Moving from a large home to a smaller place takes some skill. But, there are plenty of smaller homes out there that come with lots of coziness, room for everything, and no trace of clutter. How do people that live in small spaces make it work? Here are some of our best tips.
1. Think up! Instead of buying cabinets and bureaus that sit on the floor, buy shelves and tables that can be attached to the wall. You can purchase large or small shelves that can hold a lot of things well above the ground floor, and this will leave plenty of floor space for items that you need to store – without taking up space inside of a room.
2. Don’t bring everything with you. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they move into a smaller space is that they try and bring everything with them. You can’t fit everything from a large home into a much smaller home, so start decluttering as soon as possible (preferably before you start packing!).
3. Get organized. Making sure everything has its place certainly has its merits. Buy storage containers for everything that needs a place, label jars and boxes, and use shelf space wisely.
4. Select a few appliances. This tip really works when it comes to the kitchen area. If you are moving from a full kitchen to a galley kitchen (for example), you might not be able to take every kitchen appliance with you. Be selective about the appliances you do need and will use, and try to store other items out of the way (you can always dig those things out when you need them at a later time).
5. Hang lots of things. Again, this is a good kitchen tip. Adding a hanging rack to your kitchen means that you can hang utensils, pots, pans, and other items. A knife rack that includes a magnetic strip can hold your knives, so that you aren’t taking up valuable drawer space.
6. Find multi-tasking tools. If you see an item that can double as something else (a bathroom hook that’s also a clothes hanger for wet clothes, for example), buy it. If one tool can turn into two or three tools, that’s a lot of extra space that you’ll soon have!
7. Rent out a storage space. Sometimes, you just can’t fit all of that furniture into a new home. If you don’t want to part with an item or two, consider renting out a storage space where you can keep a few things until you will need them again (or have room for those items once again). We offer storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins if you are looking for something close to your new home.
8. Downsize. Is your office desk huge? Get a smaller desk. Do you have night tables that take up too much room in your new bedroom? Buy tables or shelves that attach to the wall. Is your bed too big for your new bedroom? Get a smaller bed. You can sell the old things that you will no longer need, and buy new things that make more sense in a smaller space. Once you get used to the new size, you’ll see that it’s much easier to live in a space that’s not crowded.
9. Color coordinate. This one is more of a design tip, but it’s one that works very well in smaller spaces. Choose a color that you love (like turquoise), and buy small items in that color for every room in your home. For example, you may have a turquoise appliance in yoru kitchen, and a small turquoise pillow on your couch. Color can make a home seem more uniform, and that will make the space seem bigger.
10. Choose the right furniture. Even if you love that oversized sectional, it might not fit your new living room. Find furniture that really fits the shape and size of your new home, and you’ll find a lot more space.
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If you need help moving into your new place, give us a call. We offer a full moving service as a moving company that has been working in the Fort Collins and Denver area for many years. We also have affordable storage spaces in different sizes for all of your needs. Call us for free moving estimates today. And, remember, moving into a smaller home can be really refreshing – you just have to make it all work!
Every once in a while, a non-profit really stands out from the crowd. While all non-profits are doing something amazing simply by existing, The Urban Farm in Denver, Colorado, is worth a moment or two of your time. This farm teaches agriculture to inner-city kids, and shows kids that don’t get much outdoor exposure that faming can happen in urban places too.
About The Urban Farm
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This farm was originally started as a horse farm, but it had the same intent – to show inner-city kids a bit about farm life. The horse farm eventually morphed into The Urban Farm, and now the folks that run this non-profit are focused on teaching those same kids the importance of farming. Not only is it important to teach children (and adults, really) how to grow their own food (and where food comes from), this farm also gives kids a chance to explore a working farm, work the land, and see that farming in an urban setting is entirely possible.
The Urban Farm also hosts birthday parties for kids, if you happen to be moving to Denver with your kids and you want a great idea or two! If you know of a child or children that could benefit from a farm experience, make sure to check out The Urban Farm’s website. There’s so much space and open air in Colorado, and even urban centers can embrace the culture that comes with living in this state. It is possible to farm in the city, and that’s what The Urban Farm is teaching, in addition to letting kids get some fresh air!
