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!
Volunteering is a great way to explore your new town, get submersed in a new culture, and make some new friends — not to mention the contribution you’ll be giving to society when you decide to help out! Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and you’re never too old or too young to help when it’s needed. If you’re wondering where to begin, and how to let people know that you are volunteering, here are some tips that could help.
Think about what you love to do, and what you would love to do more of. Do you like working with animals, kids, or elderly people? Do you enjoy working with sick people, and think that you may like to work in a hospital setting? Is there some kind of charity or other organization that you’d love to donate your time to? Start with these places by calling up the local chapters of charities or organizations in your new town, and asking how you can become a volunteer. Most places have some kind of volunteer program already set up, so stepping into this kind of role shouldn’t be too hard to do.
Consider how much time you have to give. Most places that work with volunteers have more than a bit of work for people to do, and you will have to decide how much time you can actually donate before you tell an organization that you’re available. This way, you don’t overbook your time, and you can still volunteer when you do have the time.
Try to match the volunteer opportunities available with the skills that you already have, or with the tasks that you want to do. Your local animal shelter may have room for a volunteer that can clean cages regularly, but is this really what you want to do? Chances are that you have a specific skillset, and letting an organization know what it is that you’re good at will help you find a position that you really love.
Don’t take on too much at once. If you’ve just moved to a new town, you probably already have a lot to do. Narrow down your vounteer time to one hour per week, and increase that time as you see fit. You don’t want to bite off too much at the start, or you won’t have anywhere to go!
Get to know the other volunteers. When you arrive on the volunteer scene, try and branch out by talking to the other volunteers, and seeing if you have anything in common with them. You may not make best friends right away, but having some acquaintances in a new town can certainly be helpful!
You may want to turn your volunteer position into a permanent position, you never know! If you find that you really love the work you do, think about asking for a paid position. If you do a good enough job, most organizations would love to have a dedicated employee that can demonstrate her abilities clearly.
Working With Movers in Fort Collins
The biggest thing that you’ll have to concentrate on before your move is actually getting to your new destination. Once you’re there, you can start volunteering and looking for other work and other social circles. This is why working with the right moving team is really important. As movers in Fort Collins CO, Exodus Moving and Storage has years of experience moving people from one part of the world to the next. No matter where you want to move to, Exodus can help you get there with full moving services that include packing and unpacking in addition to moving everything that you own (we can also help with office moving).
We also know that sometimes there’s not enough room in your new place for all of your old furniture, and this is why Exodus has storage rental spaces available in both Fort Collins and Denver. Just let us know if you have something to store, and we’ll be happy to share our rates with you. Let us help you move, so that you can focus on more positive things like volunteering!
If you’re moving to Fort Collins in order to retire, you’ve picked a really good place to do it. Moving to Fort Collins means living in a great city that’s bursting with things to do. But, what if you haven’t saved up a ton of money for retirement?
The first thing that you should know is you’re far from alone. Most Americans do not have a substantial amount of money saved for that rainy day. The second thing to note is that you can retire without a massive nest egg, you just have to do some things a bit differently.
Moving to Fort Collins is a great first step – here are some more that will make retiring easier.
A lot of retirees seek greener and cheaper pastures elsewhere in the world. If you find that affording retired life is hard in the U.S., you may want to think about hiring a long distance moving company (like Exodus!) to help you move to a cheaper part of the world. In many places, life is simply less expensive, and this might be worth looking into.
Move to a cheaper state. If you’re looking to get out of an expensive city, look to those states that are considered less expensive (like Colorado). Other states to consider include New Hampshire, Vermont, and Utah, and Wyoming. The idea here is to find a place where your dollar goes much further, and that includes hiring an affordable long distance moving company.
Cut back on the amount that you owe. This could mean moving to a smaller home with a smaller mortgage, but it also means getting rid of any credit card or other debt. Getting a bank loan with a low interest rate might be a good idea to help you eliminate credit card debt, and simply trying to live a more minimalist life might also help.
Skip buying anything new. Now is not the time to buy a new car or any other big ticket items that will cost a lot. If you need something like a car, try buying a used vehicle. You’ll quickly see that new things really aren’t as important as they seem, and buying used means helping out the environment too through recycling things like clothes and other items.
