How to Choose an Interior Designer

Moving anywhere means decorating and organizing a new home. Sometimes, fitting everything you own into that new space can be tough, and other times you may not have the time to figure it all out. When frustration over how to organize a new space hits, it might be a good idea to call in a professional interior designer.

If you Google ‘interior designer’ plus the name of your town, you’ll come up with a semi-massive list (in most cases) of designers. Is there a good way to choose a designer from that major list? Can you just pick one at random? More importantly, what should you look for in a good designer? Here are some tips to help you out from your movers in Fort Collins.

Figure Out the Scope of the Project: Major renovations require a designer that can easily work with contractors, understands project management, and has experience working with contractors during major renovations. This is not a project for someone that has never worked on a massive project before, but it’s perfect for someone that has extensive project management experience. You may even want to call an architect for this kind of job!

Payment Type: There are three different ways to pay interior designers. Some of these professionals work on a flat fee, others work on an hourly fee, and others work for free. A word of caution about a designer that works for free: these people are usually hired by specific companies to push certain products, so keep this in mind. If you love the products that one designer sells, go for free. If not, a flat rate might be a better way to pay depending on how much that rate is, and what’s included in the rate. Hourly rates are usually the most expensive way to pay for a designer, but you can set a budget at the start.

Do Your Own Research: Sometimes, designers can get good deals on things like carpet and materials, but other times designers add a markup to those items. It’s up to you to do your own research by looking at retail prices, and figuring out whether or not you’re getting a good deal. Sometimes, it might be better to buy those things on your own.

Meet With Each Designer: You don’t have to decide on one designer right away. Invite all potential candidates to come into your home and look around. Pay attention to suggestions, whether or not the designer is listening to you, and get a good feel for whether they understand what you want — or are more interested in their own designs and ideas. You’ll quickly see that some are self-absorbed, while others are in tune with what you really want.

What You Will Get

So, what can you expect to get from a high-priced designer? It will all begin with an initial consultation, which shouldn’t take more than an hour or two. After that, your designer may charge to shop for supplies, and to put things together in a room. Keep in mind that any time a designer consults with you, those hours or minutes will be billed too. Make sure that you communicate to the person you hire the level of involvement you wish to have in a project. Do you want to be a part of every decision, or do you want her to handle it completely? Do you need to touch things before you order them? Or, are you okay with picking things up online? Make sure to have these conversations before you hire any designer, so that you’re both on the same page. Often, this relationship is a close one, so pick someone that you trust, and choose someone that understands your design and style preferences.

Moving to Denver

If you are moving to the Denver area, you’ll find a lot of different designers in this city. But even if you aren’t moving to Denver, Exodus can help you move anywhere you want to go — even internationally. As movers in Fort Collins, CO, we know a thing or two about moving all kinds of items from one location to another. We can also hook you up with storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store anything you can’t bring with you.

Call us for a free moving quote that we will stick by. In the meantime, make sure to choose the designer that works best for you, and you’ll have a lovely space in no time!

How to Find a Playgroup

Moving to a new town means starting from scratch, and if you have a kid or two, that can mean finding a playgroup in your new area. How do you go about finding the right group for your kids, and where can you look? Here are some ways to find the perfect playgroup, so your child can play with other kids, and you can connect with other parents in the area.

Meetup groups: Meetup.com has a lot of different groups available in most areas. All you have to do to find a playgroup is to use keywords (like playgroup + your town), and see what you come up with. There’s a good chance that you’ll have more than a few to select from.

Yelp groups: Kind of like Meetup.com, Yelp.com includes a number of different groups too, and you may be able to find one or even start one (what a great way to meet new people!) in your area. Both sites are definitely worth a look!

Local library: Sometimes, your local library will have information about playgroups in the area. Look for a community bulletin board, or ask a librarian about finding this kind of information.

Local recreation centers: Does your new town have a recreation center? These place are typically meeting spots for all kinds of activities including playgroups. If the center doesn’t offer anything, they might be able to tell you where to find additional details. Sometimes, you do have to register for a group in advance, so keep that in mind.

Ask your pediatrician: When you move to a new town, you’ll have to find a new doctor for your child. Often, these professionals know of different playgroups in town, and they may be able to help you out.

