With just over a week until Halloween, haunted houses are popping up across the country. For the most part, ghosts do not actually haunt these houses, but rather, people decorate the houses to give off a spooky vibe. However, over the course of history, Hollywood has depicted both fictional and based-on-fact haunted houses in its films. Here’s to hoping your next relocation isn’t into one of these ghostly abodes.
1) The Uninvited (1944)
In 1937, Rick and Pamela Fitzgerald bought an abandoned seaside house in Cornwall. But the brother and sister pair quickly finds out the mansion is not what they expected. The Fitzgeralds meet the seller’s granddaughter, Stella, whose mother died in the house years before. Both Rick and Pamela love their new house, but the love fades when they enter an eerie room.
2) The Amityville Horror (1979)
In this 1979 classic, George and Kathy Lutz move their family to a new home in Amityville, New York. During the initial days of their housewarming, the Lutz family notices a number of supernatural events. They learn that – possibly based on a true story – just a year before the Lutzes moved in to 112 Ocean Avenue, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six of his family members.
3) The Changeling (1980)
Richard Carmichael was a greedy man who did not want his sickly son’s family fortune to escape him. So he decided to murder his real son before secretly replacing him with an orphan. The healthy orphan, raised as Joseph, is now a United States senator. After moving from New York to Seattle, into the former house of the senator, John Russell starts chasing paranormal clues to help find answers about the murder.
4) Poltergeist (1982)
Even real estate developers in Orange County can run into haunted houses as Steven Freeling does in this 1982 classic. Members of a housing community, Steven’s family starts experiencing bizarre events when his daughter Carol Anne stays up talking to the static from the television. While Carol Anne watches the static, a spirit flashes from the television screen and triggers a violent earthquake. Carol Anne proclaims, “They’re here.”
5) Sinister (2012)
True crime writer Ellison Oswalt knowingly moves his family into a house where an unsolved murder had taken place months before. A family of four had been hung by a tree in the yard of the house. But the fifth family member, a 10-year old girl named Stephanie, was not there and completely disappeared following the murders. Ellison discovers that a child from each family went missing before every murder. He starts to worry when his daughter Ashley vanishes.
6) The Conjuring (2013)
Family members may be timid about a big move. Nevertheless, when Roger and Carolyn Perron moved their five children to a farmhouse in Rhode Island, the spookiness was unbearable. Carolyn brings in demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren to have a look. During their research, the Warrens find that the house used to belong to a witch, Bathsheba. Bathsheba sacrificed her baby and killed herself in 1863, cursing everyone who moved onto her land.
Changing your address is a major step to remember when relocating yourself and your family. The most obvious institution you’ll have to update is the U.S. Postal Service, via your local post office or online at usps.com. It’s recommended you change your address with the post office at least two weeks before your move.
However, there are a number of other organizations and people you’ll want to contact to change your address with during your relocation process. You can print JK’s Change of Address Checklist to keep you on track or simply read our suggestions below.
Pro tip: Collect your vital records from medical providers so the transition to your new doctor, dentist, and pharmacist goes smoothly. Also, let your attorney, accountant, and insurance company know you’re making a move.
Pro tip: Speak with representatives from your child’s new school before you move to make their transition into the new school go easier. Also, make sure you tell your employer, alumni associations, charitable and volunteer group, religious organizations, and, of course, your family and friends.
Home Services & Utilities
Pro tip: Settle your balances with your utility companies before you move, especially if you’re moving out of state. Also, update your magazine and newspaper subscriptions and lawn or pool service.
Pro tip: Check to see if the bank you use has a branch near your new home. If not, you’ll want to look for a bank near you. Also, contact your credit card companies and auto loan servicers.
Pro tip: USPS will forward mail to your new address for a full year. While that gives you time to update your family and friends, it is recommended that you change your address with USPS at least two weeks before your move.
Internal Revenue Service
Pro tip: As a matter of security, the post office might not forward government checks. If you move before receiving your tax return, complete and submit Form 8822 to the IRS. If you move after receiving your tax return, you can simply use your new address when you file your next return.
Citizenship and Immigration Services
Pro tip: If you’re a non-U.S. citizen who is required to register your address, make sure you contact USCIS.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Pro tip: In Virginia and Maryland, you have 30 days to notify your DMV about your address change. In Washington, D.C., you have 60.
