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Moving to Montreal? Here are the Best Neighborhoods

Exodus Moving and Storage is a Boulder moving company, but we can also help you move anywhere you want to go — including across borders. A lot of people move to Canada for work and for other purposes, and Montreal tends to draw a lot of new residents annually. Not only is Montreal a great city to live in, many of the neighborhoods are also entirely family-friendly. If you are looking to move to Montreal, and want to know where to look for a home, here are some of the top areas.

  • Outremont: Not only is Outremont one of the most prestigious areas in all of Montreal, it’s also one of the best to raise kids in. Filled with parks, great schools, and many different religious groups, you’ll fit right in if you move to Outremont — though home prices do tend to be higher in this area.
  • Notre Dame de Grace: Known by Montrealers as “NDG,” there are some excellent areas of this neighborhood that you and your kids will love. Plenty of shops and restaurants line the main drag, “Monkland Avenue,” and the area is filled with schools and other fun places for kids too. If you move towards Concordia University’s Loyola Campus, you’ll find a quiet area filled with adorable homes that you’re bound to love.
  • Saint Leonard: This area has a large Italian population, and is filled with quiet homes and quaint streets. There are some good schools in this area too, and housing tends to be affordable.
  • Ahuntsic: The great thing about Ahuntsic is the river the borders this part of town. If you love the outdoors and walking alongside the water, Ahuntsic might be one area that you have overlooked simply because it’s not as urban as some other spots.

Quality of Life

As with any city, if you plan to live in an urban center, you can also expect to pay a high price for a home. In the most popular areas, home prices start around $400,000 — and that will get you a two bedroom home. This is why most Montrealers rent apartments if they want to live amidst the action. If you don’t mind moving to the suburbs, you can find homes at a lower cost, but you’ll still pay for being on the island of Montreal, so you won’t find real rural prices in this city.

There are, however, many new condo developments throughout the city that are worth looking into. Many people choose to purchase new condos, and sell those smaller places to move to a larger home in a better area. Really, though, all of Montreal is safe and family-friendly. The quality of life in this city tends to be decent too, though taxes and the general cost of living is much higher than in other parts of North America. Montrealers pay around 15% sales tax, so take that into consideration when you move!

Getting There

You’ll need to book a long distance moving company like Exodus Moving and Storage in order to move from Boulder or other points in Colorado to Montreal. We’ll make sure that all of your items get to your new home safely, and all you have to do is get yourself and your family there! Keep in mind that July is the biggest moving time for the entire city, so it’s best to move before or after that date if you can.

If you’re looking for a moving company in Fort Collins to help you move to Montreal, contact Exodus Moving and Storage today. We’ll be happy to set you up with a free rate estimate!

The 10 Most Expensive Places to Live

As a full service Boulder moving company, we can help you move anywhere — even to one of the most expensive cities in the world. While the cost of living in these cities is pretty high, there might be some reasons why you’d want know how to plan a more there, and we can help. What are the most expensive cities, you ask? Well, Forbes has just published an article titled ‘The Most Expensive Cities in the World,’ and here are some of the choices from that list.

  • Luanda, Angola
  • N’Djamena, Chad
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Shanghai, China

What’s the Deal With Switzerland?

Switzerland is listed three times above, but why is Switzerland so expensive? The cost of living is high in Switzerland, that’s for sure. However, most Swiss workers bring home around the equivalent of $5,000 per month, and that’s an average to low salary. So, really, Switzerland is just an expensive place to visit. If you’re planning to move to Switzerland, and you have a job lined up, you should be fine with the high rents and high costs of everyday things, since your salary should be in line with the overall cost of living in Switzerland.

The Most Expensive Places to Visit

Let’s say that you’re moving to Thornton, CO, but directly after your move you decide that you need to take a vacation (and why not?). If you are planning to travel on a budget, here are the places that you may not want to visit, or only visit for a day, since they are the most expensive towns and cities for travelers to check out.

