Moving is a hectic and crazy time. You have so much to think about and coordinate. First there’s the selection process – both the new house and community you are moving to and the Colorado moving company that will help you get your stuff there – and then comes the flood of activities essential to getting you from point A to point B.
You have to weed through your belongings so you aren’t traveling with stuff you never really use anyway. You have to decide whether to sell your items at a yard sale or donate them to Goodwill (or both!). You should make sure you get some quality time in with your friends and family that you won’t see as often anymore. And lastly the dreaded chore of packing all of your boxes, if you don’t rely on your long distance moving company to pack for you. It can be hard to remember everything you need to do, even if you have made out lists. Here are a few things you might not think of so that you don’t forget a few highly important things.
Do you belong to a gym? Do you go often? It’s time to see if your gym has a location nearby. If so, you need to transfer it! If not, you should look into the cancellation policy well in advance so that you aren’t stuck paying for a membership you can’t even use. There may be some early termination fees to contend with, so be sure to read all of the fine print and see the exact date you signed up. Sometimes waiting an extra month or two before canceling avoids these high fees.
Sit down and make a list of all of the clubs and organizations you belong to, and your kids, too – the American Legion, Girl Scouts, 4-H – and determine where the nearest location to your new home is so that you can continue your membership uninterrupted.
No, I know you aren’t going to forget about taking your car with you, but there is something you might forget that involves your car. Sometimes, there is so much going on, we neglect to get our car all tuned up and ready to hit the road to our new home!
Not only do you need it to be tuned up and in excellent shape to drive a long distance, you should be sure to pack a first aid kit and emergency supplies, just in case. Don’t forget tissues, band aids, sunscreen, aloe vera gel, and bug spray. If it’s winter, bring along an emergency snow shovel, blankets for the whole family, flares, and anything to make sitting in the cold more bearable. You never know where or when disaster will strike – better safe than sorry!
Don’t forget to have a chat with your mechanic. They might know of someone in your new area that can be trusted to fix your car properly without charging you an arm and a leg.
Here’s another thing that many people don’t think of until they’ve already moved. It’s something that is easily forgotten, especially if you are the pillar of health and seldom visit your doctor. Before you leave for good, talk to your doctor about transferring medical records and prescriptions to your new location. You can sign all of the release forms ahead of time to make the transition as smooth as possible. They, like your mechanic, might be able to refer you to another practice in your network, too.
You might find that your health insurance plan changes. If this is the case, do your homework before you move so there is no lapse in coverage or steep bills that won’t be covered.
Planning a move? Don’t worry – Exodus Moving & Storage can help so that you are prepared and don’t forget a thing!
If you’re planning a move, there’s a good chance that you may want to pick up some new and cute things for your home. Etsy, the artist’s marketplace, is a great website to use to find some really clever and creative items that you may not find anywhere else.
The issue with Etsy is that it can be somewhat difficult to navigate, since there are so many different types of items and different types of people selling those items on the website. Here’s a guide on how to navigate the site, so that you can find that perfect item to add to your new home.
Using Filters and Reading Tags
Artists making handmade goods, and shoppers looking for those goods, have become somewhat frustrated with people selling items on Etsy that aren’t actually handmade. Since anyone can sell things on the site, some people have begun differentiating quality handmade goods with those that are factory made by using tags such as “Handmade in the USA,” or “Authentically Handmade.” You can also set site filters to include items that are handmade only, so that you aren’t looking at items sold in stores or purchased for the purpose of resale on the site.
That said, there are some machine made, or largely manufactured items, on the site that may actually be what you’re looking for. If you can’t find those items where you live, you may be able to find them for a much cheaper price on Etsy. So, don’t count out items that aren’t handmade unless you are looking for that specific handmade touch.
Buying From the World
One of the great things about Etsy is that it’s a true global marketplace. You can find items from other parts of the world like India and Thailand on the site, and those items are often really unique. If you want an item that has a particular feel to it, consider shopping outside of the US. What about safety and shipping woes?
