Considerations When Moving Your Elderly Loved One

Making the choice to move your elderly relative or friend can be a tough one. Of course, if they come to the decision all on their own, it’s made pretty easy. But if you are noticing that a senior care facility or even a residential community catering to the needs of the elderly is becoming more and more of a necessity, there are a few things you should know before you contact a Colorado moving company.

You might find that bringing up the subject leads to anger and hostility. Put yourself in their shoes – they’ve possibly lived their entire life in the building they call home, have had the same neighbors for decades, have a routine for their day-to-day activities – would you be so willing to walk away from your safe place, your comfort zone?

Introduce the Idea Gently

You can’t just start out by choosing a facility and calling residential moving companies right off the bat. Instead, you need to ease into the subject slowly and as gently as possible to warm them up to the idea. You’ll want them to work their frustrations and anxieties out of their system until they realize that it’s the best idea for them.

To make these conversations as effective as possible, pretend you are them. Look at their lives now, and come up with points you can make that they’ll actually consider as being beneficial to their lives in some way. Remember to take into consideration what they consider important, and point out how this new living arrangement won’t mean the end of those things! For example, it’s not all about the cost – sometimes it’s the social life they’re used to maintaining that is most important.

Play Up Their Interests

So they love to attend Tuesday night Bingo with a couple of the neighbors, so much so, they haven’t missed one of these nights in 15 years. Seek out those facilities that offer a Bingo night! If they’re just all-around active and involved in the community, find a place that offers them to continue this lifestyle.

The best way to get them interested and on board with this move, you’ll need to look at their lifestyle and match the environments accordingly. Sit with them and compile a list of must-haves, and seek out the place that fits them as perfectly as possible. Are they worried about family not coming to visit them? Try to select a location that is as close to family as possible, guaranteeing visits don’t have to lessen!

Bring Them for a Visit

It’s just like buying a new home – you wouldn’t just move in without walking through first. Include them in the process so they can assess the living conditions and activities offered. Don’t just stop with a formal tour of the facility – drop by unannounced and take a peek at what’s going on. This will put your mind at ease, ensuring the facility lives up to its claims.

Do they have a friend or relative in a facility? Talk to that person – a first hand account of conditions from someone you trust is better than hearing the one-sided, biased opinions of the caregivers and facility managers who just want your money! Besides, finding someone they know in the facility can make it a whole lot easier to convince them to make the move.

Moving Day

When they realize that it isn’t so bad, it’s time for a moving quote. Don’t forget to let them decide what stays and what goes! This process can be enjoyable, but it is daunting! They’ll be taking a trip down memory lane for sure, and it can be tough to part with the stuff. However, they’ll be able to see the look of joy on people’s faces who will be entrusted with caring for prized possessions – grandma’s special china, for example – rather than waiting until it is passed down in the will.

Just remember that you will one day be in the same scenario. Don’t push too hard, and you catch more flies with honey – talk up the points that will interest them most in order to win them over.

Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day On Your Own

Moving to Denver or any other location can mean celebrating some holidays on your own. Before you start making that large group of friends, or finding a significant other, you may wind up smack in the middle of a holiday like Valentine’s Day when you first move. But, don’t worry, there are still plenty of great ways that you can celebrate this holiday with or without other people.

Make something delicious for dinner, or order out from a restaurant that you saw on your way to your new home. Then, grab some great movies or rent something fun on Netflix. Cuddle up with your favorite blanket, or a pet, and enjoy your night in treating yourself to everything you love. Next year, you’ll probably be swamped with fun V-Day requests, so enjoy the silence while it lasts!

Adopt a pet. What better time of year to find a pet to share your life with than on Valentine’s Day? Not only will you have a new companion, but if you adopt a dog, you’ll find yourself exploring your new neighborhood in no time while you set out on those daily walks.

Go candy crazy. Hey, without anyone around to tell you to do otherwise, you can eat as much candy as you want!

Bake some sinful cookies or a yummy cake. Try out your new kitchen, explore the gourmet baking shops in town, and make something delicious all for yourself. If you’re feeling generous, you can share those treats with a new neighbor or two. If not, just enjoy the home baked goodness of a special treat.

Go out and enjoy a fun movie. It doesn’t have to be ‘Fifty Shades of Gray,’ but choose something that will get you in a romantic mood. Nothing provides a better escape from reality more than a great movie!

