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Top Fort Collins Museums

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Exodus Moving and Storage has unloaded the last of the boxes from the truck and pulled out of your driveway, and you’ve been hard at work unpacking all week (even if you aren’t moving long distance!). The kids are getting restless, your spouse is getting cranky, and you just want to take a break from it all. What better way than checking out the museums your new town has to offer?

If you’re new to the area, you might not know that you don’t have to leave town to have a little fun at a museum for the day. Here are a couple of great places to visit for young and old alike, right in your own backyard!

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

This is fun for the entire family, packing a bonus educational punch. There is so much to do and see here, you should probably plan to dedicate the day so you don’t miss an exhibit! Melding science and history, the exhibits offered at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will teach you about the world around you and your impact upon it, and how things work the way that they do. You can wander the gallery, or head right for the hands-on fun at the Schatz Family Exploration Zone where you learn science by doing. Learn all sorts of concepts such as air, light, motion, and color, just to name a few.

The main gallery alone is 16,000 square-feet in size, offering many different hands-on activities to engage the inquisitive alongside various artifacts and fossils. The floor plan was designed to be open and airy, and also to show how everything contained within is interconnected. While wandering, you’ll be able to see things like the fossil wall, which features fossils of the plants and animals indigenous to the Fort Collins area during prehistoric times. That is located directly across from the regional biodiversity wall, displaying plants and animals of today, seeing exactly how things have evolved.

You’ll learn about the very first people to live in our area, well before settlers came and claimed the land as their own. These people lived at least 13,000 years ago, leaving many artifacts that have been discovered by archaeologists. You’ll even learn about the Lindenmeier archaeological site, where most of these artifacts have been discovered, and what we’ve learned about the people who left them behind just by studying the artifact itself.

Learn a bit about Fort Collins in the People on the Move exhibit, discussing the town’s history from 1864, when it was founded, through today. Did you know that this town was originally founded as a military camp? You’ll see how people traveled here back then, why they came, and how they made Fort Collins into the city we know and love today. The Food, Forage, and Farm exhibit shows you how we adapted to the conditions of the land here in order to thrive.

If music is more your speed, check out the Music & Sound Lab. You’ll learn about the science of sound itself, as well as how your iPod works, history of music in Fort Collins, and experience it first hand by playing instruments like guitars, drums, keyboards, marimbas, and much more.

There are many special events, so head to its website for information regarding programs, and to see what’s playing at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.

Fort Collins Museum of Art

 This gem of an art museum features exhibits as diverse as our town itself. You’ll find many events going on that enrich you culturally, as well as numerous educational programs for all ages. You can see what the local art scene is all about as well, as there are numerous local artists featured there.

Its galleries feature rotating art exhibitions, so be sure to check to see when your favorite artist will be showcased whether it’s a local artist or an internationally renowned artist. Its website lists not only the current exhibits, but also upcoming so that you can plan ahead.

Are you an artist yourself? You might like the museum’s Masks event. Each year, close to 200 artists and members of the community create their own masterpieces on ceramic masks, which are then displayed in an exhibit followed by a silent auction at the museum. For more information on this fun event, head to the museum’s website.

Check their calendar for a listing of talks and classes. They sponsor events such as First Friday, where every gallery in historic downtown Fort Collins remains open until 9:00 pm.

Choose Exodus

Exodus Moving and Storage is hoping you’ll pay a visit to these great museums right here in Fort Collins. Just because you’re in the middle of unpacking your belongings, it doesn’t mean you can’t stop to have a little fun.

If you’re looking to relocate to the Fort Collins area, we know you’ll love these museums. We also know that Exodus Moving and Storage is the perfect choice to safely and efficiently get your belongings from point A to point B whether you’re moving long distance or locally without having to lift a finger. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting, while you’re left to explore your new surroundings! Call Exodus Moving and Storage today!

Which museums are you most excited to visit?

Father’s Day In Denver: Top Things to Do

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. Between now and then, you should be thinking of some epic events that you and your dad can enjoy together. If you’ve just moved to Fort Collins of Denver, you’re in luck! Exodus Moving and Storage has gathered up all of the best Father’s Day events in the Denver area for you to check out – we guarantee that your dad is going to love going to any one of these things.

