5 Apps to Make Your Move Easier

The promise of technology is that it can make things that were previously very difficult and redundant easier. Well, one of the most stressful events that can be made easier with technology is the arduous task of moving. From packing to transportation to changing your address, there are all kinds of apps to help you make your move more efficient and stress free. Here are just a few paid and free apps to help you do just that.

  • Google Keep: List keeping is one of the most important tasks involved when moving from one home to another. This app lets you create notes, lists, time and location based reminders and much more. However, just because it is feature rich does not mean that it is complicated. It is simple to use and can help you with nearly every phase of moving.
  • Magic Plan: This app for both iOS and Android helps you envision your new living space. With it you can create a mockup of where to place your furniture and home goods. The app is free to download and use, but exportable floor plans are $2.99 each or unlimited for $9.99 a month.
  • Move Me Out: This app can help you keep a note of important details such as talking with your property manager, contacting the moving company – hopefully us – and booking a cleaning service.
  • Task Rabbit: Need someone to pick up your groceries after you have moved into your new home? Need someone to make minor repair or adjustments to your new abode? Then Task Rabbit is the perfect app for you! The platform matches you with freelancers who can perform all sorts of mundane tasks that can make your life easier especially after a hard day of moving. texting
  • Meet Up: No one likes being the new kid on the block. The Meet Up app can make the experience a lot less stressful. It helps you to discover people near you with similar interest. Afterwards, you can join their get-togethers and forge new friendships.

These are just a few of the many applications that can help you move without any stress. You can download and install these apps and organize the entire relocation process. You can also hire our relocation company in Los Angeles. Our experts know how chaotic the process of moving can be. That is why we offer full service moving in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. So explore the listed apps and contact us when you are ready to make your move. 

6 Tips for Moving With Pets

Most pets – dog in particular- are creatures of habit. Thus, when their owners undergo life changing events such a major relocation, it can be rather startling to them. Because we know you will want to relieve some of the stress that comes with moving for you and your animal friends, we have gathered these expert tips to help you and your pets before, during, and after your relocation.

  • Become familiar with pet rules and regulations: This is especially important if you are moving into an apartment complex or a condominium. Rules may vary in some residences from a prohibition of cats and dogs to requirements that records of additional vaccinations, medications or certain certificates be submitted before you are allowed to move in.
  • Animal-proof your new home: You may have gone through the trouble of pet-proofing your old home but your new home is bound to be different. There may be dangers there that can impact your pet. Thus, make sure that you go through every room in the house and animal proof it appropriately.
  • Visit your vet: Your vet may have suggestions that will further keep your pet happy and safe during your move. For example, he/she may suggest that your pet receive a microchip to help locate it in the event it becomes lost during the move.
  • Prepare an overnight kit: Prepare an overnight kit and pack it with dog food, kitty litter, toys and other supplies that will help you care for your pet during the first few days of your relocation. These familiar items will also help ease their stress and confusion with being in a new place.pets
  • Keep your pets away from movers: For the safety of your pet and our movers, leave your dog with a friend or in a kennel for the day. Or at the very least, keep them in a carrier until you have arrived at your destination.
  • Keep them safe in the car: Transport your pet in your personal vehicle and make sure they are properly restrained to prevent distractions that can lead to an accident. You should not release your pet until you reach your new home.

Your first priority as a pet owner is to keep your pet happy and safe. You can do so by following these easy tips and by letting us remove some of the stress that comes with moving. Our Beverly Hills storage company is secure and convenient. Also, our full service moving in Los Angeles provides top notch services.   

7 Things that Make a Greet Neighborhood

In your search for a perfect new home, don’t forget about what surrounds it – your new neighborhood. And while no neighborhood is perfect, there are some neighborhoods that are far friendlier, safer and more livable than others. Naturally, these are the kinds of places you will want to move your family into. With that said, here are 7 things that define any great neighborhood.

  • Low noise: It is very easy to overlook this factor when buying a home. After all, many people view new homes during relatively quiet times of the day. If you truly want to get a good idea of the noise levels of the new neighborhood try visiting it on the weekends and in the evenings as opposed to in the morning and during the afternoon.
  • Good schools: It is relatively easy to research schools online before you move into your new neighborhood. However, if you have school aged children then you may also wish to visit your new school and talk to the staff.
  • You can find essentials nearby: How close are essential services to your new home? Do you have to drive forever to get to the grocery store, pharmacy, post office, etc? However beautiful and serene your new neighborhood may be, you will need to be within a reasonable distance of these essential services.
  • It is safe: Many home buying sites now have crime statistics available for most locations that you can easily access while you are viewing homes.
  • Diversity: Federal law forbids discrimination in housing. However, some neighborhoods still remain relatively homogeneous. If diversity is important to you then you may wish to access the Census data for the location for which you are about to relocate.
  • Good walk-ability: This is especially important if you are moving to a large urban area. The problem with many newly built homes is that they are often built out in the middle of nowhere. houses
  • A comfortable commute: Even though many of us are still sheltering at home, some of us are not. If you are unable to work from home, it is especially important that your commute to work be reasonable.

In short, Americans love the opportunity to start fresh all over again in a new town or neighborhood. We would be delighted to become a part of that opportunity. Learn more great facts about moving and how we can help you enjoy a stress-free move by contacting us today. We offer designer services in Los Angeles and have the best moving and storage in Los Angeles.   

5 Ways to Break the Ice with Your New Neighbors

As we stated in a prior post, one of the best ways to get used to your new home is by getting to know your neighbors. We know this can be a bit intimidating especially if you are the bashful type. However, forging these new relationships can make your new life much easier and even safer as neighbors can often be your eyes and ears when you are not home. Thus, here are a few ideas for how to break the ice with your new neighbors.

  • Spend time outside: Read a book on your porch, take a walk around the neighborhood or wash your car. Each of these activities is bound to peak the curiosity of neighbors. Many of your friendlier/more curious neighbors may even approach you.
  • Say hello: It can be just that simple especially if you are the outgoing type. Smile, be pleasant and introduce yourself to your new neighbors and you may see just how many relate to your situation of being the new family on the block.
  • Consider throwing a housewarming party: Housewarming parties are an excellent way to meet new neighbors and at the same time reconnect with old friends. Invite your new neighbors, especially those you have already broken the ice with, over to tour your new home, play games and enjoy some refreshments.
  • Visit community events: A good way to meet neighbors and to find like minded individuals for your cause or interests is by attending local events. You can often find these events by stopping by local businesses and by taking note of events listed on their bulletin boards.
  • Ask your neighbors for advice: Most people enjoy being helpful and sharing their knowledge with others. If you are looking for a new gym to join, for example, you could ask a neighbor you see jogging by you for their recommendation. Or, if you are working on your car, you could ask a neighbor about which repair shops in the area are reliable. The possibilities are really endless. neighbors

Yes, it can be stressful to juggle both the upcoming move and figuring out how to meet all the new neighbors. If you are about to face this situation then you should seek out the right moving service to aid you. Our Pasadena moving company can make most parts of your move easier. Our Moving company in Agoura Hills in one of the most reliable businesses in the area. 

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.