Think about picking up some contract work. It might not be possible to extend the time that you work at your currrent job, think about ways that you can contract or work for yourself. If you’ve been in a particular business or industry for a number of years, there’s a good chance that you have some solid skills, right? Use those skills to sell your services to other people, or find ways to pick up some side work.
Do things to stay in good health. This may not seem like a “how to live on a budget” retirement tip, but staying healthy means being able to work and live longer. You can’t really extend a career if you aren’t healthy, right? So try to stay in shape by working out, eating right, and being mindful of what you can and can’t do.
When you do move, hire an affordable moving company. If moving to a smaller home or different part of the world is in your plans, make sure that you aren’t paying an arm and a leg for a moving company to help you with that move. It’s hard to find a reliable moving company, but that’s what our reputation is built on, so give us a call today to see what we can do for you. Or, find us on Facebook!
Have you seen the hashtag #getupstandup lately? The tag was created by the Bob Marley family, and it’s purpose is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ album. Since we love anything that has to do with moving at Exodus Moving and Storage – and we dare you not to move when you listen to this song – we thought that we’d share the amazing response that the Marley family got to the creative #getupstandup hashtag.
Bob Marley CC Photo Courtesy of monosnaps
The Tag Turnout
Bob Marley fans from around the world used the hashtag to showcase pictures of peace, protest, and other moments in time. The Marley family then took all of those photos, pieced them together, and created a YouTube video featuring the lyrics to Marley’s famous song in addition to the photos that were posted. The result of this montage is a new video for the old song that sings to today’s most important causes.
The video is both a moving tribute to Bob Marley and to today’s important reasons to get up and stand up. Fans wrote out various sections of Marley’s famous lyrics, and posted those lyrics on Instagram for the family to see. If you have the time, and you want to get up and stand up, take a look at the YouTube video.
Some Amazing Facts
Even though Bob Marley’s album ‘Legend’ was created back in 1984, the songs from that particular album have been popular around the world since the album was created. This week, that album rose to the top of the Billboard charts for the first time in thirty-eight years. The rise was in part due to a push by Google Play. Google was selling the album for ninety-nine cents this week in order to commemorate the anniversary.
It’s pretty hard to find someone that hasn’t heard at least one Bob Marley song, and chances are that the song they have heard came from the Legend album. There aren’t a lot of musicians that can boast the same kind of worldwide fame – especially considering how long Bob Marley has been dead. So, why is this singer so popular?
The Marley Magic
Bob Marley’s son, Ziggy, is partly responsible for the constant popularity of Bob’s music. Ziggy has been working to promote his father’s legend since the death of Bob Marley in 1981. But, Ziggy isn’t solely responsible for Marley’s popularity. Bob Marley songs give people a reason to, well, get up and stand up. It’s hard not to tap your feet to a Marley tune, and those that hear the reggae beats for the first time have a hard time not wanting more, in most cases.
As evidenced by the new YouTube video, people are still willing to stand behind Bob Marley, and to fight for what they believe in. Even if you didn’t take part in the #getupstandup hashtag campaign, you can still enjoy Bob Marley’s tunes – in fact, Marley often makes the top “best music to move to” lists. So, we recommend popping in some Bob Marley while you cruise to your new home or pack up those boxes. If you need some inspiration, just take a look at the YouTube video mentioned above – you’ll be up and packing fragile things in no time!
Getting Ready to Move
When it comes to choosing Denver moving companies to move your things from your current location to a new one, make sure to choose those Denver moving companies that you can trust. Take a look around our website for information about what we offer, and for help with moving and packing. As one of the top Denver moving companies, we are also happy to offer storage spaces for rent in both Denver and Fort Collins – just in case you can’t take everything with you to your new location.
Exodus Moving and Storage is also a long distance moving company, so make sure to ask us about our rates when it comes to moving a long way. Whether you are in search of a long distance moving company, or a short distance moving company, our goal is to help you move to your new home with as little stress as possible. Feel free to call us for a free quote, or ask us any question that you have on Facebook.
In the meantime, let us know: what Bob Marley song gets you up and moving?
It’s important to give back to your community – after all, it’s your home! If you have just arrived in Fort Collins, we’d like to share some upcoming community charity events with you. All of these events will include plenty of sunshine, fun, and that really good feeling you get when you do something for people in need. Take a look!
- Old Town Book Fair: this event kicks off on July 11th with the ‘Literary Event Costume Party.’ Dress up like your favorite author or literary character, and enjoy the festivities!
