Posted Apr 22, 2015
A Guide To Moving to Los Angeles (and Within Los Angeles)
Moving to Los Angeles and even moving within Los Angeles is more complicated than you might think. The spread-out city, crisscrossed by packed highways, causes logistical problems that you might not see in any other locale.
Plus, even if you know Los Feliz inside and out, moving to Santa Monica could be a culture shock. Even if it’s only 10 miles away. Here are a few tips to help you out if you’re moving to Los Angeles:
Get to Know the Highways
No matter where you live in LA, it is essential to know the 405, the 101, and the 10 like the back of your hand.
They are the lifeblood of this expansive city, so if you are relocating from the beach to the mountains or the Valley, you need to know where these roads take you and, especially, what times to avoid them.
Pick Up a Map
Yes, a map. You never know when the GPS is going to fail you. Get an old-style, street-by-street grid map that can give you really detailed info about different areas of Los Angeles.
This will come in handy because even if you have lived in one part of LA, it’s so spread out you probably haven’t experienced half of the city. Spend some time in a neighborhood before you commit to moving there.
Familiarize Yourself With Parking Signs in Your New Neighborhood
You may have mastered the parking in Hollywood, but it will be a whole different story in Venice or Glendale.
Get to know the rules and regulations, so you don’t get caught with your pants down (aka get slapped with a parking ticket). Parking in LA may not be as complicated as parking in NYC, but those tickets can still add up.
Search for Boxes
You probably want to move as efficiently and cheaply as possible. You don’t want to skimp on moving companies, but you might be able to get away with finding free boxes.
You probably know that liquor stores have the strongest boxes, with the least chance of terrible food smells and grease stains. Check out some local liquor stores for boxes.
Know the Weather
And that means understanding that LA is a microclimate that can result in extreme temperature differences in areas that are in close proximity to each other. It is likely that the temp could be 75 degrees on the ocean in Santa Monica and as high as 95 degrees once you get a few miles in inland. Keep that in mind if when you plan a move in either direction.
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This article was prepared by FlatRate Moving, a moving and storage company with over 20 years of industry experience.