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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year approximately 25 billion dollars is spent in the US alone on corporate relocation. That’s a pretty penny. And while there are various motivations for moving the office, the employees or both, the main goal is always the same: to improve the quality of business operations and to ultimately contribute that gain to the bottom line.
But what is the bottom line when it comes to relocating? It’s obvious that key issues involved include the place, the people and the market but that’s only the first step. Once the decision has been made to move, the next part can be tricky. The second phase of office moves comes when you realize that no matter how organized you are, you would be well advised to find yourself a hardworking professional mover with corporate relocation experience. That’s where we come in. But it is important to shop around so we offer the following tips to make sure you get the most out of your search.
Make sure you get an accurate quote.
Lowball offers are an exercise in futility. Some movers will rope you in with cheap estimates and then load you up with hidden charges. Smart moving shoppers know to look carefully for the signs of things that might be missing. A good rule of thumb in this case- if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Watch the Weights
It is always a good idea to get at least 2-3 quotes before you select a company to help with your office move. When you get these quotes, make certain to look at the weights that they have estimated. What things weigh can make all the difference when it comes time for the bill. Keep in mind that what you are actually charged in the end will be based on how much weight you have and how complicated it is to transport that weight from point A to point B.
Knowledge is Power
Perhaps the most important thing to do to get solid quotes and complete information from moving companies is to ask a lot of questions. If you are unclear about any part of the moving process as it is outlined in an estimate, ask questions. If you feel like you understand completely what is being explained to you, ask questions to clarify. A knowledgeable and professional estimator will both welcome any questions that you might have and readily provide you with the answers. In this case it is important to remember that there truly are no stupid questions, especially when the future of your company and its employees are hanging in the moving balance.
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!
When creating a checklist for a move, one of the most often forgotten items is the “open me first” box. And while this may seem like a concept of minimal importance, it can potentially make or break your first 48 hours in your new home. There are several different moving guides and relocation tips out there. Each one has a different view on what is important to include in this “box”. There is also some dispute on whether or not you should create an “open me first” box for each room of your home. While this can be a good idea, we feel that for the sake of ease and in an effort to not have to locate all of these boxes before nodding off to sleep, we would like to suggest creating one location that will have everything you need to be comfortable.
Use a Backpack, Suit Case or Duffel Bag
Make sure that this “open me first” box doesn’t look like everything else. It is also helpful to make sure that it doesn’t travel with everything else. If possible, transport this group of things with you in your personal vehicle so that you know where it is at all times. Keeping it in the trunk of your car is recommended until the movers have left and the house has “settled down”. This way you can avoid losing track of it in times of high traffic.
Pack for 2 days
Make sure to include a change of clothes for tomorrow and the next day. This allows for some extra time to get to your unpacking as well as an additional outfit to change into in case something gets spilled on or becomes sweaty from heavy lifting. Don’t forget PJ’s and sheets for your bed as there is literally nothing worse than finally wanting to sleep and having to search for linens. It is important to include all of your toiletries in travel sizes but especially remember to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. A travel candle and lighter can be a nice touch to relax you on your first night in your new home.
Vital Forgotten Items
While this may seem obvious, toilet paper is a very important thing to make sure to have in your home throughout the moving process. Everyone involved will benefit from this item arriving first in the bathroom. Expect a long day of talking and coordinating during your move. Don’t forget to pack your cell phone charger and a pen and paper in that first box. It’s also important to make sure to bring soap, a shower curtain and a towel so that at the end of a hard day, you can easily get clean.
In a continuing effort to empower our customers to make informed decisions when it comes to moving, we would like to continue our highlight on industry terminology. As we mentioned before, the business of relocation has developed a vocabulary all of its own over time. Without understanding what these words mean it can become increasingly difficult to navigate not only the search for your preferred mover but the contractual process. The following are some of the key terms used to describe the kinds of charges that you may encounter.
An Accessorial Charge is an extra, additional, special or supplemental charge. These charges are associated with services offered by moving companies such as packing or unpacking but can also include Flight Charges and Pickup and Delivery Charges. In general, these are fees associated with extra services that you request. But it is important to pay attention to Accessorial Charges that can become included based on the nature and scope of your move. Paying close attention to the terms in your contract can help you to avoid hidden fees.
LINE HAUL vs. FLIGHT CHARGE
As mentioned in one of our Terminology Tuesday posts, a Line Haul Charge is a term used to describe basic charges for long distance moves calculated by mileage and weight of total shipment. But a Flight Charge is generally calculated in addition to this figure. Flight Charges are additional fees associated with a moving crew relocating your items up and down flights of stairs as this creates a need for extra time and effort on the part of the team. These fees can be avoided if there is an elevator available to the crew that is large enough to transport your belongings.
