The 10 Most Expensive Places to Live

As a full service Boulder moving company, we can help you move anywhere — even to one of the most expensive cities in the world. While the cost of living in these cities is pretty high, there might be some reasons why you’d want know how to plan a more there, and we can help. What are the most expensive cities, you ask? Well, Forbes has just published an article titled ‘The Most Expensive Cities in the World,’ and here are some of the choices from that list.

  • Luanda, Angola
  • N’Djamena, Chad
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Shanghai, China

What’s the Deal With Switzerland?

Switzerland is listed three times above, but why is Switzerland so expensive? The cost of living is high in Switzerland, that’s for sure. However, most Swiss workers bring home around the equivalent of $5,000 per month, and that’s an average to low salary. So, really, Switzerland is just an expensive place to visit. If you’re planning to move to Switzerland, and you have a job lined up, you should be fine with the high rents and high costs of everyday things, since your salary should be in line with the overall cost of living in Switzerland.

The Most Expensive Places to Visit

Let’s say that you’re moving to Thornton, CO, but directly after your move you decide that you need to take a vacation (and why not?). If you are planning to travel on a budget, here are the places that you may not want to visit, or only visit for a day, since they are the most expensive towns and cities for travelers to check out.

  • Zurich, Switzerland (there’s Switzerland again!)
  • London, England
  • New York City, New York
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hong Kong

If you do plan to visit any of those cities, make sure to budget in advance — a beer at a pub could cost you more than $9 in some cities! If you’re moving to Colorado, you’ll have a much easier time affording basic things in this state that you would if you move to, say, Singapore or London. Still, it’s nice to visit some expensive cities, just make sure that you don’t stay too long, or you could wind up completely broke!

Most of the cities in this article are expensive due to high taxes, but the people that live in those cities tend to make comparative salaries. The only exceptions to this rule might be London and NYC where people often struggle to make ends meet. So, why do people live in expensive cities that they can’t really afford? It’s all about the city itself.

Some cities are just magical and full of history, and that’s hard to replace or ignore. In other cases, some cities offer job opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere, even if those job vacancies are scarce. Whatever the reason might be, once you’ve found a city that you love, it’s hard to live anywhere else — regardless of the cost!

Moving Advice and Help

If you are planning a move and need help with how to plan a move or with anything else that involves your upcoming move, take a look around this blog for information and ideas. Of course, if you need to hire movers, contact Exodus Moving and Storage today. We offer complete moving services from start to finish, and we even have storage space available — call today for a free quote. Have you ever lived in one of the cities on this list? Where is the most expensive place that you’ve ever called home? Let us know on Facebook!

How to Pack for a Move

Before you call your Boulder moving company, you’ll want to start packing the things that you own to prepare for your upcoming move. Packing can be tricky, but packing the right way can make moving and unpacking a whole lot simpler.

Room by Room

In order to avoid overwhelming yourself with too many things and too many boxes at once, begin packing for a move starting with one room. Choose the room that you use the least, and work your way towards the rooms that you use the most. For example, you may want to begin with storage closets, and pack up your kitchen items last.

Label Each Box

One of the biggest mistakes that most people make while moving is not labeling each box. Write down the name of the room where the box will go, so that your Loveland movers know exactly where to place each box once they arrive at your new home. Having boxes placed in the right room makes it a lot simpler to unpack and put stuff away.

Keep Things Together

Most of us have pictures on walls and things like screws that go into bed frames. Removing the photos from your walls, and taping the nails used to hang those photos to the actual frame will save you a lot of time and effort when you arrive at your new home. The same goes for anything like a bed frame – tape screws and other hardware to the frame, so that you aren’t looking endlessly for those items once you arrive in your new home.

Take Care When Packing

Fragile items should be packed in tissue, paper towels, or bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Once wrapped, those items should be placed in a box marked “fragile,” so that your movers know how to handle the box.

Move Clothes Together

Hanging clothes can be moved in a bunch. Instead of removing items from hangers, folding, and packing those things in boxes, simply leave the items on the hangers and wrap them all together using plastic wrap. This way, the hangers will remain on the clothes, and you can simply hang them up in a closet once you arrive at your new home — no messing around with unfolding and hanging!

