Shopping for a new home can be really frustrating. Some homes are listed far above what you’d consider paying, and some homes aren’t worth making an offer on at all. But if you’ve found a home that you really love with a high price tag, how much can you lower that price? If you go too low, a homeowner is likely to laugh at your offer. If you offer the same amount, you didn’t get a deal at all. So, how much should you offer?
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The Lowball Offer
Typically, most homes are priced with the expectation that any buy will try to get a better deal. Bargaining is almost expected in every real estate market. That said, it’s not a good idea to try make a “lowball offer.” What’s a lowball offer? Anything that’s 20% off of the sale price or less is often considered too low to be taken seriously. If you make that kind of offer, the seller is likely to laugh and toss your offer aside.
What’s a reasonable offer? That question is a bit harder to answer.
A Reasonable Offer
If we’re looking at just numbers, 10% to 15% off of a list price is typical. You can expect a seller to come back with a different offer (slightly higher), so don’t go to 15% right away. Aim for something around the 10% to 12% mark. That said – and this is a really important point – this tactic might not work in every market or with every kind of seller.
The Highly Motivated Seller
People that need to move quickly will likely accept lower offers. If you can find a seller that needs to move to a new town, simply wants to get rid of a property (due to a death or other tragedy), or needs money quickly, you may be able to get a really good deal. However, the opposite is also true.
The Casual Seller
Some sellers put homes on the market simply to see what they could get. In the same way that some people shop for homes without any real intention to buy, these sellers aren’t actually expecting to sell quickly. They just want to see how much a home is worth, so that they can make any necessary improvements or renovations, and then sell the home for much more in the future. If you run across this type of seller, you won’t have much bargaining power.
The motivation behind a home sale isn’t the only thing you have to think about, though. Whether or not you can get a really good bargain also depends on the area that you are considering.
The High Demand Property
Have you ever wondered why 500 Square Feet in NYC sells for around $700,000? It’s not because the house is fantastic (in fact, it might be in shambles). It’s because of the actual property – the land that a house sits on. If the homes you are looking at are in a desirable neighborhood, you can expect to have less bargaining power and pay a bit more. The same amount of space in a less desirable neighborhood may sell for just $100,000.
All of these things have to be taken into consideration when you are shopping for a home. How can you find out how much you should actually offer a seller? Go with the 10% to 15% off of the listing price strategy. At worst, your offer will be declined, and it wasn’t meant to be anyway (right?). If you want to play it safe, though, you can always knock off a small 5% or less.
Making Your Move
When it comes time to move to your new home, you’ll need some moving and storage help. That’s where we come in. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’re experts at moving to Fort Collins, Denver, or anywhere else in these areas. We also offer storage solutions, and we can help you every step of the way from packing to unloading.
Once you’ve found that perfect home and made the right offer, give us a call. Moving is what we do, and we’ll make sure to take care of all of your moving needs.
Before you even start looking at moving companies, you have to find the perfect home. But, this isn’t quite as simple as it seems! Even without the help of a home inspector, you can spot some things that might be wrong with a property right away. To help make your life simpler, we’ve put together a list of 10 things to look out for when you’re shopping for a new home.
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1. Water damage. It’s hard to know what to do when standing inside of a kitchen or bathroom. Do you look in the cabinets? Do you pretend to be interested in the fixtures? Something else? The one thing that you should be doing is looking underneath sinks. That’s right – get down on your hands and knees and take a look at the underside of any sink. What are you looking for? Water damage. Run the tap, look for leaks, and check under all sinks for mold. Mold is a big problem (and it will give you a good bargaining chip!).
2. Windows and doors. Have you ever been inside of a home, about to open up a window, and heard a realtor say: “oh! Don’t open those!” Yeah, that’s not a good sign! All windows should open properly – test them out, even if it’s cold outside. Doors should also open and close without any kind of issue, so make sure to give the doors a good try.
3. Up on the roof! Take a look at the roof when you arrive and when you leave. Look for shingles that are curled, damaged, or not in good shape. And, make sure to ask when the roof was last repaired or replaced.
4. A mix of wires. Wires that are dangling, are mashed together, or go nowhere are not a good sign. You can usually spot these problems with a naked eye, but you do have to look.
5. Tile issues. Most of the time, sellers will refinish a kitchen before a bathroom. So, take a look at bathroom tiles to see if grout is needed, if tiles are loose, or if other issues show up.
