Spring is here and that means that outdoor time is a must. If you are moving to Fort Collins and you have children, you are in luck! This town is full of amazing playgrounds that your kids will love, and you will thoroughly enjoy kicking back in the sunshine while watching your kids play at any of these play spaces.
1. Fossil Creek Park: if you’re looking for open spaces perfect for flying kites and running around, this is the park for you and your kids. Plus, Fossil Creek Park comes with tons of fun playground fixtures that are massive in size and shape, so your kids will enjoy every moment of climbing in and around this playground.
2. Oak Street Plaza: this part of town comes with tons of great benches, plenty for adults to do, and some really fun water fountains that kids of all ages will enjoy playing in. If you’re seeking something different, check out Oak Street Plaza.
3. Spring Canyon: forget about small sandboxes – this park comes with a massive sand lot that your kids will be talking about for years to come. Plus, Spring Canyon includes a slide that’s actually built into the side of a mountain – what could be more impressive than that?
4. Spring Creek Gardens: this isn’t your traditional playground. This park consists of little gardens, sheds, and plenty of sand for kids to play in. Your kids won’t be able to slide while they are at Spring Creek, but they will have plenty to do and imagine while playing in the sand or stepping through the gardens!
5. Edora Park: if you’re looking for a traditional type park, this is the one for you. Edora Park is filled with massive trees that provide plenty of shade for parents while kids can enjoy the various slides and swings that this park has. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day beneath the tall trees!
A Different Take on Playgrounds
Colorado lends itself to wide open spaces, plenty of rough and tumble play, and tons of things for kids to climb. You can bring your kids to a regular playground full of regular swings and slides, or you can consider taking your kids to one of our large parks that simply filled with trails and trees. There’s been a recent movement towards playgrounds that are more open lately (like the one mentioned in this article), and that might be something to consider when looking for a place for your kids to play. In the meantime, start packing your stuff – For Collins a waits!
Moving to Fort Collins
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Fort Collins has plenty to offer kids and adults alike, and we have some of the best playgrounds available (with all of the wide open spaces in this state, playgrounds here are just amazing!). But, you’ll have to get to Fort Collins first, and that might mean packing up your stuff and moving to this great town. If you are in the middle of moving to Fort Collins or you’ve just sold your house and need some help, let us know.
We offer full service moving help, and we are a reputable moving company with many years of moving under our collective belts. We also offer large storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado, so you can store anything that doesn’t fit into your new home. When it comes to moving, we know that making some decisions can be tough, and finding out about your new home can be hard too. That’s why we’ve gone the extra mile to provide you with everything that you need to know about Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado in general on this blog. We’ve even thrown in some of our best moving tips for you to take a look at.
If you need help with your move or you just want to ask us a moving question, give us a call. We’re also happy to provide you with free estimates for just about anything that you need to move (even if you want to move a playground!). We want to know, too, what’s your favorite park in Fort Collins or in some other part of Colorado?
Maybe it’s the mountain air or the many days of sunshine. Or, maybe it’s just the pace of life in Colorado. For whatever reason, Colorado residents are crafty. There are some things made in Colorado that you can’t get anywhere else. If you are moving to Colorado soon, you’ll want to check out these local goods.
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1. English Retreads: what can you do with old inner tubes? Turn them into bags, of course! English Retreads are handbags made from recycled goods, and you’ll only find these bags in Colorado at specific stores and truck stops.
2. Moe’s Bagels: bagels in Colorado? That’s right! The Rocky Mountain state is serving up some hot bagels that people around these parts love. How do they compare to Montreal bagels or NYC bagels? Well, you’ll just have to try them out! Moe’s has locations in both Denver and Boulder.
3. Bottlehood: there’s a recycling theme happening here, can you tell? Bottlehood is another amazing company that recycles glass bottles into all kinds of home goods.
4. Wild Women Truffles: organic, delightful, and delicious! What more could you want in the perfect truffle? If you happen to be in Littleton, Colorado, you’ll want to pick some of these up.
5. Rudi’s Bakery: Rudi’s bakes up organic baked goods of all kinds. Rudi’s started out small, but now this bakery spans lots of space, and you can find loaves of Rudi’s bread throughout the state.
