If you have just moved into a new place, or are moving out of an old one, there’s one thing that you will have to do no matter what: defrost your refrigerator. Surprisingly, defrosting a fridge isn’t that hard, but there are a few things that you should know before you pull the plug!
Step 1: Empty the refrigerator. Put all things perishable into a cooler with ice packs, and throw away anything that’s outdated or clearly has expired.
Step 2: Turn off the freezer. Turn the dial on your free to “off,” so that you can start the defrosting process.
Step 3: Remove what you can from inside. If you can take out freezer racks and fridge shelves, do this now. You may not be able to remove some parts that are frozen, though, so don’t try to force these things to move. Instead, wait until the unit has been defrosted completely.
Step 4: Place towels around the edges of the refrigerator in order to catch any water that falls – you don’t want a massive puddle that turns into a safety hazard!
Step 5: Defrost the whole unit. You can complete the defrosting process by using a hair dryer, letting everything melt naturally (this is the easiest way), or through another means like putting a fan in front of the fridge and letting air blow inside the unit.
Step 6: Remove large chunks of ice as they break off (have a bucket nearby for this purpose).
Step 7: Clean the inside of the refrigerator with a rag, and mop up any access water.
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You should now have a clean and defrosted fridge. Typically, it takes twenty-four hours to clean a refrigerator completely, so make sure that you leave enough time to do this. It’s best if you can defrost and clean your fridge at least three days ahead of your moving date. If you purchase enough canned goods, you can subsist on other items for the days that you do not have a fridge.
Cleaning out your fridge is easy enough, but moving it is another thing! When it comes to moving something as heavy as a refrigerator, make sure to hire experts.
Our Moving Services
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we make it our mandate to provide you with everything that you need when it comes to moving your home or office. Let the experts at Exodus Moving and Storage lift the heavy items (like your fridge!) for you, so that you can sit back and enjoy the move. Exodus Moving and Storage also offers additional moving services such as packing and unpacking. We also have large storage spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store anything you can’t bring to your new home.
When it come to figuring out whether to move a fridge or get a new one, let us offer you some advice: if it’s not in good shape, you may just want to get rid of it. Donate an older fridge to someone that can use the help (or a charity), and purchase a new fridge when you move. It will cost less if you choose not to move a fridge, and you can enjoy the look and shape of a brand new unit. But, if you do want to move your fridge to your new home, call your Denver moving company and let us help you. When it comes to moving large items, there’s no need to break your back!
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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.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, sometimes relying on a storage service to keep some of your stuff is a wise choice. Most people think that storage facilities are for those who have an excess of belongings and want to create more space in their home, or people who purchased new furniture but wish to hang on to the old furniture until yard sale season.
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You can choose a couple of different options when the time comes, so do your research carefully in order to make it worthwhile. You need to make sure that the facility is secure (most are) and that the unit offers enough space, or worse – too much space. You don’t want to end up paying more for a unit that is only half full of your stuff! Sometimes, choosing a portable storage container is a better choice. There’s no driving back and forth to the storage facility, so you’re able to unload it more efficiently. Here’s a look at your options, and what to watch out for when considering which type of storage is right for you.
The Off-Site Storage Facility
Before you determine the size storage unit you will require, you need to make sure that the facility you choose is highly secure. The majority of storage facilities today provide this and then some, but just in case, here’s a list of must-haves when it comes to security:
Well-lit. Since the majority allow 24-hour access to your stuff, you want to be sure it is very well-lit. You don’t want anyone jumping out of the shadows when you make a quick 10 PM run to pick up a couple of things in the middle of your move!
Passcode Security. While there are those places that continue to provide the old lock-and-key style unit with a keypad at the main gate that gets you onto the property when you punch in the required passcode, there are those that are even more secure. When you enter your passcode to open up the main gate, it triggers your unit to unlock. When you leave, entering your code again locks your unit back up. This means no one can pick your lock, and you won’t forget to lock it up, exposing your belongings to thieves.
Fenced In. What good does a front gate do when the back area isn’t fenced in? True, there are woods back there, but who’s to say a thief isn’t going to sneak through the woods to get in undetected? Be sure that the entire facility is fenced in. Some facilities will have an added layer of security with barbed wire on the top of the fence.