1. Take me out to the ballgame! Or, rather, take your dad out to the Rockies vs. Braves game on June 12th. I can’t think of a better way to kick back and enjoy your pop than to spend the day at the ballgame together, can you?

2. Food for all. On the weekend of Father’s Day, a lot of restaurants in the Denver area will be celebrating dads by offering special deals. Check out Fleming’s Steakhouse for a great steak and a great Father’s Day offer, or look at some local coffee shops for special Father’s Day treats – you’ll find lots of those in Denver!

3. The ‘Sweet Dip’ Pool Party. The Colorado Athletic Club in Denver is hosting a pool party for all dads. If it’s hot that day, why not stop by and enjoy a splash or two?

4. A show at the ‘Pump and Dump.  This year, the Pump and Dump is putting on a special Father’s Day show for all dads. If your dad likes to laugh, this might be the place to go.

5. A nice round of golf. Why not grab your clubs, your dad, and your best game and head out to a local golf club for a round or two (follow it up with some cool drinks at the club!).

Other Great Ideas

  • If you have the OpenTable app installed on your phone (and you really should!), check out some of the Father’s Day deals happening at local restaurants. A lot of different spots are offering some amazing deals for Father’s Day that are hard to pass up.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is free for all fathers on Father’s Day. Why not head over to that park to see the amazing suspension bridge? If the weather is nice, it will be the perfect day to hang out!
  • City Park Jazz: this even happens a bit after Father’s Day, but you can still plan it in advance as s tribute to dad. City Park Jazz is offering a free summer concert series starting on June 19th at 6pm. Bring a picnic lunch and hang out with dad while listening to some jazz.

Just Moved Here? 

If you have just moved to the Denver area, you will love all of the free and fun things that you can do with your dad in this beautiful city. If you are in the process of moving to Denver, why not book a table at a local restaurant or find some other activity to book before you move? This way, you can relax during your move knowing that your dad will be taken care of for Father’s Day. In addition to going somewhere fun for Father’s Day, consider buying your dad a small gift – dads like gifts too!

If you are moving to Denver of Fort Collins and you haven’t worked out those moving details yet, let Exodus Moving and Storage (your Fort Collins Colorado movers) help you. We are a full service moving company offering you the best rates and the best professional moving help. We also know that sometimes you can’t bring everything with you. Exodus Moving and Storage also has rental storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins. If you need to store some stuff, call your Fort Collins Colorado movers to find out the sizes that we offer in the way of rental spaces, and to hear about our rates.

This Father’s Day, make sure that you do something great with your dad – you only have one! What do you plan to do in Denver for Father’s Day this year? Have we missed any major events that are happening? Let us know below!

A Guide To Choosing The Right Paint Color

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Whether you’ve just purchased your first house, or were thinking of redecorating your current residence, there is one common problem – which color to choose. And for good reason! Color is important, but not for the reasons you’re thinking.

Have you ever noticed that certain colors turn you off entirely? That is because seeing certain colors has a psychological effect on us. People who work to market new products and design the packaging already know this. We’re more likely to purchase the product with an aesthetically pleasing package design, and color plays a very large role in that. It’s the same in your home – you don’t want to feel uncomfortable in your living room!

Here are some great tips from Exodus Moving and Storage to help you choose the perfect color for one, or all, of your rooms.