6. Justin’s Nut Butter: the nut butters that come from Justin’s in Boulder abound, but what I really love about this company is that they sell squeeze packs of organic, natural, nut butters. So, you can take a few squeeze packs on your next run or trail hike, and you’ll get a completely natural protein boost.
7. Chocolove: more chocolate? Can you really have too much chocolate? Colorado doesn’t think so! Chocolove offers chocolate lovers premium chocolate bars direct from the Chocolove factory in Boulder (with locations strewn throughout Colorado).
8. Celestial Seasonings: I’m betting that you’ve had a sip of tea or two brewed from a Celestial Seasoning’s bag, right? Well, this tea company was founded (and is located) in Boulder, Colorado. If you visit the factory, make sure to enter the peppermint room – that’s a smell you’ll never forget!
9. Local Brews: I’m not going to list a specific brew here because there are so many microbrews in Colorado. You’ll just have to find your own slice of local brew heaven when you arrive!
10. OZ Snowboards: with all of the snow in Colorado, is it any surprise that there’s an amazing snowboard crafter in this state? Check out OZ Snowboards for a really great board that will last you many seasons.
Getting Ready to Move
With all of the great things that are made in this state, it’s hard to imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to live here. But, you’ll have to prepare for a move first. The good news is that we can help with your move – in fact, we’ve already helped! Just take a look at the many different blog posts on this site to find out what you need to know about moving to Colorado.
If you’re looking for a moving company to help you pack, move, and unpack your stuff, we can help you there too. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that offers you plenty of great services from moving to storage and everything in-between. We also provide free estimates, so go ahead and give us a call today to find out what you need to know.
When it comes to this great state, we’re a step ahead of the rest. Plus, we’ll help you store anything that you can’t move into your new home. The sooner you start planning your move, the faster you can step outside in your new mountain town and enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer. We love it here, and we know that you will love it here too!
What’s the best thing about Colorado in your opinion? What do you love on this list? Let us know!
Are you moving to Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder, or any other part of Colorado? If a move to this great state is in your future, you’ll love all of the nature trails that we have to offer. But, before you head out on a hike, run, walk, or bike ride, there are a few nature rules that you should know about.
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1. Avoid littering. Every year, tons of trash is found on trails, in parks, and across the state in outdoor areas. The courtesy here is to throw your trash into a recycling bin (you’ll find that these are located throughout most trails and parks), or put your garbage into your backpack until you can find a recycling bin. Whatever you do, don’t throw your trash on the ground.
2. Be careful. Nature is powerful. Trying to push your limits by scaling a massive rock formation when you’ve never climbed before is not a good thing. Know what your personal limits are, and make sure to stay within those limits in order to remain safe.
3. Have respect for nature. The animals and plants that live in the forest and on the trails were there before you were, so make sure to respect those things by not pulling plants, and not taunting animals.
4. Stay on the path. Not only should you stay on the path for your own safety, but keeping to an already made trail means keeping trails intact. Sometimes, hikers forge different paths to avoid mud and other obstacles, but this creates a muddled path. Stick to the trail, and you’ll enjoy getting past those difficult parts.
5. Mind the rules. At the start of each trail, you will see a set of rules. For example, some trails allow dogs and some do not. Some trails allow bicycles, and some do not. There are reasons why these rules have been created, so do your best to abide by them.
6. Find the right trails before you leave. If you want to bring your bicycle or dog, look online to find a trail that you can explore that allows for both or either one. This way, you can avoid getting a fine for brining your bicycle or dog on a trail that doesn’t allow either option.
7. Enjoy! There’s really no freedom quite like the freedom of getting outside in the sunshine and enjoying nature. Relish in the fresh air, the amazing trails, and the natural landscape that this state has to offer, and spend every moment enjoying nature and leaving the connected world behind.
Getting Ready for Your Move
There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to moving to a new state. Start by going through the stuff that you have (don’t forget the hiking gear!), and then moving to the stuff that you want to get rid of. Once you’ve sorted through all of your things, you can start packing some boxes and making arrangements with a moving company. If you need some helping moving, you can call us too. We offer full-service moving services ranging from packing to storage (we have storage facilities to offer too).