Consider a Cleaning Crew

You’ll want your new home to be nice and clean when you move in, and this may require some professional hands. Think about calling a cleaning crew to thoroughly clean your new place before you move in — and to clean your old place once you move out. Enlisting the help of professional cleaners can save you a lot of time.

Hire the Right Moving Team

The right moving company will make your move simple, while the wrong moving company could simply complicate matters. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’ve been in the moving business for many years, and we know what it takes to get you where you need to go without any effort — you can leave it all up to us! We can provide you with full services too including packing and unpacking, so all you have to do is show up.

Contact us for rate estimates. If you need somewhere to store items that won’t fit into your new home, we can help you there too. We have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, and we’re more than happy to provide you with those storage rates — just ask. When it comes to packing for a move, the key is to remain patient, take your time, and start packing months in advance. This way, you can properly prepare for your move without worrying about whether or not you have the time to get everything done.

The Strange Places that Google Earth Finds

Google Earth finds nearly every nook on the planet, and many of those places aren’t known to many people — if any people! The next time that you think your hometown is a bit odd, think about these places that show up on Google Earth!

The Davis Monthan Air Force Base: This abandoned base in Tucson, Arizona, is known by the military as the “plane boneyard,” and it’s literally where planes go to die. When the military no longer needs a plane, it is sent to the boneyard.

Strange etchings in the Gobi Desert: Somewhere in China’s Gobi Desert is a strange pattern of structures and sketches in the ground that Google Earth has picked up on. Why those sketches are there and what they mean is a different story (one that no human can currently tell).

The Kazahstan Pentagram: In the middle of Kazakstan sits a sizeable pentagram. The star surrounded by a circle was largely puzzling until researchers figured out that the star is actually the borders of a park, and the circle that surrounds it marks the boundaries of the park. A strange symbol, but not as strange as it once seemed.

In the Wake of Google Earth

Ever since Google Earth started to dig up some odd places on Earth, many people search Google Earth in their spare time just to see what’s out there. This has given many advertisers with enough dollars a brilliant idea — create an ad that’s large enough for Google Earth to pick up, and tons of people will see the ad when they use Google Earth. This strategy is working for KFC and other chains that have created massive ads, placed those ads flat on the earth, and are enjoying the benefits!

Another thing that has happened since the dawn of Google Earth is the return of many different conspiracy theories. When things like pentagrams and possible UFO landing strips start showing up on Google Earth, conspiracy theorists start to generate rumors — until those rumors can be debunked by researchers, that is. Most of the time, the strange places that Google Earth does pick up are quickly explained. Sometimes, we just don’t know what things look like from up above, and so those things look stranger than they actually are!

Choosing Where to Live

If you don’t have any particular reason for moving, it can be hard to figure out where to go. Here’s where you can use Google Maps and Google Earth to check out possible towns. You could move next to a possible UFO landing strip, or you may decide that living next to an abandoned military base is for you. Wherever you do decide to go, Exodus Moving and Storage (Boulder movers) can help you get there with all of your stuff in one piece.

We may be a moving company in Denver, but we can move you anywhere you want to go. Whether you’re moving to Parker or to another part of the world, we can help. We’ll provide you with a free moving estimate, give you everything you need to help plan your move, and we also have storage space for rent in both Denver and Fort Collins (ask us for rates). There are some strange places in this world, and it’s fun to discover those odd places using a program like Google Earth – but it’s even more fun to move to a new and exciting place.

Call us today for an estimate, or find us on Facebook to ask any additional questions. We also want to know where you think the oddest place in the world is — let us know here of on Facebook!

Winter Weather Moving Tips

The holidays are fast approaching, which goes hand in hand with something else here in Colorado: winter weather. The snow, the ice, the frigid temperatures – either you love it or you hate it. There is plenty to do outside in the winter, but it’s not for everyone. Some prefer snuggling up by the fire, hot cocoa in hand, watching the flakes fall where it is warm and cozy.

There aren’t many, if any, people that will tell you the thing they love doing most in the winter is hiring a Boulder moving company and moving. It’s the reason the winter is a slow season for national moving companies in general. Economically, moving in the winter is the best decision you could make! If you must pack up and move in the middle of the winter, here are some tips so that you don’t lose your mind.

Safety first.

