Moving to a new home can be an exciting time! It can also become a costly endeavor, whether it’s locally, or long distance to the other side of the country. Knowing how to cut your moving costs can keep the price down, and at the same time be an enjoyable experience.
Before you begin packing, declutter your home. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you don’t need. It’s also an opportunity to leave some of the larger furniture behind. Think about how you would like your new home to be furnished. Items not being moved can be donated, given to friends and family, or anything of value can be sold. Lighting your load will really have an impact on the price you pay to transport your belongings to your new home.
Get an estimate
Obtain estimates from at least three different moving companies and compare quotes. It’s very important to review each company to see what is being offered. Beware of any quote that is priced very low.
Doing your own packing and gathering packing supplies can keep the cost of moving down. Many household items, such as linens and clothing can be used to protect your items, and as padding for boxes. This will save on purchasing paper filling, and keep the number of boxes down. With an online search, used packing materials can be found locally.
Another way to cut costs is to have flexibility with your moving date. Certain times of the year, and times of the month cost less.
Moving to Los Angeles with Children
Los Angeles! What an exciting place to move to with children to. Whatever their age, there’s something for every child. If your children are old enough and want to be involved in the move, let them research and explore all the possibilities this city has to offer. This can be done online with the abundance of information available.
Your children might be feeling anxious about the move, reassure them, and keep their current routines in place while you prepare for the move. There are some great books to help children through the transition process.
Whatever interests your children have, or would like to pursue, you’re sure to find them in this dynamic metropolitan city. Los Angeles offers so much to its residents, of all ages. For culture, visit world famous museums, such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Center, and Griffith Park Observatory. Catch a movie in the city famous for movie making. In addition, there are a variety of educational classes and programs in and around the city. When the kids feel like being in nature, right on your doorstep hiking trails, beaches, surround you. In the winter, children can choose between going skiing, surfing, and if desired, both can even be achieved in the same day. With year round sunshine, Los Angeles boasts some of the best playgrounds in the country, providing children of all age’s endless hours of fun!
How To Move Plants
Moving to a new city, state or country? This could determine if you’re able to move your plants with you.
If you’re moving locally, to a new city, or doing a DIY move across the country, then moving your plants is possible. If however, professional movers will be transporting your belongings long distance, or you’re moving internationally, you will need to find a new home for your plants.
Before you start packing your plants, take the time to understand state and federal regulations. For in state moves, this will not apply. However, for moves out of state, contact the Department of Agriculture to find out regulations for each state. This is especially important if you will be traveling through multiple states. Some of your plants might not be permitted to cross state lines. Fines are given for any plant not permitted. It is advised to leave these plants in their original state.
For plants that are permitted across state lines, you may be required to have them inspected. Allow yourself 3-4 weeks to get your plants ready for the move.
To prepare plants for a move, make sure they’re in pots that cannot get broken. Keep plants trimmed, as it makes moving them easier. Water as normal and be careful not to over water, as weather conditions when you’re on the road could affect and damage the plants. While you’re in transit, make sure plants get enough shade, daily sunlight and water when needed.
How to Downsize Before Moving
Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.
Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.
If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?
Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.
Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home
Cleaning your new home can be easy, cost effective and far healthier when using natural products.
Stock up on green products
You may in fact already have many of these ingredients. You can prepare and make simple cleaning products, which can be used throughout the whole house. They’ll provide natural air fresheners, and joy when cleaning.
Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is a sanitizer, can remove hard water stains, and disintegrate clogged toilets and sink drains.
Baking soda – In addition to its many benefits, when being used as a cleaner, it can get rid of odors, especially in places such as a trash bin, or a fridge.
Salt – For hard to remove stains, salt granules are great to use, due to their abrasive qualities.
Lemon – Lemons not only have a fresh scent, they are also a natural bleach. They contain antiseptic and antibacterial elements.
Borax – For decades borax has been used to whiten laundry. It’s also an anti-fungal, an antiseptic and antibacterial.
Essential oils – Just the scent of essential oils adds that extra freshness to any space. In addition, they’re excellent as a disinfectant.
Tips for using your natural products
Windows – Vinegar and water, how simple can it get! Oven – Baking soda with sprinkled water. Leave overnight, then scrub. Toilet – Baking soda and vinegar as a toilet scrub Bath – Borax is great for scrubbing bath tiles.