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.
When it comes to taking care of employees, no one does it better than Exodus. We take pride in putting our workers on payroll in an industry where temporary “hired guns” are the norm. We believe that our customers’ ultimate satisfaction starts with our staff. For this reason, our hiring process is rigorous including background and reference checks, drug tests and detailed interviews followed up with comprehensive, job specific training. The final step of the hiring process includes a personal orientation with our CEO to make sure the core values that we hold so dear are clear to our new hires. Not only does this process put us a cut above other Colorado Moving companies, it has earned us an employee retention rate that is 40% higher than the industry average. This is because we know who our employees are and they know what we stand for as an organization.
But creating company loyalty is not our only goal. We are also dedicated to expanding our employees’ knowledge about moving and storage so that their skill sets can continue to advance over time. One of the important ways we do this is by facilitating ongoing certification with the American Moving and Storage Association.
What is the AMSA?
The American Moving and Storage Association is a nonprofit organization created to improve the quality standards of Moving and Storage companies throughout the US. Through education, certification, the creation of industry wide ethical standards, regulation and advocacy, the AMSA seeks to eradicate fraud and to promote positive consumer experiences during relocation. The organization includes a membership of over 3,000 movers and acts as a trade association contributing to the establishment of best practices among moving companies.
Jason Kendall CMC Certification
One of the important qualifications offered by the AMSA is the Certified Moving Consultant (CMC) certification. This certification requires elite testing, a written commitment to a specialized code of ethics, and biennial renewal. Currently, there are only eight CMC’s in the entire state of Colorado. We are proud to announce that Jason Kendall, our Account Manager, has received this coveted certification from the American Moving & Storage Association. Joining Exodus’ Ilan Levy and Jake Atchison who currently hold CMC titles, Jason and our team hold the only three CMC’s in all of Fort Collins, CO.
Moving is never easy. Anyone who has ever experienced relocation of any kind understands this. But when making a residential move, that is, moving from a place one calls “home” it can be especially difficult. And depending on how long you have lived in a specific location, the personal items, possessions and memories just seem to multiply making saying goodbye that much harder for everyone involved.
This is especially true with seniors. Not only have they experienced a lot of life and lived though many stories, often they have also collected a substantial amount of stuff. Moving house is always the result of some change of life whether it is social, financial or professional. And while moving is notoriously one of the most stress ridden events possible, this tension is often compounded when older people are involved. Whether relocation is the result of the death of a spouse or the inability or desire to take care of a large home, when a senior needs to move, there are several things to remember to make their transition easier.
Don’t Wait Till the Last Minute
If you are aware that a senior in your life will need to make a move in the near future, it’s important to start the planning process early. There is little worse than being forced into or rushed through an important move in life and helping older people is no exception. Attempt to talk about moving early and often. By avoiding last minute conversations about important topics, you will have a better chance of being set up for a successful moving experience.
Consider the Process
Moving can be both emotionally and physically draining. Generally speaking, seniors have less energy than their younger counterparts so it is smart to break the organization of the move into palatable sections. We recommend putting some thought into how much energy a senior can give per day in preparation for moving. Consider how going though old pictures and air looms can affect a person’s energy and plan accordingly.
Don’t Take it Personally
If you are helping a senior with their move emotions could be running high. Often when older people move it means the loss of independence. Keeping in mind how hard it is to be dependent on others, remember that kindness is the key to dealing with people in this type of transition. Focusing on the goal at hand instead of taking personally the stress of the situation is an important part of helping seniors during this time.
Getting to know the great state in which we live and work is important to us. As Colorado’s premier moving and storage company and one of the most trusted locally owned companies in the industry, we take pride in our surroundings. We enjoy getting to know the locals as well as moving our customers from areas we know and love into areas that we are interested in knowing more about.
Currently, Exodus has offices and storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver. For the most part, this holds up what is considered the Northern Colorado portion of the state map. But in an effort to educate others and to highlight other fascinating places, this week we would like to showcase another wonderful city within our state lines. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the city of Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs History and Location
Colorado Springs is located in what is considered to be the South Central part of Central Colorado just over 60 miles south of Denver. The township was originally established in 1871 and was designed to be the first stop on a new Denver & Rio Grande Railroad route from Denver to Mexico City. Its founder, William Jackson Palmer, created Colorado Springs to be a mini resort town, a tourist destination of sorts. And by the end of the 19th century, he had accomplished just that.
Today Colorado Springs is one of the largest cities in El Paso County. Situated near Pikes Peak, this township is more than a mile high at an altitude of 6,035 feet and is the second most populous city in all of Colorado. Boasting a mild climate as a result of its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the city is a fantastic location for both vacationing and living.
The People and Culture
Brimming with life and art and opportunity, there are many reasons why Colorado Springs is such a popular place to live in Colorado. Fashion fairs, health events and cultural exhibitions abound including award winning Conservatory Theater and countless community based drives, dinners and donation opportunities in addition to fascinating museum offerings. Whether you are seeking family events, excellent dining or live performances, original calendar events are in constant development in “The Springs”. With its large military community as home to the prestigious United States Air force Academy , Colorado Springs boasts a historical Native American population, several Olympic sport teams and a thriving high-tech industry. With this type of diversity of opportunity and population, it’s no wonder this city is such a popular destination.
At Exodus we are proud to move people to and from Colorado Springs for both residential and commercial moves.
For more information about this vibrant city check out: http://www.coloradosprings.com/
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.
At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.
Exodus History in Colorado
Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.
