As the days start to get longer, we’re all quickly reminded of those not so clean spots in our homes that need some attention. Spring invites cleaning, and there are many ways to clean your home to prepare for the season ahead. Sometimes, though, the best spring cleaning tips are the simplest. Why? Because we often forget to clean these really basic areas! Here are some helpful spring cleaning tips that will force you to focus on those everyday spots that could use some extra cleaning care.
- Curtains: When was the last time that you took down your curtains, threw them in the washing machine, and gave them a good once over? You’d be surprised at how much cleaner a room can look just by washing the window treatments! It only takes a few minutes to take down some curtains to wash them, but the differen that you see will be dramatic. Unless the tag on the curtains says otherwise, you can usually wash any pair in the washing machine–but you may want to line dry them just so they don’t shrink.
- The many things in your kitchen. Winter kitchens are home to many different baked goods and warm soups and breads, but all of that cozy cooking can lead to quite a big mess. Go through your kitchen cabinets to get rid of spices, old dried goods, and items that you no longer use.
- Your windows: are your windows getting hard to look through? If your windows unsnap, take them out and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in place. If you can’t clean your windows easily, hire someone to clean them from the outside. This way, you can let in all of that spring and summer light!
- Dust behind and on top of things: Grab a dusting cloth, and set to work on top of cabinets, on baseboards, on molding, and on top of door frames and underneath things. Open doors and dust behind them, dust under door stoppers, dust under beds, and think about the place that you can’t see. A good dusting will do wonders.
- Change and wash bedding: If you haven’t changed the comforters on your beds this winter, now is a good time to bring those items to your dry cleaner. Once they’ve returned, pack them away for next winter, and take out the lighter and brighter spring options.
- Rugs and furniture: Vacuum attachments can make vacuuming rugs and furniture simpler, but if you can’t get out all of those winter stains, you may want to rent a hot water vacuum, so that you can really deep clean the rugs.
- Heaters: Do you have old hot water heaters? The coils in these heaters can trap a ton of dust and other allergens, but you can get between those coils with a rag or with another long and thin cleaning tool.
When to Hire Help
Spring cleaning should be fun, but if you just don’t have the time to clean, you may want to hire a professional cleaning crew to come in and give your house a thorough spring cleaning. You may also want to go this route if you’re moving to Denver, and you won’t have time to clean up your old place or prepare your new home before you move. Exodus can take care of your move, packing, scheduling, and everything else that’s part of the actual moving process, and you may want to hire someone to clean up before you move too.
As far as getting to your new place goes, call your Fort Collins movers to help you out. Exodus has been moving people all over the world for many years now, and we’ll be happy to assign you your own moving specialist to assist with every aspect of your move from start to finish. Simply let us know what you need, and we can help out. Whether you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else, Exodus can get you there! Call us today to get a free estimate.
What are your amazing spring cleaning tips? Let us know by leaving us a note on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what you do to prepare for spring.
It doesn’t really matter whether you’re living in a rental or you own a home. The fact remains that wherever you’re living is your home for now, and you should love everything in it. While you may not want to sink thousands of dollars into a kitchen renovation, you can still do a lot to a kitchen to make it look amazing on a small budget. Even if you’re dealing with a super small galley kitchen, these ideas will make any kitchen space look great.
-Give your walls a face lift: If you’re looking at dark walls and dark cabinets all day, you can quickly turn around the feel inside of a kitchen by painting the walls white. Go with a white that is on the cooler side, and you’ll instantly see an amazing change.
-Think about painting your kitchen cabinets white too. Old cabinets can get a nice redo if you paint them in a stark white color.
-Look into open kitchen shelving. There are plenty of open shelving options out there from glass to wood and even iron options. The trick to making sure that open shelves look great is to keep things that you put on the shelf nice and tidy. Use glass jars, canisters, and other options to put everything in its place. If you’re going to place dishes on the shelves, try and keep them all the same color for a uniform look.
-Change the lighting in your kitchen. If you have old lights hanging, newer and brighter lights can really make a huge change.
-Think about adding a rug. A rug in a kitchen? You’d be surprised at how much life a small rug with lots of color can add! Try it out.
-Decorate with color. Instead of painting with a bright color, add some decor elements that are bright. Things like paintings, flowers, and even bright dishes can add that needed splash of color.
