Top 3 Schools in Denver

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

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

Byers Middle School

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

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

Stapleton Middle School

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

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

Green Valley Ranch High School

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

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

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

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

How To Keep Your Home Pest Free

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.

Start Outside

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.

Repair Screens

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.

Teach Cleanliness

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.

Long Flight? Here’s How to Look Fresh

Moving companies in Fort Collins like Exodus move people from all over the world to and from this area, so we’ve seen a lot of exhausted people post-flight, and we’ve also been on a lot of flights. Even though airline companies try to make flights as leisurely as possible, you can’t do much about the recycled dry air and other things happening on a flight that will cause you to look beyond terrible once you leave the plane.

As one of the top moving companies in Fort Collins, we thought we’d give you some in-flight beauty tips – so that you can feel as good as you did at the beginning of a flight when the flight ends.

  • Do not wear heavy makeup on the plane. Your blush will run, your mascara will smudge, and your foundation will start feeling stuck mid-way. If you have to wear some makeup, keep it simple with just some smudge-proof mascara and maybe a bit of blush. Trust us, this is not the time to wear foundation.
  • Make sure to have moisturizer on hand. Before the flight, moisturize with a thick moisturizer, and do the same during and after the flight. Your skin will be dried out from all of that stale air, and you’ll look much better if you moisturize properly.
  • Keep your hair in mind, and add some leave-in conditioner to the ends of your hair before the flight. Also, try wrapping your hair up on top of your head before you leave, since leaving it down will result in a dry frizzy mess.
  • Drink a ton of water. Did you know that Virgin flight attendants drink up to one liter of water while in-flight? Plus, they drink plenty of water before a flight to combat all that dryness.
  • Bring some serum for your hair, you never know when you’ll need it – and most of us look like frizzy lions when exiting an airplane.
  • Eat light. Most snacks on board an airplane are really salty. Go for the ones that are lower in salt to combat any bloating or other uncomfortable feelings induced by altitude.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks. It can be tempting to tip back a drink pre-flight and during your flight if you are a nervous flier, but try not to do this. Alcohol dehydrates you, so drinking alcohol means being extra dehydrated, and nobody needs that mid-flight.
  • Try to get some sleep. If you have a really long flight that’s going to end with you unpacking a lot of boxes in your new home, getting a few Z’s is a good idea. Tip your head back, and enjoy soaring through the skies.
  • When you do arrive at your destination, hydrate once again. You can never hydrate too much when it comes to flights, so don’t be afraid to drink too much water!

Finding Moving Companies in Fort Collins

When you do decide to move, you may need to find the best moving company for your needs, and that’s where we come in. Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you with a free moving quote and plenty of staff members to help you move comfortably. Call us for your free moving quote today, or find us on Facebook!

And, remember, flying is all about keeping your skin hydrated with moisturizer and with water. Start drinking water the night before your flight, and make sure you moisturize the day before your flight. This way, you’ll leave the plane looking amazing. Do you have any great in-flight tips? Let us know what your tips are by leaving us a note here, or leave us a note on our Facebook page.

Reasons Not to Move In With Your Boyfriend

Denver moving companies can move you in and out of the home you share with your boyfriend all day or year long, but you may want to think twice about moving in with your boyfriend. Here are some reasons why living separately can be better.