  1. Look into color psychology. In keeping with the psychological effect of color on our mood, spend some time researching to determine which colors would be best for the room you are painting. There are certain colors that relax us – perfect for bedrooms or reading areas. Some colors lend themselves to gathering places like dining rooms, getting people in the mood to socialize. The children’s playroom can be just as vibrant and playful as the kids themselves, while their bedrooms should probably be more conducive to sleep. If you opt for those bright, fun colors for their bedroom, you might find they just don’t get as much sleep as they should.
  2. Baby steps. Rather than starting your transformation in a large room, choose to overhaul a small room, such as your bathroom or a walk-in closet, first. You’ll get used to applying paint properly without leaving drips or paintbrush lines before you tackle the big walls.
  3. Be inspired by your surroundings. Sometimes, it’s as easy as taking a look around. If you want to paint your living room but aren’t sure which color to go with, look at the décor in the room around you. Maybe blue is the focal color in the room, but there have to be complementary colors in there somewhere, whether in one of your pictures on the wall, the accent rug on the floor, or even a prized knick knack. Paint your walls one of these accent colors for an instant room makeover, or choose a lighter tone of blue if you just can’t decide. The décor of a room is an excellent starting point for choosing your paint color.
  4. It’s all about the lighting. The room isn’t always going to be lit by natural sunlight. For this reason, most paint stores will provide light boxes in order to see paint colors in different lighting conditions. This is important, as the different types of lighting will affect what the color looks like on the wall. If you have fluorescent lighting, a blue tone will be cast, while incandescent lighting provides warm and yellowish tones. This is especially helpful if you plan to choose accent colors – that bright color might not look great right next to the window, but it might be just the color for your accent wall that receives indirect light. 
  5. Give it a test run. Most paint stores will offer you a sample so that you can give it a try before you commit to a multitude of paint cans. In this way, you can try out those bold colors to see just what they’ll look like inside your space.
  6. Know the lingo. You might hear some words describing paint colors that you aren’t sure about. Before you head to store and get all confused by them, let’s discuss what they mean. Hue simply means color. So a red hue is any paint that looks red in color. When you’re talking about how light or dark that hue is, you’re talking about the value. When you hear the term ‘saturation,’ it is describing just how strong the hue is in that color – light blue is less saturated with the blue hue than a darker blue. Similarly, the intensity of the color is how brilliant it is. The more intense the color, the more dominant the hue is.
  7. Look to the color wheel. It’s more than just a tool for artists. The color wheel can help you discover color combinations you never would have considered before, as well as demonstrate color temperature. For example, colors that are opposite each other on the wheel demonstrate the most intensity when they are used together.
  8. Consider texture. If you’re looking for that extra boost of interest, look to different finishes to add a level of depth not possible with just a simple can of paint. Some options include finishes and glazes that feature copper, bronze, mica, and even silver and gold.
  9. Keep it flowing. Another consideration is how the room looks from another room. Be sure that the color you choose isn’t going to look garish when viewed from an adjacent room of another color. Although they don’t have to match, it should all work together nicely.
  10. Change up the finish. There are numerous finishes you can choose ranging from matte to glossy that can add interest if you mix it up. This is great for those rooms that don’t have a ton of wall space because of many windows and doorways.
  11. Using architectural elements to your advantage. For example, if your home features wainscot, a dark wainscot below a bright wall will focus the eye on the upper walls, while a bright wainscot on a colored wall will direct attention to the wainscot.
  12. Don’t forget the ceiling. Who says the ceiling has to be white? A lighter color will achieve the same effect of making the room feel more airy. As long as the color you choose complements the wall color, anything goes! In fact, if you choose the lighter shade of the hue of your walls, it will make the room appear bigger. To enhance the intimacy of a room, consider giving the effect the ceiling is lower by choosing a darker color.

While Exodus Moving and Storage can’t help you decide on a paint color or provide help painting your walls, we can help to make sure those freshly painted walls aren’t scuffed up or damaged while your belongings are being moved in – ask us for a moving estimate. We are experts, and pride ourselves on caring for not only your things, but your new home as well. Contact Exodus Moving and Storage today for a moving estimate.

How to Find Office Space Deals

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Setting up an office space isn’t cheap. One of the biggest expenses is renting out the space that will become the future home of your business. Thankfully, there are some excellent commercial real estate tips that you can use to get a better deal on that dream office space. Here’s what we’ve compiled for you.

1. Considering sharing office space: if you have your sights set on a massive office space that you really want to rent (but can’t afford the whole rent), here’s what you do:

Make sure that you have enough cash to cover one year of rent. Put out a ‘shared office space available’ ad. Find another business to share your office space with.

Sharing an office space isn’t unheard of, and it’s a great way to get the space you’ve always wanted without paying full price. But, do make sure that you have enough funds to cover one year of rent – just in case you can’t find someone to share your space right away.

