Are Custom Closets Worth It?

Having a custom closet is something that every girl (and many boys!) dreams of. Plus, custom closets are ideal if you just don’t have enough space in your home for all of your things. But there are some definite drawbacks to this type of storage, and also some benefits. Before you drop thousands on a custom closet, take a look at this list of pros and cons.

The Benefits

  • You’ll have more room for your stuff. Custom closet designers can work some serious magic. Know how you thought you’d never fit all of your shoes and dresses into that tiny closet? These designers can make it happen, and make it look good at the same time.
  • It looks amazing. From custom wood to drawer pulls that you choose yourself, your custom closet will look every bit as amazing as you have been imagining.
  • They add home value. If you are looking for Longmont movers or movers in Greeley, CO (or anywhere really), adding a custom closet to a home will raise the value of the home. If you plan to sell in the future, this is a good investment.
  • These closets will make use of all the space that you have available. Even inch will be measured, and every bit of your closet will be used for your new custom space.
  • They are quick to install. Closet installation experts can easily put up your custom closet in half a day, so there’s no hassle for you involved in this process.

The Drawbacks

  • The price: Custom closets can easily cost thousands of dollars. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on that closet if you’re going to go the custom route.
  • These closets are designed for the things that you have right now, but you may not be able to expand your wardrobe or cut back on certain things. If you move in the future or just change up the way that you dress, you’re stuck with your custom closet. You can expand or change the closet, but keep in mind this will undoubtedly cost extra.
  • You may start adding more stuff than you need to your closet space. Now that you have all those drawers and shelves, you may feel like buying a lot of things to fill up the area. This could mean that you will become a pack rat, and you may find your new closet overflowing in no time.

Other Options

If you don’t have the time or patience to create a custom solution yourself, you may want to call those custom closet designers. Otherwise, there are various solutions available from companies like Ikea, Home Depot, and The Container Store. The best way to figure out if you can do this yourself is to add up the costs of buying custom closet options from one of these stores, the time it takes you to install that option, and whether or not you actually have the time. Then, compare that to a custom closet price (usually around $3000).

You may find that you can greatly benefit from the custom option, or that an Ikea option is more than adequate. While we can’t help you build a custom closet, we can help you when it comes to moving to your new home. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full service moving company that can help you pack, move, and unpack. With movers in Longmont, CO, and all over the Denver and Fort Collins area (we even have movers in Greeley, CO), our team is here to help you make that move a smooth one. Whether you are moving in Colorado or moving across the world, we can help. Call our Longmont movers today for a completely free estimate.

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7 Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips

As the days start to get longer, we’re all quickly reminded of those not so clean spots in our homes that need some attention. Spring invites cleaning, and there are many ways to clean your home to prepare for the season ahead. Sometimes, though, the best spring cleaning tips are the simplest. Why? Because we often forget to clean these really basic areas! Here are some helpful spring cleaning tips that will force you to focus on those everyday spots that could use some extra cleaning care.

  • Curtains: When was the last time that you took down your curtains, threw them in the washing machine, and gave them a good once over? You’d be surprised at how much cleaner a room can look just by washing the window treatments! It only takes a few minutes to take down some curtains to wash them, but the differen that you see will be dramatic. Unless the tag on the curtains says otherwise, you can usually wash any pair in the washing machine–but you may want to line dry them just so they don’t shrink.
  • The many things in your kitchen. Winter kitchens are home to many different baked goods and warm soups and breads, but all of that cozy cooking can lead to quite a big mess. Go through your kitchen cabinets to get rid of spices, old dried goods, and items that you no longer use.
  • Your windows: are your windows getting hard to look through? If your windows unsnap, take them out and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in place. If you can’t clean your windows easily, hire someone to clean them from the outside. This way, you can let in all of that spring and summer light!
  • Dust behind and on top of things: Grab a dusting cloth, and set to work on top of cabinets, on baseboards, on molding, and on top of door frames and underneath things. Open doors and dust behind them, dust under door stoppers, dust under beds, and think about the place that you can’t see. A good dusting will do wonders.
  • Change and wash bedding: If you haven’t changed the comforters on your beds this winter, now is a good time to bring those items to your dry cleaner. Once they’ve returned, pack them away for next winter, and take out the lighter and brighter spring options.
  • Rugs and furniture: Vacuum attachments can make vacuuming rugs and furniture simpler, but if you can’t get out all of those winter stains, you may want to rent a hot water vacuum, so that you can really deep clean the rugs.
  • Heaters: Do you have old hot water heaters? The coils in these heaters can trap a ton of dust and other allergens, but you can get between those coils with a rag or with another long and thin cleaning tool.