-Take down the melamine cabinets. If you’ve just moved into a rental with melamine cabinets, you’d be shocked at how easy these are to take down and replace. Head to a spot like Home Depot for instructions on how to do this, and pick up some cheaper cabinets at a store like Ikea.
Have No Fear
It can be a bit intimidating to tackle a project like a kitchen at first. Start with something small like painting the walls a brighter or white color, and then move on to something bigger like replacing the cabinets. Every little bit that you do will make a huge difference, and simply making a change to your kitchen can improve your living space so much! Give it a shot, and you’ll see that no matter where you move, any space can be updated to feel like the home you’ve always wanted.
Help Getting There
If you know where you want to move to, the next step is actually getting there. That’s where Exodus Moving and Storage can help. Our Fort Collins movers can help you move anywhere you want to go whether it’s down the street or across the world. Our Colorado moving company has been in business for many years now, and we’d love to help you move too. Simply give us a call, and we will provide you with a free moving estimate that we will absolutely stick by.
Moving to a new place can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t love the rooms in your new home, but you can turn any place into the place of your dreams with a bit of decor know-how, and some hard work. Renovating any space is also fun, and it’s a great way to get to know your neighborhood stores. Ready to move? Call Exodus today, and let us show you how simple moving really is!
Whether you’re looking into moving to Denver or any other place, you may not know moving may actually be good for you! Sure, there’s a lot that goes into planning a flawless move (though less when you hire a reliable long distance moving company!), but the actual act of moving may be better for you than you think. Here’s why.
A Fresh Start
Sometimes, a place, no matter how much you love it, can become stifling. Doing the same thing day in and day out can be tiring, and seeing the same scenery and people all day every day can be exhausting too. Moving means a change of pace, and it’s one great way to jumpstart your soul. Another really good reason to move is if you find the place that you’re currently living in very stressful.
How can a place be stressful? One good example is if you live in a condo community where every decision is made by a number of people that sit on a condo board. Those meetings can be entirely stressful, and sometimes the decisions made simply result in headaches for everyone living in the community. If the place that you’re living in creates a world of stress for you, maybe it’s time to move.
How to Decide
Take a happiness test by asking yourself how often you feel happy in your current surroundings. For example, if you live in a place that is surrounded in snow and cold for most of the year, you may not be happy with these conditions for that good part of the year. Sure, summer is sweeter when you’ve been through such a long and tough winter, but would your quality of life be even better if you lived in a warmer climate all year long?
It’s not just about the weather either. Think about all the times that you wish you lived somewhere else. Do you think about moving on a regular basis? Are you envious of people that live in other towns and cities? What about your job situation? Are there more opportunities in your profession in other areas? Or, how about your housing situation? Will your money go further in another place?
Would you be able to afford a bigger or nice house on the same salary somewhere else? All of these things have to be taken into consideration when you think about moving. You may just find that moving is the break that you need from life, and moving to a place that makes you truly happy means experiencing that level of happiness all year long (and doesn’t that sound amazing?).
When to Move
Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, are ready to move whenever you are. We can move you across town or across the world with no problem, but there are some seasons that are more favorable than others when it comes to relocating. Winter tends to be one of the hardest seasons to move in simply due to weather conditions, but if you’re moving to a warmer climate, that might not be so bad. You should also know that the summertime is the most popular time to move, so make sure to book a moving company before summer rolls around if this is what you have in mind.
No matter when you decide to move, Exodus can help you get where you want to go, but more importantly, think about whether or not you should move. Life is short enough as it is, shouldn’t you live somewhere that you love? Moving can be a great experience that opens your eyes to other cultures and people, and also allows you to fully blossom as a person. Moving is, in many ways, a new beginning, and it can be a real awakening. If you are ready to move, call Exodus for a complete free quote. We also have ample storage space in both Denver and Fort Collins, just in case you don’t want to get rid of everything when you move.
Join in our conversation on Facebook, and let us know the answer to this question: Has a move ever improved your life?
Have you just moved to a new town only to find out you’re now expecting a child? That space that might have been perfect for two may now be a little bit crowded, and you may be looking at ways to turn your office into a nursery-office combination. While a baby can seem overwhelming, you should know that you’re in plenty of good company. Many people that live in small city spaces often have to make room for a child, and that means getting clever where nursery space and items are concerned.
But, first, what should you even put in a nursery? And, do you really need all of those expensive items? Here’s a closer look at what you should be buying, what you don’t need, and some things that you may want to add to your space just to make life easier.
