While you watch your favorite team compete to become champions this weekend in the Super Bowl, at JK Moving Services, we would like to thank you for making us champions!
Recently, we were voted the 2014 Best Mover of Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today.
“JK Moving Services has proudly served Loudoun County’s residents, corporations, and government agencies for more than 30 years,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services.
“Our corporate headquarters has been located in Loudoun since 1993, and we are humbled to have the community recognize us for a second year with this honor.”
JK was also recently recognized by the American Moving & Storage Association with a 2014 Fleet Safety Award. This is the second consecutive year that JK has earned this honor from its industry peers.
AMSA’s Fleet Safety Awards distinguish carriers demonstrating the best overall safety performance, safety improvement, and creativity and leadership in safety programs. Awards are given to carriers with the best weighted combination of the lowest U.S. Department of Transportation recordable accident rate per million miles of vehicle operation and the lowest vehicle and driver out-of-service rates.
So from us to you…
JK Moving Services continually seeks to recruit and train the best-of-the-best employees. Throughout the year, we hire interns in various departments across our enterprise.
In that ongoing pursuit, we’ve have the pleasure of partnering with Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) to entertain their graduates as interns throughout various departments at JK.
Andrea Bunch, JK’s VP of Human Resources, believes it’s important to offer feedback to interns, starting from the interview process and throughout the period of their internship.
“We want to assist them every step of the way so that they can use what they learn and benefit them during their future career path – no matter what industry they’re in,” said Bunch.
Bunch added, “We’ve received very positive feedback about our program from the interns we’ve engaged from NVFS, and in turn, our employees have communicated their very positive experience working with them.”
I recently spoke with Julie Mullen, Director of Training Futures in the Workforce Development Services department, about NVFS and the internship program. Here is a little of what she shared:
What is Northern Virginia Family Service?
NVFS is a private, non-profit community service organization dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. Since its establishment in 1924, NVFS has evolved into a recognized leader among regional service providers.
We want to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life, and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. We accomplish this by offering a range of programs that fall under the Agency’s seven service areas, which include: Child Placement, Early Childhood, Health and Mental Health, Housing, Intervention and Prevention, Legal and Workforce Development Services.
Tell me about the internship program; what is the overall goal or purpose?
The internship is the capstone learning experience for Training Futures Trainees, giving them the opportunity to apply the skills they learned in 16 weeks in the classroom to a professional workplace, adding value and gaining confidence. The goal of the internship is two-fold:
- Provide motivated, administrative talent for a 3-week period to our business partners.
- Give trainees the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned to a professional environment and gain critical experience and confidence to be competitive in the job market.
Our goal is to ensure a fulfilling experience for the intern and internship host company. In order to do this, we consider the culture and scope of work of each internship provider alongside the trainees’ skills, work styles, and career goals.
The internship is generally 3 weeks, Monday – Friday, but we have experimented with different models, including a 6 week internship which was 3 days a week. After the internship is over, there is no formal relationship or obligation between the intern and the company they worked for.
We are currently recruiting for internship partners for spring internships, March 9 – March 27, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We hope the company will be able to give a strong recommendation for the intern as they start their job search and it’s always great if the relationship blossoms into a long term, professional relationship, but the goal of the internship is really just a great learning experience for the intern and a little extra capacity for our business partners like JK Moving Services!
JK offers unpaid internships throughout the year and paid internships during the summer months. If you would like to learn more about career or internship opportunities with JK, please visit the careers section of our website.
Here are some reasons you should hire an independent mover over a van line to manage your long-distance moves. Click the Infographic to view it full-sized.
JK Moving Services is an independent mover with over 30 years of experience in the business. Learn more about the differences between an independent mover and a van line here.
It’s estimated 35.9 million Americans move every year, many of whom use moving companies they find by searching the internet. But what many are not aware of is a large number of moving websites are run by moving brokers and not actual moving companies.
Moving brokers act as the “middlemen” between the customer trying to move and the moving company that actually moves your belongings. Brokers usually only give the customer a cost estimate and once an agreement is put together, then they hire a separate moving company to do the actual moving.
That process can be problematic in a number of ways.
1. The Blame Game
Many times if anything goes wrong with a move – such as items getting lost, broken, or stolen – the broker will blame the mover and the mover will blame the broker. It becomes a mess when trying to get someone to take responsibility for damaged goods because many brokers will try to avert accountability.