  1. Keeping mystery in a relationship is really hard to do when you see someone every day all day and all night. Making sure that some things are private can add to that mystery, but keeping things under wraps is nearly impossible to do when you live together. Mystery plays into romance, so keep that in mind when you think about moving in together.
  2. You may have to say goodbye to your independence. Some couples successfully lead both separate lives and couple lives, but few succeed in this. You’re pretty much going to be spending every occasion with your boyfriend the moment you move in, and he may be around on girl’s night because he has nowhere else to go.
  3. Jealousy may start to pop up. If you’ve always hung out with your best guy friend on Friday nights, that is about to change. The person you live with may decide against this ritual, and you’ll have a hard time changing his mind.
  4. Romance doesn’t go with toothbrushes and mouth guards. You can’t easily disguise those parts of you that you aren’t ready to share when you move in with a guy. All of those things he didn’t know about before will go out the window.
  5. Intimacy may take a back burner. Right now, you can meet up for exciting dates in exciting places, but you probably won’t make these kinds of intimate dates when you live together – you’ll already be in the same place, and that place is likely to be on the couch watching TV.
  6. You’ll quickly see the light of day. The first few weeks of living together may be a lot of fun, but that will soon wear off. After that point, you’ll have to face the marriage issue, and it will be really hard to avoid thinking about.
  7. Leaving will be a lot harder. It’s hard to end any relationship, but it’s a lot harder to end one if you live with the person you’re breaking up with. Who knows, you may not break up, and you could wind up engaged instead, but the opposite might also happen. If you do break up, calling Denver moving companies will be the easy part!
  8. You may feel pressured into marriage. So many couples move in together and then get married after a period of time because “what else was there to do?” You know deep down whether or not this is the right next move, right? But, it will be tougher not to move to that next step if you already live together.
  9. You can still show up at his place whenever you want to right now, and avoid him when you want some alone or girl time. If you live in the same spot, forget it. You’ll have to see him all the time, even if you’d rather be alone.

Moving In

If you do decide that moving in is the right thing to do, and you want to test the waters, set a time limit. Decide after one year or five months whether or not you want to spend more time with this person. If not, move out and move on. If so, you may be ready for that next step. Either way, calling Denver moving companies to help you with the move (in or out) is the next thing to do.

At Exodus, we will give you a moving quote when we come to see your place, and you can rest assured that our moving quote won’t change. So, even if you are moving out instead of moving in (or can’t make up your mind), we’re here for you.

How To Get To Know The Neighborhood

Moving is a stressful time for everyone involved, young and old. The adults are stressed about the moving details, and probably aren’t really thinking about the new neighborhood. The kids, on the other hand, are only worried about the new neighborhood and the school – if they’ll fit in, if any kids live nearby, and what there is to do nearby. To make sure the kids aren’t stressed, parents would be wise to get to know the neighborhood prior to the day the Denver moving company packs up their belongings.

And it isn’t just for the kid’s peace of mind – the adults can benefit from knowing the neighborhood in advance as well! Where’s the closest hardware store just in case there is something you need on that first day in your new home? Where’s the grocery store or convenience store in case you run out of bread? Where’s the nearest pizza joint so you don’t need to rush unpacking the kitchen that first night in your new house?

Explore

To prepare your family, you should check out the new neighborhood before you move. Hit the road and travel about the streets to see what your neighborhood has to offer. Where’s the local post office? How far away is the school? Is there a playground nearby? How about the library? Think about all of the places you frequent in your current neighborhood and learn where they’re located in your new neighborhood before you even load up one box on the residential moving company truck.

If you’re moving to another state, it can be tough to explore the neighborhood. Instead, you should check it out virtually with the help of the Internet. Head to the website for the city you’ll be moving to and note where important buildings are located. Then you can head to Google Maps online and starting from the location of your new house, find all of the places you need to find as if you were driving on the streets yourself. Take your kids on a tour of the city via the website, showing them all of the fun stuff there is for them to do. They can even visit the website for their new school, checking out the activities and clubs available to them.

Get Outside

Once the Denver moving company has left and you’ve unpacked all of your boxes, a great way to get to know your neighborhood is to get outside. Whether you spend evenings unwinding with a beer on your front porch or your mornings weeding and watering the garden, your neighbors will have a better chance of introducing themselves to you when you make yourself available. Would you be more apt to approach someone who is outside nearly every day, or a person who never leaves their house?

Taking walks around the block and further into the city are another great way to get to know the neighborhood. Not only will you be able to take in more of your surroundings (you notice much more on a walk than you do in your car), you’ll have the added bonus of meeting neighbors! Make a goal to introduce yourself to a new person each week. The more people you know in your neighborhood, the safer and more at-home you feel.

