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/

Office Downsizing

Downsizing. The mere mention of the word can strike fear in the hearts of many. It’s barely ever considered a good thing- when your company has to make the often difficult decision to maximize effectiveness by minimizing resources. Rest assured we all prefer it when the business is thriving, the employees and customers are happy and the money is pouring in. But in today’s economy, this dream is often not the reality for so many struggling businesses. And so, faced with financial hardship of all kinds, the case for managing costs becomes a more potent option.

Often, office downsizing includes layoffs. This unfortunate result of cost cutting can leave lives in disarray. The company loses people and decides to give up some space. At Exodus, we specialize in office moves and we take measured care to make things as stress free as possible during these important life transitions. We can help with office moves to a smaller facility, furniture and document storage during temporary downsizing efforts and the relocation of the employees affected by these important changes. We take pride in being a preferred Colorado Moving Company and we take seriously the job of caring for your employees and co-workers.

Temporary Downsizing

During uncertain economic times, many companies are deciding to attempt to downsize for a short period of time. This often requires less layoffs and focuses the cost re-allocation to the physical property being used as office space. In this case it’s important to get proper storage. If you are considering temporary downsizing ask yourself the following:

What is a realistic amount of time the office will need storage?

What items need to remain readily available for everyday business needs?

Understanding your Space

Asking yourself the right questions when it comes to office space evaluation can make or break your cost cutting efforts during downsizing. It is important to take an inventory of the existing space, understanding not only its capacity but its potential for adaptation. Go into detail with your office lease agreement, exploring the options to minimize square footage being rented. In some cases this might create a need to extend the lease term but could end up being cost effective when considering the implications and expense of total business relocation. Check on your options for subletting to businesses with complimentary services. By allowing other professionals to rent space from you, you may be able to avoid having to make a move while simultaneously expanding your business portfolio.  By keeping a cool head during a stressful time, you may be able to save both money and sanity.

Document Storage and HIPPA

AAFJ001047With so many opinions, regulations and general paranoia’s about document storage around these days, it can be hard to know what to do. The term compliance can strike fear in the hearts of many, regardless of their industry. But specifically, the health care and financial industries seem to have it the hardest when it comes to backing up their data and creating a world of systems that insures proper maintenance and availability.

At Exodus, we understand that it is not only important to follow the law but to design an organized and efficient world for yourself, your employees and your customers. In most cases, it is advised to have both an archived electronic version of confidential records as well as a physical copy. And as a general rule, it is suggested for both space and security to store these physical documents separately from the place where the work is being done. For this reason we offer constantly monitored, totally secured, climate controlled storage for all your professional document storage needs.

Non compliance is a serious issue and can level some pretty serious fees. In order to avoid this type of legal breakdown its important to ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have tried and tested policies in place for data storage?

What is your current system to protect confidential information such as client and human resource files?

How do you insure that your documents are well maintained and not easily compromised?

If a legal situation occurred would you be able to provide the complete information needed quickly?

The Law: HIPPA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed in 1996. This privacy policy mandates how personal health information must be collected, handled and stored.

Who it’s for: HIPPA effects companies and individuals alike but specifically requires health care services to carefully monitor the way they transmit confidential information between sources and carriers.

Storage Guidelines: HIPPA requires that organizations retain long term patient information and records in a secure environment with limited access in an offsite location.

Noncompliance Penalty: Every state is different but disregarding this act and the provisions therein could produce fines of up to $250k per incident and up to 10 years in prison.

http://www.hipaa.org/

The TEST in Testimonials

At Exodus we move people. It’s our job and our pleasure. It’s the reason we get up in the morning, to do good work. It is clear to us that we simply can’t overstate this- our commitment to being the best Moving and Storage Company in Colorado. We give honest quotes to our customers and fair treatment to our employees. We work hard to earn the respect of the community. And this comes from the very top all the way down to the bottom so that everyone can feel the momentum. We spend our days moving the people who trust us with their possessions, the companies that trust us with their equipment and the customers that allow us to be a part of their lives.

We accomplish all kinds of moves and store for all types of clients. Handling residential moves with care and precision and handling commercial moves with professional expertise and planning, we have the opportunity to come in contact with a lot of people. Every time we receive a comment card we carefully and anxiously read it. How did we do? How did our customer feel? Did we help to minimize the stress during a time that is notoriously full of hassle and frustration? Did we make the difference we so earnestly want to make?

The following are excerpts from two of our latest “How Did We Do” Surveys on Apr 4th:

Moving Crew: Eddie, Jason and Donny

Client Name: Devon

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:

Everyone was so helpful and went out of their way, it was a pleasure!

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

Moving Crew: Joe H, Therion, Chris B, Jesse, Robert

 

Client Name: Marie

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:

The crew was friendly and worked efficiently.

