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Lofty thoughts on moving into a loft

Moving into a loft doesn’t only mean a change of address, it’s a different way of life as the following quotes note.

“Loft living is the antithesis of suburban domesticity, if only because the open spaces don’t easily accommodate family life. Lofts also offer residents the opportunity – and responsibility – to structure their own space to reflect what’s important to them.” – Virginia Postrel

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Midwest & West is Best according to Livability’s Top 100 Places to Live

It’s here, the latest ranking of the top places to live in the U.S. according to Livability. Both the Midwest and west received high marks (and a top 5 ranking) on this most recent list of the 100 best small to mid-sized cities in the country.

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4 Tips for Moving with a Dog

Tips for moving with pet dogs

     1.         Stick to Routine

Dogs are creatures of routine and it is important for them to have a structured life. This is exceptionally important on moving day because it is a day filled with commotion and change, to which dogs do not respond positively. Take your pup for the morning walk and serve breakfast at the same time, and play it cool – anything to install a calm environment.

     2.         Get a Sitter

It’s not ideal to do the actual moving with your pet around. In addition to the anxiety it creates for the animal (and you), a busy moving day is a prime time to lose track of your pet. This rule applies to both your old place and the new one. Having your dog at the new home during the move is also a stressful way to introduce it to its new home. Take your dog to a trusted friend where he or she can hang out before being initially introduced to the new space.

     3.         Create the Comforts of Home

Before you bring your dog into the new house or apartment, layout its bed and a few toys, and set up the food and water bowl. This will create an inviting and comfortable environment. We all love a cozy welcome. Use this time to also play with your pet to establish positive association with the new home.

     4.         Odds and Ends

Don’t forget to survey the new home, especially if it’s an apartment building, for materials or spills that could be dangerous to your pet. Depending how far you move, find a new vet as soon as you can – just like you should find yourself a new physician if the distance makes it necessary. Get your dog a new ID tag as soon as you move and update its tracking chip.

 

Moving to Los Angeles? Get Informed About the Cost of Living First

Moving to Los Angeles? Get Informed About the Cost of Living

Major metropolitan areas—Los Angeles, Chicago, New York—generally have a higher cost of living than rural areas or small towns. It’s a given. Cities like Los Angeles, however, offer a specific type of living and opportunities that can’t be matched in more affordable locales. So before making the move to Los Angeles, take time to get acquainted with the cost of living in the city so you aren’t hit with sticker shock upon arrival.

First, it’s important to know that cost of living in Los Angeles can vary dramatically by neighborhood. For example, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Silver Lake stands at $1,485, while Studio City rent is slightly higher at $1,530. Santa Monica, on the other hand, is much pricier at $2,280 per month.

If you’re looking to buy a house, a three-bedroom single family home follows similar trends. The median Silver Lake home runs a cool $735,000. Studio City is about $799,000 for a three-bedroom home, while a place in Santa Monica of similar size will set you back $1,125,000. (Source: apartmenttherapy.com)

According to Payscale.com, Los Angeles cost of living is 50% above the national average. However, it’s not all bad news: Salaries in Los Angeles are also higher than the national average. Also, its East Coast counterpart New York City is 73% more expensive than Los Angeles, so comparatively it can be an affordable city.

But before packing your bags, don’t forget to incorporate moving costs during this planning period. Always get a quote for a Los Angeles moving company beforehand and factor in all the little details, from moving supplies to gas mileage, as these costs add up too.

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Moving is nothing to kid about

While Golan’s Moving and Storage can transport your valuable items and furniture without a scratch, they cannot move your most precious cargo—your children. To make sure your kids have a smooth transition, remember C.H.I.L.D.R.E.N. as indicated in the following steps:

C.ommunication
Even before you find your new home, tell your kids a move is on the horizon in order to give them time to adjust to the impending change.

H.elping out
Give your children simple chores to help with the move. Depending on their age, they can send change-of-address cards to their friends or clean out their closet and pack their own clothes and toys.

Golan’s is happy to provide, at no charge, change of address cards:

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L.ighten up
I.nvolvement
Make an effort to include the kids on house-hunts. Ask for their input. This will make them feel important and involved. And they may make some relevant points!

Although relocating can be extremely stressful, especially if you’re dealing with an unwanted job transfer, try to maintain a positive attitude so you don’t cause a chain reaction of stress onto your children.

D.iscoveries
Bring your children to the new neighborhood before the move. Check out the stores and schools and sites they will inhabit to acquaint them with their new surroundings.

R.eassurance
Kids fear change and the unknown, so take time to reassure them that they can still keep in contact with their old friends and neighbors. Perhaps have a going-away party where kids can say their farewells and parents can exchange emails and addresses if a more gradual good-bye is needed.