Cameras. A good storage facility will have an extensive network of security cameras that capture footage 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alarms. Just in case someone is able to break into your unit, there should be some type of alarm that goes off. Sometimes, this is all it takes to send the thief running!
Sprinkler System. Some people don’t even think about the danger of fire destroying their belongings. It’s important that there is a fire detection system in each and every unit with a sprinkler system to guard your things from being destroyed.
Climate Control. Sometimes, you have belongings that require maintaining a specific temperature. Be sure that the climate is controlled to protect against damage from humidity, extreme heat, or cold.
Also, find out if the company you’re considering provides insurance. Most will provide this added insurance, and it is a wise idea to pay the additional fees associated with it. Keep your eyes on the storage facilities in the area you are moving to in order to find out when they are having a special promotion to save some money.
There are many national moving companies that offer storage containers to keep onsite, but this isn’t the only form of portable storage. Most moving companies with fleets of large tractor trailer trucks will pack up your entire house and drive it to their own secure facility until you need it. This is a great option for those moving cross-country or people who don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving back and forth to the storage unit. Again, you need to determine space, security, and all of the details that come with a storage unit at a storage facility.
We offer large and secure storage spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so you can store anything that you can’t bring with you to your new home with ease. Call us today for rates or additional information. If you’re moving to Fort Collins or Denver, we’ve got all of your moving and storage needs covered.
Named after Horace Greeley (editor of the New York Tribune during the early 1800s), Greeley is steeped in history at every turn. If you love history and the way life used to be, you’re in for a real treat when you move to Greeley. This town has lots of historical attractions, and, being Colorado, plenty of outdoor activities and excitement.
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Ready to explore Greeley? Here’s what you’ll find!
1. Greeley Freight Station Museum: if you are a railroad or train buff, this is absolutely the place for you. Explore the 5,000 square foot mock rail system inside of this museum, learn about trains and tracks, and spend your day seeing how the USA used to get around!
2. Centennial Village Museum: this museum brings history to life – quite literally! As a period museum, you will see Centennial Village actors dressed up in period costumes, performing everyday tasks that were popular during yesteryear, and doing things that would have made life exciting back in the old days. Centennial Museum makes the perfect place for a date or to bring your kids for an educational walk through time.
3. Antique Washing Bin Museum: how many antique washing bins can there possibly be? You might be surprised – this museum is filled with the many ways that people used to wash clothes (far before energy efficient machines filled homes and packed department stores!).
4. Pawnee National Grasslands: if you want to explore the outdoors for a day or two, check out the Pawnee National Grasslands. This massive expanse of grasslands is open for visitors of all kinds. Whether you’re on a bicycle, by car, by foot, or with a tent or two, this is where you want to go in Greeley to view the stars and take in the open air.
5. Kress Cinema and Lounge: are you into independent theater productions? The Kress Cinema provides an amazing opportunity to check out what’s happening with local theater. Kids are welcome, it’s a great place for a first date, and you can really submerse yourself in what’s local and theatrical at Kress – give it a shot!
6. Local Life: sometimes, it’s nice just to sit back and relax. Or, maybe take a stroll down the main strip and see what kinds of shops and wares locals have for sale. You can also check out the Greeley Mall for all kinds of brand names and favorites.
7. Yoga time! It’s really good to stretch your muscles when you can, and Greeley offers many different opportunities to spend time on yourself in the form of yoga. Greeley has a Bikram Yoga center, and some smaller yoga centers that are perfect for meeting people in town and learning to relax and breathe. Never tried yoga? Greeley is the perfect spot for your first time!
8. Nature Trails: if there’s one thing that Colorado isn’t lacking, it’s nature trails. Greeley has so many beautiful nature trails that it’s tough to pick just one. Grab your hiking boots, get outside, and see what outdoor life is all about.
9. Poudre River: are you into rafting? Do you want to try rafting? Either way, the Poudre River is where people of all ages go to experience the rapids. In fact, Greeley is a popular destination for river seekers from miles away, and moving to Greeley means that you’ll have the river at your backdoor – what could be better?
