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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:05

Why Spring is the Best Time to Move

Many people say spring is the best time to make your Denver residential move, and we couldn’t agree more. The weather has finally warmed up, there’s an extra hour of light at the end of the day, and the worries of winter seem to be long gone. While every season has its pros and cons for moving, spring time seems to have more benefits than drawbacks. Here are some of our favorite things about moving during spring time.


The weather is better from March through May. It’s not too hot or too cold, and it’s just right for moving all of your belongings. Or, better yet, watching someone else move all of your possessions for you. Moving in Denver when the weather is nice outside really does make a world of difference in how you feel about the whole day.


Moving during the spring is also great because, unlike summer, the kids are still in school, so you don’t have to worry about making other arrangements for them during this busy time. When you don’t have to worry about keeping your kids occupied during what is already a stressful time, it’s one less thing to think about. Plus, moving during the spring gives your kids the entire summer to settle into their new home before the school year begins.


Because summertime is such a popular time to move, most moving companies will have greater availability to help you with your move in the months before the busy season begins. Moving during the spring is a great time to get a head start before the hectic days of summer and before your kids go back to school.

Looking for help planning your spring move? Get in contact with us at Compass Moving to learn more about how we can help you have a successful springtime move.

Monday, 20 February 2017 20:35

Moving Utilities

We all know that moving is an incredibly taxing and harried time, so tasks that don’t need to be completed immediately often get left for the last minute. Switching over utilities is usually one of those chores that is completely forgotten about until the day of your move, creating extra stress for you and your family. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Changing over utilities from your old home to your new one is easy. Here are a few tips to help you get it done sans stress.

Plan Accordingly

Thinking ahead is the best way to avoid any complications when dealing with your utilities. Let your utility providers know the dates of your move so that you ensure all your utilities are set up when you arrive. It’s also a good idea to figure out which utilities you’ll need immediately and which ones can wait a little longer. You can also ask and see if there are any discounts for starting service in your new home.

Make Sure Your Accounts Are Current

No one likes finding surprise bills, so before you move, call your utility providers and make sure your accounts are up-to-date. Pay any overdue bills or account balances to avoid paying late fees and other charges. If your new home is serviced by the same utility company and you have a back balance, it can delay or cancel your ability to turn service on in your new home. You can also ask to see if you are owed any refunds or deposits back. Make sure you write down the name of whom you spoke with in case you need to speak to that person again regarding your account.

Forward Your New Address

It’s important that utility companies are able to reach you, so make sure all companies have your new address on file. Updating your address will ensure that you receive invoices and updates for your current service offerings.

Moving utilities to your new home is a breeze when you follow these tips. For more help with your Denver move, get in touch with us at Compass Moving.

Monday, 09 January 2017 18:24

The Buzz On Boxes

Of course, the easiest way to get a box is just to buy them from a moving company. You can get the size and quantity you want in one shot. However, if budgeting is an issue and you need to find free boxes, here are our tips on where and how to get them.

#1 Call In Advance

Don’t just show up and hope to get boxes. Receiving departments get rid of boxes as soon as possible because they clutter their work area. Call the store ahead of time and ask if they can put some aside for you. Be sure to ask when is the best time to pick them up.

#2 Tell Them You’re Moving

No matter who you ask for boxes, make sure they know it’s for moving or you may get a pile of gift boxes or boxes with no tops.

#3 Specify General Sizes

They may not be able to accommodate your request, but sometimes it helps if you can be specific in the general size of boxes that you need. For example, telling them “I need boxes that are roughly the size of a large microwave” will give them a visual of the dimensions for which you are looking.

#4 Lamp Boxes

Grocery stores with flower departments get tall flower boxes that are perfect for lamps. Call the floral department and ask when they get their deliveries in and if you can score a few of those boxes.

#5 Produce Boxes

While you’re at the grocery store, ask for produce boxes. They’re generally more sturdy than say the paper towel boxes, and they have handles. Banana boxes are the heaviest, but be sure to request the lids be included with them.

#6 Book Boxes

Barnes & Noble has a receiving department that gets books shipments most weekdays. Because they are book boxes, they tend to be a bit more sturdy than other boxes. Call the receiving manager and ask if they would kindly put a few aside for you.

#7 Liquor Stores

Depending on the size of the store, they will get shipments in often and have lots of boxes every week. These boxes also tend to be strong since the goods shipped inside are bottles.