The best way to make sure that you aren’t going to get ripped off is to take a good look at the reviews that other buyers have posted. Each shop lists reviews of items, and a seller that isn’t trustworthy will be called out. Plus, the site shuts down shops that have received too many bad reviews, so there’s some safety in this as well. Just read through those reviews, and note what other people are saying about a particular item. Otherwise, it’s a great deal of fun to purchase something that’s handmade in another country, so give it a try! And if you buy something, make sure to leave an honest review to help out the honest folks on the site!
Looking Carefully at Descriptions
It can be tempting to base purchases solely on photographs. You do have to realize that most people selling items on Etsy have mastered the art of the photograph, and Etsy even provides people with a guide on how to take the best photos (here’s a mental note to make if you ever want to sell anything on the site). This is why you have to read through a description of each item that you are considering buying. Carefully look at details like dimension information, material specifications, and other notes that might be present. This combined with a careful look at the review’s posted should provide you with a clear idea of what you are purchasing.
For the most part, the developers behind the Etsy site have tried to make the site as easy to navigate as possible, though this isn’t always the case. You can now use various filters in order to search for items, and this helps to narrow down the selection. Etsy is also a great place to go if you want an item for your home, but you don’t want to pay retail prices.
Sometimes, handmade goods can be expensive, but other times you can get a much better price and a better quality product by buying something that’s made locally or in another country. If you are moving long distance, buying newer items instead of trying to transport all of your old stuff makes a lot of sense too!
A Free Moving Estimate
Moving is a fun time that should come without any complicated moving problems, and that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. We’d love to help you move all of your old stuff, or help you store those items in one of our storage facilities in either Denver or Fort Collins. Simply call us today to arrange a meeting, and we will give you a completely free quote that we promise to stick by.
We’d also love to hear what you think about Etsy, and what your user experience has been — come and find us on Facebook to join in the conversation!
The Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) is an integral part of our community. It is the largest professional network of realtors in the state, and it’s also a non-profit, voluntary, professional real estate association. What is CAR all about, and why has Exodus Moving and Storage partnered with this important association?
What CAR Does
The purpose of the Colorado Association of Realtors is to protect all aspects of real estate and to protect everyone that works in the Colorado real estate industry. CAR works with commercial brokers, residential brokers, home owners, property owners, land owners, and homeowners to ensure that all real estate professionals regardless of title are protected. Essentially, CAR’s mandate is to make sure that real estate professionals succeed when they become Realtors.
There are so many aspects of the real estate industry that it helps to have an association like CAR working on both the side of the Realtor with potential Realtor and with land and homeowners. CAR provides information for anyone involved in real estate including various conferences and meetings that aim to help people with becoming a Realtor or understanding various laws related to real estate.
Help With Becoming a Realtor
There’s a lot that goes into becoming a professional broker, whether commercial or residential, and having a guiding hand can certainly help. CAR offers licensing details, information about local associations, and plenty of conferences that are available for any aspiring realtor. The CAR also focuses on information geared towards home buyers and homeowners.
Buying a Home
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments and life changing events that a person can go through. There are a lot of details that go into buying the home including things like what to do after a contract has been signed, figuring out how much you can afford, weighing the pros and cons between renting and buying, and many other important details. CAR aims to provide all of this accurate information to potential homebuyers through the CAR website. Homeowners and buyers can also attend any information session hosted by CAR that pertains to homeownership.
You should have lots of questions about buying a new home. CAR tries to answer those questions on the association’s main website. You can also contact CAR for additional information about the fine details associated with buying or selling any kind of home or business. While the Internet provides some details, CAR focuses on Colorado real estate specifically, and that makes all the difference!
A Complete Picture
Finding information about any aspect of selling or buying a home can be hard to do, and that’s what CAR exists — to make these details understandable and accessible to all. This is also one of the reasons why Exodus Moving and Storage has partnered with CAR. Exodus works with local associations and businesses that make an impact on our community, and CAR certainly fits that bill. Exodus is proud to be a partner of CAR, and we look forward to many additional events and collaborations with CAR in the future as well.
