5 Things You Can Leave Behind the Next Time You Move

If you’ve lived in your home for some time and are about to move it is easy to be startled by how many things you’ve actually accumulated over time. Moreover, many people who are about to move find that not all of the things they’ve accumulated are worth keeping. Thus, moving is a great time to de-clutter and to decrease the number of items you will have to transport to your new digs. So, while you’re packing for your move, here are some things you’ll want to leave behind.

  • Clothes you haven’t worn in a year or more: Before you move, take some time to go over your closet and make an honest assessment of your wardrobe. Like most of us, you probably have many items that have not been worn in a year or more. Consider either donating these items to charity or selling them.
  • Expired bathroom items: Medications and beauty products do tend to accumulate in most of our bathrooms. Check the expiration dates of old medicines, vitamins and beauty products before you move. Chances are you will find some items that are far past their prime and that not only can but should be thrown out for safety’s sake.
  • Broken or damaged items: Moving is not only a chance to get rid of old items, it is also a chance to upgrade to newer items and to replace broken things that are simply not worth repairing. Therefore, you should consider getting rid of junk that needs to be fixed or has missing pieces. Besides, you may need to buy new things to replace the old in order to match the decor of your new home.
  • Large, outdated electronics: Technology changes fast as everyone knows. Chances are that you have an old computer, DVD player, stereo, etc. that can be replaced by newer items. Consider donating these older items to a charity, selling them or giving them to friends before you move.
  • Keys: Gather together all the keys you use around the house such as your room keys, back gate keys, your garage door keys and of course your front door key and leave them in a place where the next occupant can easily find them or hand them over in person. If you do leave them behind for the new homeowners, be sure to label each key separately. keys

Once you’ve de-cluttered, and you’re ready to move the lean and mean items that remain, call Russell’s Moving and Storage. We’ll listen to your moving needs and try to accommodate you in a convenient and courteous manner. So, if you need full service moving in Los Angeles, our Beverly Hills storage is here to help. We will also give you a free quote to help get you started on your move. 

5 Ways to Keep Animals Away From Your House, Trash and Garden

Whether it is squirrels digging holes in your lawn, deer gobbling shrubs, raccoons making a winter vacation lodge out of your attic or rabbits nibbling vegetables, wildlife can quickly devalue your home. They can gnaw through wiring, destroy insulation and even threaten family pets. Below are 5 tips and tricks to keep your new home and garden critter-free.

  • Use Repellants: One of the easiest ways to ward off animals is to use some form of repellant. This can come in the form of scent repellants, which mimic the smell of predators, or motion detecting devices that activate lights and/or sound. Liquid and granules repellants can also be spread along the perimeter of your home and near your garage where animals like to forage.garden
  • Clean the exterior clean: Marauding animals often prefer to set up shop where they have some protection from predators such as wood piles, brush and overgrown shrubbery. Therefore, try to keep the area around your home neatly trimmed and free of such items.
  • Scare them: Many wild creatures are deterred immediately by dogs that have free run of the yard. Dogs will instantly let prey animals know that they are in danger around your home and these uninvited guests will usually exclude it from their list of places to visit.
  • Secure your trash: Keep squirrels, raccoons, etc., from your garbage by (a) strapping a bungee cord around the lid, (b) keeping it indoors until the trash truck arrives, (c) keeping the area around it free from spill over.
  • Erect a barrier to protect your yard: A fence, if it is high enough and deeply posted in the ground, can keep many kinds of animals from picking your yard as a local hangout. Just be sure to check with your local area to see what kinds of fences are allowed.

Wildlife is best when it is outside where it should be. Your home should never be thought of as a safe haven for destructive creatures that can cost you a fortune in repairs and cleanup and even threaten the safety of your family. As you are about to move consider this and consider using our Westlake Village storage company to help you with the process. We are one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles with a proven track record of fast, courteous and efficient service.   

Tips for Preparing and Storing Your Items for both the Long and Short Haul

Here at Russell’s Moving and Storage, we care about your belongings almost as much as you do. This is why we not only take great care in transporting them to your new home, but we also help protect your items while they are in storage in our huge, climate controlled facility. And since we know that it is not always practical or desirable to take all your belonging to your new home, we would like to give you some tips on how to prepare and store your items for both the long and short term.

  • Choose the right storage company: The first step to placing your things in storage is to find the right facility. The facility you choose should come with ample amenities – such as climate controls, a friendly staff, well maintained grounds and a secure environment complete with adequate lighting, cameras and alarms. We have all of these things and experience caring for our customer’s belongings because we know that just because these items are out of your sight doesn’t mean that they are out of mind.
  • Learn the facility’s rules: Once you have chosen a facility to go with – hopefully ours – you should find out about their storage restrictions. For example, some items that cannot be stored by any facility includes: gasoline, fertilizers, paint, chemicals, fireworks, explosives, narcotics and propane tanks. The facility you choose should provide you with a list of all forbidden items.
  • Decide which personal items to put in storage: Obviously, you will want to place in storage items that you will not need immediately but that you do not wish to sell or give away. You will also want to create an inventory of all stored items.
  • Clean and vacuum belongings: Clean your items meticulously to give them the best chance of remaining fresh, undamaged and odor-free until you can retrieve them. Wipe down furniture, clean clothing and scrub all items of foreign substances that could encourage bugs, mold and other nasties to take up residence in your unit. moving
  • Pack and label all boxes: Be sure to wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, newspaper or other insulating material before placing them into boxes. Also, when placing your items in storage make sure to stack your belongings by weight. Sturdier items should go on the bottom with the most fragile items placed at the tip.

Want to learn more about how to store things in our storage facility? Visit our blog for more tips and information on all things related to storage and moving. Our storage and delivery service in Los Angeles provides courteous and efficient service for LA and its surroundings cities. Visit our Pasadena moving and storage company to schedule a tour and to reserve a unit.   