Winter weather can often mean slippery conditions. Whether snow or ice, one tiny mistake can lead to a big fall. Before Parker movers show up to load up your belongings on the truck, be sure you spend time making the driveway, side walk, and entry to your home clear of snow and ice. It’s definitely something the movers will appreciate, and so will you. For those stubborn areas of ice you just can’t seem to break up, you’ll want to turn to salt or other ice melting products. Give the product an ample amount of time to break up that stubborn ice, and apply more if the ice doesn’t melt quickly.

Are you going it alone, sans movers? Not only will keeping walks clear of snow and ice help you immensely, so will making sure your vehicle is up to par when it comes to handling the slippery conditions. You’re going to be driving with a heavy load, which actually works in your favor, weighing down the back of the truck or van. However, if there are hills along your route, you’ll want to ensure you have a great set of snow tires along with chains, a shovel, and some sand or kitty litter just in case. Kitty litter? What’s that good for, anyway? Well, if you get stuck, sprinkling a bit of kitty litter on the slippery patch just in front of or behind your tire can give you the traction you need to get unstuck!

Look to the pros.

Most people feel downright depressed thinking about the fact they have to move in the middle of the winter. That’s why choosing a Boulder moving company is the perfect decision. The pros are used to the challenges winter weather can bring to a move. If you decide to go it alone and rent a moving truck, you risk serious injury.

Even if you make it through the packing of the truck unscathed, now you have to negotiate this big rental moving truck through unfamiliar neighborhoods in the snow. If you think it’s tough to pull your sedan out of a slide, imagine doing that with a box truck! Your professional moving company is seasoned pros when it comes to driving that truck in any weather.

Be prepared.

We’ve mentioned the all-important ‘Essentials Box’ a time or two here on the blog. In case you didn’t know, the Essentials Box is the last box to get packed up and put on the truck, full of many things you will need first in your new home (think toilet paper, nails and tacks, cleaning supplies, etc.) In the winter, you should also be sure you load up the shovels, salt, and other snow removal essentials last. This way, when you get to your new home, you can be sure the walkways are safe to carry boxes across.

Be conscious of what you’re packing in the truck.

Certain things just won’t make it to your destination in frigid temps. Things like glass bottles full of liquid might freeze and break, especially if this is a long distance move. Be sure that those items susceptible to colder temps are packed up in your temperature-controlled car to avoid any damage. Wrap your electronics with blankets as well to ensure they survive the move just fine. Allow these items to come to room temperature before using them.

Plan ahead.

Before you chose your new home, you spent a lot of time researching – the neighborhood, the schools, things to do, property taxes – so why would your move be any different? Be sure to watch the weather forecast, being prepared to change plans if a big storm is predicted. If changing plans just isn’t in the cards, don’t sweat it – your moving company can handle it. Just be sure to monitor walkway conditions and keep it as clear as possible for them.

While moving is tough any time of year, it is especially so in the winter. Follow these tips to ensure the entire process is as smooth and painless as possible.

How to Make More Room in a Small Bedroom

Lots of stuff to put in the bedroom and a small bedroom space don’t mix. This is a common problem that people often face when moving to a new place, or trying to make sense of an older space. Bedrooms should be serene, so that you can sleep with ease, but a small bedroom can easily become cluttered. What should you do with all of your things, and how can you really maximize the space inside of a small bedroom? Here are some helpful tips.

Make the most of your bed space. There are plenty of bed frames that come with storage space underneath, and you can also buy plastic containers that can easily hold anything you can’t fit in a close or inside of a bureau. Placing things under your bed (in a neat way) can really give you a lot more space.

Change your bedside table choice. Either purchase a floating shelf or drawer that’s completely off of the floor, or find slim side tables with drawers. If you can put stuff into your bedside table drawers, you’ll instantly have more space. (Just don’t let those drawers turn into junk piles!)

Figure out how to best organize your closet. You can hire a closet designer to come into your home and give you the best organizational tips, or you can purchase closet organization racks and other items that will give you more space. If your shoes are on the floor and your clothes are hard to find, it’s time to think of an alternative way to store stuff in your closet.

Organize your drawers. If your bureau is overflowing with items, you are really not alone — most people do not have clearly organized bureau drawers. But fixing this problem is easy enough with some simple drawer dividers sold at most home stores.

