On the Move from Way out West
This week’s Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to one of our most popular moves: moving from California to Colorado. There are many differences between these two sunshiny places and many compelling reasons to live in them both. But at Exodus, we are happy to help you move to Colorado from California or the other way around.
Los Angeles is a seaside center of entertainment. Once a destination for millions east of the Rockies, L.A. has been hit hard during the economic downturn, and many are leaving to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Many of these people are moving to Colorado.
You can watch television or visit a movie theater just about anywhere in the world, and eventually you will see the familiar images of Los Angeles: the beaches, the Hollywood sign, Sunset Blvd, and so on. You are only seeing pictures of a fraction of this sprawling metropolis.
What separates Los Angeles from almost every other city is how spread out it is. It was not built around a center (although there is a downtown) that serves as the economic and political hub. Instead there are several centers laid out across 30 or so square miles that make up Greater Los Angeles. From older cities like Pasadena to expansion burgs in the San Fernando Valley to the elite, iconic vistas of Malibu, Los Angeles is a diverse passage through time and culture. Everyone complains about the inadequate public transportation, but the fact is that in most cases, public transportation simply isn’t practical. Yes, the first and possibly greatest difference from Los Angeles life to Denver life is the time you will spend in the car. Don’t get us wrong, Denver has its share of traffic jams, but they are like a horse and buggy country ride compared to the 405 freeway. An Angelino can count on getting at least two hours a day back after moving to Colorado.
Another huge difference is the scenery. Los Angeles has a little of everything, but just a small helping of each. You are a short distance away from an ocean, a desert, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Angeles National Forest. For a couple months of the year, there might even be snow just an afternoon drive away. In Denver you are limited to the prairies and the Rockies, but these are the premium versions. In Colorado, you know how expansive an open space really is and how towering mountains really can be. Finally, while the air quality in Los Angeles has improved dramatically in the last twenty years, it simply cannot compare to the cool, refreshing mountain air of Denver. An Angelino who exits his car for the first time after arriving will find it tough to get back in and close the doors.
Needless to say, the weather differences are dramatic, as there are roughly two seasons in Los Angeles to the four you will experience in Denver. In L.A. there is hot, warm, and chilly. Both places get about the same amount of rain (yes, it does rain in L.A.), but anyone who is moving to Colorado should also be prepared to shovel snow and wear thick clothes. There is quite a difference in magnitude between Los Angeles cold and Colorado cold, and any Angelino should expect to take a couple of winters to adjust.
At Exodus we consider family a top priority. We believe it is the core institution around which everything important in our society spins. Without taking care of the family, everything else in life can easily fall apart. For this reason in our offices we are committed to our employees, encouraging them to take time off when they need to and to bring their kids in to meet the other staff. We encourage togetherness and are determined to facilitate the kind of happiness and personal fulfillment in the workplace that can contribute to a high quality of life.
With our clients we have a similar philosophy. Because we run our office like a family we also run our business like a family. As their moving company, we realize that we are being trusted with not only people’s possessions but also with their memories. Never loosing site of this responsibility, we strive to treat our customers with this in mind. This empathetic consideration goes double when it comes to moving seniors. Knowing how hard this transition can be for them and in an effort to ease the transition, we offer the following tips.
Ask for their Input
Often one of the hardest things for seniors to deal with is their lack of ability to make independent decisions about when and where they will move. Be sure to keep them involved in the process as much as possible. Ask them about their opinions regularly and make sure that they are familiar with the new space that they will be moving to.
Keep it Familiar
Adjusting to a new surrounding can be challenging at any age. Now, consider having lived in the same home for 40+ years and having to leave it. This is inevitably a highly emotionally charged event for any older person and should be managed with care and consideration for their circumstance. Whenever possible, you should take photographs of their home to get an idea of what they had and where their possessions were before the move. After comparing the areas in various rooms with the new space that they will inhabit, attempt to create a world that is similar to the one they were living in before. This will encourage a feeling of safety and well being for seniors who are in such a difficult transition.
Sometimes, while it’s good to be surrounded by actual family during a big change, when it comes to moving, it is a good thing to have professional help on your side. An older person might be more argumentative, for instance, about how best to go about moving something with someone they consider to be an equal or (even harder) a subordinate, such as a child. By hiring a caring professional mover to aid in relocating your senior, the process can become less subjective and an ultimately smoother experience for everyone involved.