10. Learn to live like a local: how is this a thing to do in Greeley? If you’re coming to Colorado from any other part of the world, you’ll quickly learn that things are different here. Greeley residents enjoy sunshine, nature, and plenty of things to do all year long. Plus, life in Colorado moves at a much slower pace. Learn to sit back, relax, and live life one step at a time.
Moving to Greeley
Ready to move to Greeley? Great! We’ve got all of your moving needs covered. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we offer large storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins (not far from Greeley at all!), and we are a full service moving company. That means that we can help with every aspect of your move from packing to driving to unloading (we’re your number one Colorado moving company!). We can even help you out with all of those large and awkward pieces that you aren’t sure how to move!
Give us a call today to see what we can do for you!
Are you surrounded by boxes upon boxes? Have you been using the biggest box as your dining room table for more than a few nights? Now that you’ve moved, what are you going to do with all of those things? Is there a civilized way to unpack?
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Relax! We have you covered! There’s a definite way to unpack, organize, and make your new home liveable. Grab a cup of something warm (if you can find the cups!), and read through this unpacking list before you start to feel overwhelmed.
1. Pick the room that’s the most important. Usually, this is the kitchen or the bathroom. Since you need both of these rooms, it’s not a bad idea to start unpacking boxes of items that belong in this room first. Begin with the larger items, and then start unpacking things like utensils and soaps. As soon as you have the first two important rooms unpacked and set up, it will be a lot simpler to move to the other rooms.
2. Take your time. Even though you may have the kicthen and bathroom all unpacked and ready to go, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should move at warp speed to unpack the rest of your boxes. In fact, it’s a much better idea to spread out unpacking over the span of a few days. As you start to unpack, you may have a ton of energy. But, that energy will likely wear out as you move to the third room – and then you’ll wind up being simply tired. At the tired stage, it’s hard to do anything with accuracy. So, wait a day.
3. Move to the big things. Art and other wall items can wait a day or two. Set up your couch, tables, television, and any other larger items first. This way, you can entertain a person or two if you need to (and you may even have a place to sit).
4. Don’t rush the art process. As far as decorating goes, this aspect of unpacking and moving into a new home can certainly wait for days or weeks. Before you simply place everything you had in your old home in your new one, think about whether or not your old items actually fit in with your new home décor. You may find that a few items deserve to be sent to storage or sold.
5. Let there be light! While you don’t have to place your lamps where they will go permanantly, it’s not a bad idea to plug in a few lights, so that you have some ambiance inside of your new home. Also, it’s never a bad idea to have some light to work with (or to unpack to).
6. Explore a bit. Sure, the rest of your stuff has to be unpacked, but don’t become so involved in unpacking that you don’t take the time to explore your new area. You may even find a piece or two that fits in perfectly with your new home (and maybe you’ll even find some takeout places that will help you fill food needs while you unpack!).
7. Sleepy time. If you have kids, planning to set up a bed (or a mattress, at least) is a good thing to do at the start of your move. Another way to make moving fun for kids is to place a few sleeping bags on the floor – your kids will love camping out in your new home for a couple of days!
8. Learn to relax. Moving really doesn’t have to be stressful. Besides, you’ve gone through the toughest part of the move already. Now, it’s just time to unpack, look through your things, set up your new home, and enjoy the town that you have moved to. Whatever you do, don’t stress!
Moving to Denver, Colorado
If you are moving to Fort Collins or Denver, you can trust Exodus Moving and Storage to help you with everything you need from A to Z. We offer full service moving options from packing to moving and everything in-between. We also have a large storage space in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can leave some things with us if you can’t move everythign into your new home.
Give us a call today to get an estimate or to find out how we can help you move. When it comes to unpacking from your move, following this guide will help you unpack with ease.
Moving any type of electronic can be somewhat nerve-wracking. There’s a good chance that you paid a lot of money for every device in your home, so moving these items with ease (and without breaking anything) is important. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’ve moved a lot of different types of electronics, and we’d love to offer you our tips for moving electronics without a hitch.
1. The first thing to do is to find the right boxes. Ideally, packing an item in its original box is the way to go. But, let’s be real. The chance that you still have the original box a device came in is slim to none, right? Still, getting a box that fits that item perfectly is smart.
