Choosing where to move is just the beginning of a new adventure. Here at Exodus we want you to be full of facts and enthusiasm for the fresh place that you will be taking your family and or your business. We have just begun to talk about the new places just brimming for relocation. This week we are highlighting another city that is important here in our home state of Colorado: the fine city of Fort Collins.
Originally founded as a US military outpost in 1864, Fort Collins first name was actually “Camp Collins”. Residing in the Northern Front Range, this city assumes much its character and natural beauty from its location at the Rocky Mountain base as it sprawls alongside the Cache La Poudre River. From a small encampment all the way to a large city, this area now boasts an excess of 140,000 residents and is the 5th largest city in all of Colorado. With an average of 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder that it was widely known after its creation for its agricultural wealth and with over 1200 acres of developed parks throughout, its natural wonders never seem to disappoint.
Today Fort Collins has shifted its focus from crops to a more “high tech” economy, while simultaneously maintaining a keen sense of ecological friendliness. Somewhat immune to national recession averages, the city has experienced consistent growth both economically and socially. Home to Colorado State University and several other award winning schools, this place, despite growth, continues to hold on to a small town community minded approach. The Old Town area of Fort Collins hosts festivals and various artistic and cultural events throughout the year and in general music, theater, restaurants and exhibitions are plentiful everywhere inside the cities limits, not to mention the cities 5 local microbreweries creating an exciting environment for beer lovers and brew connoisseurs alike.
Random Facts & Insights
In 2010 Money magazine rated Fort Collins the 6th best city in the US to live in.
Fort Collins is currently a country leader in its efforts towards ecological sustainability. Utilizing an initiative called FortZED, they are working towards changing Colorado University and their downtown area into a place that generates for itself the same amount of energy that it uses. This will allow them to efficiently maximize renewable resources and minimize waste commonly creating by most other thriving metropolitans.
The only student run newspaper that is published daily in Colorado is created in Fort Collins at Colorado State University and is named the Rocky Mountain Collegian.
Creating peace of mind is no simple task. This becomes especially true when you are moving high value items from point A to point B. The need to move things can be for a myriad of reasons: you are moving house, you are transporting a collection, you are facilitating a trade show. But regardless of the event that brings this concept to light, Exodus moving and Storage is uniquely qualified to handle it with care and precision.
What is a High Value Item?
Generally speaking, most movers offer basic liability insurance that covers up to 60 cents per pound per item during your move. The definition of a high value item is something that carries a worth of approx $100 or more per pound. These items can include anything of published value but here is a comprehensive list of possible high value items:
Museum Exhibits, Computer Equipment, Complex Machinery, Point of Sale Systems, Antiques, Precious Stones or Gems, Art Collections, Coin Collections, Oriental Rugs, Store Fixtures, Fine Furs.
How do you Protect High Value Items?
Being protected is vital when transporting high value items and products. It’s important to know how the valuation services function from mover to mover. Ask how your items will be protected. Also make certain to fill out the corresponding paperwork in order to make certain that your items are estimated at their full replacement value. The Bill of Lading should have the full value of your cumulative and specific items listed. With Exodus, not only do we offer additional insurances to provide peace of mind but we also meticulously wrap and protect all of your items so you don’t have to worry.
Why is Exodus Different?
Utmost care, specialized equipment and abilities and complete professionalism are just a few things you can count on with Exodus. As the premier mover for the US Department of Defense, we take pride in our attention to detail on a wide scale. We are trusted by large companies and individuals alike because we have the know how to plan the logistics and the heart to care about what we are moving. One of the main reasons we are trusted because is because we don’t subcontract our labor. The people moving your high dollar items will be background checked by us, drug tested by us and employed by us creating complete accountability. Because we meticulously plan and actually employ those who serve you, there is no needless finger pointing when it comes to taking responsibility for you high value items.
At Exodus, we have the privilege of helping people make their moves. Our capacity to pack, move and store covers everything from the US Dept of defense to small residential moves and, of course, everything in between. With this ability to handle such varied kinds of relocation, we encounter so many differing places, people and situations. And because our employees are actual employees and not simply outsourced “hired guns”, we are able to bring a personal touch to any move, big or small, because we operate like a family.