Talk to other parents: If you hit up the local playground and see other parents, don’t be shy. We are often so disconnected in today’s society that we sometimes are bashful when it comes to things like simply reaching out and saying “hello” to someone new — chances are that the mom at the playground is looking for some friends too!

Google it: You’d be surprised what you come up with if you take a few moments to Google words like “your city + playgroup.” A lot of other parents just like you have probably set up some form of online bulletin board where you can find a lot of information for you and your child. Take a moment to explore these groups, and you’ll quickly find what you are looking for!

Exercise classes: While not a traditional playgroup taking place on a playground, exercise classes that have been developed for kids and parents are a great way to meet other moms. Sign up for a yoga or dance or other class, bring your child with you (if it’s child-friendly), and start networking that way. In no time, you’ll have tons of new friends with children that you can socialize and enjoy spending time with!

Moving Long Distance

It can be hard to uproot your family and move to another town, especially if that town is located really far away from your old area. One thing that you can do to alleviate some of the stress is to work with a reliable moving company like Exodus Moving and Storage. Not only will we be happy to provide you with a moving quote that we will stick by, we are also more than happy to help you with every aspect of your move from packing to unpacking. Our goal is to make moving as painless for you as possible, and that includes coordinating every bit of your move, so that you can focus on things like finding playdates for your child, or connecting with other parents that you can become friends with.

It can be really hard to make new friends in a new town, but at least you won’t have to worry about the Denver movers that you hire if you work with Exodus! While getting out there and meeting new people can seem intimidating, you’ll have a much richer life in your new town if you do start networking. Are you looking for a playgroup in your new area? Come and join in the conversation on Facebook — you’re sure to find other people that are in your same situation!

Moving During the Winter? Here are Some Expert Driving Tips

Movers in Fort Collins move a lot of people during the winter months, and we recommend hiring a moving company to help you if you are going to move at this time of year. But if you have decided to move on your own while the snow is flying and the roads are less than perfect, take some tips from our professional drivers when it comes to keeping things safe on the road.

  • Get blizzard ready. Blizzards happen during the winter months as much as we do not want them to. The best thing to do if there’s a blizzard or other big snowstorm is to stay inside and not try driving on those slippery roads. You can always postpone your moving day by a day or two, and this will result in a much safer move.
  • Keep your eye on the weather report. Admittedly, the weather report is never entirely accurate, but it should give you some idea of what to expect on the day that you do have to move. Be aware of any road warnings like icy conditions or other potential driving problems, and pay attention to traffic reports if you live in a crowded area.
  • Salt and shovel pathways. You don’t want to slip coming out of your old home or moving into your new one. Make sure that pathways are shoveled, so that you can easily get in and out. It’s also a good idea to add some salt or gravel to those pathways, so that you can be extra sure that you don’t slip.
  • Pack an emergency kit in your car or truck that includes some warmer winter gear, some heat packs, and a blanket. In case, for some reason, you wind up stranded on the roadside, you’ll want to make sure that you have adequate clothing and other warm items available.
  • Do a double check of your vehicle. If you are renting a moving truck, look for a reputable company to rent from by reading through reviews that you find online. A truck should be functioning properly, have been recently inspected, and have really good tires and brakes.
  • Protect the inside of both houses with plastic or some other kind of material that can sop up wet slush and mud. The people that you’ve asked to help you move will be tracking all kinds of slush and mud and other gunk into your new home (and out of your old one) as you move, and being prepared for this mess is a far better plan than racing to mop up a mess after everyone has left. Plus, you’ll want to keep your new home clean, right?
  • Take your time. A move doesn’t have to be rushed, especially during the wintertime. Take your time moving all of your things, driving slowly and carefully, and making sure that everyone involved in the move is safe at all times. Winter weather can be tricky, and this may mean slowing down!
  • Think about hiring movers to help you out. As a moving company in Fort Collins, the Exodus Moving and Storage team is used to helping people move during the wintertime. We can take care of all the driving, packing, unpacking, and other details that go with moving while the weather is cold and slushy. This way, all you have to do is sit back and relax, knowing that a professional moving team is on your side.

Working With Denver Movers

If you’re torn between hiring a moving company and doing it on your own, give us a call to see what we can do for you where rates are concerned. We are more than happy to give you a free estimate that doesn’t come with any strings attached. We also have storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store your things that you can’t move into your new space with you — just call us for storage rental prices and details.