When to Hire Help

Spring cleaning should be fun, but if you just don’t have the time to clean, you may want to hire a professional cleaning crew to come in and give your house a thorough spring cleaning. You may also want to go this route if you’re moving to Denver, and you won’t have time to clean up your old place or prepare your new home before you move. Exodus can take care of your move, packing, scheduling, and everything else that’s part of the actual moving process, and you may want to hire someone to clean up before you move too.

As far as getting to your new place goes, call your Fort Collins movers to help you out. Exodus has been moving people all over the world for many years now, and we’ll be happy to assign you your own moving specialist to assist with every aspect of your move from start to finish. Simply let us know what you need, and we can help out. Whether you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else, Exodus can get you there! Call us today to get a free estimate.

What are your amazing spring cleaning tips? Let us know by leaving us a note on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what you do to prepare for spring.

How to Find Moving Boxes

If you’re moving to Denver, Exodus Moving and Storage can help you when it comes to moving supplies like boxes, packing wrap, bubble wrap, and other necessary items to assist you with your move. But if you’d rather find these things on your own, there are some places that you can find boxes to help with your move.

It used to be that you could simply walk into a grocery store, ask for boxes, and take a bunch home with you. But this is no longer the case. Now, stores keep or recycle those boxes, and this means that you may not get any. So, where else can you find moving boxes? Here are some places to find boxes that you may not have thought of.

Bars, Liquor Store, and Pubs: These establishments often have a lot of extra boxes laying around. When shipments come into a bar or restaurant, boxes abound. Ask a local bar owner or pub owner if they have a few extra boxes that you can have for your move. Liquor stores deal almost exclusively in cardboard  boxes, some owners will keep them for just this purpose.

Ask your friends and family members: Know someone that’s just moved, or someone that may have a few extra boxes laying around? Put a notice out on Facebook, and ask the world if they have a box or two that they can lend to you.

Check sites like Craig’s List: Some community sites may include posts from people that want to give away boxes. Often, people don’t know what to do with boxes after a move, and giving them away seems like the best possible thing. If you can’t find any for free, you may be able to buy a bunch off of someone that no longer needs them.

Check with a school in your area: Textbooks and teaching supplies come in boxes, and that means lots of leftover boxes for you to use. Ask a local school if they have a box or three that you can take.

Consider Other Options

There are other ways to pack up items that don’t involve boxes. You can use cloth packaging, or you can use reusable boxes which are a much greener option. While boxes are the norm, you don’t have to use them at all. Consider other choices that may be much more environmentally friendly, and much easier to use and find. Plus, with reusable boxes, you can simply pack them away, and use them again another day.

Our Boxes and Packing Options

At Exodus Moving and Storage, we are more than happy to provide you with boxes and other packing materials, so make sure to ask us about your options when it comes to what we have to offer. Since we’ve been moving people for many years now, we know a thing or two about packing, and we’re more than happy to help you out! Call us to ask about the packing items that we have for you–and to find out about our rates, and how we work.

When it comes to moving, we take pride and joy in making sure that our customers moves are stress free, fun, and easy to plan. That’s why we set you up with a personal moving consultant at the start of your move. From beginning to end, we are here for you. Just call us and ask about our moves, getting a free moving quote, and finding out what a moving estimate for your move looks like. We always stand behind our quotes!

We’d also love it if you would join us on Facebook, so come and let us know what you think about our boxing ideas. Have you found any places to get free boxes that aren’t included in this list? Let us know what your ideas are!