The advantage of hiring a moving company to help you move to a new place is that you can start enjoying things like hiking trails right away, since you won’t have to finalize all of those moving details on you own. We want to help you move, but we also want to provide you with enough moving tips and advice, so that you can move comfortable and securely without a lot of hassle. That’s why we’ve loaded up our blog with all kinds of help that you may find useful. You can also feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. When it comes to moving, Exodus has your back – and will save your back from all that heavy lifting! When you do arrive in Colorado, make sure to respect nature’s rules, and you’ll enjoy everything that this amazing state has to offer. And, remember, the more you take care of the nature trails that you find, the better those trails will be for years to come.
It’s never easy to revert back to living with your parents, or moving into your childhood home later in life. Yet, it’s a phenomenon that’s happening regularly. As this LA Times article points out, many middle-aged couples are being forced to move back in with parents due to financial hardships. If you are about to move in with your mom or dad, here are some tips on how to make the transition a smooth one.
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1. Help out as much as possible. Paying rent, contributing to grocery bills, and adding some extra money to the household income whenever possible is a good idea. Why? Because this way you will be pulling your weight in the home, and that will make all the difference in the world.
2. Keep space separate. Set up as many boundary rules as possible. Add a lock to your bedroom door, respect the privacy of your parents, and make sure that everything is kept separate – including bank accounts.
3. Try not to turn the home into your home. This time around, you are the guest, not the child. Try not to change things around in your new dwelling to fit your needs. This means leaving appliances alone and not messing with your mom’s garden.
4. Invite friends over, but make sure to let you parents know about these guests. It’s important for you to continue your social life, and it’s also important to let everyone in the house know about any additional people (for the sake of courtesy).
5. Try not to argue. This one will be tough because there will be a lot of things you don’t agree with your parents about. Whenever there is a disagreement, try to sit down and talk it out.
6. Consider counseling. Sometimes, meeting with a counselor trained in these types of situations can be the best course of action. These professionals can help you devise a living situation plan, create a better environment for everyone, and provide the right boundaries and rules.
7. Do your part where housework is concerned. When you were a kid, you may have spent a lot of time tossing your clothes into the laundry pile and waiting for your mom to wash them. Times have changed. Now, it’s your job to take care of your messes, clean your own laundry, and volunteer to help out with chores on a regular basis.
8. Be honest. Speak with your parents about any situation that involves them. Try to get them to understand your situation, and try to ask for their understanding. Sometimes, sitting down and talking with people is the best way to make things work.
9. Don’t try to force your parents into doing something that you would like them to do. If your mom doesn’t get a lot of exercise, try not to force her into joining your aerobics class. Let things move at a natural pace, go about your business, and leave your parents to enjoy their retired lives.
10. Keep in mind that multi-generational homes aren’t unusual! Throughout Europe, children, grandkids, and grandparents often live together. In North America, this arrangement is less common, but it’s really nothing to feel ashamed about. In fact, it will help your parents out if you can contribute to a mortgage bill or grocery bill. Just keep the above tips in mind when you move, and everything should work out okay.
Help Moving In
There’s a good chance that you won’t be able to bring everything you own with you to your parent’s house. If that’s the situation that you’re currently facing, you can store some of your things with us. We offer large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver, and we’d be happy to provide you with a list of current size and rental options. If you are moving to Fort Collins CO or anywhere else in Colorado, let us know. At Exodus, we are a complete moving company.
If you need help packing and moving your items, we can help you with that too! Just call us for a free estimate today.
Moving in with your parents can provide you with a chance to bond, to reconnect, and to enjoy many amazing memories. Just make sure that you pay attention to the details listed above!
In some states, it’s just not feasible to have a lush lawn. Desert climates make it tough to create a nice green space. Plus, the water used to make lawns grow is often wasted, and that cuts back on natural water resources. Even if there aren’t water restrictions in your town, landscaping without grass is a great way to help the environment. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a lovely lawn without grass.
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1. Add some drought-tolerant grasses to your front yard space. The great thing about planting grasses and shrubs that are unusual is that you can also create a really interesting landscape. If you live in a water-restricted area, plants that are not in need of constant watering will flourish when water is scarce.
2. Go with rocks. Large rocks that cover up part of a lawn are nice on your toes in the summertime (they trap the heat), and they have excellent curb appeal (in case you’re thinking about selling your home).
3. Aloe and agave are beautiful and low-maintenance. These colorful plants are nice to look at, don’t take too much water, and can really contrast with your home if you place blue or colored pots outside of your house.