6. Bug screens. This might not seem like a big deal, but you’ll need some summertime screens on all windows and doors. If screens are not included in the property price, you’ll have to shell out a lot of cash to purchase them.
7. Heating. If you can’t control the heating system in a condo, find out who does. Inside of a home, ask the realtor how old central heating or cooling is, and when the unit was last updated or inspected.
8. Floors. You can’t rip up carpets, but you can ask the homeowner how a carpet was installed. Some carpets aren’t easy to rip up, and this means that you will have to spend a lot of money on renovations.
9. Wood flooring. In order to quickly raise the price of a home, some sellers will install floating floors in just a few rooms, while hardwood runs throughout the rest of the home. In order to make the floors match, you’ll have to rip up the floating floors and put down hardwood, which can be expensive. Make sure to consider the types of materials used throughout the house on floors, so that you can lower the overall price of a home in order to compensate for those needed renovations.
10. Hire a home inspector. This is the step that you’ll want to take after you’ve looked at everything listed above. You can see some major problems without a detailed inspection, but you can’t see everything that might be wrong with a home without hiring a home inspector. Look for someone that comes highly recommended (and not by the home seller or realtor).
Time to Move In!
After looking at a number of homes, you’ll likely find one that’s just right. What’s next? Moving time! There are lots of moving companies in the Denver and Fort Collins area to consider, but Exodus Moving and Storage will get the job done right the first time. Call us for a free estimate, for information, or for any other moving or storage need.
Since it’s always fun to take a stroll back through time, we thought we’d wrangle up some of Colorado’s famous (and infamous) outlaws. Colorado was part of the Wild West, and it’s easy to draft back in time when standing in some of this states wide-open spaces! If you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else in Colorado, you’ll be stepping into territory that was once ruled by some pretty interesting outlaws! Take a look.
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Mountain Charley: while not as famous as Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie an Clyde), Mountain Charley was a woman on a mission back in her day. Born as Elsa Jane Forest, Mountain Charley was a gunslinger and out to seek vengeance for the death of her husband. She never did kill the man that murdered her husband, but she did wound him well enough to keep him at bay (he eventually died of Yellow Fever).
Butch Cassidy: born Robert Leroy Parker, Butch and his gang operated their outfit in Colorado, and that’s where Cassidy had his first run-in with the law (in Telluride).
Wyatt Earp: after his many brushes with the law, Earp spent most of his later years roaming through gold camps in Colorado.
Doc Holliday: Doc loved to spend his time in Colorado, and it was often his home away from home. In 1881, he moved to Denver and spent most of his time at the Babbitt’s House.
Soapy Smith: not surprisingly, Soapy was a slippery man. His trick was to roam the land with a traveling circus milking unsuspecting attendees of every dime. One of Soapy’s more permanent shows was set up in Denver where he tricked plenty of travelers out of dollars at Union Station.
The Scene Today
While you won’t see Doc Holliday roaming the streets or face Soapy Smith as you step off of a train, Colorado is full of history. This state is also full of museums that celebrate history. If outlaws and the Wild West is your thing, this is absolutely the state for you. Colorado also has some great cowboy boot shops where you can get fitted for a pair of boots like the ones those famous outlaws would have worn.
You can even attend one of the biggest rodeos in Colorado (The Western Stock Show in Denver) to check out some modern cowboys. But, truth be told, Colorado these days is filled with friendly folks. Danger has long gone from this state, and nothing but some really great legends (made even better told around a campfire!) remain. Speaking of campfires, did you know that Colorado has some amazing beaches where you can set up a campfire during the summer month?
Great Colorado Swimming Spots
When you think of Colorado beaches, don’t think of Oceanside retreats crammed with sun chairs and umbrellas. Instead, think of cool lakeside beaches that overlook crystal clear mountain springs. You’ll experience views of the Rockies, plenty of water sports, and lots of other fun in the sun activities that will show you why this town is really into the outdoors!
If you arrive during the warmer months, make sure to check out the following spots:
- Blue Mesa Reservoir
- Boulder Reservoir
- Grand Lake
- Medano Creek
Each one of these spots is a natural wonder filled with mountain views, sand dunes, and plenty of other amazing and breathtaking scenes. We’ve said it before on this blog, but we’ll say it again (because it’s so true!): you can do any outdoor activity at any time in Colorado! It’s a nature lover’s (and outlaw’s!) paradise.