Must Have Furniture
A good crib. If there’s one big ticket item that you will want to splurge on, it’s your child’s crib. For the first few years of her life, she’ll be sleeping in the crib that you buy. Some nice features to think about include a crib with a storage drawer (because, let’s face it, nurseries can get really crowded with all of that baby stuff!), and the possibility of converting a crib into a toddler bed at a later time. This way, you won’t have to buy a toddler bed separately when the time comes, so this can be a long-term money saver.
A changing table that’s also a bureau. Here’s another space saving idea for baby — buy a changing table that also acts as a bureau or other kind of storage space. You can store things like diapers and wet naps in the drawers, and use the top of the table to change diapers. Do you need a changing table? Not necessarily. Any sturdy dresser or table will do the trick, but you do want to buy a changing pad that’s thick and can be secured tightly.
Nice to Have Furniture
A rocker or glider. You’ll be spending quite a few nights feeding your baby, and that means that you’ll want something comfortable to sit in. Rockers were popular for many years, but gliders are a more comfortable option these days. You can buy either one new, but used rockers and gliders that work well are still good options. Another idea is to buy a big comfortable chair that you and baby can both snuggle in on those long nights.
A baby swing or cradle. Sometimes, you’ll want to put your baby down, and swings can calm the fussiest babies. Think about buying a swing or purchasing one second hand that will get you through those fussy times (and, hey, you’ll want to take a shower at some point!).
Other Big Ticket Items
Aside from the items that you will have to buy for your nursery, there are some other things that you’ll need to purchase in order to keep baby happy.
A stroller: You can buy really expensive strollers that cost well into the hundreds of dollars, or you can buy one that’s much simpler. What do you really need? It depends on what you plan to do outside, and where you live. If you want to go jogging with your baby on hard terrain, you’ll need a stroller that can keep up. If you want to sled across snow, you’ll need one that can act as a snow glider (yes, they do make these!). You can also buy a basic stroller model with no thrills. Either way, a stroller is something you’ll want to invest in.
Baby monitors: It’s nice to know that baby is sleeping soundly at all times, and a baby monitor is the best way to check on your child from a distance.
Car seat: Now, car seats come with expiration dates, so make sure that the second hand one you’re thinking about buying is still safe.
Moving With Baby
If you will be moving to Denver, or any other area, after baby is born, it will become extra important to work with a moving team that takes care of all the small details for you. Exodus Moving and Storage has been in the moving game for many years now, and we know how to make any moving day fuss-free. We can also pack and unpack for you, so that you can concentrate on making baby’s nursery perfect.
If you need help moving, call Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, and we will provide you with a free moving estimate that we’re happy to stand by. Call us today to set up an appointment, or find us on Facebook for additional information.
Moving to Denver or any other location can mean celebrating some holidays on your own. Before you start making that large group of friends, or finding a significant other, you may wind up smack in the middle of a holiday like Valentine’s Day when you first move. But, don’t worry, there are still plenty of great ways that you can celebrate this holiday with or without other people.
Make something delicious for dinner, or order out from a restaurant that you saw on your way to your new home. Then, grab some great movies or rent something fun on Netflix. Cuddle up with your favorite blanket, or a pet, and enjoy your night in treating yourself to everything you love. Next year, you’ll probably be swamped with fun V-Day requests, so enjoy the silence while it lasts!
Adopt a pet. What better time of year to find a pet to share your life with than on Valentine’s Day? Not only will you have a new companion, but if you adopt a dog, you’ll find yourself exploring your new neighborhood in no time while you set out on those daily walks.
Go candy crazy. Hey, without anyone around to tell you to do otherwise, you can eat as much candy as you want!
Bake some sinful cookies or a yummy cake. Try out your new kitchen, explore the gourmet baking shops in town, and make something delicious all for yourself. If you’re feeling generous, you can share those treats with a new neighbor or two. If not, just enjoy the home baked goodness of a special treat.
Go out and enjoy a fun movie. It doesn’t have to be ‘Fifty Shades of Gray,’ but choose something that will get you in a romantic mood. Nothing provides a better escape from reality more than a great movie!
Find a singles party or other singles dating scene. You can use a site like Yelp! to find some fun group activities in your new town. Chances are that there’s a really fun singles event happening this Valentine’s Day, so why not join in?
