Once your Fort Collins movers are finished delivering your things and all of the boxes are unpacked, it’s time to tackle yet another despised chore: fall cleanup of your new home. Even though you just spent all that time organizing and cleaning, you’re not done yet. (That is, unless the moving gods smiled down upon you and the tough stuff is already taken care of!)
You’ll want to be sure to do at least some of these items, if not all of them, to ensure you aren’t stuck with a bigger mess in the spring, or needing to do something that requires opening the windows. (You probably don’t want to be opening the windows during the winter anyway.) Here’s a guide to fall cleanup so that you’re ready for winter.
- Inspect all exterior caulking and weather sealant around windows and doors so that you aren’t wasting precious heat all winter long, replacing anything that is missing or damaged. Your wallet will thank you!
- Inspect and clean out the dryer exhaust pipe. The dryer air of the winter increases your fire risk, so it’s important you remove any clogs of lint and hair before it gets any colder. Be sure that there is some sort of door or vent cover (sold at your local hardware store) so that small animals don’t decide to make their home here over the winter! Your clothes probably won’t smell so clean afterwards.
- Clean the leaves and debris out of all gutters and downspouts. If you don’t, you might find the melting snow that can’t escape will freeze and expand, damaging your gutters for good. Doing the work of cleaning out the gutters saves you money in the spring, when you don’t have to replace them!
- Remove all garden hoses, turn off the water in the basement, and drain the spigot completely. Head to your local hardware store to pick up a special insulated cover to keep your pipes warm and happy.
- Cover the outdoor furniture the Fort Collins movers left out back. Or, if you can, ask the Fort Collins movers to bring the outdoor furniture right into the basement to store it out of harms way all winter long.
- Inspect all outdoor light fixtures, replacing bulbs that are dead and fixing any that don’t appear to work. Make sure they are clean and clear of debris.
- If you know a thing or two about plants, go through all gardens and remove annuals and weeds and cut back your perennials to prepare for the winter. If you don’t, you should take the time to learn about gardening during the winter so that come spring, you have a planting game plan!
- Feed the soil now for optimum growing conditions next year. You don’t even have to buy anything – just cover the areas with leaves and grass clippings!
- Rake the leaves around the property and dispose of them in lawn and leaf bags, or start a compost pile (after using some to mulch your gardens, of course!). You might not think this is important, but when the spring comes, those piles of leaves can hinder grass growth. Not to mention it’s easier to clean it up now while the ground is dry than in the muddy spring!
- Plant your spring bulbs now.
- Mow your lawn one last time, making sure to cut as close to the ground as you can.
- Be sure to call your local HVAC company for a thorough furnace cleaning. If you have forced hot air heating, get them to clean out the ducts as well. Change the air filter in your furnace – and if you remember, change it once a month throughout the winter months to keep everyone healthy.
- Drain your water heater to ensure there is no sediment in the tank.
- Head to your attic and look for any signs of a leaky roof so that you can fix it immediately before the spring thaw, when it is likely to damage your house.
- Dust everything – light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, window blinds, door sills, etc.
- Clean your oven (unless the previous owners did it for you, or if it’s new.)
- Defrost the freezer and clean the fridge.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they work.
If you need some help with your move, call Exodus, your Denver moving company, to give you a hand. As a full service Denver moving company, we will make sure that your things get where they need to go quickly!
You just arrived at your new home directly behind the Colorado moving company. They parked the truck, unloaded your stuff down to the room where each box belongs, and now you’re inside, ready to begin unpacking.
The last thing you should be worrying about is bugs or other pests, like rodents. But in reality, you might have no choice. This rings especially true when you are purchasing a home that had been on the market for some time. With no one there to keep it clean and make frequent passes down hallways and from room to room, spiders are able to multiply and build their webs wherever they please. Ants might be lurking, foraging crumbs not sufficiently cleaned up by the owners, or some sticky mess forgotten about at the bottom of a cabinet.
Here’s a handy list of ways to work towards making your home bug-free, whether you’re moving into a newly-built home just listed or a 113-year old home that’s been on the market for six months.