2. Look for sublets: in our last post about moving your office, we talked about understanding your lease. Those that didn’t take the time to read through a lease completely may now be subletting office space. Ask your real estate agent if there are any sublet spaces for rent in your area.

3. Downsize: sure, a massive office with ceiling-high windows looks great, but do you really need that much space? A lot of businesses start off with much less space and make it big. Think about how much you really need – maybe that 600 square foot space isn’t so bad after all.

4. Consider outsourcing: maybe you can outsource a job or two. A ton of competent people work from home offices, and that means less space that you’ll have to create. Another idea is to allow some of your employees to work from home on certain days, so that you can share desk or floor space.

5. Look for towns seeking companies: a lot of town and cities want businesses to set up shop. Sometimes, you can get great discounts just for moving to a town or city that needs new business.

6. Don’t overlook odd spaces: okay, so that cheap rental space was once a car wash. Can you make it work? If you can get the space at a really good rate, think about what a great decorator and some paint can do. Many startups (like Apple) were built on much less.

7. Think about part-time space: some companies don’t need to rent out an office space full-time. Is there a company that you can work out a schedule with? Think along the lines of a timeshare here.

Creativity Helps

Some business owners take a designer along to look at office spaces. Why? It takes a lot of imagination to think about a space in creative terms. If you aren’t the imaginative type, that’s okay. Hire someone to look at spaces with you, give an opinion on the space (can it be transformed?), and offer up some helpful design tips. Maybe you can turn a really ugly space into something amazing – and cheap.

While all businesses would love to have an office out of Mad Men, the likelihood of that happening isn’t so huge at the start of a new business. As profits grow, you can weigh the pros and cons of spending more on office space, but you can really turn any small space into a great office space with just a bit of creativity. Keep your eye on the price of a space before negating a space due to the way that it looks. That’s the key to finding an office space on the cheap.

Getting Ready to Move

When you do find the best space for your business, you’ll need some help setting it all up. That’s where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. We offer full service moving solutions for all of your office moving needs. We also have ample storage space in both Fort Collins and in Denver, so you can store anything that you can’t move. If you need help packing, we can do that too.

As soon as you see the right office space, you’ll know it – it’s kind of like walking into a home that you just know you are going to love! Keep the above tips in mind, and give us a call for a free moving estimates or storage rental space prices.

Real Tips for Living on a Budget

The word ‘budget’ can be a little scary, but living on a budget really doesn’t have to be a negative thing. In fact, the more that you learn to budget when it comes to every day life, the more money you will actually have to spend when you want or need something important. Most of us don’t really need to spend the money that we do spend daily, so cutting back won’t hurt that much when you learn to minimize. That said, there are some very handy tips for living on a budget that anyone looking to cut back can use.

Take a look and save some cash!

Budget Jar

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1. Learn to mend and sew.

What do you do when a pair of pants loses a zipper or a button? If you toss those garments aside and buy new ones, you’re probably spending a lot of money. Instead of throwing stuff away, pick up a sewing kit. Most repairs can be done by hand and don’t take a lot of time. If you have the space, set up a small sewing room complete with a sewing machine, and you may find yourself turning old clothes into new creations.

2. Go outside.

Given the fact that Colorado has so many awesome outdoor areas and parks, there’s really no reason not to go outside more often –plus, parks (most of them) are free. Why not invite your friends to a picnic at a park instead of going out to dinner?

3. Scour the news for free museum day.

If you stay on top of local news, you’ll find all kinds of fun and free things to do around town. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun. You can even just wander around parts of town that you’ve never spent time in before and explore – completely free and lots of fun.

4. Swap clothes.

If you have a few friends that like to swap clothes too, you can set up a monthly or bi-monthly swap. Give your friends some of the things that you no longer want, and you can take some of the stuff that your friends are giving away. You’ll have new clothes to wear, and you’ll also be contributing to the recycling movement.

5. Learn more.

You may have to spend money to do this one initially, but think about taking some classes to become an expert instead of paying an expert. Want to do yoga but don’t want to pay for a class? Take a yoga teacher’s training course. Looking to perform your own pedicure? Learn how to do a professional pedicure. You can save lots of money by not hiring people to do thigns for you.

