Colorado Trail Safety Tips

The warm weather is here, and that means hiking season in Colorado. There’s a lot to see when you hike through Colorado trails including tons of wildlife. Any sunny day is a good day for a hike, but make sure that you heed these safety tips before you pack your backpack!

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Get Ready

You probably warm up before you work out, right? You may even stretch each morning in order to move your muscles. Well, hiking is no different. In fact, hiking burns lots of calories and gets plenty of muscles moving, and that means that you have to stretch and warm up before you try and conquer any mountain. Conduct some basic stretches at the base of the mountain before you start your hike – you’ll be glad that you did!

It’s also vital to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your hike. Make sure to hydrate properly before your planned hiking day. Drink more than your normal amount of water the day before your hike, carry two water bottles with you during your hike, and make sure to drink plenty of water after your hike too. Drinking lots of water will prevent any kind of muscle cramping.

Trail Safety

Were you the kid that always went off trail during a ski trip? It can be fun to explore trails by finding paths that aren’t part of the main trail, but this habit is also dangerous. Stick with the marked trail, don’t venture so far away from the trail that you can’t see the main path, and always plan out your hike before you leave. If you are going to hike alone, make sure that a few people know where you will be at all times, and check in with a park ranger if you plan to hike up a treacherous path.

It can also be tempting to eat berries or pick up plants along the path. But, this isn’t a good idea unless you are certain of what you’re touching. If you pick up the wrong plant, you could wind up with poison ivy or worse! Likewise, leave any animals that you see alone – a moose might not look like it can run very fast, but that moose will catch up to you quickly if you taunt it enough!

Pack Smart

Not only should you bring plenty of water with you, but it’s also wise to bring tons of food – hiking can really work up an appetite! You’ll want to bring food that’s nutritious and can help you with a boost of energy when you will need one. In addition to food and drink, wear lots of layers and pack an extra sweater. This way, you can remove layers when you get too hot, or add a layer when it’s too cold.

Even though it’s a great idea to leave your cellphone off during your hike (that’s the whole point of enjoying nature, right?), you should bring it with you. If you need to call someone during a hike in case of an emergency, you’ll want to have your phone with you. You may also think about packing a flashlight.

Enjoy Your Hike

There’s no better time than springtime to get outdoors and enjoy the many trails that Colorado has to offer. If you are moving to Colorado for the first time, you’ll love what this state offers when it comes to nature. If you’ve lived here all of your life, there’s no excuse not to get outdoors and check out the scene! Sunshine, wide lazy trails, rivers, and wildlife wait!

Do you need a moving company to help you with your move to Fort Collins or Denver? Call Exodus Moving and Storage today. Not only do we know a lot about Colorado nature, we also know how to move you and your things to this great state. In addition to moving, Exodus also offers storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can store your items all year long. What are you waiting for? Come and see what Colorado has to offer today! Call us (your Fort Collins moving company) for a free estimate or for any other reason – we can’t wait to talk to you.

Moving Back In With Your Parents: Some Help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help Moving In

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

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

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

Disconnect in Denver, Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving to Colorado? Let us help out!

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

A Colorado State of Mind

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

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

How to Landscape Without Grass

In some states, it’s just not feasible to have a lush lawn. Desert climates make it tough to create a nice green space. Plus, the water used to make lawns grow is often wasted, and that cuts back on natural water resources. Even if there aren’t water restrictions in your town, landscaping without grass is a great way to help the environment. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a lovely lawn without grass.

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1. Add some drought-tolerant grasses to your front yard space. The great thing about planting grasses and shrubs that are unusual is that you can also create a really interesting landscape. If you live in a water-restricted area, plants that are not in need of constant watering will flourish when water is scarce.

2. Go with rocks. Large rocks that cover up part of a lawn are nice on your toes in the summertime (they trap the heat), and they have excellent curb appeal (in case you’re thinking about selling your home).

3. Aloe and agave are beautiful and low-maintenance. These colorful plants are nice to look at, don’t take too much water, and can really contrast with your home if you place blue or colored pots outside of your house.

4. Synthetic floors look great. If you use a material like Trex to add flooring to your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus, materials like these were meant to withstand lots of different types of weather.

5. Work with a landscape designer. You don’t have to fork over a ton of cash in order to make a lawn really stand out. All you have to do is speak with a professional landscaper, figure out what works for you, and create a lawn that’s attractive and inviting – all without the use of any grass that requires constant watering.

Some Facts on Lawn Water Use

1. Less than 1% of water in the U.S. is actually consumed. The rest of that water is used for lawns, toilets, washing machines, and for other uses.

2. Nearly 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. If you cut back on watering your lawn, you will also cut back on your water bill.

3. Watering your lawn (if you must) during the first weeks of spring will help to hydrate your lawn much better than watering it later in the year.

4. A large number of people use automated sprinkler systems to spray lawns throughout the day, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining outside, you don’t need to water your lawn!