Where do the bugs come from in the first place? You should start here, the root of the problem – working from the outside-in is the best course of action in this scenario. First, you need to remove all leaf piles and debris from the perimeter of your house. Bugs just love decaying leaf piles. In the winter, even the leaves will be too cold, and just where will they flee? Into your home.
Don’t leave buckets full of water or any other collector of water to sit outside your home. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which in this day and age can carry diseases like EEE that has killed people in many states.
If you have holes of any size in your window screens, make note of this and replace them. It isn’t difficult to do – a kit can be purchased at hardware stores to do the job yourself along with a roll of screen. Not only will mosquitoes and blackflies be able to enter your house during the summer when your windows are open, wasps, bees, spiders, and hornets can get in as well.
Seal Any Gaps
Go through the home and seal up any cracks with caulking. It is an inexpensive way to limit the points-of-entry for pests to get in, and can help out in the winter months on heating costs too – a win-win! Don’t just search your house for cracks. You can do the same down in the basement. Seek out cracks in the foundation, along the exterior walls, and fascia board.
Find your dryer vent and see if there are gaps that can be sealed. Do the same by the places your utilities come into the home. For the areas where utilities feed inside the home, turn to a spray foam product to insulate this area.
Be sure to keep any areas you eat in free and clear from crumbs and food debris. Clean out the sink strainer every night, and don’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes to sit out all night. Teach your kids to clean up their messes, and to clean up any spills right when they happen instead of the next day. Bugs love sticky food messes, and once they become part of your kitchen, it is tough to get rid of them.
Another important lesson is to remove kitchen garbage as soon as it becomes a noticeable problem. Clean it out as frequently as possible. One way to force yourself to get into the habit is to have a small garbage can. It doesn’t have the chance to collect, thus eliminating old food scraps and the associated odor, along with the chance for bugs. Of course, if you’re a larger family, you are probably taking the trash out frequently anyway!
If you need to, you can call in a professional to come and remove problem bugs. Experts are always a good idea – after all, you hired professional residential moving company to take care of it, so why not hire one to deal with the bugs as well? Be sure to find one with a guarantee so that you can enjoy your new home as bug free as possible. If you need help moving, call your Colorado moving company, or ask us for a free moving quote online. You can also find out more about the free moving quote that we offer on this website.
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.
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!
The fall weather is here, and that means more rain, and eventually snow! Some things will become completely ruined if they get wet, so that means money spent in the form of extra packing supplies to protect your stuff.
That’s why relying on Denver moving companies is a smart idea. You don’t need to worry about exposed furniture in the beds of friends’ trucks – the residential moving companies feature enclosed box trucks and trailers to get the job done, protecting your belongings from inclement weather.
But if the moving company in Denver is not moving everything, there might be a box or two that you’ll keep with you, like your ‘Essentials’ box, or a bag containing your laptop. If you’re doing some, or all, of the move by yourself, you’re going to have to learn strategies to make moving in the stormy weather a little easier! Here are some tips to help.
Start At The Finish
Before you start moving into a new place, you’re going to want to begin by protecting surfaces you’ve likely just cleaned. While you won’t be able to stop any messes from being made whatsoever, you can minimize the damage done and reduce the time you’ll have to spend cleaning up after the Denver moving companies and helping hands.
Whether you rely on rugs, towels, or old bed sheets, you need to lay something down on the floor to keep mud and dirt off of the clean floor. If this is a winter move, this will minimize the risk someone will slip on snow tracked in on their boots. Also, be sure you turn up the heat prior to lugging those boxes in – besides keeping the occupants warm and snug while going in and out, certain belongings need to be stored at a certain temperature, like your electronics.
Weatherproof Your Stuff
For your items in boxes, as long as holes are sealed up with packing tape, everything will be just fine. However, you’ll probably be moving some things that shouldn’t get wet, like any artwork, large electronics, or expensive furniture. You can very easily head to your local residential moving company to rent out things to make your move easier – plastic sheeting, mattress pads, etc – or you can employ the use of blankets and tarps you have on hand.
Get Ready To Load Up
If you’ve employed the help of moving company in Denver to load up the big stuff, great! Just be sure you do the same thing you did at the new place – lay towels, sheets, or rugs down to minimize the mess made from wet shoes and boots. Be sure anyone carrying boxes is wearing good slip-proof shoes or boots so no one gets hurt! If you plan on moving some or all of the boxes yourself, you should inspect the area the boxes will be placed for leaks or the presence of water.