Moving to Your New Home
In addition to working with and supporting important figures and associations in our community, Exodus Moving and Storage operates a full-service moving company. We also offer storage solutions in both Fort Collins and Denver. If you need movers in Fort Collins for office moving or residential moving purposes, contact Exodus for a free estimate today. When it come to planning a move, CAR and Exodus can help!
Ever wonder which state is the most popular moving destination? How about the state people move from the most? Even if this information doesn’t influence your moving plans at all, it can be interesting to see how your state fares in terms of moving statistics!
Luckily for you, United Van Lines compiles this data each year, looking at where customers are coming from, and where they’re moving to, since 1977. How did your state fare? Are any on this list a destination you’ve worked with a Denver moving company to bring your stuff to?
It seems Oregon is the most desirable location to those who already live there – 66 percent of moves conducted during 2014 were those moving elsewhere in the state. They held the top spot in 2013 as well, with a 5 percent increase this year. North Carolina came in at number two, while South Carolina came in third.
Washington, D.C. Was number 7, a drop from their number 4 position last year. Other states making the top ten include Oklahoma, Idaho, and Vermont. Colorado just missed the top 10 list, falling at number 11.
It seems the Northeast is experiencing an exodus of sorts – New Jersey tops the list of states people are moving from, followed by New York and Connecticut. Are they all relying on national moving companies to escape the extreme winters?
The company conducted a separate survey, showing that the Northeast had the highest rate of retirees relocating to different states, most of them going west. One in three retirees headed west. The rest headed south, presumably seeking warmer climates and more predictable weather.
There were a few states that had about the same number come in from other states as relocated within the state, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wyoming. There’s something to be said about a state people don’t want to leave!
If they aren’t retiring there (29 percent of survey respondents), they’re better able to find a job, according to the survey. Employment is abundant, with many new opportunities being made available for job seekers. In fact, 55 percent of people surveyed said they chose Oregon for a new job, or their company had transferred them there.
Some are doing it because the Oregon housing market is much more affordable than that of other states (the survey points to California as a popular state people are coming to Oregon from, since their cost of living is much higher.) When you can save money and easily find employment, what’s better than that?
The rest of those choosing Oregon do so for the lifestyle. It has a healthy, vibrant economy, and the state features the most green space protections and things to do outside. People are moving away from high cost-of-living states to Oregon to save a little green, and heading outside to enjoy all the green space the state has to offer!
It isn’t the state’s schools – their system was ranked 41st in the country by Education Week. It is here where Colorado shines, coming in 21st in the country. Whatever the reason, it seems that going west, to Oregon or Colorado, is a great move if you’re looking for a better quality of life. You just can’t beat the mountains, with gorgeous views and outdoor activities aplenty, fresh air, and wildlife. And remember that these statistics are based on business that moving company conducted, not a national list of all moves conducted by all moving companies.
Planning a move, whether into or out of Colorado? Even if you’re just moving a few blocks away, we can help make that move easier. Contact us today for an estimate!
Planning a move to the city that you’ve always wanted to live in is a great idea, and a great way to really take life by the reigns. But chances are that your dream city probably comes with small apartments. Small apartments can be great, though the one area of every small apartment that almost always needs work is the bathroom. If you’re considering moving into an apartment with a very small bathroom that needs work, you may have to get creative when it comes to redecorating.
Thankfully, we have some great bathroom decorating tips for you that won’t break the bank, won’t anger your landlord, and don’t require any major renovations. Sound good? Take a look at these great tips.
Go extra long. Is the bathroom ceiling super tall? Nothing looks more out of place (or dates a bathroom more) than a shower curtain that’s too short. You can buy extra long shower curtains, and hang these at a higher spot than a normal curtain. If you choose a clean color like white, you will immediately open up the space and trick the eye into thinking that your bathroom is much bigger than it actually is.
If you can’t find a longer curtain, you can also simply hang that shorter curtain lower by using chains and hooks — simply hang that curtain from a chain, and you’ve got a longer curtain instantly. Plus, chains can look clean and modern if you select the right ones (just attach the chains to shower curtain hooks).