Colorado is full of amazing projects and programs like The Urban Farm. With all of the space that’s available in Colorado, it’s easy to see why non-profits like this one want to incorporate more of the outdoor life into everyday life – even inner-city life. That’s just the kind of pace that Colorado moves at, and it’s one that we love – and we know that you are going to love. Denver is just one place where lots of amazing things are happening in this state. There are lots of non-profits and organizations all over the state, and that means that there’s plenty of opportunities for anyone moving to Denver, or anywhere else in the state to jump in and help out, take advantage of programs like this one, or start up a new non-profit.
Colorado has been called out in various magazines for being a great state to start a new business in, and that fact applies to charities and organizations as well. The people of Colorado are open to new ideas and anything that helps a community out, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re aiming to work in the non-profit sector, or are seeking to start something that will benefit a community here large or small. In short, Colorado is full of opportunities!
Moving to Colorado
If you’ve decided to move here, it’s probably because you are craving some open space and air, right? Or, maybe you’ve moving here for work purposes (but we bet you won’t want to move elsewhere!). Whatever the reason may be, we want to make sure that your move is as smooth as possible. Exodus Moving and Storage moving service has been in the moving business for many years now, and we know what it takes to make sure everything you need to move gets there in one piece, and that you don’t have to worry about your move at all.
We offer free estimates too, so give us a call and ask us about our rates. If you’re looking for storage space, we can do that too – we have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so call to find out what we can offer you in the way of storage. If you are moving to Denver, make sure to take a look at The Urban Farm – this is one non-profit that deserves a bit of attention, and would make an ideal place to host a child’s birthday party. Call us today for moving rates and details!
A hot tub can be a great thing. After a long day at work, getting into your bathing suit and hitting that hot water just feels great. But, what do you do if you want to move your hot tub from its existing location? Hot tubs are heavy and bulky, but it can be done! Take a look at these tips.
1. Drain your hot tub first – you don’t want to move a full hot tub!
2. Detach all accessories from your hot tub including filters and heaters.
3. Clean the inside of the tub.
4. Recruit some friends to help you turn the hot tub on its side, and place wooden panels underneath each side of the tub, lifting up one side and then the other (there should be a gap between the two wooden slats).
5. Using a furniture dolly, slide the flat part of the dolly underneath the hot tub.
6. Secure the hot tub, and move it to the new location.
When you arrive at the new spot, you’ll want to carefully unload the hot tub the same way that you loaded it (one side at a time), and turn it on the base right side up. If you don’t have two pieces of wood to slide underneath the tub, you can simply use the dolly for transport purposes. Either way, it makes a lot of sense to tip the tub to one side, move it onto the dolly, and unload it the same way.
Hooking It Back Up
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Once you’ve brought the tub to its new location, you will want to take the time to read through your user’s manual. The manual will tell you exactly how to refill and re-attach everything you need to use your hot tub once again. Before you set anything up, though, make sure that the tub is flat and secure – you don’t want it to tip when you get in! Keep in mind that a hot tub is heavy and often hard to move. This means that you’ll want to be sure you have enough people around helping you out, or you could wind up injured. If you aren’t sure how many people you will need or if you have enough people, a moving company might be a better option.
Getting a Hot Tub Moving Estimate
Most moving companies will assist you when it comes to moving something heavy like a hot tub from one location to another. In fact, hiring professional movers to help lift an item this heavy is a good idea (you don’t want to throw your back out!). To find out if a moving company can help you, simply call one that’s near you to get an estimate; explain the situation; note how big your hot tub is; and tell the person you speak to where you want to move the tub to.
Moving companies will base a hot tub moving estimate on how big the hot tub is, and how far you need to move it. If you want to move a hot tub to another part of your yard or home, that cost shouldn’t be too high. If you want to move a hot tub from a second-hand retailer to your house, the cost could be higher – but a moving company might also charge less than store moving options, so make sure to compare rates.