Get Active

Once you’re settled, it’s time to get involved in your community. Think about the volunteer work you did in your old community, and try to find something similar. If you’ve never volunteered, now is a good time to start! Head to the PTA meetings at your children’s new school, join a gym, or find a rec league sport to join. All of these things get you immersed into the community and allow you to meet new people.

Once you’ve gotten to know the community, you’ll begin to know the things that go on that are unique to your town, like any special events or festivals. And the more neighbors you get to know, the more you learn to keep everyone happy.

Don’t forget to get out of your neighborhood from time to time to explore the city all the way to the limits. You never know the fun places you’ll come across! The more you and your family learn about your community before you move, the more at-home you’ll feel when you are moved in!

7 Tips To Divide Your Stuff After A Split

If you’re going through a breakup, you probably have a lot on your mind. If you were married, numerous questions arise when it comes time to divvy up your belongings – even if you had a prenuptial agreement, there are likely to be things not mentioned in that agreement.

What if you weren’t married? Some stuff was likely yours before you got together, but what about all of those mutual purchases you made? While you might not want to look at that couch ever again, it might be something that you spent money on, so you should have some kind of claim to it. Before you tell the Denver moving company to burn the couch, here are some tips on splitting it all up fairly.

  1. What’s yours is yours, and vice versa. There should be no question that anything that belonged to you prior to moving in together belongs to you exclusively, and vice versa. Determine what items belong to you and you alone, and remove them from the picture entirely.
  2. Inventory. Once you’ve removed items that belong to each of you, you should take an inventory of what remains. If the two of you are still on speaking terms, see if you can split up the property fairly. If not, bring in an appraiser to value the items and help you split it all up fairly. You should get your ex to sign a document that states they accept the values set by the appraiser, and that decisions are final once they’re made. In this way, you aren’t surprised by demands for stuff after the fact.
  3. Sell it. If neither of you want the items, put them up for sale on Craigslist or have a yard sale to get rid of it all. Split the profits, and donate what remains to charity. You can use the proceeds to fund new stuff for your new apartment.
  4. Resist the urge to destroy anything. If you’re just not handling the breakup well, do whatever you can to resist the urge to start smashing furniture and belongings, whether they belong to the other person or to the both of you. You want to avoid legal trouble at all costs, or worse – retaliation smashing. While it might feel good to smash that Xbox, it won’t feel so good when he responds by destroying your expensive dishes and wine glasses!
  5. Make a deal. Do you really want that dining room set for your new place, but you both invested in it? See if you can strike a deal with your ex. You might find they let you have it outright just to get rid of it, or they might say “no way.” If this is the case, try offering to pay them for their half. Sometimes, money is the key to getting what you want.
  6. Keep your distance. So you hired a Denver moving company to get your boxes out of there, but in an effort to save money, you decided to pack up by yourself. To keep things peaceful and calm, avoid packing rooms your ex is in. If they’re in the bedroom, get packing up in the kitchen. This will limit arguments and any feelings of discomfort you might experience if you had to spend time in the same room for a long period of time. Or look for moving companies in Fort Collins that will do the packing for you at a low price.
  7. Be fair. While it might be tempting to sabotage his fish tank or snag that cozy concert tee he owns that you loved to wear to bed, resist the temptation, and skip the bad karma.

While you might not be thinking of it at the moment, you’ll want to be sure all bills acquired when you were together are split down the middle and paid up. You can put the Internet to use here, getting a statement on the day your ex moves out and printing out two copies. The bills should be paid to the person in whose name the utility was set up. Be sure to get a receipt for your payment, just in case they try to pull the “I am sorry, I didn’t receive payment” move on you.