#8 Freecycle

Freecycle is a nonprofit website where you can find free stuff people are giving away. Go to the site, look for your geographic area and search for moving boxes.

Of course, if you need boxes quickly and don’t have time to scout around town, we sell boxes and all the packing supplies you need. Contact us. for boxes and to discuss your move

If you’re planning a big move in the near future, you’re likely debating whether or not to hire movers. Not only do professional movers know what they’re doing, but they can also help reduce the stress and burden of moving significantly. Here are some reasons why you should call on professionals to help with your next move.

Packing and Unpacking Help

One of the most stressful and time-consuming parts of moving is packing up everything you own. Luckily, most moving companies are happy to help you with this step of the process. You can ask your moving company for a quote on your belongings, so you know how much it will cost you ahead of time. Professional movers are also trained on how to pack fragile items like glass and china, ensuring the safety of your more delicate items. In addition to packing up your old house or apartment, many moving companies are also willing to unpack your boxes in your new home, arranging your rooms however you tell them to.


Hiring movers means that someone besides yourself is responsible for your move. If something happens to any of your furniture or belongings, you can be sure you will be compensated for the damages. On the other hand, if your friend drops your TV, it’s uncertain if you’ll be repaid. Make sure the company you hire has a solid insurance coverage policy, so you know you’ll be protected against any accidents.


Especially if you’re moving out-of-state, making multiple trips to get your stuff is time-consuming and may be unrealistic. Professional movers have the equipment and physical skills needed to move each load in as little time as possible. Plus, you get to save yourself the heavy lifting (and maybe that ER trip too).

Peace of Mind

Maybe the most important benefit from hiring movers is the peace of mind knowing your move is being handled by professionals. With years of experience, hiring a professional moving company is the least stressful and smartest way to move. Using movers ensures your move will go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Contact us to discuss your move.

Breathtaking mountains, awesome breweries, great music, and fantastic restaurant are only some of the reasons why Denver was ranked the number one city to live in (according to US News & World Report rankings). Here are ten reasons why we’re proud to live in the Mile-High city.

1. Red Rocks

Nestled between walls of incredible red stone, Red Rocks is hands down one of the best concert venues in the country. Any concert you see at Red Rocks will be an experience you won’t forget.

2. We get more sunshine than most of the U.S.

Okay, so the “300 days of sunshine” Denver is supposed to get every year is a myth (Denver Westword debunked this with a climatologist a few years ago), but the 150 days or so we do get is pretty good compared to the rest of the country.

3. We have actual chile

Alright, we’re no Hatch, New Mexico, but it is really easy to find awesome chile. You can get almost anything smothered in chile here and expect it to be excellent.

4. Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain National Park is by far one of the best National Parks in the country and is only a few hours away. Home to beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, Rocky Mountain National Park provides another great reason to get outside.

5. Everyone is incredibly active

Just about everyone in Denver is fit and in shape, which makes sense considering we consistently rank in the top ten fittest cities every year. Health plays an important role here, and it’s actually pretty motivating.

6. The sidewalks don’t roll up at 7 PM

Downtown Denver has a great night-life scene that’s unique to the city itself. You can always find something to do at any hour here (or worst case just head to Breakfast King).

7. We have an amazing music scene

Whether you like jazz or heavy metal, you’re bound to find a music venue here that really suits your style. Plus, there are tons of little cafes around that showcase hidden local talents.

8. Money is literally made here

The U.S. Mint, located downtown, has been printing money since 1906. You can stop by for a tour to see the money being printed yourself.

9. Casa Bonita

If you haven’t been to Casa Bonita, you’re seriously missing out. The super cheesy attraction/restaurant is famous for its cliff divers and notoriously terrible food, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

10. Our killer breweries

The original home to Coors brewery, Denver beer has evolved and become one of the largest craft brewery and microbrewery cities in the country. Renegade Brewing Company, located downtown, is one of the best in town.

Has this list made you want to move to Denver yet? We don’t blame you! Denver is home to some of the most skilled movers in the country who have been helping people relocate to the Denver Metro area for decades. Contact us to find out more about more about our Denver moving services.

Last month we began our two-part series on moving your office and covered the steps to take at least six months before your commercial move. This month we’ll finish the series with a look at what to do in the month leading up to your office relocation.

Planning Your Commercial Move

There are several things you can do before your Denver commercial move to make the process go more smoothly. Here’s our list of best practices.