If the Denver moving companies are unloading, great! If you don’t have the help of a residential moving company when it comes time to unload, there are ways to make the process less painful in inclement weather. It all starts with the way you pack your truck(s).
Try to be as systematic as possible, packing rooms together instead of all spread out throughout the vehicle. It can be tempting to try to find smaller boxes to fit into gaps, but resist this urge. It is easier to just unload each room in order. You can use the people who’ve come to help you unload as an assembly line of sorts, minimizing the amount of time anyone has to be outside. Not only does this ensure a speedy unpacking process, it also reduces the amount of wet traffic in your home!
You can move in bad weather! Let Exodus Moving & Storage help you so that the weather isn’t even a thought in your mind.
Buying an old fixer-upper can really pay off if you find a home with great old bones that just needs a bit of love. But one of the most common trouble spots in an old home is an old bathroom. Some old bathrooms really need a lot of work when it comes to tiling and other trouble spots, and some just need a lot of elbow grease. If you’ve gone through all of the national moving companies, found Exodus, and have just moved into your new home, here are some of the ways that you can clean up that cruddy bathroom space.
Okay, let’s be honest, a shower that’s cruddy and dirty looking is the last place that you want to step into to clean yourself, right? So, start with the shower and bath area when you begin to clean your older bathroom. A good trick is to put some vinegar in a plastic bag with a bit of water, tie the bag to the top nozzle of your shower head, leave it overnight, and run the shower in the morning – vinegar is pretty powerful stuff if you let it do its thing.
If you mix vinegar with baking soda, you can use this paste (do not wet it until you are ready to rinse it) on the inside of any shower doors, tubs, or other surfaces. Grab some green scrubbing pads, and get to work covering the inside of your shower with the paste. After scrubbing, your shower should look much better. To prevent future build up, clean any surfaces that are covered by water after a shower, and always leave a window open to let the room air out.
Depending on the types of floors in your bathroom, you can either mop the floors with something like vinegar or a strong cleaning agent, or you can simply vacuum the floors. If you find that the caulking around the bathtub and toilet area needs to be redone, strip it and redo it – caulking can collect an amazing amount of dirt, grime, and dust, so it’s best to rip it up and redo it if you don’t like the way it looks (this is an easy project).
Whether or not you should replace the toilet completely is up to you, but a good rule is to consider the stains at the bottom of the bowl. Can those stains be cleaned, or do you have to really remove the entire thing in order to get rid of the stains? Some older toilets will simply be stained beyond scrubbing, and you may want to just replace those. You can use the same vinegar and baking powder paste mixture to clean your toilet space too. Just make sure to get underneath the rims and cover to clean it thoroughly.
Older homes tend to have tile walls, and these require tile cleaner to thoroughly clean. Scrub away! You can really transform an older bathroom, too, by getting rid of older fixtures and putting in new options. Some older bathrooms add a lot of style to a home as well, so don’t simply get rid of everything at once. Try and work with what you have by cleaning it the best that you can, and then get rid of those things that you can work with.
National Moving Companies
Exodus is a Colorado moving company, but we can move you anywhere you want to go. We’re also happy to provide you with information about our Colorado moving company before you move, so feel free to call us if you have any questions about our Colorado moving company.
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we want to help you with all aspects of moving from packing and unpacking to getting where you need to go. One part of moving is uncluttering your home before you start packing, and that can mean (for the ladies!) getting rid of some old cosmetics.
If you haven’t gone through your cosmetics in a while, there’s no better time to do so than right before you move – why bother moving a bunch of stuff that you really don’t need anymore, or just isn’t good? After all, the residential moving companies that you are going to call will have one less thing to move if you get rid of some stuff!
Here are some of our best tips for getting rid of old makeup, creams, and other things!
- Mascaras and eyeliners that are more than six months old should just be tossed out. You can save one clean brush from a mascara tube for your eyebrows (a really cheap way of repurposing the brush for an eyebrow comb!), but the rest of those tubes should be thrown out.