Go shopping! Do you have a new job, or do you just want to reinvent yourself in your new town? There’s no better way to do it than with a killer shopping trip. Buy all of those items you never thought you’d wear in your old town, and have fun doing it. Stop and get a coffee, check out some smaller shops, find a new cafe — make a day of it.
Get some new tunes. Are you into the new record craze? Your new town probably has a record store or two, and you can find some great music just by spending the day browsing for new records. Buy some records you’ve never heard before, and maybe a record player to go with it. There are plenty of classic songs out there well worth listening to.
Paint a room. Does your new place need a bit of a facelift? There are few better ways to lift spirits than to paint a room a new color. Grab some paint, turn up the music, and get to work making your new place beautiful.
Hit the salon or spa. Why not spend some time pampering yourself? Get a new haircut, new color job, a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, or any other treatment that you’ve been dying for. If you’ve moved before you start a new job, there are few better ways to feel amazing before diving into the workplace than with a trip to the spa!
Hiring Fort Collins Movers
Before you can figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day, you’ll have to get there, right? That’s where we come in! Exodus Moving and Storage is a full service moving company offering you everything you need for your move including packing, unpacking, moving, and even some storage boxes and other packing options. Moving to a new place should be fun and exciting, and not at all stressful. Let us help you with all of the moving details, so you can relax and enjoy your new town.
What sets Exodus apart from any other Colorado moving company is that we are entirely operated by our own employees. What does this mean? We’ll never contract your move out to a third party, so we always know who is handling your things, and where that person will be. In other words, you can trust Exodus! Call us today for a completely free moving estimate that we guarantee we will stick by. Or, find us on Facebook for additional information about our company.
This Valentine’s Day, make it all about you! What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know by joining in the conversation on Facebook!
Ah, love. It can be an amazing thing, but it might only be so amazing when you’re living apart. Combining worlds and belongings brings a whole different element to any relationship. Living with the one you love might be the best thing that you’ve ever done. On the other hand, it could be the worst and hardest idea that you’ve ever had. So, how do you figure it all out?
Calling all the Pretty People
When we go out on dates (or out in public in general) we tend to look our best. We put on makeup, find the right clothes, the perfect shoes, spray perfume, and do everything we can to look completely and totally appealing to our loved one. But, what about those days when you are just lounging around home? Or, those days when you don’t feel good, so you grab your rattiest sweats, wrap your hair into some kind of top bun, and trudge around with watery eyes carrying a box of tissues? Has your partner seen you on those days? If he’s only seen you when you look amazing, it’s time to open up his eyes.
Before you move in together, invite him over for a night of just relaxing, and make sure not to get all dolled up. Why? Because the person that can’t stand to see you at your worst (or isn’t so affectionate when you aren’t looking your best) is probably not a person you can live with. After all, you don’t look amazing all the time, right? So, let him see you as you really are a few times, and then decide if you want to live together. Otherwise, you’ll spend the first few months in your new place trying to look perfect all the time — and this can be exhausting around the clock!
Get Used to Those Bad Habits
When you visit your partner at his house, you probably see a relatively clean place that’s somewhat hospitable. But, this might not be the person that he really is. He may leave hair in the sink after shaving, might toss his dirty clothes on the floor every day, and may never think to leave an extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. If you don’t know about these habits, you’ll be in for a rude awakening. Either find out what his dirty habits are, or learn quickly how to sit back and roll with it. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting in no time when you move in together.
Living together means splitting expenses like utilities and rent. Do you know what is financial situation looks like? How much he can afford? Whether or not he has a steady job? Love can get you pretty far, but you’ll get fed up quickly if he can’t afford to carry his half. At least if you know the current financial situation, you can plan to pick up more of the slack.
Make Sure Your Relationship Is Clear
Sure, moving in may mean that you don’t want to see other people, but he has to be clear on your daily activities too. If you want to hang out with friends three days per week, this has to be understood from the start. If you expect him to be home for dinner each night, make this clear too. Living together may not mean spending every waking minute together, but neither one of you will know whether or not this is the case unless you take the time to talk it over.
Ready to Call Your Movers in Fort Collins?
If you’ve gone over everything listed above and you still want to live together, Exodus is here to help you pack, move, and unpack. We also have storage rental spaces available in both Fort Collins and Denver, just in case you don’t want to let go of everything just yet. As a moving company in Fort Collins, we can provide you with a complete free moving quote, just call us and ask for one.