Get Measurements

Go to your new office and take detailed measurements of the space before you move in. If you can plan beforehand how you will configure the space with your office furniture and equipment, you’ll save time and lower your stress on moving day.

Look For Maintenance Issues

While you’re measuring your new space, check for any maintenance issues that will keep you from getting up and running quickly. Check for light switches that don’t work, light bulbs that need to be replaced, and wall outlets that don’t have power. Turn the heat or air conditioning on and see how the air flow is. If there are tenants currently in the space, ask them how well the HVAC functions.

Design Your Office Layout

Once you have your measurements, draw a diagram of the space, or use one of the online space planners to help you visualize how your furniture and equipment will fit into the office space. Assign a color to each area and then label the boxes that will go in each of the designated areas with their assigned color. This will give the movers clarity on where to put things in your new space.

Take Pictures

Don’t assume that IT will have the time to get your computers up and running in the time frame that you will need them. Take photos of the computer wiring and other tech hook-ups and label each wire before you unplug it so you can recreate the same set up more quickly when you arrive in your new space.

Update Your Business Listings

When people search for your business, you want them to find you in your new place, so update all of your business listings as soon as possible. Be aware that when you inform Google Plus and Yahoo of your change of address, they will send you a verification code via snail mail to make sure it is legitimately the business owner making the request, and not someone else. Request the code and be on the lookout for the postcard in the mail.

Update Your Letterhead

All of your branding materials including your business cards, letterhead, website, and email signatures have to reflect your new address. Order printed items at least 6 weeks in advance of the move, and have your marketing or IT department make notes on the website that you will be moving and the new address.

By planning ahead for your commercial move in Denver, you will decrease the office’s downtime during the move and make everyone’s experience less stressful. Hiring experienced, professional movers will also save you tremendous amounts of time and stress. Contact Compass Allied Moving and Storage, for a fast, reliable Denver commercial mover.

When it’s time to move your Denver office, there are a few things that will make the move go more smoothly for you. Commercial moves are different than residential moves, so even if you’re a pro at changing houses, relocating offices has its own unique challenges.

Luckily, we are commercial moving experts, so we can take you through the steps of a successful commercial move. In this first half of a two-part series, we’ll take you through the pre-moving phase. These are the things you need to do at least six months before your move. Next month, we’ll walk you through the steps to take just before your move.

The first rule of a commercial move is do not delay. There are several things to be aware of and to plan for so that at your office move goes more smoothly.

Plan Ahead

Start to plan your commercial move at least six months ahead of time. If you can, let your employees, clients, and customers know even earlier so that they have plenty of time to adjust and plan accordingly.

Commercial Moves Across the State

If you’re moving your business across state lines, you’ll need as much lead time as possible so the employees who will be coming with you can plan their residential moves. Ideally, if you have an entire company moving a great distance, have the same moving company handle all the relocation procedures for everyone involved. Why?. A moving company that can coordinate the office relocation along with the employees’ residential moves will transfer everything at the same time to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime. Look for a commercial mover that has residential, commercial, and interstate moving experience for your interstate office move.

Can You Use A Residential Mover for an Office Move?

Technically, yes, you can, but it’s not advisable. There are plenty of residential movers who will be happy to give you a quote on your office move. However, you may want to consider the cost of having your business inoperable if the move isn’t handled efficiently. Delays on a residential move can be inconvenient, but problems with your commercial move could cost you thousands of dollars. Stick with an experienced commercial mover who has the manpower, equipment, and know-how to get the job done smoothly and effectively.

The First Steps Of Your Commercial Move

Step one, schedule your mover. Moving companies can book up quickly, especially during the summer, so be sure to secure your mover as soon as you have a moving date.

Step two, contact the building managers in both the building you’re moving out of and the building you’re moving into. Some buildings have strict policies regarding the hours you can move. Some buildings require you to reserve the freight elevator and loading bays well in advance, so it’s best to get your plans on their radar sooner rather than later.

If possible, set your moving time to non-business hours so you don’t interrupt an office day and you have less hassle with street traffic. It will also be easier to move items down empty hallways and elevators than trying to navigate through other people who are working in the building.

Step three, call your internet service provider to let them know when you will be moving into your new space. You will want to get your Internet up and your business back online as soon as the computers are moved in, so set up the work order with them sooner rather than later.

Next month we’ll cover measuring and designing your new space, taking photos of your computer wiring, and getting your business listings updated.

Need a commercial Colorado mover? Contact Compass Allied today to discuss your business relocation.