E.njoy
Make the relocating as fun as possible. Give your children colorful markers to decorate their moving boxes. Pack their favorite toys, snacks and DVDs for the journey to their new home. Create a CD of sing-along songs for the car ride.

N.urture
Keep an eye on your child during and after the move to ensure they are coping in a healthy way to the major change in their life.

By remembering C.H.I.L.D.R.E.N., your kids may not drag their feet to their new home. They may actually enjoy the process or, at least, feel empowered by it.

Wanting to relocate in Los Angeles, California? For your information, Golan’s moving and movers in Los Angeles can help you out in such a case.

More About Meow-ving Kitty

Moving with cats is more than just the physical act of transporting them from home to home (which we covered in the last blog). Because cats are fans of routine and scared of change, a couple steps need to be taken before and after the move to suppress feline fear.

First off, confine them to a safe room so when Golan’s movers come to pack up your things and carry out your furniture, the cats won’t be stressed out by the unexpected guests and hide in potentially-dangerous places or escape out of open doors. Also, let Golan’s Movers know there is a safe room that is off limits by verbally telling them as well as labeling the door with a sign.

A safe room, by the way, is a room with a litter box on one end and cat food, water and bedding on the other end. The cats should calmly be placed in the room along with their toys. Ideally the room will have a French Door or some kind of glass pane so you can check in on them without opening the door while the move is in play.

Once your furniture is moved and set up by Golan’s at your new home, you will repeat the process of a creating a safe room. This time the room is not to shield the cats from the commotion of the move. It’s to help acclimate them to their new digs.

Given immediate free run of a new house usually overwhelms cats and they will search for a place to hide—often a place that is dangerous like behind the oven or up in the rafters or air ducts. By providing your fraidy-cats with a safe room as well as a cardboard box to hide in, they’ll feel more at ease—and you’ll know where they are!

Leave the door to their safe room open when you’re home. As your cats feel more comfortable, they will come out. If your patience and love doesn’t encourage them to safely and slowly explore the new environment, their curiosity will!

Although change is more traumatic for cats than it is for dogs, they will eventually acclimate themselves to the new home and be lording over their domain in time, reclaiming their top cat status.

For more information regarding California cat moves, visit http://www.sdhumane.org/

Also when looking for movers of your cats in California, contact Golan’s movers in Los Angeles for assistance.

Meow-ving Kitty

While Golan’s movers can safely transport your items, a purrfect move for your cat is up to you. Since most felines fear travel, you’ll have to begin prepping them for the journey. If you already have a carrier, pull it out of storage and place it where your cat has access to it. In time, kitty should begin hanging out inside the carrier—an essential step that will enable you to easily coax your cat into the carrier come moving day.

Whether your cat is traveling by car or plane, make sure travel identification and rabies tags are firmly attached to kitty’s collar. If your veterinarian prescribed a sedative, follow directions for administering it prior to travel. Also, check with your vet to see if your cat is fit enough for the journey—especially if they’re flying. The Animal Welfare Act prohibits air transportation of kittens less than eight weeks old and prior to weaning.
If your cat is being shipped via air freight, follow airline instructions carefully once you make the reservations.

Secure a regulated shipping cat carrier two weeks prior to departure. If your pet’s flight precedes yours, make pick-up and boarding arrangements. Be sure your consignee has complete flight schedule and name of airport where pet will arrive.

On the departure date, bring your cat to the air terminal two hours before flight time. Feed kitty no less than five or six hours before flight time and give your cat a drink of water about two hours before take-off.

In addition to securing data firmly to your cat’s collar, attach the same information to your cat’s carrier. And make sure the carrier is securely latched! Also, double-check that all transportation charges are paid and your cat’s health and shipping documents in order.

When traveling by car, bring along a water bottle and bowl, blanket, toy, treats, food and a towel/paper towels. If you must leave your cat in the car during warm weather, park in the shade, open all the windows one inch, leave water, and check on pet every hour. If the temperature is hot, don’t leave your cat in the car at all! For overnight travel, make advance reservations at hotels that permit pets.

Lastly, to avoid cat claws-trophobia, sooth your pet by gently saying everything is okay and soon this journey will be hiss-tory!

Want to move your cats in Los Angeles? Golan’s Los Angeles moving service can do it for you!

Closet Case

Closet CaseYou’ve landed your new job, found an excellent place to live, hired Golan’s Moving and Storage to help with the transition. Everything seems in order—except for the closet! It’s the little place where you’ve been stashing stuff. Rather than moving it ALL to your new digs, it’s best to dig through it to determine what should go with you, and what should just go.