Weighing the pros and cons of moving by yourself during the winter months is the best way to decide whether or not risking the weather is a good idea. Most of the time, it’s best to leave winter moving in the hands of professionals — like the experts at Exodus! Call us today to arrange an estimate.

How to Volunteer in a New Town

Volunteering is a great way to explore your new town, get submersed in a new culture, and make some new friends — not to mention the contribution you’ll be giving to society when you decide to help out! Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and you’re never too old or too young to help when it’s needed. If you’re wondering where to begin, and how to let people know that you are volunteering, here are some tips that could help.

Think about what you love to do, and what you would love to do more of. Do you like working with animals, kids, or elderly people? Do you enjoy working with sick people, and think that you may like to work in a hospital setting? Is there some kind of charity or other organization that you’d love to donate your time to? Start with these places by calling up the local chapters of charities or organizations in your new town, and asking how you can become a volunteer. Most places have some kind of volunteer program already set up, so stepping into this kind of role shouldn’t be too hard to do.

Consider how much time you have to give. Most places that work with volunteers have more than a bit of work for people to do, and you will have to decide how much time you can actually donate before you tell an organization that you’re available. This way, you don’t overbook your time, and you can still volunteer when you do have the time.

Try to match the volunteer opportunities available with the skills that you already have, or with the tasks that you want to do. Your local animal shelter may have room for a volunteer that can clean cages regularly, but is this really what you want to do? Chances are that you have a specific skillset, and letting an organization know what it is that you’re good at will help you find a position that you really love.

Don’t take on too much at once. If you’ve just moved to a new town, you probably already have a lot to do. Narrow down your vounteer time to one hour per week, and increase that time as you see fit. You don’t want to bite off too much at the start, or you won’t have anywhere to go!

Get to know the other volunteers. When you arrive on the volunteer scene, try and branch out by talking to the other volunteers, and seeing if you have anything in common with them. You may not make best friends right away, but having some acquaintances in a new town can certainly be helpful!

You may want to turn your volunteer position into a permanent position, you never know! If you find that you really love the work you do, think about asking for a paid position. If you do a good enough job, most organizations would love to have a dedicated employee that can demonstrate her abilities clearly.

Working With Movers in Fort Collins

The biggest thing that you’ll have to concentrate on before your move is actually getting to your new destination. Once you’re there, you can start volunteering and looking for other work and other social circles. This is why working with the right moving team is really important. As movers in Fort Collins CO, Exodus Moving and Storage has years of experience moving people from one part of the world to the next. No matter where you want to move to, Exodus can help you get there with full moving services that include packing and unpacking in addition to moving everything that you own (we can also help with office moving).

We also know that sometimes there’s not enough room in your new place for all of your old furniture, and this is why Exodus has storage rental spaces available in both Fort Collins and Denver. Just let us know if you have something to store, and we’ll be happy to share our rates with you. Let us help you move, so that you can focus on more positive things like volunteering!

Dealing With a Job Relocation? Tips to Make It Easier

Although it isn’t really something any employee expects, sometimes the opportunity to relocate in order to staff a new branch in another state comes up. Or maybe you just need to find a new job, and you decide that the best thing for you would be to relocate with the help of a Boulder moving company. Either way, it is a daunting task that can frighten anyone.

Try to ease some stress with these tips on making it easier offered by Business Insider. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be. Here are some common fears, and how to get around them.

