5 Things to know Before Renting a House

There has long been a debate over whether it is wiser to buy or rent a home. Our purpose is not to add to this debate, but to help you prepare for doing the latter if this works best for you. Here are five things you need to know before signing any residential rental lease.

  • Learn the fair market rent (FMR): This is the gross amount of rent that you can expect to pay including utilities but excluding your telephone bill. You can learn this by using a site like RentData.org and plugging in the zip code for the area in which you are interested. If the rental cost for the property you interested in seems much higher than the average, then you may wish to continue shopping or use this data as a bargaining tool to talk down the price.
  • Negotiate lease terms: Many people who rent never bother to negotiate their lease. They assume that it is written in stone. Often, tenants do have the power to negotiate things such as the move in date, etc.
  • Check to see who will be responsible for utility costs: Rented homes may sometimes include all or some utilities. It is vital that you know how much if any of your utilities will be covered by your landlord. You may also have to set up your own utility account. If you will be paying for your own utilities you can usually call the utility company and get an average utility bill for a nearby home.
  • Do you need a guaranteer?: Your landlord will most definitely require you to undergo a background check to see if you are credit worthy and can meet this new financial obligation. If your credit is bad, however, it may not disqualify you for the home. You may instead need a guaranteer. A guaranteer agrees to be responsible if you can’t pay the bills.
  • What’s the lease term: Don’t assume it to be 12 months as many residential leases are. Find out specifically how long the term of your lease is. If you have a month-to-month lease’ you will have greater flexibility than with a traditional 12 month lease but it will also mean that your landlord will have the power to evict you at the end of each month. If you are confident that you wish to stay in the home even longer you may decide to ask for a multi-year lease.

There are many other things to know such as who is responsible for maintenance and repairs, whether or not you can sublet, if renter’s insurance is required etc. However the above list is a good starting part for preparing to rent a home. As movers in Burbank our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company can help you when it is time to move whether you are renting or buying a home.   

Moving Tips for Recent College Grads

One of the most exciting and stress producing times a family can face is when a recent graduate moves out of his or her dorm and returns home. Fortunately, there are a number of ways college students can save money and be efficient in packing, unpacking, and preparing to move back home.

  • Notify your parents: Make sure that your parents know when you will be moving back in so that they can prepare for your arrival. If they cannot be there to help you pack, they will still need to be there to let you in and to make room for your possessions.
  • Respect your parents’ house rules: Even if you plan to get a job and help out with the rent/mortgage when you move back in, you will still need to respect the rules of the house. If you have a talk prior to moving in and agree to this and to speak with each other as adults then the return will be much easier.
  • De-clutter as you go: Moving is always the perfect time to get rid of things that you no longer need. Take some time before you move to either sell or donate the things you will not be taking back home with you. You might also considering using our relocation company in Los Angeles to store items that you do not wish to sell or donate but that you do wish to keep.
  • Pack early and often: You can spare yourself a lot of trouble by packing as early as possible. This way when it is finally time to leave the campus, you will have a less stressful time of it.
  • Hire a moving company: The right moving company will also help eliminate some of the stress that comes with moving. We have full service moving in Los Angeles that also includes storage at our secure, climate-controlled facilities.

At Russell’s Moving and Storage, we understand how important it is to get your things where they need to go, on time and in perfect condition. We will make the transition back home easier and less stressful. We also have a climate-controlled storage building for keeping your items safe until you need them delivered. Call your parents first before you move back in then call us to schedule your move!

How to Prepare Your Furniture for Long Term Storage

Whether it is required because of a military deployment, an extended out-of-town job assignment or overseas college studies, long term storage is sometimes the best option many people have to protect and preserve their belongings. However, this is only possible when people are properly prepared as to how to store their belongings. Here are a few very important tips that will help ensure that your long term storage needs are properly fulfilled and that your items will be in good condition when you retrieve them.

  • Know that all storage facilities are not the same: All storage facilities are not created equally. There are differences between each when it comes to the security measures they take to protect your belongings, cleanliness, temperature controls, customer service, etc. Keep these issues uppermost in your mind as you begin looking for a company in which you will trust your life long possessions. Our storage and delivery service in Los Angeles offers climate controls to protect your belongings in both the short and long term.
  • Thoroughly clean and wrap your furniture for long term storage: Vacuum dust and dirt from upholstered furniture, polish wood items, etc, before putting them away. Doing this will help extend the life of your belongings.
  • Use new sturdy boxes: Your items will only be as safe as they materials they are packed in and the boxes that surround them. Therefore, when storing your possessions for the long term, do not skimp on boxes, crates, etc. Use only the best container (s).
  • Purchase travel and storage insurance just in case: If you have especially valuable items you may wish to look into purchasing additional insurance to protect them in the event of an accident. This way you will have peace of mind knowing that any items that do become lost or damaged will be replaced.furniture
  • Have someone check in on your belongings from time to time: Appoint someone you trust to look in on your items from time to time and who will report to you if the need arises. This person should be given full access to the items you are storing.

The above tips for long-term furniture storage will help keep your belongings in excellent shape until you need them again. It will all depend on the steps you take before storing your items, the condition they were in when you placed them in storage and the company you entrust your belongings to. Our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company has a large, secure facility that you can depend upon to protect and preserve your items.

7 Things to do before Movers Arrive

Whether it’s your first time moving or not you may have heard horror stories about the experience. You’ve probably heard about how items go missing, get damaged and a whole plethora of problems that add to the challenge that relocating can be. Well, the lesson to be learned from many of these stories is that preparation could have prevented a lot of moving day headaches. With that said, here are the most important things to do before our movers arrive to ensure a safe, smooth, and successful moving day.

