Moving from a large home to a smaller place takes some skill. But, there are plenty of smaller homes out there that come with lots of coziness, room for everything, and no trace of clutter. How do people that live in small spaces make it work? Here are some of our best tips.
1. Think up! Instead of buying cabinets and bureaus that sit on the floor, buy shelves and tables that can be attached to the wall. You can purchase large or small shelves that can hold a lot of things well above the ground floor, and this will leave plenty of floor space for items that you need to store – without taking up space inside of a room.
2. Don’t bring everything with you. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they move into a smaller space is that they try and bring everything with them. You can’t fit everything from a large home into a much smaller home, so start decluttering as soon as possible (preferably before you start packing!).
3. Get organized. Making sure everything has its place certainly has its merits. Buy storage containers for everything that needs a place, label jars and boxes, and use shelf space wisely.
4. Select a few appliances. This tip really works when it comes to the kitchen area. If you are moving from a full kitchen to a galley kitchen (for example), you might not be able to take every kitchen appliance with you. Be selective about the appliances you do need and will use, and try to store other items out of the way (you can always dig those things out when you need them at a later time).
5. Hang lots of things. Again, this is a good kitchen tip. Adding a hanging rack to your kitchen means that you can hang utensils, pots, pans, and other items. A knife rack that includes a magnetic strip can hold your knives, so that you aren’t taking up valuable drawer space.
6. Find multi-tasking tools. If you see an item that can double as something else (a bathroom hook that’s also a clothes hanger for wet clothes, for example), buy it. If one tool can turn into two or three tools, that’s a lot of extra space that you’ll soon have!
7. Rent out a storage space. Sometimes, you just can’t fit all of that furniture into a new home. If you don’t want to part with an item or two, consider renting out a storage space where you can keep a few things until you will need them again (or have room for those items once again). We offer storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins if you are looking for something close to your new home.
8. Downsize. Is your office desk huge? Get a smaller desk. Do you have night tables that take up too much room in your new bedroom? Buy tables or shelves that attach to the wall. Is your bed too big for your new bedroom? Get a smaller bed. You can sell the old things that you will no longer need, and buy new things that make more sense in a smaller space. Once you get used to the new size, you’ll see that it’s much easier to live in a space that’s not crowded.
9. Color coordinate. This one is more of a design tip, but it’s one that works very well in smaller spaces. Choose a color that you love (like turquoise), and buy small items in that color for every room in your home. For example, you may have a turquoise appliance in yoru kitchen, and a small turquoise pillow on your couch. Color can make a home seem more uniform, and that will make the space seem bigger.
10. Choose the right furniture. Even if you love that oversized sectional, it might not fit your new living room. Find furniture that really fits the shape and size of your new home, and you’ll find a lot more space.
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If you need help moving into your new place, give us a call. We offer a full moving service as a moving company that has been working in the Fort Collins and Denver area for many years. We also have affordable storage spaces in different sizes for all of your needs. Call us for free moving estimates today. And, remember, moving into a smaller home can be really refreshing – you just have to make it all work!
It’s moving companies does not generally considered the easiest endeavor. Companies have so many things that they need to move that it becomes difficult for us to get a lot of their belongings into our trucks. This is only true however if they want to try and make a single trip. Sure, anyone can move their stuff over the course of a few days with a few trucks, but doing it as quickly as possible requires a good bit of skill and a lot of determination. Businesses are something that we specialize in moving because we understand that it can be difficult. If you are willing to work with us as far as the amount of time it is going to take to move, then you are going to be very pleased with the results. However, you should realize that going to almost any other company isn’t going to net you any better results.
We encourage you to do as much research as you see fit. Moving companies in Colorado isn’t something that a lot of people do. Moving a company requires a lot of time. So, if you type in something like that phrase into Google, you will get a pretty specified result. You are going to find the companies that do their best to help people move their businesses. Should you decide however that we are the way you want to go, you are not going to regret it. Exodus is a company that works their very hardest at everything we do. Our only goal is to serve the people who hire us in the best way possible. If this means a few trips in the truck in order to get everything out, then so be it. We hire strong guys to help do the moving for a reason. They aren’t there just to look pretty.
That right there is something else to consider. If you are a small business who is moving up in the world, it’s not likely you will have that many employees who are going to help you move. We provide you with a couple of strong men to help you get your stuff to your new place. Just as we do for residential moving. So, if you are moving your company in Colorado, don’t hesitate to give us a ring. You will not regret it.