  • Zurich, Switzerland (there’s Switzerland again!)
  • London, England
  • New York City, New York
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hong Kong

If you do plan to visit any of those cities, make sure to budget in advance — a beer at a pub could cost you more than $9 in some cities! If you’re moving to Colorado, you’ll have a much easier time affording basic things in this state that you would if you move to, say, Singapore or London. Still, it’s nice to visit some expensive cities, just make sure that you don’t stay too long, or you could wind up completely broke!

Most of the cities in this article are expensive due to high taxes, but the people that live in those cities tend to make comparative salaries. The only exceptions to this rule might be London and NYC where people often struggle to make ends meet. So, why do people live in expensive cities that they can’t really afford? It’s all about the city itself.

Some cities are just magical and full of history, and that’s hard to replace or ignore. In other cases, some cities offer job opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere, even if those job vacancies are scarce. Whatever the reason might be, once you’ve found a city that you love, it’s hard to live anywhere else — regardless of the cost!

Moving Advice and Help

If you are planning a move and need help with how to plan a move or with anything else that involves your upcoming move, take a look around this blog for information and ideas. Of course, if you need to hire movers, contact Exodus Moving and Storage today. We offer complete moving services from start to finish, and we even have storage space available — call today for a free quote. Have you ever lived in one of the cities on this list? Where is the most expensive place that you’ve ever called home? Let us know on Facebook!

How to Pack for a Move

Before you call your Boulder moving company, you’ll want to start packing the things that you own to prepare for your upcoming move. Packing can be tricky, but packing the right way can make moving and unpacking a whole lot simpler.

Room by Room

In order to avoid overwhelming yourself with too many things and too many boxes at once, begin packing for a move starting with one room. Choose the room that you use the least, and work your way towards the rooms that you use the most. For example, you may want to begin with storage closets, and pack up your kitchen items last.

Label Each Box

One of the biggest mistakes that most people make while moving is not labeling each box. Write down the name of the room where the box will go, so that your Loveland movers know exactly where to place each box once they arrive at your new home. Having boxes placed in the right room makes it a lot simpler to unpack and put stuff away.

Keep Things Together

Most of us have pictures on walls and things like screws that go into bed frames. Removing the photos from your walls, and taping the nails used to hang those photos to the actual frame will save you a lot of time and effort when you arrive at your new home. The same goes for anything like a bed frame – tape screws and other hardware to the frame, so that you aren’t looking endlessly for those items once you arrive in your new home.

Take Care When Packing

Fragile items should be packed in tissue, paper towels, or bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Once wrapped, those items should be placed in a box marked “fragile,” so that your movers know how to handle the box.

Move Clothes Together

Hanging clothes can be moved in a bunch. Instead of removing items from hangers, folding, and packing those things in boxes, simply leave the items on the hangers and wrap them all together using plastic wrap. This way, the hangers will remain on the clothes, and you can simply hang them up in a closet once you arrive at your new home — no messing around with unfolding and hanging!

Consider a Cleaning Crew

You’ll want your new home to be nice and clean when you move in, and this may require some professional hands. Think about calling a cleaning crew to thoroughly clean your new place before you move in — and to clean your old place once you move out. Enlisting the help of professional cleaners can save you a lot of time.

Hire the Right Moving Team

The right moving company will make your move simple, while the wrong moving company could simply complicate matters. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’ve been in the moving business for many years, and we know what it takes to get you where you need to go without any effort — you can leave it all up to us! We can provide you with full services too including packing and unpacking, so all you have to do is show up.

Contact us for rate estimates. If you need somewhere to store items that won’t fit into your new home, we can help you there too. We have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, and we’re more than happy to provide you with those storage rates — just ask. When it comes to packing for a move, the key is to remain patient, take your time, and start packing months in advance. This way, you can properly prepare for your move without worrying about whether or not you have the time to get everything done.

What Is White Glove Moving?

You may have come across a Boulder moving company or two advertising White Glove Service. If you’re wondering what this kind of service involves, or whether or not you need it, we’ve taken a few moments to break down the service as much as possible, so that you can decide if white glove is for you.