Your Fort Collins movers can help you move in or out, and even in again if you don’t like where you are when you move out! Living with someone takes a lot of thinking and planning, so make sure to carefully consider every angle before you make that move! What do you think? When is it time to move in together? Leave us a note on Facebook!
Planning a move to the city that you’ve always wanted to live in is a great idea, and a great way to really take life by the reigns. But chances are that your dream city probably comes with small apartments. Small apartments can be great, though the one area of every small apartment that almost always needs work is the bathroom. If you’re considering moving into an apartment with a very small bathroom that needs work, you may have to get creative when it comes to redecorating.
Thankfully, we have some great bathroom decorating tips for you that won’t break the bank, won’t anger your landlord, and don’t require any major renovations. Sound good? Take a look at these great tips.
Go extra long. Is the bathroom ceiling super tall? Nothing looks more out of place (or dates a bathroom more) than a shower curtain that’s too short. You can buy extra long shower curtains, and hang these at a higher spot than a normal curtain. If you choose a clean color like white, you will immediately open up the space and trick the eye into thinking that your bathroom is much bigger than it actually is.
If you can’t find a longer curtain, you can also simply hang that shorter curtain lower by using chains and hooks — simply hang that curtain from a chain, and you’ve got a longer curtain instantly. Plus, chains can look clean and modern if you select the right ones (just attach the chains to shower curtain hooks).
Add more storage space. Small bathrooms tend to come with small medicine cabinets, and you may find that you don’t have enough space in that cramped cabinet for all of your things. You can hang shelves on the wall to hold some of your stuff, or you can purchase two large and thin cabinets, hang them next to each other, and create a much larger medicine cabinet space.
Change the lighting. Looking at dated lighting can also date your space. Surprisingly, changing bathroom lighting isn’t hard to do at all. Simply remove the older light, and replace it with something more modern for a better overall look.
Change the fixtures. Remove those old plastic bathroom sink fixtures, and replace it with something retro that you love. You can do the same thing when it comes to the fixtures inside of your bath or shower. Shower heads are simple enough to replace, and a professional plumber will only have to spend a few minutes replacing bath fixtures. Or, you can do this on your own if you know how to shut off the water supply properly.
Add some texture to the walls. Who says that you can’t put wallpaper in your bathroom? Go for something dramatic, and leave the rest of the spaces stainless and sparse for a great overall look that’s interesting and clean. Make sure you get proper wallpaper though, all that humidity could do a number to the wallpaper glue or the wallpaper itself.
Redo the caulking. Has the caulking in your bathroom seem better days? You can get down and dirty with a simple scraper and some new caulking. This project only takes a few hours, but you will see a world of difference.
Keeping It All Clean
The most important thing to remember when it comes to a small space is to keep it clean and uncluttered. Smaller bathrooms don’t have room for baskets and larger floor shelves, so try to keep things off of the floor and out of sight. A larger medicine cabinet will work wonders, and finding somewhere to put your towels will also help a great deal. If everything has a space and place, you can keep things clean and clutter-free.
Your Upcoming Move
Moving to a new place means a new change at decor, and that can be a lot of fun. If you haven’t booked a moving company yet, consider Exodus Moving and Storage. We can help you move anywhere you want to go, and we can also provide you with a completely free moving quote as soon as possible. Simply call our company today, and we will come out and give you a quote that we will stand behind. As Fort Collins movers, we know how hard it can be to pack up and move, and our job is to make the whole process a lot simpler for you!
Call us today, or find us on Facebook, and let us know what your small bathroom decorating ideas are.
When the last residential moving company truck rolls out of your driveway, you get to work unpacking as quickly as you can. Your family pitches in, knowing that Christmas is fast approaching. This process can take a bit longer than unpacking at any other time of year – there is so much to remember, and much that needs to be temporarily put away until the Christmas decorations come down.
If you’ve decided to host Christmas for your entire family this year, it is all the more pressure to unpack the boxes moved by the Fort Collins movers as quickly as possible. If you’re stressed, the enormity of what you have to get done in such a short amount of time can overwhelm you and cause undue panic.
Never fear, just follow these tips to pull off your first family Christmas in your new home without a hitch now that your Fort Collins movers have gotten you to your new place!
Make overnight guests feel included in Christmas Day planning.