  • Get insurance: Choose an appropriate insurance plan and make sure that you understand all the specific conditions contained therein. This will be especially important if you are moving a valuable collection of any kind.
  • Create an inventory: Make a list of the things you own in the event something is lost or damaged. In that event, you may need to file a claim. It is also a good idea to keep serial numbers of appliances, etc. as well as the warranties that came with them.
  • Label everything: We know that labeling boxes can be tedious but it is among the most important thing you can do to protect your possessions and to stay well organized. Additionally, labeling items saves you time and effort once you have reached your destination and it helps our movers.
  • Plan for pets and kids: Consider leaving small kids and/or with relatives of friends until it is actually time to head out on the road. They can unknowingly create tension and chaos for you and our movers.
  • Take photographs of the things you are going to move: Not only will pictures come in handy in the event that you have to file an insurance claim, they will also come in handy when it comes to reassembling some of your possessions. For example, certain electronic devices can be complicated to reassemble. By taking a picture of such items, you will have a clear image of how the device should look when it has been reassembled.
  • Ensure a safe and easy way out of your home: Be sure that the way is clear for movers to come in and out of your home and that there are no hazards present. Even small objects can get in the way of movers when they are busy carrying items out to their truck.
  • Clear the street near your home: Be sure that there is a clear place for the movers to park their vehicle (s). This will help to expedite the entire moving process.moving boxes

In short, the best way to help our relocation company in Los Angeles is to make the process as easy and seamless as possible. You can do so by doing the above things before they arrive. We have one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles and can make sure that your moving experience does not become a nightmare.

More Tips for Holding a Successful Moving Sale

Moving into a new place is always an exciting time. It is a time to meet new neighbors, make new friends and to enjoy a refreshing change of scenery. Oddly enough, it is also a time that can be somewhat profitable. How could that be with all the expenses that are related to moving? Two word: moving sale. Here are our best six tips for managing a moving sale – not just any sale but one that will hopefully prove to be very profitable and perhaps even fun.

  • Invite a few friends to help: Many hands make light work at the saying goes. Try to get friends to help in order to make the sale go smoother. Friends who know you well will know what you are and are not willing to part with.
  • Do your homework: Perhaps you have a collection that seems important only to you. You may be wrong. Some of your collectibles may indeed fetch a better than average price. Find out how much your collection is worth by doing some online research. Don’t make the mistake of treating all the items you are willing to part with as junk.
  • Clean your merchandise: No one wants to buy dirty items that look like they have been dragged across the floor. Clean all your items and your clothing in particular before your set them out for sale. You may find that it makes quite a difference in the price you get for each item.
  • Get creative with your advertising: Use social media, posters, banners and other ways to advertise your moving sale. You will have a much bigger reach and a much better chance of making your event successful.
  • Check your local “garage sale” laws: Some municipalities may forbid moving sales so it is better to check first just to be sure. Or you may need a permit and checking first will let you know what to do in order to hold your sale “legally.”sale
  • Show off your merchandise: Instead of just plopping your merchandise on a table or sidewalk, take some time to organize a display. Sort similar items together in a manner that shows off their attractiveness and helps potential buyers choose the things they need easier.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your moving sale a rousing success. However, even it is not you can use our storage and delivery service in Los Angeles for items you do not sale and do not wish to throw away or donate. We also have a designer’s delivery service in Los Angeles.

5 Moving Day Disasters and How to Avoid Them

One of the top goals that people strive for when it comes to relocating is to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that there are no unplanned emergencies. One way to avoid moving day disasters is to hire the right moving company. Hiring a moving company with years of experience in the business makes things flow easier and reduces the chance that relocating will be the hair-raising experience many people find it to be. To help you avoid losing time, money and hair, we’ve gathered five ways to ensure that catastrophes do not occur during your next move.

  • Avoid getting scammed by your moving company – Unfortunately, there are many scam moving companies out there. They can put your money and your property in jeopardy on that most important day. To avoid them, you should carefully research any company you will be dealing with. Make sure that their customer service is top notch. Be sure that they have the correct licenses. Most importantly of all, be sure to check with former customers of that company. Our Calabasas moving and storage company can withstand the scrutiny of the pickiest customer.
  • The new house is not ready – Few things rank higher of the scale of things that can go wrong than a house that is not ready. Some signs that a house is not ready include still wet paint, locked fences, dusty floors laden with cement, unpolished windows and visible scaffolding. Worst of all, some “unprepared” homes are not even habitable yet and may require home owners to stay at a motel. To avoid this disaster, communicate with the old homeowner weeks in advance of moving in order to make sure that all right with the home.house
  • Accidents and injuries: Saving money is one thing but safety should be the top concern of anyone who is involved in a move. Accidents that can occur when moving include being cut by sharp instruments, heavy lifting injuries, tripping, etc. In order to avoid such an emergency caution everyone involved in the move to use the proper equipment when moving – such as a transport belt – and the proper form when lifting. Also, be sure to pack a first aid kit with you.
  • Friends bail on your DIY move – One way to avoid this potential disaster is to hire professional movers to help you during your relocation. Our movers in Burbank will not contact you at the last moment because they are sick or because “something came up”.
  • Movers refuse to transport your item – We try to be as accommodating as possible but there are certain items that movers are forbidden by law from moving. These items include loaded guns, paint thinner, gasoline, propane tanks, etc.

In short, accidents happen no matter how well prepared a person may be. However, properly preparing yourself can reduce the chance that this special day will be special for all the wrong reasons.