6. Learn to love cooking.

If you don’t love to cook already, you can learn to love cooking by picking up interesting ingredients, making great dinners, and enjoying putting things together. By cooking at home more often, you’ll save on restaurant prices.

7. Ask yourself “is this useful?” when buying an item.

Do you really need that extra thing, or is it just something frivolous that you are buying? Really think about whether or not something you want to purchase is worth the price – more often than not, it’s something that will probably never be used!

8. Buy something and give something away.

This is more of a recycling or minimalist tip, but every time you buy something, donate something – it’s a good way to spread positive karma, and it’s a great way to make sure that your house doesn’t become cluttered.

Before Your Move

You can work on all the minimalist tips before you move, so that you don’t have to move as many things. You can also start to get into the budget mindset before you move, so that you can stay in this mindset when you make it to your new location. You can also save money on moving fees by booking with the right moving company the first time – you won’t have to spend any extra money on any surprise fees if you go with a company that you can trust!

Make sure to get a moving quote.  Exodus Moving and Storage is the number one moving company in both the Fort Collins and Denver area. Why? Because we love what we do!

Call Exodus Moving and Storage today to get a moving quote or check out more articles on our blog. If you are moving to Denver or to Fort Collins, Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you!

What are your budget concerns and tips? Let us know!

Exodus Moving and Storage: Spotlight on Green Action

A large part of owning a business in any community is actually taking the time to become a piece of that community. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we support a number of community organizations. Today, we’d like to put the spotlight on one of the many organizations that we are connected to called ‘Green Action’.

The Green Action Mission

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Green Action is a health and environmental organization that supports a “clean, healthy, and just future for all.” Working with low-income and urban communities, Green Action’s mission is to clean up the environment in these areas. Green Action is fighting something that the organization calls ‘environmental racism.’ What does this mean, exactly? Environmental racism happens when low-income individuals and families are placed in environmentally hazardous parts of town. More often than not, lower-income neighborhoods have hazardous environmental factors working against the people that live in those areas – things like air pollution from factories, locations near waste areas, and other factors that negatively impact the environment.

Green Action’s main goal is to clean up these areas, so that everyone (regardless of income level) can live in a clean and healthy environment. Not only does Green Action help to clean up these areas, but this organization also works to prevent future environmentally damaging companies and operations from setting up shop. Working to fight negative environmental development within these communities is more than half of the battle when it comes to environmental racism. Exodus Moving and Storage stands behind Green Action by donation funds, supporting various causes, and helping this organization stand against the things that can quickly turn a healthy environment into a hazardous and harmful one.

A Passing Thought

More often than not, the concept of environmental racism isn’t known or is put aside. The reality is, though, that all towns and cities have that one section of town that isn’t quite up to par with the other areas in town. Large cities, especially, tend to allow development of waste plants and other toxic factories inside of certain boundaries, and those boundaries are often placed around the lower-income parts of a town. Most people that live in cities and towns with some environmentally hazardous areas never know of the price people that reside in those areas pay just to live. Often, the price is too high and includes health risks.

Green Action is an important organization that strives to bring the basic human right of environmental equality for all to light. Through funding and community action, organizations like this one can grow. Green Action is one of the organizations that we’re proud to support as an integral part of the Fort Collins and Denver community. In addition, we are happy to add any organization that seeks to make our communities a better place to our support list. If you know of a community organization that requires some support, please let us know about it. In the meantime, take a moment to check out the other groups, centers, and organizations that we support.

Moving Here Means Living Here

When you move to any community, you become a part of that community. If you work to make the community that you live in better overall, you’ll really become ingrained in that area – and isn’t that the point of living anywhere? In Colorado, there are so many different organizations reaching for a better world that you can easily join. While we’re sure your mind is preoccupied with the way that you will move here and finding a place to live before you arrive, we also want to turn your attention towards community organizations like Green Action that need your help and attention.

If you have any questions about what organizations we support, feel free to let us know. Of course, we’re also happy to answer any moving questions that you may have, and we’re always available to provide you with a free moving quote. Moving to Fort Collins or to Denver? We welcome you to our community! We also invite you to check out the many different articles we have on this blog about moving, community organizations, and other things that you may be interested in reading about before or after your move. Call us today for a free quote! 