An area with a rich mining heritage, Anaconda is located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. This beautifully scenic little town is full of an interesting mix of white collar professionals and hardworking skilled laborers. Located in Southwest Montana, it boasts charming opportunities for nature lovers in every direction surrounding it. Hunting, hiking, fishing, skiing and wildlife viewing are just a few of the recreational opportunities that abound . This along with its elemental treasures and accompanying surrounding ghost towns, it’s an fascinating place to both visit and move to.
With the continental divide passing just a few miles outside the city limits, this area comes up on our relocation trail. Recently one of our drivers was in Anaconda Montana during a big storm. With an average snowfall of just under 6 inches per year, the scene that he encountered was rather extraordinary. But when you operate like a family, you have the pictures to prove it! Here are a few rather remarkable ones from our drivers adventure in Montana.
Once the decision to move your company has been made and your goals for relocation have been clearly outlined, the real work begins. With so many things to consider it can be hard to know what to do first. It is a valuable practice to get as organized as is humanly possible before putting the wheels of your corporate relocation in motion. We recommend the first steps as follows:
Do Location Research
When you have figured out what you need from your new office you should spend some time really researching the area in which you plan to move. You will of course need to know a lot about this new city before you can commit to setting up shop in it. Take advantage of various reference materials such as the US Census Bureau Statistical Abstract by State in order to get the demographic details about your potentially new location. It can also be a good idea to subscribe to a few local papers for a couple of months before making the move. This will give you an idea not only about what is happening in the area but how the people in the area interpret these current events. Invaluable cultural insights can be surmised from reading local publications and can give you a better idea if this city is the best match for your business.
Create a Timeline
Sit down with those who are most strategically involved in the relocation planning and make a preliminary list of what needs to be done. Be realistic in this and make every effort to consider three main concepts: the physical office, the employees and the customers. Once you have decided to make a move, it can be easy to get caught up in the pace and excitement of the process. But time will fly during your logistical planning so creating a schedule that allows for real life and all of its delays is a key point. Ask yourself, will this move take 3 months? Will it take a year? After this, create your timeline accordingly.
Find a Professional
Once you have decided where and when to move, it is a good idea to assign someone in your company to be in charge of the overall process. Realizing that this will take up a good amount of their time should be a consideration when choosing an employee who already has a rather large workload. Beyond this decision, it is time to select a moving company that can help you with the logistics of you move. Considering that not only does your office need to be moved but also in most cases, your people and their families, it’s a good idea at this point to start shopping for experts in the industry. This part of the process will be easier once you have asked yourself the important preliminary questions. Knowing what you want and when you want it will make it easier to identify which moving company best suits you and your company’s goals for corporate relocation.
There are many factors involved in a process as complex as corporate relocation. Many entrepreneurs, owners and managers are faced with a difficult host of decisions when the concept of moving an office comes into play. With the obvious advantage of having already done business in one place for a while, each organization has a feel for what works and what doesn’t. With the benefit of this experience it is, of course, easier to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a new place. But there are other things to consider such as how much the business disruption will cost the company and what are the new and differing environmental and regulatory concerns that may become a factor once the move has been made. The following are the first two steps before deciding to make a move.
Be Clear About WHY
While there can be many reasons for moving, making certain to completely articulate your primary goals is a vital activity before deciding to relocate. Are you looking for a more skilled workforce in a specialized field? Are you seeking to lower the operating costs of the company or to improve the quality of life for your employees? Perhaps you are looking to expand your market and have found that a new location would aid in this pursuit. Or maybe it’s truly just an issue of having the physical space you need to realize the growth that you desire. By being as specific as possible about why you want to move, it is much easier to realize your goals and make the best choices in order to maximize a relocation opportunity.
Be Clear About WHAT
A good place to begin, once you have decided exactly why you want to move, is to make a list containing everything you will need for your new office. Again, being as detailed as possible with your location specifications is the key to clarity and ultimately success. Write down everything that is a priority such as the size you need the office to be, the physical placement and in what type of neighborhood, along with what kind of facilities and equipment you will require. In this case your reasons for the move become very important: If your main reason for moving is to find more qualified employees, it’s important not to get caught up in a wonderfully inexpensive new lease in an area where the demographics do not support such a specified labor force. Be clear with yourself about what is needed as opposed to wanted and create your list accordingly. This will ensure that there is less ambiguity and confusion when it comes time to make the most important decisions.
