Why Getting Up and Moving Is Important

It has long been known that living a sedentary lifestyle can put people at a greater risk for Type II Diabetes and for developing heart disease. But, moving throughout the day is also important for your mental well-being. Staying confined to a desk or sitting down all day long is hard on your body.

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While we typically focus on moving things like boxes as your Boulder movers, Exodus Moving and Storage is all about your well-being in all aspects of life, so here are a few different kinds of moving tips for you to check out!

How to Move At Work

Many workplaces are a lot better than they were in past years where exercise is concerned. Some offices provide employees with desks that can be raised (so that employees can stand up while working), and other offices give employees discounts on neighborhood gyms and exercise programs. But if you happen to work in a place that doesn’t do any of these things, you can still make an effort to move during the day while you are at work.

1. Stand up and stretch in all directions: bend down and touch your toes, reach for the sky, do a few air squats, and move your arms all around – sure, people might look at you funny at first, but we’re betting your colleagues soon join in the fun.

2. Go outside during your lunch break. Many of us have formed the bad habit of eating at our desks. While it might seem like eating lunch at your desk is the best and fastest way to get through that stack of work, the truth is that getting up and walking around outside will help you generate a creative spark much better and faster than sitting at a desk all day.

3. Make your break time exercise time. Bring running shoes to your office, and go for a run or walk during any break that you have. All it take is fifteen minutes of fresh air and sunshine to feel better and gain energy.

4. Start a sports program at work. Company teams are a lot of fun, so why not start one?

5. Try squatting at your desk instead of sitting in a chair. Take ten minutes, remove your chair, and just sit in a squat – your quadraceps will thank you, and your whole core will feel tighter as a result.

Why Moving Matters

Humans weren’t meant to sit at desks all day (really!), and our bodies can take a real beating when we are forced to sit down all day and stare at a screen. Not only does a sedentary lifestyle lead to things like high blood pressure and diabetes, but your muscles can start to cramp up and your mind can become fatigued just by sitting down all day long. It can be hard to get used to moving regularly at first (if you aren’t used to it), but five to ten minutes per day is all it takes. Once you get into moving on a regular basis, you’ll crave those minutes!

If you need help moving things like furniture and boxes, that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage can really lend a hand. Our Boulder movers will get your stuff where it needs to go quickly and expertly, and you can count on our Boulder moving company to be there when you expect us. Call our team of Boulder movers today for a quote or additional information, and see why our Boulder moving company is loved by all of our clients.

You can also find Exodus Moving and Storage on Facebook – we look forward to connecting with you there too. In the meantime, get up and move!

Moving Away From Elderly Parents

Watching your parents age isn’t an easy thing, but it’s easier to keep tabs on them as they age when you live in the same town. But what happens when you have to move for work or for another reason, and your parents don’t have any other relatives around? This isn’t an ideal situation, but it absolutely happens to some people – and as your Colorado moving company, we’d like to give you some tips.

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1. Make sure that your parents have some kind of tech. Now, if your parents have never used a cellphone before and don’t know how to turn on a computer, you owe it to them to sign them  up for some classes. They should have a really good grasp of this technology before you move, so that they can speak with you via Skype, or call you from their cellphone when you are needed.

2. Offer to pay for their cellphone plan. Once again, you are moving away, so it’s up to you to shoulder this responsibility. You can get a basic plan that lets them call you. 3. Build a social circle. If your parents live in the same area that they’ve always lived in, they probably have a few friends to call on. If they don’t have any friends, try and find some activities for them to join, so that they have a few people to hang out with.

4. Offer to take them with you. If you are moving to another place for work, think about finding a home that’s big enough to accommodate your parents, or find a retirement home in the area where they can live comfortably – this might be a big fight, so be prepared, and call your Colorado moving company if they do decide to go along with the plan without a fight.

5. Consider hiring a nurse or a housekeeper. Make things easier for your parents in your absence. You can hire someone to cook meals, to clean the house, or to take care of any aren’t that has special medical needs.

6. Look into community programs. Some communities offer various senior programs that are free or relatively inexpensive. Find out if any of these things are available in your area.

7. Be kind and patient. Your parents aren’t going to like the fact that you’re moving, but you can’t put your life on hold either. This is a tough decision to make, and you can expect some anger coming from their side. In some cases, family counseling might be appropriate as well, so don’t rule out the power that a levelheaded mediator can have.