  • Finding a place to call home. How can you choose a house or apartment when you have no clue about the city and its demographics? Turn to the internet, looking at things like crime rate, school districts, and other important stats. Since you’ve already landed the new job, give your new employer a call. They can recommend stellar neighborhoods, pointing you to various neighborhoods to look in. Contact the local chamber of commerce for advice as well, and visit the city’s website to access all there is to do. Are you more of a keep-to-yourself type of person, looking for seclusion? Avoid those listings in the heart of the city. If you’re a night-on-the-town type of person, you’ll want to get as close to the action as you can. Remember that no matter what you want, don’t compromise on those things that are important to you and your lifestyle. You’ll want to make this your last move for a while! When you’ve narrowed your list of options, you’ll want to visit them physically to make sure everything is going to work out. It’s important – things just look different when you’re looking at pictures on a computer!
  • Cost. This tops the list of concerns. It might not be moving to Fort Collins that scares you, but the cost associated with moving there. It’s important to determine a budget for your move, not forgetting to include your cost of living for the first month or two. Don’t forget: new employer means there will be a delay in receiving that first paycheck! If you rely on a Denver moving company to get you there, you’ll know that you’ll be getting a great deal on the move.
  • The hassle of packing. If there’s one thing people hate just as much as moving, it’s packing up their belongings. Not only is it back breaking work, it’s nerve wracking – what if you don’t pack it up sufficiently and it is damaged mid-move? You don’t need to stress about this. Just turn to your full service moving company. They’ll do more than just move your belongings from point A to point B. They’ll pack it all up for you, ensuring that it’s done right. If you’ll be in temporary housing at first until your place is ready for move-in, put as much as you can in storage so that you aren’t packing and unpacking everything twice.
  • Losing touch with old friends. It’s pretty easy to stay in touch with old friends, whether they are old neighbors, or colleagues. Technology like Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook make it easier than ever to share with them what you’re up to, and see what they’re doing. Send emails each month or week, making it more personal than having them just keep up with your Facebook status updates. Once you’ve settled, invite them to visit when they get the opportunity. Don’t forget how special a phone call can be!
  • You don’t know anything about your new city. We really take things for granted when we are familiar with our surroundings. We don’t realize it until we are immersed into a completely unfamiliar place. Even if you’ve visited the city in question, you have no idea about specifics – where the local pharmacy is, where the best manicure in the city can be obtained, or where to find the very best latte. Talk to your new coworkers, neighbors, anyone really. They can help, from finding a barber to which grocery store is closest to your new home.
  • Meeting new people. Some people don’t like mixing business with pleasure. If this is you, how are you supposed to meet people? It’s simple – head out there and find some activities to join. Whether it’s a knitting club, a yoga class, or just joining a gym, getting out there in the community with people who enjoy the same things you do is a surefire way to meet the perfect new friend! Another great tip: go through your friend list on Facebook and contacts on LinkedIn. You just might find a colleague or acquaintance who lives nearby, hiding within that list!

Moving Long Distance with Children

A long distance move is tough enough. Add kids to the mix, even just one of them, and you could be heading towards disaster! When you and your significant other make the decision to move, you are probably excited for what’s to come, until you tell your kids. Sure, sometimes they’ll be just as excited as the two of you when you tell them you’ll be moving to Fort Collins, but some kids will just plain freak out.

There are a number of reasons that your child might feel this way. Maybe they’re scared about starting in a new school, or they’re reluctant to leave behind their friends. It can be scary for kids who just don’t have the life experience to feel as confident as you do that everything will be just fine. Here are some tips to make sure your child is prepared for the move, and hopefully excited for this new adventure in your lives!

Breaking the News

Sit them down and have a serious conversation, and trick them into thinking they’re part of the decision making process. You don’t have to say, “So should we move?” They’ll possibly say no, and then what will you do when you know you’re moving no matter what? Instead, research the area, and offer them choices of neighborhoods based on the schools that they can attend. When they can choose where they’ll end up, they’ll feel much better, and you’ll feel confident everything will go more smoothly.

If it’s leaving behind all of their friends and loved ones, throw a big party where they create the guest list. Do this before the long distance moving company shows up to box your belongings – you never know whether or not his friends will bring going away presents. Have your child pick out or make something special to remind his friends of him when he is gone. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, and have them printed and compiled into an album he can flip through when he starts to miss them.

Enlist Their Help Packing

If you aren’t having the moving company pack your boxes, let your child pack her own belongings. Just be sure you take the fragile items out first, packing them up yourself to make sure they arrive at your new home in one piece! Tell your child they are allowed to choose one box to take along in the vehicle you’ll be traveling in – this way, they can have their favorite things at hand for the long car ride, and at hotels along the way in case you’re making stops. The familiar and favorite items will be comforting to them during this time.

Make sure your child labels the boxes well, and takes inventory of what’s inside. If they aren’t of writing age, be sure you do this yourself.