5 Ways to Keep Animals Away From Your House, Trash and Garden

Whether it is squirrels digging holes in your lawn, deer gobbling shrubs, raccoons making a winter vacation lodge out of your attic or rabbits nibbling vegetables, wildlife can quickly devalue your home. They can gnaw through wiring, destroy insulation and even threaten family pets. Below are 5 tips and tricks to keep your new home and garden critter-free.

  • Use Repellants: One of the easiest ways to ward off animals is to use some form of repellant. This can come in the form of scent repellants, which mimic the smell of predators, or motion detecting devices that activate lights and/or sound. Liquid and granules repellants can also be spread along the perimeter of your home and near your garage where animals like to forage.
  • Clean the exterior clean: Marauding animals often prefer to set up shop where they have some protection from predators such as wood piles, brush and overgrown shrubbery. Therefore, try to keep the area around your home neatly trimmed and free of such items.
  • Scare them: Many wild creatures are deterred immediately by dogs that have free run of the yard. Dogs will instantly let prey animals know that they are in danger around your home and these uninvited guests will usually exclude it from their list of places to visit.trash can
  • Secure your trash: Keep squirrels, raccoons, etc., from your garbage by (a) strapping a bungee cord around the lid, (b) keeping it indoors until the trash truck arrives, (c) keeping the area around it free from spill over.
  • Erect a barrier to protect your yard: A fence, if it is high enough and deeply posted in the ground, can keep many kinds of animals from picking your yard as a local hangout. Just be sure to check with your local area to see what kinds of fences are allowed.

Wildlife is best when it is outside where it should be. Your home should never be thought of as a safe haven for destructive creatures that can cost you a fortune in repairs and cleanup and even threaten the safety of your family. As you are about to move consider this and consider using our Westlake Village storage company to help you with the process. We are one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles with a proven track record of fast, courteous and efficient service.   

5 Things You Can Leave Behind the Next Time You Move

If you’ve lived in your home for some time and are about to move it is easy to be startled by how many things you’ve actually accumulated over time. Moreover, many people who are about to move find that not all of the things they’ve accumulated are worth keeping. Thus, moving is a great time to de-clutter and to decrease the number of items you will have to transport to your new digs. So, while you’re packing for your move, here are some things you’ll want to leave behind.

  • Clothes you haven’t worn in a year or more: Before you move, take some time to go over your closet and make an honest assessment of your wardrobe. Like most of us, you probably have many items that have not been worn in a year or more. Consider either donating these items to charity or selling them.
  • Expired bathroom items: Medications and beauty products do tend to accumulate in most of our bathrooms. Check the expiration dates of old medicines, vitamins and beauty products before you move. Chances are you will find some items that are far past their prime and that not only can but should be thrown out for safety’s sake.
  • Broken or damaged items: Moving is not only a chance to get rid of old items, it is also a chance to upgrade to newer items and to replace broken things that are simply not worth repairing. Therefore, you should consider getting rid of junk that needs to be fixed or has missing pieces. Besides, you may need to buy new things to replace the old in order to match the decor of your new home.
  • Large, outdated electronics: Technology changes fast as everyone knows. Chances are that you have an old computer, DVD player, stereo, etc. that can be replaced by newer items. Consider donating these older items to a charity, selling them or giving them to friends before you move. clothes
  • Keys: Gather together all the keys you use around the house such as your room keys, back gate keys, your garage door keys and of course your front door key and leave them in a place where the next occupant can easily find them or hand them over in person. If you do leave them behind for the new homeowners, be sure to label each key separately.

Once you’ve de-cluttered, and you’re ready to move the lean and mean items that remain, call Russell’s Moving and Storage. We’ll listen to your moving needs and try to accommodate you in a convenient and courteous manner. So, if you need full service moving in Los Angeles, our Beverly Hills storage is here to help. We will also give you a free quote to help get you started on your move. 

6 Ways to Protect a Vacant Home after Moving Out

The elements, system failure, vandalism, and burglary are all dangers to vacant properties. If your former home has not been sold by the time you move then it may fall prey to any of these dangers. Take steps to decrease the chance that these potentially costly issues will devalue your former home by following the tips below.

  • Lock all ports of entry: Make sure that all your windows and doors are locked and secured with sturdy hardware before you move out. Also, secure your basement windows as this is one of most common entry points that burglars use when breaking into a home. There, burglars often find heaters, furnaces, pipes and wiring to be attractive items to pilfer.
  • Talk to your neighbors: Let your neighbors know when you will be vacating your property. This way there will be extra eyes on your home after you move out.
  • Maintain the exterior: Homes that are in poor condition on the outside are sometimes an invitation for burglars who may believe that they are vacant. Hire someone to mow the law occasionally, clean the gutters and trim the bushes in order to maintain the appearance that someone is still living there.
  • Seal up pet doors: Human intruders are not the only ones who may be waiting to enter your now vacant home. Wildlife can sometimes take up residence in vacant property as shelter from the cold or from predators or when breeding. Therefore, make sure that all apertures to your home are sealed before moving out.
  • Notify the police and the fire department that the house will be vacant: The police will probably add your vacant home to their route once you have informed them of your move. You may also wish to leave with them contact information if something should happen.house
  • Consider purchasing vacant home insurance: Yes, there is such a thing. You can actually insure a property that you are vacating to protect it from the vandalism, burglary, etc. Check with your insurance company for more details.

Now that you know how to secure your old home, it’s time to think about moving to your new home. Our movers in Burbank make it easy for you to set your sights on your new destination secure in the knowledge that your belongings will arrive safely and on time. Our Pasadena moving company is licensed and insured and will make sure you get the most out of your moving experience.