- Dillon Farmer’s Market: while a farmer’s market isn’t technically a charity event, you are giving to your local farmers by buying goods that they grow. Since many farmers operate small farms, your money will be appreciated – plus, you’ll get all kinds of excellent food! This farmer’s market starts on August 1st and runs every Friday until it gets cold.
CC Image courtesy of Kevin Dooley via Flickr
- EFAA Beer and Box Fundraiser on July 23rd. This event is held in Boulder, but it’s worth a stop if you are going to be in Boulder that day. Enjoy beer and food and supporting a local charity while you relax and unwind.
- Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series: this event benefits a host of community outreach programs in addition to the city of Fort Collins (cities have to run on funds too!). You’ll find plenty of outdoor concerts are on the program in addition to outdoor food and fun. The Summer Sessions Concert Series begins on July 18th.
- The Human Race: this road race helps to promote healthy living for kids and teens, and it kicks off on July 26th. Strap on your shoes, and come out to make the world a better and healthier place for kids!
There are a lot more charity events happening this summer in Fort Collins. Make sure to check with local charities to see what’s happening in your part of town, and check out local bulletin boards for additional information about some upcoming events. Summertime is charity time in Fort Collins, and you can have fun while contributing to our lovely town.
Not Here Yet?
If you haven’t arrived in Fort Collins yet (but you’re planning a move), make sure to call Exodus Moving and Storage. We are a full service residential moving company in Fort Collins, and we can help you get here no matter where you are coming from. We can also move office equipment, and anything else that you need to bring to town. If you can’t fit everything you own into your new space, we also offer large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver, and we’re happy to provide you with information about these rental spaces and pricing details.
Make sure to take a look around our blog, too, for details about residential moving companies, our town, movers in Fort Collins, and the rest of Colorado – we know that you’ll like what you see! There’s nothing better than taking part in a charity event, and there are plenty of charities to get involved with here in Fort Collins. If you are running a charity event, let us know about it. Or, tell us about an event that we missed on this list. Get out in the sunshine this summer by attending a walk, run, music, or other event. And, remember, the money that you spend at a charity fundraiser will be going towards a really good cause (and that’s something that you can feel great about!).
We’re proud to be your number one pick for residential moving companies and movers in Fort Collins!
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Aggression and violence surround us. Every day, people become angry while driving cars, walking down the street, or just because something didn’t go as planned. ‘The Alternative to Violence Project’ aims to help people deal with aggression and anger that lead to violence by offering group support, workshops, interactive exercises, games, and role-play situations. Exodus Moving and Storage fully supports this community initiative as Fort Collins movers.
What ‘The Alternatives to Violence Project’ Does
This community project was originally started in 1975 order to help violent youths. By connecting those teens with inmates that could explain why violence landed them in jail, the youths that were having trouble with the law began to understand why avoiding aggression and violence is necessary. Currently, the group still works with both inmates and members of the community that need help curbing angry thoughts that lead to aggression.
If you find yourself dealing with anger and aggression that leads to violence, this support group is an excellent resource. If you live in the Fort Collins area, contact the group to see how you can get help. If you don’t live in Fort Collins, you can still learn to calm aggression by following a few tips that will be hard at first, but will eventually result in a much calmer version of you.
Anger Help Tips
1. Take a breath. One of the most important things to do when you find yourself feeling worked up is to take a long and deep breath. More often than not, we forget to breathe when we become agitated, and this leads to aggression.
2. Exercise. You can channel all of that anger and aggression towards something physical. Try an intense bootcamp class or look for a CrossFit gym near you. It’s hard to be angry when you’ve used all of your energy during a tough class.
3. Try meditation and yoga. Even if you think that yoga is not for you, give it a try. We’ve listed a lot of different yoga classes in the Fort Collins and Denver areas on this blog, so check one out. Yoga and meditation work hand in hand to help calm the breath and the body.
4. Go for a walk. If you’re in the middle of a situation that is bound to escalate, simply leave the area and go for a walk. You don’t have to have the last work, and you don’t have to let the situation spin out of control.
5. Consider the consequences. This is where a project like ‘The Alternatives to Violence Project’ is invaluable. Once you hear how anger can lead to very bad consequences from inmates that have been in that situation, you may think twice before letting your anger get out of control. If you can’t attend a group meeting, try and think about where your anger might lead you. Will you wind up in jail? Will you hurt someone? Will you hurt yourself? Often, anger isn’t worth the consequences.