Making Your Move
Thankfully, you won’t have to put all of your thinking in a stagecoach in order to move to Colorado! We can help you with any of your moving and storage needs at Exodus Moving and Storage. We have large storage spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, and we’re happy to give you an estimate over the phone if you give us a call. We love this state, and we know that you will love it too.
Need some help moving here? Make sure to read through our blog. You’ll find lots of helpful articles and information right on this site. Have moving questions or need more help with moving companies? Just ask! Call us today to see how we can help make your move to Colorado great.
At some point, most children will have to help an aging parent move into a retirement home. Optimally, this home will be located in the same neighborhood. Sometimes, though, this is not the case. An elderly parent that refuses to move to a home in a different part of town can seem difficult, uncooperative, and unappreciative. None of this is what’s really going on, however.
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As it turns out, relocation fear is a real psychological condition. It’s not one that only impacts the elderly either, but it is a fear that should be handled with care. If you’re in the midst of trying to move an aging parent to a new neighborhood, the first step is to understand why this type of move is so difficult.
Understand the Fear
In a recent NY Times article, psychologist Elizabeth Stirling was quoted as saying that “no matter how much you move, you still take yourself with you.” But, translate that fact onto an ageing parent that associates a sense of self with a neighborhood, and you have a true state of panic.
Elderly folks that have lived in a certain part of town for more than ten years form a strong attachment to everything in that area from the bank to the butcher or local grocery store. Even if shops have changed over the course of a lifetime, the streets and houses are still (more or less) familiar.
Uprooting a person from that type of familiarity can be a sticky situation. When it can’t be avoided, though, it’s best to find a really good way to ease that person into the idea of a move. Take a look at the following ways to familiarize an elderly parent with a new location before packing anything.
1. Visit the new neighborhood at the same time on the same day of the week. Example: bring your elderly mother to her new part of town at noon on Sunday for three weeks.
2. During that time, pick one shop to visit each day. The first Sunday you may step into the local café, and the second Sunday you may decide to visit the local library.
3. Introduce your parent to shop owners and employees. More often than not, shop owners are happy to meet new town residents (since they will be potential customers), and seeing a friendly face a few times before a move is a great way to incorporate change.
4. Take the time to visit a retirement home more than once. The first visit to a home may be a supervised one that occurs at a specific scheduled time. After that, visit the new home a few times, and ask if you can sign your parent up for an activity or two. This way, your loved one will be able to meet other residents, see what activities are like, and become familiar with a place.
5. Don’t rush the move. Unless there are pressing reasons to move a parent as soon as possible, don’t rush your loved one into a move. Time is the one thing that scares a lot of elderly folks, so try not to add an undue stress to the situation.
6. Speak with a therapist. It can help to have someone to talk to about this tough situation. Not only might your loved one benefit from the kind words and wisdom that a therapist can provide, but you may find this type of figure helpful as well.
Packing Everything Up
It may be hard for your loved one to pack things without any help (or at all), and you may be lacking the time needed to pack items. This is where moving companies come into play. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we offer full service moving solutions. We can pack items carefully and securely while you take your parent out for the day. Or, we can simply help you move the boxes that you’ve already packed. We are more than familiar with retirement home situations, and we are happy to help you with your move at any time.
Moving an elderly parent to a new neighborhood is not always easy, but this type of situation gets a lot simpler when a skilled moving company backs you. Call us today to get an estimate, arrange a meeting time, and to make this type of move an easy one.
Smartphones are amazing things. They can help you hail a cab or find your friends. They can also help you move in many different ways (and even decorate your new pad!). If you’re glued to your phone, this article is for you!
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Check out our collection of the five best moving apps.
1. Jack of Tools Pro: did you know that your phone contains a digital toolbox? It does if you download this app ($2). The Jack of Tools app will provide you with lighting, a handy level, and all kinds of other tools that exist in the virtual sphere. If you’re lacking the right tools, just download this app.
2. Sherwin Williams ColorSnap: have you ever picked up an item and thought, “I’d love to paint my walls exactly this color”? Well, that’s what the ColorSnap lets you do. Take a photo of a color that you love, and this app will find the exact match based on the many colors that Sherwin Williams offers. How simple and great is this app? This app is available on iOS and Android.
