February 2015 Kenny B.
The team was excellent, both professional and efficient! The JK team allowed my family to have the best move we have ever had and I have a lot of experience moving around after being in the military for several years and living in multiple states since 2002. -Kenny B.
27 Jul 2015 // from

Move in day is approaching, and maybe you’re moving into your first apartment or maybe you’re an “old hand” at this. Regardless of the situation, there is a misconception that moving into an apartment takes less time, costs less, and in general is less of a hassle. The reality is, movers may need more time with an apartment move.

The elevator is king.

  • In any apartment move, the elevator controls the pace. The speed, size and weight limit of elevators plays a pivotal role in how quickly an apartment can be moved.
  • Not only will the elevator slow down the process of an apartment move, but in the case that an item is too big for the elevator, the movers may need to use the stairs.

The property manager knows all.

  • Certain buildings require a security deposit to reserve the elevator and loading dock; ask the property manager about the building’s policies.
  • There may be restrictions on which days of the week residents are allowed to move in. Check with your rental/leasing office or property manager to make sure you’re moving in on a day that isn’t restricted.
  • On top of days that you’re allowed to move in, find out what day the trash is collected for your building and schedule around that day. If the crew is blocked by dumpster trucks it can cause delays and subsequently cost you more money.

Protecting your new building.

  • Your property manager may request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) from your mover in the case there is damage in public areas. Make sure to ask your mover if they are insured prior to the move.
  • Some buildings, higher-end residences for instance, have certain requirements to ensure that public areas are properly protected. This may include the use of building protection materials more suited for commercial moves. Check to confirm the requirements.

Small details add up.

  • One final tip, don’t forget on-site storage in your building. Certain apartment buildings have storage “cages” for each unit in the basement and can be a good use of space for unused items. These “cages” should also not be overlooked when moving out.

In summary, it is a great idea to talk to your property manager and rental/leasing office well in advance of your move, so that you and the movers are properly prepared on move day so that you may enjoy a worry-free move! We invite you to stay tuned as we bring part two of our apartment moving tips to you next week!

 

 

21 Jul 2015 // from

Every quarter, JK Moving Services selects one of its commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”

This honor recognizes and showcases outstanding commercial relocation projects. The award criteria are based on the scope and nature of the move, with an emphasis on projects that have unique components or that helped the client solve a challenge. The award is given to one commercial client each quarter.

JK is pleased to award its Q1 2015 Commercial Move of the Quarter to The George Washington University.

Pictured, left to right: Bryan Martin, JK Moving Services; Amy Argasinski and Ayana Moore, both of The George Washington University

“The university’s relocation was a terrific example of the importance of extensive, professional training and established operational methods. This project involved moving laboratory equipment, many of which were irreplaceable pieces. We were pleased to earn the trust of the university’s Operations and Facilities teams, as well as the professors whose life’s work we were moving,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “With this award, we recognize and thank The George Washington University for its confidence in us.”

JK’s services included consolidating 12 different locations into the university’s recently constructed Science & Engineering Hall, a 500,000 sq. ft. teaching and research center. Additional work included moving 10 unique scientific instruments built by university professors and graduate students, several of which required rigging to move them due to the enormous size. JK was also responsible for moving approximately 100 lab spaces, glove boxes with sensitive chemicals, tanks and chambers, optical tables, air compressors, lab equipment, and microscopes.

“To say that this was a high-stakes relocation is an understatement,” noted Ayana Moore, Business Analyst and Manager, The George Washington University. “Our professors were deeply concerned about the safety of the equipment and materials that they had spent a career developing and building. The team at JK put our minds at ease and worked hand-in-hand with our staff to ensure the safety of these sensitive items.”

The George Washington University is the fifth recipient of JK’s Commercial Move of the Quarter.  The award has previously been given to Covington & Burling LLP, Cvent, Global Impact, and ASIWorks/PSI Family Services.

