It’s almost a new year. It’s a time we sit back and reflect on the happenings of the past year, looking forward for what the next year has in store. Some make resolutions, while others search for other ways to freshen up their surroundings for the new year. Are you one of those?
Having just moved, you are probably looking around thinking, “I really need to freshen up the look of this room!” Let the new year be the time for that change! Time to part with the items the Colorado moving company brought from your old house to the new one and change things up a bit. Whether you opt for all new furniture and decorations or just a few touches here and there, here are some ideas on how to bring a new look to your new home just in time for the new year.
- The whole shebang. When some people get bit by the re-decorating bug, they often get what we like to call “everything-must-go mentality.” These people couldn’t possibly imagine changing just a few details. They see an entirely new room, from the ground up. While this is a great approach, it is costly.
- Accents. If starting small is your course of action, accent pieces are a great place to start. These can be any small touches throughout the room, pillows on the couches, even a new side table next to the recliner. That side table could be just the piece that you’ve been missing ever since the national moving company put that recliner in place! Choose fun and funky accent pillows to lend a pop of color to an otherwise drab and neutral color scheme, and consider switching them out throughout the year with seasonal pillows. You’d be amazed at what a simple throw blanket can do to make a room seem cozier, and a bookshelf by the chaise might be just what the reader of the household has always wanted.
One simple way to change the look of the room is to change the curtains. Love your curtains but want to freshen them up a bit? Consider adding a sheer coordinating swag or valance, or some decorative tie-backs. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, don’t forget about the thrift shops! You’d be surprised at the items you can find. While some will be exactly as you want them, don’t forget to have a creative eye going in – that boring coffee table can be turned into something awesome! Just Google some DIY projects for inspiration before you head out shopping.
- Look to the walls. Sometimes, all a room needs is some wall art to pull it all together. You don’t need to go all out on a big painting to hang over the mantle either. If your budget doesn’t allow for the real thing, hit up an artwork shop that features a wide selection of prints. Choose a nice big one and have it framed, and you’ll see it’s just as pleasing as a fancy painting. If you’re feeling bold, get creative and make your own wall art! Not creative? Go through your pictures and see if there is anything worthy of printing out on canvas. Many online photo shops offer affordable canvas print options, and you can have a larger than life way of showcasing that amazing shot you took on your trip to Niagara Falls last year.
- Start small. If redoing the living room intimidates you or you just don’t have the money to tackle such a tremendous decorating feat, just scale it down a bit. Start in the bathroom or even one of your kids’ bedrooms.
- Organize it. You likely decluttered before the furniture movers packed a single item onto the truck. You might have even done it once more after unpacking. Now, with what remains, you you could start making sense of the madness by better organizing it all. If the idea seems a bit scary, start by browsing the many organization options in your local store or online. Look up the topic on Pinterest, and watch the amazing ideas scroll before your eyes. I’ll bet you’ve seen something that motivates you, something you just can’t wait to try. Start with one room until you’ve moved your way throughout the house. The best part: there’s now more room for fun decorative pieces, seasonal or otherwise!
We’re still a few months away from Halloween, but finding out if a house is haunted before you move into that new home might be a good idea, right? Plus, its kind of fun to speculate whether or not a property has some ghostly tenants! If you’re curious about whether or not a place is haunted, take a look at these telltale signs from your Fort Collins movers.
1. Things move around: don’t freak out if there’s a gust of wind and something falls off of the kitchen counter – that’s not a ghost. But, you might want to take note of any objects eerily floating across floors or moving from room to room (unless you have a roommate or a cleaning lady).
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2. Noises happen: every home has “settling” noises, but noises that sound like knocking or banging might be something else entirely (spooky!).
3. Your pets freak out: if your cat seems to be “watching” something across the room, or your dog starts to bark at random things, you may have a ghost.
4. Your electronic devices suddenly start turning on and off: this is one of the biggest signs that your home may be haunted. If your phone suddenly starts blinking or a song starts playing, a ghost could be hanging around.
5. You just get that creeped out feeling when you’re alone. Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? Well, maybe they are!
6. Frightening nightly dreams: do you wake up with a feeling of panic? Do you have recurring dreams about someone that you don’t know? Do you feel like someone is trying to harm you when you’re sleeping? All of these things could be a sign that someone is attempting to reach out to you from the other side.
7. Strange shadows: this one is a dead giveaway – if you see any strange shadows or objects, you can bet it’s a ghost (or maybe just your cat casting a shadow on the wall!).
8. Signs on the bathroom mirror: okay, this one is really rare, and it’s usually reserved for horror movies, but if someone writes something on your bathroom mirror, you may want to move.
Speaking of Moving
If you suspect that your current home is haunted, you may be looking to move – and that’s just lucky because Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company (that also means that we’re furniture movers). As Fort Collins movers, we can help you move out of your haunted home, and into a home that’s free from ghosts. We also have large store rental spaces available in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can store anything that you don’t want to bring to your new home with you (maybe an item or two that has some spooky history?).
For those of you looking to move to Colorado, you’ll find that most homes here have a past, but ghosts are few and far between. Plus, there are tons of things to do in Colorado – so many things that you’ll barely have time to stay at home and worry about things like ghosts! Call us today, your Fort Collins movers, about moving quotes, furniture movers, or storage rental spaces (we promise they’re not haunted!).
We also want to know if you have seen anything odd in your home. Do you have any good ghost stories to tell? Leave us a note on our Facebook page, and we’ll get back to you!