Department of Veteran Affairs
Pro tip: If you’re a veteran who wants to continue receiving benefits, or simply want to keep your records up-to-date, give a heads up to the VA.
Pro tip: If you move, even within the same state, you’ll need to get a new voter registration card so that you head to the correct polling location.
Social Security Administration
Pro tip: You’ll want to contact the SSA whether you receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits, Medicare, or none of the above.
Can you think of any other organizations or people to notify during your relocation process? Please let us know in the comments section below.
Fall has arrived and with it, a variety of opportunities to support our community, enjoy the cooler weather, and interact with customers and partners. Here’s where you can find JK Moving in October; please come for a visit if you’re nearby.
Luke’s Wings – Heroes Walk to Fly
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)
Luke’s Wings is an nonprofit organization that supports wounded military service members. Recognizing the need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke’s Wings helps families travel to be with the service member during hospitalization and rehabilitation. JK will have a walk team on-hand, led by our own Laura Ware.
NVAR – Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Convention & Trade Show
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, VA)
The theme for this year’s conference is Generation: REALTOR so get ready to “generate” some energy and ideas! If you’re attending this conference, please come by to see Dave Longhurst and Bryan Justice at Booth #802.
PWAR – Prince William Association of Realtors Fall Conference
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Red Rose Event Center, Booth #5 (Manassas, VA)
Can you keep a secret? Let’s hope so, because this year’s conference theme is “Secret Agent.” Manning Booth #5 for JK will be our version of 007, Clarke Mahek!
Homewood – Fall Downsizing Vendor Fair and BBQ
Friday, October 14, 2016
The Lodge (Frederick, MD)
The Frederick News-Post readers recently voted Homewood at Frederick the #1 retirement community in Frederick County for 2016. You will be able to see for yourself and tour three model homes and four model apartments when Homewood at Frederick hosts a Fall Open House (2-4 p.m.) and BBQ (4-6 p.m.) on Friday, October 14. Make sure you also stop by the Downsizing Vendor Fair (2-4 p.m.) to see JK’s Rick Rehling and Phil Philbin.
FCAR – Frederick County Association of Realtors Trade Show
Thursday, October 18, 2016
The Great Frederick Fair (Frederick, MD)
JK Moving’s red, white, and blue logo will fit right in at this year’s Frederick County Association of REALTORS® Trade Show. This year’s theme is “Salute to America” and we’re excited to see what’s in store!
HCAR – Howard County Association of Realtors Installation of Officers and Directors
October 19, 2016
Turf Valley Resort (Ellicott City, MD)
The Howard County Association of REALTORS® wants you to join them in celebrating their association’s success while they install their new Board of Directors and Officers. JK Moving is a silver sponsor for the event.
Manassas Community Job Fair
October 25, 2016
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Manassas, VA)
JK Moving will once again join 50-plus regional employers and job training organizations at the Greater Manassas Community Job Fair. If you are looking for a job, stop by the fair at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 to learn about the opportunities JK Moving Services has for you.
October 31, 2016
Wilde Lake High School (Columbia, MD)
Are you an older adult looking to relocate? Or a son or daughter helping to move his or her parents? Stop by Howard County’s 18th annual 50+EXPO on Monday, October 31 to see how JK Moving can help; make sure to stop by Booth #145 in Hall A and say hello to Joe Pence.
These October events are great because it’s always fun to see familiar faces, meet new people, and support the communities we serve. If you’re attending any of these events, please make sure to find our table or booth and give us a shout (you never know – there might just be a prize or a special for you!).
P.S. Make sure to “like” and check out our Facebook page for photos from the events.
At JK Moving Services, we’re usually interacting with customers at a stressful time for them. So when we can make the moving process go smoothly – whether into a new home or a new office space – we know we’ve succeeded. But now and again, we also get excited to receive an award!
Recently we’ve been recognized by a variety of sources for our accomplishments. Please indulge us as we proudly share a few of our accolades.
SmartCEO: Healthiest Company Award
In this annual program, organizations of all sizes in the Greater Washington, DC area vie for the title of Healthiest Company.
We loved sharing our robust health and wellness programs that our employees enjoy, from a monthly, onsite farmer’s market to free flu shot clinics to fitness classes.
The competition was formidable and we were pleased to be recognized with an award. However, the true reward is our employees’ continued health and well-being. Read more about our award and watch the awards video here!
