More Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company

There are many, many decisions involved in relocating to a new home. And while some of these decisions are more impactful than others, a very important one is which moving company you will hire among the many that are out there. To help you navigate the sometimes difficult waters of the moving industry, we’ve assembled 5 more questions you should ask every company you might end up hiring.

Are you properly licensed? Unfortunately, there are many schemers and scammers in this industry. The best way to avoid companies that will saddle you with unfair prices, unsafe services, and even fraudulent business practices, is to check to see if they are properly licensed.  All professional interstate moving companies should have a license number issued to them by the United States Department of Transportation.

Can you give me references of satisfied customers? As most business owners know, satisfied customers are like gold. Satisfied customers are usually all too eager to give a company a good reference and reputable moving companies should happily provide you with references from these past customers on demand.

How do you determine the cost of the move? You should ask moving companies you are considering, about their cost structure and how they calculate the cost of moving your possessions. After all, not every move will cost the same. 

Does your company provide a binding estimate? Disreputable moving companies will often quote potential customers a low price and then change it at the last moment to a much higher one. In fact, some companies are notorious for doing this. Since you need to have a specific price in mind so that you can budget your move, you should always ask a company for this figure.

How does this company handle loss and damage claims? Before you can get reimbursed for damaged or lost belongings, you will need to contact your mover and go through its claims process. Even before you do this you should contact the moving company you are considering to ask them how they will handle property loss and damage claims. Knowing this will give you greater peace of mind as you plan your move. 

We hope this information will help you make the best decision when it comes to hiring a moving company. Our massive, storage controlled facility can safely house your most precious belongings in an environment that is always pleasant. Our Calabasas moving and storage also has designer moving services as one the top relocation companies in Los Angeles.   

How to Save Time when Packing for a Move

One of life’s most valuable commodities is time. This fact becomes crystal clear during the moving process. With this in mind, here are a few time saving tips you can use when packing for a move. 

Most rooms take around two days to pack, but sometimes you also have to do other ‘chores’ such as repairs, painting, or replacing old or worn items before moving. Some people do that while planning to move, others move out and leave their house for a landlord or landlady – others still move from one housing association house to another. It’s important to also remember that you will NOT want to pack your whole house in a week, given the choice. Packing is dull for most people – it takes a lot of time that you might want to spend elsewhere. And while it, and decluttering while you go, is an essential aspect of moving, there are a few things you can do to make the time go faster. 

Clear out your biggest cupboards first – you can store boxes and other packed items in there – and those cupboards may just be full of clutter too. Once you’ve cleared the cupboards, sweep and wipe down the surfaces and then use those cleared spaces for the boxes you’re not using now and won’t use until after your move. Pack items you know you won’t need first – it might seem obvious, but packing up and putting away your winter clothes in summer, or putting away your hobby stuff stored in the bottom of your closet is a must. Get rid of your children’s old clothes and toys BEFORE you pack. It’s easy to pack around small children, but it is harder to sneak their favorite outgrown things into the bin while they aren’t looking. 

You can also save time while moving by giving everyone – even the kids – a chore that they must do before, during or after the move. The key here is to make sure that everyone knows what they are to do and that they do it. Packing might take a while, but remember, if you’re organized and mark your boxes while packing, your unpacking won’t take nearly as long.

In short, packing might take a while, but remember, if you’re organized and mark your boxes while packing, your unpacking won’t take nearly as long. Ultimately, the best way to save time on your move is to hire a professional relocation company in Los Angeles. Russell’s is one of the best moving companies Los Angeles and will help make your move more efficient using our years of experience.   

Arranging Storage

Sometimes, there isn’t enough room for all of your belongings in your new place. In this sense, moving can be a blessing in disguise – or a nightmare. So you will need another, convenient, cheap option for what to do with furniture you do not wish to sell, dump or give away. Storage companies like ours are basically large warehouses or lockups that you can rent – and range in size from a box room to an area large enough to store a complete house.

Storage is great if you need to move out of one house before your new home is ready – or when you’ve sold your old house but haven’t finished arranging the new one. It saves you from having to work out what to do with your things. It’s also a good idea when you have too much furniture for your new house and nowhere to store it yourself – and while garages and basements are great for short term storage, they aren’t protected, in some cases against the elements. They are also much more likely to be damaged by accidents, such as fires or floods. Garages and basements also, while accessible, may need to be used for other things. They are also generally not insured against damage and may not be climate controlled like our facility. 

While it is possible for your belongings to be damaged in storage, it is highly unlikely. You will be given a list of belongings that you’re checking in – and you should check at that time that everything is secure, sealed and stacked or placed well. If you’re moving more than a few blocks away, it’s always good to research, thoroughly, by phone and if possible, in person the facility to see how much access you’ll have to your furniture, and belongings, and what sort of notice you need to give. You will also need to work out what is going into storage and how much space you’ll need for it all.

All things considered, if you’re unsure about storage companies, and you’re using a removal company – ask them – they may have a group of storage companies they deal with, and offer you a better premium than you may otherwise get. It also means that you’ve got less research to deal with. Hopefully, some of the above information will help you make this major decision. When you are ready to relocate, we offer full service moving in Los Angeles. Furthermore, our relocation company in Los Angeles can also safely store your items until you need them.  

All About Unfinished Homes

Purchasing an unfinished home is a great way to save a lot of money and get started on the road to home ownership in the process. If you buy an unfinished home, you can keep your monthly mortgage payment low and also lower your initial investment. You may also be able to buy a larger foundation size as well, which you can easily add on to and save money in the process. Here is some information about this means of buying a home that many people overlook. 