3 Things You Might Forget When Moving Long Distance

Moving is a hectic and crazy time. You have so much to think about and coordinate. First there’s the selection process – both the new house and community you are moving to and the Colorado moving company that will help you get your stuff there – and then comes the flood of activities essential to getting you from point A to point B.

You have to weed through your belongings so you aren’t traveling with stuff you never really use anyway. You have to decide whether to sell your items at a yard sale or donate them to Goodwill (or both!). You should make sure you get some quality time in with your friends and family that you won’t see as often anymore. And lastly the dreaded chore of packing all of your boxes, if you don’t rely on your long distance moving company to pack for you. It can be hard to remember everything you need to do, even if you have made out lists. Here are a few things you might not think of so that you don’t forget a few highly important things.

Membership Transfers

Do you belong to a gym? Do you go often? It’s time to see if your gym has a location nearby. If so, you need to transfer it! If not, you should look into the cancellation policy well in advance so that you aren’t stuck paying for a membership you can’t even use. There may be some early termination fees to contend with, so be sure to read all of the fine print and see the exact date you signed up. Sometimes waiting an extra month or two before canceling avoids these high fees.

Sit down and make a list of all of the clubs and organizations you belong to, and your kids, too – the American Legion, Girl Scouts, 4-H – and determine where the nearest location to your new home is so that you can continue your membership uninterrupted.

Your Car

No, I know you aren’t going to forget about taking your car with you, but there is something you might forget that involves your car. Sometimes, there is so much going on, we neglect to get our car all tuned up and ready to hit the road to our new home!

Not only do you need it to be tuned up and in excellent shape to drive a long distance, you should be sure to pack a first aid kit and emergency supplies, just in case. Don’t forget tissues, band aids, sunscreen, aloe vera gel, and bug spray. If it’s winter, bring along an emergency snow shovel, blankets for the whole family, flares, and anything to make sitting in the cold more bearable. You never know where or when disaster will strike – better safe than sorry!

Don’t forget to have a chat with your mechanic. They might know of someone in your new area that can be trusted to fix your car properly without charging you an arm and a leg.

Medical Considerations

Here’s another thing that many people don’t think of until they’ve already moved. It’s something that is easily forgotten, especially if you are the pillar of health and seldom visit your doctor. Before you leave for good, talk to your doctor about transferring medical records and prescriptions to your new location. You can sign all of the release forms ahead of time to make the transition as smooth as possible. They, like your mechanic, might be able to refer you to another practice in your network, too.

You might find that your health insurance plan changes. If this is the case, do your homework before you move so there is no lapse in coverage or steep bills that won’t be covered.

Planning a move? Don’t worry – Exodus Moving & Storage can help so that you are prepared and don’t forget a thing!

Should You Reconnect With Those Old Friends?

It’s not unusual for people to move back to an old hometown or a previous hometown after being away for a long time. If you’re in the situation, you might be thinking about old friends that still live in that town. Should you reconnect with them? Is it a good idea to try and strike up a relationship once again? As it turns out, there are some very good reasons to reconnect with old friends in person (and not just on Facebook)!

  • Reminiscing is good for the soul: Remembering old memories, fun days, and things from the past that you once loved is really good for you. Once in a while, it’s fun to take a trip or two down memory lane to see what you may not remember, or what you might miss from those old days. Who knows, you may even be reminded of a hobby that you used to like, and you can take up that hobby once again.
  • You’ll get to compare the person that you were back then with the person that you are now. Hopefully, you’ve grown in a positive direction, but simply talking about the person that you once were will let you compare your past and future selves. You never know, you may want to adopt some of those older traits, or simply look back to a time when you were strong and happy, if you aren’t now.
  • You may find a relationship that you were greatly missing, and you may turn an old friend into a new one. Sometimes, people grow in different directions and have nothing in common at a later time in life. Other times, those same people reconnect, and find that they still have a strong bond, and that they really did miss each other. Maybe you’re missing out on a good friend, and you don’t even know it.
  • You now have the time to make the decision whether or not you want to be friends with that person once again. There’s a good chance that you didn’t actually make this choice way back when. Typically, people grow apart due to geography or other reasons, and often it’s not a choice to move away from a friend. Now, you have the time to really try to reconnect, and to see whether or not that relationship is worth keeping.
  • You can never have too many friends. It’s true, it’s harder to make friends when you become an adult for various reasons. But true friends, friends that really know you, are hard to come by. If you do reconnect with an old friend, you may find that you now have a very good friend to share things with, laugh with, and to help round out your current life. You can really never have too many great friends.
  • You may just have a few laughs. Even if you decide that rekindling a relationship isn’t going to happen, you can still sit back and have a few laughs with an old friend. What’s the harm in doing that? Not much, right? So, go ahead and make that phone call!