2. Pack wires in a static-free bag, if possible. This way, you can ensure that all wires will remain working and unfrayed.
3. Purchase some bubble wrap. You can buy large rolls of bubble wrap at wholesale stores like Costco – and you’ll need it! Wrap up all of your electronics as securely as possible inside of those cozy bubbles, and tape up any sides or loose ends.
4. Include owner manuals. Inside of each device box, add the owner’s manual for that device. This way, you won’t have any problem setting up your item in your new home (if all else fails, you can look online for an owner’s manual, make a copy, and add that to the device box).
5. Label each box. Add the word ‘FRAGILE’ to each box containing an electronic device, and also add the name of the room where that box should be placed (this will make your life simpler when it comes to unpacking!).
6. Move with care. If you don’t plan on hiring professional movers to move your items, make sure to handle all of your electronics with extreme care. Professional movers are insured, and this means that any damage will likely result in an item replacement – this isn’t the case if you just ask your friends to move your stuff for you (so keep this in mind!).
7. Unpack carefully. All of your electronics should be packed securely by now, so that you can simply enjoy your move. When it’s time to unpack, be just as careful as you were when you were packing. Make sure to remove all items, check to see that all attachments and wires are accounted for, and look at the owner’s manual to see how to set something up.
It’s possible that you missed a few attachments or cords when you were packing, and now you have an incomplete device. What can you do? Look online at the manufacturer’s website, find out what you need, and order that part if necessary. If the device is older and the manufacturer doesn’t sell that item anymore (or replacement parts for it), you may be able to find certain pieces on an online auction site like eBay, or through a site like Craigs List.
Getting Your Items to Your New Home
As mentioned above, you are taking a risk when asking your friends to move electronics. Television screens can break, consoles can come apart, and even small items like tablets can arrive with cracked screens. All of these things can happen even if you bubble wrap your stuff. Friends are great, but you may want to consider asking your friends to help you with smaller boxes, and hiring movers to handle those larger (and more expensive) things.
Denver moving companies should give you an estimate in advance, so you can decide whether or not hiring professional movers is affordable. You should also be able to determine whether or not a company can move all of your electronics during the initial consultation meeting. If you are moving to Denver or Fort Collins, we can help you with all of your electronic moving needs – from packing to moving and even unpacking. We also offer storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so that you can store those items that you don’t want to take along. Sometimes, that amazing device just won’t fit inside of a new home, and that’s when a storage facility option can really be helpful. Ask us about our storage options (highly secure and guarded!), and about our moving services when you call. It would be our pleasure to help you move your electronics to any location in the Denver or Fort Collins area. Call us today!
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!).
Moving into a new home is a really exciting process – especially if it’s a home that’s like a blank canvas! A house that needs a bit of love means that you can change it any way you like. It also means, though, that you may need to move in with care, so that you don’t get in the way of your own projects. Check out our tips for moving into a home that needs remodeling.
The moment you walked into that new space your mind probably filled with great renovation ideas, right? Make a list of all the changes that you want to make, and then number that list in terms of priority. For example: if you want to change the bathroom tiles first, title that project number one on your list.
Move any major projects (knocking out your kitchen cabinets, for example) to a separate list, and then label those according to priority. Why? You’ll want to try and get as many big projects completed prior to moving as you can manage. If you can swing it, try to get a renovation crew to your new space to knock down any walls or put up anything major. This way, you can move into a home that’s semi-complete.
Make Sense of Things
As a general rule of thumb when remodeling, try and work on projects in a logical manner. A good example is paint and plaster. Touch up any holes in the wall and plaster any necessary areas before painting or moving furniture into a room (or adding anything like a built-in library). There is a logical order to renovating (no matter how large or small the renovations are), so try to keep this in mind when working on a home remodel.
Some logical steps include:
- Plaster and putty before paint.
- Paint before wall décor or ceiling fixtures.
- Built-in structures before ceiling fixtures.
- Wood polishing and finishing before moving in furniture.
- Décor before furniture purchases.