3. Moving Day: make checklists, print inventory lists, check to make sure everything has been delivered on time – is there anything that this app doesn’t do? Moving day is available on iOS.
4. Red Beacon: moving to a new area may mean hiring new people. If you need to find any kind of service provider from a housekeeper to a gardener, Red Beacon is the app that you need. All of the providers listed by this app developer have been reviewed and tested for quality service too.
5. Pocket: this app doesn’t exactly help you move, but it will provide hours of entertainment if you have to travel a long way, or if you’ve packed up all of your magazines and books. Pocket lets you bookmark articles to read at a later time, and you can simply return to the app to flip through your bookmarked parts.
When to Decorate
Some of the apps listed above will help you when it comes to decorating your new home. But, you may not know when to start working on your décor. The rule of thumb is to implement any large scale changes before you move (refinishing floors, painting, installing built-ins…), so that you can move all of your boxes into your new place, and just focus on positioning furniture. As far as smaller decorative items go, take your time.
Shop around your new town for items that you may want to add to your home. You never know what you might find, and some of your old things just might not go with your new décor. If you aren’t sure how to decorate, you may also want to hire a professional decorator to help you out. In fact, you may want to hire a few people if you are on your own.
Who Do You Need to Hire?
In addition to combing through professional moving companies, you may need to hire some help for your new location. Sometimes, working with a housekeeper or cook can be just what you need to help you settle into a new place. Think about the things that you may need the moment you move, and consider hiring someone to help you out for a few days. This can be especially useful if you are moving to an area where you don’t know anyone – let someone else help you out!
You will also need the services of a professional moving company like Exodus Moving and Storage. Look for a company that is insured, knows the area you’re moving to, and can provide the suggestions that you need to make your move a smooth one. There’s nothing worse than dealing with an inexperienced moving company!
We’ve built our reputation on helping people move to the Fort Collins area or to the Denver, Colorado, area with expertise and ease. Ask us how we can help make your move much simpler by taking all of those little concerns off of your hands. We’re also more than happy to provide you with an estimate. If you need a storage solution, we can do that too! Give us a call today!
Are you surrounded by boxes upon boxes? Have you been using the biggest box as your dining room table for more than a few nights? Now that you’ve moved, what are you going to do with all of those things? Is there a civilized way to unpack?
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Relax! We have you covered! There’s a definite way to unpack, organize, and make your new home liveable. Grab a cup of something warm (if you can find the cups!), and read through this unpacking list before you start to feel overwhelmed.
1. Pick the room that’s the most important. Usually, this is the kitchen or the bathroom. Since you need both of these rooms, it’s not a bad idea to start unpacking boxes of items that belong in this room first. Begin with the larger items, and then start unpacking things like utensils and soaps. As soon as you have the first two important rooms unpacked and set up, it will be a lot simpler to move to the other rooms.
2. Take your time. Even though you may have the kicthen and bathroom all unpacked and ready to go, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should move at warp speed to unpack the rest of your boxes. In fact, it’s a much better idea to spread out unpacking over the span of a few days. As you start to unpack, you may have a ton of energy. But, that energy will likely wear out as you move to the third room – and then you’ll wind up being simply tired. At the tired stage, it’s hard to do anything with accuracy. So, wait a day.
3. Move to the big things. Art and other wall items can wait a day or two. Set up your couch, tables, television, and any other larger items first. This way, you can entertain a person or two if you need to (and you may even have a place to sit).
4. Don’t rush the art process. As far as decorating goes, this aspect of unpacking and moving into a new home can certainly wait for days or weeks. Before you simply place everything you had in your old home in your new one, think about whether or not your old items actually fit in with your new home décor. You may find that a few items deserve to be sent to storage or sold.
5. Let there be light! While you don’t have to place your lamps where they will go permanantly, it’s not a bad idea to plug in a few lights, so that you have some ambiance inside of your new home. Also, it’s never a bad idea to have some light to work with (or to unpack to).
6. Explore a bit. Sure, the rest of your stuff has to be unpacked, but don’t become so involved in unpacking that you don’t take the time to explore your new area. You may even find a piece or two that fits in perfectly with your new home (and maybe you’ll even find some takeout places that will help you fill food needs while you unpack!).