Most Affordable Middle Class Homes

Forbes Magazine recently released an interesting comparison chart entitled ‘Homes Within Reach: How Much House Can the Middle Class Afford?’ The study took into consideration various metro areas within the United States, and calculated the home affordability price based on average middle class incomes within those areas. What the study found is that Denver, and some other places, still has homes that are well within reach of the middle class. Why is this an anomaly?

 

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Home prices have been rising much faster than wages, and that tends to mean homes that are overvalued and out of reach. But, there are still some places in the U.S. that are affordable. Here’s are the places that you’ll want to move to if you are looking to buy a home and are in the middle class bracket. 

Most Affordable Middle Class Homes

1. Denver: 50% of homes are within reach; the median middle class income is $62,000; and that means that the average middle class household can afford a home priced at $325,000, which turns out to be nearly half of the homes for sale. If your household pulls in more than $62,000 combined, more than 50% of the homes in Denver are entirely affordable.

2. Atlanta: most middle class households in Atlanta pull in around $55,000. According to the Forbes calculations, the average middle class household can afford a home priced at $273,000. How many homes in Atlanta are price at or below this number? Around 72%. If you’re moving to Atlanta, you’ve got lot of homes to select from!

3. San Francisco: you have to make a decent amount of dough to be considered middle class in San Francisco. The average middle class home in San Fran pulls in around $84,000, and this means that middle class San Francisco residents can afford a home priced at $440,000. How many homes in San Francisco are available at that price? A really low 14%!

Least Affordable Housing Markets for the Middle Class

The middle class is really getting pushed out of some areas – take a look at these least affordable places:

1. San Francisco: with only 14% of homes available for the middle class, housing in San Fran is out of reach.

2. Los Angeles: only 23% of homes fall into the affordable category in L.A!

3. Orange County: 24% of homes are available for the middle class here.

4. NYC: 25% of homes are realistically in reach in the Big Apple.

5. San Diego: 28% of homes are attainable in San Diego.

Clearly, the West Coast is not the place to go to find affordable housing. So, what parts of the U.S. are actually affordable for the middle class? Right now, the most affordable state is Ohio followed by Indiana, South Carolina, and Michigan. Denver ranks high on that scale too, with 50% of homes within reach.

The Middle Class Housing Marketing In Canada

Just to give you something to compare home availability in the U.S. with, let’s take a look at the Canadian housing market. The most expensive areas to move to in Canada include:

1. Vancouver: the average price of a home here (according to Reader’s Digest) is around $700,000.

2. Toronto: home prices in the Toronto area average $480,000.

3. Calgary: prices in Calgary average $418,000.

4. Ottawa: $340,000 is the average home price in Ottawa.

5. Montreal: the average home price in Montreal is around $318,000.

What about the rest of the world?

The Most Expensive Places to Live Globally

1. Shanghai

2. Moscow

3. Paris

4. Sydney

5. Geneva

How about the least expensive places to live globally?

1. Kiev, Ukraine

2. Bogota, Columbia

3. Santiago, Chile

4. Johannesburg, South Africa

5. Mexico City, Mexico

It’s interesting to look at the prices of homes across the world and in the U.S. But, if you’re moving to Fort Collins, we have some good news for you. The average home price in Fort Collins is around $299,000. In fact, Colorado, in general, is affordable no matter where you go. If you’ve decided to move to Colorado, you’ve made a great choice! Let us help you get here. As one of the top Fort Collins moving companies, we can help you get where you’re going simply. Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for rates, answers to questions, or for a free estimate.

Some places in the world might be way out of reach, but Colorado remains an excellent place to live, set up a new shop, and explore. Have you ever lived in one of the most expensive cities listed above? Let us help you make your move a smooth one – Exodus is the trusted name in moving when it comes to Fort Collins moving companies.

 

How To Move a Hot Tub

A hot tub can be a great thing. After a long day at work, getting into your bathing suit and hitting that hot water just feels great. But, what do you do if you want to move your hot tub from its existing location? Hot tubs are heavy and bulky, but it can be done! Take a look at these tips.

