Urban farming is on the rise, and that means that your city neighbor may be raising chickens or planting a rooftop garden. Some bigger city farm organizations may also be planting rows of crops for people to enjoy, or to help out inner city kids (as many cities currently do). While urban farming is great and really important, there are some aspects of the urban farm that a lot of people starting these outfits never consider prior to setting up shop.
One of the problems urban farmers that have large spaces face is how to handle farm equipment when it comes to making a move. Even the biggest rooftop farms have some kind of equipment, and moving anything of this sort requires a special hand and some definite expertise.
First: Work Out the Permits
You can’t simply throw a massive piece of farm machinery on a flatbed truck and head down the highway. In most cities, moving large pieces of equipment that can spill over into another lane requires a special permit. Find out if you need this permit before you move, or you could be looking at a hefty fine — and no farm equipment at your new place before you get that permit.
On the other hand, if you just want to drive a tractor down a road that’s not a highway, you can usually do so without a permit (but it’s still worth checking!). What if you want to tow a piece of equipment? Can you do this without a permit? The answer is that it depends on where you are towing. If you are towing on a major highway, then you need a permit. If you are towing on a side road, you probably don’t need a permit. Then again, you do need a permit for most things in any city, so keep this in mind. You may also want to buy some “Wide Load” signs just in case!
Next: Think about the Fragility
Some farm equipment is really fragile. If you have special water systems for your rooftop farm, or a very expensive piece of equipment that you have to be very careful to transport, you do not want to move these items haphazardly. It is highly recommended that you call movers in Boulder, CO if you plan to move farm equipment in this area. Professional movers will be able to tell you whether or not they can move fragile and expensive equipment, or whether you need a special kind of mover to help make this trip.
The benefit to hiring professionals is that a company that’s both insured and bonded is liable for any kind of move that they make. So, if your equipment winds up damaged in a move, you can simply go back to the company and claim any damages that way. Companies that specialize in these types of moves have insurance for these reasons.
Finally: What About Your Plants?
Plants of any kind are extremely fragile. If you’ve been working with and growing plants for some time now, you know just how picky they can be. Some plants might not appreciate a long move without proper care, and proper care means hiring movers with the right equipment to transport your plants without any harm being done to them. Once again, this kind of move requires a special team of movers that have experience handling fragile plants.
How You Can Prepare Your Longmont Movers
Even the most specialized of movers need instructions when it comes to something as important as transporting fragile plants or how to move certain equipment. It’s advisable that you have someone from your staff explain to your moving team how to accurately and precisely move equipment or plants from one location to the next. With proper care instructions, your plants and equipment can be moved without harm, and you can set up shop somewhere new with all of your important items in place.
It takes a lot to move a farm, which is why many farmers never move! But today’s urban farms move regularly due to space and other issues. Knowing how to move your equipment by getting the right permits and operating with a moving team that you can trust will make all the difference. As an experienced moving company in Fort Collins, Exodus Moving and Storage is ready for you if you need help moving your farm. To find out more about our services, call us today to schedule an appointment, or to ask us any questions that you may have.
You can also find us on Facebook if you want to connect with us there and ask questions on our Facebook page. You can trust the team at Exodus to move anything you have in mind expertly, on time, and right the first time!
Moving to Boulder soon? Before you move, or right after you move, you will want to clean your new place. You could hire a cleaning company to work on your new home for you, or you could do the tasks yourself and save a lot of money. If you have started to look for cleaning companies, you’ve probably noticed that many of these companies now boast using eco-friendly cleaning products. Why? Because eco-friendly is important to many people — and it’s also a good way for cleaning companies to charge more!
But you don’t have to spend a fortune on new eco products with high price tags in order to clean your place the green way. If you do want to make sure that your home is cleaned with green in mind, here are some top tips to cleaning the eco-friendly way.
Polish Your Wooden Furniture
Most wood polish is made from oil, but the polish that’s sold en masse is often loaded with chemicals. To avoid the harsh fumes and environmental impact, simply mix some olive oil with a bit of lemon juice. The lemon juice will help remove any stains, and the olive oil will nourish the wood providing the moisture that your furniture currently lacks.