Getting the Nerve

If you’re already friends with someone on a site like Facebook, you can simply send them a note to set up a meeting time and place. If you haven’t already connect with them online, simply look up a phone number, and give someone a call. The very worst that can happen is that person doesn’t want to reconnect with you, but there’s a good chance that they do want to reconnect. Now, all you have to do is get to your old hometown!

Moving Back With Exodus

We get it — finding movers in Fort Collins that you can rely on is not easy to do. We also understand that you have a budget to respect, which is why we are more than happy to provide you with a completely free moving estimate that we will stand by no matter what. Whether you’re moving to Denver or anywhere else in the world, Exodus Moving and Storage will help you, and your stuff, get to where you are going easily and without any stress. Call us today for that free estimate!

If you’re debating whether or not to make the move to reach out to an old friend, take out advice and go for it. Have you ever connect with an old friend? How did that work out? Let us know by leaving a note on this blog, or by connect with us on our Facebook page.

How to Handle a Roommate that Snores

Maybe it’s not your roommate, maybe it’s your partner, but whoever snores in your home is probably keeping you up at night (which may also be why you’re reading this!). There’s nothing worse than waking up feeling more tired than you did when you went to sleep, but if you’re stuck with a snorer, sleepless nights might start to feel like the norm.

There are some things that you can do to curb someone’s snoring, but you can also act on your own to make that noise more bearable too. If you’re plain fed up with that loud noise at night, check out these options for better sleep.

  • Ear plugs: You can find ear plugs at any pharmacy, and they work relatively well if you wear them every night. The only time that ear plugs don’t work is if you have to be able to hear what’s happening in your home. If you have kids, plugs probably aren’t the best option.
  • White noise: You can try to create some white noise by turning on a fan, running a humidifier, or finding something else that creates continuous background noise.
  • Try to become a better sleeper: If you do wake up during the night, don’t look at any kind of device. The glare from a screen can really mess with your sleep cycles. Putting away electronics before bed will help a lot too. If your partner or roommate is going to snore, you can at least try to fall into a deeper sleep.
  • Buy a bigger bed: If you do sleep with the person that snores, sometimes a larger bed will do the trick. In some cases, giving that person (or yourself) more room to move around will make a difference.
  • Purchase a humidifier: Sometimes, the air inside can be really dry, and this can lead to snoring. If you live in a colder climate that’s dry during the wintertime, a humidifier might make a world of difference.
  • Tell your partner/roommate that he or she snores: Ask them if they’d consider wearing a nose strip or nose plug. If you notice that the person you live with snores and gasps for breath during the night, this could also be dangerous, so ask them to have their snoring checked out by a doctor. You may just save someone’s life!

Moving in with a roommate or partner that snores can be tough, and not sleeping at night can really take a toll on your body. Try to do as much as you can to sleep better by becoming a better sleeper, and test out some of the methods listed above. While it’s not ideal to sleep in another room, sometimes moving to the couch at night may mean a better night’s sleep, and that’s vital!

Moving In With Someone New

It’s always an adventure (and a challenge) to move in with someone for the first time. You may not know about those bad habits that the other person has (like snoring), but you will find a way to adjust over time. Even though you can’t prepare for things that are unknown, you can prepare in advance for moving day by hiring moving experts to handle all of the small details (at least that part of your new life won’t be a surprise!).

