Relocating to a new town can be a lot of fun! You have a new home to decorate, new friends that you haven’t met yet, and a whole new life just waiting to be explored. There’s just one thing that you’ll need when moving to a new town: a job! Looking for a job in your new area doesn’t have to be a struggle! We have some amazing tips for you on how to relocate and find that perfect job.
1. Narrow it down. Take a tip from popular Google searches, and try to narrow down your job search. Instead of using a major job website, try to find some local job search boards. You’ll have a much better chance of finding work in your town if you go local. You can also try using the ‘+’ key when conducting a Google search to really keep things narrowed down.
Example: Fort Collins + Name of Desired Position Here + Job Openings.
2. Start to branch out. It can be hard to network when you first move to a new town, but this becomes easier if you use social networks like LinkedIn. Try to find groups in your area that you can connect with through these networks. You’ll soon find lots of opportunites for brunches and meetups. Once there, start asking about work in your field.
3. Hand out cards. Work from home? Have your own business? If you want some local work, try haning out your business cards wherever you go. You never know if the girl at the coffee shop is in need of web designer for her new business!
4. Post to local job boards – the physical sort. You know those bulletin boards you see at grocery stores and other places? Consider posting a few business cards to those areas in your town (ask first).
Here’s an even better tip: think about where your target client may like to shop, and post your business card on a bulletin board in that store. Example: if you are targeting health-minded people, look for a bulletin board at your local vegan restaurant or healthfood store.
5. Try Craigs List. This job site has gotten a bad reputation recently, and there are some scams to watch out for, but Craigs List can also be a goldmine of great job postings. It’s worth a shot, right?
Upkeep Is Important!
Looking for new work can be tiresome, but the best lesson I can give you is this: search for new work every single day. It never hurts to spend some time looking at job boards and sending out resumes. Even if you are tired at the end of the day, shoot off an email or two – it can’t hurt!
Keep Your Resume Current
If you’ve spent the last five years at the same job, I’m guessing your resume still looks like it did when you last searched for a job. Don’t send out an incomplete resume. Instead, update it the best that you can, or look for a professional resume writer to help you out.
Search In Advance
If your move is still a few weeks away, start looking for a new job now. It can take a few weeks to get any kind of a response from some people, so it’s a wise idea to start as early as possible.
Get Your Moving Day Ready First!
Here’s a bad situation: you have to search for jobs because you are moving in three days, but you haven’t booked your Fort Collins moving company yet. Yikes! Is there anything more stressful than packing, booking a moving company, not knowing when you are actually going to move (day and time), and having to looking for a job? Make your life a lot simpler by calling us for your move today. Even if you are under a time-crunch, we can help you pack, move, unpack, and make those reassuring arrangements. We want to make sure that your move goes smoothly, so you can save time for other things like sending out job applications, sipping some local java, or connecting with that new friend you haven’t met yet (but you will!).
Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving – and storage – company with locations in both Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado. So, if you want to store things, need help moving simply, or just want some quotes, give us a call! We’re here to help.
An interesting article in Psychology Today points to the difficulties that kids have with moving. Often, moves are precipitated by bad events, like divorce or job loss, and this is one of the main reasons why kids are often depressed with any kind of a move. But, there are other reasons why moves are tough on kids, too. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we want to make your move easier on your whole family. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful list of ways to make moving easier for your teen. Take a look!
I: Ease into a move. Changing schools, friends, and towns is hard enough. Try to make a move gradual. Take the time over the span of a few months to coordinate a move, tell your kids where they will be attending school, and even drive to the new town a few times to help with familiarization.
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II. Allow necessary quality time. Your kids aren’t just moving to a new town, they are dealing with loss. Leaving a friend or a boyfriend/girlfriend behind is really rough. In some ways, it’s like losing a loved one completely. Before the big day, let your kids spend as much time as needed with friends.
III. Encourage contact. Talk to the parents of your child’s friends. See if you can set up some Skype time for your kids on a regular basis, arrange visits, or plan vacations (if possible) together.
IV. Keep your kids busy. Following any big move, make sure that your kids have activities lined up well before moving day. If you set up hockey in your new town, for example, your kid will have a practice or two to attend when they arrive at your new place of residence. Keeping kids busy helps to ease that feeling of loss.
V. Find other new families. Most of the time, there are other families in a town that are new to the whole scene. If you can set up a meeting or two with these families, it will make the transition simpler.