You don’t have to involve them in every little detail – it is your house. To make them feel like they are an important part of the day without relinquishing control of everything, you simply need to ask their opinion on how things are usually done in your house. You could say, “We typically eat breakfast after opening gifts. Are you okay with this?” or “We’ll be eating an early dinner after opening presents. Our tradition is to eat around 2:00 p.m. Is that alright with you?”
You’ll find your guests will be glad to feel as if they are included in the decision making process, and normally, they won’t have a problem with doing things your way. Giving them the option to voice any concerns they have will be thought of as considerate, and they’ll appreciate the gesture.
Determine tastes and dietary needs.
If you’re hosting the whole family or both yours and your spouse’s families, you’ll want to be sure you are catering to any dietary needs. Is anyone diabetic, gluten- or dairy-free, nut free, or otherwise? Maybe your great-grandmother has a certain dish that just has to be on the table, otherwise you risk hearing her complain for the rest of the year.
Find out who is coming, what dietary restrictions they may have, and if there is anything other relatives just can’t live without in terms of holiday dishes. Worst case, you can ask other guests to bring the things they consider essential to the holiday feast – they won’t mind, and it will be done exactly the way they like.
Let the kids roam free after dinner.
It may be tempting to force the kids to stay at their places around the table so that they aren’t sneaking into rooms they don’t belong in, or destroying the cleanliness of your living room with endless boxes and toys. However, you’re going to have to let them go and say a silent prayer nothing bad happens. If this really bothers you, just close the doors to the rooms you don’t want anyone getting into, locking them if possible.
Know that kids want nothing more than to sit and play with their new toys, so your fear of them getting into mischief in your bathroom is probably unfounded. Adults may remain around the table sipping wine and talking, while children head to their new toys.
Don’t be a Scrooge.
With all of the anxiety having the family in your new home can bring, it can be easy to get annoyed with the overly excited kids. Take the time to remember they’re kids, and kids get excited on Christmas. It’s the toys, and of course, the sugar in the cookies, pies, fudge, and chocolates in the candy dish. There is really nothing you can do except take a few deep breaths and biting your tongue.
A good solution to burn off some energy: send the kids outside. Sledding, building a snowman, a snowball fight, or if there is no snow, some bike riding, roller skating, or a game of tag can get the extra energy Christmas has infused in them out, bringing down the chance they’ll drive you bonkers.
Ask for help.
Despite what you think, your guests want to help make things easier for you. Accept help when it is offered, and ask for help when it’s needed. It doesn’t matter if it’s making side dishes and bringing the pie, helping clean up after dinner, helping to prepare the feast – they will help, even though you feel like you’re being a horrible host. Nobody’s perfect, and everyone knows that more help means better chances the feast will hit the table on time.
We know you’ll have a wonderful holiday, as long as you remember nothing will ever go perfectly. Whatever hiccups you run into along the way will just provide you with fond memories you can look back upon at future gatherings! Call Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, for a free moving quote today, so that you can start planning your holiday feast! We’re proud to be the best residential moving company in Fort Collins!
Once your Fort Collins movers are finished delivering your things and all of the boxes are unpacked, it’s time to tackle yet another despised chore: fall cleanup of your new home. Even though you just spent all that time organizing and cleaning, you’re not done yet. (That is, unless the moving gods smiled down upon you and the tough stuff is already taken care of!)
You’ll want to be sure to do at least some of these items, if not all of them, to ensure you aren’t stuck with a bigger mess in the spring, or needing to do something that requires opening the windows. (You probably don’t want to be opening the windows during the winter anyway.) Here’s a guide to fall cleanup so that you’re ready for winter.
- Inspect all exterior caulking and weather sealant around windows and doors so that you aren’t wasting precious heat all winter long, replacing anything that is missing or damaged. Your wallet will thank you!
- Inspect and clean out the dryer exhaust pipe. The dryer air of the winter increases your fire risk, so it’s important you remove any clogs of lint and hair before it gets any colder. Be sure that there is some sort of door or vent cover (sold at your local hardware store) so that small animals don’t decide to make their home here over the winter! Your clothes probably won’t smell so clean afterwards.
- Clean the leaves and debris out of all gutters and downspouts. If you don’t, you might find the melting snow that can’t escape will freeze and expand, damaging your gutters for good. Doing the work of cleaning out the gutters saves you money in the spring, when you don’t have to replace them!
- Remove all garden hoses, turn off the water in the basement, and drain the spigot completely. Head to your local hardware store to pick up a special insulated cover to keep your pipes warm and happy.