Please join us in congratulating The George Washington University for receiving the Move of the Quarter award.

20 Jul 2015 // from

(Editor’s Note: Kyle Smith is an intern in our Marketing Department. Today, he shares perspective on participating in a summer college internship program. Stay tuned for more in this series.)

For the 40 million Americans that move annually, about 13 percent move their residences in the summer months. That equates to more than 5,000,000 people moving every summer! To support this productive time of year, JK Moving Services employs college interns every summer. We’d like to introduce you to some of our talented interns.

Please meet Misheel Davaatseren, one of our finance department interns. Misheel is originally from Mongolia, but calls Arlington home now. Misheel currently studies at George Mason University as she pursues an accounting degree. Misheel loves to travel, read, play tennis and is an avid soccer fan.

Since arriving at JK, Misheel has spoken highly of her mentors. “My supervisor is awesome and so are my co-workers; they’re always willing to help me. They’re so patient and will teach me anything step-by-step,” said Davaatseren.

Day-to-day activities, such as completing invoices, transactions and refunds, keep Misheel quite busy. “The real life work experience here is something you don’t get at school. In some of my classes, the information didn’t click with me, but doing the work hands-on helps make sense of what I learned in class,” said a smiling Davaatseren.

Misheel aspires to become a forensic accountant and help prevent fraud and embezzlement. She would also enjoy having a career where she is able to travel often! We’re excited to have Misheel Davaatseren as a member of Commercial Services accounting team!

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L-R: Misheel with Sheila Nguyen-Pham, Accounts Receivable Supervisor, at our Annual Intern Pizza Party.

13 Jul 2015 // from

A few years ago, we wrote about the officers and service dogs from the K-9 Unit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. These specially-trained teams manage the serious work of protecting the public from harm at airports in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  And four years later, these teams still enjoy training in our warehouse.

More recently, we were contacted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (more commonly known as the ATF), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice.  While unaware of the previous K-9 training that had taken place in our facility, they asked permission to come to our residential warehouse for similar training with their service animals.

Although both teams use expert officers and hand-selected dogs to seek out explosives in public areas, there are interesting differences between to two groups.

For the ATF, their dogs are almost always Labrador Retrievers.  Of course, Labs are a friendly, approachable breed.  These selected Labs, however, are extra-special. Many of them come from programs like Puppies Behind Bars, which allows incarcerated inmates to raise and train puppies that will eventually be used as service animals. On occasion, an ATF dog comes from a Guide Dog program where the puppy was not the best fit.

We’ve written before about our training house, where our crews are professionally educated and tested on moving best practices. The ATF agents and their service dogs also thought our training house was ideal for their purposes, for these reasons:

  • Being scrupulously clean, there are no concerns of debris distracting or harming the dogs.
  • The 2-story training house allows the dogs to practice searching for explosives on stairs and in smaller rooms.
  • The controlled, secure environment means agents and dogs alike can be focused while training.

We were honored to have the ATF agents and their service animals choose our facility for training and we hope they will come back again soon.  Not only are they impressive to watch (and let’s be honest, the dogs are adorable!), we think of it as another small way to give back to our community and the folks who help protect us from harm.

Check out some photos below of the two service dogs who visited us recently.

Graham loved running around our training center!

Graham loved running around our training center!

Almond in pursuit of explosives!

Almond in pursuit of explosives!



 

6 Jul 2015 // from

(Editor’s Note: Kyle Smith is an intern in our Marketing Department. Today, he shares perspective on participating in a summer college internship program. Stay tuned for more in this series.)

For the 40 million Americans that move annually, about 13 percent move their residences in the summer months. That equates to more than 5,000,000 people moving every summer! To support this productive time of year, JK Moving Services employs college interns every summer. We’d like to introduce you to some of our talented interns.