On Moving Day

The chaos of moving day is stressful, especially for kids who might be in trouble from time to time for “getting in the way.” They aren’t really getting in the way at all in their little minds, just “trying to help” or coming to adults to ask questions. If you can, enlist the help of friends and family to take the kids away from the scene of the move. Maybe they can go to their favorite park one last time, or spend the day playing with their best friend before they drive away forever. Not only will it make your move easier for those loading trucks, it will help them cope with the move as well.

On Your Way

Once you’ve headed out to your new home, you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of healthy snacks and a cooler full of water to limit the number of times you have to pull over to heed the cries of “I’m hungry!” While you will probably be hitting a lot of rest areas for bathroom breaks, your wallet will thank you for avoiding the fast food drive-thru lines!

Throw the electronic limits you normally put in place out the window – unless, that is, you want to here, “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?” 8 zillion times along the journey. Keep them busy with whatever electronics they have at their disposal. If you don’t have car chargers for these things, don’t forget some coloring books, activity books, word searches, reading books, and good old fashioned car games to help them pass the time.

Moving long distance doesn’t have to be a chore when traveling with kids. You just need to make sure they’re comfortable and confident about it, and that they have plenty to keep them occupied!

Moving Stats 2014

Ever wonder which state is the most popular moving destination? How about the state people move from the most? Even if this information doesn’t influence your moving plans at all, it can be interesting to see how your state fares in terms of moving statistics!

Luckily for you, United Van Lines compiles this data each year, looking at where customers are coming from, and where they’re moving to, since 1977. How did your state fare? Are any on this list a destination you’ve worked with a Denver moving company to bring your stuff to?

Results: Inbound

It seems Oregon is the most desirable location to those who already live there – 66 percent of moves conducted during 2014 were those moving elsewhere in the state. They held the top spot in 2013 as well, with a 5 percent increase this year. North Carolina came in at number two, while South Carolina came in third.

Washington, D.C. Was number 7, a drop from their number 4 position last year. Other states making the top ten include Oklahoma, Idaho, and Vermont. Colorado just missed the top 10 list, falling at number 11.

Outbound

It seems the Northeast is experiencing an exodus of sorts – New Jersey tops the list of states people are moving from, followed by New York and Connecticut. Are they all relying on national moving companies to escape the extreme winters?

The company conducted a separate survey, showing that the Northeast had the highest rate of retirees relocating to different states, most of them going west. One in three retirees headed west. The rest headed south, presumably seeking warmer climates and more predictable weather.

Even

There were a few states that had about the same number come in from other states as relocated within the state, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wyoming. There’s something to be said about a state people don’t want to leave!

Why Oregon?

If they aren’t retiring there (29 percent of survey respondents), they’re better able to find a job, according to the survey. Employment is abundant, with many new opportunities being made available for job seekers. In fact, 55 percent of people surveyed said they chose Oregon for a new job, or their company had transferred them there.

Some are doing it because the Oregon housing market is much more affordable than that of other states (the survey points to California as a popular state people are coming to Oregon from, since their cost of living is much higher.) When you can save money and easily find employment, what’s better than that?

The rest of those choosing Oregon do so for the lifestyle. It has a healthy, vibrant economy, and the state features the most green space protections and things to do outside. People are moving away from high cost-of-living states to Oregon to save a little green, and heading outside to enjoy all the green space the state has to offer!

It isn’t the state’s schools – their system was ranked 41st in the country by Education Week. It is here where Colorado shines, coming in 21st in the country. Whatever the reason, it seems that going west, to Oregon or Colorado, is a great move if you’re looking for a better quality of life. You just can’t beat the mountains, with gorgeous views and outdoor activities aplenty, fresh air, and wildlife. And remember that these statistics are based on business that moving company conducted, not a national list of all moves conducted by all moving companies.

Planning a move, whether into or out of Colorado? Even if you’re just moving a few blocks away, we can help make that move easier. Contact us today for an estimate!

Tips to Stay Organized During Your Move

Everyone dreads moving. While a new home is always exciting, the act of getting your belongings into that new home is far from it. If you’ve got a big family, it’s even more challenging. Is there really a way to stay organized to save a little sanity in the chaos that is packing and moving?

Between getting rid of things you don’t need, packing boxes for your Colorado moving company in an orderly fashion if you aren’t having them pack them for you, and then making sure everything ends up where it needs to when it’s unloaded, it can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to make sure that everything is as painless as possible for your big move.