8. Get the moving wheels in motion. You don’t need to worry about moving details while you’re trying to iron out things with your parents. By hiring a reliable Colorado moving company, you can worry about those other details – and not about what box goes where.

9. Make visiting plans. Buy some open-ended plane tickets, and give these to your parents, so that they can visit you whenever they want to. Or, send tickets to your parents regularly, so that they can simply visit you when they are missing your company.

It’s really hard to move away from your elderly parents, and the distance will be tough. But if moving is the right thing for you to do in order to benefit your life and your future, no parent would want you to stay stuck in the present or past. Taking the time to make sure that everything is in place for your parents before you move is the best course of action. This way, the actual move won’t be so hard to do.


Call Exodus Moving and Storage if you need a long distance moving company, or if you have any other long distance moving questions. We’re happy to help!


 

Designing Your Backyard On The Cheap

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Let’s face it – we could all stand to save a bit of money these days. If you’ve just used Exodus Moving and Storage to get your belongings to your new home, you’re probably in agreement. Moving entails so very many hidden expenses you’ve probably not even considered. Once you’re settled, you’re probably ready to relax a bit. What better way than to hang in your backyard, enjoying the warm summer nights, and getting to know new neighbors?

You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy furniture and other backyard accessories, although it can be tempting. Let’s look at many different ways you can transform your backyard into the hottest spot on the block this summer, putting the power of Pinterest and/or the internet to work.

  • Seating. Numerous tutorials exist on the Web in order to give your guests a unique and stylish place to sit. Why head out to your local home and garden store to purchase chairs that could be found in anyone’s backyard when you can create something uniquely yours? The best part is that there are different ideas for different skill levels. You don’t need to be an expert crafter in order to make them all work! It can be as simple as a milk crate transformed into a stool with wood added to the top, spray painted to match whatever color scheme you’re going for, or this fun idea using old dining chairs you can find at a yard sale, transforming them into a bench seat for multiple guests. Pinterest is full of ideas to turn pallets into benches and tables, so chances are if you can dream it, Google can show you how to make it a reality!

    Of course, sometimes you just don’t want to DIY. Whether time constraints prevent you from having the time, or you just don’t feel like you are handy when it comes to making stuff, there are ways to save some money while furnishing your backyard space. Think outside the box store, and hit up your local thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets. You’ll be surprised at the bargains you’ll find! If second hand just isn’t your style, Target is always an option for the style-conscious, or you can check out companies like West Elm, Terrain (outdoor company associated with Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie), CB2, and of course, IKEA. Don’t forget about your local Lowe’s and Home Depot – check fliers often for sale prices.

  • Gather ’round the fire. You don’t have to spend a fortune to build a spot to toast marshmallows for s’mores, nor do you need an average, ordinary fire bowl, a common choice for those looking to light a fire on the cheap. It can be as simple as gathering rocks from around your property or elsewhere (construction sites are a good place to look for these) and stacking them up wall-style. You can build it in any size you want, in any shape. Sound like too much work? Even simpler – use a large, heavy-duty galvanized bucket or tub. No work involved – just plop the bucket down, fill with wood, and get burning! For a cleaner look, purchase concrete pavers and stack into a circular ring. For a fire pit with maximum interest, check out this repurposed washing machine basin, removed from the machine, turned on its side, and made into a fire pit. Numerous options abound on the internet, you’re sure to find an idea that’s just right for you!
  • Planters. You don’t have to go crazy purchasing giant, expensive planters and filling them with different plants. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, all you need is simple terra cotta pots. There are many tutorials relying on simple metal stakes and a drill to put holes in the pots – then you just stack the pots in a unique way, fill with dirt, and enjoy the fun arrangement all summer long! You can also choose to use concrete blocks, stacking in interesting ways, filling with soil, and planting. If even plants are out of your budget, it isn’t tough to start your own from seed, much cheaper than purchasing the already grown plants.
  • Lighting. You can find fun lantern-style string lighting at Target or even your favorite dollar store. If that just won’t do, place some fun mason jars or even regular old glasses on your table and put tea lights inside. You can even dig out the Christmas lights – there are no rules!
  • Concrete decor. I mentioned cinder blocks before, and let me tell you, these humble workhorses can be just about anything you could imagine. There are numerous tutorials featuring this surprising little gem – tables, seating, raised bed border, fire pit, and even décor. Give a quick search and you’ll see that your every backyard element could be designed from these little wonders. Not into the drab gray look? Paint them any color of the rainbow, or have your kids make original designs for a whimsical look.