When it comes to movers in Fort Collins, Exodus Moving and Storage has been in this business for many years, and we’d love to help you move too. When you call Exodus, you will be assigned a personal point of contact, and this person will help you throughout your move whenever you need assistance. Doesn’t that sound nice? While we are located in Fort Collins, we are also a long distance moving company, so feel free to contact us for any long distance moves that you have coming up. While your Denver movers can’t help with that snoring partner, we can make sure that your move is flawless! Call us today!

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7 Great Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re living in a rental or you own a home. The fact remains that wherever you’re living is your home for now, and you should love everything in it. While you may not want to sink thousands of dollars into a kitchen renovation, you can still do a lot to a kitchen to make it look amazing on a small budget. Even if you’re dealing with a super small galley kitchen, these ideas will make any kitchen space look great.

-Give your walls a face lift: If you’re looking at dark walls and dark cabinets all day, you can quickly turn around the feel inside of a kitchen by painting the walls white. Go with a white that is on the cooler side, and you’ll instantly see an amazing change.

-Think about painting your kitchen cabinets white too. Old cabinets can get a nice redo if you paint them in a stark white color.

-Look into open kitchen shelving. There are plenty of open shelving options out there from glass to wood and even iron options. The trick to making sure that open shelves look great is to keep things that you put on the shelf nice and tidy. Use glass jars, canisters, and other options to put everything in its place. If you’re going to place dishes on the shelves, try and keep them all the same color for a uniform look.

-Change the lighting in your kitchen. If you have old lights hanging, newer and brighter lights can really make a huge change.

-Think about adding a rug. A rug in a kitchen? You’d be surprised at how much life a small rug with lots of color can add! Try it out.

-Decorate with color. Instead of painting with a bright color, add some decor elements that are bright. Things like paintings, flowers, and even bright dishes can add that needed splash of color.

-Take down the melamine cabinets. If you’ve just moved into a rental with melamine cabinets, you’d be shocked at how easy these are to take down and replace. Head to a spot like Home Depot for instructions on how to do this, and pick up some cheaper cabinets at a store like Ikea.

Have No Fear

It can be a bit intimidating to tackle a project like a kitchen at first. Start with something small like painting the walls a brighter or white color, and then move on to something bigger like replacing the cabinets. Every little bit that you do will make a huge difference, and simply making a change to your kitchen can improve your living space so much! Give it a shot, and you’ll see that no matter where you move, any space can be updated to feel like the home you’ve always wanted.

Help Getting There

If you know where you want to move to, the next step is actually getting there. That’s where Exodus Moving and Storage can help. Our Fort Collins movers can help you move anywhere you want to go whether it’s down the street or across the world. Our Colorado moving company has been in business for many years now, and we’d love to help you move too. Simply give us a call, and we will provide you with a free moving estimate that we will absolutely stick by.

Moving to a new place can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t love the rooms in your new home, but you can turn any place into the place of your dreams with a bit of decor know-how, and some hard work. Renovating any space is also fun, and it’s a great way to get to know your neighborhood stores. Ready to move? Call Exodus today, and let us show you how simple moving really is!

Considerations When Moving Your Elderly Loved One

Making the choice to move your elderly relative or friend can be a tough one. Of course, if they come to the decision all on their own, it’s made pretty easy. But if you are noticing that a senior care facility or even a residential community catering to the needs of the elderly is becoming more and more of a necessity, there are a few things you should know before you contact a Colorado moving company.

You might find that bringing up the subject leads to anger and hostility. Put yourself in their shoes – they’ve possibly lived their entire life in the building they call home, have had the same neighbors for decades, have a routine for their day-to-day activities – would you be so willing to walk away from your safe place, your comfort zone?

Introduce the Idea Gently

You can’t just start out by choosing a facility and calling residential moving companies right off the bat. Instead, you need to ease into the subject slowly and as gently as possible to warm them up to the idea. You’ll want them to work their frustrations and anxieties out of their system until they realize that it’s the best idea for them.