The idea here is to be conscious of what you are doing when it comes to your lawn space. If you really want to have that lush green lawn, try to reduce your water consumption. That said, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to landscape your entire property without the use of grass. Most of the water in North America goes towards making lawns look good, and that’s just a waste of water. Do your part this Earth Day week, and try to cut back on the amount of water that you use.

The Colorado Water Scene

There aren’t caps on water usage in various parts of Colorado, but some neighborhoods to put a restriction on water use for good reason. Since Colorado lands are lush, you can really add almost any kind of plant to your property (and some amazing trees too!) without resorting to water logged lawns. Find a landscaper in your area to work with, check out other homes for inspiration, and see what you can create.

If you need help moving to Fort Collins or any other part of Colorado, make sure to give us a call. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that works to make moves of all kinds (large or small) simpler. We also offer storage solutions of all sizes, in case you have to store some items that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call today, and we’ll get back to you with a free estimate. Or, take a look around our site to see what we can do for you. When it comes to lawns, try to cut back on your water usage, and check out some other amazing landscape ideas instead!

Best Ways to Cure Jet Lag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving With Ease

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

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

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

How to Prepare Your Items for Storage

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

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Here are our best pre-storage tips.

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

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

3. Cover any valuable furniture properly.

4. Use packing tape to secure boxes.

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

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

7. Make sure that breakable items are packed securely.

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

9. Store any electronics in original packaging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizing Your Storage Space

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

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

Exodus Storage Space

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

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

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

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

Keep In Touch With Friends Left Behind

The decision to move can be a tough one. Whether your upcoming move was caused by a new job or the need to find different scenery, chances are that you’ll have to say goodbye to some people on your way out of town. Letting go of solid friendships can be really tough to do, but you can keep in touch with those people that mean a lot to you.

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Before You Move

Make sure to schedule a few days and nights with those that matter the most. Spend some time going over your moving plans, where you’ll be moving to, and where your old friends fit into your new life. Try to schedule everyone into your pre-moving days, so that you can spend as much time as possible with those you care about.

Set up Skype Times

If there’s one person (or a few people) that you can’t imagine living without, go over each other’s schedules to see if you can arrange a few future Skype (or phone) calls. Put your friends on your messenger lists, connect through social networks, and plan times to chat. You can even send each other snail mail for a bit of old-fashioned fun (plus, postcards are just better when they are sent through the post!).

Get Busy

If your schedule is packed with events, it’s hard to think about how much you miss your friends or how much free time you have. Sign up for clases when you arrive in your new hometown, volunteer, and make new friends. You don’t have to forget the friends that you had, but you can cram your schedule with enough activities that you won’t feel lonely. Plus, getting right into things in your new hometown means that you’ll soon make more friends, and that means that you won’t have as much time to miss your old friends.

If you can find a cardio or other fitness activity, even better – you’ll be too tired to miss anyone! If you are moving to Fort Collins, check out these fitness spots:

  • Beyond Kickboxing
  • Infinity Pilates
  • Miramont Lifestyle Fitness (many different options)

Popular Denver fitness classes include:

  • Denver dance
  • No Boundaries Fitness
  • Oxford club and spa

Call any one of these spots before you move, book your classes, and try out a new fitness class or sport. Not only will you fill your schedule, but you’ll also get a super fit body in the process – what could be better?

Preparing Before You Move

Sometimes, classes are hard to get into. So, you may want to call ahead of time to book a spot in a popular class or two. If you plan to volunteer, start looking now for places that need some help. The more you can prepare in advance, the better off you will be when you arrive. If you hire a professional moving company to help you get to your new destination, you can jump right into a class the day after your move – or even on the night of your move, if you are feeling pent up!

The best way to become integrated into a new town or culture is to find things to do right away. The longer you wait to become invovled in a sport, fitness class, educational class, or other activity, the harder it will be to find things to fill your time. You’ll find that becoming involved in courses or other activities right away will help you to get over leaving some important people behind – and it will make speaking to those people or meeting with them more special!

Full Service Moving Help

Exodus Moving and Storage is here to make your move simpler. By offering all of our clients full service moving options, we can promise you a smooth move that goes off without a hitch. We can also provide you with a complete moving estimate before you book with us, so that you know exactly what you’re agreeing to – we keep everythign on the table. Moving doesn’t have to be a difficutl process, and, in fact, moving to a new place can be a lot of fun. The trick is to make time for those you are leaving behind while also packing your schedule full of great activities that you can enjoy when you arrive.

If you’re preparing to leave some friends behind when you move, don’t despair. Take the time you need right now to spend with those friends, and get ready to meet some great new ones.

10 Tools for Your First Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setting Up Your Tools

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

Moving Into a New Home

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

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

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

How to Move Your Vegetable Garden

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

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Prep Your New Space

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

Start With Pots

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

Add Water

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

Check the Weather Forecast

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

Moving Companies and Plants

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

Your New Spot

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

Packing It All Up

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

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

How to Find a Summer Rental Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Bring

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

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

Valuing Feedback

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

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

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

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