JK Moving Services is pleased to introduce you to Patrick Wang, our International Services intern. Patrick is from China and is currently studying to obtain his master’s degree in economics at American University. In his free time, Patrick likes to try out new things. Recently he joined a swing dance group in Herndon, spoke in a live webinar at the U.S. Department of State, and is saving money to get his private pilot’s license. Patrick joins us after previously working for a venture capital fund.

In International Services, Patrick is helping arrange the relocation of clients all over the world. Patrick coordinates air shipments with our global moving partners. He enjoys the customer interaction and seeing the successful international relocation of a client.

Since arriving at JK, Patrick has spoken highly of his colleagues. “I think an important factor of what makes your internship special is the colleagues you have. Robert (Albrecht) is an excellent mentor; he teaches me everything he knows and whenever I have a question, all I have to do is ask. He is busy himself, but he’s always available to help. I think as an intern, it is very important that you have a mentor available and willing to teach you.”

Upon graduation Patrick wants to use his knowledge in international economics and the global market to become an international marketing and sales specialist. JK Moving Services is excited to have Patrick Wang as a member of the International Services team!

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Our Annual Intern Pizza Party, L-R: Tanner Tamaro, Paul Melnick, Diego Orbegoso, Patrick Wang.

29 Jun 2015 // from
(Editor’s Note: Kyle Smith is an intern in our Marketing Department. Today, he shares perspective on participating in a summer college internship program. Stay tuned for more in this series.)

For the 40 million Americans that move annually, about 13 percent move their residences in the summer months. That equates to more than 5,000,000 people moving every summer! To support this productive time of year, JK Moving Services employs college interns every summer. We’d like to introduce you to some of our talented interns.

Please meet Joseph “Joey” Springer, our Government Services Intern. Joey is from Olney, Maryland, and attends the University of Iowa as an International Studies and Russian major, while pursuing a Geography minor. Joey is also a car enthusiast and enjoys bike riding in his free time.

As our Government Services Intern, Joey has been helping relocate military members and their families across the country. Whether contacting bases about the successful transfer of a military member, or checking the status of their items during the move, Joey is dedicated to making relocation for our military as stress free as possible.

Since starting at JK, Joey has raved about how welcoming the staff has been. “Everybody has given me the utmost respect and has been treating me as a full-time employee instead of just an intern,” said Springer.

What Joey enjoys most about his position is the independence and responsibility in the work place. Customer interaction is also one of the highlights to Joey’s position, because he feels he is making an impact on our clients’ lives.

Joey aspires to work in logistics upon graduation and is enjoying the real-world experience he is acquiring with JK Moving Services. We’re excited to have Joey Springer as a member of the Government Services team!

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2015 Summer Interns, L-R: Tommaso Prezioso, Diego Orbegoso, Taylor Bagwell, Kyle Smith, Misheel Davaatseren, Delia Alata, Tanner Tamaro, Joseph Springer, Patrick Wang. (missing: Paul Melnick)

 

 

4 Jun 2015 // from

NOVA

JK Moving Services has been named the best mover in the region by Northern Virginia Magazine! We would like to thank you all for casting your votes and choosing us as your mover of choice!

While “Best Mover” has not been a voting category every year, this is the second consecutive year and the third time overall that we have received this honor from NoVA Magazine‘s annual readers’ poll.

“It is outstanding to be recognized by our customers,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO. “And to be voted as Best Mover three times is quite an honor. It’s a testament to our dedication to serving our customers with care and respect.”

Each year, NoVA Magazine conducts its survey, allowing the community to name the best-of-the best across a wide range of categories. 2015 marks the eighth anniversary of the annual Best of NoVA readers’ poll.  According to the publication, hundreds of thousands of website visitors cast their votes in 150 categories for this year’s survey.

JK has previously won this award in 2014 and 2008.  Earlier this year, we were also named Best Mover in Loudoun County by Leesburg Today, and were honored with a Fleet Safety Award from the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), the industry’s premiere professional group.

Thanks for helping JK become a winner.