7. Sleepy time. If you have kids, planning to set up a bed (or a mattress, at least) is a good thing to do at the start of your move. Another way to make moving fun for kids is to place a few sleeping bags on the floor – your kids will love camping out in your new home for a couple of days!
8. Learn to relax. Moving really doesn’t have to be stressful. Besides, you’ve gone through the toughest part of the move already. Now, it’s just time to unpack, look through your things, set up your new home, and enjoy the town that you have moved to. Whatever you do, don’t stress!
Moving to Denver, Colorado
If you are moving to Fort Collins or Denver, you can trust Exodus Moving and Storage to help you with everything you need from A to Z. We offer full service moving options from packing to moving and everything in-between. We also have a large storage space in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can leave some things with us if you can’t move everythign into your new home.
Give us a call today to get an estimate or to find out how we can help you move. When it comes to unpacking from your move, following this guide will help you unpack with ease.
Moving any type of electronic can be somewhat nerve-wracking. There’s a good chance that you paid a lot of money for every device in your home, so moving these items with ease (and without breaking anything) is important. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’ve moved a lot of different types of electronics, and we’d love to offer you our tips for moving electronics without a hitch.
1. The first thing to do is to find the right boxes. Ideally, packing an item in its original box is the way to go. But, let’s be real. The chance that you still have the original box a device came in is slim to none, right? Still, getting a box that fits that item perfectly is smart.
2. Pack wires in a static-free bag, if possible. This way, you can ensure that all wires will remain working and unfrayed.
3. Purchase some bubble wrap. You can buy large rolls of bubble wrap at wholesale stores like Costco – and you’ll need it! Wrap up all of your electronics as securely as possible inside of those cozy bubbles, and tape up any sides or loose ends.
4. Include owner manuals. Inside of each device box, add the owner’s manual for that device. This way, you won’t have any problem setting up your item in your new home (if all else fails, you can look online for an owner’s manual, make a copy, and add that to the device box).
5. Label each box. Add the word ‘FRAGILE’ to each box containing an electronic device, and also add the name of the room where that box should be placed (this will make your life simpler when it comes to unpacking!).
6. Move with care. If you don’t plan on hiring professional movers to move your items, make sure to handle all of your electronics with extreme care. Professional movers are insured, and this means that any damage will likely result in an item replacement – this isn’t the case if you just ask your friends to move your stuff for you (so keep this in mind!).
7. Unpack carefully. All of your electronics should be packed securely by now, so that you can simply enjoy your move. When it’s time to unpack, be just as careful as you were when you were packing. Make sure to remove all items, check to see that all attachments and wires are accounted for, and look at the owner’s manual to see how to set something up.
It’s possible that you missed a few attachments or cords when you were packing, and now you have an incomplete device. What can you do? Look online at the manufacturer’s website, find out what you need, and order that part if necessary. If the device is older and the manufacturer doesn’t sell that item anymore (or replacement parts for it), you may be able to find certain pieces on an online auction site like eBay, or through a site like Craigs List.
Getting Your Items to Your New Home
As mentioned above, you are taking a risk when asking your friends to move electronics. Television screens can break, consoles can come apart, and even small items like tablets can arrive with cracked screens. All of these things can happen even if you bubble wrap your stuff. Friends are great, but you may want to consider asking your friends to help you with smaller boxes, and hiring movers to handle those larger (and more expensive) things.
Denver moving companies should give you an estimate in advance, so you can decide whether or not hiring professional movers is affordable. You should also be able to determine whether or not a company can move all of your electronics during the initial consultation meeting. If you are moving to Denver or Fort Collins, we can help you with all of your electronic moving needs – from packing to moving and even unpacking. We also offer storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so that you can store those items that you don’t want to take along. Sometimes, that amazing device just won’t fit inside of a new home, and that’s when a storage facility option can really be helpful. Ask us about our storage options (highly secure and guarded!), and about our moving services when you call. It would be our pleasure to help you move your electronics to any location in the Denver or Fort Collins area. Call us today!
Here’s a situation that you might be able to appreciate: you have a piano (or other massive item) that you now need to move to a fourth floor walkup. What can you do? Exodus Moving and Storage is here to help you! Take a look at the following tips (and then give us a call if you’re moving to the Denver of Fort Collins area!).