4. Synthetic floors look great. If you use a material like Trex to add flooring to your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus, materials like these were meant to withstand lots of different types of weather.
5. Work with a landscape designer. You don’t have to fork over a ton of cash in order to make a lawn really stand out. All you have to do is speak with a professional landscaper, figure out what works for you, and create a lawn that’s attractive and inviting – all without the use of any grass that requires constant watering.
Some Facts on Lawn Water Use
1. Less than 1% of water in the U.S. is actually consumed. The rest of that water is used for lawns, toilets, washing machines, and for other uses.
2. Nearly 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. If you cut back on watering your lawn, you will also cut back on your water bill.
3. Watering your lawn (if you must) during the first weeks of spring will help to hydrate your lawn much better than watering it later in the year.
4. A large number of people use automated sprinkler systems to spray lawns throughout the day, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining outside, you don’t need to water your lawn!
The idea here is to be conscious of what you are doing when it comes to your lawn space. If you really want to have that lush green lawn, try to reduce your water consumption. That said, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to landscape your entire property without the use of grass. Most of the water in North America goes towards making lawns look good, and that’s just a waste of water. Do your part this Earth Day week, and try to cut back on the amount of water that you use.
The Colorado Water Scene
There aren’t caps on water usage in various parts of Colorado, but some neighborhoods to put a restriction on water use for good reason. Since Colorado lands are lush, you can really add almost any kind of plant to your property (and some amazing trees too!) without resorting to water logged lawns. Find a landscaper in your area to work with, check out other homes for inspiration, and see what you can create.
If you need help moving to Fort Collins or any other part of Colorado, make sure to give us a call. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that works to make moves of all kinds (large or small) simpler. We also offer storage solutions of all sizes, in case you have to store some items that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call today, and we’ll get back to you with a free estimate. Or, take a look around our site to see what we can do for you. When it comes to lawns, try to cut back on your water usage, and check out some other amazing landscape ideas instead!
It takes a lot of time and energy to build an amazing vegetable garden. When you move, you’ll want to try and take as many plants with you as possible. While tricky, you can move the majority of your vegetable garden without much of a problem. Here’s how to move your veggies without losing all of that hard work!
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Prep Your New Space
If you have a nice garden spot at your new home, you’ll want to prepare the earth before you move your current garden. Dig holes where your veggies will go, make sure to use rich earth, and get your new garden ready just as you would an old garden spot.
Start With Pots
Purchase some very large and deep pots. Carefully uproot one plant at a time from your old garden, and replant it inside of a deep pot (making sure to keep roots intact). Pack new soil around each plant, so that every veggie is packed tightly and is ready to move. Try to uproot plants on a cool day that’s not too humid. Moving a garden on a very hot day will mean that you will have to water your plants frequently, so pick a day with some shade.
Even the shortest move can do a number on plants, so you’ll have to make sure that your plants are well hydrated. Soak the bottom of each plant in water for up to twenty minutes (not overnight). This way, your plants will have a nice refreshing drink of water before you move anything. You can also use a garden hose to run water into each pot.
Check the Weather Forecast
You’re in luck if the day after you’ve planted your new garden is filled with rain clouds. Try and move your garden the day before a really big rainstorm. This way, your plants will integrate with the new soil quickly, become more than adequately hydrated, and have the best chance at survival. Above all else, be careful with your plants! Plants have a tough time traveling, so make sure to handle them with care.
Moving Companies and Plants
A professional moving company that does transport plants (some do not) should be able to move your veggies without a hitch. That said, it’s best if you can move each pot by yourself during the span of one day. This way, you can put your vegetables into the new earth without worrying about spills or other issues that might arise if your plants are placed in the back of a truck. Check with your moving company to see whether or not plants can be accommodated. But, again, we recommend moving your garden on your own.
Your New Spot
One of the most important steps to take when moving a vegetable garden is to prepare the new soil before you try to plant anything. If you have the time, get your soil tested by a local lab. A good lab can tell you what your soil needs in order to help plants flourish. Once you’ve added the recommended nutrients, you can be sure that your plants will grow by leaps and bounds (and you don’t have to lose all of that hard work!). Preparation is often the key when it comes to moving an old garden to a new spot (it also helps to pick the right spot, so pay attention to shade, sunlight, and other natural elements).