If you can dream it, you can do it! It’s probably been done before, so prior to starting any DIY project, head to the internet to find out exactly how it’s done. This will save you time on trial and error in the long run.

Exodus Moving and Storage helped get your belongings to your new house, now it’s time to make it yours. You chose Exodus Moving and Storage because we’re professionals without the hefty price tag. Now it’s time to use that thriftiness in your own backyard!

Moving Back In With Your Parents: Some Help

It’s never easy to revert back to living with your parents, or moving into your childhood home later in life. Yet, it’s a phenomenon that’s happening regularly. As this LA Times article points out, many middle-aged couples are being forced to move back in with parents due to financial hardships. If you are about to move in with your mom or dad, here are some tips on how to make the transition a smooth one.

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1. Help out as much as possible. Paying rent, contributing to grocery bills, and adding some extra money to the household income whenever possible is a good idea. Why? Because this way you will be pulling your weight in the home, and that will make all the difference in the world.

2. Keep space separate. Set up as many boundary rules as possible. Add a lock to your bedroom door, respect the privacy of your parents, and make sure that everything is kept separate – including bank accounts.

3. Try not to turn the home into your home. This time around, you are the guest, not the child. Try not to change things around in your new dwelling to fit your needs. This means leaving appliances alone and not messing with your mom’s garden.

4. Invite friends over, but make sure to let you parents know about these guests. It’s important for you to continue your social life, and it’s also important to let everyone in the house know about any additional people (for the sake of courtesy).

5. Try not to argue. This one will be tough because there will be a lot of things you don’t agree with your parents about. Whenever there is a disagreement, try to sit down and talk it out.

6. Consider counseling. Sometimes, meeting with a counselor trained in these types of situations can be the best course of action. These professionals can help you devise a living situation plan, create a better environment for everyone, and provide the right boundaries and rules.

7. Do your part where housework is concerned. When you were a kid, you may have spent a lot of time tossing your clothes into the laundry pile and waiting for your mom to wash them. Times have changed. Now, it’s your job to take care of your messes, clean your own laundry, and volunteer to help out with chores on a regular basis.

8. Be honest. Speak with your parents about any situation that involves them. Try to get them to understand your situation, and try to ask for their understanding. Sometimes, sitting down and talking with people is the best way to make things work.

9. Don’t try to force your parents into doing something that you would like them to do. If your mom doesn’t get a lot of exercise, try not to force her into joining your aerobics class. Let things move at a natural pace, go about your business, and leave your parents to enjoy their retired lives.

10. Keep in mind that multi-generational homes aren’t unusual! Throughout Europe, children, grandkids, and grandparents often live together. In North America, this arrangement is less common, but it’s really nothing to feel ashamed about. In fact, it will help your parents out if you can contribute to a mortgage bill or grocery bill. Just keep the above tips in mind when you move, and everything should work out okay.

Help Moving In

There’s a good chance that you won’t be able to bring everything you own with you to your parent’s house. If that’s the situation that you’re currently facing, you can store some of your things with us. We offer large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver, and we’d be happy to provide you with a list of current size and rental options. If you are moving to Fort Collins CO or anywhere else in Colorado, let us know. At Exodus, we are a complete moving company.

If you need help packing and moving your items, we can help you with that too! Just call us for a free estimate today.

Moving in with your parents can provide you with a chance to bond, to reconnect, and to enjoy many amazing memories. Just make sure that you pay attention to the details listed above!

Disconnect in Denver, Colorado

Denver is surrounded by natural beauty. But, that doesn’t mean that business people working in Denver can easily unwind. That’s why various Denver spas have made it their mission to offer guests a complete disconnected space free from any signs of WiFi or electronic life. If this sounds appealing to you, it’s time for a break! Take a look at these Denver spots begging you to disconnect from the world around you (just for a few days!).

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1. Shambala Mountain Center: there’s no sign of wifi or any other technology at this retreat. You will be treated to a plethora of stress-reducing classes, though. Sign up for yoga, meditation, or another class to clear your mind, but leave your phone and television behind. Rates start at around $79 per night.

2. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort: if you are going to visit this hot springs resort in order to relax and unwind, leave your connected world behind. The main lodge does offer wifi, but that’s the only spot where you’ll find bits of your connected life. Otherwise, the resort if yours to explore sans technology – doesn’t that sound nice?