VI. Prepare your kids before school. If you can visit a new school before moving day, try to observe what other kids at that school are like. Learning what kids have or what things are popular may help your child’s transition.
VII. Try to move at the end of a term. Don’t uproot your kids mid-semester or mid-school year if you can help it. It’s a lot easier for kids to join a new class at the start of a year.
VIII. Keep schools relatively the same. If your kids currently attend private school, realize that they will have a tough time going to public school in a new town. Try to keep schools on the same level, so that things are somewhat familiar.
IX. Line up similar activities: it’s best if your kids can continue to do the things they love in a new place. Moving is tough on kids, but it will be simpler if they can keep doing those familiar things after a move.
X. See how your kids are adjusting. If you notice that your kids are having a really hard time adjust to a new town, you may want to seek counseling for your child. Sometimes, kids just don’t know how to integrate into a new community, and a little help from a skilled therapist goes a long way.
Preparing and Planning
A large part of making a move comfortable for the whole family is to prepare as much as possible. This begins with choosing the right moving services for your move. It can be hard to find a company that you trust, but if you’re moving to Fort Collins or Denver, you can count on us to help make your move smooth. We’ll plan out your moving day from start to finish, and we’ve helped a lot of families move over the years, so just let us know what we can do to make things easier.
We’re also here to answer any questions that you may have. When it comes to moving companies, we’re proud to be one of the best that Colorado has to offer. And, remember, moving isn’t easy on kids, but it can be a great experience if you prepare your kids in advance and try to keep things the same. Did you just move with kids? How did your move go? Let us know below.
Moving to a new country or new city isn’t quite as simple as moving across the street. But, there’s no need to panic. Moving can, in fact, be a really fun experience! You just have to make sure to hire professional movers, and take some things into account before you decide on moving long distance.
Here’s how to prep for a long distance move.
New Location Details
Size: if you’re moving to a much smaller space, you will have to sell or get rid of some items. Or, you can rent out a storage locker like the ones that we offer at Exodus Moving and Storage.
Weather: moving to a ski town? You may not need those water skis if you plan to be in a really cold and snowy place with no lake nearby. The same goes for any tropical paradice you might be moving to – your snowshoes probably aren’t necessary!
Décor: the furniture that you have in a city loft isn’t going to be the same as the furniture you’ll want to have at a beach cottage. So, you may want to think about changing your whole furniture plan, or working with a decorator to put some items in storage and others in your new space.
Start Scheduling Your Move
Moving just a few items to a nearby spot requires some planning, but moving to a really far location requires a lot of scheduling. Not only should you work with professional movers to ensure that you have a really solid moving schedule, you should also think about your move many months in advance (if you have the time).
Not such a great organizer? There are people out there that will help you solve this issue too! You can work with your moving company, and you can also hire a personal assistant to make sure that everything runs smoothly during your move. Sometimes, getting it all planned out makes a world of difference, and a personal assistant can really help if you don’t have the time to make calls and arrange things.
Plan a Sale
It can be really tough to figure out what to sell and what to keep (or put in storage), but there’s a simple enough rule for this. If you haven’t used an item in one year (or more!), you probably don’t need it. Plus, living a minimalist life is really quite refreshing. All you have to do is get rid of some thing that you will never use again, and you will free up tons of space. In addition, you can sell some of the better items, and make some cash on stuff you don’t want anyway!
Take a look at our moving sale articles on this site for more information about how to organize a moving sale, but do make sure to downsize instead of trying to move everythign that you own long distance. If you don’t want to plan a sale, you can also donate a large number of your items to a local charity. Plenty of charities will be glad for your help, so do make sure that you never throw anythign away! Someone out there can use what you no longer want.
Shop Around for Movers
Before you book any moving company, make sure to do some comparison-shopping. It’s a good idea to find a few quotes before you book, too, and don’t just rely on what you find online. Get a quote locked down on a piece of paper to make the deal more solid. This way, you can refer to that piece of paper when the time for the actual move comes.
Once you find full service moving companies that you can trust, has experience, is insured, and can easily accommodate all of your needs, book those movers and figure out a date that works for everyone. A great moving company will make your move painless, so that you can focus on what to keep, what to get rid of, and making your place in your new home. Moving really long distance is an adventure waiting to happen. You may be feeling some anxiety now, but a new place means new horizons, and a fresh and new start. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Have you moved long distance lately? What was your experience? Can you offer any advice to any of our readers? Of course, if you have any questions about moving, just ask!