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1. Crane it. Did you know that you can hire a crane company to actually lift your item from the ground to the top floor of your home? You can; but it won’t be cheap. Try to find a company with a crane in your area, ask for rates and prices, and get it in writing before moving day. Also, make sure that the crane company can guarantee a move that’s damage-free.
2. Hire movers. We aren’t just saying this because you’re currently viewing a moving company website. You really don’t want to throw out your back, risk injuries of other kinds, or break anything while moving up and down stairs, right? That’s why a professional moving company is ideal in this situation!
3. Slide when you can. You don’t want to damage the underside of any item, but sliding something that’s bulky and heavy is a much better idea than trying to lift it. If you have a flat surface that allows for sliding (even between floors), make sure to slide.
4. Empty it out. You’d be surprised at how many times people try to move heavy items that are full of heavy things! Before you try to move anything, make sure to empty it out. Even if you are just moving something across the floor, emptying that thing will make your life a lot easier (and it’s a great opportunity to clean underneath all of those things!).
After Your Move
After you have successfully moved that heavy item, place felt pads underneath the item. Why? Because the next time that you want to slide your piano across the floor, you’ll have a much easier time if the legs of that piano are on felt sliders! In fact, adding these small pads to the bottom of all items of furniture as soon as you move into your new place is a great way to prepare for any kind of move large or small.
There’s just one more thing that we want to point out about moving a massive item: don’t ask your friends to do it! Why? Not only could you damage the item you are trying so hard to move, but your friends may wind up with some serious injuries. Stairs and heavy items and amateur movers just don’t mix. Your friends can help you with the smaller boxes and packing, if you like, but it’s just not wise to ask your buddies to help you move those major items.
Sometimes, it’s just not possible to move those really heavy things when moving everything else in your home. When you’re in this kind of predicament, there is another option. You can store those big items safely and securely in a storage facility. If you are moving to the Denver or Fort Collins area, we can help you with storage options. We offer a large storage facility in both locations for all items large and small. Ask us about storing your heavy items.
How We Can Help
We’d like to help you move those heavy things. We’d also like to prevent you from any kind of backache, friend anger, or other issues that can happen when trying to move something heavy up a flight of stairs! We operate a full service moving company, so we can help at every stage of your move. You’ll also love the fact that we only hire professional movers, so your stuff will arrive at your new location unscathed, in one piece, and without any problems.
Call us today for a free estimate, or to find out how we can help you figure out the best way to move your heavy stuff. We want your move to be a happy one that’s not full of any stress (on your back or otherwise!). Call us today, we’re ready and willing to help you when you’re moving to Fort Collins (or anywhere else in Colorado!).
Moving into a new home is a really exciting process – especially if it’s a home that’s like a blank canvas! A house that needs a bit of love means that you can change it any way you like. It also means, though, that you may need to move in with care, so that you don’t get in the way of your own projects. Check out our tips for moving into a home that needs remodeling.
The moment you walked into that new space your mind probably filled with great renovation ideas, right? Make a list of all the changes that you want to make, and then number that list in terms of priority. For example: if you want to change the bathroom tiles first, title that project number one on your list.
Move any major projects (knocking out your kitchen cabinets, for example) to a separate list, and then label those according to priority. Why? You’ll want to try and get as many big projects completed prior to moving as you can manage. If you can swing it, try to get a renovation crew to your new space to knock down any walls or put up anything major. This way, you can move into a home that’s semi-complete.
Make Sense of Things
As a general rule of thumb when remodeling, try and work on projects in a logical manner. A good example is paint and plaster. Touch up any holes in the wall and plaster any necessary areas before painting or moving furniture into a room (or adding anything like a built-in library). There is a logical order to renovating (no matter how large or small the renovations are), so try to keep this in mind when working on a home remodel.
Some logical steps include:
- Plaster and putty before paint.
- Paint before wall décor or ceiling fixtures.
- Built-in structures before ceiling fixtures.
- Wood polishing and finishing before moving in furniture.
- Décor before furniture purchases.
Remodeling does make sense if you think of it in logical terms. Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle when it comes to moving if you’ve thought about remodeling plans ahead of time. If you have to hire crews to work on your home when you are not there, keep the following guidelines in mind.