Our brand spanking new Denver office is something that we are really excited about. And while we have been “wowing” our customers throughout Colorado for several years, we felt it was high time to open an office in the number one city of our fine state. But what’s the big deal about Denver anyway? Why is it such a popular place to move to? Why is it that so many are finding it to be the best place to work and live? In an attempt to answer these questions we have gathered the following facts:
Varied landscape, seasonal changes and sun filled skies grace the greater Denver Metro. One of its biggest regional draws is its infamous “300 days per year of sunshine”, boasting that even when the snow is falling, Denver remains bright. The altitude also contributes to the location being a fantastic place for sports teams to train causing Denver to be one of only 2 American cities with 8 professional sports teams. Hosting the largest park system in the US, Denver has 205 parks inside the limits of the city. Between kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and walking, the city offers an endless opportunity to uphold its current place as the 6th healthiest city in the country according to the American Fitness Index.
The city with the highest population of any other city in Colorado, Denver is also one of the 5 fastest growing cities in the United States. In addition to fantastic offerings in the natural surroundings, it supplies everything a sophisticated citizen could want in a thriving metropolitan mecca. Award winning theater, restaurants, concerts and art abounds drawing a diverse group of visitors that decide to ultimately make it their home. With a household income that is more than 15% higher than the national average, it’s no wonder why people are moving to this vibrant metro in droves.
Value means different things to different people. For some, it is a simple, tangible and easily calculated concept. For others it’s a bit more open ended.
When it comes to relocation, value usually refers to both money and convenience. It often comes down to how much it would literally cost to replace items broken in a move as well as things like what it might cost to move during a certain time of year. In keeping with this week’s series on word definitions, the following terms are all about defining the value of your move.
HIGH VALUE ARTICLE
There is a Moving Industry figure that has been created to put a standard value on replacing items. Generally, when items are damaged during a move this figure, referred to as “released value”, is applied. This rate is generally 30-60 cents per pound for each item and this amount is automatically covered by the moving company with no additional insurance needing to be purchased. A High Value Article is an item that has a value of more than $100 per pound. Things such as furs, rugs, jewelry and electronics fall into this category. These items require a separate form called a “High Value Inventory Form” to be filled out.
PEAK SEASON RATES
When is the best time of year to move? Even though there is a season for everything, you will find many different opinions on this topic. Every time period has its pros and cons. While Winter is inconvenient from a weather perspective, it may be less expensive to hire a mover. And while Summer may guarantee good weather, it is also what is considered in the industry to be Peak Season. In order to avoid especially high prices between June and September, it is important to book your mover early.
Although there is some regulation and consistency between moving companies, each one is able to set their own rates. This responsibility is set forth by the Surface Transportation Board, and results in the creation of what is known as a Tariff. A Tariff is a document created to fully outline and explain what a moving company offers and how they calculate their pricing. It is designed to give an overview and to create accountability. Every professional moving company should have a Tariff available for you to consult upon request and we highly recommend taking a look at it to avoid hidden charges.
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.
When it comes time to make your international move, there are many things to consider. Among them is how to transport the things you need with you and store the things you don’t. Exodus offers a myriad of options to suit both great and small needs and requests. In addition to facilitating local household and commercial storage, we are also trained to expertly assist in every aspect of your long distance move. We provide shipping supplies including overseas containers (20’ x 8.5’) and semi-trailers (48 feet long) for larger international moves. We also maintain a warehouse with both regular and climate controlled facilities utilizing 24 hour security and surveillance to ensure the safety of those things left behind.
Long distance move costing is based on the distance of the relocation and the weight of your cumulative belongings in the truck. A “long distance” move is any move that takes you over state lines. At Exodus, not only are we licensed for these kinds of moves but we pay attention to the details so that everything about transport is taken care of from start to finish.