3. Lower Lake Ranch: if you don’t want to travel too far, you can check out the Lower Lake Ranch that’s located approximately 40 miles outside of Denver. This ranch is all about the outdoors, and it has very little to do with the Internet world. Sorry, folks, you can’t Instagram these pictures!

4. Elmwood Camp: this one is for the kids! If your kids are spending way too much time playing video games and networking on social sites, this camp is where it’s at. At first, they might protest, but the activities at Elmwood Camp will keep your kids occupied on a daily basis. This is a day camp, too, so your kids can connect at night.

5. Rafting on the Colorado River: we dare you to whip out an iPhone while you are rafting on this river! Forget about wifi, the Internet, and smartphones as you careen through the river bends on any Colorado River rafting trip. You can find lots of deal and details for various rafting trips by searching the Internet (the last chance you’ll get before you go!).

6. Just put your phone in a drawer. Okay, this isn’t a resort or retreat, but, really, Colorado is filled with so many hiking trails, natural wonders, and amazing outdoor beauty that it’s simple to just leave your phone behind. Ditch your phone, tablet, and laptop for an afternoon by leaving it at home while you head outdoors to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty.

Moving to Colorado? Let us help out!

There’s no better way to get right in to the swing of things when you move than to leave all of that moving trouble to professional movers. Plus, you can head outside the minute you move in if you let us handle all of your boxes for you. From packing to storage, we can help with it all. The important thing to remember when moving to Colorado is to try and enjoy the pace of life here as quickly as you can. We’re betting that you’ll get right into the swing of things, love the slower paced life that makes Colorado so great, and enjoy every minute of learning to disconnect from the world as you take to the trails or streets of this amazing state.

A Colorado State of Mind

It’s going to be tough at first, but you’ll get used to the way of life around here! Actually, it’s going to be a snap to leave all of that craziness behind! If you find that you’re still too connected when you’re living in Colorado, give one of the resorts listed above a try. You’ll soon see why many people are flocking to spas and hot springs in order to escape all of that connected-ness. Once in a while, it’s good to sit back, kick your feet up, leave the Internet behind, and learn to take life as it comes – the Colorado way.

And, remember, if you need help with moving service details or storage, make sure to call us at Exodus Moving and Storage – we’ll give you a free estimate, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have. What’s your favorite way to unwind?

Best Ways to Cure Jet Lag

Moving to a new place sometimes involves getting on a plane, flying for more than a few hours, and landing in a completely new area. Exploring a new town that you’re set to live in is a great way to feel alive, but the jet lag that comes with flying isn’t so hot. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do right away to combat that jet lag and feel better before you unpack the first box.

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1. Get some sun! If you’re moving to Fort Collins or Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, really, you’re in luck. Sunshine is all over this state, and Colorado gets more sun than almost any other state. After a long flight, the best way to stay awake is to step into the sunshine. Find a park, hit a hiking trail, or just get an ice cream cone and sit on a bench in the sun.

2. Hydrate. Airplanes are fun, but flying high can also cause dehydration. One of the main reasons why jet lag happens is a lack of hydration. Try to slather on some thick cream pre-flight (or coconut oil), and drink lots of water before, during, and after your flight to help out with hydration.

3. Adjust your clock before you leave. Try and get into a natural sleep pattern a week or two before you leave. Set your clock to Colorado time, and wake up and go to bed as if you were already living in your new area. This will help you sleep regularly when you do arrive.

4. Get some sleep. Try not to go to bed before the sun goes down in your new area. When the sun does set, sleep soundly by taking a sleeping pill or simply trying to relax and calm down prior to sleeping.

5. Sleep on the plane. If you can, try and catch some sleep while you are on the airplane. You may want to purchase a sleeping mask, bring some noise cancelling headphones, and try to relax as much as possible in-flight. You’ll still be tired when you arrive, but you’ll have more energy than you would if you didn’t get any sleep at all.

6. Stay away from caffeine. If you can live without caffeine for twelve hours before your flight, give this tactic a shot. Caffeine can dehydrate you and mess with your ability to sleep naturally, so kick the caffeine habit pre-flight if you can.

7. Skip the alcohol before and during your flight. It can be tempting to have a few drinks while you’re on a plane, but try to resist this urge. Alcohol will dehydrate you, and the impact of alcohol is also stronger while you are in-flight.