6. Know that it will pass. You can only stay truly angry and aggressive for a short period of time. After that time has passed, your emotions will start to settle. Try and wait it out.
7. Speak with a therapist or find a group near you. Anger is a real problem that most of us just ignore, but it’s also very bad for your health and for those people around you. Seeking some kind of help to fix your anger problem is never a bad thing.
Exodus Supports Community Projects
We really believe in the people that make our communities better, and that’s why we support projects like ‘The Alternatives to Violence Project.’ Of course, we’re also here if you need to move to a different home or require any moving service help. We also offer storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver for you to store your things safely. As your Fort Collins movers, Exodus likes is here for you when you need to move or store your items, and we’re happy to give you a moving estimate quickly.
When it comes to anger and aggression, nothing good can come from those two very volatile emotions. If you live in Fort Collins, consider supporting ‘The Alternatives to Violence Project’ today, and call your Fort Collins movers for any moving needs or for a moving estimate.
Moving an elderly loved one to a home is never an easy thing to do. In most cases, retirement home apartments are much smaller than whole homes, and that means that you will have to do a lot of downsizing. You may also have to pack, store, and appraise certain items that are currently inside of an existing home.
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we pride ourselves on taking excellent care of antiques and other precious items that have to be moved. But, we also know that this type of move is both emotional and physically difficult. Take a look at these tips to move an elderly person without adding any additional stress to your plate.
Chances are that the person you’re about to move is feeling very sensitive about this move. That means that you should be extra careful about how you pack – or who you let pack. You can hire a moving company to help you pack, but it might be a better idea to pack items yourself – or ask your loved one to help you pack items.
When you do start packing, make sure to wrap all delicate items carefully. It’s also a good idea to be sure to label each box according to the room that items will go in. For example: add the word ‘kitchen’ to the top of the box that will be moved into a new kitchen space.
Moving into a retirement home is not easy to do for anyone. But, you can make this move easier by trying to set up the new space like the old one. If you can put items in similar spots and try to make things just as cozy as before, the move may not be as traumatic as it could be. This won’t be entirely possible if you are moving a person to a much smaller space, but try your best to set things up the same way.
Hire Professional Appraisers
If you have some items that you just can’t move, or have to get rid of, that are also antiques, make sure that you do your researching when trying to find an appraiser. Search via Google for an antique dealer that really has a solid reputation and knows their stuff. This way, you can be sure that you’re getting a fair deal. Not sure how much something is worth? Use the Internet to try and price out items before you sell them to any antique company or online.
Check The Bank
Does your loved one store anything in a bank deposit box? If you’re moving that person to a new town or neighborhood, you may want to check the box first. Sometimes, expensive items are left behind when people move to retirement homes, and this is always a shame. Double-check both storage facilities and banks to make sure that everything has been collected and packed.
Triple Check Times
Being nervous about the time of a moving truck’s arrival is something that’s par for the course when moving an elderly person to a retirement home. As your number one Colorado moving company, we pride ourselves on always letting you know before we arrive (at least twice!), but other companies may not have the same policy. To avoid any last minute panic, call the moving company you’ve chosen to see what time arrival is expected, and make sure to convey this message to your loved one.
Be Ready for Anything
This last one can easily apply to any moving situation, but it’s much more important to keep in mind when moving an older person. Sometimes, a move is just too much for an older person to take, and this means that breakdowns could happen at any time. On the flip side, if you’ve packed carefully and made sure that everything is ready to go, there should be no cause for concern. If you aren’t sure about something you can, of course, ask us. We’re here to help you out!
The most important things to remember when moving an older person are listed here, but, above all else, make sure that the person you’re helping move feels comfortable and confident that items will arrive safe and unharmed. Choose a moving company that you can trust, that has a solid reputation, and knows how to make someone moving to a retirement home feel safe in knowing that all of life’s precious possessions will arrive on time too.
Do you have any questions about moving to a new place? Need help moving an elderly person? Let us know how we can help you!
The guy you feel is best moving company in Denver? This is a highly subjective question that has a lot of implications behind it. Everyone feels like the moving company that they used consistently is going to be the best one. However, this may not be the case. Without a little bit of research to back up these claims, you could be getting ripped off and not even know it. To us, that’s the scariest part. That lack of knowledge, yet still having the rug pulled out from under you is an awful feeling. And, if you don’t even know it’s happening you’re not likely to catch it. So, in order for you to avoid us, there are a few suggestions that we would like to give you.