If the walls of your apartment are starting to feel like prison bars, it might be time to move. A transition from an apartment to a house is one that most people will make in a lifetime, but how do you know if this type of move is for you? Here are some ways to determine when a move to a house from an apartment makes sense – and when to choose the best moving company.
The Money Side
A lot of things are taken care of for you when you life in an apartment complex. Trash, landscaping, and even water and heat bills might be all rolled into your rental price. That’s why it’s important to consider the things that you will have to pay for if you decide to move into a house.
These things will be your responsibility when you buy a home:
Landscaping or outdoor costs
Any kind of upgrade
When a faucet leaks, tiles break, or your oven stops working, you have to pay for all of those repairs. If these things aren’t part of your apartment lease, you won’t have any surprises, but you’ll still have to pay water, heat, and all taxes.
The Care Side
What do you do right now when something goes wrong in your place? You probably call the maintenance person, right? Well, if something break in a house, you will have to call a plumber, electrician, or other expert. This means that you will have to pay a lot of extra fees to make sure that whatever is broken gets fixed quickly. It also means that you don’t have anyone to call if you need help with any kind of home issue. So, do keep this in mind.
The Up Side
Even though there are some reasons why moving to a home is more expensive, a house definitely comes with a lot of good things like:
No communal spaces
The freedom to choose all paint, tiles, fixtures – whatever
The pride of being a homeowner
Investing in a house that will (hopefully) take some value
There’s no doubt that a house is superior to an apartment in a lot of ways, most of the time. Unless, of course, you have a great deal on a rent controlled apartment in a major city – then it might not be worth it to move! Or, if you live in a city where the price of houses is just way too high, and you are waiting for that bubble to burst – that might be another reason why moving to a home right now doesn’t make any sense.
Whether you are moving to a house from an apartment or from a house to an apartment or condo, you will need to hire a moving team to help you out. Why? Because you’ve probably accumulated a ton of stuff over the years, and you will likely need some help moving all of those things without breaking your back, right? This is where a professional moving company comes into play. Movers that are reliable and insured can make your life simpler, and you don’t have to worry about anything. Plus, you’ll need movers if you are moving any large pieces of furniture or any kind of heavy appliance!
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we provide full moving and storage solutions. We can also help you out with storing items that you can’t take with you, or moving anything that’s large or small. If it has to be moved, we can do it for you – it’s that simple. Before you move into a home, consider the costs and maintenance details listed above. Then, deduct that amount of money each month from your regular monthly budget. If you can live for three months on the amount of money that you have left over, you are ready to move into that dream home!
While we can’t make the buying decision for you, we can offer you lots of great moving advice. Spend some time checking out the articles on our blog to see how to move, when to move, and what you need to know about moving to a home from an apartment. If we can be of any help, let us know! Have you made the move from an apartment into a house recently? How did it go? Any tips to offer? Let us know below!
If this is your first move, you may be feeling slightly intimidated. Where do you get boxes? What about recycled boxes? Is there a way to move without losing all of those smaller items in the process? All of these questions (and more) are likely floating through your head right now. Sound about right? Well, don’t worry! We have you (and your move) covered!
Here are some of our best moving company tips (that you won’t find anywhere else!).
On Finding Boxes
A long, long, time ago (before stores starting charging for bags), boxes could be found simply by going to your local grocer and asking for them. That was simple enough, wasn’t it? If only it were still that simple! While you can’t always find boxes at your local grocery store (you can still try, though!), you can find boxes in a number of other places.
Online Forums: sites like Craigs List can be a godsend when it comes to finding cheap or free boxes. Chances are that someone else in your town has just moved, and that person now has a room full of boxes that they need to get rid of. Know any takers? Call that person up and go grab all the boxes you want!
Bulk Stores: unlike smaller stores, bulk stores (like Costco) tend to give away more boxes. Even if you don’t have a membership, you can still walk in and ask customer service if they have any boxes to give away.
Hardware Stores: I bet you never thought about going to a hardware store to grab a few boxes, right? Well, these stores have boxes too!
Where to Donate Your Stuff
There’s a mantra that I like to keep in mind when throwing stuff away: can someone use this? It’s truly hard to think of some item that someone out there can’t use. There’s a place to donate everything!