Add more storage space. Small bathrooms tend to come with small medicine cabinets, and you may find that you don’t have enough space in that cramped cabinet for all of your things. You can hang shelves on the wall to hold some of your stuff, or you can purchase two large and thin cabinets, hang them next to each other, and create a much larger medicine cabinet space.
Change the lighting. Looking at dated lighting can also date your space. Surprisingly, changing bathroom lighting isn’t hard to do at all. Simply remove the older light, and replace it with something more modern for a better overall look.
Change the fixtures. Remove those old plastic bathroom sink fixtures, and replace it with something retro that you love. You can do the same thing when it comes to the fixtures inside of your bath or shower. Shower heads are simple enough to replace, and a professional plumber will only have to spend a few minutes replacing bath fixtures. Or, you can do this on your own if you know how to shut off the water supply properly.
Add some texture to the walls. Who says that you can’t put wallpaper in your bathroom? Go for something dramatic, and leave the rest of the spaces stainless and sparse for a great overall look that’s interesting and clean. Make sure you get proper wallpaper though, all that humidity could do a number to the wallpaper glue or the wallpaper itself.
Redo the caulking. Has the caulking in your bathroom seem better days? You can get down and dirty with a simple scraper and some new caulking. This project only takes a few hours, but you will see a world of difference.
Keeping It All Clean
The most important thing to remember when it comes to a small space is to keep it clean and uncluttered. Smaller bathrooms don’t have room for baskets and larger floor shelves, so try to keep things off of the floor and out of sight. A larger medicine cabinet will work wonders, and finding somewhere to put your towels will also help a great deal. If everything has a space and place, you can keep things clean and clutter-free.
Your Upcoming Move
Moving to a new place means a new change at decor, and that can be a lot of fun. If you haven’t booked a moving company yet, consider Exodus Moving and Storage. We can help you move anywhere you want to go, and we can also provide you with a completely free moving quote as soon as possible. Simply call our company today, and we will come out and give you a quote that we will stand behind. As Fort Collins movers, we know how hard it can be to pack up and move, and our job is to make the whole process a lot simpler for you!
Call us today, or find us on Facebook, and let us know what your small bathroom decorating ideas are.
As movers in Fort Collins, we’ve seen a lot of different moving tactics. Some people prefer to ship everything that they own to a new location. Others find that buying all new items is really a cheaper way to go. So, which one makes more sense? Here are some thoughts from your favorite movers in Fort Collins – Exodus Moving and Storage.
Buying All New
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Buying new stuff can be expensive, but it does make sense in some instances. One way that buying new things can be cheaper is if you have sold a lot of your old stuff, so you have the cash flow to buy new stuff. Another way that buying new can be cheaper is if moving your items will simply cost too much.
So, the advantages are:
• You have money from a yard sale or other sale to buy new things.
• It costs too much to ship all of your stuff.
• You simply want to start from scratch.
• You can get a really good deal on certain items from a store in your new town.
But, there are some disadvantages to buying new stuff too.
Shipping Your Things
As movers in Fort Collins, we can tell you that sometimes shipping your stuff is a lot cheaper than buying everything new. Really, it depends on the rate you get from a moving company, and how far you will be moving. If you plan on shipping boxes of heavy china from here to China, you may wind up paying a lot of money. But, if you just want to ship some stuff from one town to the next, you’ll find that the cost isn’t so high – and you can get a deal on shipping all of your things at once, so keep that in mind.
What We Recommend
When you’re planning a move, really think carefully about the things that you need to bring with you – and the things that you don’t need. Then, sell the things that you don’t need to bring, and consider buying some new and some old. For example, if your old mattress has seen better days, you may not want to move that heavy item. So, our advice is to mix it up a bit, live in harmony, and buy some new and keep some old – it’s good for the soul to have both!