Packing It All Up
If you can make an arrangement with new tenants to move your garden after you move the rest of your stuff that is ideal. If not, try to move your garden before you move your other items (at least a week before your move). This way, you can focus on building up your garden before you have to focus on unpacking a whole home. The benefits of a vegetable garden far outweigh the time and effort you have to put into one, and you can move your garden safely if you follow the steps listed above.
A new garden spot means that you may be able to grow the best garden you’ve ever had. With newly tested soil, the right amount of sun and shade, and all the right nutrients, your new garden will flourish. Have you moved your garden? How did it go? We’d love to hear from you! And, keep in mind, that Exodus Moving and Storage can help you with all of your moving needs, so give us a call today for a free estimate!
Summertime is here! Well, almost! That means that some of you will be looking for a great summer rental. There’s nothing like ditching all the stress of the long winter, kicking up your feet, and enjoying those lazy days of summer by staying in a cozy rental home. How can you find the best summer rental? Take a look at these helpful tips.
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1. If you’re heading to a really popular summer spot, waiting until the very last minute could benefit you price-wise. Resort towns are filled with homeowners looking to rent out a summerhouse, but there are often more rentals than people looking to rent. That means that the supply outweighs the demand, and homeowners will be desperately searching for renters at the last minute.
2. Figure out what you need. Do you have a large family? Do you need more than three bedrooms? Do you require more than four bathrooms? Are you bringing your pets with you? All of these things should be considered when it comes to renting out that summer home. Look for a place that allows pets, has plenty of beds, and comes with the things you don’t want to bring (like blankets and other supplies).
3. Pay attention to rental policies including transaction information. How will you pay? How will transactions be handled? Is the property you’re looking at managed in any way? Many of these things will ultimately determine which properties you rent, and which ones you’ll want to stay far away from. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip reading over the fine print.
4. Additional fees. Some rental properties require an additional fee or two for various things. For example, a rental property contract may stipulate that you have to pay extra for any additional guests. If you plan to let your kids bring a friend or two, do be sure and find out if you will have to fork over any additional cash.
5. Location. If the house you’re renting near a grocery store? How far is it from the airport or ferry? Can you park your car easily near the home, or do you have to pay for parking somewhere in town? Keep these things in mind while you search for a rental home.
6. What is included? It can be a big shock when you arrive at a rental home only to discover that nothing is included! You may have to bring everything with you, and very few rental properties include any kind of food. Plan to go grocery shopping when you arrive, or arrange for your hosts to pick up some items for you if you plan to arrive late at night.
7. Toys. If you are renting near a body of water, do you have access to any water toys like boats, canoes, kayaks, or other items? What about lake or ocean access? Is the house directly connected to a beach or do you have to walk across the street or take a car to reach the water?
8. Emergency facilities. Is the house equipped with a basic emergency aide kit? How far is the nearest hospital? While it’s great to really escape into the wilderness, you don’t want to be so far away that help can’t be found when you need it. If there’s no first aid box in the home, make sure to bring enough supplies for everyone you are traveling with.
What to Bring
You don’t have to pack up your entire home to move to a summerhouse. However, you may need to bring quite a few items with you if you are traveling with a large family. If you aren’t renting but are moving into a home that you own for the summer, the same moving rules apply. Be sure to bring everything that you need for a long and fun summer. If you do have to bring lots of boxes or are moving quite a long distance, Exodus Moving and Storage can help. We are a full-service moving company, and that means that we can help you pack, move, and unpack. Your summertime fun will be a lot simpler if you hire movers to help you get to your destination!
Check out summerhouse rentals in Colorado, and give us a call with any moving questions or needs. The summertime is right around the corner, and you’ll love every minute of a carefully chosen summer home rental.
When you think of Denver food, what do you think of? Denver is something of a mixed bag when it comes to food, but there’s definitely a food style that’s this city’s own. Restaurateurs in Denver are starting to do the local food thing and the microbrew thing has been around for many years now, but there’s an underbelly of Denver’s food scene that you may find more than tempting.