Exodus & Social Media
We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.
Words to Work By
When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen
As a premier Colorado moving and storage company we have the pleasure of active travel. Not only is there never a dull moment in our buzzing offices in both Denver and Ft Collins, we are in constant motion, with movers in the field who are helping our clients to relocate their belongings and their lives. Part of our commitment to the community extends to those that surround us. As a result, we become involved in rotary clubs, chambers and other organizations that seek to improve conditions within a township or metropolitan area. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the lovely city of Loveland.
Named after William A.H. Loveland, a renowned American railroad entrepreneur, the city of Loveland was founded in 1877. A result of the construction of the Colorado Central Railroad, the city was known since its inception for its agricultural offerings including sour cherries and sugar beets. Encompassing over 25 square miles just South of what is now Ft Collins, this part of the Front Range Urban Corridor is now home to more than 67,000 Coloradans. Known today for its unique public art collections and exhibitions, Loveland attracts sculptors from around the world to visit its bronze casting foundries. This in addition to a host of outdoor recreational opportunities, it’s no wonder why Loveland is a great place to visit or move to.
As a result of its unique name, since Valentine’s Day of 1947, this city participates annually in a massive re-mailing program. People from all over the US send their mail to the Loveland post office where it is then opened and re-sent having been stamped from the “land of love”. Each year, the city also selects a high school senior girl to represent this tradition and to act as the official “Miss Loveland Valentine.”
Exodus is proud to partner with the Loveland Rotary, an organization that exists to provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in business and ultimately in the world. With the organizational creed of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary is lead by President Cynthia Guldy.
Proud to be the “Arts and Hearts” capital of Colorado, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is another thriving force in the business community. With a strong focus on Advocacy, Connections, Education and Visibility, this organization works with it’s over 16,000 members to strengthen business and forge strategic alliances in the community. At Exodus we are happy to be aligned with such a focused group of people.
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 Moving and Storage we have been committed to serving our customers for several years now from our base in Fort Collins. We are excited to have just opened our new office in the Denver area. It’s great to be a part of one of the most vibrant metros in the fine state of Colorado. Our new Commerce City address comes complete with a new area full of new people and a new community we have the opportunity to get to know. Gaining knowledge about this place in an effort to better serve the people within it, we thought we might take this Fresh Place Friday opportunity to share a little bit about the new spot we call home.
The beginning of Commerce City was actually the result of a historical ride through town. Carried on horseback, a kid by the name of Herbert Hast Jr. gathered those inhabiting the land to create an important meeting. Voting for their incorporation in 1952, Commerce Town was established. It wasn’t until a decade later when the town decided to become a city.
Today Commerce City is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and was ranked 16th in this regard by Forbes magazine. Located in Adams County Colorado, this thriving areas population has been growing consistently in leaps and bounds since the year 2000. A suburban neighborhood just to the northeast of Denver, it boasts a cohesive combination of residential and industrial community. Hosting over 42,000 people, Commerce City covers 41 square miles and yet prides itself on maintaining a small town feel in spite of the fact that it is the 19th largest city in Colorado.
With nearby entertainment including shopping and dining, Commerce City is a short hours drive to the middle of the Rocky Mountains. With a large community focus on making sure that its citizens live a healthy lifestyle, there are several sports leagues, fitness classes, parks and trails available. In addition to recreational camps, swim classes and golf tournaments, the people of the city have several annual community events and capital improvement projects at work in order to promote continuous solidarity and cultural improvement.
For more information about Commerce City, check out the official site complete with links to the City government and community resources.
When our drivers move you, they sometimes get to go far beyond their own backyard. This occupational exploration is just one of the major pros to working with Exodus. Recently, we helped with a move that took us a bit over the Atlantic to a fascinating place in North America that some people don’t know about. Our driver grabbed a few pictures before jumping back on the ferry in Port A Basque back to Nova Scotia. In this great opportunity to take a load of life to a very interesting place, we went to St John’s Newfoundland.
The most recent addition to the Canadian provinces, St John’s Newfoundland is a beautiful place with an extremely rich heritage. With visits from Vikings and ancient burial areas created by Native Americans, this area has a documented history that dates back over 9000 years. With about 500 years as a “colonized” location under its belt, it is rich with both native and European influences. Remaining an independent British colony until 1949, it is the youngest province in Canada which is surely a factor that contributes to its overall intrigue.
The capitol city of Newfoundland and Labrador, St John’s is the largest and most rapidly growing city on the island of Newfoundland. As the oldest English-founded city in North America and as a result of its location on the Avalon Peninsula, this place boasts both a dynamic historical and geographical draw. With over 3000 miles of snowmobile trails alone, this vast area is fantastic for fishing and hiking and is home to 3 national parks and 18 wildlife reserves. Animal lovers can enjoy everything from moose to whale watching. For those who enjoy natural wonders, St John’s provides everything rare flora and fauna, icebergs and berry picking. Because of its long history as a simple and relatively untouched place with regard to industry, it remains full of natural wonders offering solitude. But as a result of its somewhat recent Canadian status, it is increasingly becoming a center for art and culture as its community is building. It feels as though the past and present seem to collide in St John’s making it an amazing place to visit or move to.
Random Facts & Insights
Newfoundland has its own time zone as a result of its location and the fact that it was a separate dominion when time zones were originally created. For this reason it is 3.5 hours from Greenwich Mean Time year round.
Although English is the national language, because of the unique colonization in Newfoundland, the people have created their very own dictionary containing completely unique words and phrases called the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.