8. Try to stay awake. If you arrive at your new destination well before bedtime, try not to go to sleep. It’s best if you can wait until nighttime to go to bed, though this might be tough! Remember to go outside and catch some sunshine to help you stay awake longer.

Moving With Ease

There’s nothing better than getting off of a long flight knowing that your items have arrived safe and sound. That’s where we come into play – we can help make your move simpler. As a full service moving company, we pride ourselves on making sure that all long-distance moves go off without a hitch. We can help you every step of the way from packing to move and even unpacking. We also have large storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins to help you store anything that you can’t move into your new home.

We know that you are going to love it here as much as we do, just make sure to combat that jet leg as much as possible by following the steps listed above. When it comes to staying awake, beating dehydration, and arriving at your new home feeling rejuvenated, it’s all about finding the sunshine, sleeping naturally, and learning to curb caffeine and alcohol consumption well in advance.

Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for a free estimate, moving tips, and help with your move to Colorado. We can’t wait to hear from you, and to help you with your move!

How to Prepare Your Items for Storage

You can save a lot of time and energy by properly preparing your items for storage. Simply stacking things inside of a storage space doesn’t make it easy to find what you need when it comes time to unload some of that stuff. Plus, you can save space if you have the proper storage equipment.

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Here are our best pre-storage tips.

1. Place plastic or other materials underneath heavy furniture items.

2. Stack chairs by pairing up cushions, and placing a separator beneath each cushion.

3. Cover any valuable furniture properly.

4. Use packing tape to secure boxes.

5. File any paperwork in filing cabinets or on shelves.

6. Do not overfill boxes of books. You should be able to lift book boxes with ease.

7. Make sure that breakable items are packed securely.

8. Mark all fragile items with the word ‘Fragile.’

9. Store any electronics in original packaging.

10. Make sure that all items stored are clean and dry.

11. Add some oil to metal items to prevent rusting.

12. Make a clear passageway into your storage space. It should be easy to get in and out of a storage box.

13. Use wardrobe cartons (specially made for clothing) to store material and clothes.

14. Bubble wrap and butcher’s paper are ideal for packaging fragile items.

15. Do not store anything that’s broken, or clearly label a box that contains broken items.

Organizing Your Storage Space

At some point, you will want to access everything that you have stored. When that day comes, it will be a lot simpler to walk into a clean and organized storage space. At the start, it will take some time and money to prepare everything properly for storage, but that effort will greatly pay off in the long run. It’s also vital to make sure that the storage facility you are choosing is secure, free from any kind of weather impact, and that your stuff will be safe for as long as you are gone.

Read through all storage facility contracts before you book any storage space. Make sure that you know what will happen if you no longer make payments, how long you have to renew a contract, and how you can make monthly payments. But, above all else, be certain that the space you want to rent can accommodate all of the things that you have to store. If you aren’t sure how much space you’ll need, we recommend giving us a call.

Exodus Storage Space

We offer ample storage space for all kinds of items in both Denver and Fort Collins. All of our storage facilities are guarded, safe, clean, and accommodate anything that you want to store. If you aren’t sure about sizes or what kind of storage space you will need, make sure to give us a call and explain the things that you have to store. We can help you find the right size for all of your items. We are also more than happy to explain our policies to you in advance, so that you are not left wondering about something that you are uncertain about.

When you store your items with us, you are storing your things safely. Still, it never hurts to properly prepare your things for storage by following the steps above. If you find that you have too many items to move, and you don’t want to store all of those things, consider setting up a yard sale or donating items to charity. Often, we never know how much we’ve accumulated over the years until we start to pack up a home! You may also find that some items just don’t fit into your new space, and a storage area can be a godsend when it comes to those extra things.

You can find the necessary boxes, plastic containers, packing tape, and other items that you’ll need to securely pack and organize your items at most container stores (or basic stores like your local department or office supply store). If you can’t find what you need, ask us. We are more than happy to help.

Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for information about storage lockers, our facilities, moving service, and any other questions that you may have.

10 Tools for Your First Home

Did you just move into your first home? You’ll need to run to the hardware store to purchase some tools, just in case you want to fix something or add something to your house. While most new homeowners don’t think about buying tools until something happens, being prepared is the best way to avoid any major disasters!

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Here are the top ten tools that every new homeowner should have.