Computer Parts: group homes and shelters are often in need of electronic items. Your old monitor may not be useful to you, but I’m betting that someone out there would love to have what you’re about to throw away.
Clothes: there are endless places where you can donate clotes of any kind. Whether you have kids clothes to give away or other clothing items, some group or family would love to have them.
Furniture: local foster home groups, schools, and other shelters often tend used furniture. Before you toss that bed or give it away, make sure that someone else can’t get really good use out of it (mattresses might be the exception here).
Food: it’s a sad sight when people throw away boxes and cans of food. So many shelters are in need of these basic pantry staples! Even perishable items like fruits and bread may be of use – just ask!
When it comes time to pack, make sure that you set one box aside and label that box ‘necessities.’ This box should contain the following items:
Toiletries for a few days
A change of clothes
Coffee, bread, and any food you’ll need for breakfast for a few days
Anything else that you can’t live without while you unpack the rest
Just like packing a small carry-on when you fly, packing a box that contains everything you will need right away is vital. This way, it doesn’t matter how quickly (or slowly!) you unpack the rest – everything you need will be within reach, and that will be something you’ll be very glad that you did!
It really is simpler to hire full service moving companies – and we’re not just saying that! Even if you can’t afford to hire movers to drive your truck, pack your boxes, and unload your stuff, you should try to find room in your budget for movers to help you unload. Just think of all those boxes and pieces of heavy furniture! Professional movers that are insured can safely move your things without breaking anything – and if something breaks, you’re covered.
Friends can be a great help during any move, but all too often friends break items during travel or transport. The result will be anger directed at your friends who (let’s face it) aren’t likely to replace that broken item. Any money spent on a moving company will be money well spent. More often than not, hiring movers is the way to go. Plus, you won’t have anythign to worry about on moving day!
If you are moving to Fort Collins, let us help you out. Or, post a note below if you need any additional information about moving or help during your move – we’re here for you!
Remember going to a fair when you were a kid, winning a goldfish, and then coming home only to find that the fish didn’t last the night? That’s the kind of scenario you’ll want to avoid when moving to a new location. Whether you have a goldfish or a turtle, moving pets in tanks is a whole different thing than move a dog or cat.
Here are out best fish – and other odd animals – moving tips (from your favorite Denver moving company).
Moving Fish Friends
It might seem like a good idea to just move your fish in that safe and secure tank. Don’t do this. You have to move fish in two parts.
1. Move the tank.
2. Move the fish.
If you try to move the fish in the tank, you could wind up with fish that are out of water. Not a good idea! Here’s how to move your fish:
1. Purchase a proper holding container from a pet store.
2. Make sure that your fish are nice and happy in that container.
3. Drain your tank
4. Disassemble the tank completely
For short moves: do not clean your tank or filters. Cleaning these items will ruin the bacteria colony that you have created.
For longer moves: clean everything, and when you arrive at your destination, set up your tank like you did when you first purchased it.
Since most people tend to move longer distances, the rest of this article will focus on moving fish long distance (or other odd animals!). We’ve already established that you have to clean your tank if you are moving far away. What we didn’t establish is that you can’t just throw your fish back in the tank once you are in your new place.
Just like a new tank, you will have to get that bacteria growing again, fix the water situation, and provide a nice home for your fish before they can move back into your tank. This will likely take a week or so to set up. If you have the chance to move your fish and tank prior to moving everything else, you may be able to set up your tank, so that your fish are situated before you move the rest of your home.
Now that we’ve covered fish, let’s talk turtles.
You will first need to purchase a deep container that has air holes in the top the box. Turtles will climb, so that container has to be deep enough to keep your turtles from climbing out of the box.
You will also need:
A spray bottle filled with water
Place the towel at the bottom of the deep box that you have purchased. This will keep your turtle from climbing too much or from shifting around. Place a thermometer inside of the box where you can see it. The temperatue inside of your turtle’s travel box should be around 70 degrees at all times. 65 degrees is a good temperature for a turtle too. Make sure to check the temperature regularly, so that your turtle does not get too hot. If your turtle starts to get too hot, spritz him with some clean water.
Sunbathing Traveling Turtles
Typically, most turtles will be fine in a box for a day or two. But, it’s not a bad idea to provide your turtle with some sunlight if possible. Whatever you do, do not let your turtle out of its box, or you may lose your turtle wherever you stop for sun. Simply place the box out in the sun while you snack on a sandwich. No sun? That’s okay! Your turtle will be fine if you aren’t moving for more than two days.
