How to Determine How Many Boxes You will Need When Moving

Everyone who is about to move must eventually have to calculate the number of boxes they will need. Too few and you could end up having to transport items that are essentially unprotected to your new home. Too many and you can have boxes lying around your home forever. We’ve put together the below ways to roughly determine the total number of boxes you will need to buy in order to properly pack up your home.

  • Determine how many rooms are to be packed: Obviously, the more rooms there are in your residence the more items you will have to pack. Additionally, many online box calculators begin with this detail to help give you an estimate of the number of boxes you will need.
  • Know the size of your residence: If you break residences down into three size categories – apartment, small home and large home – then you will begin to get an idea of the general number of boxes you will need to help you transport your belongings.
  • Use an online moving box calculator: As we said, several sites have online moving box calculators that you can use. And even though these calculators are not 100% accurate, they can give you a rough idea of how many boxes you will need.moving boxes
  • Buy too many: It is always better to have too many boxes than too few. If you have an excess of boxes at the end of your move you can always give them to others who may need to store their items. You can also have these excess boxes recycled.
  • Ask yourself how many years you have spent in your home: The longer people spend in their home the more likely it is that they will accumulate items. And while we are on the subject, you should consider de-cluttering your home as you prepare to move. This will decrease the number of boxes that you will need and will help keep unused boxes out of the environment.

Now that you have a rough idea of how many boxes you will need when moving, you will also have to factor in how many supplies you will need to go with the boxes such as tape, scissors, labels, etc. Our Westlake Village moving company can help you with your move and can give you additional tips that will make the transition to your new home and lifestyle a breeze. We offer the best moving and storage Los Angeles.

5 Tips for Moving Your Home Gym Equipment

Whether you have an exercise bike, a squatting rack, free weights or a treadmill, moving gym equipment can be a bit of a challenge. First, most home gym equipment is oddly shaped. Second, gym equipment tends to be quite heavy. Therefore, if you are planning a move in the near future it is worth taking some time to consider how you will be moving your fitness equipment to your new location. Here are five tips for doing so safely and effectively.

  • Study the instructions for assembly/disassembly: When moving fitness items it is likely that you will first have to disassemble them first. Refer to the manual you received when you first bought your equipment. It will likely have instructions on how to assemble and dissemble your equipment. Also, make sure that you have plenty of space around you to dissemble your items and that you keep all parts where you will be able to quickly find them after the move.
  • Prepare, check, and clean: Next, you should take the time to clean and sanitize all your equipment. After all, you do not want to carry germs into your nice new home. Wipe down your mats and other accessories with an all purpose cleaning solution (preferably an eco-friendly one) as well as your treadmill, stationary bike, etc.
  • Secure any moving parts: Peddles, cables, wheels and other moving parts should be secured so that they are not able to move during transportation. If this precaution is not taken it could result in damage to your equipment or more importantly to you or to your family.
  • Packing free weights securely: Free weights come in a variety of shapes, sizes and weights. Therefore, you should take the utmost care when packing them. Pack smaller weight in bubble wrap placing them in small sturdy boxes. Wrap larger weights in a moving blanket and secure them with tape. gym
  • Hire professional movers: As we said earlier, much home equipment is quite heavy. Therefore, it is a good idea to hire professional movers to help transport your home gym to its new location. Our Moving company in Agoura Hills has experienced workers who can move your heaviest items without damaging them.

As you can see, moving a home gym does not have to be cumbersome especially if you hire professionals to aid you in this task. Our movers have experience moving all kinds of items and with this experience can help you protect this investment in your health. So, if you are looking for someone to help you move to your new home then visit our relocation company in Los Angeles or contact one of our representatives for a free quote. 

Ways to Thank Friends for Helping You Move

Many hands make light work or so the saying goes. Well, this is certainly the case with moving. There are many task involved in uprooting oneself and moving to a new home. This is where it can be helpful to have friends who can make the task a little less daunting. Good friends can even make moving fun. But how can you thank these stand-up guys and gals for helping you once you have relocated? Here are some creative ways to thank your friends for helping you move:

  • Host a party: A housewarming party is the perfect way to thank friends for helping you move and at the same time meet new your new neighbors. Just cook up some food, provide the drinks and let your friends know when you will be celebrating your new digs and thanking them for their efforts.
  • Send them a handwritten note: Though it may sound rather old-fashioned, a handwritten note is a simple, straight forward way to thank a friend. It is more personal than email or a text message and you can take your time crafting the words you want to use.
  • Take friends out to dinner: Hosting a housewarming party is one way to go but why not take the celebration to another location. Offer to take your fiends out to dinner at their favorite restaurant. This way you can say thanks without having to do the work of preparing your place for a gathering.
  • Offer to help them: This one may seem obvious but thanking a friend by offering to help him/her is practical way to pay it forward. You can offer to help with child or pet setting, driving them someplace, etc. It doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that you let your friends know that you are there for them when they need help.thank you
  • Send them a personalized gift basket: Gift baskets are an excellent way to thank the special people in your life. Just be sure to pick a basket that fits their interests, likes, etc.

As one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles, we know how cumbersome moving can be. That is why many people find it difficult to ask their friends to help them. However, our storage and delivery service in Los Angeles can help make your move easier by doing all the heavy lifting that really should be done by professionals. 

5 Tips for Moving During the Holiday Season

The months of November and December are hectic times of the year regardless of whether you live in a warm climate such as the one have here in California or whether you live in a climate that experiences much cooler temperatures. One of the reasons for this is because Thanksgiving and Christmas can make the task of moving even more problematic that it already is. Here are some quick tips to help you to manage your holiday move, even if you find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the season.