Get into the habit of cleaning everything in your room once per month. If you have books stacked and overflowing on your table, stuff under your bed, and drawers that resemble rummage piles, it’s time to start cleaning. Toss anything that’s seen better days, and try to get rid of things that just aren’t in good shape. If you do this once per month, you’ll quickly start to tidy up.

Reorganize the way that you stack your shirts. If you store your t-shirts inside of your bureau, consider stacking them in a different way. Instead of piling one on top of the other, stack shirts sideways and neatly folded, so that you can see everything that’s inside of a drawer.

It’s All About Organization

Small spaces don’t lend themselves to too much clutter. Look for furniture items that double as storage pieces with drawers or hidden compartments, keep as much furniture as possible off of the floor, separate and organize your bureau, and invest in a close organizational system when necessary. The trick to a smaller space is all about organizing, and this can begin before you move to your new home.

Your Upcoming Move

If you are looking for movers in Boulder CO, call Exodus Moving and Storage for a free quote. As one of the top moving companies in Fort Collins, we can help you pack, move, unpack, and even help you when it comes to storage space (we have storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver). Also, make sure to look for a moving checklist on this blog — we’ve compiled plenty of things not to forget for you here! You can also find us on Facebook if you have any additional questions or comments. Call us today to set up your move!

Hosting Christmas Like a Pro in Your New Home

When the last residential moving company truck rolls out of your driveway, you get to work unpacking as quickly as you can. Your family pitches in, knowing that Christmas is fast approaching. This process can take a bit longer than unpacking at any other time of year – there is so much to remember, and much that needs to be temporarily put away until the Christmas decorations come down.

If you’ve decided to host Christmas for your entire family this year, it is all the more pressure to unpack the boxes moved by the Fort Collins movers as quickly as possible. If you’re stressed, the enormity of what you have to get done in such a short amount of time can overwhelm you and cause undue panic.

Never fear, just follow these tips to pull off your first family Christmas in your new home without a hitch now that your Fort Collins movers have gotten you to your new place!

Make overnight guests feel included in Christmas Day planning.

You don’t have to involve them in every little detail – it is your house. To make them feel like they are an important part of the day without relinquishing control of everything, you simply need to ask their opinion on how things are usually done in your house. You could say, “We typically eat breakfast after opening gifts. Are you okay with this?” or “We’ll be eating an early dinner after opening presents. Our tradition is to eat around 2:00 p.m. Is that alright with you?”

You’ll find your guests will be glad to feel as if they are included in the decision making process, and normally, they won’t have a problem with doing things your way. Giving them the option to voice any concerns they have will be thought of as considerate, and they’ll appreciate the gesture.

Determine tastes and dietary needs.

If you’re hosting the whole family or both yours and your spouse’s families, you’ll want to be sure you are catering to any dietary needs. Is anyone diabetic, gluten- or dairy-free, nut free, or otherwise? Maybe your great-grandmother has a certain dish that just has to be on the table, otherwise you risk hearing her complain for the rest of the year.

Find out who is coming, what dietary restrictions they may have, and if there is anything other relatives just can’t live without in terms of holiday dishes. Worst case, you can ask other guests to bring the things they consider essential to the holiday feast – they won’t mind, and it will be done exactly the way they like.

Let the kids roam free after dinner.

It may be tempting to force the kids to stay at their places around the table so that they aren’t sneaking into rooms they don’t belong in, or destroying the cleanliness of your living room with endless boxes and toys. However, you’re going to have to let them go and say a silent prayer nothing bad happens. If this really bothers you, just close the doors to the rooms you don’t want anyone getting into, locking them if possible.

Know that kids want nothing more than to sit and play with their new toys, so your fear of them getting into mischief in your bathroom is probably unfounded. Adults may remain around the table sipping wine and talking, while children head to their new toys.

Don’t be a Scrooge.

With all of the anxiety having the family in your new home can bring, it can be easy to get annoyed with the overly excited kids. Take the time to remember they’re kids, and kids get excited on Christmas. It’s the toys, and of course, the sugar in the cookies, pies, fudge, and chocolates in the candy dish. There is really nothing you can do except take a few deep breaths and biting your tongue.

A good solution to burn off some energy: send the kids outside. Sledding, building a snowman, a snowball fight, or if there is no snow, some bike riding, roller skating, or a game of tag can get the extra energy Christmas has infused in them out, bringing down the chance they’ll drive you bonkers.