If you can’t move everything with you, take some smaller things. If you can move everything – do you really need to? Moving can be a great way to start over again, buy some new things, and just keep those things that really matter – it’s like a lesson in minimalism! If you do want to ship a bunch of items to a new location, call us today. We can provide you with some estimates pertaining to shipping boxes, mattresses, and anything else that you may have to move. We can also help you move anything from anywhere to any other place – that’s why we are a full service moving company.
Planning a move takes a bit of attention to detail, and that includes figuring out what you do and don’t have to bring with you. As far as the costs and the labor goes, well, leave that to us! We’re sure that you have questions about what you can ship and what you can’t, so let us know below – and don’t be shy when it comes to calling us for some more information, we’re happy to help.
Just the other day, Larry Brown asked us an interesting question. A colleague in the community and owner of one of the few honest auto mechanics in Denver http://davisrepair.com/, he wanted to know if Exodus Moving and Storage moves cars across the country. We were happy to answer, yes.
As a truly full service moving company, at Exodus, we are ready and able to help you relocate anything and everything that you own with the care and precision of our professional moving experience. Vehicle shipping is no exception. We understand that an important part of relocation is not only moving your home items safely and securely, but also making sure that all vehicles arrive on time and intact as well, when shipping your car long distance.
There are several things you want to make sure you check and consider when taking a car across country. Some of these things are more important than others. But when you are moving either to or from Colorado, it is vital to remember that not only is your body adjusting to the increase or decrease in altitude, so is your car. The following is a list created by Exodus and Davis Auto to help you with shipping your car.
It’s important to make sure this is checked when entering your new city to avoid blow outs or other damage.
Make sure you are at ¼ tank or LESS for auto transport to ensure that there is enough to drive it a short distance but not too much to create a potential hazard.
Don’t forget to give all keys to the doors & ignition to your movers. Also make certain to have a spare set in case of emergency.
Make certain to remove all personal items from vehicle.
Before and after the transport of your car its important to check your battery to make sure that it is fully charged. It is also good to check for fluid leaks.
Once your vehicle has been shipped by Exodus and has arrived safely at its new destination, the best way to make sure your car is as happy as you are with your new home is to take it into a local reliable dealer http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/ .
We suggest getting an oil change and mentioning to the mechanic just how far from its original destination your car is. Ask them to spend a little extra time to make sure your car is transitioning as well into its new environment as you are.
Our clients are real people, with real lives,real moving and storage needs and real budgets. At the end of the day, complete satisfaction is our number one goal. For this reason, we offer customized service during every step of the process. It allows the members of our family to be in contact and happily serve the members of yours.
Often, we have occasion to personally visit people’s homes in order to create comprehensive moving estimates. We take their inquiry and their trust very seriously and are careful to show both care and gratitude for their business. Because we intimately understand the built in hassle of moving, at Exodus we strive to go that extra mile to save our customers both hassle and unnecessary charges. The following is an actual email sent from Joel, our Chief Operations officer after he had completed a moving quote for one of our most recent residential customers. It’s just another example of our commitment to personalized communication with every client.
From: Joel Coen
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Subject: Your move to Vancouver
Bob and Clarissa,
I want to thank you for allowing me into your home today. Apparently, I liked
it so much I had to accidentally leave my keys behind just to come back and say hi!
Attached you will find my estimate of charges for what it would cost
to move you to Vancouver, WA. The estimate includes the long carry that
would be required to move your items to the semi that would be parked near
the top of your drive way. This was far cheaper than the shuttle charge
that would have originally accompanied your move. The long carry will be far more
efficient as well. I have put a “not to exceed” clause on the contract
where if the weight is lower, you pay less, but if the weight is more, you
would not have to pay any more. Lastly, you have stated that you are
flexible in your time frame for delivery (up to a week) which will result in
a 5% discount if you decide to move forward with us.
It was my sincere pleasure to meet you both today and I look forward
to any questions that you may have about your move. Please feel free to
contact me at any time with ANY question that you may have. I am here to
Thanks again for the opportunity to be your mover.
