A Moving Countdown: One Month to go

“Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” Unknown

Just about every person who has ever lived has put off making an important decision as least once in his/her life. When it comes to moving, this can be a pretty disastrous strategy. At one month out, you should consider booking your appointment with a moving company like Russell’s Moving and Storage. This is important because the longer you leave your booking, the harder it may be to get a truck. 

Moving companies need plenty of warning to be booked, so be sure to investigate this fully before committing to booking them with a month of time. You may need to book them sooner, or may have a little leeway. Booking at one month in advance (or more) also means it will be easier to collect and decide, impartially on the quotes you collected in the previous weeks. These quotes may have seemed a long way off when you first gathered them together, but at 30 or so days until you move, they will become more precise. It will chiefly depend on the size of your house. 

If you’re about to move you may also need the time to book a cleaning company to come in and clean up behind you. They can clean your house, after your belongings are packed and have professional methods for removing stains, marks and other tricky marks on walls, doors and carpets. This will help you increase your chances of getting your deposit back if you are a renter and it may help make your home an easier sell if you are a homeowner. 

At one month to go you should also start investigating utilities and other things that will transfer with you. Moving is a good time to take advantage of any offers that you might get with your phone, electricity, Internet or gas. You may also want to use this time to gather information on what your utilities may cost. You can do this by calling the utilities companies and asking for the last bill amount for a nearby, comparable home in the community you are moving to. Taking advantage of this now may not make sense, but in the long run it means you can investigate your options and make an educated decision on your utilities and other billables.

These are just a few of things to consider doing in order to make your move stress-free. You can also read our blog for more tips on how to organize the entire relocation process. Finally, our relocation company in Los Angeles can help make your move seamless. 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.   

5 Signs that you may Have a Hoarding Problem

If there is one thing that moving shows most of us it is how much stuff we really own and how much of it can be gotten rid of. For this we have suggested in the past either selling these excess items, giving them away or placing them in storage. But what are some warning signs that you may be more than just a pack rat and that you may be a hoarder instead? Here are five warning signs that you may have a burgeoning hoarding problem.

  • Parts of your home are becoming inaccessible: Are parts of your home inaccessible because you have too many objects stored in them? Hoarders typically have so much clutter around their homes that the only pathways that exist for them throughout the home are those enabling them to get from one room to the next. 
  • There is at least one room that cannot be used: Many hoarders designate one specific room or even several rooms as places to store their extra items. Sometimes, it even becomes so bad that entry into these rooms becomes difficult. 
  • There’s so much stuff that you don’t want to have visitors over: Despite the fact that hoarders get a sort of rush out of buying and placing items into their home, they often feel a need to keep these things secret from friends. Often, this is because they do not wish to admit that they cannot rid themselves of these extra items.
  • You or a loved one is in debt because of compulsive shopping: Oftentimes, hoarders go into debt because they spend more on acquiring new items than they earn. Friends who do hoard may even tell you that it is good to have extra presents on hand for unexpected guests or for last minute celebrations. 
  • You or a loved one has trouble finding things: People who hoard often have trouble finding common items around their home. Because of this, they sometimes keep many odd items near them so that they are easy to find among the clutter they have created.

If you believe you or a loved one has a hoarding problem, then the help of a professional may be needed. In the meantime, our storage and delivery service Los Angeles can help ease some of the stress that hoarding creates. We are expert movers in Burbank who have years of experience moving people and safely storing their belongings.   

How to Choose the Right Homeowners Insurance for Your Situation

Buying a home is about more than simply finding a realtor, making an offer and finding a lender. Not only do you want to make sure that you select the right home, but you also want to make sure that you have the right insurance policy coverage to protect you in case something happens. Having homeowners insurance is an important part of purchasing a home or in making a real estate investment.  

With most lenders, it is required that you own some kind of homeowners insurance. This is because the property or home that you will own is also theirs. Most homeowners insurance is chosen during the final closing of your home in order to protect all of your assets as well as pieces of property that belong in the home. If you have items that are especially high in value – such as art pieces or rare items – you may also wish to have a separate policy to cover those objects. By finding the right homeowners insurance, you will be protected against any accident or natural disaster that may happen.  

Homeowners insurance is divided into a variety of categories, all which covers different situations. The best way to decide on homeowners insurance is to first factor in how much you own and the value of the home. You will want to make sure that you are able to cover as much as possible and are able to be compensated for everything that may be lost, damaged or stolen. Another factor to consider with homeowners insurance is the type of coverage that is offered. Some companies will have different categories according to the types of things that you own. 

There are eight common types of homeowners insurance so you can find the best policy for your needs.

  • HO-1 Coverage: The most basic type of coverage on the market 
  • HO-2 Coverage: This coverage is considered more comprehensive, but the insurance only kicks in if the damage is due to one of the events named in your policy
  • HO-3 Coverage: The policy covers both the main structure as well as outlying buildings on the property.
  • HO-4 Coverage: This coverage is geared towards renters instead of homeowners.
  • HO-5 Coverage: The most comprehensive homeowners insurance out there
  • HO-6 Coverage: Coverage for condo owners. 
  • HO-7 Coverage: Coverage for mobile homes.
  • HO-8 Coverage: HO-8 insurance is designed to protect older homes.

After you have assessed the value of everything, you will also want to add in what you want covered and which category of insurance this will put you into. Homeowners insurance is one of the ways that you can ensure that your real estate and property investments stay covered. If anything happens, you will want to be assured that you have lost little to nothing in the process.

Another way to protect your property as you are moving to your new home is by hiring our storage and delivery service Los Angeles. We have full service moving in Los Angeles that is among the best in the area.   

