Who we are and what we do are one in the same. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to provide quality. They claim that customer satisfaction means everything to them. And that may be true even and especially when it comes to the bottom line. But at Exodus, people are the single most important thing in our business. And that applies all around, to our employees, our clients and our community. We put our money, time, effort and heart into the things that matter most to us. And that is what makes us better than any other Colorado Moving Company. The Exodus difference is people.
We Choose People
Exodus is a Choose People company. This means that we pass the test and come out on top as a great place to work. We work hard, we play hard and we value family and balance. Unlike many others in our industry, we have real employees doing all our moves providing unequalled accountability in our market sector. We provide consistent schedules, family friendly offices and competitive salaries making our employee turnover rate lower than any other Denver moving company. We firmly believe that happy employees are better workers, parents and citizens at large. For this reason, the Exodus difference starts with our people.
People Choose Us
We are constantly in a state of collecting feedback from our customers. Moving is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. We strive and work hard to go the extra mile to make it easier, less hectic and to create a sort of calm in the storm for our clients. Thanks to this commitment to service, our track record is pristine. Our client surveys come back consistently with glowing recommendations and most of our clients go on to recommend our moving services to family and friends.
Whether it is pianos that need moving for art projects (Pianos About Town) underprivileged teens that need dresses for Prom (The Fairy Godmother Project) a race that needs run to donate supplies to school kids (The Denver Metro Mile benefiting Donors Choose) or our own in house tree planting for every move we complete (in cooperation with Trees, Water & People), we are committed to being involved in the neighborhood around us. We love Colorado, we love our country and we love our world. At Exodus, we show value to our community by not only showing up when they need us most but by finding creative ways to be involved, everyday.
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At Exodus we consider family a top priority. We believe it is the core institution around which everything important in our society spins. Without taking care of the family, everything else in life can easily fall apart. For this reason in our offices we are committed to our employees, encouraging them to take time off when they need to and to bring their kids in to meet the other staff. We encourage togetherness and are determined to facilitate the kind of happiness and personal fulfillment in the workplace that can contribute to a high quality of life.
With our clients we have a similar philosophy. Because we run our office like a family we also run our business like a family. As their moving company, we realize that we are being trusted with not only people’s possessions but also with their memories. Never loosing site of this responsibility, we strive to treat our customers with this in mind. This empathetic consideration goes double when it comes to moving seniors. Knowing how hard this transition can be for them and in an effort to ease the transition, we offer the following tips.
Ask for their Input
Often one of the hardest things for seniors to deal with is their lack of ability to make independent decisions about when and where they will move. Be sure to keep them involved in the process as much as possible. Ask them about their opinions regularly and make sure that they are familiar with the new space that they will be moving to.
Keep it Familiar
Adjusting to a new surrounding can be challenging at any age. Now, consider having lived in the same home for 40+ years and having to leave it. This is inevitably a highly emotionally charged event for any older person and should be managed with care and consideration for their circumstance. Whenever possible, you should take photographs of their home to get an idea of what they had and where their possessions were before the move. After comparing the areas in various rooms with the new space that they will inhabit, attempt to create a world that is similar to the one they were living in before. This will encourage a feeling of safety and well being for seniors who are in such a difficult transition.
Sometimes, while it’s good to be surrounded by actual family during a big change, when it comes to moving, it is a good thing to have professional help on your side. An older person might be more argumentative, for instance, about how best to go about moving something with someone they consider to be an equal or (even harder) a subordinate, such as a child. By hiring a caring professional mover to aid in relocating your senior, the process can become less subjective and an ultimately smoother experience for everyone involved.
Moving is never easy. Anyone who has ever experienced relocation of any kind understands this. But when making a residential move, that is, moving from a place one calls “home” it can be especially difficult. And depending on how long you have lived in a specific location, the personal items, possessions and memories just seem to multiply making saying goodbye that much harder for everyone involved.
This is especially true with seniors. Not only have they experienced a lot of life and lived though many stories, often they have also collected a substantial amount of stuff. Moving house is always the result of some change of life whether it is social, financial or professional. And while moving is notoriously one of the most stress ridden events possible, this tension is often compounded when older people are involved. Whether relocation is the result of the death of a spouse or the inability or desire to take care of a large home, when a senior needs to move, there are several things to remember to make their transition easier.