- Cover the outdoor furniture the Fort Collins movers left out back. Or, if you can, ask the Fort Collins movers to bring the outdoor furniture right into the basement to store it out of harms way all winter long.
- Inspect all outdoor light fixtures, replacing bulbs that are dead and fixing any that don’t appear to work. Make sure they are clean and clear of debris.
- If you know a thing or two about plants, go through all gardens and remove annuals and weeds and cut back your perennials to prepare for the winter. If you don’t, you should take the time to learn about gardening during the winter so that come spring, you have a planting game plan!
- Feed the soil now for optimum growing conditions next year. You don’t even have to buy anything – just cover the areas with leaves and grass clippings!
- Rake the leaves around the property and dispose of them in lawn and leaf bags, or start a compost pile (after using some to mulch your gardens, of course!). You might not think this is important, but when the spring comes, those piles of leaves can hinder grass growth. Not to mention it’s easier to clean it up now while the ground is dry than in the muddy spring!
- Plant your spring bulbs now.
- Mow your lawn one last time, making sure to cut as close to the ground as you can.
- Be sure to call your local HVAC company for a thorough furnace cleaning. If you have forced hot air heating, get them to clean out the ducts as well. Change the air filter in your furnace – and if you remember, change it once a month throughout the winter months to keep everyone healthy.
- Drain your water heater to ensure there is no sediment in the tank.
- Head to your attic and look for any signs of a leaky roof so that you can fix it immediately before the spring thaw, when it is likely to damage your house.
- Dust everything – light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, window blinds, door sills, etc.
- Clean your oven (unless the previous owners did it for you, or if it’s new.)
- Defrost the freezer and clean the fridge.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they work.
If you need some help with your move, call Exodus, your Denver moving company, to give you a hand. As a full service Denver moving company, we will make sure that your things get where they need to go quickly!
If you’ve already booked the Fort Collins moving company that you plan to use, and you’ve found the best long distance moving company around (Exodus, of course!), you’re probably ready to move into your new home and start the holiday season in your new place. That, of course, means decorating your home for the holidays, but we’re not talking about a large inflatable Rudolph here. We’re talking about the inside of your home, which can be so much more than silver and pale whites!
Have you ever wondered how magazines make holiday decor so inviting and festive? Part of it has to do with color, which is surprisingly something that most people don’t think about when they plan inside holiday decor. So, let’s talk about adding some color to the inside of your home this holiday season!
Getting the Color Right
Think for a moment about the colors of the holiday season, and you may think about blues, whites, reds, and greens, right? But, what about some other colors? What about different shades of red, or a splash of red against a silver background? Play with color so that you create something unique – you don’t have to go with elf green or Santa red!
Consider One Area of Color
Okay, so maybe you’re not the type to put splashes of red all over the house, and that’s okay. Another really great way to incorporate some holiday color is to think about an accent wall or other accent area. If the rest of your home is decked out in silver and white, for example, a wall that includes some deep red or green or silver may be just the thing to change it all up a bit.
If you haven’t called a long distance moving company yet, and you’re still in the process of selling your home, a nice and neat accent area that incorporates some of those holiday colors may be just the thing that people will love to see when they walk in your house during a viewing. Some people aren’t crazy about decorations, so you can really confine your holiday cheer to one area and still please buyers.
Go With Gold
How often do you see gold hues around the holiday season instead of silver ones? Sometimes, just making that much of a change can be a really good way to mix things up. You’d be surprised at how great decorations can look when gold is used against deep forest greens. Plus, small gold accents look fabulous – just make sure not to go overboard with the gold!
Look at All Areas
From your tabletops to your fireplace, holiday accents can really go anywhere. Even simple things like red berries in a tall glass vase look amazing this time of year. Also, don’t forget the scents! There’s nothing like the smell of gingerbread or a candle that smells like a Christmas tree. This time of year, there are plenty of holiday scented candles around too, so you can easily pick one up – and before you know it, your home will be sold, and you’ll be calling that long distance moving company thanks to that amazing scent!
Speaking of Fort Collins movers, give us a call if you are looking to move anywhere in the world! We’re more than happy to help you pack and get where you need to go, and we’ll also give you a free estimate. You can find your Fort Collins movers on Facebook too, so make sure to connect with us there. In the meantime, get ready for a colorful holiday season filled with lots of decor and plenty of great accents. What’s your favorite way to decorate during the holidays?