Hiring a moving company may cost more than recruiting some friends or moving a tub on your own, but there are definite benefits too. For one, you won’t risk injuring yourself. Another good reason is that hot tubs are expensive! A professional moving service can get the job done quickly, right, and without creating any property damage – well worth a look!
We’re happy to help you move anything that you need help with. Just give us a call at Exodus Moving and Storage, and we’ll be happy to provide you with an estimate. If you don’t have space for your hot tub, we can help you there too – we have storage options in both Denver and Fort Collins, and we’d be happy to store your hot tub for you. Call us today, and be careful if you decide to go it alone!
Are you addicted to caffeine? Do you find it hard to get enough of that tasty cup of coffee? Well, if you are moving to Colorado, you will be happy to know that this state has more than its fair share of excellent coffee shops. In fact, Colorado has its own artisan (or third-wave, as it is sometimes called) coffee scene. Below are our favorite coffee spots – enjoy!
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1. Paul’s Coffee and Tea: this coffee shop is small, quaint, and serves the perfect cup of coffee. You’ll find Paul’s in Louisville, CO.
2. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: as you might have guessed, this teahouse is in Boulder, CO. During the summer months, you’ll find a lovely farmer’s market located near this coffee house too.
3. R&R Coffee Café: doesn’t the name of this coffee house sound divine? You’ll find a bit of R&R in Colorado Springs, CO.
4. Urban Steam Coffee: here’s another coffee gem in Colorado Springs. Urban Steam will definitely appease the third-wave coffee crowd, and you can get some yummy local treats to go with your coffee of choice here too.
5. The Bean Cycle: lattes, cappuccinos, and everything in-between is what you’ll find at The Bean Cycle. If you are moving to Fort Collins, this café is an absolute must (plus, you’ll find a quaint little bookstore nearby too!).
6. Wild Boar Coffee: here’s another Fort Collins gem. Maybe you can go from The Bean Cycle to Wild Board Coffee and back again for a true coffee voyage?
Other Coffee Spots
Colorado is known for its unique chains and some larger chains too, so you’ll find all of the big coffee shops in this state alongside all of the smaller ones. If you are a Starbucks fan, there are no shortage of Starbucks shops throughout the state. But, we urge you to try out some of the smaller, local, coffee shops for a taste of true entrepreneurial coffee spirit. Plus, most of the shops on this list offer local pastries and other goodies that you will absolutely love, so make sure to check those out.
Of course, you can also find some really decent beans that are roasted right here in Colorado. SwitchBack, Kaladi, and Elevation Traders are just a few of the roasters that make Colorado their home state. If you’re looking for delicious and fresh roasted coffee, you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect bag of beans to bring home. All you’ll need after you grab those beans is a great coffee machine, and you can find plenty of retailers selling machines in this state too. As you can see, Colorado is almost (almost) as serious about coffee as we are about burritos (but not quite!).
Getting Your Colorado Land Legs
If you aren’t quite sure where to live in Colorado, but you know that this town is for you, you’ll find tons of articles about this state on our blog. We’ve made sure to add plenty of information about moving to Colorado in addition to details about the many reasons why this state is so great. We hope that you’ll find almost everything you’re looking for on our site, but let us know if there’s something about Colorado that you want to know, and we’ll be sure to cover it here!
In the meantime, you might have noticed that we operate a full-service moving service and storage company. Not only do we love this state, but we want to help you move to it! No matter where you’re coming from, Exodus Moving and Storage can help you get all of your stuff where it needs to go in Colorado. We can also assist you with any office moving that you need to do. Estimates are always free, and we also have plenty of storage space for those items that you can’t bring along with you. Give us a call today to find out why so many people love Colorado, to get an estimate, and to speak with one of our representatives. When you do arrive in Colorado, let us know what your favorite coffee spot is too!
Like any other state, Colorado has its quirks. When you’ve lived in this great state long enough, you’ll begin to recognize some of these things right away. You’ll also quickly know when someone isn’t from Colorado, or has never been – it’s kind of like asking a New Englander for some ‘Manhattan clam chowder’ and getting a vacant look. If you’ve moving to Denver or Fort Collins, you’ll see right away what we’re talking about. Before you know it, you’ll understand all of the following things (and laugh along with this list!).