- Lip glosses and liners that are more than one year old should be thrown out. Lipstick is up to you – typically, lipstick that is more than a year old can be thrown out too, but few of us use entire tubes of lipstick that are vivid or for special occasions in one year, so you can hang onto those as long as they are in good shape.
- Pressed powder doesn’t last more than two years – if it has started to crack and cake, it’s time to toss it.
- Eyeshadow tends to last longer, so you can hang onto this unless you hate the color, and then you should just toss it. (Then why did you buy it in the first place?)
- Nail polish will start to separate and look really strange after about a year, so you may want to get rid of any polish when this begins to happen. Take a good look at your nail polish collection, and just get rid of those things that don’t look all that appealing.
- Any kind of liquid foundation shouldn’t be kept past three years. If you have some older foundation that you’re still hanging onto, it’s probably going to make your face break out! So, get rid of that liquid foundation if it has surpassed its shelf life (tip: keep foundations in the refrigerator for longer shelf life!).
- Sponges: really, don’t keep any sponges for more than a week. After one week, makeup sponges simply start to gather bacteria, and that’s definitely not good for your complexion!
- Perfumes: experts say that most perfumes start to lose their scent after one year, but if you’ve spent a lot of money on a perfume bottle, nobody can blame you for keeping it longer than that period of time. Instead, just throw away perfume that no longer smells the same or has lost its scent completely.
When to Toss
We all buy makeup that we never wear. Sometimes its a strange shade that we thought we loved but really didn’t, and sometimes we just never wind up wearing what we bought (because everything looks better in that huge makeup store, right?). Either way, getting rid of any makeup that you just don’t wear makes sense. You don’t have to throw it away if you have someone to give it to (would your friend, sister, or mother like those things that you no longer like?), or you can simply put it in the recycling.
Taking the time to go through all of your cosmetics is a really good way to clean up your makeup bag before you move, and this way you will have less to move (and more room to add stuff to your bag!). While we can’t help you with makeup, we can help you when it comes to moving boxes, packing, unpacking, and even storage. Exodus Moving and Storage is one of the top residential moving companies with storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver that you can rent and use, so give Exodus Moving and Storage a call today.
Sweeten Screenshot – Exodus
While you are in the process of moving to Fort Collins, one of the things that you may have to do is remodel the home you are moving into. Whether you’ve found a house or an apartment, moving to Fort Collins often means setting things up in your new place the way that you want them. This process can be tricky and time consuming, but some new home improvement apps are looking to change the way that you remodel or make over your home.
The New Apps
A Reuters report indicates that Americans spent nearly $130 billion in home remodeling projects last year alone. That means there’s a huge market for people that are moving to Fort Collins, or elsewhere, and want to change the way that things are inside of their home before the big move. It also means that Americans spend time and money remodeling an existing home. There are many reasons why remodeling is a good idea, but finding the right expert to install a washer or dryer or to fix the concrete around an outdoor area can be hard.
There’s a new app called Sweeten that aims to make this process simpler by connecting homeowners and renters with professionals like contractors and designers. People that use the Sweeten app (currently available in New York City, but expanding all over the United States soon) can post photos of a home improvement project, and Sweeten will find the right expert for the project.
In order to ensure that the right professionals are on the job, the company behind Sweeten monitors every project, and makes sure that all projects are completely well and on time. Homeowners that use Sweeten can leave feedback about a specific professional, so that others know how the project went.
Additional Home Improvement Apps
Sweeten is the newest home improvement app, but it’s far from the only one. Home improvement apps make it a lot simpler to find what you need for your home, find a professional, or simply get ideas about things that you can do to make your home or apartment better. It’s also a good idea to look at websites like Apartment Therapy if you are considering moving into an apartment, and you need ideas on how to make that place better or just different.
While moving to a new home used to mean getting renovation recommendations from family members and friends (and that can still work, though it’s good to have some other opinions!), finding what you need for a new place is easier than ever thanks to the world of technology. Most people don’t think of app when they think of home improvement, though there are many apps that can help you with everything from finding a contractor to measuring spaces (yes, there’s an app for that too!).
So, the next time that you are searching for residential moving companies and getting ready to move, think about turning to technology instead of looking for information elsewhere.