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Denver Fast Foods
Every city has a few fast food joints. It’s hard to find a street corner without a Starbucks or McDonalds. Denver has an interesting take of fast food, though. Sure, you’ll find some of the usual chains, but you’ll also find a few fast food firsts – like Chipotle Grill. Another popular fast food spot that’s all Denver is Noodles and Company. If you like noodles, Noodles and Company is a great way to get some great pasta fast. But, Denver isn’t all about fast food (though don’t knock the original Chipotle until you try it!). This town’s got some other delectable eats too.
Roasted Green Chiles – It’s a Thing Here
Everywhere you go in Denver, you will see green chiles. That green hue might not be huge anywhere else, but it’s all the rage (and has been for a long time) in Denver. The city’s top spot for green chiles is at Jack-n-Grill. Why? Because this restaurant roasts chiles on the spot – yeah, that’s tough to beat! You can also find green chiles just about anywhere you go. Denver locals like to toss a few onto burgers and hot dogs and (of course) in chili. Give green chiles a try, you’ll be glad that you did!
Did Someone Say Burritos?
Denver has a love affair with burritos. You’ll find burritos of all types in almost every corner, but the most popular type of burrito is definitely the breakfast type. Breakfast burritos are so popular that the city is dotted with breakfast burrito carts. These carts will even come to your office in the morning to sell you a burrito or two! There’s nothing like a heavy burrito to start your day off right!
Japanese and Thai
There are two chains that have to be mentioned in this list. The first is Tokyo Joe’s. The second is Thai Basil. Both chains are notorious for solid food (Japanese or Thai) that is served quickly – if you get a taste for either, head to one of these chains. We promise that you won’t be sorry!
With all the fresh produce and meat that Colorado has to offer, it’s no wonder that many restaurants in the Denver area are now selling local food. The slow food movement has definitely hit Denver, and walking into any one of these places means that you’re in for a really fresh treat. If you haven’t tried any local food yet, make sure to stop at one of these spots.
The coffee houses in Denver are almost worthy of a separate article (shout if you’d like to see one!). A few that do come to mind right away, though, are Aviano Coffee; Crema Coffee House; Logan’s Espresso Café; Happy Coffee; and Metropolis Coffee. Of course, you’ll also find your favorite chain coffee shops in Denver (Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts included), but the smaller coffee shops are the ones doing java right in this town! Ready to move to Denver yet? Good!
Preparing to Move to Denver
Now that you know what kinds of foods await you, let us help you get there! Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company offering storage spaces in Denver and Fort Collins as well as moving services. We can help you move your office from one side of Denver to the other, or we can help you move to Denver (or surrounding area) from anywhere in the world. We’re happy to provide you with some additional information about moving or our company.
If you need an estimate, we can do that too. Take a minute to browse around our site, or call us with any questions that you have. As soon as you decide to move to Denver, you’ll find out why this town is so popular! What’s your favorite Denver food spot?
At some point, most children will have to help an aging parent move into a retirement home. Optimally, this home will be located in the same neighborhood. Sometimes, though, this is not the case. An elderly parent that refuses to move to a home in a different part of town can seem difficult, uncooperative, and unappreciative. None of this is what’s really going on, however.
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As it turns out, relocation fear is a real psychological condition. It’s not one that only impacts the elderly either, but it is a fear that should be handled with care. If you’re in the midst of trying to move an aging parent to a new neighborhood, the first step is to understand why this type of move is so difficult.
Understand the Fear
In a recent NY Times article, psychologist Elizabeth Stirling was quoted as saying that “no matter how much you move, you still take yourself with you.” But, translate that fact onto an ageing parent that associates a sense of self with a neighborhood, and you have a true state of panic.
Elderly folks that have lived in a certain part of town for more than ten years form a strong attachment to everything in that area from the bank to the butcher or local grocery store. Even if shops have changed over the course of a lifetime, the streets and houses are still (more or less) familiar.
Uprooting a person from that type of familiarity can be a sticky situation. When it can’t be avoided, though, it’s best to find a really good way to ease that person into the idea of a move. Take a look at the following ways to familiarize an elderly parent with a new location before packing anything.
1. Visit the new neighborhood at the same time on the same day of the week. Example: bring your elderly mother to her new part of town at noon on Sunday for three weeks.
2. During that time, pick one shop to visit each day. The first Sunday you may step into the local café, and the second Sunday you may decide to visit the local library.