Clean Your Floors The Right Way
Have you noticed how many floor polishing products currently line store shelves? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! Instead of choosing a product that’s loaded with chemicals and toxic fumes, you can wash floors effectively with a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar is a really strong and effective cleaning agent, and it’s a great way to clean your floors while also adding some sparkle. Don’t use vinegar on soft floors like rugs, but use it on wood, tile, and ceramic.
Make that Glass Shine
You don’t need a product like Windex to make your windows shine. All you need is an empty spray bottle that includes a mixture of lemon juice and water. Simply mix the two together, grab a rag, and get to work on any glass surfaces. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your windows and mirrors shine with just a bit of homemade window cleaner!
What You’ll Need
In order to make any of the eco-friendly concoctions listed above, you will need a few empty spray bottles, various rags for different cleaning purposes, a clean mop for floors, and some dry rags to use to wipe up moisture or to use to polish wooden furniture. You will also need some lemons, some vinegar, and a few other household items — stuff that you probably already have in your home anyway! There are a lot of excellent green cleaning tips that can be found online too, so do your homework and find cheaper ways to clean while also going green — no cleaning company required!
Movers in Greeley, CO
If you are looking for a moving company to help you get to your new place simple and easily, Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you. Exodus offers full service moving options (including packing and unpacking), and we can also move you long distance if that’s what you have in mind. As movers in Fort Collins, CO, Exodus has years of experience moving all kinds of items to many different places. We know that you probably have questions about our moving service and our rates, so feel free to call us today for a free estimate.
Exodus can also be found on Facebook, and we’d love to know what your best green cleaning tips are. Do you have some eco-friendly cleaning ideas that you want to share? Leave us a note here or on our Facebook page!
The Colorado moving company has come and gone, you’ve unpacked the boxes, settled in, and now it’s time to get ready for winter. You splurged on the movers, so you’re looking to cut costs in this process. You start to think, “What can I do for myself?”
One of those things is cleaning your gutters. It’s important – if you have leaves and debris clogging your gutters, how can the snow and ice properly drain from your roof? If a lot of snow falls, you don’t want the snow melt hindered by leaves and debris, so it’s important to be sure they are free and clear for the spring. You can easily clean your gutters if you’re not afraid of heights or climbing ladders. And if you are afraid of climbing that ladder, you should consider overcoming that fear! It saves money, and it’s not hard at all.
To know why you should clean your gutters, you need to understand the purpose of the lowly gutter. The gutter directs water away from your home, and is crucial during all seasons – the spring and summer, they keep you from getting soaked during a torrential downpour while you’re trying to unlock your front door, and in the winter it keeps puddles created by dripping water from gathering which eventually turn into sheets of ice overnight that cause you to slip on your way to work.
These things happen when you don’t clean your gutters. A clog plugs up the gutters, blocking the downspout that comes out in the area you wanted the water to go, making the water overflow into the areas you DON’T want water to go. In the winter, that means ice dams will form. During the summer, the water that collects and cannot drain properly becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In the winter, the frigid temps causes expansion of the gutter system due to freezing water, which can damage gutters and make them leak.
How to Clean Your Gutters
First, you want to make sure you have everything you need (and some things you could do without, but really, you should have all of it to be truly prepared). You’ll definitely need a ladder and a bucket (optionally a wheelbarrow instead), gloves, and goggles to protect your eyes from errant sticks and debris. A dust mask is ideal, and if you’d like, you can buy a leaf scooper (but your gloved hands work just as effectively).
Begin by scooping up handfuls of debris. You can choose to collect in the bucket while on the ladder, or just drop it directly on the ground to clean up later. If you choose the bucket method, be sure to hang it from the ladder so that one hand can be free at all times to hold on to the ladder.