Find a singles party or other singles dating scene. You can use a site like Yelp! to find some fun group activities in your new town. Chances are that there’s a really fun singles event happening this Valentine’s Day, so why not join in?

Go shopping! Do you have a new job, or do you just want to reinvent yourself in your new town? There’s no better way to do it than with a killer shopping trip. Buy all of those items you never thought you’d wear in your old town, and have fun doing it. Stop and get a coffee, check out some smaller shops, find a new cafe — make a day of it.

Get some new tunes. Are you into the new record craze? Your new town probably has a record store or two, and you can find some great music just by spending the day browsing for new records. Buy some records you’ve never heard before, and maybe a record player to go with it. There are plenty of classic songs out there well worth listening to.

Paint a room. Does your new place need a bit of a facelift? There are few better ways to lift spirits than to paint a room a new color. Grab some paint, turn up the music, and get to work making your new place beautiful.

Hit the salon or spa. Why not spend some time pampering yourself? Get a new haircut, new color job, a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, or any other treatment that you’ve been dying for. If you’ve moved before you start a new job, there are few better ways to feel amazing before diving into the workplace than with a trip to the spa!

Hiring Fort Collins Movers

Before you can figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day, you’ll have to get there, right? That’s where we come in! Exodus Moving and Storage is a full service moving company offering you everything you need for your move including packing, unpacking, moving, and even some storage boxes and other packing options. Moving to a new place should be fun and exciting, and not at all stressful. Let us help you with all of the moving details, so you can relax and enjoy your new town.

What sets Exodus apart from any other Colorado moving company is that we are entirely operated by our own employees. What does this mean? We’ll never contract your move out to a third party, so we always know who is handling your things, and where that person will be. In other words, you can trust Exodus! Call us today for a completely free moving estimate that we guarantee we will stick by. Or, find us on Facebook for additional information about our company.

This Valentine’s Day, make it all about you! What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know by joining in the conversation on Facebook!

7 Tips To Divide Your Stuff After A Split

If you’re going through a breakup, you probably have a lot on your mind. If you were married, numerous questions arise when it comes time to divvy up your belongings – even if you had a prenuptial agreement, there are likely to be things not mentioned in that agreement.

What if you weren’t married? Some stuff was likely yours before you got together, but what about all of those mutual purchases you made? While you might not want to look at that couch ever again, it might be something that you spent money on, so you should have some kind of claim to it. Before you tell the Denver moving company to burn the couch, here are some tips on splitting it all up fairly.

  1. What’s yours is yours, and vice versa. There should be no question that anything that belonged to you prior to moving in together belongs to you exclusively, and vice versa. Determine what items belong to you and you alone, and remove them from the picture entirely.
  2. Inventory. Once you’ve removed items that belong to each of you, you should take an inventory of what remains. If the two of you are still on speaking terms, see if you can split up the property fairly. If not, bring in an appraiser to value the items and help you split it all up fairly. You should get your ex to sign a document that states they accept the values set by the appraiser, and that decisions are final once they’re made. In this way, you aren’t surprised by demands for stuff after the fact.
  3. Sell it. If neither of you want the items, put them up for sale on Craigslist or have a yard sale to get rid of it all. Split the profits, and donate what remains to charity. You can use the proceeds to fund new stuff for your new apartment.
  4. Resist the urge to destroy anything. If you’re just not handling the breakup well, do whatever you can to resist the urge to start smashing furniture and belongings, whether they belong to the other person or to the both of you. You want to avoid legal trouble at all costs, or worse – retaliation smashing. While it might feel good to smash that Xbox, it won’t feel so good when he responds by destroying your expensive dishes and wine glasses!
  5. Make a deal. Do you really want that dining room set for your new place, but you both invested in it? See if you can strike a deal with your ex. You might find they let you have it outright just to get rid of it, or they might say “no way.” If this is the case, try offering to pay them for their half. Sometimes, money is the key to getting what you want.
  6. Keep your distance. So you hired a Denver moving company to get your boxes out of there, but in an effort to save money, you decided to pack up by yourself. To keep things peaceful and calm, avoid packing rooms your ex is in. If they’re in the bedroom, get packing up in the kitchen. This will limit arguments and any feelings of discomfort you might experience if you had to spend time in the same room for a long period of time. Or look for moving companies in Fort Collins that will do the packing for you at a low price.
  7. Be fair. While it might be tempting to sabotage his fish tank or snag that cozy concert tee he owns that you loved to wear to bed, resist the temptation, and skip the bad karma.