Normally, unfinished starter homes leave the upstairs area uncompleted. The question here is just how much equity you want to put into an unfinished area. Sometimes though, an unfinished home may leave the roofing, framing, plumbing, or electrical aspects unfinished. Before you make a purchase, you should always decide how much money you have to finish what needs to be completed.

If the home you are looking at has plans for a garage, you can save thousands if you decide not to go with the garage. On the other hand, if there is another attached room that is planned to go on to the house, you can save just as much if you decide to forgo it. There are always ways that you can save money just by looking at the plans. Unfinished homes may have other planned on additions as well, in which you can save a lot of money just by leaving them out.

There is something that you should always keep in mind. When builders acquire a piece of property that they plan to build a home on, they will do everything they can do to make as much money as possible on their homes. You might be able to get them to agree to some of these ideas, although they probably won’t agree to all of them. Building homes can be a very profitable business – which is why most companies like to build their homes exactly as the plans call for.

When looking at unfinished homes, you also need to look at what banks are willing to accept. If you are planning to get a mortgage, most banks will need to ensure that the home is up to local codes and in livable condition. What this means, is that there will need to be a living room, bedroom, and other rooms finished. If the home is lacking quite a bit in terms of being unfinished, most banks won’t give you a mortgage.

Most banks are also known to turn down unfinished home mortgages that they feel will have trouble selling in the event that you default. Normally, the entire downstairs area will need to be finished, along with most of the landscaping. You might be able to do some of it yourself and save money, although in most cases the home builder will need to do a majority of the topsoil and grass just to satisfy the bank. Banks have strict requirements when it comes to unfinished homes, which is why you should always check with your bank before you invest in an unfinished home.

When all is said and done, buying an unfinished home can be an excellent way to get into the housing market and get your very own home. If you are interested in saving money, you should be sure to talk to the builder. This way, you can go over the plans and decide what doesn’t need to be there. In most cases you can save a lot of money and still get a home that will provide years and years of memories for yourself and your entire family. Whether you are planning on moving into an unfinished home or one that has been completed, our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company can help you relocate. We offer storage service in Pasadena as well.   

Tips for Relocating your Small Office

Planning a move when you work from home can be slightly more complicated than a traditional relocation. After all, you’re changing workplaces and your home. So what can you do to make the move easier? Let’s take a look at this process and what you can do to make it all go seamlessly.

Moving your home office, like any other move, is all about packing the non essentials – if you aren’t using your printer much go ahead and box it, and some paper up – keep it handy so that you can pull it out and use it if you need to. If you do use it, but not other parts of your computer often, consider packing them away as soon as you can. You can also take this chance to decide whether anything needs to be upgraded, disposed of or renewed. Got cartridges of ink that you want to recycle? Take them back or get them refilled as soon as you can then pack them away. It will be one less job to deal with and it will save you money.

You’ll also need to consider how you’ll fulfill your duties while continuing to work from home. Will you be able to work on your laptop? Or will your Internet connection be completely non-existent for the next month, while you close down one house and settle into a new one. You’ll also have to consider shipping issues – if you collect items regularly, you’ll need to make arrangements for them. If you’ve got stock that’s regularly sent to you, what will happen in the ‘grey’ area between your old house and new house?

Quick Small Office Relocation Tips

Plan your relocation early

Assign a project manager

Protect your data

Clean your office

Hire a professional moving company

Tell your customers/employersMoving your home office can be frustrating, and tiring, but well worth it in the long run. That corner you claimed in a rush when you started working from home could become a well planned nook in your new house, with a little imagination. And with help from one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles, the process can be made even easier. Our full service moving in Los Angeles handles moves of all sizes. Contact us for a free quote so that we can help assess your moving needs.

Packing Fragile Items: A Review of How to Pack your Most Delicate Belongings

The most difficult items you will have to pack as you relocate are usually the most fragile items you own. From ornaments to dishes, antiques, photos and lights, you’ll need to consider what you’re packing, and how best to transport them. Below, we provide a refresher course on how to pack these breakables so that they are in one piece when you reach your destination. 

Large photos, framed items and paintings are easiest to transport when covered in bubble-wrap and placed carefully in a safe place – they’ll need to be monitored carefully when moving, as anything falling against them can cause serious damage. By far and away, the most awkward items to move are computer monitors and TVs – unless you’ve kept their boxes. Otherwise, you’ll find it very difficult to either fit them into a box that you have acquired, or find that you need the boxes for other things. TVs and monitors can be wrapped in sheets or dust covers and placed, with padding around them. Most moving companies bind layers to stop them from shifting or falling, so you should secure your monitors and computers in the same way.

Fragile items, such as ornaments and dishes can go in polystyrene bead lined boxes, or be packed in bubble wrap. However, it is important to remember that this will cut down on the volume of the items you can fit into each box, and even then it’s still no guarantee that they will survive the move unless you monitor them closely and hire a reliable storage and delivery service in Los Angeles like Russell’s Moving and Storage.

Careful packing does minimize the risk of things being broken, but one of the only ways to actually ensure that you have no breakages while moving is to take your items with you, or, if hiring a firm, allowing them time to pack and transport your items. Newspapers are a great buffer item, but remember – the ink may rub off when you’re in transit, giving you another chore to perform once you reach your destination. You can get white “newsprint” paper from most box suppliers, which is considered to be best for packing and wrapping fragile items.

We hope this small guide has helped shed some light on an area that many people find difficult to navigate. Our moving company in Agoura Hills is here to make every step of the relocation process easy and seamless.