What happens if your turtle gets sick? This can happen, so make sure to have the phone number of a vet nearby – someone you can call if you need help. If you plan to send your turtle to your new home via airplane, call the airline first to see what you need to provide your turtle with. Most of the time, vet papers and proper shots will do. Surprisingly, turtles move rather well, and most pet turtles will be perfectly fine during travel.
Important note: be sure that you put your turtle in proper water when you arrive at your destination, and feed your turtle in that water too.
Moving Company Help
If you need professional help moving your pets, find out if the home moving companies you are considering handles pets. Some moving companies do not work with pets at all, and some companies are really knowledgeable in this area. Either way, though, both turtles and fish can be safely moved by following a few necessary steps.
If the thought of moving stuff you barely use keeps you up at night, it might be time for a moving sale. Moving sales can provide you with some extra cash (and who couldn’t use that money right before a move?), and a great way to get rid of all those things that you don’t really want (like all of those bad holiday or wedding gifts!). Before you start putting things out on your front lawn, though, take a look at these moving sale basics.
1. Is the price really right? Have you ever been to a yard sale where an old box of linens is priced at more than $200? That price probably seems really outrageous, right? At the same time, you don’t want to price things too low because that would mean missing out on money. So, do your research to find out what the items you want to sell are really worth.
2. Consider having collectibles professionally appraised. If you have a lot of antiques or other collectibles, you may not want to sell those to just anyone. Think about heading to a local antique or collectible dealer, getting things appraised, and seeing if a buyer searching for specific items wants to purchase what you’re selling.
3. Clearly mark prices. There are few things more frustrating than picking up items at a yard sale that have no price. Mark each item with a price, and go ahead and bargain when you feel you need to.
4. Ask for help! You’re great, but let your friends and family members help you out with a moving sale! Moving sales are a lot of work, and you will need all of the help that you can get. Don’t go this one alone!
5. Organize things. Sometimes a yard full of stuff can be great fun to explore, but it makes it a lot simpler if you place similar items together. This way, your buyers can simply look through one section and move to the next – plus, you can direct a shopper to the right area quickly!
6. Read all about it! I’m always shocked when I drive past a massive moving sale just down the street. Who knew? If you spend some time advertising a few days before your sale (or a week or two), you’ll attract more people, and more people mean more money – yay!
7. Get some change! “Sorry! I don’t have any change!” that’s not what buyers want to hear! Most people don’t show up with correct change, and you really don’t want to be digging in your pockets to find a few cents here and there. So, do run to the bank before your sale and make sure that you have enough to go around!
8. Rise and shine! People that like to visit yard sales tend to get up early. So, make sure that you rise with the birds on the day of your sale – and watch out for people that arrive before your sale starts (yes, that will happen!).
9. What about the rest of it? At the end of the day, you will be left with some stuff that didn’t sell. When this happens, you have a few options. You can donate items to a local charity, or you can simply give stuff away. A lot of online sites like Craigs List offer a free section, and that’s a great place to let people know you have stuff that you want to toss.
10. Plan in advance. You don’t want to set up a moving sale a few days before you actually move. Otherwise, you will have a huge mess to clean up! Make sure that your sale happens a few weeks before your move – and you can even have two sales if you plan enough in advance!
A moving sale is a fabulous way to make some extra cash while also getting rid of things that you don’t need. While some people may view this type of sale as stressful, it is a great way to purge your home of things you want to get rid of well before your move. Plus, who couldn’t use that extra cash? You can buy things like new furniture, spend money on a great moving company, or buy a pizza for moving day (hey, you have to give your friends that help you move some kind of a reward, right?). When it comes to moving long distance, moving next-door, or just moving upstairs, call your Fort Collins moving company experts – we’re here to make your move smooth!
Collectibles aren’t worth much if they aren’t in good shape. That’s probably why you’ve kept certain items in boxes and put other items in bubble wrap, right? It’s no wonder, then, that moving your collectibles can cause a good amount of heart-pumping anxiety. When packing up your collectibles for an upcoming move, it’s a great idea to do two things.
1. Hire the best moving company you can find.
2. Follow the tips listed below.
How to Pack Your Collectibles
Whether you’ve collected mini salt and pepper shakers from all over the globe or porcelain cats, there are tried and true ways to pack what matters the most to you.