2. Inaccurate Estimates
When you hire a professional moving company directly, they will send a move consultant to your home to perform a visual inventory of all the items that will need to be relocated to your new home. Many of these consultants are well versed and certified and can give you an accurate estimate of how much your move will cost.
Most brokers will give you an estimate over the phone or via email only. They’ll ask you to walk through your home and describe the items that need to be moved. It’s hard for anyone who is not an expert in this field to properly determine how many moving boxes will be needed, the weight and size of your furniture, and the size of truck needed to transport those belongings.
Because of this, a broker’s estimate is often much lower than the price you’ll actually end up paying for the move. And if the broker decides to hire a less-than-reputable mover, they may hold your belongings hostage until you agree to pay the full amount for the move, even if it’s substantially higher than what was originally quoted to you.
This recently happened to one family who unknowingly used a broker to move their belongings from Virginia to Texas.
3. Large Up-Front Deposits
Moving brokers will often ask for a large deposit in advance. This should be a red flag that you are working with a broker, rather than an actual moving company. Many times this money does not go toward the move; it is the broker’s “fee.”
Most reputable moving companies will only request a small deposit to reserve your move date.
4. Unknown Movers
One of the biggest issues with a moving broker is that the broker will pick the company that will be managing your move.
Wouldn’t you like to know who will be handling all of your precious belongings? Many times you won’t even know who your moving company will be until they arrive at your doorstep. This takes away your ability to research the reputation and reliability of your mover. You may get a “fly by night” company that is not properly licensed or insured, does not train or vetted its employees, does not respect your belongings, and so on.
JK Moving Services is the 3rd largest independent mover in North America. With more than 30 years of experience and over 500 full-time, trained moving professionals, we have one of the lowest claims ratios in the industry. We are the mover of choice of Fortune 500 companies, several federal agencies, and families just like yours. If you need to move your residence or your office, contact us today for a free quote.
When you think about a moving company, you probably think about the folks who actually conduct your move, like the packers, drivers, and warehouse staff. But there are so many other employees “behind the scenes.”
I recently sat down with Taylor McFarland, JK Moving Services’ International Coordinator and Project Manager, to better get to know him and his role at JK. Here is a little of what he shared:
Each quarter, JK Moving Services picks one of our commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”
The 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 announce its Q3 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to Cvent.
“JK’s Commercial Division was established almost 20 years ago, and since that time, the scope of our projects has expanded well beyond moving office equipment,” said Charles Kuhn, JK’s Founder, President and CEO. “Although traditional office moving remains a staple of our work, we have been honored to partner with our clients to solve unusual relocation challenges. With this award, we recognize and thank Cvent for their confidence in us.”
The third quarter award recipient provides cloud-based, enterprise event management platforms to event planners, the hospitality industry, and companies around the world. JK provided a myriad of relocation services to Cvent, including electronics recycling, PC Tech Services for 750 workstations, cabling de-fit services, relocation of a 2,700 sq. ft. server room, and JK’s largest document destruction project for 2014.
“JK was flexible to our changing needs and our specific timing. We were concerned when we realized our move was about double the size we thought it would be. Also, with global clients counting on us, employees had to be up and running on Monday morning after the move,” said Jason Wooten, Senior Manager, Operations, Cvent. “We need not have worried. Although we threw a few challenges at JK – especially with the IT aspects of our move ─ their efficiency and resources ensured that the relocation was seamless.”
Help us in congratulating Cvent for being our Commercial Move of the Quarter.
A recent regulation in Maryland is dissuading real estate agents from making referrals to service providers including mortgage brokers, home inspectors, home contractors, electricians, and yes, moving companies, to name a few.
According to The Washington Post, agents can be fined up to $5,000 if they violate the regulation by not making a referral in writing.
Before referring a service provider to a client, real estate agents are now required to verify the service provider has a current state license, provide the date in which they last checked the state-licensing database, and provide an electronic link to clients to the licensing record.
While the 2014 regulation is intended to protect the public, it has created extra work for agents, which may impede many from making referrals out of fear of being fined or even losing their licenses.
JK values its relationship with Realtors®. To make it easier for our friends in Maryland, we have posted a link to JK’s Maryland Business License, which is currently valid until April 2015.