Why You Should Hire Professional Movers

There are a million things to be done during any move. In most cases, there are so many things that have to be packed and loaded up, that time runs out before it can all be done. Additionally, there is so much to do that you can forget vital things that have to be taken care of either in advance of, during or after a move. Therefore, it can be a helpful idea to hire movers to assist you. Movers are there to help so that your life is easier and so that you can attend to other things that come up when you are trying to move from one location to another. 

The first thing that you should do when you are looking for the right movers to help you is to conduct a thorough search. You should call around and try to get several quotes first. Another thing you should do is ask for references from each company. Most of these companies will have references from former customers to help you get a better idea of what the company is like and what you can expect from them.

Once you find the movers that you want to use, you should schedule the date that you are going to need them. Most of the time, movers are booked up. (This is particularly during the summer.) For this reason, you should make the reservation early so that you will end up with a mover on that critical day. You also want to make a date as early as possible so that if your schedule changes you will have plenty of time to notify the moving company. In some cases, you may have to pay a deposit or you will have to give them a credit card number so that they can book you for the date.

Getting movers for your move is a smart thing to do and one that will be beneficial in the long and short term. You will be glad that someone else is there to help with the packing and unloading. This is a huge help for anyone who is trying to move and work at the same time. Moving takes a lot of time and there are so many little factors that have to be taken care of before you can actually settle into your new place. This will make you feel less stressed and more relaxed. Finally, using a professional mover is a better way to go than a DIY approach because professionals have insurance to protect them and in case any items that you are moving become broken or lost. 

Rely on trusted movers in Burbank like Russell’s Moving and Storage. We are one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles and we have a reputation for fairness, reasonable prices and courteous service.  

All about Apartment Databases and Apartment Locators

Today, many people use the Internet to find an apartment. If you are about to move, chances are you will put the term, “apartments” into a search engine like Google or Bing. However, you should know that there are two very distinct types of results you will get from your search. The first result will be an apartment locator site, and the other result will be an apartment database site. It is important to know the difference between these types of sites so you can choose the one that is best for you.

Many people who are moving into new apartments may be moving to an entirely new area of the country. Therefore, they may not be familiar with the surroundings and don’t have knowledge about important things such as the location of schools, banks, hospitals, supermarkets, etc. If this is your situation, then an apartment locator site may be perfect for your needs. When you begin a query on a locator site, one of their knowledgeable employees will telephone you with information about the specific area in which you wish to move. They will need to know your budget, desires, etc. in order to find suitable apartments. The service is usually free-of-charge, because the apartment locator is usually paid a “finder’s fee” by the landlord or rental agent. Some people do not like apartment locators because they require you to submit your telephone number and other personal information.

The second type of site is an apartment database site. This kind of site is very useful for people who are moving into a familiar area, or who will only be staying in an area for a brief time. Database sites have large catalogs of many apartments in a wide variety of areas. Users need only fill out a simple registration that asks for a very small amount of personal information. Apartment seekers will not be contacted by anyone, and they do not need to give out their telephone number. Once the registration is complete, users can search the online databases for apartments that meet their requirements. These databases often have many pictures of apartments. 

When searching for an apartment online, it all comes down to personal preferences. Some people like personal contact and help every step of the way. These same people also do not have a problem with giving away personal information. Conversely, some people prefer to be independent and search for things on their own. These same people may prefer not to give away personal information online. (In this day and age this is not a trivial concern.) Whatever type of person you are, apartment locators can be helpful if you are moving into a completely new area, and apartment databases can be useful if you are moving into an area with which you are familiar. A professional moving company can also be quite helpful when your plans have coalesced and you are ready to relocate. We are movers in Burbank who can help take the stress out of your move. Contact our relocation company in Los Angeles for a commitment free quote.  