Once all debris is clear, use your hose or a bucket full of water to run water through the gutters. A hose is ideal, as it can be used to destroy spider webs and peel debris that the bucket of water just can’t knock loose. During this process, look to see that the water is flowing uninhibited from the downspout. If not, it’s a sign you should take the downspout off in order to remedy this problem.
After the gutters are flowing freely, you can use the hose to rinse the debris that has fallen onto your driveway, deck, or patio. If you’ve just dumped the debris directly onto the ground, grab the wheelbarrow and clean up any small piles of leaves.
If You Spot A Leak
Use a grease pencil to mark areas that are leaking while you are hosing the gutters out. Chances are you won’t be able to tell where they are when the water dries! Apply gutter sealant to these areas, scraping away the old caulking before applying the new. Don’t forget the insides of the joints!
Cleaning your gutters is an important part of enjoying your new home. The Colorado moving company helped move you in, and it’s up to you to keep things in order to truly enjoy your time spent at home sweet home. If you haven’t moved yet, call Exodus, your Colorado moving company, for a free moving quote, or ask us on Facebook about a free moving quote!
The fall season means apples, and pumpkins, and pies – oh my! In Fort Collins, we love the fall season, and it comes with some of the best fruits and vegetables including pumpkins and apples. As movers in Fort Collins, we know where all the best farms are too, so take a look at this list, and get ready to do some picking!
Apples CC Photo Courtesy of liz west
1. Bartels Land and Livestock: Bartels is where you want to go if you’re bringing the kids along to pick some pumpkins. You’ll find a petting zoo in addition to pre-picked pumpkins and pumpkins that are still on the vine. Bring your kids to Bartels for a fun fall day that they will never forget.
2. Just What Grows Gardens: in Morgan County, you will find this farm that’s true to its name. At Just What Grows Gardens, you’ll only find things that are currently in season and growing. School trips can be set up, too, so give the farm a call.
3. Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum: the Bee Family farm is a living museum that teaches kids all about life on the farm in the old days. Kids will enjoy costumes and tons of other fun things to do.
4. Lukens Farms: this farm has a petting zoo too, but you’ll also find things like turkey wandering around in addition to lots of pumpkins, of course! Apple season also begins in September at Lukens Farms, so make sure to set a day aside to pick some delicious apples.
5. Miller Farms: this farm has lots of delicious things throughout the year, and fall means pumpkins and apples at Miller Farms. You can start to pick your own fall treats in September, or you can visit the farm before that time too.
Planning a Picking Day
There are few things better than getting out in the fresh and sunny fall air, and picking some crispy apples or large pumpkins (that you can carve later, of course!). As movers in Fort Collins, we enjoy taking a day off to pick fresh produce, and you should too. If you have kids, make sure to carve out a few hours, compare rates, consider the type of farm you want to visit, and figure out if the farm you’re going to has kid-centered activities like petting zoos and rides.
Even though most farms cater to kids, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy picking apples and pumpkins even if you don’t have kids – in fact, your Fort Collins movers recommend it! What better way to get some of that fresh fall air? Plus, you can turn any apples into pie, and pumpkins are fun to carve at any age.
Moving to Fort Collins
If you haven’t arrived in Fort Collins yet, you are in for a real fall treat. This part of the country abounds with amazing produce all year long, but the fall season is the absolute best. If you are looking for Fort Collins movers, Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you. We’re proud to be the community’s pick for Fort Collins movers, and we can help you move too.
We also offer storage spaces in Denver and Fort Collins, so ask us about those rates. When it comes to Fort Collins movers, it doesn’t get much easier than working with us! Call Exodus today for additional information.
A large part of owning a business in any community is actually taking the time to become a piece of that community. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we support a number of community organizations. Today, we’d like to put the spotlight on one of the many organizations that we are connected to called ‘Green Action’.