3. Introduce your parent to shop owners and employees. More often than not, shop owners are happy to meet new town residents (since they will be potential customers), and seeing a friendly face a few times before a move is a great way to incorporate change.
4. Take the time to visit a retirement home more than once. The first visit to a home may be a supervised one that occurs at a specific scheduled time. After that, visit the new home a few times, and ask if you can sign your parent up for an activity or two. This way, your loved one will be able to meet other residents, see what activities are like, and become familiar with a place.
5. Don’t rush the move. Unless there are pressing reasons to move a parent as soon as possible, don’t rush your loved one into a move. Time is the one thing that scares a lot of elderly folks, so try not to add an undue stress to the situation.
6. Speak with a therapist. It can help to have someone to talk to about this tough situation. Not only might your loved one benefit from the kind words and wisdom that a therapist can provide, but you may find this type of figure helpful as well.
Packing Everything Up
It may be hard for your loved one to pack things without any help (or at all), and you may be lacking the time needed to pack items. This is where moving companies come into play. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we offer full service moving solutions. We can pack items carefully and securely while you take your parent out for the day. Or, we can simply help you move the boxes that you’ve already packed. We are more than familiar with retirement home situations, and we are happy to help you with your move at any time.
Moving an elderly parent to a new neighborhood is not always easy, but this type of situation gets a lot simpler when a skilled moving company backs you. Call us today to get an estimate, arrange a meeting time, and to make this type of move an easy one.
Here’s a situation that you might be able to appreciate: you have a piano (or other massive item) that you now need to move to a fourth floor walkup. What can you do? Exodus Moving and Storage is here to help you! Take a look at the following tips (and then give us a call if you’re moving to the Denver of Fort Collins area!).
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1. Crane it. Did you know that you can hire a crane company to actually lift your item from the ground to the top floor of your home? You can; but it won’t be cheap. Try to find a company with a crane in your area, ask for rates and prices, and get it in writing before moving day. Also, make sure that the crane company can guarantee a move that’s damage-free.
2. Hire movers. We aren’t just saying this because you’re currently viewing a moving company website. You really don’t want to throw out your back, risk injuries of other kinds, or break anything while moving up and down stairs, right? That’s why a professional moving company is ideal in this situation!
3. Slide when you can. You don’t want to damage the underside of any item, but sliding something that’s bulky and heavy is a much better idea than trying to lift it. If you have a flat surface that allows for sliding (even between floors), make sure to slide.
4. Empty it out. You’d be surprised at how many times people try to move heavy items that are full of heavy things! Before you try to move anything, make sure to empty it out. Even if you are just moving something across the floor, emptying that thing will make your life a lot easier (and it’s a great opportunity to clean underneath all of those things!).
After Your Move
After you have successfully moved that heavy item, place felt pads underneath the item. Why? Because the next time that you want to slide your piano across the floor, you’ll have a much easier time if the legs of that piano are on felt sliders! In fact, adding these small pads to the bottom of all items of furniture as soon as you move into your new place is a great way to prepare for any kind of move large or small.
There’s just one more thing that we want to point out about moving a massive item: don’t ask your friends to do it! Why? Not only could you damage the item you are trying so hard to move, but your friends may wind up with some serious injuries. Stairs and heavy items and amateur movers just don’t mix. Your friends can help you with the smaller boxes and packing, if you like, but it’s just not wise to ask your buddies to help you move those major items.
Sometimes, it’s just not possible to move those really heavy things when moving everything else in your home. When you’re in this kind of predicament, there is another option. You can store those big items safely and securely in a storage facility. If you are moving to the Denver or Fort Collins area, we can help you with storage options. We offer a large storage facility in both locations for all items large and small. Ask us about storing your heavy items.
How We Can Help
We’d like to help you move those heavy things. We’d also like to prevent you from any kind of backache, friend anger, or other issues that can happen when trying to move something heavy up a flight of stairs! We operate a full service moving company, so we can help at every stage of your move. You’ll also love the fact that we only hire professional movers, so your stuff will arrive at your new location unscathed, in one piece, and without any problems.
Call us today for a free estimate, or to find out how we can help you figure out the best way to move your heavy stuff. We want your move to be a happy one that’s not full of any stress (on your back or otherwise!). Call us today, we’re ready and willing to help you when you’re moving to Fort Collins (or anywhere else in Colorado!).