When most people think of Los Angeles, they don’t think of sidewalks crammed with people elbowing little old ladies out of the way as they rush to their meditation class. They think of freeways crammed with cars cutting off little old ladies as they rush to their meditation class. So you may be surprised to learn that L.A. is a pedestrian-friendly city. Or at least a pedestrian-cordial city. You just have to know where to go—and how to get there via automobile.
Welcome to the pedestrian-friendly city guide: Los Angeles. Here you’ll discover which neighborhoods are great for walking, what to do as you’re walking, and how to respond to the yahoos who will undoubtedly ask if you need a ride because they assume that a car-jacking is the only reason you’re on foot. (more…)
Portable storage containers have found their place in the moving and storage industry. Often referred to as pods (portable on demand storage), these containers can be deposited at a location for you to load with your contents. The pod can be used as temporary storage at your location or picked up and moved to a pod storage center. When you are ready to unpack your belongings, the pod will be delivered to you. This is where pods can enter into the cross country move process.
If there is a period of time between leaving one residence and moving into another, the pod can hold your items in storage until you are ready for delivery. The location your pod is delivered to for unloading can be anywhere in the country – well, almost anywhere. (more…)
Guitars have evolved with humanity.
With the earliest guitar form dating back to 2000 B.C., the guitar has been improved and perfected over time. Serving as the primary musical instrument in some of the world’s greatest hits during the last few centuries, guitars are deeply cherished by their owners.
Whether you need to make some space in your home, want better protection for your guitar or you’re moving/traveling across the country and need to keep your instrument safe, most musicians find a need to store their guitar at one point or another. (more…)
Running shoes, hiking shoes, dress shoes… how many pairs can you wear? Well, only one at a time, of course. And, if you’re travelling and putting all your goods in storage, you may be wearing one pair all summer long. Since you have already spent time and money on your shoes, it’s important to take good care of them when you store them. Then when it’s time to interview for a job (dress shoes) or take the person you met in Europe on a date (hipster shoes), or meet the parents (back to the dress shoes), you’ll be ready.
There’s nothing like the feeling of walking out of your last college exam for the semester and into the glorious sunshine and freedom that awaits you. After months of windowless, crowded rooms full of informative lectures, illegible notes, and the overuse of the word “dichotomy,” you want nothing more than to get as far away from all things collegiate. You’ve been bitten by the travel bug and nothing is going to stop you from relaxing and having fun!
Well, except maybe your finances.
Don’t let a shortage of sawbucks deter you from letting your hair down (or up, as the case may be). Follow this handy guide that outlines cheap vacations for college students—and the best part is you don’t even have to be a college student. You just have to be living like one. (more…)
There’s nothing like dumping your half-finished project on a coworker’s desk while yelling “In yer face, Johnson!” and then racing out the door at 5 p.m. sharp because your vacay has just started. Your flight to Metropolis, Illinois leaves at seven the next morning and you’re as giddy as a kid on Christmas. This is the Official Home of Superman, after all.
Lest your excitement at the prospect of meeting your hero carry you away, you may want to read over this unhandy guide about how not to pack when going on vacation. (more…)
Moving is hard. Even when you’re moving to a fabulous new home, there’s a lot that goes into the process—from planning and packing to unpacking and settling in. For people, moving to a new place fits within a context, a plan—and sometimes there’s a housewarming party that serves as a light at the end of the moving-day tunnel. For dogs, though, moving from a familiar place to somewhere brand new can be tricky. Luckily, for you and for Fido, there are some steps you can take to make the move as seamless as possible.
The first step is the simplest. You know that laundry you’ve been meaning to do before you pack your last box? Leave it. It’s got all sorts of familiar smells that will help your dog settle into his new home.
An expatriate is someone who resides in a country other than the one in which they have citizenship. For many people, the thought of living anywhere but on their native soil is inconceivable, but this is only because they haven’t given it some serious consideration. And why would you, when you are busy with more important things in your life, like taking a selfie of your awesome abs, sending mean letters to pregnant meteorologists, and creating a color-coded excel spreadsheet to help you stop wasting your time.
Here are the advantages of being an ex-pat: (more…)
You may have panicked when a friend asked, “Hey, can I throw these bags in your trunk?” Sure, you were happy enough to drive your pal to the airport—that’s what friends are for, after all. But open the trunk of your car? No way.
So you tell your pal, “Oh, go ahead and throw that in the back seat!” Underneath your cool exterior, you fear that moment when the jig is up, the party’s over. There is junk in the trunk (of your car) and just thinking about someone seeing it makes you feel nervous.
It’s safe to say that moving is pretty high on most people’s lists of things they hate to do. Changing your life and where you live, especially moving to a new town or state, is never easy. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: Procrastination stinks even more. There’s nothing worse than frantically dumping your stuff into trash bags as the movers wait. If you don’t stay on top of things, you’ll be forced to deal with last minute decisions and items on moving day.