Remodeling does make sense if you think of it in logical terms. Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle when it comes to moving if you’ve thought about remodeling plans ahead of time. If you have to hire crews to work on your home when you are not there, keep the following guidelines in mind.
Hiring Unsupervised Crews
No crew is going to be completely unsupervised, since there’s always a project manager or head of a crew included in the overall price. That said, though, that person that will oversee any major project won’t be you, and will likely be part of the construction or renovation crew. So, what should you do? You have a few different options.
1. Hire someone to oversee work (someone that’s not affiliated with the renovation team).
2. Create a benchmark list that a crew must follow – and include these details in your contract.
3. Make the trip to your new home as often as possible to check in.
4. Be in constant touch with a crew manager via phone or email.
5. Have a relative or trusted friend look in on a project if you can’t be there.
6. Always hire a reputable renovation team.
One you have a renovation plan in place and some major remodeling projects under way, you can focus on getting your move all worked out. What do you need to make sure that your move goes smoothly? A plan, of course!
Your Moving Day Plan
Hopefully, you won’t be moving into a house full of sawdust and construction crews, but, in case you are, it’s a good idea to tell your moving company about the current renovations happening in your new home. This way, you can also let your movers know where to put boxes (and where not to put boxes), and how to avoid getting in the way of construction. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to schedule your move on a day when construction crews have cleared out.
Having a full service moving company on your side is also beneficial. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we make sure that your move will go smoothly from start to finish. If you’re moving to Fort Collins or to Denver, we can help. Give us a call today to set up a consultation, moving time, and to go over any other concerns that you may have. Moving into a home that requires renovations can be a lot of fun when you do it right! Let us help make your move smooth!
Life is really good at throwing curveballs! Right when you least expect it, you may have to move. Moving in a hurry can be really stressful, but even this type of move can be stress-free if it’s done properly – really! The first step is to hire a full service moving team like Exodus Moving and Storage. A team of certified professionals can help you pack and move without worry – just leave it all to us.
The next step – and this will be the big one – is trying to sell your current home or rent out your place. Since you weren’t expecting to move, you probably don’t have anything set up in the way of a home sale or rental process. Use this guide to help you work out those house details, so that you can focus on the reason behind your move.
If you currently live with someone that will be moving with you, it might be a good idea to leave that person behind while you move into your new home. Why? Because the person that remains in your home can work with a real estate agent, show your home to potential buyers or renters, and handle all of the paperwork. That person will have to pack too, so you may want to hire professional cleaners to handle the cleaning of a home.
No roommate or significant other? Don’t worry! There are many more options to consider like:
1. Work very closely with a real estate agent.
2. Rent out to people with solid referrals.
3. Consider background checks for potential renters.
4. Ask a trusted friend or relative to show your home, collect your mail, and set up other necessary appointments.
If you have to leave your home empty for a while, there are some additional precautions that you should take.
Keeping Your Home Safe
The last thing that you want to do is invite intruders into your empty home. Follow these safety measures when leaving your home unoccupied for any length of time:
1. Purchase and set up automatic timers that will activate house lights at different times each night.
2. Make sure that someone collects your mail, so that it’s not piling up outside of your home – or, even better, ask the post office to start forwarding your mail to your new address.
3. If you have a home security alarm, make sure that it is activated whenever someone is not in your house.
4. Teach any friends that will be checking on your home (or real estate agents) how to use your house alarm system.
5. Do not post information about your move on social networks – this can be very tricky, since you may want to use social networks to rent or sell your house. If this is the case, be sure to set up privacy settings, so that your immediate friends (and nobody else) can see your new status notifications.
The other thing that you’ll want to check into is your current home insurance plan. Does your plan still cover your home if you aren’t living in it? This is an important question to ask your current insurance representative. Otherwise, you may not be covered if someone breaks into your home while you are living in another place. Also, do not assume that any renters are automatically covered. When it comes to home insurance, it’s definitely better to ask questions before you make any big moves.
Speaking of Moving…
You shouldn’t have to fret over any aspect of moving, even if you are moving at the very last minute. You may not have the time to set up real estate meetings, meet with renters, arrange your new accommodations, and pack up your whole house (what a mouthful!). A full service moving company can bring the boxes, the packers, the muscle, and all of the arranged details directly to you. All you have to do is figure out a good day and time, and let your chosen moving company do the rest.