The Green Action Mission
CC Image Courtesy of Andy Arthur
Green Action is a health and environmental organization that supports a “clean, healthy, and just future for all.” Working with low-income and urban communities, Green Action’s mission is to clean up the environment in these areas. Green Action is fighting something that the organization calls ‘environmental racism.’ What does this mean, exactly? Environmental racism happens when low-income individuals and families are placed in environmentally hazardous parts of town. More often than not, lower-income neighborhoods have hazardous environmental factors working against the people that live in those areas – things like air pollution from factories, locations near waste areas, and other factors that negatively impact the environment.
Green Action’s main goal is to clean up these areas, so that everyone (regardless of income level) can live in a clean and healthy environment. Not only does Green Action help to clean up these areas, but this organization also works to prevent future environmentally damaging companies and operations from setting up shop. Working to fight negative environmental development within these communities is more than half of the battle when it comes to environmental racism. Exodus Moving and Storage stands behind Green Action by donation funds, supporting various causes, and helping this organization stand against the things that can quickly turn a healthy environment into a hazardous and harmful one.
A Passing Thought
More often than not, the concept of environmental racism isn’t known or is put aside. The reality is, though, that all towns and cities have that one section of town that isn’t quite up to par with the other areas in town. Large cities, especially, tend to allow development of waste plants and other toxic factories inside of certain boundaries, and those boundaries are often placed around the lower-income parts of a town. Most people that live in cities and towns with some environmentally hazardous areas never know of the price people that reside in those areas pay just to live. Often, the price is too high and includes health risks.
Green Action is an important organization that strives to bring the basic human right of environmental equality for all to light. Through funding and community action, organizations like this one can grow. Green Action is one of the organizations that we’re proud to support as an integral part of the Fort Collins and Denver community. In addition, we are happy to add any organization that seeks to make our communities a better place to our support list. If you know of a community organization that requires some support, please let us know about it. In the meantime, take a moment to check out the other groups, centers, and organizations that we support.
Moving Here Means Living Here
When you move to any community, you become a part of that community. If you work to make the community that you live in better overall, you’ll really become ingrained in that area – and isn’t that the point of living anywhere? In Colorado, there are so many different organizations reaching for a better world that you can easily join. While we’re sure your mind is preoccupied with the way that you will move here and finding a place to live before you arrive, we also want to turn your attention towards community organizations like Green Action that need your help and attention.
If you have any questions about what organizations we support, feel free to let us know. Of course, we’re also happy to answer any moving questions that you may have, and we’re always available to provide you with a free moving quote. Moving to Fort Collins or to Denver? We welcome you to our community! We also invite you to check out the many different articles we have on this blog about moving, community organizations, and other things that you may be interested in reading about before or after your move. Call us today for a free quote!
Every once in a while, a non-profit really stands out from the crowd. While all non-profits are doing something amazing simply by existing, The Urban Farm in Denver, Colorado, is worth a moment or two of your time. This farm teaches agriculture to inner-city kids, and shows kids that don’t get much outdoor exposure that faming can happen in urban places too.
About The Urban Farm
Image Courtesyof The Urban Farm
This farm was originally started as a horse farm, but it had the same intent – to show inner-city kids a bit about farm life. The horse farm eventually morphed into The Urban Farm, and now the folks that run this non-profit are focused on teaching those same kids the importance of farming. Not only is it important to teach children (and adults, really) how to grow their own food (and where food comes from), this farm also gives kids a chance to explore a working farm, work the land, and see that farming in an urban setting is entirely possible.
The Urban Farm also hosts birthday parties for kids, if you happen to be moving to Denver with your kids and you want a great idea or two! If you know of a child or children that could benefit from a farm experience, make sure to check out The Urban Farm’s website. There’s so much space and open air in Colorado, and even urban centers can embrace the culture that comes with living in this state. It is possible to farm in the city, and that’s what The Urban Farm is teaching, in addition to letting kids get some fresh air!
Colorado is full of amazing projects and programs like The Urban Farm. With all of the space that’s available in Colorado, it’s easy to see why non-profits like this one want to incorporate more of the outdoor life into everyday life – even inner-city life. That’s just the kind of pace that Colorado moves at, and it’s one that we love – and we know that you are going to love. Denver is just one place where lots of amazing things are happening in this state. There are lots of non-profits and organizations all over the state, and that means that there’s plenty of opportunities for anyone moving to Denver, or anywhere else in the state to jump in and help out, take advantage of programs like this one, or start up a new non-profit.