It’s not going to be fun, but it doesn’t have to drag on forever and ever. Deal with splitting up your stuff early on in the breakup, and whatever you can’t agree upon can go into storage until you have clearer, less spiteful heads. You can split the cost of the storage unit, and decide the fate of the stuff contained within when you are both ready. If you’re looking for moving companies in Fort Collins, contact Exodus Moving and Storage.

The No-Stress Move

A move without an ounce of stress may sound like a mythical creature. It might be hard to believe, but a stress-free move is possible!

One way to ease the moving-associated stress is to hire a Denver moving company. What else can you do to make your move a pleasant experience?

Plan ahead.

Don’t wait until the last minute to call a residential moving company. This is especially true for those people planning a move in the middle of the summer or early fall. Many plan their moves for the summer, and not just because the weather is more favorable for moving. Families like to move when their kids aren’t in school so as not to disrupt their schedules, or to avoid transferring schools mid-school year.

If you wait until late August-early September, you are competing with college students. If you have no choice but to move during this busy time, calling ahead may be the only way you get the Denver moving company of your choice. It is recommended you secure a company six weeks in advance of the date you’re moving.

Move in the off-season.

If you can wait until late fall or mid-winter, this is ideal. Not only will you have your pick of moving companies in Denver, you’ll find the companies offer lower rates. The period from October to April is the off-season for moving companies.

Move mid-month.

If you must move during the busy summer season, schedule your move mid-month, if at all possible. Just about everyone is moving on the first of the month. Since this is when most rents are due, it’s when leases start and end. If you are able, find a way to move on the 10th or the 20th instead of the first. Your chances of hiring the residential moving company you want are higher.

Make sure you have enough boxes.

It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. When you are gathering boxes, don’t refuse anyone’s offer to provide you with boxes. Raid the liquor and grocery store frequently. You can always recycle what you don’t use. There’s nothing worse than realizing you need more boxes at the last minute, but you’re not able to find them anywhere.

Label your boxes properly.

Some skip this step, but it’s important to making the move as easy as possible. When you clearly label the boxes, there’s no question as to where it belongs when it arrives at its destination. So you either label boxes and they get stacked in their appropriate room immediately, or you have to go through each individual box before you can unpack just to figure out which room the box belongs in.

It’s a no-brainer! You can take this a step further (and you really should take the extra time) and inventory each box. In this way, you not only label the boxes with the room they belong in, but with a number as well. You can refer to the list for the kitchen, for example, and know that box 12 is full of pantry items while box 9 contains dishes. The more systematic you can make your move, the less stress for you!

Make a “packing station.”

What’s worse than packing a box and realizing you can’t find the packing tape and permanent marker to label the box? Set up a specific area, like the dining room table or the kitchen counter, where you bring boxes to be taped and labeled. In this way, you don’t misplace your packing tape.

Pack a cleaning box.

You’ll need to clean your old residence prior to turning the keys, so be sure you pack up a cleaning supply box. Just don’t allow the Denver moving company to take it! An easy way to do this is to leave it unsealed and in a place away from the rest of the boxes. Then you can start cleaning when everything’s been moved, and when you’re done, pack it all up in the box again to transport it to the new house.

Pack as early as possible.

Even if it’s two months in advance, begin the act of packing. The sooner you start, the less you need to get done each day. There is plenty that you can pack ahead of time, and it also allows you start the process of getting rid of things you no longer need or want. If you won’t be using it, pack it!

Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful time. With a moving company in Denver helping you get your belongings where they need to go, you’re spared some of the stress of moving. Take matters into your own hands – with preparation well in advance, you’ll get through the experience just fine!

Moving to Fort Collins? Check Out the Trampoline Park!

Sometimes you just need to jump as high in the air as you possibly can. When that need arises, moving to Fort Collins will seem like a very good idea – and it is. The city has just gained a new Trampoline Park that features 14,000 square feet of trampolines, basketball courts, dodgeball courts, and other family fun areas.