Ask for help.

Despite what you think, your guests want to help make things easier for you. Accept help when it is offered, and ask for help when it’s needed. It doesn’t matter if it’s making side dishes and bringing the pie, helping clean up after dinner, helping to prepare the feast – they will help, even though you feel like you’re being a horrible host. Nobody’s perfect, and everyone knows that more help means better chances the feast will hit the table on time.

We know you’ll have a wonderful holiday, as long as you remember nothing will ever go perfectly. Whatever hiccups you run into along the way will just provide you with fond memories you can look back upon at future gatherings! Call Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, for a free moving quote today, so that you can start planning your holiday feast! We’re proud to be the best residential moving company in Fort Collins!

Ways to Make Your Apartment Look Bigger (Without Spending A Lot)

There are many different reasons to choose an apartment. You may have found a place that’s in a great location, is the right price, or is near to your office, but finding the best apartment for your situation doesn’t necessarily mean that the space you chose is bright or big or ideal when it comes to things like light and space.

Since you’re also somewhat limited when it comes to what you can actually change inside of your apartment (it’s hard to knock down walls without getting a few complaints from your landlord!), the best way to make your space look bigger and brighter is with some really helpful decorating tips.

If you’re looking for moving companies in Fort Collins, call Exodus Moving and Storage – but if you’re looking for some great ways to make your apartment look better on the cheap, check out the tips below.

Pick the right paint: if you live in a massive mansion with large walls and high ceilings, darker mustard yellow and brown colors might make sense and look appealing. If you’re trying to make a small apartment look bigger, though, you’ll want to go with light and white colors. As a general rule of thumb, brighter colors make a space look bigger.

Think about painting the floors too: this one might not be okay with your landlord, so make sure to ask first, but painting floors a bright white color can open up a space as well. Painting floors is not as simple as painting walls, though, so make sure to hire an expert to help you, or do your research first.

Go with minimalist furniture options: the best trick for making a space seem larger but still storing all of your things is to try and keep everything off of the floor as much as possible. By hanging shelves instead of putting bookshelves on the floor and keeping the furniture that is on the floor to pieces that are minimalist, you can really trick the eye into seeing a much bigger space.

Think about hanging some lights: is your bedroom space too small for floor or table lamps? You can always hang wall sconces to still give you the reading light that you need, but without all of that clutter that a table or floor lamp would create. The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to small bedroom spaces is placing large tables on either side of an already cramped bed – plus, you can buy a larger bed and frame if you move your stuff off of the floor.

Don’t go for heavy paintings or other dark decor: keep any artwork that you place inside of your home light and minimalist – or don’t use any art at all. There’s something to be said for the cleanliness of bare white walls, or rooms with shelves that are kept neat. Try and skip the artwork if you want a room that’s clean and clutter-free. Plus, no artwork means opening up a space, so that you can trick anyone into thinking that your room is bigger than it actually is.

Hiring Moving Companies in Fort Collins

Of course, before you get to your new apartment space to decorate it, you will have to find the right moving companies in Fort Collins to choose from. This is where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. As a full service moving company, we know a thing or two about getting your stuff where it needs to go, and getting it there in good shape. Out of all the Denver moving companies out there, we pride ourselves on great customer satisfaction and working with you to make sure that your things are delivered on time all the time.

If you’ve been searching for Denver moving companies that can help you move anything you have to your new home, look no further than Exodus Moving and Storage. We also have storage space available in both Denver and Fort Collins, so make sure to ask us about our storage space availability and prices too!

Top 3 Schools in Denver

Are you moving to Denver? If you have a family, you’re likely researching areas that are near the best schools in the area. It’s hard to know which sites give out accurate information on the schools in the area that hasn’t been provided by the schools themselves, or how many reviewers are not parents at all, but instead faculty and staff writing reviews to bolster the image of the school that aren’t entirely accurate.

Here’s a list of the top 3 public schools in Denver according to the Denver Public School’s School Performance Framework to help make your decision as to the final destination of that residential moving company truck a bit easier.

Byers Middle School

Part of the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Public School network, Byers Middle School is a college prep charter school that focuses on the fundamentals – reading, writing, math, and science – and accepts admission through a lottery process. Kids here are expected to live up to the high expectation held by the teachers, and behavioral issues are not tolerated. Soon, there will be a high school for kids to move up to (this middle school opened its doors to its first group of 140 six grade students in June of 2013). This education will prepare them to move to the equally demanding high school to prepare them for college.