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

Tips on Document Storage

Document storage can be a tricky issue. Every business and every state in the US has different laws about what needs to be saved and for how long. It’s something that every business owner faces. And in general, the larger the business the more storage is needed and the more complex this issue can become. Keeping good records is just part of it all, because over time, the sheer volume of paperwork can begin to turn an otherwise organized workspace into a cluttered and unpleasant world in which productivity and order have become a thing of the past.

But in an effort to help our clients stay happy in their office space, we are proud to offer superior storage options. This includes climate controlled storage which is by far one of the most effective ways to protect those extremely valuable pieces of paper. Keeping them away from the elements and in top condition for the many years they must be held onto is of vital importance. And while there are many area specific rules governing just exactly how long this period of time is, the following are some general rules based on the type of document storage being done.

Storing Financial Documents

Most people know that financial documents should be stored for 7 years. Keeping this in the back of your mind, there are several exceptions to this rule. Some things can be kept for less time such as time cards and other earning records which are required to be stored for only 3 years. Also, paperwork such as trial balances and expense reports must be kept for 6 years. But some financial records are legally required to be made available by a company 8 years after the date of issue such as canceled checks. It is also good to keep things such as end of the year financial statements on hand for the indefinable amount of time which is the entire life of the business itself. Also an important thing to remember about all financial forms that are stored electronically is that they are required to be submitted in a physical form. This builds a pretty strong case for taking the printed materials you already have and deciding its time to get some document storage space.

Human Resources Paperwork

While individual applications for employment should be kept on file for 3 years from the date of original application, the general rule of thumb for most types of personnel files is 7 years. While many consider 6 years to be a safe time frame to store documents such as personnel files, expired contracts and disability reports, they can be requested and admissible in court up to 7 years after their original date of issue.

Insurance Document Storage

Insurance forms inhabit the full spectrum of possibility with regard to how long they need to be kept. The range can vary based on the type of document from 4 to 10 years. Already settled insurance claims must be stored for 10 years, while documents such as fire inspection reports must legally be held onto for 6 years. But when in doubt, if your business is in possession of any non company related financial or insurance related form, it is a good idea to store these documents for 5 years to avoid legal hang ups and to make sure that its being held onto for a long enough duration.

Exodus Past, Present and Future

At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.

Exodus History in Colorado

Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.

Exodus & Social Media

We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.

Words to Work By

When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen

http://www.c3gov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=210

Lunch with Commerce City

A few weeks ago, our very own Joel Coen (Chief Operations Officer) and Andrew Ross (Chief Process Officer) met up for lunch with some of the key leadership of Commerce City including Brittany Morris (City Development), Jerry Flanery (City Planner) and Paul Natale (The Mayor). With our recent expansion into the Denver Metro and our opening of a new state of the art storage facility in Commerce City, we wanted to take the time to discuss the opportunity being presented. Excited not only for our companies benefit but also the betterment of new a community in which we are a part of, we spoke openly about joining forces with the city to co-promote growth.

The mayor and his team spoke candidly and were truly excited about their plans to renovate and renew Commerce City making it complimentary to Colorado’s other beautifully thriving cities.After speaking with the cities leadership, we became clear of the full scope of their commitment as well as a better idea of the organized efforts being taken toward development. The city illustrated a very high interest in taking excellent care of the people that live in the city in an effort to make sure there is sense of community as the city grows. As community spirit and working together is a major priority for Exodus, we felt reaffirmed in our decision to open a location in Commerce City.

Originally, we had chosen our Commerce City location because of its excellent access to the highway system, the affordable costs of renting a building space and because key members of our staff had recently purchased homes in Buffalo Run. At Exodus, we maintain a commitment to servicing the areas in which we live, work and play and have found that Commerce City best offers us the ability to do all of those things.  This paired with the areas ideals set toward community strength and positive growth made it obvious that our focuses seemed to be very much aligned.

By the end of our lunch meeting, it was apparent that the city was very excited to have Exodus on board.  We are bringing much needed jobs to the area in addition to offering more choices in the moving and storage industry.  Because of our dedicated involvement within other communities, we have been proud to already positively impact so many of the neighborhoods that we serve. We are thankful that we have been very well received by Commerce City and we are looking very forward to partnering with them to promote progress.

http://www.ci.commerce-city.co.us/

Donation to The Fairy Godmother Project

MP900444293Being active in the community is not just a common practice with Exodus Moving and Storage, it’s a passion. We put in time, effort and resources when and wherever we can and it is truly our delight to see the positive impact that we can make in the lives of those around us. Giving is a shared experience that benefits those giving and receiving. And as a leader in our industry, we strive to lead by example, putting our energy towards showing other businesses that we can make a difference by working together.
Last week we had the pleasure to participate once again in an annual event called the Fairy Godmother Project. With the careful organization this year on the part of Dee Valdez, this national phenomenon has once again found a home here in Colorado and we have been very proud to support its worthwhile efforts.