A few days ago, we received a comment card from one of our valued customers. And while this is not unique as we are in a constant state of collecting feedback in order to improve our business overall, we are always interested to see what comes back. Every day, with every customer we strive to do our best. We pay attention to every detail of the planning and execution of their move and we provide safe and secure storage for the extra things they can’t take along.
At Exodus, we are consistently involved in improving our community and in taking care of our employees. These values combined with our unmatched work ethic and core value of integrity make us an industry leader when it comes to Colorado moving and storage and beyond. During this often hectic and somewhat vulnerable time in our clients’ lives, we are passionate about relieving the stress. And because of this commitment, we want to know how they found each part of our service.
Estimator: We send a moving expert to your home or office to do a comprehensive accounting of what, how and where everything needs to be moved. With so much experience in the field and with honesty as our guiding professional policy, we don’t not under quote and we are careful to ask the right questions to make sure that there are no surprises.
Office Staff: Scheduling a move and filling out the corresponding paperwork can be a hassle if you don’t have the right team on your side. At Exodus, our administrative employees are detailed, helpful and proactive.
Overall Cost/Value: The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is sometimes true. But we don’t believe that is any reason to gouge people. We consistently offer excellent service at fair prices.
Moving Crew: In our customer surveys we inquire about three main areas with reference to our moving crew. We ask if they are friendly/pleasant, about their work ethic/efficiency and for our customers overall impression of the crew itself. We realize that your things, whether in your home or business are valuable to you. For this reason and others we never outsource movers but rather send full-fledged employees to complete your move. We train them to work excellently, to work hard and to show you the kindness and respect that you deserve as one of our customers.
The following is an excerpt from one of our latest “How Did We Do” Surveys:
Date of Move: Mar 22nd 2011
Moving Crew: Javier and Carlos
Client Name: Mrs Spanger
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the following?
Office Staff 10
Overall Cost/Value 10
Work Ethic Efficient 10
Overall Impression 10
Please Write any Comments or Suggestions:
Everyone I dealt with for this move was helpful, responsive and polite. Everything arrived in great shape. Thanks!!
Would you recommend to others? YES May we use you as a reference? YES
When the announcement is made in a company of impending corporate relocation, most people instantly feel the stress. From the bottom of the ranks all the way to the top, the pressure can be felt. Questions about how best to handle the organization and the packing and how much downtime for the business will be involved begin to swirl around the workplace. How will things change? What kind of new space will be in once it’s complete? Will everything make it from point A to point B in one piece?
Hiring a professional mover is a vital part of moving any office, big or small. There are main core values that are the reason for this: time and money. By hiring a professional company you can minimize your use of human capital to accomplish the move. Professional office movers can streamline the planning of even the most complex office move, keeping valued employees with their head in the game of the business as opposed to putting energy toward a move. And if your moving company specializes in offices moves like Exodus does, they can move you in the evening after the work day has ended and everything will be all set to start business the next day. Getting things done right and fast saves time.
But how could hiring a moving company save you money? While this idea may seem at first blush a bit counter intuitive, when looked at, it becomes obvious. Broken, damaged and destroyed office equipment can happen in moves with “non-experts”. Also when dealing with issues such as expensive IT equipment and complex set ups and cable networking, it can be very expensive to repair damage done by an improper install. Another way that hiring a moving company can exponentially improve a corporate relocation experience is through minimal downtime, offering the opportunity to get back to the business of doing business sooner.
The Exodus Difference
At Exodus we specialize in office moves and corporate relocation. We offer the expertise that other moving companies don’t. With things like specially designed anti electromagnetic bags and shrink-wrap that we use to package everything in the office on site from monitors to drawers, we insure that no dust or water can get in and no items of value can get out. We are incredibly thorough in our packing and unpacking. And perhaps most importantly, our employees are our employees, not outsourced day laborers. This makes them both well trained and able to take true ownership and responsibility for your move. With care and expertise, we specialize in not only saving time and money for our clients but in creating a true sense of peace of mind.