To make these conversations as effective as possible, pretend you are them. Look at their lives now, and come up with points you can make that they’ll actually consider as being beneficial to their lives in some way. Remember to take into consideration what they consider important, and point out how this new living arrangement won’t mean the end of those things! For example, it’s not all about the cost – sometimes it’s the social life they’re used to maintaining that is most important.

Play Up Their Interests

So they love to attend Tuesday night Bingo with a couple of the neighbors, so much so, they haven’t missed one of these nights in 15 years. Seek out those facilities that offer a Bingo night! If they’re just all-around active and involved in the community, find a place that offers them to continue this lifestyle.

The best way to get them interested and on board with this move, you’ll need to look at their lifestyle and match the environments accordingly. Sit with them and compile a list of must-haves, and seek out the place that fits them as perfectly as possible. Are they worried about family not coming to visit them? Try to select a location that is as close to family as possible, guaranteeing visits don’t have to lessen!

Bring Them for a Visit

It’s just like buying a new home – you wouldn’t just move in without walking through first. Include them in the process so they can assess the living conditions and activities offered. Don’t just stop with a formal tour of the facility – drop by unannounced and take a peek at what’s going on. This will put your mind at ease, ensuring the facility lives up to its claims.

Do they have a friend or relative in a facility? Talk to that person – a first hand account of conditions from someone you trust is better than hearing the one-sided, biased opinions of the caregivers and facility managers who just want your money! Besides, finding someone they know in the facility can make it a whole lot easier to convince them to make the move.

Moving Day

When they realize that it isn’t so bad, it’s time for a moving quote. Don’t forget to let them decide what stays and what goes! This process can be enjoyable, but it is daunting! They’ll be taking a trip down memory lane for sure, and it can be tough to part with the stuff. However, they’ll be able to see the look of joy on people’s faces who will be entrusted with caring for prized possessions – grandma’s special china, for example – rather than waiting until it is passed down in the will.

Just remember that you will one day be in the same scenario. Don’t push too hard, and you catch more flies with honey – talk up the points that will interest them most in order to win them over.

Is Moving Good For You?

Whether you’re looking into moving to Denver or any other place, you may not know moving may actually be good for you! Sure, there’s a lot that goes into planning a flawless move (though less when you hire a reliable long distance moving company!), but the actual act of moving may be better for you than you think. Here’s why.

A Fresh Start

Sometimes, a place, no matter how much you love it, can become stifling. Doing the same thing day in and day out can be tiring, and seeing the same scenery and people all day every day can be exhausting too. Moving means a change of pace, and it’s one great way to jumpstart your soul. Another really good reason to move is if you find the place that you’re currently living in very stressful.

How can a place be stressful? One good example is if you live in a condo community where every decision is made by a number of people that sit on a condo board. Those meetings can be entirely stressful, and sometimes the decisions made simply result in headaches for everyone living in the community. If the place that you’re living in creates a world of stress for you, maybe it’s time to move.

How to Decide

Take a happiness test by asking yourself how often you feel happy in your current surroundings. For example, if you live in a place that is surrounded in snow and cold for most of the year, you may not be happy with these conditions for that good part of the year. Sure, summer is sweeter when you’ve been through such a long and tough winter, but would your quality of life be even better if you lived in a warmer climate all year long?

It’s not just about the weather either. Think about all the times that you wish you lived somewhere else. Do you think about moving on a regular basis? Are you envious of people that live in other towns and cities? What about your job situation? Are there more opportunities in your profession in other areas? Or, how about your housing situation? Will your money go further in another place?

Would you be able to afford a bigger or nice house on the same salary somewhere else? All of these things have to be taken into consideration when you think about moving. You may just find that moving is the break that you need from life, and moving to a place that makes you truly happy means experiencing that level of happiness all year long (and doesn’t that sound amazing?).

