Los Angeles Moving Guide: What To Expect
Are you deciding on whether to move to Los Angeles? Great! There are things you should know before making your way over to this densely populated city.
Los Angeles is a county with many cities and suburbs within it. It stretches from the San Fernando Valley all the way down to Long Beach. As of 2017, there are close to 10 million inhabitants who live in Los Angeles County. That rivals the population of Sweden!
Los Angeles is known for a lot of things, and needing a car is one of them. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford one, LA is the place for you. Can you get around without a car? Technically, but it could take you hours and our public transportation system still leaves something to be desired.
With cars come traffic, freeways, and a place to park. If you are choosing to move to Los Angeles, it might be a good idea to hire a moving company in Los Angeles to help move all of your stuff. They will help you navigate Los Angeles traffic and help make you more a lot easier.
It seems like the freeways in LA are always jam-packed, especially during rush hour. The 101 and 405 freeways are pretty well known for bumper-to-bumper traffic. Believe me, you could sit in traffic for an hour and barely move three miles. So it’s good to try and plan to avoid traffic when possible.
Learn to use side streets and canyon roads to get to certain places. For example, many of us cut across the San Fernando Valley to the ocean by using Topanga Canyon Blvd. Not only is it convenient, the windy roads take you through breathtaking scenery.
If you’re like most Angelenos, you’ll think more about the beach than you’ll actually go there. That is true for most of the year. Summer is a different story. When the temperature is in the 90s or more, all 10 million people seem to rush over to the coast and make parking non-existent or expensive if you use a private lot.
Parking can be a huge issue, especially in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. Be aware of street signs telling you where you can park, where you cannot park, and when you can park. It can take some getting used to as you drive around and around until you find something.
With this knowledge in hand, you have a better chance of getting to where you need or want to go around LA. Be sure to contact us for more tips on moving to Los Angeles and the other life changes that may occur when you move. Good luck with your move!