What is the Fairy Godmother Project?
The Fairy Godmother Project is a donation based annual boutique that gives economically disadvantaged teenagers who cannot afford expensive Prom and other formal event attire the opportunity to receive help. Various states participate in this drive and several collection points are set up throughout a city and then consolidated and showcased for selection. VIP teens can be nominated for special consideration and then the boutique opens to the public and survives completely on a “pay what you can” basis. The boutique in Loveland usually runs several hours per day throughout Prom season and is able to help hundreds of high school students from Northern Colorado and beyond. Including information on acne treatment, makeup and hair tips as well as other helpful additions for teens, this spring time event is a great way to support students during what could otherwise be a very insecure season in their lives.
Happy to have been storing dresses of all colors and sizes in one of our state of the art storage facilities, Exodus has donated both space and time to this worthwhile event and we are honored to contribute to its ultimate success.
For more information about how you can get involved check out The Fairy Godmothers Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fairy-Godmother-Project/101117413263778

Document Storage

CB023170A key consideration for any kind of business, large or small, can be document management. By definition this is the process by which an individual or organization manages the collection, storage and destruction of all its records. In recent years as a result of advancing compliance ordinance as well as the true dawning of the computer age as a somewhat mandatory way of conducting business, document management has become an even more important thing to streamline.

While there are many ways to manage documents, in this modern corporate environment of technology, many companies have created systems of virtual document management. With the possibility of system failures and computer crashes of all kinds, this is sometimes not always the best option. But many smaller businesses still use a system that consists of partial electronic and partial physical paper storage. In many ways it is safer to do both. At Exodus, we are happy to offer space for these physical docs in our climate controlled storage units in order to ensure their complete safety from the elements. We would love to help you make more space in your office for the people and the work that are most valuable to it. But there are some things you may want to consider before making the decision to find a new home for your trail of paper.

Choose A Good Place

In the context of every office, fire, theft and water damage are a continuous worry. Also, an abundance of humidity can be the death of document strength. It is important when considering storage to find a facility that is climate controlled in order to minimize the possibility of damage. By doing this you will be able to keep access to your important paperwork while maintaining the highest level of environmental security.

Priorities in Printing

If you are considering printing documents to store for the long term in physical form, it’s a good idea to think about paper quality. A good rule of thumb is to seek a more neutral or alkaline based paper as acidic papers and inks alike deteriorate over time. In order to keep your documents in top form, we recommend selecting permanent paper since it is not made from wood pulp. Also make sure to avoid sticky substances on things such as post it notes while storing your items as these are also highly acidic in nature and will destroy your documents over time.

Avoid Plastic Boxes

There are pros and cons to using paper and plastic boxes to store your documents. It may seem logical to store your paper in moveable plastic Tupperware containers because of their waterproof nature. But because of this, paper contents are often subject to heat and humidity collection. In contrast while paper boxes will let your documents “breath” they are not fireproof. Despite their weight and size, for the safest option we recommend storing all important paperwork in traditional filing cabinets.

Moving In Together

42-15590917Today is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day about silly cards, teddy bears and a good excuse for too much chocolate. For others, it’s about fine jewelry and fancy meals. But at Exodus, we believe Valentine’s Day is a day to think about love in your life and the ones who mean the most to you. Perhaps you have a significant other who it’s time to take that “next step” with. If you have been dating for a while and dancing around the issue, maybe it’s time to move in together. If you have been married for a while and you have been living in clutter, it might be time to face the facts of cohabitation. If you still own two of everything, perhaps it’s time for storage.

For dating relationships and newlyweds alike, moving in together can be a big step. And while many people feel secure in their “couple-hood”, many don’t feel altogether comfortable getting rid of their “stuff”. Some people feel that by maintaining separate sets of things, it can create an automatic “out clause”. Others simply prefer to maintain some sense of individuality even and especially within the context of a partnership. For the most part, everyone spent years alone creating a world full of the things they needed to support the life they had. But when two people come together, this can produce an excess of otherwise useful items. You might just end up with two sets of mixing bowls, two enormous book collections or doubles of anything that makes your home complete. But instead of living in chaos, or worse, not moving in together on account of your hand blown glass elephant collection, perhaps these 3 steps might help in creating cohesive cohabitation.

Take an Inventory

There will be many things in your home, especially your kitchen and living room that you will not need two of in the house. If you are about to make the move to live together or if you already have and these things are stuffed somewhere in the “closet of no return” it’s time to get organized. Decide which one is nicer, which one has more sentimental value or whatever characteristic makes it easiest to get rid of one or the other. Once you have done this, either give the extra one away or set it aside for storage.

Get Storage

If you find that you really do have two sets of everything and it’s simply too much or too soon to donate, perhaps it’s time to get a storage unit. Call Exodus, we would love to help.

Create a Timeline

Set a deadline for when it’s time to clear out. Your extra things can remain stored indefinitely, but perhaps the healthiest thing at some point is deciding when you want to let go. A suggestion in this might be “after 3 years of living together we agree to go through our storage unit and make decisions.” This creates a defined time frame for release and in the mean time allows you to maintain that sense of individuality in the midst of your loving relationship.

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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