1. A heavy-duty toolbox: you don’t have to purchase the biggest and most expensive toolbox out there, but a box that’s made from something durable and can hold a lot of tools is ideal. This way, you can just pull your toolbox out, flip it open, and find the right tool without wondering where it is.

2. Hammer: a hammer is the most basic tool that you can buy, but it’s also the most versatile. You never know when you’re going to need a hammer.

3. A set of screwdrivers with various tips:  if there’s one tool that you’ll probably use more than a few times, it’s a screwdriver. But, not all screws have the same tips; so buy a screwdriver kit that comes with a few different tips.

4. Pliers: needle nose pliers are the most popular sort (and the ones that you’ll use often).

5. A tape measure: don’t try and guess at measurements – pull out your tape measure instead!

6. A level: is that picture straight? Not sure? Whip out your level to find out!

7. Safety glasses or goggles: even the smallest task requires the right safety measures. Put on your safety goggles whenever you work on a home improvement project  – you just might save your eyes from a flying piece of metal or wood.

8. Nails and screws: many hardware stores now sell kits that are full of different sized screws and nails. Purchase one of these kits to avoid searching for a random nail or screw when you need one.

9. Stud finder: a stud finder is one of those tools that are really great to have around. You never know when you’re going to have to find a stud, and it’s hard to find one if you don’t have the right tool.

10. Drill with various bits: purchase a reversible drill, keep it charged, and look for one that comes with lots of different bits. This might be the one tool that you reach for the most (next to your hammer).

Setting Up Your Tools

Even if the space that you have for a set of tools is no bigger than a closet, it’s important to make sure that this space is clean and tidy. Otherwise, you’ll be looking for tools without much luck if you have to search beneath major piles of junk. Try and designate one area of your home for your tools, and you’ll have a much easier time finding what you need when an emergency strikes (or you just want to change your kitchen cabinets).

Moving Into a New Home

There’s nothing more exciting than moving into your first home. Over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a bunch of stuff that you may now need to move into your new place – or, you may just decide to put a lot of that stuff in storage. Either way, working with a full service moving company that can help you pack, move, and unpack is ideal. This way, you can concentrate on more important things like making sure that you have the right tools for your new place.

You don’t have to purchase all of the tools listed above at the same time (that could get expensive), but it’s a good idea to buy one tool per month if possible. This way, your tool collection will build up in no time, and you’ll never have to ask your new neighbors to borrow a tool or two. If you need help moving to Fort Collins or Denver, give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate. We also have two very large storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins – just in case you can’t move all of your stuff into your new home right away!

At Exodus Moving and Storage, our goal is to make sure that your move goes smoothly. Call us today to see how we can help you!

How to Move Your Vegetable Garden

It takes a lot of time and energy to build an amazing vegetable garden. When you move, you’ll want to try and take as many plants with you as possible. While tricky, you can move the majority of your vegetable garden without much of a problem. Here’s how to move your veggies without losing all of that hard work!

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Prep Your New Space

If you have a nice garden spot at your new home, you’ll want to prepare the earth before you move your current garden. Dig holes where your veggies will go, make sure to use rich earth, and get your new garden ready just as you would an old garden spot.

Start With Pots

Purchase some very large and deep pots. Carefully uproot one plant at a time from your old garden, and replant it inside of a deep pot (making sure to keep roots intact). Pack new soil around each plant, so that every veggie is packed tightly and is ready to move. Try to uproot plants on a cool day that’s not too humid. Moving a garden on a very hot day will mean that you will have to water your plants frequently, so pick a day with some shade.

Add Water

Even the shortest move can do a number on plants, so you’ll have to make sure that your plants are well hydrated. Soak the bottom of each plant in water for up to twenty minutes (not overnight). This way, your plants will have a nice refreshing drink of water before you move anything. You can also use a garden hose to run water into each pot.

Check the Weather Forecast

You’re in luck if the day after you’ve planted your new garden is filled with rain clouds. Try and move your garden the day before a really big rainstorm. This way, your plants will integrate with the new soil quickly, become more than adequately hydrated, and have the best chance at survival. Above all else, be careful with your plants! Plants have a tough time traveling, so make sure to handle them with care.

Moving Companies and Plants

A professional moving company that does transport plants (some do not) should be able to move your veggies without a hitch. That said, it’s best if you can move each pot by yourself during the span of one day. This way, you can put your vegetables into the new earth without worrying about spills or other issues that might arise if your plants are placed in the back of a truck. Check with your moving company to see whether or not plants can be accommodated. But, again, we recommend moving your garden on your own.