Booking With Exodus
If you have been searching for residential moving companies in Fort Collins, you may have stumbled upon our website. We’re glad that you made it here, and we’re happy that you have decided to give us a shot. Call us today for a free estimate, or ask us what we can do for you when it comes to packing, unpacking, or moving. We are also happy to offer ample storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver, so you can store anything that you need to leave behind safely and securely.
When it comes to moving, you may find that you need to redecorate, but that process can be made a lot easier with the help of some very clever and new apps – check out Sweeten or other apps to see how easy decorating and remodeling can be!
When you move into a new apartment, the hope is that you will have all new appliances that are clean and look great. But that’s often far from being the actual case. More often than not, landlords try and find the cheapest appliance option, and that can mean an oven that’s far from being clean. The other possibility is that you may move into a place where the last renters weren’t the cleanest folks, and that might mean that you now have a very dirty oven to work with.
If you need some help cleaning up your oven, here are some of our best tips – take it from a Denver moving company with a lot of experience, we’ve seen a lot of really dirty ovens!
How to Get Rid of the Gunk
You can buy oven cleaner that’s full of really toxic chemicals, but there are other ways to go about cleaning the gunk out of an oven.
- Make a thick rub of baking soda and water.
- Slather the rub all over the inside of your oven, and let this sit overnight.
- The next morning, remove all of the rub with a scrubbing sponge or dry towel.
- Use a wet towel to get rid of the excess baking soda scrub.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar.
- Spray the vinegar inside of your oven, and wipe that off with some paper towels.
After this process, you should have a completely clean oven.
The Oven Racks
As far as the racks go, these will need special treatment, and you have two good options.
Option 1: you can put your oven racks in your dishwasher, and start the cycle. If your dishwasher can accommodate the racks, you should have clean oven racks in no time.
Option 2: you can soak your racks in your bathtub by adding some dishwashing liquid to your tub, letting the racks soak, and then scrubbing the racks after a good soak.
Both methods should leave you with cleaner oven racks, and this will mean a cleaner oven all around.
Denver Moving Company Cleaning Tip
We’ve helped people move into all kinds of apartments in many different areas, so we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Many people that move into an apartment are often discouraged by the state of the appliances in the apartment, but you can really get things into good shape by using the right cleaning products and some elbow grease. Even the oldest oven can look somewhat new after soaking and cleaning. If you love the place that you want to move into, but hate the look of the appliances, keep in mind that you can always clean up any stove or dishwasher or other appliance that’s in the new place.
In most states, landlords have to provide appliances that are in working order, but that doesn’t mean those things have to be new or in great shape, so do keep that in mind when haggling for a new stove. In the meantime, though, you can make your stove look like new by following the tips above.
Getting to Your New Spot
Once you have found the perfect new place, give us a call, and we’ll help you get there quickly. As a top Denver moving company, we’ve helped a lot of people move into new places both here in Denver and in Fort Collins. We also offer long distance moving services, so let us know what you need whether you’re moving to Thornton or to any other place in Colorado. In addition to helping you if you are moving to Thornton, we also offer storage solutions in both Denver and Fort Collins.
Give us a call for a free moving quote, or to ask us about moving to Thornton or any other moving questions that you may have. In the meantime, let us know what your favorite method of cleaning an old oven is.
Even if you do decide to work with a Colorado moving company while relocating, there’s no doubt that moving can really tire you out! The process from start to finish means a lot of hours, possibly very little sleep, and a general feeling of limbo – all of which are perfectly normal. If you have just landed in your new spot, we have some great ways for you to feel better quickly – take a look!
1. Go the raw route. Try eating a raw food diet for a few days post-move, and throw some smoothies with extra vegetables and some additions like acai berry into the mix. Simply filling your body with nutrients will help you get back that energy that you lost.
2. Try to detox by hitting a yoga class or a meditation session. Even if these things aren’t part of your normal routine, taking a few moments to unwind and relax during your move can really make a difference.
3. Go for a steam. Is there anything like a sauna or spa to make you feel refreshed and better all around? We didn’t think so! Plus, Colorado is bursting with amazing spa spots that you will absolutely love – you can even take a look at some of our famous hot springs.