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1. Winter. You haven’t really understood winter until you’ve moved to Colorado, and we mean that in the best way possible! With winter also comes the need to hit the slopes every sunny morning before work (if this doesn’t make sense to you yet, you’ll soon understand!).
2. Locally brewed beer. A lot of states have local breweries, but Colorado takes this to a whole new level. If you find yourself staring at a beer menu for a really long time, you won’t be the only one!
3. You get ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf. No, they’re not the same thing (as you will explain to countless visitors).
4. South Park. You’ve watched South Park, and you’ve been to South Park too.
5. Mountain towns. Taking a day trip to a mountain town will let you explore nature, see what really rural life is all about, and ponder the way life used to be (and still is).
6. Nature. You may think that you understand nature, but you never really commune with nature until you visit the Rocky Mountain Range, or take a long hike on a winding nature trail. Colorado does nature like no other place on earth.
7. Cowboys. Yes, they do exist. Chances are that you know one, or you will know one when you move to any town on Colorado.
8. White water rafting in Fort Collins. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there’s no place better to be than in Fort Collins riding the rapids. Make sure to book a tour if it’s your first time.
9. Strange horse statues. At first, the red-eyed horse statue at the Denver International Airport may seem a bit off-putting. But, you’ll get used to the red-eyed greeter.
10. Burritos. You can’t live in Colorado and not get burritos. Burritos are everywhere here, and you’ll quickly have your favorite burrito spot all lined up and ready to go.
Ready to Move to Colorado?
If you’re on the liberal side, move to Boulder. If you run conservative, Colorado Springs is the place to go. If you just want to enjoy the good life, check out Fort Collins or Denver. It really doesn’t matter where you go in Colorado, you’ll love everything that this state has to offer – especially the many amazing scenic points, laid-back way of life, and nature at every turn. The hardest part about moving to Colorado will be packing up all of your stuff and getting here, but that’s not too difficult to accomplish when you have a full-service moving team on your side.
Exodus Moving and Storage can help you pack, move, and get where you need to go. We do both short-haul and long haul moving of all kinds – if it’s part of our moving service, we’re at your service. We also move office spaces, so we can help you set up a new shop once you arrive in Colorado too. If you can’t bring everything with you, we also offer short-term and long-term rental spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins. Really, we’ve got all of your moving and storage needs covered from A to Z. We also know that costs are important, so call us today for a completely free estimate. Just tell us what you need to move, where you’re located, where you’re going, and when you want to get there, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Soon, very soon, you’ll know a cowboy, have a favorite burrito, and understand exactly what it means to love winter. Yes, Colorado has its quirks, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! What are some of the things that you love about this state? Why are you moving here? It’s to play ultimate Frisbee, isn’t it? Let us know, and make sure to call us today to book your move.
Denver is surrounded by natural beauty. But, that doesn’t mean that business people working in Denver can easily unwind. That’s why various Denver spas have made it their mission to offer guests a complete disconnected space free from any signs of WiFi or electronic life. If this sounds appealing to you, it’s time for a break! Take a look at these Denver spots begging you to disconnect from the world around you (just for a few days!).
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1. Shambala Mountain Center: there’s no sign of wifi or any other technology at this retreat. You will be treated to a plethora of stress-reducing classes, though. Sign up for yoga, meditation, or another class to clear your mind, but leave your phone and television behind. Rates start at around $79 per night.
2. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort: if you are going to visit this hot springs resort in order to relax and unwind, leave your connected world behind. The main lodge does offer wifi, but that’s the only spot where you’ll find bits of your connected life. Otherwise, the resort if yours to explore sans technology – doesn’t that sound nice?
3. Lower Lake Ranch: if you don’t want to travel too far, you can check out the Lower Lake Ranch that’s located approximately 40 miles outside of Denver. This ranch is all about the outdoors, and it has very little to do with the Internet world. Sorry, folks, you can’t Instagram these pictures!
4. Elmwood Camp: this one is for the kids! If your kids are spending way too much time playing video games and networking on social sites, this camp is where it’s at. At first, they might protest, but the activities at Elmwood Camp will keep your kids occupied on a daily basis. This is a day camp, too, so your kids can connect at night.