5 Tips to Help Choose the Right Neighborhood

There is a reason that the word “location” is thrice repeated when people speak about the factors that should go into choosing a home. The neighborhood you live in is equally important to the home in which you and your family will dwell. In other words, when you move you are investing in a neighborhood as well as a home. Here are some tips for you to help you choose the right neighborhood so that you and your family can live happily ever after in your new home.

  • Check local crime rates: This information can be found by simply using a search engine and typing in city and “crime statistics by neighborhood.” This should immediately give you an accurate picture of the crime rate in any given area as well as the types of offenses that are most often committed in certain locations. 
  • Drive around the neighborhood: Here you will be looking for graffiti or other kinds of vandalism such as broken windows. Additionally, you may want to do this late in the evening or at night when loud neighborhoods are usually loudest.
  • Note how long your commute will take: Today, many of us are working from home. However, some of us still work away from home. For those of you who are working away from home you may wish to note how long it will take to get back and forward to your job from home, if the route is easy and what rush hour will be like.
  • Check your access to lifestyle amenities: Hospitals, grocery stores, ball fields, parks are amenities that we all are used to and need. When selecting a neighborhood that you wish to move into, make sure that you have easy access to such amenities. You do not want to have a difficult time reaching these kinds of places. 
  • Schools: Whether you are a parent or not, the quality of local schools is an important factor to consider when moving into a new neighborhood. The school district often impacts the ease and timeliness of a future sale. Your real estate agent may have this information or you can usually go to a site like Zillow for this data. 

In the end, choosing a neighborhood when buying a home is very important and there are many things to consider. Every buyer will have their own opinion and thoughts on a neighborhood and the factors we list here are just a few of many. Another important choice you must face when relocating is which moving company to hire. Our relocation company in Los Angeles is ready to help you with the big move hopefully into your ideal neighborhood and home. Our movers in Burbank are professional, courteous and prompt. 

Tips for Moving a Desktop Computer – Without Fear

The last thing you want to do when you’re settling into a new home is to spend time futzing around with your computer. After all, you will have other things to do that day. Moreover, many of us rely heavily on our computers and cannot afford to spend too much time off of them. Follow these tips to move a computer without the stress and risk.

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  • Turn off the computer: Turn off and unplug everything before moving your computer in order to prevent damage to it.
    • Take a photo of how the cables are connected: Unless you feel 100% confident about how things are hooked up to your computer, you may wish to take this step to make setting up a little easier. After all, there’s nothing worse than unpacking in your new home and forgetting which cables went where
  • Remove all CDs, DVD, USBs etc: By doing this you will lower the chances that you will damage your software.
  • Unplug and pack cables: Now comes one of the trickier parts. Unplug and pack your cables before packing your computer. You may even wish to group together and color code certain cables using twist ties.
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  • Wrap the computer in bubble wrap: Give your computer all the cushioning you think it will need and then add some more for good measure. This will help prevent any damage while it is in transit and offer a layer of protection against dust and water. 
  • Use the right box: Use a good, strong box to store your computer in while it is in transit. Avoid using a fragile, dented box. After all, your computer will only be as safe as the package that surrounds it. 
  • Take special care of the monitor: Wrap your computer’s monitor in a protective covering (foam, a moving blanket or packing paper). This will prevent it from being scratched or damaged in some other way. Warning: Do not pack it with your computer. Pack it in a flat box that is specially designed to hold TVs, computer monitors and similar objects. 

Necessary Supplies for Packing and Moving a Desktop Computer

Here are several materials you may want to have on-hand come moving day if you plan on using the DIY method of packing and transporting your desktop.

  • Product manual
  • Packing tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Foam sheets, packing paper or some other type of protective covering
  • Plastic baggies for parts and cords
  • Twist-ties for cords
  • Flat panel TV box for monitor
  • Cardboard moving box

Our Beverly Hills moving and storage company can help you make the transition from your old place to your new dwelling. We also have designer services in Los Angeles for when you have items that require white glove treatment. 