When making the big decision to move, hiring one of the best moving companies to come in and help get you from your old place to your new place could be one of the best decisions you make in a very long time. The best moving companies are all full service moving which means that they come in and help you move your things into the truck, and then help you get your stuff out of the truck and into the correct rooms that it belongs in. Any full service moving company though can do this for you. It takes true dedication to the art of moving to provide you with great service at the same time.
This is what separates the great companies from the good companies. The good companies will help you get into your new place with all of your stuff in the correct position. You won’t however know who the people are who helped you, nor is it likely that the experience will be anything all that spectacular. Great moving companies on the other hand have an air of confidence about them that makes you want to know more about the people who are helping you. It’s not every single day that you move so the experience should be a memorable one. Something that you’re member a long time down the road, hopefully for the better. A great moving company will ensure that you have the smoothest move you’ve ever had and help to create that experience that comes along with moving.
So, before you hire just any old moving company, do a little bit of research and find the best companies. What people say about the company is rather important and can give your insight into how well they perform. Do that research, and you will not be disappointed with the outcome of your move. After all, it’s the job of any moving company to do exactly that, move. Without that experience and dedication to the move, it’s less likely that you’ll have a memorable experience.
Being a moving company and Colorado has its benefits. We live in a very temperate state that is usually quite sunny. In fact, we are one of the most sunny states in the United States. This is of great benefit to anyone who needs to move because all likelihood that you will be rained on while all of your belongings are outside is a great deal lower. This little tidbit of information isn’t usually something that you think about unless you’re about to move all of your stuff out of your home, but it’s true nonetheless.
Another great benefit of living in Colorado when it comes to moving and getting a moving company is the price. For being such a good state to live in, the prices here are very reasonable. Moving companies in Colorado don’t generally charge exorbitant prices because they don’t need to. The price of living here is nowhere near what it is in places like California and New York, which means that tax rates are much lower and prices don’t have to be as high. This is yet another subtle but noticeable benefit to living in Colorado. Well, that’s at least true for this point in time. Colorado is quickly becoming another California in the fact that many people are realizing that our state is very temperate. Our summers are not very hot comparatively and our winters are relatively warm. Well, they are warm compared to a lot of places.
There is only really one drawback to the state that I can think of, and it’s very dependent upon where you want to live. Let’s say you want to live near Ft Collins but you don’t want to live in the inner city and really love the mountains. Moving companies hear this and realize that you want to live somewhere with lots of hills which are necessarily easily traversed with a truck. So, it’s a little bit more work for people like us, but it’s still not impossible. After living and working in the state for so long, we are quite capable of handling this little issue. So don’t be afraid to look at a place in Colorado to move to, especially if your biggest concern is how hard it will be to move. It’s not hard it all and just requires a little bit of patience.
Though there are a lot of benefits to using a residential moving company, the biggest benefit is the assistance they provide in setting up your home. Granted, they don’t exactly place everything in its perfect spot as that’s your job. They do however assist you with getting everything into your home and in the correct room.
Anyone who is moved a great deal of furniture on any place knows what a pain it is to move that sort of stuff out and into your new place. You don’t know where you want it, you don’t know how you’re going to get there, and you really don’t know how you are going to get it out of the truck yourself. Well with the moving company you don’t have to worry about that. Any of it for that matter.
We help you get everything moved into your place and in the right general vicinity. Now tell me, what Colorado moving company does that besides us? OK so maybe quite a few, but still. You won’t find anyone in Ft Collins who’s moving capabilities are anywhere close to what we can provide for you. We can help you get your furniture out, we can help you get your furniture in, and we will do it in a timely manner.
We understand that these days time is short on everyone’s hands. That doesn’t mean however that it has to be short on ours. Our entire goal is to provide you with the best service possible. Otherwise what kind of a moving company are we?
So remember this information the next time you decide to move. You’ll stare down at that catch in front of you glaring at it as though it’s some beast that’s meant to be slain, then realize that you need your friends to help you get it out. If you look us up first, not only do you not have to bother them, but that monster of a couch doesn’t seem so daunting any longer now does it.
Downsizing. The mere mention of the word can strike fear in the hearts of many. It’s barely ever considered a good thing- when your company has to make the often difficult decision to maximize effectiveness by minimizing resources. Rest assured we all prefer it when the business is thriving, the employees and customers are happy and the money is pouring in. But in today’s economy, this dream is often not the reality for so many struggling businesses. And so, faced with financial hardship of all kinds, the case for managing costs becomes a more potent option.