7 Things to Always Ask During a Home Inspection

Buying a home is the biggest investment most people will ever make. So, it just makes sense that your investment is sound. Fortunately, the risk that does exist with this kind of investment can be greatly reduced by working with the right home inspector and by asking him/her the right questions as he/she is assessing your new home. Here are seven of the most important questions to ask a home inspector.

What credentials do you have?

The first questions you should ask of the home inspector you are considering using is about their qualifications. Figure out what their credentials are prior to moving forward. This will let you know if they’re qualified for the task.

Is the electrical system safe and up-to-date?

We all know that electricity can be dangerous and if mishandled can even be deadly. Older electrical systems can be even more dangerous and subject homeowners to shock and even fire. Make sure that you know whether or not your new home’s outlets and breaker boxes are in compliance with National Electrical Code standards. 

What will be covered in the home inspection?

You should ask the inspector before they begin their work about what will be covered. Areas you may wish to ask them about include: water pressure, wall cracks, attics, basement, mold, etc. 

How well is the home insulated?

According to the Energy Department, the heating and cooling needs of a home can be reduced by 30 percent with the use of good insulation and ventilation. Therefore, you will want to ask the inspector about areas of the home that are susceptible to heat loss such as the attic, basement and walls.

Is this a big deal or a minor home inspection issue?

Let’s face it. No home is perfect. Therefore, rather than looking for a flawless home you should find out which items are big issues and should be addressed immediately and which ones are minor issues that can be put off. 

How is the plumbing?

A home inspector will evaluate drains, water heaters, pipes, water pressure and temperature. You will want to know about the condition of all these things. For example ask about how well the water flows from each faucet and whether or not the house has older, lead piping. 

Are there signs of mice or other critters?

Ask your home inspector if they have come across mice droppings or other evidence of unwanted guests.  Mice and other rodents can cause significant damage to homes – wiring and insulation, for example – and can also pose a health risk.

In brief, you should carefully consider the quality of this investment you will be making. The right choice will make your move that much safer. Our Westlake Village storage company can also make your move safe, affordable and seamless. Los Angeles moving and storage can be hectic and we are the solution that many people prefer.   

6 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Moving

Most people do not associate the act of moving as one of life’s least stressful events. This is for good reason. Unless you make a plan to deal with the stress of moving it can be a truly fist-clenching chore. Here are 6 tips for coping with stress before, during, and after your move to a new place:

  • Hire professional movers: Since lugging around furniture and loading boxes into your car, van or rental truck is one of the most stressful things you can do during a move, we suggest that you hire a moving company like Russell’s Moving and Storage to handle the drudgery. Having movers do all the work takes away so much stress, saves you time and is definitely worth it.
  • Purge before you move: Having extra items to deal with can be very stress-inducing. Therefore, we suggest you make a list of the things you wish to sell, donate, junk or place in storage weeks before you move. 
  • Think of it as a new beginning, not an ending: Life is always about change. Look at your move as an opportunity to explore new areas of town, meet new people and gain access to new job opportunities and some of the stress of moving should automatically begin to dissolve away. 
  • Give yourself enough time: Start your move early and you will be eliminating one of the biggest stressors when it comes to relocating – time. For example, give yourself enough time to research and select a moving company, set up utilities, clean the home that you’re leaving, etc. 
  • Get plenty of sleep: It’s easy – although certainly not wise – to put sleep on the back burner when you are busy. However, a good night’s sleep will help you reduce stress on moving day and give you the energy you need as well. 
  • Get help from your support system: There are times in life when it is definitely a bad idea to try to go it on your own and moving is one of them. If you feel stressed during your move don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.

Whether you like moving or not we all do it at some point in our lives. If you take some of these tips into consideration when you are going through this transition, it will make your life a whole lot easier. Our Westlake Village storage company can help by providing you with moving and designer services in Los Angeles. We also have a climate controlled facility for storing items you will not be taking with you to your new home.

7 Steps for Preparing Your Business for Relocation

The key to any seamless relocation is proper planning and preparation. However, office revocations are even more difficult than residential moves. One thing that makes them harder is the fact that businesses must seamlessly continue to operate during the transition. With this in mind, we have created this office relocation checklist to get you prepared for moving day.

  • Schedule Russell’s Moving and Storage to handle your move: Our relocation company in Los Angeles can make your move as stress free as possible. By hiring us, you will have one less thing to worry about.

 

  • Develop a timeline: Set goals as to when certain move related actions should be accomplished. Next, write down these events in your business calendar and make sure that all of your employees are on the same page. Finally, you should factor in when your lease will expire, when suppliers have to be informed, etc.
  • Create an inventory list: Prior to moving create a list of the assets that are to be moved in case they are lost or damaged. Be sure to retain a hard copy for business records.
  • Visit the new space: Make sure that your new location fully meets your company’s needs. Ask yourself if the parking is ample, if your employees can commute easily to the new location, etc. Finally, scrutinize the layout for any potential difficulties, such as whether or not the reception area or lobby is wide enough for all your business furnishings.
  • Notify your clients: Weeks before you move be sure to notify your clients of your relocation. Take this time to let them know that you will try to make sure that the business flow will not be interrupted.
  • Discard unnecessary items: Before relocating, get rid of the office clutter that will have no functional use in the new office. This includes unusable furniture, old desks and chairs, broken shelving, etc. Consider selling or donating these items. Finally, securely delete private files when applicable. 
  • Contact service providers: Contact electricity, gas, phone, or waste management and inform them of the move so that they can set up any necessary connection, installation, or disconnection of service.

Russell’s Moving and Storage is prepared with convenient relocation services that take the hassle out of moving. We employ licensed and trained movers who undergo a thorough background check. Our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company is one of the best relocation companies in the state.