  • If you aren’t relying on your moving company to pack the boxes when moving to Fort Collins, you’ll want to make sure you purchase new boxes of the highest quality. They’ll hold up better throughout the process, and seal completely rather than the old banana boxes from the grocery store. (They can make your belongings smell of bananas!) What’s more, using high quality, uniform size boxes ensure that the moving company can more efficiently pack the truck up.
  • Be sure the boxes are sealed as completely as possible. Don’t use cheap masking tape to do the job – splurge on high quality packing tape. You don’t want a box to somehow open because the tape didn’t do its job, only to find your belongings scattered all over the inside of the moving truck, or worse, on the ground outside.
  • Label all boxes with the room they should be going to and a number. This is the easiest way to not only unload the truck, but to unpack. Keep an inventory of what is in each box according to its number, so that you know whether that’s a box of pots and pans or servingware. This will help you unpack in record time. This inventory is also helpful for insurance purposes – if a box comes up missing, you know exactly what was inside.
  • Make lists upon lists upon lists. Start with a list of things you need for moving day, and progress to a list of services you need to transfer over to the new house, like electric and internet. If you can’t transfer a service, determine the date you’ll want them to disconnect service at your old home, along with the company to contact and when to call them to initiate service at your new home.
  • Include a list of companies to contact with your new address, and be sure to provide the mail forwarding card to your post office so anything you forget is still sent to you. This is a good time to clean up your catalog subscription list – determine which catalogs you can’t live without and contact them with your new address, and do nothing for those you don’t wish to receive anymore.
  • Take breaks whenever you feel yourself starting to get stressed or sore. When you feel this way, you won’t pack as efficiently.
  • Crank up your favorite playlist. If you’re more efficient when you’re relaxed, pop on some classical music to create a relaxed atmosphere. Most people respond positively to upbeat music, working faster and feeling more motivated. Turn to songs that you would work out to, songs that make you want to move.

Moving doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. It is what you make of it – if you create an enjoyable environment and don’t sweat the small stuff, you’ll make it through no problem! Organization is key. If you need a bit of guidance, and think that hiring a moving company to do most of the work for you is your best bet, call us today for a free moving quote.

Moving 101: Top 8 FAQ’s

Moving to Fort Collins, CO? If this is your first big move, don’t worry – we’re here to help. You probably have many questions just to make sure you can get this done as smoothly as possible.

Let’s get those questions answered, shall we? Here are some of the most common questions people have about the moving process – hopefully, you’ll read this list and find just the answer you’re looking for!

Where do I start? This is easier than you think. Rather than turning to the internet for guidance, start with your co-workers, family, and friends. It’s better to get recommendations from those people you trust rather than random people on the internet, who may or may not be completely honest with their assessment. When you’ve narrowed your list down, contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure they’re on the up-and-up. If you do use the internet as your research method, know that some shady companies actually pay people to write reviews, so they may not be what they seem.

When should I move? Some people have no choice. If you’re a military family, you go where they tell you, when they tell you. If you are lucky enough to choose the time of year in which you move, you might be surprised to know the best time to move is during the winter. May to September is considered a busy season by moving companies, so it can be tough to land the moving company you want. They might be booked solid! You’ll find it much easier to get the residential moving company you desire during the fall and winter months. Remember to be as flexible as you can – this ensures the moving company can get you on the schedule more easily.

What exactly happens during the estimate process? A representative will come into your home to take an inventory of everything being moved room by room, estimating the size and weight of each item, and how many boxes they think will be required. They’ll go over the logistics with you – what, if any, packing services will be required, the dates you’d like to move, any special information, etc – and use all of this information to create an estimate. At this time, they can answer any questions you have.

What if something changes? If the date of your move changes unexpectedly, if you find there are items you neglected to list during the inventory process, or you wish to remove items from the inventory, just contact the moving company. They will update the inventory accordingly, and let you know if there is a change in your moving estimate.

I’ve opted to pack myself. Where do I start? It’s important you pack items well to ensure nothing is damaged in transit. First, make sure your boxes are up to the task. Yes, you can go to grocery and liquor stores to collect empty boxes, but they might not be the best way to protect your belongings. We can supply you with proper boxes that ensure everything arrives in the same condition it left in. If it really worries you, just leave the packing to us!