5. Rafting on the Colorado River: we dare you to whip out an iPhone while you are rafting on this river! Forget about wifi, the Internet, and smartphones as you careen through the river bends on any Colorado River rafting trip. You can find lots of deal and details for various rafting trips by searching the Internet (the last chance you’ll get before you go!).
6. Just put your phone in a drawer. Okay, this isn’t a resort or retreat, but, really, Colorado is filled with so many hiking trails, natural wonders, and amazing outdoor beauty that it’s simple to just leave your phone behind. Ditch your phone, tablet, and laptop for an afternoon by leaving it at home while you head outdoors to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty.
Moving to Colorado? Let us help out!
There’s no better way to get right in to the swing of things when you move than to leave all of that moving trouble to professional movers. Plus, you can head outside the minute you move in if you let us handle all of your boxes for you. From packing to storage, we can help with it all. The important thing to remember when moving to Colorado is to try and enjoy the pace of life here as quickly as you can. We’re betting that you’ll get right into the swing of things, love the slower paced life that makes Colorado so great, and enjoy every minute of learning to disconnect from the world as you take to the trails or streets of this amazing state.
A Colorado State of Mind
It’s going to be tough at first, but you’ll get used to the way of life around here! Actually, it’s going to be a snap to leave all of that craziness behind! If you find that you’re still too connected when you’re living in Colorado, give one of the resorts listed above a try. You’ll soon see why many people are flocking to spas and hot springs in order to escape all of that connected-ness. Once in a while, it’s good to sit back, kick your feet up, leave the Internet behind, and learn to take life as it comes – the Colorado way.
And, remember, if you need help with moving service details or storage, make sure to call us at Exodus Moving and Storage – we’ll give you a free estimate, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have. What’s your favorite way to unwind?
You can save a lot of time and energy by properly preparing your items for storage. Simply stacking things inside of a storage space doesn’t make it easy to find what you need when it comes time to unload some of that stuff. Plus, you can save space if you have the proper storage equipment.
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Here are our best pre-storage tips.
1. Place plastic or other materials underneath heavy furniture items.
2. Stack chairs by pairing up cushions, and placing a separator beneath each cushion.
3. Cover any valuable furniture properly.
4. Use packing tape to secure boxes.
5. File any paperwork in filing cabinets or on shelves.
6. Do not overfill boxes of books. You should be able to lift book boxes with ease.
7. Make sure that breakable items are packed securely.
8. Mark all fragile items with the word ‘Fragile.’
9. Store any electronics in original packaging.
10. Make sure that all items stored are clean and dry.
11. Add some oil to metal items to prevent rusting.
12. Make a clear passageway into your storage space. It should be easy to get in and out of a storage box.
13. Use wardrobe cartons (specially made for clothing) to store material and clothes.
14. Bubble wrap and butcher’s paper are ideal for packaging fragile items.
15. Do not store anything that’s broken, or clearly label a box that contains broken items.
Organizing Your Storage Space
At some point, you will want to access everything that you have stored. When that day comes, it will be a lot simpler to walk into a clean and organized storage space. At the start, it will take some time and money to prepare everything properly for storage, but that effort will greatly pay off in the long run. It’s also vital to make sure that the storage facility you are choosing is secure, free from any kind of weather impact, and that your stuff will be safe for as long as you are gone.
Read through all storage facility contracts before you book any storage space. Make sure that you know what will happen if you no longer make payments, how long you have to renew a contract, and how you can make monthly payments. But, above all else, be certain that the space you want to rent can accommodate all of the things that you have to store. If you aren’t sure how much space you’ll need, we recommend giving us a call.
Exodus Storage Space
We offer ample storage space for all kinds of items in both Denver and Fort Collins. All of our storage facilities are guarded, safe, clean, and accommodate anything that you want to store. If you aren’t sure about sizes or what kind of storage space you will need, make sure to give us a call and explain the things that you have to store. We can help you find the right size for all of your items. We are also more than happy to explain our policies to you in advance, so that you are not left wondering about something that you are uncertain about.