Your New Spot

One of the most important steps to take when moving a vegetable garden is to prepare the new soil before you try to plant anything. If you have the time, get your soil tested by a local lab. A good lab can tell you what your soil needs in order to help plants flourish. Once you’ve added the recommended nutrients, you can be sure that your plants will grow by leaps and bounds (and you don’t have to lose all of that hard work!). Preparation is often the key when it comes to moving an old garden to a new spot (it also helps to pick the right spot, so pay attention to shade, sunlight, and other natural elements).

Packing It All Up

If you can make an arrangement with new tenants to move your garden after you move the rest of your stuff that is ideal. If not, try to move your garden before you move your other items (at least a week before your move). This way, you can focus on building up your garden before you have to focus on unpacking a whole home. The benefits of a vegetable garden far outweigh the time and effort you have to put into one, and you can move your garden safely if you follow the steps listed above.

A new garden spot means that you may be able to grow the best garden you’ve ever had. With newly tested soil, the right amount of sun and shade, and all the right nutrients, your new garden will flourish. Have you moved your garden? How did it go? We’d love to hear from you! And, keep in mind, that Exodus Moving and Storage can help you with all of your moving needs, so give us a call today for a free estimate!

How to Find a Summer Rental Home

Summertime is here! Well, almost! That means that some of you will be looking for a great summer rental. There’s nothing like ditching all the stress of the long winter, kicking up your feet, and enjoying those lazy days of summer by staying in a cozy rental home. How can you find the best summer rental? Take a look at these helpful tips.

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1. If you’re heading to a really popular summer spot, waiting until the very last minute could benefit you price-wise. Resort towns are filled with homeowners looking to rent out a summerhouse, but there are often more rentals than people looking to rent. That means that the supply outweighs the demand, and homeowners will be desperately searching for renters at the last minute.

2. Figure out what you need. Do you have a large family? Do you need more than three bedrooms? Do you require more than four bathrooms? Are you bringing your pets with you? All of these things should be considered when it comes to renting out that summer home. Look for a place that allows pets, has plenty of beds, and comes with the things you don’t want to bring (like blankets and other supplies).

3. Pay attention to rental policies including transaction information. How will you pay? How will transactions be handled? Is the property you’re looking at managed in any way? Many of these things will ultimately determine which properties you rent, and which ones you’ll want to stay far away from. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip reading over the fine print.

4. Additional fees. Some rental properties require an additional fee or two for various things. For example, a rental property contract may stipulate that you have to pay extra for any additional guests. If you plan to let your kids bring a friend or two, do be sure and find out if you will have to fork over any additional cash.

5. Location. If the house you’re renting near a grocery store? How far is it from the airport or ferry? Can you park your car easily near the home, or do you have to pay for parking somewhere in town? Keep these things in mind while you search for a rental home.

6. What is included? It can be a big shock when you arrive at a rental home only to discover that nothing is included! You may have to bring everything with you, and very few rental properties include any kind of food. Plan to go grocery shopping when you arrive, or arrange for your hosts to pick up some items for you if you plan to arrive late at night.

7. Toys. If you are renting near a body of water, do you have access to any water toys like boats, canoes, kayaks, or other items? What about lake or ocean access? Is the house directly connected to a beach or do you have to walk across the street or take a car to reach the water?

8. Emergency facilities. Is the house equipped with a basic emergency aide kit? How far is the nearest hospital? While it’s great to really escape into the wilderness, you don’t want to be so far away that help can’t be found when you need it. If there’s no first aid box in the home, make sure to bring enough supplies for everyone you are traveling with.

What to Bring

You don’t have to pack up your entire home to move to a summerhouse. However, you may need to bring quite a few items with you if you are traveling with a large family. If you aren’t renting but are moving into a home that you own for the summer, the same moving rules apply. Be sure to bring everything that you need for a long and fun summer. If you do have to bring lots of boxes or are moving quite a long distance, Exodus Moving and Storage can help. We are a full-service moving company, and that means that we can help you pack, move, and unpack. Your summertime fun will be a lot simpler if you hire movers to help you get to your destination!

Check out summerhouse rentals in Colorado, and give us a call with any moving questions or needs. The summertime is right around the corner, and you’ll love every minute of a carefully chosen summer home rental.

Valuing Feedback

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

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

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

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