Here at Exodus, we are working hard to move folks throughout Colorado in some chilly weather, but there aren’t many conditions that would prevent us from getting the job done. As the best Denver and Fort Collins movers, winter provides ample opportunities for our team to shine – even when the sun doesn’t. In short, we love the season because it and Colorado go together like a jingle and bell. As with Exodus, winter showcases some of the best of Colorado. So in that spirit, we thought we’d do a quick tour of some of the many happenings for families to enjoy. If you are moving to Colorado, keep in mind that this is only a taste of what it has to offer.
First Stop: Breckenridge
As one of the premier ski areas in the country, it is a safe bet that Breckenridge winter events will involve plenty of powdery snow. And what goes better with snow than Vikings? Not much. The Ullr Fest, held January 8-14th, is a time when horned hats are adorned by skiers and snowboarders, and frying pans are flung for prizes. You can watch some top notch Olympic caliber competition during a parade that features ski jumps on floats.
For those who look at snow and see a masterpiece in the making, 2012 will be the 22nd year of International Snow Sculpture Championships. The Sculptures “live” in the area around the Riverwalk Center grounds. Visitors are welcome to mingle among them from January 24th to February 4th. Judging will be held on January 28th, and the awards will be given the next day. You can bet Frosty the Snowman will face some stiff competition.
Next Stop: Estes Park
If your ideal celebration involves entering a picturesque postcard, then travel to the gateway of the Rocky Mountain National Park during the Estes Park Winter Festival, January 13-15. Known for its live music and its selection of great food, including an all-star chili cook-off, the Estes Park Winter Festival is the perfect combination of activities, sights and sounds.
Final Stop: Denver
If holiday lights on houses and trees are starting to get a little boring in your opinion, then what about lights on animals? Well, not on animals exactly, but the Denver Zoo has put together an impressive show where the lights bring animals to life. Denver Zoo Lights runs from December 9 to New Years Day. Don’t worry, the real animals get to stay inside, cozy and warm.
Lastly, if you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a classic holiday show, Denver features two of them: A Christmas Carol will play at the Stage Theatre from November 25 to December 24 and The Nutcracker is being performed at the Caulkins Opera House from November 26 to December 24.
Colorado has a lot of interesting and fun events this winter fitting nearly every taste. With so much on offer, it is truly a wonderful place to be when the weather outside is “frightful”. You will just have to come out and experience it yourself, and if you are on your way to stay, then give us a call and let us give you a ride in our slightly modified version of a one-horse-open-sleigh.
There is an old saying that there is no such thing as bad press. But in this digital age with social media as a communication standard and the majority of businesses networking through the use of directory listings, sometimes it can be downright complicated to sort through it all.
One of our favorite sites for customer review, social networking and local search has been a site called Yelp. A Yelp review has been an easily accessible way for our customers to create moving reviews for their experience with Exodus. It had also proved to be a great place to search through moving company reviews when shopping for the best movers. But recently, we have been experiencing a slight by omission. It’s not that we have a bad Yelp review, but thanks to the Yelp filters, we are missing some very good and extremely ecstatic feedback from some clients that we really enjoyed working with. We don’t quite understand the rationale or filtering system of this site, but in an effort to let these fine folks have their say, the following are 9 filtered reviews on Yelp that never made it to grace our page.
If you want someone you can trust and will do a good, clean and thorough job, you want Exodus. If you want cheap and dirty, go somewhere else. This company is first rate. We moved around the beginning of September 2011 and they came to the house to do the estimate (to be on site to see what there actually was). They packed us up. They loaded the truck (great job nothing broken) and unloaded the next day. They where mindful of not causing any bumps, scrapes or scratches. They did misplace a box in the house (a box of hardware to put the beds back together) but did return to the house and no extra charge to put everything back together once the box was found. They picked up boxes and packaging material at no extra charge. At the end of it all, the total bill was LESS than the estimate. How many companies do that? If you are nervous (as I was) and you just want a good, reliable company, look no further than Exodus.