What’s Included

National moving companies may vary when it comes to what white glove service includes, but typically the following services can be expected:

  • The removal and installation of furniture in addition to moving each piece to your new location
  • Packing and unpacking of boxes
  • Exact placement of furniture after assembly
  • Expert movers available from doorstep to doorstep

The Point of White Glove Service

When it comes to white glove, there really shouldn’t be anything that you need movers to do that isn’t already taken care of. The point of this type of service is to make sure that your moving needs are met from A to Z, so that all you have to do is start living in your new spot. White glove isn’t necessarily for everyone that has to move, but it does come in handy in some situations.

When to Use White Glove

Anyone can opt for this kind of service, but the following reasons to use white service are particularly helpful.

  • If you are moving valuable antiques
  • If you have items that are very heavy and very hard to move in, out, or around your house
  • If you need help assembling any items
  • If you aren’t sure how to arrange furniture in your new home (some white glove movers can also offer you decorating advice, but this depends on the company you hire).

The other reason to consider white glove service is if you are moving an office space, and you do not have the time to connect all electronics, set up furniture, and move everything. White glove service can really save when it comes to your time, which is always the most valuable thing during any move!

Our White Glove Service

At Exodus, it’s our goal to make moving as seamless as possible. We offer full services from packing to unpacking, and we can also arrange and assemble any furniture that you have. If you are looking for a moving company in Fort Collins, we are more than happy to let you know what our services and rates are.

If you do not have the time to pack or assemble, have antiques or office furniture to move, or just want someone to take care of everything that you need to have done, white glove service is the best option for you. If you’d rather just have some help moving boxes that you’ve already packed, we can do that too. The point of any move is to make it easier, so that you can get to where you need to go without any kind of hassle.

In Advance

If you are moving antiques or furniture to another country, let us know when you plan to make that move. We can ship anything that you have overseas, and we can also help you pack for the big trip. When you have professional movers on your side, moving becomes the easiest thing to do — just ask any of our happy clients.

Call Exodus today for a free quote, or to ask us what our full services include. If you have something to move that you need specific help with, we can assist you with those items too. You can also find us on Facebook for additional details and information.

Winter Weather Moving Tips

The holidays are fast approaching, which goes hand in hand with something else here in Colorado: winter weather. The snow, the ice, the frigid temperatures – either you love it or you hate it. There is plenty to do outside in the winter, but it’s not for everyone. Some prefer snuggling up by the fire, hot cocoa in hand, watching the flakes fall where it is warm and cozy.

There aren’t many, if any, people that will tell you the thing they love doing most in the winter is hiring a Boulder moving company and moving. It’s the reason the winter is a slow season for national moving companies in general. Economically, moving in the winter is the best decision you could make! If you must pack up and move in the middle of the winter, here are some tips so that you don’t lose your mind.

Safety first.

Winter weather can often mean slippery conditions. Whether snow or ice, one tiny mistake can lead to a big fall. Before Parker movers show up to load up your belongings on the truck, be sure you spend time making the driveway, side walk, and entry to your home clear of snow and ice. It’s definitely something the movers will appreciate, and so will you. For those stubborn areas of ice you just can’t seem to break up, you’ll want to turn to salt or other ice melting products. Give the product an ample amount of time to break up that stubborn ice, and apply more if the ice doesn’t melt quickly.

Are you going it alone, sans movers? Not only will keeping walks clear of snow and ice help you immensely, so will making sure your vehicle is up to par when it comes to handling the slippery conditions. You’re going to be driving with a heavy load, which actually works in your favor, weighing down the back of the truck or van. However, if there are hills along your route, you’ll want to ensure you have a great set of snow tires along with chains, a shovel, and some sand or kitty litter just in case. Kitty litter? What’s that good for, anyway? Well, if you get stuck, sprinkling a bit of kitty litter on the slippery patch just in front of or behind your tire can give you the traction you need to get unstuck!