4. Take some downtime to spend exploring your new surroundings. There’s so much to see and do in this state that you’ll want to take a day away from unpacking to see what surrounds you – trust us, you’ll be in awe.
5. Start enjoying nature. If there’s one thing that Colorado is good at, it’s nature. From the Rocky Mountains to some of the best hiking trails you’ve ever seen, this state is all about the outdoors.
6. Get your hair, nails, or feet done. Spend some extra dollars on yourself by going to one of our amazing salons for a haircut, or for something as simple as a pedicure. You’ll feel so much better when you return!
7. Make or create something. Even if it means clearing a few boxes out of your kitchen, creating something that’s delicious is a great way to feel better – plus, you get to lick the spoon.
8. Meet up with new friends. If you know people in your new town, why not make a night out of getting to know the town? You can visit a local restaurant, check out a fun bar, or hit up a movie – anything to get your mind off of those boxes waiting at home!
Booking a Colorado Moving Company
Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you when it comes to your move. From helping you pack to helping you unpack (we can do that too!), our goal is to help make your move simpler. Give us a call for a free moving quote, or to ask us about anything else. As a Colorado moving company, we’ve seen it all!
In the meantime, make sure that you spend the time to relax and unwind post-move. It can feel like a rush getting everything where it needs to go in your new place, but there’s really no need to hurry up and move stuff. Simply relax, take it one box at a time, and take some of our unwinding tips to heart.
Find Exodus, your Denver moving company, on Facebook too – just look for our page, and make sure to check out the tips on this blog from your Denver moving company – trust us with your move!
It’s that time of year again – countless parents are heading to college campuses to help kids settle in after a Denver moving company drops off their stuff. It’s a time of joy and pride, while at the same time, extreme worry. Your child has grown up and moved on to the next chapter of their lives, one where you won’t be there to assure their safety. Tears will likely be shed, a mix of happiness and sadness.
If you want these tears to be more of the happy sort, there are some safety tips you can review with your child before you even contact Denver moving companies to get a quote to move their stuff.
Here is a rundown so your child is prepared, and you can have more peace of mind.
1. Lock it up. Of course this goes for more than just the dormitory door, but it should be mentioned just in case. Some students might become so comfortable with their dorm-mates, they become less likely to lock their doors when in the room. Teach them they should get in the habit of locking their doors whether they are in the room or not, all the time. Better they go through the inconvenience of opening up the door for a friend than become the unfortunate victim of a burglary-gone-wrong.
2. Don’t grant unauthorized access. Do not open your door unless you know who’s knocking, and the same goes for letting someone in the building that you don’t know.
3. The buddy system. This is more than just a way for elementary students to stay safe during field trips! College students, particularly women, should always travel in groups – there is safety in numbers.
4. Don’t flaunt expensive possessions. The same goes for large amounts of money and expensive belongings. Remember that you don’t really know everyone in a dorm. Just knowing you have $4,000 in your room can be just enough to tempt a would-be thief who can easily wait for you to leave. When the residential moving company hired is at work, try to keep the expensive items as concealed as possible.
5. Watch how much you drink. Teaching your kids to drink in moderation can prevent blackouts, and this can, in turn, prevent any unwanted aggression.
6. Map it. Scour the campus map in order to determine where the location of places like emergency phones and police substations are.
7. Call for help. What if your buddy is out on a date, or home visiting their parents? Some universities have an escort program, where you can call to have someone physically escort you where you need to go. If this option isn’t available, call a friend to be that escort.
8. Check the back seat. Before you go anywhere, check the backseat first. You never know when there may be an unwelcome passenger back there!
9. Follow your instincts. Teach your children to listen to their inner voice – if a situation just doesn’t feel right for any reason, tell them to get out fast! Instincts are often correct.
10. Avoid the social media check-in. While it is harmless for the most part, it can prove unfortunate when someone with bad intentions wants to track your every move.
You can send your child to school with the confidence that they’ll be able to take care of themselves if you review this safety list with them. While it can be difficult, it is a natural part of growing up, no matter how unpleasant it may be. It’s hard to let go. At the same time, it can be hard for a student, too. While you’ve looked after them all of their life, this is the first time they’re in charge of their own safety and well-being on a consistent basis. They’ll feel more confident armed with this information, too!
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