moving from new york to los angeles

Moving From New York to Los Angeles

How to Prepare For The Move

The Empire state to the Golden state! A move from NY to LA will have some obvious changes.

To easily adjust to the move and to your new life in Los Angeles, be prepared.

How should you prepare for a move from NY to LA?

Choose your moving company Decide on a long distance moving company to transport your household items and personal belongings. Using a professional moving company will save you time and allow you to concentrate on other aspects of the move.

Where to live Los Angeles is a very large city, approximately 1302 kilometers. When deciding where to live, take into consideration your commute and apartment prices.

Packing Depending on the time of year that you will be moving to Los Angeles from NYC, will determine what you need to pack with you. Los Angeles is notoriously known for it’s year round sunshine. However, winters are cool, with a low average of 48 degrees Fahrenheit and June gloom, a southern California term, of overcast skies and cool temperatures shows up every year before summer temperatures hit the three digits. So, pack according to the Los Angeles seasons, and remember, multiple winter layers are not a requirement in Los Angeles.

Your belongings could take between 2 – 4 weeks to be delivered. Pack a bag of essential items that will remain with you for the duration of the move.

Change of address Remember to submit a change of address with USPS to make sure you receive all your mail once you’re in Los Angeles.

How will you get to Los Angeles?

 Deciding how you will get to Los Angeles depends on your individual needs. If you need to arrive within a short time frame, then flying only takes 6 hours. There is also the option to drive. The distance between the two cities is approximately 2800 miles and can take around 41 hours if you drive directly from NY to LA. Moving from coast to coast might be a once in a lifetime event. If you have the time, it might be an opportunity to take the scenic route and make a few stops along the way.

Do you need a car in Los Angeles?

 Living in Los Angeles without a car is absolutely possible. The public transport system is continuously expanding, making many parts of the city accessible. Distances between places in Los Angeles can be quite far apart; using public transport can take up quite a bit of time. However, if you plan to commute and travel locally, Los Angeles has many local buses that run regularly, especially in parts of Downtown Los Angeles and on the Westside in Santa Monica.

Having a car in Los Angeles will provide you the mobility to get around the city easily without having to rely on public transport, or the high costs associated with regularly using taxis and Uber. A car allows you to expand your experience of Los Angeles. There are so many places in and around the city that are not accessible by public transport. As the city is becoming more pedestrian friendly, and the use of bicycles is also more prominent, you might find it beneficial to have a car, but not have to use it all the time.

If you will be bringing your car from NY to LA, you will need to register it in California. Make sure emissions are in order as Los Angeles is very tough on regulations.

What’s there to do in Los Angeles?

 Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find it in Los Angeles. If you have never been to LA before and want to spend some time being a tourist, head up to Hollywood and check out the stars on the sidewalk or take a walk along Venice Beach. If its art, theatre, or dance you’re interested in, Los Angeles is home to some famous spots including: MOCA, the Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center. The city is surrounded by nature, if you want to escape for the day, you’re not far from the mountains, or the sea, and even a drive to the desert and back can be accomplished in the same day!  

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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

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Feb 11, 2024

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Ria B.
Jan 10, 2024

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