5 Ways to Adjust to Your New Home

Whenever a person moves from one location to another they are by definition venturing out into the unknown. This can be exciting as it opens up new possibilities and challenges. However, it can also be a bit scary since everything around you – except for your family – is bound to feel a bit alien. Here are 6 tried and true ways to adjust after a big move that will make your new house, townhome, or apartment feel safe and homey.

  • Fill your new home with personal touches: Photos of loved ones, personal artwork and even those refrigerator drawings made by your children can go a long way towards making your new home feel warmer. Hang these up right away if you begin to feel “homesick” after relocating.
  • Keep your mind open to new experiences: As we said from the onset, one of the exciting things about moving to a new neighborhood is that it presents people with an endless set of opportunities and challenges. If you look at your move this way, it will become a lot easier to make the transition.
  • Explore: Do a walk around of not only your new home but your new neighborhood as well. Also, take whatever downtime you may have after your move to take a virtual tour of the city and its amenities.
  • Meet the neighbors: Get to know your new neighbors and ask them for tips about the city. Although this can be a bit intimidating at first, remember that even your current friends started out being strangers too.
  • Be patient: Finally, know that adjusting to your new home is likely to take time. Therefore, until you have adjusted, use the support of family, friends and colleagues to help you make the transition. Eventually, you will start to feel just as comfortable in your new home as you did in your old one. living room

Yes. We know that moving can sometimes make people feel stressed, sad, or frustrated — but it can also be an exciting experience as well. Our relocation company in Los Angeles can eliminate some of the negatives associated with moving. Our Pasadena moving and storage company helps people begin a new life every day.  

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your New Home

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that we all take steps to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in our homes. For people who are in the process of moving or who have recently moved into a new home, this message is of particular importance in these dangerous times. So, if you are still nervous about moving during a pandemic, here are some quick tips for sanitizing your things both before your move and when you arrive in your new home.

During Your Move

  • Have cleaning materials on-hand: All you need for the COVID-19 virus are the appropriate home cleaning products and materials. So, be sure to have these supplies on hand as you are moving: gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels and rags. You will be able to use these supplies as you move and when you arrive at your new destination.
  • Leave doors open for movers: Doors and door knobs are high contact items. By leaving your front door (and other doors that movers must pass through) you will be making it easier and safer for movers to come and go while transporting your possessions.
  • Wipe down cardboard boxes: If you must use cardboard wipe it down periodically. COVID-19 is known to live on this surface for as long as 24 hours.

After the Move

When you reach your new home you will have to be equally vigilant in avoiding germs. Here are some tips for cleaning and sanitizing your new home.cleaning

  • Target high contact areas: Use the disinfectant you have already purchased to clean the high contact areas of your new home including but not limited to doorknobs, table surfaces, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, faucets, light switches, etc.
  • First clean; then disinfect: Cleaning and disinfecting are two totally different actions. Cleaning means removing contaminants from surfaces. Disinfecting involves killing the germs that are present. First, clean surfaces with soap and water or mild detergent. Next, use disinfectant to kill any remaining germs.
  • Launder cleaning items: Finally, you should wash the towels, rags, etc., that you used to clean and disinfect your new home since viruses can live for a short time on fabric.

Russell’s Moving and Storage compiled this list in order to make your move safer. Our Pasadena moving and storage company is ready to help you with your next move with more tips you can see on our site. Our relocation company in Los Angeles can also give you a quick, accurate quote for when you are ready to move. Stay safe.    

Places to Find Moving Boxing during the Quarantine

The Coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to obtain a great many items including moving boxes and supplies. Used moving boxes are not a good idea and indeed, the CDC has said that COVID-19 can remain viable for hours on a whole host of products including cardboard. So how and where do you find moving boxes that are safe for you and your family? Here are 4 places to find moving boxes during the current quarantine.

  • Home Depot: Most home improvement stores are still open and can deliver new boxes to your home or you can venture out on your own if you feel safe enough to do so. Either way, they have a wide range of boxes and other moving supplies available to the public. Just be sure to check to see what they have in stock before you decide to go there in person.
  • Warehouse clubs: Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club use a great deal of boxes many of which they may be willing to give away for free. However, try to get new boxes if you can in order to minimize your risk of exposure to Covid19.
  • Staples: This office supply store is being rediscovered by a great many people who are finding themselves having to work from home. According to the company, it is currently providing free delivery on all orders as well as curbside pickup at most locations. Here you will also find supplies such as packing tape, protective wrap and bubble rolls.
  • Uline: Uline is a leading distributor of moving boxes and packing materials in the U.S. It has a variety of box types and sizes which it can deliver anywhere in the United States.