PICKUP AND DELIVERY CHARGES
Many people may take for granted that they understand what movers mean by Pick up and Delivery Charges. But most often you will find this defined as “Separate transportation charges applicable for transporting your shipment between the storage-in-transit warehouse and your residence.” This cost is generally only a factor if you will be needing to use storage in between moving from one place to another. It is a good idea to read the fine print when it comes to not only a moving companies taking your items to storage and storing them, but also, how much it will cost to move them on to their final and eventual destination.
Moving with children can be difficult, especially when they are young. Of course there is the practical side, the sorting and the packing of all of their things and the logistics of where they will be during the transition from one home to another. But there is also a highly emotional side to relocation. It is common for children to feel insecure and act out if they are feeling at all uprooted. In order to avoid this situation as much as possible, it pays to be both organized and think of simple ways to make moving a special experience for the whole family.
Have a Family Meeting. While it may be hard to explain, the sooner your child knows about the move the more time they will have to adjust. Encourage any questions they might have and make the concept of changing homes something that sounds like an interesting adventure.
Get your Kids Involved. If a child feels like they are an important part of the team, they will be more likely to help out. Keep positive energy about your move going. Encourage the planning of a moving sale and allocate the proceeds to something everyone in the family wants like a new game system or a new pet.
Create a Special Bag. Each child should have a special suitcase, packed for about 3 days worth of time. It should include not only living essentials like clothes and toiletries, but also things that will make their first few days in their new place feel like home. Familiar personal items like their favorite toy or blanket, glass or game. This will help your child to feel more like they belong in your new place of residence.
Have a Family Party. Make the first night in your new home special. Order a pizza, play board games on the floor, or make a tent with blankets and boxes. Even though moving can be filled with its headaches and stresses, it is important to find creative ways to make your kids feel like a good change has just occurred in the life of your family.
Anyone who has ever moved a valuable collection of anything knows it can be both problematic and anxiety ridden. But when it comes to getting your wine collection from point A to point B, there are some simple and effective ways to insure that your beautiful bottles and their delicious contents arrive in perfect order.
Calculate the Value. The best way to figure out the monetary value of your collection is by working with an appraiser. If you haven’t used one before, we recommend checking with your favorite local wine merchant, insurance company or realtors. It is also good to take a few photos of your more precious vintages.
Check the Laws. Some states have “dry laws” and or restrictions on how much alcohol can be brought into their state for personal consumption. Finding this information out on the front end can help to avoid hassles when crossing state lines.
Think Temperature. Many experts argue that the most important aspect of wine transport is temperature. A fluctuation of more than approx 5 ?F can pull air into the bottle and compromise its integrity. Ideally, wine should be stored at 55 ?F at a 70% humidity level. This is an important aspect to consider during transit. While avoiding moving your collection during the hottest and coldest seasons of the year is valuable, you may also consider scheduling a climate controlled van.
Package Properly. Corked wine should be packed on its side or upside down during your move. It is also recommended to allow it a few weeks to sit so that the sediment can re-adjust and the wine can return to its natural pre-moving state of grape filled glory.
Moving to Denver can be exhausting for more than just the usual reasons. Many people underestimate the effects altitude can have on your mood, energy level and overall health. Unless you are relocating specifically from a mountain community, chances are there will be some adjustment taking place during your move, not only in your life but also in your body. They call Denver the Mile High City for 5,280 little reasons.
Because of the height of the Denver Metro, the air itself contains less oxygen then that of sea level air. This “thinner” air causes your heart to have to work harder to facilitate blood flow through your system. The water in your body evaporates more rapidly and can quickly create a dehydration situation.
Altitude sickness can present itself in a variety of ways. In fact, often newcomers to the city simply believe they are getting a common cold. But the symptoms can be more like a combination flu bug/carbon monoxide poisoning with a little bit of hangover for good measure. Experiences of nausea, headaches, lack of appetite, nose bleeds, shortness of breath and fatigue are quite common.
During your move to higher altitude, it is also important to increase your carbohydrate intake as it will give you more sustainable energy. Is it also a good idea to incorporate more garlic and more bananas into your daily food regimen. Instead of giving into the temptation to drink extra coffee to provide that quick pick me up to get through your move, we suggest drinking more water and other non caffeinated beverages to avoid the additional dehydration that caffeine provides. And while it may not be realistic during relocation, it is good to try to lighten up on the extreme physical activity and get a little extra sleep. By being the professional, helpful mover on your side, it is one of our greatest goals to help out with this last important point.