The easiest way to assess the storage is to pull everything out. Now, put your items in piles designated for different destinations: 1) things you regularly use and must keep; 2) things you seldom use yet still need to keep; 3) things you don’t need that can be sold; 4) things you don’t use that can be donated; 5) things that don’t fit any of the above categories and must be trashed.

Put the first pile back in your closet, and when the time comes, Golan’s will move it to your new place. Put the second pile into boxes that can be easily stored in your new home. Since these items won’t be accessed often, clearly mark the boxes regarding the contents: “winter clothes”, “good china,” “gifts to regift,” you get the drift.

Your third pile takes some work. Start by bringing your things to nearby consignment shops and used book/DVD/CD stores. The former may take some time before seeing a reward, but the latter ought to offer cash on the spot. If they don’t accept your items, try to sell them in a garage/yard sale (if you’re having one) or put them into the donation pile. Other options include posting your merchandise on on eBay or Craig’s List where you can attract potential purchasers outside of your immediate area.

Make sure the contents of your fourth pile can be donated. Stained clothes and broken items are not accepted by charities. Nor are weapons—and that includes BB guns, pellet guns and arrows. Paints, fuels or solvents, newspapers and magazines should be safely thrown away. Once you have cleaned up your pile of charitable items, visit www.donationdropoff.org for a list of donation bins, donation centers and donation sites in your area.

Following these steps will give you more money and less clutter. In addition to feeling good about helping others, you’ll feel great about your new, clean closet!

For your information, there are many movers and moving companies in Los Angeles to help with your moving and storage related matters. You may contact Golan’s longdistance moving and storage for that purpose.

Go Fish

Moving LA - Go Fish

When your fish are going to a new home, there are a few ways to make sure their move goes swimmingly.

Fish, and other pets, must always be transported in your own vehicle. Depending on the type of aquarium you have, sometimes you may be able to leave them inside the tank. Just take out all filters, lights and ornaments. Living plants should be put in plastic bags filled with aquarium water. This is fine since you’ll need to drain much of the water out of the aquarium—so long as you’re not crowding the fish. Place the aquarium on the backseat floor of your car. Rest nothing on top of, except for its secure-fitting lid.

If your travel time is more than 2 hours, you should break down the aquarium for easier transport. First place the fish, one by one with a small net, into a minnow bucket or ridded container (with air holes in the lid) filled with 3/4 of aquarium water. Be careful not to squish the fish; do not overcrowd the fish; and keep the different breeds separate.

You can also use leak-proof, clear freezer bags so long as there’s enough room for the largest fish to swim around freely. Fish need oxygen so make sure the bag is 1/3 full of aquarium water with a large pocket of air above the twist. To ensure the bags don’t roll around during transport, place them into a container such as a styrofoam cooler—which will also stabilize the temperature for up to 48 hours. Make sure to keep fish out of in direct sunlight or cold drafts.

Do not feed fish for two or three days before transport.

If fish are being shipped via air, they should be packed by specialized pet suppliers. It’s best to go over all your transport procedures with a tropical fish expert or vet on the onset of your travel to make sure your move is safe and easy without being all upstream.

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For the record…

Box Fixed

Everyone has records. Not the old ones with grooves, but current documents from your doctor, school, utilities and bank. So before you move, make sure you have them in order.

If you already know your new physician or clinic, ask them to call for your medical files. If not, simply ask your current doctor, dentist and optometrist for a condensed version of your records and accompanying x-rays. Also, don’t forget to contact your vet for your pet’s medical records. You’re entitled to a complete copy including exam and test results as well treatment sheets if your pet was hospitalized.

While most schools will forward your child’s records to the new school, ask for an additional copy as a back-up. If your child is applying to college, request a certified copy of their transcript to be mailed to your new address.

Most people bank online but if you don’t, be sure to get copies of current bank statements, account information and investment standings. After you’ve paid your utility bills and closed all accounts, keep a hard copy of your payment on the off-chance a company claims payment has not been made.

Once you’ve obtained all these records, organize them in an easy, accessible way with a portable file box, aka Bankers Box. Despite its stodgy name, Bankers Boxes come in a variety of fun colors and designs. You may opt for cornflower blue from newegg.com or red from officeworld.com. Through amazon.com, you can get stylish stackable storage boxes as well as Snap-N-Store’s black and white scroll design or a two-pack of printed boxes in stripes and blossoms from Fellowes Decorative Bankers. Environmentally-keen movers will appreciate recycled file flip-top boxes from officemax.com.

With your records tied-down, you’ll want to let loose by singing and dancing to your other records. You know, the old ones with the grooves.

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