The first suggestion is do your homework. We know that it’s not exactly the most exciting thing in the world to sit at a computer and to do nothing but research. To be honest, it’s extremely frustrating because you never know what you are getting the best deal or not. However, you can believe that you are getting a very general idea of what it is going to cost you. Businesses tend not to vary the prices that wildly from the competition because they don’t want to lose out on the possible max profit. However, there are still a few things to watch out for, like scams. So, tread wisely when you decide to open up that browser. It could present its own set of problems.
The second suggestion we have is to call up the companies that you have in mind once you begin to narrow your search. These companies will respond to any inquiry you may have, and your job is to sort out the liars from the truth tellers. The most efficient way to do this is to have a good background knowledge of what other people have said about them, and then ask them questions that pertain to the issue at hand. Depending on how they respond, you could end up finding out they will say just about anything for your business. That’s a great way to spot a liar.
These may only be 2 suggestions for finding that Denver moving company that fits you best, and there are many other ways to go about it. These two however are effective and don’t take up too much of your time.
Are you considering moving to Ft Collins, CO for more than something beyond schooling? That’s great news to hear if you are. Ft Collins is a booming town that’s been rated in the top 10, and even number one, in Forbes magazine. Being a college town means that Ft Collins is simply busy at almost the entire year. There are people walking around constantly and the education level in our town is extremely high .
Recently we were voted as one of the most educated towns in the United States with a college graduation rate over 40%! This number may seem a little bit low, but you would be surprised at how high this actually is. College is still not an extremely common thing to have under your belt, but it’s becoming more so. Any way back to the point, moving here is a non student is a great idea because of all the big companies and job opportunities that are available. If you’re someone who’s into the tech industry, HP and Intel can be found on harmony straight across from each other. They’re based near the highway which gives you easy access to these company should you not want to live in town.
Are you someone who’s more into the production side of things and making people’s lives a little bit prettier or more functional? Then maybe you want to go work for Otterbox cases. They provide people with cases to go one cell phones and other Electronic Devices and are always in need of highly creative people. There are jobs all over the place in this town and moving to Ft Collins as someone who’s not going to be a student can’t be overstated. It’s a great thing and it’s probably going to become one of your favorite towns just because of how nice people are here.
There’s no East Coast mentality here, everyone loves to talk to everyone else. If that’s not the first thing you’ll notice when you arrive in town, I would be very surprised. One walk through old town and you’ll know that you’ve made the right decision to move to Ft Collins Colorado. Its beauty and its people will captivate you.
When hiring a Denver moving company there are a couple of things that you should know that are very important to moving into this city. The first one is knowing locations. You want removing company to know where you’re moving to and the fastest way to get there as to not incur additional costs. This one simply comes of experience. The second one is more important and is the fact that you want a moving company who comes from Colorado. So let’s look into why these two are very important.
Knowing locations in Colorado is an extraordinarily important factor because Colorado, and Denver specifically, is set on a grid pattern which means that a lot of subdivisions look very similar. This is easily solved with a little bit of experience in the state and with the advent of GPS. Most moving companies these days come equipped with a GPS tracker in order to find their locations easily. This is especially true of full service moving companies which help you move your stuff in. Without a GPS, it’s likely that it would take them a little bit longer to find your home, but eventually they would find. Another easy way around this is just to have the moving company follow you but that’s provided that you are moving everything with them.
The second, and more important factor, is being from Colorado. This isn’t because they’ll get lost as stated above. No, this is because of the altitude. If you’re a moving company who comes from out of state and you plan on doing a great deal of hard work here I am mile above sea level, you had better be used to the lack of oxygen. This can cause lightheadedness and it can cause clumsiness. Why do you think athletes spend about a week here before they play? It’s so they can become accustomed to the altitude. Without becoming accustomed to it, not only could you injure yourself, but the materials that are being moved could be broken. It’s a little thing that not many people think about but has a very large influence on anyone who’s doing manual work. So if you’re going to move here hire a company who is based in Colorado at least. Denver preferably so they know the area, though it is true that many of us who live here end up in Denver 90% of the time so most of us know our way around the city.