The Trampoline Details

The obvious point of having 14,000 square feet of trampoline, basketball, and dodgeball goodness is to simply get out and play, but the Fly High Trampoline Park does more than that. It encourages families and corporate teams to do something completely out of the ordinary – how often have you had the chance to bounce around on a trampoline? This trampoline park also offers event scheduling, and it’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate a birthday after moving to Fort Collins.

Fly High Trampoline Park looks like a lot of fun, but it’s just one of the many reasons why moving to Fort Collins is a great idea. This part of the world is laid-back, family-oriented, and ready to accept and greet new members of its city as they come – and lots of people come to Fort Collins from all over the world! Even though Fort Collins (and Colorado in general) is an ideal place to spend a lot of time outdoors, centers like the Fly High Trampoline Park provide people that live here with the opportunity to spend some energy when it’s not possible to go outside.

For Adults Too

It’s clear why any kid would love Fly High, but this center is for adults too. The park includes adult-only hours and rates, so make sure to check that out if you love the idea of bouncing high on a trampoline while letting the day’s worries melt away. The other really great thing about the concept of jumping on trampolines is that it happens to be an excellent way to exercise. Did you know that you can burn approximately 400 calories when you jump on a trampoline for one hour? Even though one hour on a treadmill might seem like a horrible idea, one hour on a trampoline passes really quickly!

Fort Collins is an ideal place to live simply because it’s an area that’s clean, surrounded by amazing landscapes, and is home to great things like the Fly High Trampoline Park. Exodus Moving and Storage has no legal association with this park, but we certainly love the idea of a trampoline center! We also love the concept of new businesses opening up in Fort Collins. Not only is this a great place to live, but it’s also one of the best places to open a business.

Getting to Fort Collins

The first thing that you’ll have to do if you want to move to Fort Collins is figure out where you want to live (we have a ton of information about the various parts of this town on our blog, so make sure to take a look!). The second thing to think about is how to find the best Colorado moving company for your trip – or, you could just call Exodus! As a top Colorado moving company, we have many years of experience helping people and businesses of all kinds (and from all places) move to Colorado.

Whether you are heading in this direction because you want to bounce on trampolines regularly or because you are seeking a positive change, Exodus Moving and Storage can make it all happen on time and at the right price. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you when it comes to moving, and let us know if there’s anything that you want to know more about from your Colorado moving company.

Moving During Mercury Retrograde

When Mercury goes into retrograde, people tend to panic. If you follow astrology, Mercury being in retrograde tends to mean a lot of miscommunication, things going awry, and general confusion all around. So what do you do if you have to move while this crazy time is happening? Take a look at some of these tips from your Fort Collins movers.

  • Make sure to schedule everything carefully and read all contracts and agreements twice or three times. During these times of year, things can get confusing and schedules tend to get mixed up.
  • Try to avoid buying anything that’s really expensive right now. If you have to buy something big, make sure to double-check the details, just in case.
  • Keep in mind that people are often confused during this time, and that can mean that things aren’t expressed clearly. Try not to take things out of context right now, and reflect on the things that are said – you’ll be glad you did.
  • Now is a good time to wrap up any projects you started a while ago. The same goes for old relationships, so if you’re moving to Fort Collins from another area, make sure to spend time to say goodbye properly.
  • See if you can make sense of something that has gone wrong, reflect on that thing, and try to figure out how you can make a situation better. Sometimes, being stuck in an odd situation is just the universe’s way of telling you to stop and reflect. You can always make the best out of a bad situation.
  • Revisit the past and then get ready to move forward. The great thing about dealing with Mercury in retrograde is that it gives you the time to reflect while it’s happening, and then you will be ready to move full speed ahead when this time period is over. Prepare now and rush forth when it’s time.

Moving to Fort Collins

If you are moving to Fort Collins while Mercury is in retrograde, make sure to book with reputable Fort Collins movers. Now more than ever before, it’s really vital to make sure that the Fort Collins movers you book with have a professional team ready to work with you. Why? Because professional movers will make sure that your moving dates are properly scheduled, and that all those fine details have been ironed out.