1. Make sure that everything is packed in its original container. You may not have the original box for some items, but chances are that the manufacturer or artist securely packed certain goods when those items were created. So, placing an item back in its safe and padded box is probably the best way to avoid any breakage.
2. Go with bubble wrap. No original boxes on hand? Few things provide a better padding option than bubble wrap. You can pick up a massive roll of this at your local Costco or Sam’s Club, and you can securely wrap everything that you love. Just make sure that you tape it after you wrap any item.
3. Label all boxes clearly with the word ‘fragile.’ Even the best movers can’t see into boxes (otherwise, they’d be ‘Super-movers!’), so make sure to point this message out.
4. Let your movers know about your collection prior to the move. During an initial consultation and visit, tell your chosen moving company about your collectibles. This way, movers can make a clear note, and they will be sure to handle all of your valuable items very carefully.
5. If you’re moving something that’s extremely fragile and highly valuable, make sure that you secure the item properly – this is especially important when it comes to antiques.
6. Don’t go with contractor truckers. If you found a guy that’s willing to throw your antique cabinet on a flatbed and move it to your new destination for cheap, think twice. Furniture can become heavily damaged if not tended to properly!
7. Additional labels. Let your movers know how and when to load items. You can put all kinds of labels on boxes like ‘load this first,’ ‘do not load’ ‘do not stack,’ and various other directions. It’s kind of like packing tomatoes in a grocery bag – you don’t want to put those items on the bottom!
8. Stamps. If you have thousands of stamps in folders or in boxes, it’s highly recommended that you move those items with you. In short: put your stamps in your car and drive to your new place with your stamps safely on the floor of your car. This tip can also be applied to anything that’s made from paper or really fragile.
9. Perishables. Do you have a lot of vintage wine? Did you know that wine loses its value if it is not stored properly at all times? If you plan to cash in on those bottles at some point in time, speak with your movers about transporting your collection. The best thing to do in this case is to set up your wine storage system in your new home prior to moving. This way, you can move your bottles from your old home to your new home with very little lag time. It’s also important to tell your movers about any other perishables that you have.
10. Let your insurance company know. Appraise and list all of your valuables. Then, call up your insurer to ask if your items are covered. If not, it’s time to add them to the list.
Other Moving Tips
For the most part, you can easily pack up your own collectibles. However, if you aren’t sure how to pack something that’s highly valuable, leave that item for your moving company to pack properly. Professional movers should be able to come into your home with the right equipment, pack up your valuable item securely, and ensure a safe move.
Moving a set of collectibles (or even just one piece) can be nerve-wracking. But, there’s no real need to get completely frazzled if you plan well in advance. Just make sure that your collectibles are packed securely, labeled clearly, and notify your movers of your items. Once all of these steps have been taken, you can sit back and let your movers handle all of the other details.
Questions? Need help? Let us know! As your Fort Collins Colorado movers, we are here to help you out with your move from start to finish, so give us a call today.
When the new year approaches, many people begin to think about moving to another part of the country (or the world!). Moving is something that 232-million people have done since birth (according to a recent United Nations report). Where did all of those people go? And, why do people move? Let’s take a closer look.
Where People Move To
The United Nations estimates that around 45-million people living in the United States were born elsewhere. That makes the U.S. the number one destination for foreigners, which, really, should come as no surprise. The United States is known as the ‘Great Melting Pot’ after all! After the U.S., many people move to Russia. Around 11-million people currently living in Russia were born in other countries. After Russia, other people spots are Western Europe, Canada, and Australia.
With all of those people moving, the world is, truly, a mix of many different people, faces, ethnicities, cultures, and religions. These are all very fascinating numbers if you think about it! So, if you’re preparing to move to another country, and are feeling a bit nervous, don’t worry – you’re far from alone! In fact, moving is a good thing and can open many new doors for you.
But, there’s just one problem with moving overseas or to a new country that’s not too far away (like Canada!): how the heck do you get all of your stuff from the U.S. to that new destination? Do you find residential moving companies in your new home or do you move another way?
Preparing to Move Your Stuff To a New Country
The thought of moving everything you own to a new town can seem too massive to comprehend, let alone moving to a new country! We do have some moving tips for you, though, that will help to make that major transition a lot smoother.
Take a look at these ways to safely move overseas.