Packing up an entire household can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. But have no fear, first-time movers — we’ve put together a timeline and a ton of handy-dandy tips that should ease some of your stress.
Moving is a Process, Not an Event
Unless you have been chased out of your home by a landlord with an eviction notice or a sheriff’s deputy brandishing a foreclosure order, in all likelihood you can anticipate when you are going to make your move and plan accordingly for the ordeal. As such, unless all of your worldly possessions will fit in a single duffle bag that can be readily tossed into storage, you will want to consider a timetable of six to eight weeks out when drawing up your relocation checklist.
6 to 8 Weeks Prior to D-Day
Approximately 2 months before your move, you should look into the services of a professional mover, or reserve the truck and trailer that you will need to complete the move yourself. If utilizing the services of a professional moving service, be sure to account for everything that is going to be handled on the day of the move when arriving at a cost estimate. The morning of the move is not the time to decide that you want to keep the Baby Grand piano after all. Such last minute change of plans is guaranteed to fall outside the scope of your written estimate and will end up costing you more than you had planned. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “if you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.”
4 to 6 Weeks Prior to D-Day
A month to a month and a half out from the big day, you’ll want to start notifying friends, family, and businesses of your impending move and cancel utilities and transfer services to your new address. In the hustle and bustle of a move, however, it’s easy to let important details slip through the cracks, so here’s a handy reference list of places to notify of your move:
- Utility company (electric, gas, water, trash, sewer)
- Cable/Satellite (don’t forget Internet!)
- Lawn Service
- Post Office
- Credit card companies
- Finance companies
- Probation officer (we’re not judging)
- DMV (don’t stand in line — see if there’s an online form)
- Social Security Administration
- Human Resources/Personnel Department
- Magazine or newspaper subscriptions
Taking care of these notifications ahead of time ensures that you won’t be billed for services past your move date — and it guarantees that service won’t be interrupted at your new abode. The last thing you want to do is stand on hold, the day before the movers arrive, attempting to cancel and transfer numerous accounts.
Now is an excellent time to deal with the debris that has become of your life. The last thing you want to do is move the box that apparently hasn’t been opened since your previous move four years ago. Set aside some time to go through your old belongings and bid a fond and final farewell to those things that you have not seen in years. As such, be sure to parse through your belongings and consign them to either the rubbish pile, garage sale pile, or donation pile.
A Note on Moving Storage Units and Storage Units for Rent
An excellent way to get some elbow room and mental composure is to consider staging your packed goods at a nearby local storage unit. You can retrieve items easily on moving day. Mini storage units provide you with the flexibility to ease moving out, and storage unit prices are highly competitive. It’s well worth your time to explore options.
Storage units provide the perfect solution when your new property isn’t up to snuff. For instance, you can stage your property at a Charlotte self storage before having it shipped and warehoused at a New Orleans self storage site until your new place is ready for occupancy. The purpose of a self storage facility is to simplify your life, so you might as well take advantage of them during that time of your life that’s screaming for simplification.
2 to 3 Weeks Prior to D-Day
At this point, you probably have more boxes that need packing than you have days left to pack them. As the stress mounts, it’s always good to take a step back — and glance ahead. During this time you should check with your mover to confirm pickup dates and times, and any special details regarding your relocation. If you are a do-it-your-selfer and rented a truck with an eye towards doing the driving yourself, be sure to call the rental company to make sure that your truck will be available at the time and location you require.
1 to 2 Weeks Prior to D-Day
The countdown is imminent as you race about completing the final details that are accumulating. Now is the time to start making a determined effort to consume all those heavy canned goods in the pantry and perishables in the fridge should be eaten with only the necessary groceries refilling the shelves.
Unless you have plans for somehow getting your plants from Point A to Point B (many moving companies will not transport them), you may need to look into giving them away. Friends, family, hospitals, and hospices are all great places to deliver an orphaned plant.
Since your pet is probably convinced that something is up, what with all the activity and such, you should consider your pet’s needs in terms of possible boarding or transportation issues. Moving is as stressful for the family pet as it is for the family, so be sure to attend to their emotional needs and security. Open gates, busy movers, and stressed out animals is a perfect storm in terms of being unable to find your cat 3 hours after you should have already been on the road.
The day of the move will be tinged with excitement and overlaid with exhaustion, so be sure to get enough sleep the night before and enough caffeine the day of the move. Generally speaking, if you have hired a professional mover, it is your responsibility to make sure that all your property has been loaded onto the truck. Work with the movers to ensure that they have the exact destination, and find out from them when their ETA in the new city is expected.
Getting a new place is exciting and stressful, but with a little organization and advanced planning you can lessen the stress and make a seamless transition to your new place and life.