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MOVING IN L.A.


Los Angeles is the second largest city in the U.S., and the largest in California. Depending on what you regard as the greater LA area (the metro area can be viewed as part of 5 possible counties), it has a minimum population of 3.8 million people. The unofficial metro catchments area has a population of approximately 17 million.

Find a moving company that knows L.A.
Physically, the greater LA area is more than 180 miles long. This means there are many highways and many firms that operate as moving companies.Find the right company to handle your move in LA, following the same guidelines you would in other major cities.

You want a licensed, accredited moving company. It should be insured and have a perfect record with the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, you should choose one that guarantees you a fixed price, in writing, and holds to its estimate no matter what might occur. You can verify your moving company’s credentials at http://www.moving.org/.

Pack your possessions carefully, or choose a company that will do the job properly. Plan your move well ahead of time. A good moving company will answer your calls promptly, have no problem sending a representative to your home for an estimate, and sign a binding agreement guaranteeing that your costs will not go up.

Welcome to L.A.
If you are new to the greater Los Angeles area, or even to a new neighborhood, you may need information on schools, utilities, events, and guides to specific communities. Visit these two helpful sites on all things LA:
http://losangeles.about.com/od/neighborhoodsrealestate/a/newtolosangeles.htm
http://www.hellolosangeles.com/

To get an idea of what life is like in Los Angeles, explore the LA Times website at http://www.latimes.com/.

Have you thought about a shuttle?
If you have only a few boxes to move, it might make sense to use a shuttle service. Some moving companies offer weekly shuttles, running coast-to-coast in as little as 5 days, from east-coast cities to California..

Gypsy Moth
The gypsy moth is a pest, notorious for damaging hardwood tress. If you move to California from a state that has gypsy moth, you are required to inspect your outdoor articles and sign a gypsy moth inspection form prior to your move. Check to see if your state is on the quarantine list at:
http://agr.wa.gov/plantsinsects/InsectPests/GypsyMoth/Quarantine/USQuarantine.aspx.