Colorado has been called out in various magazines for being a great state to start a new business in, and that fact applies to charities and organizations as well. The people of Colorado are open to new ideas and anything that helps a community out, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re aiming to work in the non-profit sector, or are seeking to start something that will benefit a community here large or small. In short, Colorado is full of opportunities!
Moving to Colorado
If you’ve decided to move here, it’s probably because you are craving some open space and air, right? Or, maybe you’ve moving here for work purposes (but we bet you won’t want to move elsewhere!). Whatever the reason may be, we want to make sure that your move is as smooth as possible. Exodus Moving and Storage moving service has been in the moving business for many years now, and we know what it takes to make sure everything you need to move gets there in one piece, and that you don’t have to worry about your move at all.
We offer free estimates too, so give us a call and ask us about our rates. If you’re looking for storage space, we can do that too – we have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so call to find out what we can offer you in the way of storage. If you are moving to Denver, make sure to take a look at The Urban Farm – this is one non-profit that deserves a bit of attention, and would make an ideal place to host a child’s birthday party. Call us today for moving rates and details!
The appeal of Silverton, Colorado is easy to see. This town offers its residents a simpler way of life. As Colorado movers we always enjoy a trip to Silverton, CO because there seems to be more time for family and community. The community is clean and safe where residents freely walk and bike around and jobs in the tourism industry are plentiful.
What our Colorado movers notice most about this area is the strong sense of community found in Silverton, CO. The streets are filled with parades, carnivals and festivals- anything that can bring the town together. Silverton, CO doesn’t just focus on community but relies on it to maintain the small-town, rural lifestyle all residents are accustom to. They work together to preserve the land they live on and value the clean air they have been given.
What makes Silverton, CO such an ideal place to live is found not only in the attachment to the place, respect for neighbors and nature and the commitment to sustainability but also its location in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The endless amount of recreational activities may be what makes the citizens of Silverton, CO so proud of their home. Whether you are looking to sled, ice skate, fish, hunt, horseback ride, ski or anything in between, Silverton, CO has it right at your fingertips.
The Colorado movers at Exodus are seriously impressed with this small Colorado town and we hope that if you are planning a Colorado move, you consider the picture-perfect, Silverton, Colorado.
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This week we want to take to our blog to discuss the importance of sustainability and maintaining a “green” move. As Colorado movers, we are based in one of the most beautiful states in our nation and that is why we take great efforts to keep it in the most pristine condition possible- starting with your Colorado move.
We decided we were going to take time out and dedicate this post to explaining why green practices should be incorporated into your lifestyle as well as how to use a more sustainable moving method.
We all have an impact on the earth, no matter how small our actions. You know the decisions we make like what kinds of foods we eat, what we clean our houses with and what kind of light bulbs we use have an impact but did you know that what kinds of moving supplies and the company you choose to help on the big moving day make a difference too?
Exodus works hard to maintain their standards as the “green” Colorado movers. We make small adjustments in our practices to ensure that we are doing our part to protect the environment. These changes include re-using our cardboard boxes for multiple moves as well as utilizing the “forever box.” A forever box is a plastic tote that we pack your non-fragile items in for office or short-distance moves. This cuts down on the use of paper from both trees and the dollars in your pocket as totes are much more economical than cardboard.
But wait, there’s more. We combine moving loads to save on CO2 emissions so there are less trucks out on the road. Our Colorado movers also have converted one of our tractor trailers to run completely off vegetable oil rather than gasoline. Not to mention our back hauls which helps save the environment and the money in your wallet; instead of driving an empty truck back to Colorado, we load your stuff in and take it with us!