Often, office downsizing includes layoffs. This unfortunate result of cost cutting can leave lives in disarray. The company loses people and decides to give up some space. At Exodus, we specialize in office moves and we take measured care to make things as stress free as possible during these important life transitions. We can help with office moves to a smaller facility, furniture and document storage during temporary downsizing efforts and the relocation of the employees affected by these important changes. We take pride in being a preferred Colorado Moving Company and we take seriously the job of caring for your employees and co-workers.
During uncertain economic times, many companies are deciding to attempt to downsize for a short period of time. This often requires less layoffs and focuses the cost re-allocation to the physical property being used as office space. In this case it’s important to get proper storage. If you are considering temporary downsizing ask yourself the following:
What is a realistic amount of time the office will need storage?
What items need to remain readily available for everyday business needs?
Understanding your Space
Asking yourself the right questions when it comes to office space evaluation can make or break your cost cutting efforts during downsizing. It is important to take an inventory of the existing space, understanding not only its capacity but its potential for adaptation. Go into detail with your office lease agreement, exploring the options to minimize square footage being rented. In some cases this might create a need to extend the lease term but could end up being cost effective when considering the implications and expense of total business relocation. Check on your options for subletting to businesses with complimentary services. By allowing other professionals to rent space from you, you may be able to avoid having to make a move while simultaneously expanding your business portfolio. By keeping a cool head during a stressful time, you may be able to save both money and sanity.
When the announcement is made in a company of impending corporate relocation, most people instantly feel the stress. From the bottom of the ranks all the way to the top, the pressure can be felt. Questions about how best to handle the organization and the packing and how much downtime for the business will be involved begin to swirl around the workplace. How will things change? What kind of new space will be in once it’s complete? Will everything make it from point A to point B in one piece?
Hiring a professional mover is a vital part of moving any office, big or small. There are main core values that are the reason for this: time and money. By hiring a professional company you can minimize your use of human capital to accomplish the move. Professional office movers can streamline the planning of even the most complex office move, keeping valued employees with their head in the game of the business as opposed to putting energy toward a move. And if your moving company specializes in offices moves like Exodus does, they can move you in the evening after the work day has ended and everything will be all set to start business the next day. Getting things done right and fast saves time.
But how could hiring a moving company save you money? While this idea may seem at first blush a bit counter intuitive, when looked at, it becomes obvious. Broken, damaged and destroyed office equipment can happen in moves with “non-experts”. Also when dealing with issues such as expensive IT equipment and complex set ups and cable networking, it can be very expensive to repair damage done by an improper install. Another way that hiring a moving company can exponentially improve a corporate relocation experience is through minimal downtime, offering the opportunity to get back to the business of doing business sooner.
The Exodus Difference
At Exodus we specialize in office moves and corporate relocation. We offer the expertise that other moving companies don’t. With things like specially designed anti electromagnetic bags and shrink-wrap that we use to package everything in the office on site from monitors to drawers, we insure that no dust or water can get in and no items of value can get out. We are incredibly thorough in our packing and unpacking. And perhaps most importantly, our employees are our employees, not outsourced day laborers. This makes them both well trained and able to take true ownership and responsibility for your move. With care and expertise, we specialize in not only saving time and money for our clients but in creating a true sense of peace of mind.
Once the decision to move your company has been made and your goals for relocation have been clearly outlined, the real work begins. With so many things to consider it can be hard to know what to do first. It is a valuable practice to get as organized as is humanly possible before putting the wheels of your corporate relocation in motion. We recommend the first steps as follows:
Do Location Research
When you have figured out what you need from your new office you should spend some time really researching the area in which you plan to move. You will of course need to know a lot about this new city before you can commit to setting up shop in it. Take advantage of various reference materials such as the US Census Bureau Statistical Abstract by State in order to get the demographic details about your potentially new location. It can also be a good idea to subscribe to a few local papers for a couple of months before making the move. This will give you an idea not only about what is happening in the area but how the people in the area interpret these current events. Invaluable cultural insights can be surmised from reading local publications and can give you a better idea if this city is the best match for your business.
Create a Timeline
Sit down with those who are most strategically involved in the relocation planning and make a preliminary list of what needs to be done. Be realistic in this and make every effort to consider three main concepts: the physical office, the employees and the customers. Once you have decided to make a move, it can be easy to get caught up in the pace and excitement of the process. But time will fly during your logistical planning so creating a schedule that allows for real life and all of its delays is a key point. Ask yourself, will this move take 3 months? Will it take a year? After this, create your timeline accordingly.