7 Tips for Successfully Staging Your Home

If you are planning to put your house on the market soon, you will naturally want to sell your home as quickly as possible and get the asking price you desire. This is where home staging comes into the picture. Home staging involves preparing your home in a manner that highlights its most impressive assets with the goal of speedily attractive interested buyers. Here, we will help you set the stage for success with seven home staging tips that can help your home sell faster and for more money.

  • De-clutter: This is one of the most important first steps to staging your home successfully. Make a rule that everyday something old and that you no longer want has to go. This will involve taking a hard look at what you have and being honest with yourself about what you can live without. 
  • Create a virtual tour of your home: This is especially important in the age of COVID19 as many homebuyers are using virtual services to view homes. You can do this by using any of several sites online. 
  • Stage where it counts: According to the National Association of Realtors, the rooms that hold the most importance for buyers are the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen. Thus, you want to make sure that these rooms stand out above all else. 
  • Clean everything: Clean every inch of your home prior to setting it up to be viewed by potential buyers. This includes the baseboards, ceiling, floors, the exterior of your home, etc. A clean home suggests to potential buyers that you took good care of your home. For this, you may wish to consider hiring professionals. 
  • Increase the lighting: Of course, people are unlikely to buy what they cannot see. Thus, you should make sure that your home is properly lit before staging it. For this, try increasing the wattage of your lamps and fixtures. Also, make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent.
  • Include at least one photo of a pet: When it comes to advertising cuteness sells. If the picture of your pet is adorable enough it may even catch fire on social media. 
  • Don’t neglect your floors: If you have carpeting then deep clean it. If you have hardwood floors clean and wax them. (If your hardwood floors are bad off you should consider having them refinished.)

At the end of the day, home staging does not have to be complicated nor does it have to cost a lot of money. It just takes making smart decisions. One smart decision you can make when you are ready to move is to hire our relocation company in Los Angeles. Our Beverly Hills moving and storage company is always ready to make your move easy and seamless. 

4 Tips for Buying Foreclosed Homes

Buying a foreclosed home can be quite the money saver when it is done right. However, not everyone who purchases a foreclosed home comes out on top financially. There are some things you should know about taking advantage of such homes so that you can avoid disappointment, costly repairs and other obligations. Read on to discover some tips on buying a foreclosed home. 

What is a Foreclosed Home?

A foreclosed home is one that has been repossessed by the lender when the buyer has failed to meet his financial obligation to pay for the home due to any number of reasons. When the homeowner is unable to catch up or sell the home themselves, the foreclosure process begins. From there, the lender attempts to recoup his/her loses which means that the home can sell for well below market price. Many savvy home buyers regularly seek such deals with the intent of “flipping” the home or simply taking advantage of the discounted price. 

Tips for Buying a Foreclosed Home

  • Don’t go it alone: Purchasing a foreclosed property can be quite a complicated process. Therefore, if you are in the market for a foreclosed home, find a real estate agent versed in the complexities of the foreclosure market.
  • Do not forego an inspection: A foreclosed property may seem sound on the outside but contain many problems that could cause more headaches than the home is worth. Find a certified inspector to go over the property and then tag along with him as he goes over the home.
  • Check the landscaping: The condition of the surrounding landscape will tell you how long the house has been vacant. A home that has been vacant a long time tends to be more broken down and in greater need of repair than one that has been recently occupied.
  • Check out the neighborhood: Just as you would with any other home, you will want to know about the condition and location of the home. You will want to get a clear picture of the neighborhood to find out if it is near businesses, highways, schools, etc.   

4 Things to keep in Mind about Foreclosures

  • Foreclosures are sold as-is
  • A loan approval letter should be your first step.
  • Know the neighborhood and what comparable homes are going for there.
  • Know your budget.

Our Beverly Hills storage and moving company has experience moving families into all kinds of homes. Our movers in Burbank are fast, friendly and courteous and will treat your belongings as if they were their own.