With the New Year comes many new possibilities. It’s a fresh start on a fresh calendar. It’s a chance to make those fresh kinds of decisions that change your life. And with the inspiration of starting new, the energy to make adjustments can be all part of the package. Sometimes the best way to get a new perspective is go for a complete change of scene. Often the best way to change your life and meet yourself in a new way is to make your move.
At Exodus, we specialize in making moves and in helping people through these transitional times in life. Big enough to handle all the logistics but small enough to care, we never forget that when you move you are making a commitment to change. We think that this is best done with as much information as possible. So, to that end we are starting a series we call “Fresh Place Fridays,” the purpose being to educate our clients about various places to move to. For our first edition, we have decided to focus on our most favorite state. It’s probably easy to guess that it’s Colorado.
The State of Colorado contains the largest expanse of the Rocky Mountains of any other place in the US. For this reason it is uniquely known for both its elevation and its natural affinity toward outdoor activities. Offering both rugged and mild terrain, Colorado is famed as a historic epicenter in the West for the mining of elements including gold and silver. Sometimes called the “Centennial State”, the most highly populated city of Colorado is also its capital; Denver. It is the only state in the US that is entirely located above an elevation of 1000 meters.
People who live in Colorado are referred to as Coloradans. Consistently being the home of several major cities that rank in the top 100 in the country, this state in general is known for being a healthy and happy place to live and work. Known for fresh brewed local beer and regional specialties such as fresh rainbow trout and game steaks, Colorado is also home to much by way of diverse cuisine, culture and entertainment. Because it consistently ranked in the last 5 years in the top 10 best states to live in, it continues to grow and expand.
Random Facts & Insights
According to a Forbes Magazine study in 2009 of the best places to move, Colorado ranks #4 out of the 50 US States.
Because the location is a popular one and the quality of life is consistently higher than many other places in the US, people tend to be happier and as a result make more friends when they move to Colorado.
New Colorado residents often underestimate the power of altitude on things like nosebleeds (which are frequently experienced by new transplants) and alcohol consumption (most people notice a major shift in tolerance.) Many forget altitudes many dehydrating effects to be experienced as a result of lack of oxygen but find that when they arrive, it can make a big difference.
One of the least popular times of year to move is in January. As the middle of December looms, it is clear that the holidays are in full swing. It’s hard to go anywhere in public and not find some indication of the season. Decorations, sale signs and festive music abounds. But during this time of certain purchase and probable stress, an excellent opportunity emerges. This time of year is a fantastic time to realize that your wish list is often more beneficial for you if it can include others. If you are planning a move during this holiday season, perhaps it’s time to clean out your clutter and donate your extras.
Take an Inventory
Look at what you have, especially in storage. Do you need it? Do you use it regularly? Is it replaceable? Asking yourself if the things that you have are necessary is a wonderful thing to do when its time to plan a move. But it’s also a great thing to think about annually. Go through your home and your storage and ask yourself what really matters to you and what you can do without. Remember, every item you donate becomes one less thing you have to worry about on moving day.
Check Your Local Charities
Most communities are full of the spirit of giving during this time of the year. Ask your friends for recommendations of organizations they trust. Do a search online in your area for causes that are close to your heart. Call your local Red Cross or Salvation Army to ask if they need anything specific. This will help you to give a name and a purpose to your potential clean out as well as to be more effective in your giving.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize how fortunate we are, as individuals, as a community, and as a country. And no matter what our situation, no matter who we are or where we come from, we have something to give. Yes, this time can be hectic. The holidays, the pending relocation- it can be easy to be overwhelmed. But it’s important to remember that sometimes the best way to take hold of what really matters is to change your perspective. Take this opportunity to clean out what you don’t need and open your heart to what you have. Being generous in your donations is a wonderful way to celebrate life!
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.
Get a copy of the “cube sheet” from your estimator or mover. This is a full listing of all the things in your home that are to be moved along with the estimated cubic size of each item. The cube sheet in an invaluable tool when it comes to creating accurate moving estimates. Having a copy of this is an easy way to make sure that nothing important is being left out and nothing additional is being counted.
Provide your mover with a contact number where you can be reached before and after the move. This allows a continual flow of communication while planning the moving process. We also recommend making sure your movers have a mobile number for you for move day contact. By keeping in touch, we can easily avoid and address difficulties with minimal time lost.