Find a Professional
Once you have decided where and when to move, it is a good idea to assign someone in your company to be in charge of the overall process. Realizing that this will take up a good amount of their time should be a consideration when choosing an employee who already has a rather large workload. Beyond this decision, it is time to select a moving company that can help you with the logistics of you move. Considering that not only does your office need to be moved but also in most cases, your people and their families, it’s a good idea at this point to start shopping for experts in the industry. This part of the process will be easier once you have asked yourself the important preliminary questions. Knowing what you want and when you want it will make it easier to identify which moving company best suits you and your company’s goals for corporate relocation.
There are many factors involved in a process as complex as corporate relocation. Many entrepreneurs, owners and managers are faced with a difficult host of decisions when the concept of moving an office comes into play. With the obvious advantage of having already done business in one place for a while, each organization has a feel for what works and what doesn’t. With the benefit of this experience it is, of course, easier to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a new place. But there are other things to consider such as how much the business disruption will cost the company and what are the new and differing environmental and regulatory concerns that may become a factor once the move has been made. The following are the first two steps before deciding to make a move.
Be Clear About WHY
While there can be many reasons for moving, making certain to completely articulate your primary goals is a vital activity before deciding to relocate. Are you looking for a more skilled workforce in a specialized field? Are you seeking to lower the operating costs of the company or to improve the quality of life for your employees? Perhaps you are looking to expand your market and have found that a new location would aid in this pursuit. Or maybe it’s truly just an issue of having the physical space you need to realize the growth that you desire. By being as specific as possible about why you want to move, it is much easier to realize your goals and make the best choices in order to maximize a relocation opportunity.
Be Clear About WHAT
A good place to begin, once you have decided exactly why you want to move, is to make a list containing everything you will need for your new office. Again, being as detailed as possible with your location specifications is the key to clarity and ultimately success. Write down everything that is a priority such as the size you need the office to be, the physical placement and in what type of neighborhood, along with what kind of facilities and equipment you will require. In this case your reasons for the move become very important: If your main reason for moving is to find more qualified employees, it’s important not to get caught up in a wonderfully inexpensive new lease in an area where the demographics do not support such a specified labor force. Be clear with yourself about what is needed as opposed to wanted and create your list accordingly. This will ensure that there is less ambiguity and confusion when it comes time to make the most important decisions.
Corporate Relocation. The very mention of it can strike fear in the hearts of business owners and employees alike. This necessary evil can be time and energy consuming, often creating equal parts opportunity and headache. And despite visions of mangled computer cables and the hassle of readjusting in every way to a new corporate culture and community, the reality of Corporate Relocation surfaces more often than anyone might like. Sure, it’s an opportunity to start fresh in a new place. But in the interim it can be a time of certain chaos. For this reason we highly recommend that you do not try to do it alone.
What is Corporate Relocation?
Corporate Relocation is the movement of a company, and its employees, to a new city, state or country as part of the normal operations of the business entity. This can include everything from relocating the contents of a single office to a full corporate headquarter relocation including all office equipment as well as all individuals in the staff and their families. This type of full scale transfer is a common concept when companies are looking to both cut costs and expand their markets.
What Makes Corporate Relocation Necessary?
According to the American Census Bureau and the US Postal Service, approximately 40 million Americans relocate each year. While there are several different reasons cited for this, one of the most popular is employment opportunities. While moving is also said to be one of the top 20 most commonly stressful activities in life, sometimes the draw of a new place overrides this reality.
Some of the most popular reasons for Corporate Relocation from a business perspective can be similarly understood from a personal perspective. The strong drive to reach new markets and expand business opportunities is a logical rationale. Many companies also see corporate relocation as the best way to move an already functional company to a city that will help them to increase cash flow by lowering costs. And last but not least, many companies and individuals decide to relocate as a way to improve overall quality of life for the company and the individuals working in it.
What Does Corporate Relocation Require?
According to the Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey of 2010, most firms offered incentives to encourage employee relocations including temporary housing benefits, relocation bonuses and cost-of-living-adjustments. According to this study “About 9 out of 10 companies said extra incentives ‘almost always’ or ‘frequently’ convinced an employee to relocate.” But beyond convincing employees to “go with the flow’ and coordinating staff relocation, there are also plenty of logistical considerations such as finding suitable space, tax and other appropriate legal licensing as well as the actual move itself. Because of its complexity, Corporate Relocation should not be carried out alone. It takes the help and expertise of trained professionals.