At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’ve been moving people from all kinds of places for many years, so we make sure to cross our “t’s” and dot our “i’s.” We also confirm and reconfirm all of our moving appointments regularly, so you can be sure that everything you have planned on is in order. Of course, we invite you to call us to check on those plans at any time, and we’ll be more than happy to put your mind at ease. We also offer storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so ask us about those options if you have some items that you need to store.

Making the Most of Mercury

Many people often view Mercury being in retrograde as a negative thing, but you can really take advantage of this time too. Spend more time on yourself, try to avoid too many large decisions, and remember to forgive easily during this time when communication is off. It’s also a really good time of year to revisit old relationships. When things get back to normal, you’ll find that starting new relationships is easier than before.

If you have any questions about our moving rates or practices, make sure to leave a comment here or find us on Facebook! In the meantime, don’t sweat the retrograde, just book with a solid moving company.

How to Get Your Rental Deposit Back

I’d like to think that most landlords are ethical people that aren’t trying to squeeze every penny out of tenants, and many are. Every once in a while, though, a landlord comes along that will keep your security deposit no matter what you try to do, or how hard and well you clean the place that you are moving out of.

Getting a security deposit back after you’ve already left a place is really hard to do. You may have to bring your landlord to small claims court if that person refuses a refund. But know that you will need to bring proof with you, and lines at small claims courts can be long and tiresome. If you’re moving to Boulder or moving to Fort Collins and haven’t yet signed that lease agreement, here’s what you need to do beforehand to ensure that you will get a security deposit back when you move out.

  • Create a list of the rooms inside of your new place, and place a comment next to each room detailing the state of the room as you find it. In most states, landlords should hand these checklists out to tenants, but few do, so it’s up to you to make your own list.
  • Document it: take photos of each room with your phone, and upload those photos to a file that you can easily access at a later time. Make sure to snap pictures of anything that’s not in good shape, so that you can easily point to those things when you move out.
  • Research the landlord or company that you will be renting from. The Internet is a great place because it gives everyone the chance to completely research anyone else. Find out if there are any complaints against a landlord or rental company, and look at the Better Business Bureau rating for a rental company if applicable. Should you shy away from a list of really bad reviews even if the apartment that you found is cheap? Yes!
  • Read your lease carefully. Before moving to Boulder or moving to Fort Collins, go over the lease that your new landlord sends to you critically. Does the lease state that you will get a security deposit back, or is that deposit non-refundable? Are there any other details or parts of the lease that you don’t agree with? Find the time to speak with your landlord about every single detail in a lease, so that you aren’t left with any surprises when you do move.
  • Go on a walk-through with a landlord or with the person in charge of maintenance for the building. Point out everything that’s wrong with a place, and ask the person you’re working with to initial and agree to the things that you have an issue with. This way, you’ve thoroughly documented everything that you could later be blamed for.

Moving to Fort Collins or Moving to Boulder

Once you have signed the lease and arrived at your destination, there are a few things that you have to do as a tenant to ensure that you always get your money’s worth.

  • Keep things nice and tidy. If you put holes in the walls, realize that you will have to patch those up before you move out. If you have carpeting in your new home, do not let anyone wear shoes inside your house, and clean any stains as soon as they happen.
  • Sometimes getting a landlord to repair anything is a nightmare. If you have to cough up cash for your own repairs, take a photo of the before and after, and send your landlord the bill right away — whether or not you can deduct these amounts from your rent depends on the law where you live, so make sure to look into those details before deducting anything. The point of sending your landlord the bill and photos is that you can later show good faith if you can’t get a rental deposit back (take photos of all bills too).

When it’s time to leave your old or new place, go through every room in the apartment and take more photos. You can never have enough photos, and with apps like Dropbox it’s really easy to store everything that you need to keep for a long time. The goal of renting is to live in harmony, live in a good place with a low rent, and get your deposit back when you do move. Follow these tips for a sure thing when it comes to that deposit refund!

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