Look to the pros.

Most people feel downright depressed thinking about the fact they have to move in the middle of the winter. That’s why choosing a Boulder moving company is the perfect decision. The pros are used to the challenges winter weather can bring to a move. If you decide to go it alone and rent a moving truck, you risk serious injury.

Even if you make it through the packing of the truck unscathed, now you have to negotiate this big rental moving truck through unfamiliar neighborhoods in the snow. If you think it’s tough to pull your sedan out of a slide, imagine doing that with a box truck! Your professional moving company is seasoned pros when it comes to driving that truck in any weather.

Be prepared.

We’ve mentioned the all-important ‘Essentials Box’ a time or two here on the blog. In case you didn’t know, the Essentials Box is the last box to get packed up and put on the truck, full of many things you will need first in your new home (think toilet paper, nails and tacks, cleaning supplies, etc.) In the winter, you should also be sure you load up the shovels, salt, and other snow removal essentials last. This way, when you get to your new home, you can be sure the walkways are safe to carry boxes across.

Be conscious of what you’re packing in the truck.

Certain things just won’t make it to your destination in frigid temps. Things like glass bottles full of liquid might freeze and break, especially if this is a long distance move. Be sure that those items susceptible to colder temps are packed up in your temperature-controlled car to avoid any damage. Wrap your electronics with blankets as well to ensure they survive the move just fine. Allow these items to come to room temperature before using them.

Plan ahead.

Before you chose your new home, you spent a lot of time researching – the neighborhood, the schools, things to do, property taxes – so why would your move be any different? Be sure to watch the weather forecast, being prepared to change plans if a big storm is predicted. If changing plans just isn’t in the cards, don’t sweat it – your moving company can handle it. Just be sure to monitor walkway conditions and keep it as clear as possible for them.

While moving is tough any time of year, it is especially so in the winter. Follow these tips to ensure the entire process is as smooth and painless as possible.

Single Mom Moving: Helpful Tips 

If you’re starting over as a single mom, moving to a new location might present a challenge. Not only do you have to find a new place that’s affordable on one salary, you also have to pack everything up by yourself and get it where it needs to go (or you could just hire a Boulder moving company to pack and move for you!). We know that moving as a single mom is hard, so here are some tips from Exodus, your Boulder moving company.

  • Begin your move early. Start looking for a place, figuring out finances, and planning everything else well in advance of the actual move date. Chances are that you know when you are going to move, so take a few weeks ahead of that date to find the perfect place.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. If your closets are bursting at the seams, make sure to go through each item, determine whether or not you need all of those things, and toss what you no longer need. This way, you won’t have to pack so much, and there will be less for your Boulder moving company to move.
  • Get help. Either hire a moving company in Denver, or ask some friends and family members to help you move to your new place. With kids, pets, and other things in tow, it makes sense to hire a moving company in Denver to help you out – trying to take on too much is simply exhausting!
  • Try and organize your schedule and other things. If you actually write everything down on paper, you will find that getting through everything you need to do is a lot simpler. From the moment that you decide to move, buy a calendar and start making down things that you need to get done before the move. Then, stick to this list and the dates that you have set. Sometimes, a bit of organization goes a really long way.

When You Arrive

On the day that you arrive at your new place, try not to wait to unpack your boxes. You may not get it all done in one day, but unpacking as soon as possible is the best way to make sure that everything is in its new home quickly. Plus, the sooner you have spots for all of your things, the faster you will get used to the new layout of your home.

As far as your kids go, if they are old enough to unpack their own things, you can easily turn moving day into a fun day filled with packing games and unpacking games. If you ask the moving company in Denver that you hire to place the boxes in the right rooms, unpacking should be a lot simpler. Unpacking quickly is one of the best ways to explore your new place, and to see what you do have and what you need to buy.

Planning Your Move

Aside from finding the perfect spot, informing the kids, changing things like schools and doctors, and actually moving to your new place, there’s a lot that goes into moving day. The whole process can be a lot simpler with a moving company like Exodus on your side. Plus, we also have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can store anything that doesn’t fit in your home right now. Contact us today for a free moving quote, and we’ll be happy to let you know how quickly we can move you and your family to a new home.