While you might not be thinking of it at the moment, you’ll want to be sure all bills acquired when you were together are split down the middle and paid up. You can put the Internet to use here, getting a statement on the day your ex moves out and printing out two copies. The bills should be paid to the person in whose name the utility was set up. Be sure to get a receipt for your payment, just in case they try to pull the “I am sorry, I didn’t receive payment” move on you.

It’s not going to be fun, but it doesn’t have to drag on forever and ever. Deal with splitting up your stuff early on in the breakup, and whatever you can’t agree upon can go into storage until you have clearer, less spiteful heads. You can split the cost of the storage unit, and decide the fate of the stuff contained within when you are both ready. If you’re looking for moving companies in Fort Collins, contact Exodus Moving and Storage.

Spotlight on Realities For Children

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It’s great being a kid, isn’t it? We all wish we could turn back the hands of time and relive our childhood, those carefree days where “responsibility” wasn’t a word within our vocabulary. The summers were filled with bike rides, sleepovers, trips to the lake, and so many great memories. As adults, we strive to provide our children with the same sort of lifestyle. We want them to experience all of the greatness childhood has to offer.

But not all children are as lucky. There are some who struggle on a daily basis to find normalcy and happiness amidst a world filled with violence, or those who have been neglected altogether, left to basically fend for themselves. There is an agency looking out for kids like these in Larimer County – Realities For Children – and they work tirelessly to ensure no child slips through the cracks of a broken system. Exodus supports this charity through donations, and we’d like to tell you a little more about them.

The Beginning

Can you imagine being a case manager with Larimer County Child Protective Services? This is arguably one of the toughest jobs there is, and it’s a job that Craig Secher, founder of Realities For Children, used to have for years. He was right there in the front lines, watching as child after child was failed by the system. What a helpless feeling – and he knew he had to do something about it.

If you are helpless to assist these troubled kids where you are, you just have to create a program that actually provides them with the help they need. Secher did just that, pulling together funding and devising services that would help these abused, neglected, and at-risk kids the system had left behind, and Realities For Children was born. There was one problem he discovered during the process of its design, a problem that had existed long before Secher picked up on it – other agencies existed to provide services and resources to these kids, but they were all in competition with one another. This led to gaps in what services kids could receive for any given agency.

Secher did what he knew was right, and worked to bring these agencies in alongside Realities For Children, rather than competing against them. The only way to do this was to assure that all costs and underwriting support for the services offered were underwritten privately. In this way, it wasn’t working to snag grants that other agencies were also applying for, putting them in direct competition. He also decided that every penny of money raised by Realities For Children would be made available to all of the agencies that worked with them and the children themselves.

His idea on this collaboration between agencies and services was nationally recognized for its innovation. It is one agency working alongside other agencies to provide the most comprehensive help possible, giving these kids a chance.

Award-Winning Charity

It is such a big part of the community, and has won numerous awards since it was created in 1996. In 2013, it won both the Charity of Choice from the Colorado Family Support Council and Charity of the Year from the Loveland Chamber of Commerce 2013 Awards. Etown and NPR awarded it the E-chievement Award in both 2010 and 2011, and in 2002, it received the Congressional National Leadership Award.

Realities For Children provides so much to these troubled kids. When no one else can help out with financial resources for even the most basic of needs, Realities For Children is there to offer emergency funding. In this way, those kids who would otherwise go without are taken care of. The charity supports a total of 25 various Affiliate Youth Agencies in the local area, sponsoring just about every fundraising event held within Larimer County that benefit abused, neglected, or at-risk children.

It’s more than just a helping hand. Realities For Children knows how important it is to educate the public about the help available to them should they ever need it, and it works hard to spread the word. Not only does it teach the community about everything local child abuse programs offer, it shows them how they are able to help these kids themselves in their community, whether through donations or volunteer work. They do this through four events designed to raise awareness – Realities Ride & Rally, the Awards Gala, Realities Cup, and NightLights.

