5 Factors to Consider When Moving in to Your Los Angeles Apartment

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5 Factors to Consider When Moving in to Your Los Angeles Apartment

Staff Writer · Dec 8, 2009

Moving into your new Los Angeles apartment will be a very exciting and challenging experience. Whether your moving locally or from out of the area there will be a number of items you will wish to consider before choosing your location. Here are 5 very important criteria that effect the first time mover or the seasoned pro:

What You Should Look for

It’s true when you’re told how important the area and location of your new apartment will be, and nowhere else is it more true than in a metropolis like L.A. Besides the overall moving costs just getting to L.A., you must also account for a higher cost of living and a definite period of settling into your new city.

A moving company is an excellent way to ease the stress of moving, especially when relocating into a city as bustling as Los Angeles. Should your budget allow, moving companies provide a safe and timely method for getting you moved in so that you can focus on moving forward, in a new and sometimes overwhelming area.

1. Traffic

The traffic issues in Los Angeles county are not exaggerated. The average commute to work in L.A. is approximately 30 minutes. However, a resident living in Burbank who works in Culver City may spend over one hour for his commute during just moderate traffic. Finding a location that has access to public transportation, or is close enough for you ride your bicycle will save a tremendous amount of time, as well as money on gas and vehicle maintenance.

2. Diversity

Los Angles is pieced together like a tapestry. Dozens of communities all bordering one another, yet keeping a distinct and unique cultural or social identity. If you are able to plan ahead, spend a day or two just traveling around the city to find what type of an area may best suit your lifestyle. Internet searches for any area you are considering will no doubt help you with valuable information about what each community offers.

3. Safety

Any city will have issues with crime management and safety. Los Angeles, though one of America’s most beautiful cities likewise will cause any newcomer to consider residing in a safe area. Contact the police department or city offices prior to your move to find out what types of crimes are common in your new area. Also, contact your new landlord or rental community to find what, if any, crimes have been committed within or around the community.

4. Cost

Rental amounts in Los Angles will vary greatly depending upon which area you choose. When looking at an area close to the beach, or in Beverly Hills, you will pay a premium. So, depending on your budget, a website like Apartmentratings.com is a great source of value based information. Great deals can be found throughout L.A., but with so many rental communities, it will require some additional effort on your part to find them.

5. Noise

Much of Los Angeles is built along its freeway systems, busy streets, or its vast airport. When looking for your new home, don’t overlook the importance of being far enough away from a noise nuisance that may interrupt the peace and enjoyment of your new community.

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