Exodus is always on the move for the Colorado community. Once again, we were there for another exciting event. At Exodus, we are enthusiastic about promoting community involvement. While sculptures normally stay still, last weekend over 2,000 pieces by more than 170 artists made their journey to one of the most unique gatherings in the world: a Loveland tradition that continues to generate a great deal of income for the community and an even greater appreciation for beauty and bonding among Colorado residents near and far, Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park Show.
With so much riding on keeping this tradition going strong, organizers called upon the one Colorado based national moving company they could depend on, Exodus Moving and Storage. Exodus movers were there , proud to tackle the logistical obstacles the massive set-up presented.
The Benson Sculpture Garden is the permanent home to a 132 piece collection of outdoor sculptures. The Loveland High Plains Arts Council operates the park year-round as a tranquil get-away, ideal for family strolls and visitor sightseeing.
This year was the 28th anniversary of the Sculpture in the Park Show, and it opened concurrently with the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Art in the Park. Planners estimated 30,000 combined visitors.
The transformation of a tranquil get away into an international showcase in a short time takes both expertise and precision in addition to the muscle to get it done. Hundreds of pedestals needed to be in place, on time, so the displays would have a leg to stand on. Huge tents needed to go up, delivery routes needed to be established, and all of this had to be done around walkways that saw traffic increase by a thousand fold.
This was a big project, but Exodus handles moves both big and small with the same level of commitment and to the same level of success. And we just couldn’t get enough. After the show, our guys were back to take it all down and return the garden to the watchful eyes of its residents, no doubt happy to settle down until next year.
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.
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.
At Exodus, we are happy to be premier Colorado movers. Because of this we get to see so many wonderful parts of our state. In a continued effort to showcase the beauty offered by this place, this week we are highlighting a city in Colorado that some people call, “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” It’s a unique place that continually ranks highly in various national studies that cover a multitude of things that people look for when they want to create a happy and fulfilled life. This area is renowned for combining its outdoor recreation offerings with a myriad of metropolitan opportunities.
Our Fresh Place Friday this week is all about Boulder Colorado.
Just off highway 36, Boulder Colorado sits 5,430 feet above sea level. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the city is primed for outdoor adventures of all kinds and the main area spans just over 25 square miles. With 300 miles of hiking and biking trails flourishing beyond the hustle of the center and an estimated 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this city for some action packed open air experiences. Add to this rock climbing, skiing and fly fishing and you have a nature lovers paradise.
The Southern Arapaho Indian tribe were the first people known to inhabit what is now called Boulder. In 1861, when Colorado became its own territory, the city of Boulder began to grow as a result of the miners who would set up base at the foot of the mountains before going hiking in to search for gold. Seeing a need to build stores, lodging, restaurants and bars to support this new influx of fast fortune hopefuls, Boulder rapidly developed. With the eventual completion of a functional highway to Denver, the city of Boulder has now grown to over 100,000 residents.
Because of its location and history, the city of Boulder has developed a very unique personality. The people enjoy fantastic food and shopping, art, music and theater as well as award winning spas. In 2010 Portfolio.com voted Boulder the “Brainiest City in America.” Bon Appetite Magazine voted it the “Foodiest” town in the US last October and in 2009 Forbes Magazine voted it the best place in the country to “Live Well In”. Known for personal health consciousness, committed to waste reduction and supporting a vast amount of fine microbreweries, Boulderites are happy to have you come for a visit or even make the move to Boulder.
At Exodus we take partnerships with people seriously. One of our proudest positions is our place in our community. Because our customers are our number one priority, it’s no wonder that we are a preferred mover in Colorado and beyond. Our company functions like a family. And with offices in both Fort Collins and Denver, we take care to get involved in the neighborhoods in which we serve. This includes creating alliances and associations with other organizations who are doing good to make our home a better place. This week we would like to highlight two such organizations that are doing their part to improve conditions in Northern Colorado.
Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society
The NCRES is a non-profit membership organization that is committed to educating both businesses and consumers about energy efficiency technology. As a chapter of the larger Colorado Renewable Energy Society, NCRES holds various presentations and tours with the mission of increasing community knowledge about the importance of creating cost effective and sustainable solutions for business and life. For information about up and coming events or for a calendar of regular meetings check out their site:
The International Facility Management Association of Northern Colorado
Facility Management is the art and science of creating an efficient office. It uses architectural design, behavioral and engineering sciences and administrative aspects to blend an actual workspace with the people that work in it and the work that they do. In 1980 the International Facility Management Association was founded to support this endeavor. It now has almost 20,000 members spanning over 50 countries.
In an effort to support this organization the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the IFMA was established in 1989. It currently maintains a diverse membership and aids in the support, education and professional development of its community. This chapter serves Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. For more information please check out their website here:
All moves are not created equal. This is an important concept that every professional mover is all too aware of. There are household moves and commercial moves. There are local moves and international moves. And as mentioned in previous blogs, it is vastly important to understand all the terminology that might be used in the wording of your moving contract. The following are terms that have to do with how far you want your moving company to take you.