What if my new home isn’t ready for my stuff? Sometimes, you need to have your stuff moved before you can load it all into the new residence. In this case, storage is necessary for a certain period of time. Just talk to us about your needs – we can tell you all about our storage options. While we can’t put your family up for a period of time, we can store your stuff!

What about house plants? To guarantee their survival, it is recommended you move house plants on your own. If you’re moving from state to state, you’ll want to check regulations regarding incoming plants. Some states don’t allow it, while others do.

When should I start the process? Sometimes you have no choice, and need to expedite the process. If you can, contact moving companies as soon as possible. Not only will it give you the time to select the perfect company based on your needs, it will increase the chances you’ll be able to move exactly when you want to. This is especially true during the busy season. In the off-season, you’ll be able to shorten that amount of time.

Great Ways to Make Your Outdated Bathroom Better

Planning a move to the city that you’ve always wanted to live in is a great idea, and a great way to really take life by the reigns. But chances are that your dream city probably comes with small apartments. Small apartments can be great, though the one area of every small apartment that almost always needs work is the bathroom. If you’re considering moving into an apartment with a very small bathroom that needs work, you may have to get creative when it comes to redecorating.

Thankfully, we have some great bathroom decorating tips for you that won’t break the bank, won’t anger your landlord, and don’t require any major renovations. Sound good? Take a look at these great tips.

Go extra long. Is the bathroom ceiling super tall? Nothing looks more out of place (or dates a bathroom more) than a shower curtain that’s too short. You can buy extra long shower curtains, and hang these at a higher spot than a normal curtain. If you choose a clean color like white, you will immediately open up the space and trick the eye into thinking that your bathroom is much bigger than it actually is.

If you can’t find a longer curtain, you can also simply hang that shorter curtain lower by using chains and hooks — simply hang that curtain from a chain, and you’ve got a longer curtain instantly. Plus, chains can look clean and modern if you select the right ones (just attach the chains to shower curtain hooks).

Add more storage space. Small bathrooms tend to come with small medicine cabinets, and you may find that you don’t have enough space in that cramped cabinet for all of your things. You can hang shelves on the wall to hold some of your stuff, or you can purchase two large and thin cabinets, hang them next to each other, and create a much larger medicine cabinet space.

Change the lighting. Looking at dated lighting can also date your space. Surprisingly, changing bathroom lighting isn’t hard to do at all. Simply remove the older light, and replace it with something more modern for a better overall look.

Change the fixtures. Remove those old plastic bathroom sink fixtures, and replace it with something retro that you love. You can do the same thing when it comes to the fixtures inside of your bath or shower. Shower heads are simple enough to replace, and a professional plumber will only have to spend a few minutes replacing bath fixtures. Or, you can do this on your own if you know how to shut off the water supply properly.

Add some texture to the walls. Who says that you can’t put wallpaper in your bathroom? Go for something dramatic, and leave the rest of the spaces stainless and sparse for a great overall look that’s interesting and clean. Make sure you get proper wallpaper though, all that humidity could do a number to the wallpaper glue or the wallpaper itself.

Redo the caulking. Has the caulking in your bathroom seem better days? You can get down and dirty with a simple scraper and some new caulking. This project only takes a few hours, but you will see a world of difference.

Keeping It All Clean

The most important thing to remember when it comes to a small space is to keep it clean and uncluttered. Smaller bathrooms don’t have room for baskets and larger floor shelves, so try to keep things off of the floor and out of sight. A larger medicine cabinet will work wonders, and finding somewhere to put your towels will also help a great deal. If everything has a space and place, you can keep things clean and clutter-free.

Your Upcoming Move

Moving to a new place means a new change at decor, and that can be a lot of fun. If you haven’t booked a moving company yet, consider Exodus Moving and Storage. We can help you move anywhere you want to go, and we can also provide you with a completely free moving quote as soon as possible. Simply call our company today, and we will come out and give you a quote that we will stand behind. As Fort Collins movers, we know how hard it can be to pack up and move, and our job is to make the whole process a lot simpler for you!

Call us today, or find us on Facebook, and let us know what your small bathroom decorating ideas are.

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