Moving as a single mom isn’t always simple, but we can help make the process simpler. Follow the steps above, and ask us if you need any help when it comes to moving.

Moving Your Business? Think About Hiring Freelancers

If you’re in the process of moving your company, there’s a lot to do in order to make sure that your office looks just as good in the new place as it did in the old one. But some things about your office can change, and those things might just benefit your company as a whole in the long run. One of the shifts that many business owners go through when moving a business is the hiring of new employees.

Chances are that if you’re moving long distance or even a short distance, some of your existing employees may not want to make that move with you. This means that you have to hire new people, but instead of going the same route to hire in-office employees, consider the benefits of hiring freelancers.

When A Move Is Necessary

A lot of companies move in order to downsize. If the office space that you’re renting has become too expensive or there’s just not enough room, you’ll have to figure out a way to move, save money, and possibly cut back on expenses if your company isn’t doing too well at the moment. A freelancer can give you that flexibility. While a freelancer can still be on the payroll, these people do not have to occupy physical office space, so you can rent out a smaller office.

The Cost Benefits

The real benefit to hiring a freelancer is that you will save money in doing so. How? A freelancer doesn’t have to be part of your company insurance plan, and you don’t have to include this person in the same payment plan either. Often, freelancers have set contract rates, and these can be much lower than hiring a person with a full-time salary.

When to Look for a Freelancer

Freelancers have more flexibility than full-time employees, so hiring freelancers when you need an extra hand makes good sense. It also pays to have a lineup of reliable freelancers that you can call whenever you need some additional help on hand – so treat the freelancers that you do hire right.

It also pays to hire a freelancer when you don’t have anyone on staff that can complete a specific project or do something as well as the freelancer you have in mind. That said, though, it’s always important to hire the right person for the job – and never hire anyone based on their geographic location! With so many ways to communicate with anyone in the world, there’s really no need to restrict yourself to one area when it comes to hiring the best expert for the job.

Moving Long Distance for Work

If you are looking into moving long distance because the company you work for is moving, consider branching out and becoming a freelancer – as you can see, there are two sides to this coin! If you happen to be moving to Boulder, and you are searching for a Boulder moving company, be sure to call the team at Exodus Moving and Storage. We know how important getting your things packed, moved, and to your new location on time is, which is why we pride ourselves on being one of the top picks for a Boulder moving company available.

While you decide on a move, consider the possibility of moving your staff around as well by incorporating some freelancers into the mix. Even though the traditional office was once made up of in-house workers, all of that has changed with technology, and now the best of both worlds is within your reach.

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

If you’re moving to Fort Collins to attend college, you’ve probably heard of the legendary “Freshman 15.” The sad truth is that those fifteen pounds are very real, and you will probably gain a bit of weight when you do move into your dorm room for the first time. But, there are some ways to avoid gaining those fifteen pounds too. Here are a few tips to live by before moving to Fort Collins!

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Freshman CC Photo Courtesy of University of Central Arkansas

1. Use the free gym. Most schools have a free gym that’s available to all students, and most Freshman never go to that gym! But, making sure that you workout three to four times per week will help you keep those pounds down – and you never know who you’ll meet while running on the treadmill!

2. Sign up for a class in town. Moving to Fort Collins means having a ton of different exercise and yoga class options at your fingertips. Get a membership at a class in town, and spend some time mellowing out while exercising.

3. Skip the late night eats. This one will be really hard to do because it’s fairly unavoidable to skip going for late night food – your friends will want to do it, and so will you. Late night munchies are a right of any college student, but try and make some healthier choice (no, pizza and chicken fingers aren’t a healthy choice!).

4. Stick with drinks that are low in calories, and don’t consume a ton of those low-calorie drinks. Beer probably isn’t the best thing to drink if you’re watching your weight, so find out what is.