All of this helps Realities for Children provide a multitude of activities centered around letting these kids do something they deserve the most – being kids. They’re able to socialize with others who they relate to, connect with adult mentors they can turn to in times of trouble, get exercise, and express themselves creatively through events such as movie nights, roller skating, bowling, holiday parties and events, and picnics to name a few.

More Than Just A Moving Company

When you choose Exodus for your moving and storage needs, you’re not only choosing the best in terms of professional movers, you’re choosing to help us fund this much needed charity. We’ll demonstrate the utmost level of professionalism when moving belongings from your home or business to anywhere in the world, keeping you worry- and stress-free. We may be tough enough to do all of your heavy lifting, but we have warm hearts as well. We are proud to give to such a noble cause, helping kids right here in Larimer County who have no one else to turn to.

Mark Kruse & Exodus Partner Spotlight (Part 1)

Partnering in our community is a high priority of focus for Exodus Moving and Storage. Honesty, hard work and service excellence are the pillars of our business. We take the time to foster a positive work environment in our offices and we make the effort to personally get to know those working in the organizations around us that share our core beliefs. We believe that when good people come together, good things are bound to happen.

Mark Kruse, a local professional realtor and all around expert on moving, is a great example of what we look for in a partnership. Mark takes great pride in being one of the most knowledgeable people in his field. Holding several advanced certifications including graduation from the Real Estate Institute, Mark blends a cool combination of educational aptitude with the practical hands on experience and enthusiasm of a Colorado native. He specializes in comprehensive care for the experiences of his buyers and sellers and thrives on going the “extra mile” for his customers.

The following is an interview we recently did with Mark about his partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

What do people get most stressed about when buying/selling a home?

People’s biggest stress is always about money. I find that with buyers, their biggest anxiety is in regards to overpaying. Because of the market fluctuations, buyer tax credit effect etc, many people feel uncertain about when and what to buy. They ask for my predictions and I explain the characteristics of the market in general that indicate it is currently stabilizing. Sellers are usually most concerned about pricing their property incorrectly. People who are selling their homes want to price it right the first time so that it spends as little time on the market as possible. I go through their property in detail and provide them with a list of what to fix. I find out everything there is to know about the home, especially older ones. I also often recommend pre-inspections to avoid unexpected expenses.

What are the questions most frequently asked of you?

On the buyer side, I am most often asked:

1)      Is this a good time to buy?

2)     Would you buy this property?

3)     Who would you recommend for x, y and z…

That last question is the result of the fact that as a native Coloradan and active member of the community, I know a lot of good people. And what’s more, I know the ones to avoid. My huge network of quality referrals is one of the things that sets me apart as a realtor. If someone needs window work, I have someone I trust whom I can recommend.

On the seller side, the most popular question is,” what can we do to sell this property quickly and for the most money.” Over many years of experience, to best answer this question I have created a punch list- to speed up the process of home listing and to help drive up value of the homes I am listing for my clients.

Do you recommend Storage for people about to show their home?

The answer to this question depends on the home. Because of my experience, I can usually walk through a home and easily and help people to “stage” the place, in other words, help them to make it look its very best for showing purposes. Sometimes I have to tell them to get rid of things- if there is too much clutter, they may need to make things clean and organized to make the space more attractive to potential buyers. I don’t recommend storage unless it’s totally necessary. Often people can utilize their garage space if they don’t want things to be too full in their home.

That being said, if you have a 3 car garage that currently doesn’t fit any cars, storage might be in order. The thing I love most about Exodus is that they are not the average storage place because of the full set of moving services they offer. I love the fact that they will store it and THEN move it later.  So in some ways it’s almost like “pre-moving”. Your old house gets cleared and your belongings are already in place and with people that can bring them to wherever you are moving to. Storage with Exodus can be a big space, time and hassle saver.

For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:

http://www.krusedenver.com/

Repeat Customers- The Secret to Exodus Success

There is a reason we receive glowing recommendations from our customers over and over again. Not only do we care more about the little things during your move but we work harder to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Nobody likes moving. Regardless of the reason for the relocation, it is almost always a stress ridden process. But at Exodus, we take great pride in being the ones you can depend on from start to finish.

Complete Estimates

When we send someone to your home to do an estimate, we send a trained professional. A person with the right amount of experience knows what to look for, the right questions to ask and the kinds of things that should be considered. Every move is different which is why we focus on customized quotes that are comprehensive, personal and surprise free.