Don’t Wait Till the Last Minute
If you are aware that a senior in your life will need to make a move in the near future, it’s important to start the planning process early. There is little worse than being forced into or rushed through an important move in life and helping older people is no exception. Attempt to talk about moving early and often. By avoiding last minute conversations about important topics, you will have a better chance of being set up for a successful moving experience.
Consider the Process
Moving can be both emotionally and physically draining. Generally speaking, seniors have less energy than their younger counterparts so it is smart to break the organization of the move into palatable sections. We recommend putting some thought into how much energy a senior can give per day in preparation for moving. Consider how going though old pictures and air looms can affect a person’s energy and plan accordingly.
Don’t Take it Personally
If you are helping a senior with their move emotions could be running high. Often when older people move it means the loss of independence. Keeping in mind how hard it is to be dependent on others, remember that kindness is the key to dealing with people in this type of transition. Focusing on the goal at hand instead of taking personally the stress of the situation is an important part of helping seniors during this time.
The purpose of our Fresh Place Friday blog is to highlight interesting cities throughout our great state. Colorado is a truly one of a kind location, somehow finding a way to masterfully blend the cosmopolitan and the cowboy. It’s a state known for its natural beauty and ecologically minded communities. It’s a place known as a hot spot for the gold rush in the 1850’s, the Centennial State and the home of the Broncos. And while we happily serve as both national and international long distance movers, Colorado is the place we call home. Today’s Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to a city called Castle Rock.
The History of Castle Rock
The city of Castle Rock was originally settled on a budget: $3,400 in total to be exact. Founded in 1874 as the county seat of Douglas County, “The Rock” was originally home to several Native American tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians. As a result of both its excellent location on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, this mild climate haven boasted wild livestock for hunting and abundant plant life for foraging.
10 years before the city was founded, the combination of the Homestead Act and the possibility of finding gold brought people to the area in droves. Jeremiah Gould is perhaps the most well known original homesteader and owner of this land before it became a city. Donating much of the land immediately south of the area to what is now considered Castle Rock, the plots where auctioned off for the previously mentioned meager revenue of $3,400 .
Castle Rock Today
Originally known for rhyolite and cheese, Castle Rock has come a long way since its inception 125 years ago. The 17th largest city in Colorado it is now home to over 46,000 residents. Renowned throughout various national publications for being a great place to live and work, this small town combines big city access with a hometown feeling. Gorgeous natural recreational opportunities abound in combination with various family oriented community events such as chili cook offs, live theater and pottery painting events. And while many of the areas residents work in the Denver Tech Center because of its easy access location, the designer boutiques, public art exhibitions and fair grounds keep its residents from a moment of boredom. When history meets urban culture with such ease and compliment, its no wonder Castle Rock is such a great place to move to in Colorado.
Moving with children can be difficult, especially when they are young. Of course there is the practical side, the sorting and the packing of all of their things and the logistics of where they will be during the transition from one home to another. But there is also a highly emotional side to relocation. It is common for children to feel insecure and act out if they are feeling at all uprooted. In order to avoid this situation as much as possible, it pays to be both organized and think of simple ways to make moving a special experience for the whole family.
Have a Family Meeting. While it may be hard to explain, the sooner your child knows about the move the more time they will have to adjust. Encourage any questions they might have and make the concept of changing homes something that sounds like an interesting adventure.
Get your Kids Involved. If a child feels like they are an important part of the team, they will be more likely to help out. Keep positive energy about your move going. Encourage the planning of a moving sale and allocate the proceeds to something everyone in the family wants like a new game system or a new pet.
Create a Special Bag. Each child should have a special suitcase, packed for about 3 days worth of time. It should include not only living essentials like clothes and toiletries, but also things that will make their first few days in their new place feel like home. Familiar personal items like their favorite toy or blanket, glass or game. This will help your child to feel more like they belong in your new place of residence.
Have a Family Party. Make the first night in your new home special. Order a pizza, play board games on the floor, or make a tent with blankets and boxes. Even though moving can be filled with its headaches and stresses, it is important to find creative ways to make your kids feel like a good change has just occurred in the life of your family.