5. Try to eat whole and real foods whenever you can. Eating at the dining hall means eating a lot of processed food. Look for vegetable sticks, hit up that salad bar (skip the dressing), and stock up on protein bars that you can use as meal replacers.

6. Get a blender and a freezer. Sometimes, all you really need is a healthy smoothie or protein shake. A blender and a freezer will do the trick.

7. Learn to run. Grab your phone, an armband, and your running shoes, and hit the roads around your school. Just going for a few runs per week will help you keep those pounds off.

8. Stay active. If you were active in high school, stay active by joining a team at your college – even if it’s not a really good team or an official team, you can still join and run around a bit.

9. Be conscious of what you’re consuming. If you plan to go out at night, eat lighter meals during the day, hit the gym, and get in a run.

10. Get enough sleep. Did you know that not sleeping enough can contribute to weight gain? It might be hard to get enough sleep when your schedule is so packed, but try and get your beauty rest every night – your body will thank you.

Help From Your Boulder Moving Company

Another thing that can contribute to weight gain is stress. Your classes and social life will be stressful enough, so don’t add in a difficult move on top of that stress. If you need help bringing anything from your old home to your new dorm room, call us today. As a Boulder moving company, we can help you move anything you have to your new college campus.

You can also follow us on Facebook for more tips from your Boulder moving company – we look forward to being social with you!

Why Getting Up and Moving Is Important

It has long been known that living a sedentary lifestyle can put people at a greater risk for Type II Diabetes and for developing heart disease. But, moving throughout the day is also important for your mental well-being. Staying confined to a desk or sitting down all day long is hard on your body.

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Yoga CC Photo Courtesy of Taro Taylor

While we typically focus on moving things like boxes as your Boulder movers, Exodus Moving and Storage is all about your well-being in all aspects of life, so here are a few different kinds of moving tips for you to check out!

How to Move At Work

Many workplaces are a lot better than they were in past years where exercise is concerned. Some offices provide employees with desks that can be raised (so that employees can stand up while working), and other offices give employees discounts on neighborhood gyms and exercise programs. But if you happen to work in a place that doesn’t do any of these things, you can still make an effort to move during the day while you are at work.

1. Stand up and stretch in all directions: bend down and touch your toes, reach for the sky, do a few air squats, and move your arms all around – sure, people might look at you funny at first, but we’re betting your colleagues soon join in the fun.

2. Go outside during your lunch break. Many of us have formed the bad habit of eating at our desks. While it might seem like eating lunch at your desk is the best and fastest way to get through that stack of work, the truth is that getting up and walking around outside will help you generate a creative spark much better and faster than sitting at a desk all day.

3. Make your break time exercise time. Bring running shoes to your office, and go for a run or walk during any break that you have. All it take is fifteen minutes of fresh air and sunshine to feel better and gain energy.

4. Start a sports program at work. Company teams are a lot of fun, so why not start one?

5. Try squatting at your desk instead of sitting in a chair. Take ten minutes, remove your chair, and just sit in a squat – your quadraceps will thank you, and your whole core will feel tighter as a result.

Why Moving Matters

Humans weren’t meant to sit at desks all day (really!), and our bodies can take a real beating when we are forced to sit down all day and stare at a screen. Not only does a sedentary lifestyle lead to things like high blood pressure and diabetes, but your muscles can start to cramp up and your mind can become fatigued just by sitting down all day long. It can be hard to get used to moving regularly at first (if you aren’t used to it), but five to ten minutes per day is all it takes. Once you get into moving on a regular basis, you’ll crave those minutes!

If you need help moving things like furniture and boxes, that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage can really lend a hand. Our Boulder movers will get your stuff where it needs to go quickly and expertly, and you can count on our Boulder moving company to be there when you expect us. Call our team of Boulder movers today for a quote or additional information, and see why our Boulder moving company is loved by all of our clients.

You can also find Exodus Moving and Storage on Facebook – we look forward to connecting with you there too. In the meantime, get up and move!

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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