Rules for Using Moving Boxes during Coronavirus

These rules should help you stay safe during the current pandemic.

  • Wipe down all new cardboard boxes
  • Avoid used moving boxes when you can
  • Recycle moving boxes after the move
  • Do not borrow moving boxes from friendsmoving boxes
  • Practice good hygiene throughout the moving process

Whichever method you use to find moving boxes during the current pandemic, remember to start early and be persistent. Once you have your boxes, you can start to get organized as you pack. Our Moving company in Agoura Hills can help you move secure in the knowledge that caring and skilled professionals will be handling your most precious belongings. Contact our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company for an estimate. 

How to Protect Floors and Carpets While You are Moving

One thing that is often overlooked during the chaos that is involved in moving is floor protection. Floors can be scratched, carpets can be torn and soiled during a move and all this can complicate your move considerably. It can, for example, make it harder for you to get your deposit back if you are moving from an apartment. Damaging the flooring of your new home can also take away from its look and its value. To help prevent this, here are 6 rock solid floor protection tips to help you keep your floors and carpets safe when moving house.

  • Use furniture blankets: The use of thick furniture blankets can help protect your floor from damage when you are moving kitchen appliances, or any other heavy items.
  • Use furniture sliders: Another way to make moving heavier items easier while protecting your flooring is to use furniture sliders. High-quality sliders are made of strong plastic and hard rubber and are especially effective at protecting hardware floors which are susceptible to scratches.
  • Use shoe booties: They may look rather silly but shoe booties are both comfortable and reliable. More importantly, they can protect all kinds of flooring from water and dirt. This is why so many home service personnel wear them.
  • Use floor runners: Use floor runners or area rugs to protect wood flooring, especially in high traffic areas. Moving quality floor runners can typically be found at packaging supply warehouses and from online retailers. Floor runners often come in 200′ rolls and have a self adhesive to prevent slippage. Alternatives, such as Red Rosin Paper, can be a good yet cheap alternative to traditional floor runners and are found in local home improvement stores.
  • Use a dolly with rubber wheels: Use a dolly with soft rubber wheels. These will not cause any damage to your floors. However, be sure that the tires of your dolly are clean.carpet

In short, the more cautious you are the less chance there will be that you will damage the flooring beneath you. Additionally, you will be able to avoid some of the chaos of moving and also save time and money. Our Beverly Hills moving company can meet your relocation and storage needs as we are one of the top companies in the area. We also offer designers delivery service in Los Angeles.   

Moving During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What You Need to Know

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has turned life in these United States, and indeed the entire world, on its head. We are told that social distancing is an effective way to help slow down the spread of this contagion and we fully support that message. However, sometimes moving is something that cannot wait for any number of reasons. Below, we have outlined some tips for how to make your move safer during this crisis.

  • Let your mover know right away if you or anyone in your family is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms: Usually personal health conditions are a very private thing. And while we respect the privacy of our customers, this virus affects us all. Full disclosure protects our movers and their loved ones.
  • Provide hygiene products for your movers: So that our drivers can protect their health and yours, leave hand sanitizer out and available for them as they transport your possessions. If you are low on your own supplies let us know so that our workers can bring them along for use during the move.
  • Don’t use free or recycled moving boxes: It is believed that Coronavirus can live on cardboard for as long as 24 hours. Additionally, cardboard is porous and therefore difficult to disinfect thoroughly. Instead, use plastic storage bins when you can. They are much easier to sanitize and disinfect.
  • If you’re in a high-risk group, cancel your move if possible: We are as concerned about the safety of our community as anyone else. Don’t put your life at risk if you are in a group that is particularly vulnerable to COVID19. e.g., people over 60, people with a weakened immune system, etc. Cancel the move and reschedule.washing hands
  • Wipe down items and boxes before moving: Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces of furniture, boxes, and other items before handing them over to our movers. This will help reduce the risk of carrying germs to your new home and it will protect them and their families.

Please stay safe during your move. As movers in Burbank, we will be updating the site with new moving regulations or changes as they happen, so check back if you have additional questions about what to expect. We still provide the best moving and storage in Los Angeles and will do so long after the current crisis passes.