We continue our series on staging your house for sale this month with tips for cleaning your bathroom.

Bathrooms are an area that buyers especially need to feel comfortable in. A dingy restroom is a turnoff to potential buyers. Denver Real Estate Agent, Jon Goldberg , from LIV Sotheby's International Reality, told us, “When selling your home, staging is a critical consideration in all areas of the property, but bathrooms are particularly important for a couple of reasons. First, baths are notoriously difficult to photograph given their often tight layout, flat colors, and unexciting features (nice toilet!). Staging adds textures, color and it softens the images to allow the beauty of the bathroom to shine through and to maximize your marketing efforts. Second, after the photos and when potential buyers visit your home, staging a bath turns a space that could be cold, dull and unappealing into a warm, attractive, and inviting selling point during the showing.”

The first step to successfully staging your bathroom is a thorough scrub down. The following cleaning tips will make your bathrooms look their very best.

Materials You Will Need

  • One Gallon of White Distilled Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper Towels
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • One Whole Lemon
  • Q-Tips
  • Lemonade-Flavored Kool-Aid

Cleaning the Shower


For the tough grime and mildew that stubbornly clings to shower tiles, use a toothbrush dipped in bleach and scrub the grout.

Shower Curtain

While the bleach is out, take down your plastic shower curtain and put it in the washer with an old white towel. (The white towel lends some texture and friction to the smooth plastic surface of the shower curtain.) Add ½ cup of bleach and a ¼ cup of laundry detergent to the load to remove the mildew from the shower curtain. You can also use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™ on the mildew too.

Faucet & Drain

Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon around the spout and the drain to get rid of the pesky hard water stains. Save the other half of the lemon for the bathroom sink.

Shower Door Tracks

Your shower door tracks can get pretty gross. First, tuck paper towels into the track and then pour distilled white vinegar onto the paper towels until they are completely saturated. Let the wet paper towels sit for 30 mins. Remove the towels and then scrub with the toothbrush to get any excess grime off.

Shower Heads

The last thing you want a prospective buyer to see is a grimy shower head that is noticeably clogged when the shower is turned on. You can remove the calcified water from your shower heads by soaking them in distilled white vinegar. Place the shower head in a plastic zipper-lock bag. Fill the bag with as much vinegar as needed to submerge the shower head. Wrap a hair tie or rubber band around the pipe to secure the bag over the shower head. Let the shower head soak overnight and in the morning empty the bag, and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the shower head bag.

Toilet Cleaning Hacks

Those pink toilet rings are embarrassing and can be impossible to get rid of sometimes. It sounds crazy, but use a packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid and sprinkle it over the sides of the toilet bowl. Let it soak for an hour and then use your toilet scrubber with all-purpose cleaner to clean and rinse.

The exterior of the toilet can collect unsightly grunge that will turn a buyer off faster than you can say, “No buyer offers.” The grime that collects at the base can be scrubbed with an all-purpose cleaner or baking soda and vinegar. If it seems to be tough to get off, soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, let them sit on the stains for a few minutes, and then wipe it again.

Remember the Fan!

It’s easy to forget to clean the ceiling fan, but don’t. A dirty fan is a sure sign of a neglected home. A clean fan will make a much better impression. Remove the fan cover and use a vacuum to remove the dust from the fan and the cover. Next, soak the fan cover in the sink with one-part water and one-part vinegar. Dry off the cover and then place it back over the fan.

Sparkly New Sink

Hard water stains can be tough to get rid of with just an all-purpose cleaner. Use the other half of the lemon to scrub the handles, spout, and drain. For the stains that surround the base of the water handles and the spout, use Q-tips soaked in bleach.

When staging your home for sale, the bathroom needs to be immaculate to make the best impression with prospective buyers. Use these tips to make it sparkle and shine.

Need a Colorado Mover? Contact Compass Alliance today to schedule your move with professional movers.

Prepping your home for showing and sale is a pain, but it pays dividends. Buyers are more enticed by a clean house, so we’re giving you the best cleaning tips to help you get your house in great shape. Last month we discussed cleaning hacks for your living room. This month we are going to give you some tricks to clean common kitchen amenities. Cleaning is the most cost effective way to spruce up your place to get it sold.

Whether you are staging your home for selling or your place needs some sprucing up, this three-part series will help you get your place looking brand spankin’ new. To start the series, we will begin with tips on cleaning the living room.

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