Teamwork & Positive Attitude

In the moving industry, it is common for large companies to outsource labor. This can help them to manage costs but can have an extremely negative effect on quality. Because our employees are on staff, we know them well. This creates accountability that is virtually unequalled in other moving and storage companies. They are trained by us and they know how to work together. We operate our business as a family and in turn our employees work together to make your move easier. We support them so that they can support you. And because we provide a happy place to work we find that the positive attitude spreads.

Work Ethic

Our hiring process is rigorous. We consider the background and future goals of every employee we select to represent us. Often, we hire ex-military because of their capacity for hard work. But as a general rule, we maintain extremely high standards when it comes to finding people that share our belief that hard work is a) important and b) should be rewarded. We believe in reciprocity and we employ those who think that any job worth doing should be done right.

The following is an excerpt from one of our latest “How Did We Do” Surveys:

Date of Move: May 23rd, 2011

Moving Crew: Javier, Donny & Richard

Client Name: Debbie

On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the following?

Estimator 10

Office Staff 10

Overall Cost/Value 10

Moving Crew:

Friendly/Pleasant 10

Work Ethic Efficient 10

Overall Impression 10

Please Write any Comments or Suggestions:

We were very impressed with their attitude, very hardworking and great teamwork…Excellent Company!!!

 

Would you recommend to others? YES May we use you as a reference? YES

With Exodus, Customer Feedback is Everything.

Because our customer’s complete satisfaction throughout their entire experience with us is our number on one priority, we live for feedback. And with so many convenient online avenues for posting opinions, testimonials and stories about what new clients can expect from our company, sharing your experience with us couldn’t be easier! Immediately following every move we do, we are anxious to read our latest client surveys. It helps us to understand how we are doing with regard to employee performance, schedule timings and the overall value we are providing, everyday. Below you will find just a few of the most popular ways to rate our service and put your own words to your experience with Exodus Moving and Storage.

Yelp (Denver)

Yelp is a totally free, online, urban city guide that was created for the purpose of allowing locals to highlight the best places to go and services to use in their area.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/exodus-moving-and-storage-denver-commerce-city

Yahoo Local (Fort Collins)

Yahoo local is a comprehensive online directory that mainly serves as a kind of yellow pages for local business search and includes detailed business information for a myriad of organizations all over the country.

http://local.yahoo.com/info-19675893-levy-ilan-owner-exodus-moving-storage-fort-collins

Dex Knows (Fort Collins)

Dex Knows is an online directory of companies and people that is both easily searchable and can include short videos about the products and services being highlighted.

http://www.dexknows.com/business_profiles/exodus_moving_and_storage-b545567

Google Maps (Denver)

Google Maps is a database of businesses including their physical listing denoted by a pin drop on a map along with additional details about the company and reviews.

http://maps.google.de/maps/place?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivnscm&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=exodus+moving+and+storage&fb=1&gl=de&hq=exodus+moving+and+storage&cid=12593457488413268796&ei=VUy5TYL5FIvUsga87tXrAw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=placepage-link&resnum=2&ved=0CCgQ4gkwAQ

We would be honored if you would take the time to share your thoughts by using any of the above links. Please share your experience not only with us, but with the world!

Exodus Team Profile #6 – Joel Coen

Name: Joel Coen

Title: Business Development in Denver

Years in industry: 4 months

Years at Exodus: 4 Months

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California

Fun Fact: I have lived in 7 states and worked overseas

Strangest item you have ever moved: A 1950’s phone booth

Favorite part about working with Exodus: Exodus allows me to have freedom.  We are a small company and being able to change direction in a moment’s notice is a great feeling.  Our CEO comes from a community environment and that is how we treat our customers.  They are a part of our family and our community.

Tip to share with people who are moving: Relax!  We will take care of everything for you.

Exodus Team Profile #5 – Suzanne McClellan

Name: Suzanne McClellan

Title: Human Resource specialist

Years in industry: 7 years

Years at Exodus: 7 years

Place of Birth: Fort Collins, Colorado

Fun Fact: Loves taking her daughter to the mountains.

Strangest item you have ever moved: Old collector cars.

Favorite part about working with Exodus: Everyone at Exodus is really family oriented.

Tip to share with people who are moving: The more planning you can do the better. Even the silly small stuff, if you can get done before the move, the easier it will go.

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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