It is not necessary to obtain house insurance but it is strongly advisable. Home insurance premiums vary depending on the location, probabilities for the risks and deductibles, but they will certainly give peace of mind for your tangible assets. Coverage for LA’s environmental disasters is added protection against LA’s annual bush fires as well damage caused from earthquakes. All below companies offer owner and renter’s insurance. Check website for the nearest agent.
4680 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
State Farm Insurance
712 W 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
2950 Los Feliz #205, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Most landlords and real estate agents will graciously hand you a contact list of LA’s Gas, Electricity, and Water companies. Home owners and renters are responsible for paying all of their utilities unless notified otherwise. Most apartment units come with the water bills included (with some exceptions). Identify the utility provider for your area, call the telephone numbers provided and explain that you’ve just moved to the property. The operator will ask for your name, any previous address within LA County, and the date you moved in. You will receive your first bill within ten days that lists a small set up fee for new accounts. After which, you will receive a monthly bill.
Many of the utility provider websites now offer tips to be smart both economically and ecologically, and give incentives and rebates to various customers. Pay bill online or by mail.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – Water and Power
Southern California Edison – Electricity
Burbank Water and Power
164 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Glendale Water and Power
141 North Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91206
The Southern California Gas Company – Gas
- Water: $40 -$80.
- Electricity: $50-$100.
- Gas: $30-$60
The USPS gives information on shipping costs for regular and priority mail, post office locations, purchasing stamps online, and passport renewals. International shipping is available for parcels and envelopes and is cheaper to use than independent shipping companies.
When moving from one place (in the US) from the other, you can notify USPS of change of address. They will then forward any mail addressed to your old address to the new address. You can do this in person at any post office or via online.
Post offices are all over Los Angeles; check website for the nearest location. Opening times vary: 8.00am – 5.30pm.
US Postal Service
201 N Los Angeles St., Suite 23,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
FedEx – Fedex ships packages and envelopes all over the globe. Their website provides information on prices and store locations.
3974 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
The UPS Store – UPS ships small and fairly large packages globally
5482 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Box and Ship – Ships and boxes larger items abroad using FedEX, UPS, and DHL carriers. They also carry a line of shipping supplies.
Box & Ship
7304 Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Box & Ship
11041 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Major truck rental chain with many locations throughout the nation from an inexpensive rate of $19.99 for an in-town moving per day. They also carry shipping, moving and storage supplies.
4550 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027