When you store your items with us, you are storing your things safely. Still, it never hurts to properly prepare your things for storage by following the steps above. If you find that you have too many items to move, and you don’t want to store all of those things, consider setting up a yard sale or donating items to charity. Often, we never know how much we’ve accumulated over the years until we start to pack up a home! You may also find that some items just don’t fit into your new space, and a storage area can be a godsend when it comes to those extra things.
You can find the necessary boxes, plastic containers, packing tape, and other items that you’ll need to securely pack and organize your items at most container stores (or basic stores like your local department or office supply store). If you can’t find what you need, ask us. We are more than happy to help.
Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for information about storage lockers, our facilities, moving service, and any other questions that you may have.
CoWorking spaces are really popular now for good reason. Renting out office space on your own can be costly. That’s why coworking spaces have been set up in major cities (and in some rural areas) across the globe. A coworking space includes a few office set ups, rental fees based on necessity, and everything you’d want an office to be. Denver, Colorado has some great coworking spaces that you may want to check out if you’re about to move to Denver. Take a look!
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1. Uncubed: this coworking space is a bit different from all the rest. Uncubed was developed for freelancers, contractors, and entrepreneurs – those that don’t have a set office space, or are just tired of the café scene will like what Uncubed has to offer. This open office environment offers coworkers different space rates starting at just $150 per month (membership basis). If you work from home and want to move to an office setting, Uncubed located in the LoDo District is the place to go.
2. The Hive: the Hive offers freelancers and contractors a café-type atmosphere at one level, and a number of rooms available for rent throughout the building. You’ll find conference rooms, classrooms, and various other spaces are ready for you to rent. The Hive asks all members to pay a fee of $250 per month, and this gives members access to the entire building and all spaces. That’s not a bad deal at all!
3. Smartspace: Smartspace offers workers a great deal. You can rent out a desk for as low as $17 (half day), or pay more for more usage. When you need a private room, those are available too (private spaces are offered to all members at various times). This coworking space is really affordable and flexible.
4. Green Spaces: this is one of the most popular coworking spaces in all of Denver. If your startup has anything to do with being green, you’ll want to tap into this space. Green Spaces also offers new entrepreneurs a chance to speak with mentors, get feedback on projects, and attend monthly or weekly workshops – a really great place to get ideas and information. Prices start at $100 per month.
5. Law Bank Denver: if you’re a lawyer and you don’t want to pay for office space, Law Bank is the place to go. This coworking space was set up just for lawyers to use on those days when an office is required. Private offices, meeting rooms, and plenty of space to work are all part of the deal at Law Bank – need to meet with clients? This is the place to go.
6. The Desk: rent out a desk, speak with like-minded entrepreneurs, and work with the energy that surrounds you at The Desk. Memberships at this coworking space start at $50 per month – now that’s a great deal.
Leaving Your Old Life Behind
Why are coworking spaces so popular in Denver? Not only are these spaces affordable and great for generating new ideas, coworking spaces are popular in Denver because of Denver’s outdoor life. Who wants to be stuck in an office all day when you can simply rent out a desk or conference room when you need to? The rest of the time, work from home when necessary, and get outside and play when you don’t have to be at a desk. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
When you prepare to move to Denver, think about leaving your formal office behind. While Denver does have plenty of room for new businesses, you may find that a coworking space suits your needs just fine. If you currently have a home office, you can sell your desk and other items or simply store those items with Exodus Moving and Storage – we offer plenty of storage space at great rates right in Denver.
We’d love to help you move to Denver. Give us a call today to see how we can make your move simpler with our moving service, and think about renting out a coworking space for all of your office needs. Denver is home to tons of entrepreneurs just like you working together, bouncing ideas off of each other, and getting things moving. Be a part of that community by checking out Denver coworking spaces today, and call us for moving details and estimates.
Setting up a new office includes a lot of planning and many hours of your time. This task is so overwhelming that it’s tough to even know where to begin! But, don’t worry, Exodus Moving and Storage has you covered! We’ve helped a lot of business owners move office locations. Take a look at our top tips on how to move an office.