If you are moving to Fort Collins or Denver (or to another place from one of these locations), don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our goal is to make sure that your move goes smoothly, and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions. Keep in mind that we also have large storage areas in both Denver and Fort Collins that can be useful when you’re not sure what to leave and what to move. Call us today, and let us help you with that last minute move!
Yesterday, we talked about how to find a new job in your town and the importance of networking. Getting out there and meeting new people is a great way to strike up some new friendships, partnerships, and even find a new job doing something that you love. Only most people aren’t great at the game of small talk. If you find yourself fumbling for something to say when you meet new people, this article is for you!
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Take a look at some of these great ways to strike up a conversation with anyone.
1. Ask questions that can’t be answered simply. This is a journalist’s trick, and it’s one that will get you a lot of interesting responses. If you ask someone “what’s your name?” that person might respond with a simple “Bob” (or Ted, or Mary, or Silvia…). But, if you follow up that question with “that’s an interesting name, I’ve never met a Bob! Were you named after someone else?” Nine times out of ten, you’ll get the story that goes along with the name. That, in turn, can generate plenty of conversation.
2. Note your surroundings. Take note of the details of a place when you walk in. Is there something interesting about the room that you’re in? Do you see any intricate decorations or oddities? You’re not the only one! Try mentioning something about the décor to a person you’ve just met. Something like: “imagine how much that massive chandelier weighs!” It’s hard for most people not to jump into a conversation like that one!
3. Bring up a current topic. This one can get tricky. Don’t bring up anything too controversial, or you may end up in the midst of a heated argument! Instead, try to bring up some bit of news that’s strange or bizarre. You can check out various websites before you head out to find something really interesting to talk about (“did you know that BMW has a car that drives itself now!”).
4. Ask more questions. Once someone tells you something (anything, really), ask questions about that experience. For example: “that’s really interesting! What did you do while you were visiting Thailand?”
5. Listen. This is the simplest trick of them all, and it’s one that the famed Dale Carnegie mentions numerous times in his popular book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’ Most people spend networking hours talking about themselves, so it’s a shock when you listen more than speak. In fact, Carnegie suggests spending your evening with just one person – listening, asking questions, and really paying close attention. Sure, you’ll ignore everyone else in the room, but that one person will never forget you! It’s one tactic to try out!
6. Flatter someone. Everyone has an ego. If there’s someone that you want to talk to, make sure to find something about what they are wearing to comment on. “That’s a lovely necklace! Where did you get it?” Be careful about walking up to someone and commenting on an overall appearance. Some people may take offense to “you’re so pretty!” or may just become very uncomfortable with your comment.
7. Get familiar. This trick only works if you can pull it off, so if you feel like you can’t accomplish the “I ask too many personal questions and get away with it” tactic, don’t do it! If you are that person, try to ask something that’s somewhat familiar. For example: “you look really uncomfortable in those shoes! Are they absolutely killing your feet?”
8. Be basic. Try the old “what do you do for a living?” question. Just remember to follow that up with more questions. “I’m a firefighter.” “Wow! What’s the most dangerous situation you’ve ever been in?” See how that works?
9. Feign surprise. Try not to be overly dramatic about this one, but some people assume that they know things you don’t. So, someone might come up to you while you’re standing at a networking event for real estate agents and say, “it’s all about location, location, location! Did you know that?” You may want to respond: “yes, everyone in this industry knows that line.” But, a better way to answer is to say something like “what a great line! Tell me more!”
10. Let someone teach you. This approach can be a double-edged sword, so choose the person that will become your teacher carefully (otherwise, that person may feel like they have a duty to teach you for the rest of your years!). Ask something like “I’m really new to real estate. What’s the most important lesson you might be able to teach me?” People love to be an authority, and this trick works like a charm.
Now that you have a bunch of ways to break the ice, there’s no excuse not to get out there and start networking in your new town. Of course, you have to get there first! Moving to Fort Collins or Denver? Let Exodus Moving and Storage help you out! Give us a call today.