1. Drain your hot tub first – you don’t want to move a full hot tub!
2. Detach all accessories from your hot tub including filters and heaters.
3. Clean the inside of the tub.
4. Recruit some friends to help you turn the hot tub on its side, and place wooden panels underneath each side of the tub, lifting up one side and then the other (there should be a gap between the two wooden slats).
5. Using a furniture dolly, slide the flat part of the dolly underneath the hot tub.
6. Secure the hot tub, and move it to the new location.

When you arrive at the new spot, you’ll want to carefully unload the hot tub the same way that you loaded it (one side at a time), and turn it on the base right side up. If you don’t have two pieces of wood to slide underneath the tub, you can simply use the dolly for transport purposes. Either way, it makes a lot of sense to tip the tub to one side, move it onto the dolly, and unload it the same way.

Hooking It Back Up

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Once you’ve brought the tub to its new location, you will want to take the time to read through your user’s manual. The manual will tell you exactly how to refill and re-attach everything you need to use your hot tub once again. Before you set anything up, though, make sure that the tub is flat and secure – you don’t want it to tip when you get in! Keep in mind that a hot tub is heavy and often hard to move. This means that you’ll want to be sure you have enough people around helping you out, or you could wind up injured. If you aren’t sure how many people you will need or if you have enough people, a moving company might be a better option.

Getting a Hot Tub Moving Estimate

Most moving companies will assist you when it comes to moving something heavy like a hot tub from one location to another. In fact, hiring professional movers to help lift an item this heavy is a good idea (you don’t want to throw your back out!). To find out if a moving company can help you, simply call one that’s near you to get an estimate; explain the situation; note how big your hot tub is; and tell the person you speak to where you want to move the tub to.

Moving companies will base a hot tub moving estimate on how big the hot tub is, and how far you need to move it. If you want to move a hot tub to another part of your yard or home, that cost shouldn’t be too high. If you want to move a hot tub from a second-hand retailer to your house, the cost could be higher – but a moving company might also charge less than store moving options, so make sure to compare rates.

Hiring a moving company may cost more than recruiting some friends or moving a tub on your own, but there are definite benefits too. For one, you won’t risk injuring yourself. Another good reason is that hot tubs are expensive! A professional moving service can get the job done quickly, right, and without creating any property damage – well worth a look!

We’re happy to help you move anything that you need help with. Just give us a call at Exodus Moving and Storage, and we’ll be happy to provide you with an estimate. If you don’t have space for your hot tub, we can help you there too – we have storage options in both Denver and Fort Collins, and we’d be happy to store your hot tub for you. Call us today, and be careful if you decide to go it alone!

Need Ideas? Just Move!

A recent study published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology’ states that creativity and the physical act of walking are closely linked. As it turns out, the brain and the body must both be in harmony in order for a person’s creative juices to flow. Researchers recommend that anyone seeking to boost creativity go for a walk, jog, or perform some other kind of exercise. So, maybe taking a longer lunch break in order to get some fresh air isn’t such a bad thing after all.

In fact, you don’t have to feel guilty about not sitting at a desk for an entire day. There is such a thing as working while you are exercising – and that can mean anything from walking to going to the gym. Since most people don’t have the luxury of taking two hours to hit the gym every afternoon, there are still some activities that you can do mid-day to help boost creativity. Take a look at these quick activity tips.

1. Yoga: You don’t have to sign up for an expensive yoga membership to enjoy this activity. Just check out some videos on YouTube, grab a mat or piece of the floor, and start stretching.

2. Go For a Walk: Even if it’s cold outside, the fresh air that comes with going for a walk may be just what your brain needs. Step outside, bring your thoughts with you, and take in some air. By the time you get back, you will have a whole new perspective on your current work problem.

3. Hit the Gym: If you do have a gym in your building or nearby, spend 30 minutes lifting weights or running on the treadmill.

4. Throw a Frisbee Around: Gran a colleague or two and toss a Frisbee around outdoors. You can talk about work ideas as you toss the Frisbee back and forth.