  • Start setting aside the funds for your move months in advance: We all know that budgets begin to be strained during the holiday seasons. When you factor in the costs that are involved in moving things can really start to add up. So, in order to avoid taking a real hit you should start putting aside your money well in advance of your move if you choose to relocate during the holiday season. This way you can still have the funds to truly enjoy the season and have money left over to facilitate your move.
  • Donate unwanted items: Christmas is the time of miracles. It is also the time to give to others who are less fortunate. By donating your items to charities such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army, you will be helping others and making your move less cumbersome and less expensive. Moreover, most organizations like the ones above will gladly pick up your items for free and you can even get a tax deduction at the end of the year for your charitable donation.
  • Pack your items little by little: Start by creating a staging area for boxes and supplies and then start packing small things that you do not use on a daily basis. This will make moving day a little less hectic and it will allow you to still engage in holiday based activities.
  • Pack some of your holiday decorations: Although they can technically be thought of as non-essentials, you should begin to pack some holiday decorations as soon as you can. This way you will be able to put up some decorations when you reach your new destination immediately and not miss out on the holiday season entirely.holidays
  • Take advantage of Black Friday: This year Black Friday is on November, 29. Therefore, if you plan to move around Christmas time, it would be a good idea to take advantage of the many Black Friday sales to purchase moving supplies such as tape, scissors, bubble wrap, marker, labels, etc.

Moving during the holiday season doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Simply follow the above tips and plan for traffic being heavier than usual in most places since it is also travel season. Our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company moves people all year round. We know that planning is the key to making the transition from one home to another go smoothly. Our movers in Burbank can relieve you from worrying about your cherished belongings as well.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House

One of the most important tasks for any home seller is to hold an open house. And although your real estate agent may advise you on exactly how you should do this, it is ultimately up to you to create an experience that will inform and delight people who are in the market for a new home. Here are 5 tips to make your next open house one that gets offers.

  • Advertise the open house: The first step to holding a successful open house is to let people know that your home is ready to be viewed. To do this, post ads on the internet – including in social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter – and also print up and circulate flyers around the neighborhood. In other words, try to utilize both tech and low tech methods of getting the word out about your open house.
  • Prepare the premises for the open house: This step covers a lot of ground. However, be sure to have plenty of parking spaces available outside your home, refreshments ready, etc. You many even wish to hire a profesional cleaning service to go over your home prior to showcasing it to potential buyers. In short, try to make your home as easy to access and as warm and cozy as you can for viewers.
  • Put out the paperwork: Lay out documents such as inspection reports, appraisals, evidence of major repairs and warranties, blueprints for additions, etc., so that visitors can have easy access to information they may need to make a well informed decision about buying your home.
  • Track attendees and feedback: Ask your visitors to sign in upon viewing your home. This way you will generate a list of potential contacts who may be interested in buying your home. You will also be able to get valuable feedback on how your open house went and how it can be improved.
  • Interact with visitors: Try to warmly greet every person who enters your home. Remain upbeat and positive no matter how the person you greet responds to you. Additionally, find out what they are looking for by asking them open-ended questions about what they want in a home so that you can know whether or not you will be able to meet their requirements.

According to some studies, at least 20% of homes sales were the result of an open house being held for home shoppers. Thus, open houses are a valuable tool for people who want to quickly and efficiently sell their home. When you have sold your home and are ready to move our Westlake Village moving company and help you make the transition. Furthermore, our Westlake Village storage company can store and protect your belongings indefinitely in our climate-controlled, secure facility.

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How to Select a Home Security System

Choosing a home security system is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your home and more importantly your family. Ideally, you will want a system that will offer you and your family complete security and peace of mind but at the same time will not break your budget. Here are features to look for in a home security system that will hopefully fulfill both of these needs.

  • Decide if you want a professionally installed or do it yourself system: There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these options. Professionally installed systems are more costly but offer many perks to them such as 24 hour monitoring. Moreover, these kinds of systems are usually more difficult to circumvent that DIY security kits. The downside to a professional monitoring service is that they are invariable more expensive than the do-it-yourself kits on the market. With a DIY system you will save money but you will have to do the installation yourself.
  • Count the number of entrances and windows in your home that need to be secured: This will give you an idea of how many monitors you will need to install or have installed in your home. Each possible entrance to your home should be monitored by a motion detecting sensor.
  • Get at least one smoke detector on your system: Intruders are not the only danger to your home. A complete security system should have with a way to detect fires.
  • Figure out your budget: Knowing this will help you decide the kind of features you want, whether you will use a professional monitoring service or you will go it alone and how big of a system you can afford.

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

Most security companies will offer homeowners the items listed below as standard security features/equipment:

Doorbell Camera – These allow you to interact with anyone who comes to your door without your having to open the door or even be present in your home.

Spotlight Camera – This lights up the surrounding area when motion is detected. Spotlight cameras are also good for scaring away stray animals.

Door/Window Sensor – These tell you if a window to your home has been opened.

Glass Break Sensor – Windows and glass doors are common entry points for burglars. With a glass break sensor you will know when a glass door or window has been broken.

Motion Sensor – These alert you to motions that occur within a certain radius. You can often adjust how sensitive these detectors are so that you do not have to worry about them being set off by very small animals, etc.

Whether you choose to go with a professional security service or to do it yourself, the decision on which system to use and which features you desire is a very serious one. 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.

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