If you have to move your family, you’re probably wondering how to choose the right school in a new town from where you’re currently located. Thankfully, the Internet exists, and using the Internet to help you research schools will be useful – but it’s not enough on its own. We’ve helped a lot of families move as movers in Fort Collins, and we’ve compiled some tips that you can use to successfully find a new school in your new town for your kids.
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1. Use the Internet to look at sites like greatschools.com – there are other sites, too, in different towns that highlight good schools, bad schools, and provide accurate descriptions of courses, teachers, and what certain schools are like (in addition to tuition prices for private schools).
2. Reach out as much as possible to people in the area. This is a simple thing to do if you plan to get a job in your new town, and you can ask your new employer to help you out with some recommendations, but if you aren’t going to get a job in your new town, you’ll need to use the internet some more. How? Social networks!
3. Get social. Look online for various social networking groups that pertain to your new town. Groups for parents are especially useful, and you can ask opinions about different schools from various parents that reside in the town. You might get some conflicting opinions, but you’ll be able to narrow down the selection using this information.
4. Consider the order that you want to move in. This one might sound funny, but you may want to think about finding a good school before you find a home or a job. You may know that you have to move to a certain area, but you don’t have to move to a certain neighborhood until you have had the time to properly explore the options. Look for ideal schools for your kids before you choose a home or apartment. This way, you can live in the area where your children will go to school, and you can choose the best school.
5. Find out more. Most schools will happily provide you with a package of information, or you can simply pick up the phone and ask about the school you are considering. If you plan to send your kids to a private school, you can also arrange a meeting and a school tour (this may apply to public schools too). Sometimes, the best way to really get to know what a school is like is to speak to people that work at the school, or visit the school and take a complete tour.
6. Take your time. If you have a few months before you move, take the time to really research your options. You may find that the schools that are the most popular aren’t the ones that are also a great match for your kids. Take into consideration the kinds of schools that are available, and try to match the schools in the area with the interests that your kids have.
Moving It All
Getting to where you need to go without any trouble is a godsend, and we can help you where your move is concerned (we’re also furniture movers!). We can also provide you with reasonable storage space options, and we can do much more too as movers in Fort Collins. As a full-service moving company, our mission is to make sure that your move is a smooth one, and that includes being furniture movers and more.
Call us today for an estimate or to find out what we can help you with – we’re your movers in Fort Collins! Moving your kids to a new school is never easy, but you can make it all easier if you spend some time finding the right school. Got any additional tips? Leave us a note on our Facebook page!
There is something oddly awesome about full service moving companies that you don’t get to see very often. They are interesting mostly in the fact that not many moving companies actually offer the services of their employees. Well, not at least any of the main ones that you can think of. When you say moving company, the majority of people will think about U-Haul. This isn’t necessarily wrong because U-Haul has branded itself to be one of the premier self serve moving companies in the United States.
They’ve done a very good job of it to. However, moving your entire home as a single person is really not a viable option. What goes from a very daunting job, quickly turns into something that is impossible because you cannot lift heavy objects like couches, or even beds without another person. It comes in handy to have a few people there with you, which is why furniture movers who have the ability to assist you in the moving are so valuable. One thing that may concern you though is how they handle very fragile things.
It’s understandable that you would feel this way because you probably have a sentimental attachment to the item. Think about it this way though, they wouldn’t be in the moving business if they did not take precautions to ensure that your belongings reach their destination safe and sound. Hopefully this will help put your mind a bit at ease so that you can give them a call and not have to move those really heavy or fragile objects by yourself. Plus, the company that you get is invaluable. You may gain a little bit of knowledge from what they have learned over the years of moving.
If nothing else, think about full service moving companies as full-service gas stations. They technically going the same respect. For anyone who has ever seen a full service gas station, you know how handy it is to go to. Not only that, but it’s kind of fun to watch someone else do the work that you should be doing. The same thing applies here, though you still have to help move. I’m sorry, but you probably can’t just sit on the couch and watch them move all your stuff out. They may resent you a bit for it, unless you have some sort of extenuating circumstance.
There are quite a few businesses who consider themselves to be furniture movers. People who specify themselves as movers of large objects, particularly things that are heavy. If there’s one thing that you should know about people who specialize themselves in heavy lifting and moving like this, it’s that not all heavy movers are created equal.
Full service moving companies, or furniture movers as some people refer to them, are companies who understand the dynamics of carrying heavy objects and want to do this strenuous task for you. Yes, we are one of these people, but not all of us are created equal. Some movers don’t have the understanding that goes along with moving tricky objects.
Let’s take couches for example. Couches are one of the most difficult things to move not only because of their weight, but because they possess legs usually on the bottom that are not removable. These legs, and short as they may be, can still get caught on a lot of things and get damaged in the move. Not only that, but if the movers do not have the proper methods of moving the couch, it can actually cause injury. If you’re going to move a large couch and a small apartment and it happens that the department has a very small corridor as well in order to move it, it’s likely that they will get caught considering how small it is.
So, before you hire a moving company who considers themselves to be “furniture movers,” do a little bit of research first. See what other people have said about them and if they are able to handle those really heavy objects. This is something great that the Internet has given us these days. The ability to look up if a company can hold up to their own standards. People are now able to rate moving companies online, and if you’re searching at all for any ratings it’s likely that you’ll run into quite the extensive list.
If the Internet isn’t your thing, you can always call up the company that you have interest in. Speaking with an actual person gives more information than can be gleaned from the web, especially considering that reviews tend to be biased. So consider this. Any dummy can lift a couch, but it takes knowledge and skill to move one without damaging anything. Find that right company, and then let them help you. Don’t do it the other way around.