Nate T. 10/31/2011 Parker, CO
I used Exodus for a move from San Jose to Denver. Although there were issues with the original truck that was going to be used for the move, I was kept informed the whole time regarding the status and my move was not delayed. Everyone I dealt with was professional and friendly. My belongings arrived on time and in great condition. I would definitely use Exodus again.
Katie P. 8/9/2011 Littleton, CO
I’ve moved six times with Exodus Moving and would use them again! They have moved me half way across the country twice and locally four times. They go out of their way to take as much stress out of the equation as possible. They are so friendly and professional!
Heather C. 8/9/2011 Loveland, CO
We used them for a short local move of all of our heavy stuff. These people are fantastic! A crew of three guys and a truck. They were prompt, careful, and very thorough! They were on time, they were fast, and careful at the same time. They came in well under their own estimate.
Had em come back a couple of weeks later and move a couple of pieces we had located in the wrong places. The second visit was every bit as good as the first experience.
Exodus moving is the BEST!
John T. 10/27/2011 Aurora, CO
I recently moved into my first home (yay!) and went with Exodus as my mover. I had heard of them by word of mouth and they came highly recommended. The days up to the move were fairly stressful due to some difficult circumstances that arose, completely unrelated to the move, and I was at my wits end leading up to moving day. Needless to say I was not looking forward to it.
When the movers showed up to load the truck, however, my mind was put at ease as I was greeted with friendly smiling faces who were very professional, and got down to business right away. I was truly impressed by the team, especially since our moving day was freezing cold and snowing, and certainly not ideal for the movers.
I would definitely recommend Exodus as opposed to the giant corporate movers who don’t know you by anything else as a number. The movers knew my name when they showed up and each introduced themselves to me, which was a nice change from the norm. Thanks Exodus for the least stressful moving experience that I’ve had!
Joy H. 8/9/2011 Commerce City, CO
As a director of a nonprofit that provides support to military families, I reached out to Joel and Exodus when one of my Gold Star Families needed help. Joel and crew were professional and compassionate. What a wonderful company and blessing to have in our communities!!
Heather E. 4/21/2011 Parker, CO
I moved from Denver to SF and was delighted with Exodus’ performance. Nothing was damaged and the people — from the CFO to the movers — were unbelievably nice and extremely careful with my items, including a high-value piano that I own. Our move took place during a massive rainstorm and required double parking a semi in downtown SF, yet it went off without a hitch! Hiring Exodus was the best decision I could have made.
Heidi B. 3/23/2011 Denver, CO
Exodus Moving was absolutely astonishing. I was nervous about the move from Fort Collins to Denver, but Exodus made it simple and easy. Joel planned my move perfectly, everything went smoothly. When it was time for the boxes to be loaded, the workers were very possessional, well-dressed and well-groomed. Everyone was very polite, I was amazed! Everything arrived on time, and in perfect condition. I don’t plan on moving again, but if I do, I’ll choose Exodus for sure!
Adam S. 1/31/2011 Denver, CO
Amazing people, very professional and came in under budget! Removed a huge amount of stress from my Los Angeles to Denver move.
Ariel K. 1/28/2011 Denver, CO
As Colorado’s best national and international moving and storage company, Exodus has a proven track record of helping to relocate people in every locale. Our Fresh Place focus this week takes us to the very heart of New England.
No doubt many of you are still recovering from a hearty Thanksgiving meal featuring a healthy dose of turkey (or tofurkey, as the case may be). Along the way, you might have also heard the recounting of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since the holiday focus has suddenly switched gears, we’re not going to revisit it here. However, with all the talk about Plymouth we thought it might be intriguing to discuss what it has to offer beyond history and tourism. So, if you have survived the shopping crush of Black Friday with your nerves barely intact, or if you are on your way to the mall and need some pleasant thoughts to hold in reserve, then enjoy this glimpse of a town with a great past, present, and future.
Tourism plays a huge part in the local economy, but industries such as healthcare, research, real estate, and telecommunications are also prominent. Due to relatively inexpensive land and better road and rail access to Boston, Plymouth has seen its population more than double in the last thirty years. What was once a sleepy colonial town is now the commercial center of the South Shore.
