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. 

Reasons Traditional Storage is Superior to PODS

Are you looking for the most efficient way to move or store your items? Many people have discovered moving PODS to be a convenient solution for storing items indefinitely. However, upon closer examination PODS are not all they are cracked up to be. Storage facilities like ours have many advantages to them that outweigh most of the gains that these units provide. Here are a few drawbacks to using PODs as a solution to your storage needs.

  • PODs are not intended to store high value items: Experts recommend that you do not store high value items such as upholstery, fine wood furniture, artwork, antiques, press board or pianos in PODS. They are too susceptible to break in.
  • PODs are typically more expensive that traditional storage: In some cases, consumers must obtain a permit from the town the live in order to store their POD. These fees can range from $125.00 to $1,500.00. Moreover, storage containers without permits can sometimes be subject to impoundment by the town in which a person resides. moving boxes
  • PODs are not as secure as traditional facilities: Storage pods do not contain the security features of a full service storage facility. Therefore, they can be very attractive to potential thieves who may also target your home while they are vandalizing your POD.
  • PODs are sometimes inaccessible: In spite of the perceived convenience of having your items packed right outside your home, POD companies may not allow you to access your belongings any time you want.
  • PODs require you to hire and/or find moving help: A full-service moving company will store your items for you indefinitely and move them when you are ready. When hiring a POD company, you still have to hire and/or find moving help to move in and out of the pod. This will require additional time and expense.

So, whether your priority is savings, convenience, or security, you can see why moving containers are not the panacea that they appear to be. They take up space that you may not have, are an eyesore in communities and they are not intended to house truly expensive items. Our Beverly Hills storage company is secure and convenient. Also, our full service moving in Los Angeles provides top notch services that serve several communities in the area.    

How to Pack a Big Screen TV for Moving

Packing a flat-screen TVs can be a bit complicated and confusing not to mention nerve wracking. After all, you are putting a very expensive item at risk when you are preparing to relocate it along with the rest of your possessions. You want to protect it as well as you can to avoid any accidents that may render the unit useless. So, before you pull your hair out, read on. We’ll give you detailed tips and tricks on how to pack and move a flat-screen.

  • Use the original TV box: First, you should find and use the original box that came with your flat screen TV. This will spare you from having to search for a TV specific moving box. Next, it will likely contain Styrofoam and be sturdy. Finally, using the moving box that came with your TV will ensure that the container you are wrapping your TV in is the correct size. Hopefully, you will not have thrown it away after purchase.
  • Assemble the right supplies: Next, you will need to gather together the right moving supplies. These supplies include but are not limited to packing tape, twist-ties, packing paper, foam wrap and bubble wrap.
  • Unplug all accessories and cords: Unplug the cords in an organized manner, label them and wrap them with ties to protect and keep them all together. flat screen
  • Use blankets to wrap the TV screen: This is to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging the screen.
  • Have the movers secure the TV inside the moving truck: Our Pasadena moving company has experience moving fragile and expensive items such as wide screen TVs. Doing it yourself can be a very costly decision.
  • Unpack the TV with care: Once you have arrived at your destination our movers will provide the same care to your TV that they did when hauling and securing your unit. Once the TV is in your new home, we advise that you carefully prepare an area for it and that you unpack it very slowly.

TVs are a staple in most homes. They provide us with a diversion from life’s problems. Make sure you keep yours in good condition by taking the time to pack and move it properly. Our moving company in Agoura Hills can help by providing you with top line service. Good luck on moving day!  

Important Things to Do Before You Pack

Moving can be a massive undertaking as anyone who has ever relocated knows. One thing that can help make the task simpler is to know where to start once you have decided to start the process. As the top relocation company in Los Angeles, we would like to make the process easy for you and your family by offering you our top rated services. Apart from that, customers can also help by knowing what to do first before they pack the first item. This way the move will remain organized, stress-free, save lots of time in the process.

 

  • Make an inventory list: Create a spreadsheet and take inventory of all the things you will be moving. This will accomplish two things: First, it will help you remain organized throughout your move and keeping things organized will make your move go faster. Second, by taking an inventory of the things you will be moving you will have a record of your items that you can refer to if your possessions ever become lost or damaged.
  • Reduce the load: Once you have taken inventory of the things you will be moving, you should have a good idea of the things that you do not wish to take with you. Consider purging yourself of these items by either selling them or giving them to a worthy charity. You may also consider storage as an option for items that you do not wish to take with you to your new home but that you also do not want to sell or donate.
  • Find the right moving company: This can be a task. There are many moving companies out there so you should be careful when choosing the right one. Look over the company’s website, look for reviews online and speak to the owner(s) of the company. We are confident that after you have looked over our site, our Beverly Hills moving and storage will be able to meet your needs.packing

What to Pack First When Moving

Once you have taken inventory of the items you will be moving, it will then be time to actually start the process. Here are things you may wish to pack first: 

  • Storage items
  • Out of season clothing
  • Fine China
  • Decorative pieces
  • Knick Knacks
  • Extra linens and towels
  • Books

As you can see, deciding what to pack first when relocating can seem intimidating, but with some forethought, you can get moving in the right direction! Contact Russell’s Moving and Storage today for a free estimate!