When to Move

Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, are ready to move whenever you are. We can move you across town or across the world with no problem, but there are some seasons that are more favorable than others when it comes to relocating. Winter tends to be one of the hardest seasons to move in simply due to weather conditions, but if you’re moving to a warmer climate, that might not be so bad. You should also know that the summertime is the most popular time to move, so make sure to book a moving company before summer rolls around if this is what you have in mind.

No matter when you decide to move, Exodus can help you get where you want to go, but more importantly, think about whether or not you should move. Life is short enough as it is, shouldn’t you live somewhere that you love? Moving can be a great experience that opens your eyes to other cultures and people, and also allows you to fully blossom as a person. Moving is, in many ways, a new beginning, and it can be a real awakening. If you are ready to move, call Exodus for a complete free quote. We also have ample storage space in both Denver and Fort Collins, just in case you don’t want to get rid of everything when you move.

Join in our conversation on Facebook, and let us know the answer to this question: Has a move ever improved your life?

All About Etsy

If you’re planning a move, there’s a good chance that you may want to pick up some new and cute things for your home. Etsy, the artist’s marketplace, is a great website to use to find some really clever and creative items that you may not find anywhere else.

The issue with Etsy is that it can be somewhat difficult to navigate, since there are so many different types of items and different types of people selling those items on the website. Here’s a guide on how to navigate the site, so that you can find that perfect item to add to your new home.

Using Filters and Reading Tags

Artists making handmade goods, and shoppers looking for those goods, have become somewhat frustrated with people selling items on Etsy that aren’t actually handmade. Since anyone can sell things on the site, some people have begun differentiating quality handmade goods with those that are factory made by using tags such as “Handmade in the USA,” or “Authentically Handmade.” You can also set site filters to include items that are handmade only, so that you aren’t looking at items sold in stores or purchased for the purpose of resale on the site.

That said, there are some machine made, or largely manufactured items, on the site that may actually be what you’re looking for. If you can’t find those items where you live, you may be able to find them for a much cheaper price on Etsy. So, don’t count out items that aren’t handmade unless you are looking for that specific handmade touch.

Buying From the World

One of the great things about Etsy is that it’s a true global marketplace. You can find items from other parts of the world like India and Thailand on the site, and those items are often really unique. If you want an item that has a particular feel to it, consider shopping outside of the US. What about safety and shipping woes?

The best way to make sure that you aren’t going to get ripped off is to take a good look at the reviews that other buyers have posted. Each shop lists reviews of items, and a seller that isn’t trustworthy will be called out. Plus, the site shuts down shops that have received too many bad reviews, so there’s some safety in this as well. Just read through those reviews, and note what other people are saying about a particular item. Otherwise, it’s a great deal of fun to purchase something that’s handmade in another country, so give it a try! And if you buy something, make sure to leave an honest review to help out the honest folks on the site!

Looking Carefully at Descriptions

It can be tempting to base purchases solely on photographs. You do have to realize that most people selling items on Etsy have mastered the art of the photograph, and Etsy even provides people with a guide on how to take the best photos (here’s a mental note to make if you ever want to sell anything on the site). This is why you have to read through a description of each item that you are considering buying. Carefully look at details like dimension information, material specifications, and other notes that might be present. This combined with a careful look at the review’s posted should provide you with a clear idea of what you are purchasing.

For the most part, the developers behind the Etsy site have tried to make the site as easy to navigate as possible, though this isn’t always the case. You can now use various filters in order to search for items, and this helps to narrow down the selection. Etsy is also a great place to go if you want an item for your home, but you don’t want to pay retail prices.

Sometimes, handmade goods can be expensive, but other times you can get a much better price and a better quality product by buying something that’s made locally or in another country. If you are moving long distance, buying newer items instead of trying to transport all of your old stuff makes a lot of sense too!

A Free Moving Estimate

Moving is a fun time that should come without any complicated moving problems, and that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. We’d love to help you move all of your old stuff, or help you store those items in one of our storage facilities in either Denver or Fort Collins. Simply call us today to arrange a meeting, and we will give you a completely free quote that we promise to stick by.

We’d also love to hear what you think about Etsy, and what your user experience has been — come and find us on Facebook to join in the conversation!

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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