Washington Business Journals’ Largest Private Companies
For the second year running, JK Moving Services was noted on the Washington Business Journal‘s 100 Largest Private Companies List. This annual list is ranked by total revenue generated in the previous calendar year. It also notes number of employees and other data relevant to the business. We are in some incredible company on this list, so we feel humbled.
National Estate Sales Association (NESA)
As part of its virtual summit, our own Brian McGuinness was pleased to participate as a featured speaker. In his interview, Brian lent his expertise to the special considerations of moving when managing an estate. To access all of the summit’s content, click here to register, or simply watch Brian’s interview here.
We’ve enjoyed celebrating some of our recent accolades. But now it’s time to get back to doing what matters most – providing a worry-free move experience for our customers!
At JK, we enjoy seeing our customers, our real estate partners, and meeting new friends when we’re out and about in the community. And this month, we’ll be practically everywhere, attending and sponsoring the following September events. So we invite you to stop by our booth or table and say “hi” to our employees if you are planning to attend as well.
MidAtlantic CoreNet Annual Golf Outing
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Golf Club at Lansdowne (Leesburg, VA)
From our Commercial Services team, Paul Maginnis and Bryan Martin will be participating in this networking event. JK is also pleased to be an event sponsor.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Fredericksburg Expo Center (Fredericksburg, VA )
The theme for this year’s Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS Expo is that classic board game, Monopoly! So if you’re attending this conference, try not to “monopolize” all of Dave Longhurst and Bryan Justice‘s time at the JK booth.
IDB Travel Expo
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, DC)
Our own Juan Herrera will be on-hand at this event to answer questions about relocating overseas, along with Jackie Stouffer, and Zuly Cainicela from our sister company, CapRelo. We are also pleased to donate an iPad for the silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Latin American Youth Center.
NIH Fall Research Festival
Thursday, September 15, 2016
National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Booth 805 (Bethesda, MD)
Did you know that JK has expertise in moving laboratories, medical equipment, and sensitive instruments? Come learn about our specialized services and the care we take with delicate lab moves. Visit JK at Booth 805 to meet Laura Ware and Matt Logan, members of our Commercial Services team who will be pleased to tell you more.
Plus, attendees can enter to win one of three restaurant gift cards!
Downsizing and Relocation Seminar
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Homewood at Crumland Farms (Frederick, MD)
Estate Sale Success Summit
September 19-30, 2016
Virtual event via the National Estate Sales Association (NESA)
Here’s a twist on the usual – we’re participating in a virtual event! Brian McGuinness, VP of Residential Sales and Business Development, will be a guest speaker for this inaugural summit. He recorded his interview in early September, and has valuable insights to lend to our partners in the estate sale industry. You can participate in this free online summit here.
Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2016
Various locations in and around the Town Square (Lovettsville, VA)
This free festival is always a hit and JK is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor this year!
As summer closes and fall approaches, these September events are great because it’s always fun to see familiar faces, meet new people, and support the communities we serve. If you’re attending any of these events, please make sure to find our table or booth and give us a shout (you never know – there might just be a prize or a special for you!).
P.S. Make sure to “like” and check out our Facebook page for photos from the events.
It is that time of the year again — back to school season, a challenging follow-up to moving season. In August and September, college students are moving back to school, freshmen are hectically planning their dorm move-in for the first time, and recently-moved families try to unpack all of their back-to-school belongings to prepare. Whether you are moving a college student, settling in after your summer-time move, or welcoming new neighbors, we have tips to help you out!
College move-ins are rarely stress-free. Besides moving in at the same time as potentially thousands of other students, you are also dealing with a lot of emotions and an important point in your son or daughter’s life. The key to minimizing stress is to be prepared–and we have you covered with this article.
Everyone wants to have a friendly relationship with their neighbors — to feel comfortable leaving the spare key with them in case you ever get locked out. Start things off positively by bringing them a welcoming housewarming gift.
Moving with kids presents very unique challenges. Children are full of energy and need to stay active, but moving requires organization, precision, and attention. Use these tips to ensure your child does not interfere with the move, has the opportunity to help, and maybe even enjoys it!
A JK employee moved himself, and came back with plenty of tips for others. Whether you are hiring a moving company or moving yourself, these tips can definitely help.
Back to school time is an exciting time in life, but also can be nerve-racking, especially when dealing with unforeseen obstacles. With the above articles, you can minimize mistakes and optimize efficiency so that you can focus on what matters most.