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Where to Move To
If you haven’t already found a location, you may want to consider moving to a new state. Colorado happens to be one of the top states for starting a new business according to numerous ranking lists – Denver often makes the top city list. Why? Because this state prides itself on local business, rents are reasonable, and markets are plentiful.
If your options are open, consider moving to Denver or another area in Colorado. Moving to a new state is simpler to do if your company isn’t already up and running (as is the case with most startups, for example). If your company is already established in an area, stick with that location. It’s tough to start from scratch, and you’ve already spent a lot of time building up a client base.
Already Set-Up Office Spaces
One of the most popular trends in commercial real estate (for good reason) is renting an office space that’s already equipped with everything you’ll need. Some of these locations include office furniture, a kitchen set-up, hook-ups, and some even come with tech equipment like fax machines and scanners. Ask a local commercial real estate agent about a fully equipped commercial office space. Or, looking for an office that has been abandoned by another company – good real estate agents can let you in on these secrets!
Understand Your Lease
It’s really tough to get out of a two or three year contract. If you decide later on that you don’t like the space you’ve chosen, can you break the lease? Finding out what your lease does and doesn’t include is vital to the success of a new office. If you aren’t sure about details that your lease includes, ask a lawyer. In fact, this may be one of times that spending money on a good lawyer is worth every penny.
Often, business owners needing to relocate are stuck with a lease that’s hard to get out of. When that happens, there’s not much that you can do. Understanding terms (and adding a clause or two that benefits you) is vital.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
Really. Moving your own equipment can seem like a really good idea, but it’s often adding another problem to your plate. You already have to handle so many things when moving an office like:
- Setting up new systems
- Figuring out lease details
- Finding the right space
- Notifying and handling any customer issues connected to moving
- Arranging all of those last minute details
A professional moving company can make sure that all of your office equipment gets to your new location intact. You don’t want to arrive at your new spot with smashed screens and tables that have been turned upside down! If you don’t have the time to pack, a moving company can help you with that too. Letting qualified and insured movers come in, pack up your stuff, and move your office in one piece is one less thing that you have to worry about.
Other Things to Consider
What? There are other things to think about? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! Since moving an office is such a big undertaking, we’re going to make this one a two-part post. Coming up next, we’ll dip into ways that you can save some cash when it comes to finding an office space. In the meantime, take a look at the posts on our blog. You’ll find some interesting moving tips and advice that can apply to moving an office as well as moving a whole house.
And just in case you need some extra space, keep in mind that we offer storage facility solutions in both Fort Collins and in Denver. Feel free to call us about our storage rental pricing or to get an estimate on any moving service that we offer. Stay tuned for the next part in this two-part post!
Got any additional tips on how to move an office? Or, maybe you have a horror story or two to share? Let us know!
Sometimes when you work for the government you are required to move to a new location in order to fit your job. This is kind of the nature of the beast when you work for such a big organization. Granted, it might be closed at the moment and you won’t be doing any moving for a while until these people get their act together, but once they do and job start to move around the country again, you should consider which companies are going to be the best for you to pick up.
A good way to tell a good moving company is to go in and talk to the employees. If you talk to the owner of the business he will likely give you his side of the story, which is fine. However, he’s not the one who is going to be moving you. Understanding the psyche and the personality behind the employees who work there is one of the best ways to tell if your belongings are going to be moved with care. If they seem careful and genuinely nice, then they’re probably a good company to go with. However, if they feel distant, or like they don’t care if you choose the company or not, then look elsewhere. The government can be rather fickle with who they decided good or not and who they feel you should hire. Picking only the best will really suffice.
Another great way to tell if the moving services that you have acquired are going to be on par with what you need is to look at their previous history. Many people will post up blogs, or reviews of services that they have had in the past. Many people like to have their voice heard, which is one of the great things about the Internet. So if you have any doubt that something is wrong in a company, go online and see if you can find anyone to validate your concerns. Not only will you thank yourself if you find something wrong, but if you don’t and you will likely feel much better about your decision of who you went with. Besides, knowledge is a great thing to have, and it may give you a little bit of a conversation starter if you decide to move with them.