company Los Angeles is ready to guide you in whatever way you need. Just contact our Calabasas moving and storage company for a free quote.   

5 Moving Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Home ownership is one of lifegreatest pleasures. However, moving can be one of lifes most cumbersome tasks. This is especially the case when it comes to moving for the fist time. These tips will help ease some of the stress of the move, especially if you have never moved before. 

  • Choose the right realtor: Choose a realtor who has experience. Also, make sure to check references as you narrow down your choices. Going with someone who is inexperienced can cause you to miss out on the house you want and cause you to lose money as well. A top-notch realtor will have a thorough understanding of the local market. She will also know about the legalities involved in your purchase.  
  • Hire the right movers: Dont hire the first moving company you come across. We suggest you shop around before choosing a company. Also, make sure that you contact your finalists to get a quote and to ask for references. Make sure you make a decision you can live with.  
  • Stay within your budget for your new home: The expenses involved in buying a home go far beyond that of the mortgage alone. You should consider all cost such as closing costs, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, utilities and HOA fees. You can often find online calculators to estimate just what those other expenses may be.  
  • Dont let your move be a secret: Certain people and organizations will need to be informed before you move such as the United States Postal Service, the IRS, your bank, your creditors and the utility companies to name but a few. Leaving any of these people or organizations in the dark can cause you a great deal of inconvenience down the road. home
  • Start packing: Once you have gotten the preliminaries out of the way, it will be time for you to start packing. Be sure you first gather the supplies you need and give yourself plenty of time to label, sort and pack all your belongings. 

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall for an incomplete moving company estimate. Avoid rogue movers by using Russells Moving and Storage. We are licensed and insured and will give you a fair estimate on how much you move will cost. You can look over the reviews on our site as we offer designers delivery service Los Angeles as well as moving and storage. We are a relocation company in Los Angeles that cares and wants to help make the process easy for you. Best of luck and happy moving!   

5 Rainy Day Moving Tips

Moving in the rain is not a lot of fun. Doing so can throw a monkey wrench into the most carefully planned activities and moving is no exception. If you are able to you should check the weather before your move but just in case you do not and Mother Nature has decided to be contrary, we have gathered together the following tips on how to keep your belongings dry and your family safe when moving to your destination. 

  • Have plenty of plastic on hand: Paper items, books and clothing can quickly be ruined by even a light downpour. Therefore, be sure to place these items in plastic bags and place them in a container. You can use trash bags for this purpose since nearly everyone has them around the home.  
     
  • Wear rain gear: Wearing the right clothing can not only help you stay dry, it can also help keep you from falling. Therefore, you will want a rain jacket (or poncho), shoes with traction and work gloves while moving in the rain. 
     
  • Prep your home for rain: Get to your new place ahead of movers and prepare for moving your belongings into it. Put out a welcome mat, store dry towels in your new home and turn up the heat prior to moving in. 
     
  • Protect the floors: You will want to protect the floors from damage and from becoming a danger to your family and to movers. We suggest you consider using an adhesive carpet film to protect the floor. You may also consider using towels, rugs and other items to help reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls. rain
     
  • Pay attention to special items: Some of your belongings will be able to withstand the rain while others may be completely ruined by it. Take special care to protect the latter. Better still, if you can wait for the rain to stop before moving vulnerable items do so. 

Our Pasadena moving and storage company has solutions for many unique moving challenges — including rainy days. Moreover, we are flexible when you must postpone your move. Just give us ample notice and we will try to work with you. If you have questions about your rainy-day move, call us at (310) 275-8811Our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company will be happy to help you weather the storm!