It’s not all strict academics and rules – there are many things for kids to get involved in, whether sports or the school play. Some enrich the lessons they’re learning in school, while others connect them with their peers more deeply. Budding authors can check out creative writing club, while those who just love learning can join STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club. Jam out in guitar club, or join the school’s travel club — Falcons Without Borders. Enjoy basketball in the winter, and choose from tennis or soccer in the spring.

Stapleton Middle School

This school is yet another DSST school, it’s just been around longer than the Byers School. Stapleton Middle School first opened in 2008, and is just as vigilant about ensuring a high quality education for all its students. It too uses the lottery method of enrollment.

Because it has been around a bit longer, it has a few more athletic opportunities than the Byers School. Students can play soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball, or basketball here.

Green Valley Ranch High School

Guess what – this school is another DSST school! See a pattern here? Denver’s innovative model for a school centered around a strong foundation in the fundamentals of education seems to be the best way to go, at least based on test scores. The Green Valley Ranch High School is just a part of a larger 35-acre campus serving preschool to senior in high school – Vista Academy, Soar Elementary, Clayton Early Learning, Strive, Green Valley Ranch Middle, and Green Valley Ranch High.

The campus model gets the kids used to the campus model, like most colleges are set up, preparing them and making them comfortable with a campus. There is even a Student Union building complete with parking lot, as well as a sports complex.

Students in Denver have wonderful options with the addition of this DSST model. Parents love the structure and how well the schools prepare the kids for college. You’re going to feel confident unpacking that residential moving company truck at your new Denver residence, knowing your child has options like this at their disposal.

This school model isn’t for everyone. What do you think of this DSST school model? Would you be excited to send your child to a school as rigorous as this, or not? If you’re moving to Denver, let us know, and we’ll help you with the big move – we also have storage space for rent for anyone that’s moving to Denver!

Top 3 Fort Collins Elementary Schools

Moving with kids is tough. It isn’t really moving to a new home that is stressing them out (unless you have a baby or toddler, in which case it is – babies and toddlers thrive on routine and familiarity). If your kids are school-aged and you’re staying in the same school district, they’re probably excited for the move to the new place. It isn’t the house that’s the problem. It’s when you move out of the district or to a new state entirely, forcing them to go to a new school full of unfamiliar faces.

Sometimes, you just can’t help it – the residential moving company is bringing your stuff to a new state because of your job, or maybe you’re moving to a new country altogether because you’re a military family. Either way, you know that your kids are going to hate you for a short period of time. One way to make sure they bounce back to their old selves is to move to an area where the schools are amazing. But how can you know?

Hooray for the Internet

There is a handy website called Greatschools.org, a place where parents go to rate the schools their children attend so that others looking into schools for their kids can make informed decisions from the advice of actual parents sending their kids there. Who better to recommend the school than the parents sending their kids there? It just makes sense.

Here’s a list of three of the top-rated Fort Collins elementary schools to help you decide the area that’s best for your kids, all compiled by Greatschools.com. The schools listed in this article received the highest score possible, a 10.

Traut Core Elementary

This is a public school offering preschool through fifth grade, and the draw here is the high rate of parental involvement. Any teacher or school administrator will tell you this is the key to a great school. They have a high standard when it comes to a student’s work, but most important is their attention to character.

They know that kids need to learn more than the three Rs – they need to build their character and become strong citizens of their communities. There is such a high standard for excellence here, both academically and personally – the school has been nationally recognized, earning a Blue Ribbon Award for excellence. The school’s national assessment test scores were exceptionally high.

Liberty Common Charter School

A charter school you need to submit a name to enter into the lottery to get in, it is well worth taking the chance. The K-12 school’s ACT scores are extremely high (the highest in Colorado, in fact), and kids that attend are expected to work hard. If you have dreams of your child getting into a top college, this school is a great way to prepare them for that. There is a strict dress code, a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, and very high expectations regarding behavior. It won the John Irwin Award for three years straight (2010-2012).