1. Cut back! Get rid of as much stuff as you possibly can. The place that you’ve moving to will have all of the basics, and it’s much easier to start from scratch than it is to try and lug a ton of things with you to a new land!
2. Storage options: if you just can’t part with your great-grandmother’s bureau, put it in storage. Sure, you can move it to your new home, but it’s a much better idea to store it for now and consider moving it when you really can’t live without it (like, after you’ve decided that your new spot is where you’ll stay for a long time!).
3. Look into shipping costs. Most moving companies will offer some kind of shipping package for overseas moves. Shipping pieces individually will likely cost more, so make sure to shop around and compare prices.
4. Pre-plan. Moving into a much smaller place? Try and map out the floor plan of your new dwelling first, and then place each item you own on that map. If something doesn’t fit, leave it behind (or have a yard sale and scoop up some extra cash!).
5. Pack carefully. Be sure that fragile items are packed well, and that the moving company you work with can provide you with the right protective coverings for delicate items. Things will get moved and bumped around in transit, so make sure to pack things well.
6. Bring comforting items. The thought of moving to a new country can be exciting. Once you arrive, though, you’ll be glad that you have a few things from home that make you feel comforted. Got an old blanket that you love or a trinket that reminds you of home? Pack it! Leave the other stuff behind.
7. Consider climate. If you’re moving from a really cold climate to a really hot climate, items like musical instruments may not do well in your new home. Set up the right kind of temperature control systems in your new house, or leave those things behind that may become permanently damaged (this is where storage comes in handy!).
A Word On Storage Units
Renting out a storage space is a great way to keep items safe while you move to a new place. However, you really do pay for what you get when it comes to storage facilities. Some storage spots don’t offer any kind of ground flooring inside of storage units, and this can mean all kinds of damage to delicate items like furniture.
Likewise, storage units that aren’t heated or temperature controlled aren’t recommended for storing anything sensitive like musical instruments or items that will become damaged due to extreme hot or cold temperatures. It’s really all about knowing what you’re storing, and finding a storage facility that will take responsibility should your items become ruined. We’ll discuss storage more later on this blog, so make sure to keep reading!
For now, the above moving tips should really help when moving overseas. If you have any additional questions, do be sure and ask us! And, if you’re moving to Fort Collins, CO, we are the company that you’ll want to call!
Making the decision to move to Greeley takes some planning. Greeley by itself is a town that is filled with a lot of agricultural people whose knowledge expands way beyond that of the average person when it comes to farming. Greeley is good at its agriculture for reason. The town is very isolated from a lot of its closest relatives. Hiring movers near Greeley to help you get yourself out there could provide you with more than just the move.
Information is king in today’s society. With the advent of the Internet and the ability to share any and all information with the world, and the ability to access it at the simple click of a mouse, knowledge has never been more accessible. However, there is still something to be said for face-to-face contact with a person who has had experience in an area that you have not. Sure, you could learn the ins and outs of particle physics by simply reading everything online, but there are a lot of experiences people have had with particles that would not be online and are strange occurrences that could be very important. Although that’s a bit of a ways off from moving to Greeley, the application of the concept still remains true. Sometimes face-to-face contact with someone who has that experience in the new town is good as it can provide you with the means to understanding where the closest amenities are so you can feel more at home. That’s really what it comes down to.
There is also the more basic concept of hiring a mover, which is to help you get your stuff in your new place faster. No, this paragraph is in about learning new things about your town, however it will help you to understand who your neighbors are, if you have any, and have a good conversation with a couple of people who do moving for living. The entertainment value they can provide at times is invaluable. After all, once they’ve been doing this for a little bit they will have some pretty funny stories to tell. Be sure to ask them about any stories they may have of people moving as they do love to tell the more entertaining ones. Movers are people too, there just doing their jobs so that you can get yourself all moved in as quickly as possible.
Greeley is a little bit of an isolated town. The closest one to it is going to be Loveland. Granted, Greeley by itself is a pretty large town. Once you have finished up moving, you should really take a drive to Loveland and go see them all that is close and it just down the highway. This will be your best friend whenever you need a friendly reminder that the outside world is not too terribly far away.
Greeley is a good town that has a lot to offer in quite a few areas. Plus when you really think about it, Denver is only about an hour and a half away. So if you really need to make that trip to a place that has absolutely everything you could ever want, including expensive parking, then all you need to do is hop in your car.