5. Find a Ball and a Net: Simply running back and forth around a soccer field kicking field goals into an unmanned net is fun. Plus, you’ll be getting all of that great oxygen while thinking about whatever work problem you’re facing.

6. Hit Some Balls: Is there a batting cage near you? Why not spend your lunch hour hitting some balls? This is a great way to take out some aggression, and you can also work on your swing.

7. Watch a Little League Game: If you happen to see a game in progress while you are on your walk, sit in the sunshine and let your mind wander a bit.

Your Brain Is Not Full-Time

Move for CreativityIt’s not possible to put your brain to the test around the clock. You can’t expect to come up with mind-blowing ideas for new projects when your brain is simply exhausted, and nothing exhausts a brain faster than sitting at a desk staring at a computer all day long. Explain the benefits of taking an outdoor break to your boss, and try to leave your desk whenever you feel like you need some outside time to think. Since when did thinking and creative brainstorming time become unpaid time? Work goes hand-in-hand with being creative, and that can only happen if you give both your mind and body a break.

If you happen to work as a freelancer, you might want to consider moving from place to place throughout the day. You’ll get a completely different perspective on work when you’re in a library as compared to your own home desk. The trick is to mix it up, grab that fresh air when you can, and stop feeling guilty about not being chained to your phone or desk. Take it from the researchers mentioned above, it’s important to move!

Should you happen to need help moving physical items, well, that’s our territory! Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for moving services and for help getting your stuff where it needs to go. We will make sure to move your items with care, while you take care of moving your body!

Exodus Moving Tips: How to Live With Friends

Graduation is approaching quickly. More often than not, graduating from college means getting a permanent job, and probably some roommates – especially if you plan on living in a busy and expensive city. Living with friends can be a lot of fun, but setting some serious ground rules is vital to a long lasting friendship (and rent being paid on time!). Take it from us, a full-service moving company; you’ll want to show each of your roommates the following tips.

1. Make sure that rent is in before the end of the month. Everyone should agree to a specific date each month when rent will be collected. This date should be in advance of the actual due date set forth by your landlord. This way, you won’t be scrambling to gather rent at the last minute.

2. Make a chore chart. Who’s going to take out the garbage, and who’s going to make dinner? Things will be a lot simpler if you create a chore chart that everyone agrees to.

3. Create time rules. Make sure that nobody will be knocking on your house door at midnight, or find some other time that works for everyone. Setting some visitor guidelines is a good idea.

4. Decide how you will split other bills. In addition to rent, there are lots of other bills to think about including electricity, air or heat, grocery bills, and anything else that is part of the overall home expenditure.

5. Don’t eat each other’s food! It can be tempting just to grab your roommate’s yogurts when you’re out of food, but don’t do it! Set up some kind of policy in-home that prevents people from taking food that wasn’t purchased for by that person.

6. Have fun! With work, stress, and other duties, it can be hard to remember to have fun with your friends, but isn’t that the point of living with your friends? Try to remember to spend some time with your buddies, and don’t let work get in the way of having lots of fun.

Making It All Work

Friends MovingSome of the best memories you’ll have will come from your time spent living with friends. The trick is to make sure that all of the rules are laid out and agreed on before you start to live together. This way, there won’t be any disputing a rule that everyone has agreed to, and it will simply make your life a lot easier. The hardest part is, actually, creating rules that everyone does agree to. Once that’s done, the only other thing that you’ll have to do as a group is move into your new home!

When it comes to moving, you have two options. You can hire professional movers or you can move things by getting your friends to help. Really, though, it’s a lot more fun to let movers handle the heavy lifting, so that you and your friends can check out your new town. Plus, hiring movers means not breaking anything and not throwing out your back (two really good reasons to with the professional mover option, right?). It’s also a good idea to think about whether or not you really need to bring all of those extra things with you. If you find that you have a lot of stuff, and no real room, storage space is probably a good option. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we offer storage rental spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can leave your stuff behind if you don’t need it. The choice is yours, but trying to cram furniture from multiple apartments or dorm rooms into one place can be tricky!

We know that you’re on a budget too, so give us a call today and we’ll set you up with moving estimates. We may even have a tip or two for you too, so give us a call. What are your ideas for living successfully with roommates?

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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.

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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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