Hiring Unsupervised Crews
No crew is going to be completely unsupervised, since there’s always a project manager or head of a crew included in the overall price. That said, though, that person that will oversee any major project won’t be you, and will likely be part of the construction or renovation crew. So, what should you do? You have a few different options.
1. Hire someone to oversee work (someone that’s not affiliated with the renovation team).
2. Create a benchmark list that a crew must follow – and include these details in your contract.
3. Make the trip to your new home as often as possible to check in.
4. Be in constant touch with a crew manager via phone or email.
5. Have a relative or trusted friend look in on a project if you can’t be there.
6. Always hire a reputable renovation team.
One you have a renovation plan in place and some major remodeling projects under way, you can focus on getting your move all worked out. What do you need to make sure that your move goes smoothly? A plan, of course!
Your Moving Day Plan
Hopefully, you won’t be moving into a house full of sawdust and construction crews, but, in case you are, it’s a good idea to tell your moving company about the current renovations happening in your new home. This way, you can also let your movers know where to put boxes (and where not to put boxes), and how to avoid getting in the way of construction. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to schedule your move on a day when construction crews have cleared out.
Having a full service moving company on your side is also beneficial. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we make sure that your move will go smoothly from start to finish. If you’re moving to Fort Collins or to Denver, we can help. Give us a call today to set up a consultation, moving time, and to go over any other concerns that you may have. Moving into a home that requires renovations can be a lot of fun when you do it right! Let us help make your move smooth!
Life is really good at throwing curveballs! Right when you least expect it, you may have to move. Moving in a hurry can be really stressful, but even this type of move can be stress-free if it’s done properly – really! The first step is to hire a full service moving team like Exodus Moving and Storage. A team of certified professionals can help you pack and move without worry – just leave it all to us.
The next step – and this will be the big one – is trying to sell your current home or rent out your place. Since you weren’t expecting to move, you probably don’t have anything set up in the way of a home sale or rental process. Use this guide to help you work out those house details, so that you can focus on the reason behind your move.
If you currently live with someone that will be moving with you, it might be a good idea to leave that person behind while you move into your new home. Why? Because the person that remains in your home can work with a real estate agent, show your home to potential buyers or renters, and handle all of the paperwork. That person will have to pack too, so you may want to hire professional cleaners to handle the cleaning of a home.
No roommate or significant other? Don’t worry! There are many more options to consider like:
1. Work very closely with a real estate agent.
2. Rent out to people with solid referrals.
3. Consider background checks for potential renters.
4. Ask a trusted friend or relative to show your home, collect your mail, and set up other necessary appointments.
If you have to leave your home empty for a while, there are some additional precautions that you should take.
Keeping Your Home Safe
The last thing that you want to do is invite intruders into your empty home. Follow these safety measures when leaving your home unoccupied for any length of time:
1. Purchase and set up automatic timers that will activate house lights at different times each night.
2. Make sure that someone collects your mail, so that it’s not piling up outside of your home – or, even better, ask the post office to start forwarding your mail to your new address.
3. If you have a home security alarm, make sure that it is activated whenever someone is not in your house.
4. Teach any friends that will be checking on your home (or real estate agents) how to use your house alarm system.
5. Do not post information about your move on social networks – this can be very tricky, since you may want to use social networks to rent or sell your house. If this is the case, be sure to set up privacy settings, so that your immediate friends (and nobody else) can see your new status notifications.
The other thing that you’ll want to check into is your current home insurance plan. Does your plan still cover your home if you aren’t living in it? This is an important question to ask your current insurance representative. Otherwise, you may not be covered if someone breaks into your home while you are living in another place. Also, do not assume that any renters are automatically covered. When it comes to home insurance, it’s definitely better to ask questions before you make any big moves.
Speaking of Moving…
You shouldn’t have to fret over any aspect of moving, even if you are moving at the very last minute. You may not have the time to set up real estate meetings, meet with renters, arrange your new accommodations, and pack up your whole house (what a mouthful!). A full service moving company can bring the boxes, the packers, the muscle, and all of the arranged details directly to you. All you have to do is figure out a good day and time, and let your chosen moving company do the rest.
If you are moving to Fort Collins or Denver (or to another place from one of these locations), don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our goal is to make sure that your move goes smoothly, and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions. Keep in mind that we also have large storage areas in both Denver and Fort Collins that can be useful when you’re not sure what to leave and what to move. Call us today, and let us help you with that last minute move!