Exodus Moving and Storage of Denver
Chief Operations Officer
At Exodus Moving and Storage we always put our best foot forward. From the very start of our relationship with our customers we are committed to exemplary communication. Studies show that moving can be one of the single most stressful events of your life. Once the decision is made the countdown begins. The details, logistics and emotions come in. And before you know it, the day arrives for your actual relocation.
But we believe that if you choose the right people to have on your side it can make all the difference in your moving experience and even in your life. We take care to complete totally comprehensive quotes for your move every time. Our highly trained staff asks the right questions and is totally happy to come to your home to survey everything you want to move and give you a detailed quote, in plain language that you can actually understand. The following is an outline of the basic process that we go through in order to get your move off on the right foot.
We Show Up
There is a big difference between getting a ballpark figure based on a customer’s description of their move over the phone and giving a firm quote. Any company that gives a firm quote without actually surveying exactly what you need moved is not a reliable option as a professional mover. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, all reputable movers should furnish written estimates only after looking at your belongings or goods to be moved. At Exodus, it’s our pleasure to come out and get to know you and your move before we move you.
One of the most important things when doing any job in an efficient manor is accountability. At Exodus, even though we are a growing company with extensive professional moving and storage capabilities, we work to maintain our individualized sense of service. To this end, each and every move that we do is assigned its own Moving Coordinator. This is the contact person available for communication from the very beginning of the process all the way to the end.
A quote should include many different components. We pay special attention to the details and attempt to include everything including movers needed, vans and fuel, estimated distance, weight of belongings, packing charges, valuation and extra stops. We excel at the anticipation of every last detail so there will be no surprises. We are happy to show up at your home, do a comprehensive quote using an iPad and then email it to you before we leave. This way you can have it in your inbox for review faster to aid in your decision making process. We know that once you have a quality professional mover on your side, you can hand over at least some of the worry. And that’s our main goal, to do everything we can to promote peace of mind, every time.
With the New Year comes many new possibilities. It’s a fresh start on a fresh calendar. It’s a chance to make those fresh kinds of decisions that change your life. And with the inspiration of starting new, the energy to make adjustments can be all part of the package. Sometimes the best way to get a new perspective is go for a complete change of scene. Often the best way to change your life and meet yourself in a new way is to make your move.
At Exodus, we specialize in making moves and in helping people through these transitional times in life. Big enough to handle all the logistics but small enough to care, we never forget that when you move you are making a commitment to change. We think that this is best done with as much information as possible. So, to that end we are starting a series we call “Fresh Place Fridays,” the purpose being to educate our clients about various places to move to. For our first edition, we have decided to focus on our most favorite state. It’s probably easy to guess that it’s Colorado.
The State of Colorado contains the largest expanse of the Rocky Mountains of any other place in the US. For this reason it is uniquely known for both its elevation and its natural affinity toward outdoor activities. Offering both rugged and mild terrain, Colorado is famed as a historic epicenter in the West for the mining of elements including gold and silver. Sometimes called the “Centennial State”, the most highly populated city of Colorado is also its capital; Denver. It is the only state in the US that is entirely located above an elevation of 1000 meters.
People who live in Colorado are referred to as Coloradans. Consistently being the home of several major cities that rank in the top 100 in the country, this state in general is known for being a healthy and happy place to live and work. Known for fresh brewed local beer and regional specialties such as fresh rainbow trout and game steaks, Colorado is also home to much by way of diverse cuisine, culture and entertainment. Because it consistently ranked in the last 5 years in the top 10 best states to live in, it continues to grow and expand.
Random Facts & Insights
According to a Forbes Magazine study in 2009 of the best places to move, Colorado ranks #4 out of the 50 US States.
Because the location is a popular one and the quality of life is consistently higher than many other places in the US, people tend to be happier and as a result make more friends when they move to Colorado.
New Colorado residents often underestimate the power of altitude on things like nosebleeds (which are frequently experienced by new transplants) and alcohol consumption (most people notice a major shift in tolerance.) Many forget altitudes many dehydrating effects to be experienced as a result of lack of oxygen but find that when they arrive, it can make a big difference.