Plymouth continues to grow despite the economic hard times. North Plymouth features a recently completed industrial park and New England’s largest open-air, upscale shopping mall. Last year, the first phase of a massive residential and commercial development, The Pinehills, was completed. It features over 1,000 luxury homes, two golf courses, a shopping village, and a country club. By 2014, it will contain nearly 3,000 homes.
We know anyone familiar at all with Colorado appreciates natural beauty, and Plymouth has plenty on that score as well. There are nine public beaches along the Atlantic Coast to take strolls on. Inland contains a deciduously delicious assortment of hills and trees that mark the change of seasons like a series of postcards. New England Autumns provide especially timeless memories with striking displays of red and gold dotting the landscape. If evergreens are your thing, the Myles Standish State Forest is a pine-tastic place to camp or spend a day at the pond.
There are plenty of events in Plymouth that occur all year round. In addition to the historical destinations, including Plymouth Rock, a replica of the Mayflower, and some of the country’s oldest museums, there are summer concert series, wine and harvest festivals, and theater and philharmonic performances to look forward to. The Plymouth Center for the Arts is the home base for a diverse array of local culture and civic involvement.
Plymouth is known as “America’s Hometown” because of its roots and hallowed place in our history, but it is so much more than an artifact. It is a growing community and a great place to hang your tricorne hat. If you are moving to Plymouth or anyplace else in New England,let us get you there.
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?
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we are happy to move you just about anywhere. Whether it’s a move down the street or a trek across the planet, we are proud to get you there. But there is one move we have noticed we have been helping out with often lately. It seems that many fine folks are relocating to Colorado for Texas, trading Austin for Boulder and so on. So in an effort to inform and inspire all those considering such a move, this Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to a move that may inspire you to trade in that 10 gallon hat.
Colorado Climate and Culture
If you are thinking of making the move north and moving from Texas to Colorado, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover a similar Western sensibility, a similar future in energy, and a similar emphasis on outdoor sports and recreation. Add in the grand mountain vistas, the cooler summers and the interstate connections, and you might discover that Colorado, like Texas, is a “whole ‘nother country” worth celebrating.
Colorado had its cowboy beginnings when the state was put on the map in the wake of the mid-nineteenth century gold rush. There is a proud frontier history that is expressed in cities and towns from the southern deserts to the high plains to the northern Rockies. Colorado is full of byways and railways that will let you view scenery nearly unchanged from when the state was a territory and “America the Beautiful” was being inspired by Pike’s Peak. You will hardly find any corridor more overflowing with the history of the Wild West than the legendary Santa Fe Trail which runs right through the heart of Southern Colorado. Numerous events like the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Greeley Stampede, or Kingdom Days remind us of this heritage, and they represent a small fraction of the proud commemorations that take place all over the state year round. Like Texans, Coloradoans are proud of their western heritage.
Colorado & Texas Resources
Colorado is also one of the leading energy producers in the country. Like Texas, Colorado is rich in shale, natural gas, and the recent Front Range oil bonanza is projected to add over 4 billion dollars of revenue to the state economy per year. In addition, many pioneers in the renewable energy sector are based in Colorado. Some of the most cutting edge research in biofuels, solar conversion, and wind power is conducted as a result of Colorado government, industry, and university partnerships. Colorado’s diverse and growing energy sector ensures that it will remain in the economic forefront into the future. That means job opportunities for people from Texas with energy experience.
The Outdoor Connection
Like Texas, Colorado is a place where people appreciate being outdoors. Colorado has a proud football and hockey legacy, but the mountains host the true passions of Coloradoans. You will find the slopes among the best you will ever sled, ski, or snowboard; you will also find some of the most skilled winter sports athletes the country has to offer. If you don’t want to climb the mountains right away, you would be hard pressed to find better places for fish and game. If biking, hiking, or camping is more your pace, there are numerous national and state parks that will suit your tastes. If you really like your adrenalin rushing, there are plenty of mountains to hurl yourself off of and planes to jump out of. The bottom line is that Colorado has something for every outdoor enthusiast. And the best part is you won’t need to travel far from urban centers like Denver or Colorado Springs to do it.