We’ve also taken steps to make our warehouses just as energy efficient. We have insulated the space between the loading docks and the trucks to cut down on energy usage by regulating the temperature of the warehouse inside. Also, our Ft. Collins location was created in order to help our Colorado movers walk or bike to work instead of driving- and that they do!
Exodus is making strides to help this planet in every way they can and you should do the same. Remember, the smallest choices you make (like working with green Colorado movers like us) can make an impact on the world we live in! So join us in our quest to keep our earth beautiful.
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Exodus Moving and Storage has been serving the moving needs of Colorado and beyond for several years now. The dream of one individual became the cause of many, starting with one small moving truck and becoming a full service relocation company. Today, we are the best Colorado moving company and we our proud not only of our humble beginnings but of the teamwork it has taken to excel in such a large and saturated market such as the moving and storage industry. As the time of thanks draws near, we have so many things to be thankful for. Here are just a few at the top of our list.
At Exodus, we hand pick our employees. We don’t believe in the concept of day- labor or temporary hires. Instead we interview, do reference checks and drug tests and we hire only those fine folks that we feel would properly represent us in the field with our customers, every day. We take moving people very seriously, so we make sure that our staff receives ongoing training and fair wages, making our employee turnover rate one of the lowest in the country. We are also Choose People Certified because we are committed to being “happy place to work.” The people of Exodus are what make our company like no other.
We are proud to boast a damage ratio that is ¼ of the industry average. This is a result of the combination of quality workers and comprehensive training. When we were just starting out, every client and every referral meant everything to our business. We knew that our biggest competition was riddled with moving horror stories because of their lack of attention to detail and lack of accountability with regard to their staff. We are expert movers, proud of the work we do. And no matter how big we become, we still work under the philosophy that one unsatisfied customer is one too many.
We are passionately involved in our communities. At Exodus, we put our time, talents and money into the places that we live and work. We support green energy practices within our offices and have incorporated many green friendly procedures into our work. This includes our tree planting program for every move we complete. For this program we partner with Trees Water & People. We are also thankful for the freedoms we have and maintain in this great country of ours and regardless of political affiliation, we support causes that support our troupes and their families. Project Sanctuary and Colorado Hire Patriots are a few of the military support groups that we are committed to.
As we celebrate thanksgiving this year, we are setting our table with gratitude. We are thankful for the work we do, the communities we serve and the people who make it all possible. What are you thankful for?
After a whole lot of time, effort and careful thought, we here at Exodus are proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Thanks to our work together with the very talented marketing and design firm Davlin Marketing Group, we have given our total commitment to quality a new voice and a new look. We are excited that this effort has resulted in a whole new kind of user experience.
Mind: Information about Moving
At Exodus, we believe that knowledge is power. For this reason, we are happy to pass on the benefit our many years of experience in moving to our customers. We understand that making a move can be an incredibly stressful time in life and it is one of our main goals to make you feel like you are not alone during this transition. Right by your side from the very beginning, our new site is full of resources for moving including an 8 week moving planner, a full list of moving supplies provided to help make your move easier and even a list of preferred partners offering home services to make you feel right at home in your new neighborhood.
Body: Professional Movers in Action
With over 75 years of combined moving experience, we have a knack for getting the job done right. We excel at both residential and commercial moving and are happy to take care of every detail for our customers. Our new website showcases this ability through things like an explanation of our Moving Method, FAQs and answers about residential moving and a new section on our virtual warehousing capabilities. We feel that our new site has a lot to say about what you can expect from a truly professional moving and storage company.
Heart: We are a People Business
One thing we are very clear on as a company: the center of our business is people. We take excellent care of the people we work with and as a result they take excellent care of those we work for. As proud members of the communities we live and work in, we volunteer our time and resources to charities, community organizations and are proud military family movers. We are happy to be a green moving company, doing our part of give back to our community and our world. Our new site, gives a more personal view into the talented team that we employ in Denver and Ft Collins as well as the wonderful feedback we get from all the people we serve and the community organizations we further. At Exodus, we move people and we are proud to offer our new website to show you why we are the best moving company in Colorado.