Extracurricular activites abound – recycling club, robotics club, jazz band, drama, and more. If your child is a gifted and talented student, there is a selection of college prep and AP classes to challenge them. The school also features sports fields for baseball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and basketball to name a few. Or participate in chess club. If  you’re struggling with a certain class, attend homework club for extra help.

Coyote Ridge Elementary

This school serves students in grades K-5, and parents just love it. The teachers care about each individual student, and make sure that each of them is getting what they need from their time at school each day. The school fosters a sense of community and focuses on both academics and character, nurturing the whole child. Test scores are high – all above the 90th percentile – and this is attributed to the teaching methodology. Teachers here teach to the students’ interests, based on research showing that kids learn better about things they are curious about.

This year, the school won two awards from the Colorado Department of Education – both the John Irwin Award and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. There is a wide variety of extracurricular things – choir, walking club, chess club, Lego club, and more – and parents have put in over 6,000 hours of volunteer time over the past year. It’s a wonderful community here. If you need help getting here, call your Colorado moving company, Exodus, today. We’ve been Fort Collins’ top residential moving company for many years for a reason! Or, find us on Facebook. Your Colorado moving company awaits.

Do any of these schools sound like a good fit for your child?

Clean Your Gutters For Winter

The Colorado moving company has come and gone, you’ve unpacked the boxes, settled in, and now it’s time to get ready for winter. You splurged on the movers, so you’re looking to cut costs in this process. You start to think, “What can I do for myself?”

One of those things is cleaning your gutters. It’s important – if you have leaves and debris clogging your gutters, how can the snow and ice properly drain from your roof? If a lot of snow falls, you don’t want the snow melt hindered by leaves and debris, so it’s important to be sure they are free and clear for the spring. You can easily clean your gutters if you’re not afraid of heights or climbing ladders. And if you are afraid of climbing that ladder, you should consider overcoming that fear! It saves money, and it’s not hard at all.

Why?

To know why you should clean your gutters, you need to understand the purpose of the lowly gutter. The gutter directs water away from your home, and is crucial during all seasons – the spring and summer, they keep you from getting soaked during a torrential downpour while you’re trying to unlock your front door, and in the winter it keeps puddles created by dripping water from gathering which eventually turn into sheets of ice overnight that cause you to slip on your way to work.

These things happen when you don’t clean your gutters. A clog plugs up the gutters, blocking the downspout that comes out in the area you wanted the water to go, making the water overflow into the areas you DON’T want water to go. In the winter, that means ice dams will form. During the summer, the water that collects and cannot drain properly becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In the winter, the frigid temps causes expansion of the gutter system due to freezing water, which can damage gutters and make them leak.

How to Clean Your Gutters

First, you want to make sure you have everything you need (and some things you could do without, but really, you should have all of it to be truly prepared). You’ll definitely need a ladder and a bucket (optionally a wheelbarrow instead), gloves, and goggles to protect your eyes from errant sticks and debris. A dust mask is ideal, and if you’d like, you can buy a leaf scooper (but your gloved hands work just as effectively).

Begin by scooping up handfuls of debris. You can choose to collect in the bucket while on the ladder, or just drop it directly on the ground to clean up later. If you choose the bucket method, be sure to hang it from the ladder so that one hand can be free at all times to hold on to the ladder.

Once all debris is clear, use your hose or a bucket full of water to run water through the gutters. A hose is ideal, as it can be used to destroy spider webs and peel debris that the bucket of water just can’t knock loose. During this process, look to see that the water is flowing uninhibited from the downspout. If not, it’s a sign you should take the downspout off in order to remedy this problem.

After the gutters are flowing freely, you can use the hose to rinse the debris that has fallen onto your driveway, deck, or patio. If you’ve just dumped the debris directly onto the ground, grab the wheelbarrow and clean up any small piles of leaves.

If You Spot A Leak

Use a grease pencil to mark areas that are leaking while you are hosing the gutters out. Chances are you won’t be able to tell where they are when the water dries! Apply gutter sealant to these areas, scraping away the old caulking before applying the new. Don’t forget the insides of the joints!

Cleaning your gutters is an important part of enjoying your new home. The Colorado moving company helped move you in, and it’s up to you to keep things in order to truly enjoy your time spent at home sweet home. If you haven’t moved yet, call Exodus, your Colorado moving company, for a free moving quote, or ask us on Facebook about a free moving quote!

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