These are just a few explanations about why Colorado just might be the perfect fit for a Texan on the move. And if you are thinking of relocating from Texas to Colorado, we certainly hope you will let Exodus take you there.
When deciding to make a move, whether it is a residential move to a new neighborhood or an office move to a new market, there are many important decisions to make. But once you have selected your location, your dates and you moving company, it is important to make sure that in the event of loss or damage your belongings will be covered. Although at Exodus we have one of the lowest damage ratios in the country, this week’s moving tip is an easy to understand breakdown of your moving coverage options.
What Are Your Rights During a Move?
After your move, you have 9 months to officially unpack all of your boxes and to make a legal claim of damage from the date of the delivery of your shipment. Get a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This publication created by the US Department of Transportation gives a comprehensive legal breakdown of what you need to know to protect your move.
What is Valuation Coverage?
Long story short, under Federal law, interstate movers are legally obligated to offer something called Valuation Coverage. This is a liability option offered that is designed to represent the agreed upon dollar value of the items you are moving from point A to point B. This should be automatically included in any legitimate estimate from any reputable moving company.
What Types of Moving Coverage Exist?
There are basically two types of Valuation Coverage offered by most moving companies: Full Value Protection and Released Value. Released Value is generally offered at no additional charge to the client and covers up to 60 cents per pound per article. Full Value Protection is a more comprehensive and generally more expensive moving coverage option that obligates a moving company to do one of three things in the event of loss or damage: replace the item, repair the item or pay for the item based on current market value. If opting for this coverage, remember to ask about High Value Items and to read the fine print as each moving company’s costs and coverage may vary.
What is the difference between Valuation Coverage and Moving Insurance?
The concept of Valuation is often confused with moving insurance but they are, in fact, totally separate things. Valuation is an option for basic (released value) or extended (Full value) damage coverage offered by your moving company. This coverage is based on US Department of Transportation Law and is a given when working with any reputable moving company. Moving Insurance on the other hand is a policy of coverage created between the person moving and an insurance company (not the mover) designed to cover a maximum dollar amount for loss in exchange for an insurance premium. In many cases, it is good to have both kinds of moving coverage.
What are the top tips for moving coverage?
Before signing any contract with any moving company we highly recommend doing the 5 following things to make sure your belonging will be covered in the event of loss or damage.
- Make your own list of what you have and what it’s worth.
- Ask your moving company what their valuation options are and select what’s right for you.
- Look over the contract and make sure that their item values match up with your own.
- Remember that your potential shipment settlement is subject to government regulations, taxes and fees. Pay close attention to whether or not it is enough and if not, explore your alternate insurance options.
- Find out about the moving companies claim process and ask if they have any currently pending claims.
If you have checked out our new website, you have probably picked up on how proud we are of our Colorado roots. And while we all love to travel, trying to convince the professionals who make up the Exodus team that there are more beautiful places to live than CO is a little like telling a tree there are better places to grow. But we are also proud of the fact that we have branched out to become Colorado’s premier national and international moving and storage company. And since we can move you all the way up to Canada, that is the focus of this Fresh Place Friday: Calgary, a city far away yet familiar.
Calgary is a little over a thousand miles due northwest. It sits between the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Prairies, tied together by the Bow River.
It was founded in the late 19th century as a hub of the fur trade, but the boom times were saved for the energy price explosion of the 1970’s. It became the urban center it is today, with a gorgeous skyline that punctuates the natural beauty of Alberta.
The Western Scene
Calgary is a western city in every sense. Its premier event is the Calgary Stampede, a world class rodeo that draws thousands of visitors every July. The Calgary Stampede is also an international agricultural and livestock showcase, and hosts a huge parade as well as the world’s premier chuckwagon race. The bottom line is: if you have the prairie and ranch itch, Calgary is one of the great places to get it scratched, not only at this event, but year-round.
The same goes for cold weather sports. Many remember when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, so they know the mountains are the snow capped versions of skier Shangri-La. Calgary produces many of the international-class athletes that stand up for Canada on podiums around the world.
But you don’t have to compete to have fun. Not only are there great slopes for people to enjoy, there are sporting activities galore. You can speed down the slopes or take it all in while fishing on the mighty Bow River. If you are a spectator, grab a seat rink side for some of the most passionate hockey you will ever experience.