An important thing to understand about your move is exactly how accessible your entrances and exits are to the large moving trucks that your company will be using. You can always measure this yourself or find out from your real estate agent. A Long Carry charge is the fee added when your movers have to carry items an “excessive distance” between the truck and their final destination. If there is no driveway access or temporary parking is unavailable on your street, you may incur fees that you weren’t expecting. It is important to check with each company to find out exactly what their allowance is in distance before they start to charge a Long Carry fee.
The Operating Authority is the name given to a certification officially administered by either the state or national government. This regulatory documentation authorizes professional movers to transfer goods from one place to another and is usually defined to a specific geographical area or region. While there are 4 main kinds of Operating Authorities, it is most vital to make sure that your preferred mover is licensed to move your home of office from point A to point B. This becomes especially important for long distance moves where you will be crossing state or national lines. Asking questions about this kind of regulation on the front end, can not only help you to select an appropriate mover, but can help you to avoid extra charges and complications during your actual move.
Its about this time of year every year that we all start taking stock of what’s important to us. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in this life. At Exodus, we strive to opperate in a grateful state. For this reason, even though we posses national professional expertise and capabilities, we continually remain philanthropically active in our local community.
We realize that as a business nothing is possible without the satisfaction and recommendation of our customers. And during the beginning of this holiday season we feel that saying thanks is one of the most important things we can do. This year, we are saying thank you with Eileens Colossal Cookies. So if you recommended Exodus Moving and Storage this year, you are probably enjoying these right now. From all of us, to all of you: Thank you, for being the best part of our business!
Because moving is such a big deal in your life it is also a big business. And over time it has developed a vocabulary all of its own. It’s important when planning a move and selecting a moving company to help you that you understand the rules of the game. The words being used to describe your process can become vitally important when doing preliminary research and especially when negotiating contracts. The following are some of the key terms used to describe the people and companies you will be encountering throughout the moving process.
Agent. While this term is a common one, when used in the context of moving it has a very specific meaning. An agent is a local moving company that is authorized to act on behalf of larger national another company. It is important to pay attention when dealing with this type of professional intermediary to insure that nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
Broker. A broker is a company or individual that organizes the hiring of a moving company. This type of business is quite popular on the internet. Many customers find a company on the internet and hire them, believing that it is a direct hire. In reality they have actually hired a broker who then goes on to bid out the actual work. The major draw back with this is in the chain of responsibility. While hiring a broker takes the search off your hands, it can also make the accountability unclear. If something goes wrong with the move, often the broker and moving company blame each other and no one takes responsibility. As a result of a sincere lack of laws to regulate this particular part of the industry, sometimes legal liability becomes unenforceable. We recommend hiring moving help directly and avoiding the use of brokers.
Carrier. This is another common term that has a specific meaning with regard to moving. But the definition in this context is very simple. A carrier is the moving company that is actually physically relocating your belongings.
Unfortunately, no one likes moving. It takes time, energy and effort. It requires the global thinking skills to plan logistics as well as the detailed thinking to ensure that nothing is left behind. One of the most important and often challenging issues when planning your move is selecting a moving company you can trust. Allowing a company to transport your personal and or professional items is no small decision. For this reason we feel it is important to ask questions and do your research. While there are a myriad of factors to consider the following is a list of 5 things to do before selecting your mover.
Find a mover who can handle your kind of move. If you are doing a complex cross country move, don’t select a small company who is not interstate licensed and properly equipped. On the flip side, if you are moving across town, it is better to select a company with local sensibilities to avoid feeling like a number.
Check their paperwork. Verifying that your mover is licensed and regulated will help you to avoid confusion and settle any potential disputes. It is also always positive to take a look at the companies record with the Better Business Bureau.
Get a detailed estimate. Some companies consistently provide “low ball” or cheap estimates in order to bait and switch their clients. Often these nonbinding estimates can forget to include things like packing fees and materials, appliances preparation, and furniture disassembly. Getting a comprehensive and complete estimate is the key to avoiding hidden fees.
Find out their damage ratio. This is the number of damage claims over a given period as compared to a company’s income. The lower ratio, the more careful a company will be with your stuff.
Ask about staff turnover. Solid companies not only keep their customers happy but they are generally nice places to work. If the company has a high employee turnover, there is less of a chance that over the course of planning a move you will be able to build a relationship with someone who can help you from start to finish.
Local move costs are based on an hourly rate, depending on how many men and trucks are needed. That is why it is very important to be organized during your move in order to avoid additional time and corresponding costs. At Exodus, our professional moving services are designed with efficiency in mind. It is our goal to get you moved as quickly and safely as possible.