There is also a wonderful cosmopolitan vibe in Calgary. It is a destination for Broadway musicals and hosts arts festivals of all kinds. Whether you like film, the philharmonic, or even spoken word, there is always something new to experience.
There is so much more to this wonderful city, of course. We have to say that it is pretty darn impressive. We aren’t quite convinced that it is Colorado impressive, so we’ll staying put. However, if you decide to make the move, we would be happy to take you there.
Just the other day, Larry Brown asked us an interesting question. A colleague in the community and owner of one of the few honest auto mechanics in Denver http://davisrepair.com/, he wanted to know if Exodus Moving and Storage moves cars across the country. We were happy to answer, yes.
As a truly full service moving company, at Exodus, we are ready and able to help you relocate anything and everything that you own with the care and precision of our professional moving experience. Vehicle shipping is no exception. We understand that an important part of relocation is not only moving your home items safely and securely, but also making sure that all vehicles arrive on time and intact as well, when shipping your car long distance.
There are several things you want to make sure you check and consider when taking a car across country. Some of these things are more important than others. But when you are moving either to or from Colorado, it is vital to remember that not only is your body adjusting to the increase or decrease in altitude, so is your car. The following is a list created by Exodus and Davis Auto to help you with shipping your car.
It’s important to make sure this is checked when entering your new city to avoid blow outs or other damage.
Make sure you are at ¼ tank or LESS for auto transport to ensure that there is enough to drive it a short distance but not too much to create a potential hazard.
Don’t forget to give all keys to the doors & ignition to your movers. Also make certain to have a spare set in case of emergency.
Make certain to remove all personal items from vehicle.
Before and after the transport of your car its important to check your battery to make sure that it is fully charged. It is also good to check for fluid leaks.
Once your vehicle has been shipped by Exodus and has arrived safely at its new destination, the best way to make sure your car is as happy as you are with your new home is to take it into a local reliable dealer http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/ .
We suggest getting an oil change and mentioning to the mechanic just how far from its original destination your car is. Ask them to spend a little extra time to make sure your car is transitioning as well into its new environment as you are.
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, moving is our business. We move belongings from place to place. We move people to their new homes and offices. And we move ideas we believe to be important, forward.
One of the most wonderful things about our great state of Colorado is its open hearted, community minded spirit. And specifically in Fort Collins, we have found so many wonderful ways to participate in the great things that are going on within the city. We have earned a reputation for being there when people need us and we are always happy to lend a helping hand for a good cause.
So, what happens when a community comes together for the purpose of highlighting both visual arts and music? Exodus Moving and Storage gets the unique pleasure of moving Pianos about Town.
What is Pianos about Town?
Established in 2010, Pianos about Town was born of the energies and ideas of the City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority and the Bohemian Foundation. The idea was simple: old pianos would be placed at random throughout the city. Local artists would be invited to publically paint their own designs and styles of art on each piano. The pianos would then be moved repeatedly throughout the city, arriving in various public squares and open air spaces. Local musicians as well as average residents would then have access to them as they go about their day. The idea being that this “happening” would encourage spontaneity, creativity and a positive community environment.
The Bohemian Foundation
In 2001, Pat Stryker founded the Bohemian Foundation with one main goal: making the world a better place. Placing infinite value on the worth of the individual human spirit and its potential for growth, creativity and innovation, this organization now works with other community organizations to encourage these core values. The foundation focuses on music as a primary avenue for facilitating personal expression, believing that it will ultimately foster society’s liberation from many of the social plagues of our modern age.
Downtown Development Authority
The DDA exists to help join together citizens, businesses and government in an effort to stimulate growth. It serves to provide guidance both organizationally and financially to evolving projects in downtown areas.
City of Fort Collins “Art in Public Places” Program
Established in 1995, the Art in Public Places Program is an initiative created by the City of Fort Collins. This program believes that quality of life is directly affected by the presence of art. It works with local artists to encourage and enhance opportunities for public art maintenance and exhibition throughout Fort Collins.