A long time ago, in a galaxy not-so-far away….
JK Moving Services Moving Consultant, Eric Vislay, was managing a move from Northern Virginia to New York City when he felt a disturbance in the Force. When the customer told Eric, “I have something you’ve never seen before,” Eric, a veteran of the moving industry, replied, “I’ve seen everything.” After seeing what the customer wanted to move to the new apartment, Eric confessed he had never seen anything like it.
The customer, moving from a house to a smaller New York City apartment, had a lot of downsizing to do, but there was one item he absolutely was set on keeping — a valuable Star Wars collectible from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Han Solo. Well, the prop of Han Solo frozen in carbonite by Darth Vader. The life-sized carbonite Han Solo was one of a small handful of official props used in the Star Wars films.
Due to the amount of sentimental value placed on the item, Eric Vislay had a custom pallet created to protect it during shipment. While JK did move Han Solo, we assure you that Boba Fett was not among our moving crew, and that Han was safely delivered to his owner in New York City, not to Jabba the Hut on Tatooine.
Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth be with you.
The weather is getting warm and that can only mean one thing – it’s moving time! As the weather gets warmer and summer draws nearer, more moves are conducted. To signal the beginning of moving season, the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) marks May as National Moving Month. If you are planning to move this summer, start planning ahead. To help you, we have gathered some useful tips to get you started.
Book your move with as much notice as possible.
We typically recommend booking your move 2-3 weeks before your move day, but with the busy-ness that comes with the warm weather, you really should book your move at least one month ahead of time. This will ensure your selected moving company is available for your move day.
Avoid the end of the month.
The ends of months are the most hectic times for moving companies. Try to schedule your move for the middle of the month.
Keep your delivery day clear of non-moving services.
This means you should not schedule house cleaners, appliance installations, etc., on the day of your delivery. Let this day be for getting all your items delivered and properly set up. Your movers will be going in and out of the house and it is best to give them a clear path to operate so they can be as safe, quick, and efficient as possible.
Stay cool and refreshed.
Moving is exhausting; more so when it is hot out. When you see the temperature rising, crank up the A/C, put on some lightweight clothing, and make sure you have plenty of refreshments and ice to keep them cold.
Be wary of heat-sensitive items.
When packed into a full moving van on a hot day, candles can melt just like chocolates left in your pocket or purse. When packing, always ask yourself if the items can be damaged by heat. This includes aerosols and electronics. Ask your moving company about items you should not pack.
While you consider these tips for your move, contact JK about a free quote to get you started. Happy National Moving Month!
JK Moving Services has been named a 2016 Best of the Industry award winner by the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, D.C. (CREBA).
This accolade is given to the company that best exemplifies success in the region. According to CREBA, companies exemplify success via strong relationships and by working with other achievers in the industry, on top of providing quality services.
“We are honored for CREBA to recognize our Commercial Services team for a third time. Our ability to address and adapt to each client’s unique relocation needs is a testament to the professionals JK hires and its outstanding training programs,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “I began this company with the goal of providing the highest quality service, and receiving this award reaffirms my strong belief in that goal. Even as JK Moving Services has expanded globally, we will never lose sight of what has made us a successful enterprise: quality.”
JK Moving Services previously received the CREBA Best Moving Company award in 2011 and 2013.
The Best of the Industry Awards were announced on April 14, 2016, during the CREBA Annual Awards Dinner at The Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
To celebrate Earth Day, JK is encouraging its employees to bring in any personal documents and electronics they want to securely dispose of and recycle throughout the week. Using the professional shredding equipment of JK Archives, JK employees can trust that their paper documents, cell phones, computer hardware, etc. will undergo proper destruction and recycling procedures.
When getting rid of old computer hardware, be sure to securely wipe or destroy the hard drive. Emptying your computer’s recycling bin is not a secure way to delete data – the data still actually exists on the hard drive and a persistent criminal can acquire your private information. It is vital that you take the proper measures to completely wipe or destroy the hard drive.
Dr. Simson Garfinkel of Harvard’s Center for Research on Computation and Society conducted a study where he purchased 1,000 hard drives from eBay and tried to recover private information from each of them. He discovered that 81% of the drives were not wiped prior to being sold and many still contained private information. Some of the hard drives he acquired contained information from ATMs, medical centers, supermarket credit card processors, and a travel agency that had data on travel plans, credit cards, social security numbers, and ticket information. This is why it is vital for both consumers and businesses to use a professional shredding service to securely wipe data from your old hard drives prior to selling or disposing of them.
When doing your personal Spring Cleaning or upgrading office equipment, make sure that you dispose of your documents and electronics safely and securely. Nobody wants to be one of the millions of Americans that fall victim to identity theft every year!
On Saturday, April 23, JK Moving Services will be hosting a public auction for storage units that have gone unclaimed, with on-site parking available. Registration and previews begin at 8:30 a.m. The auction starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. All attendees must register at the door before the auction begins. If you would like to bid on any items, you will receive your bidder’s card during registration. You may pay with cash or major credit cards. Items are often acquired for a fraction of the original price, so you could end up with a real steal!
Who can come?
The auction is open to the public — all who are interested in bidding (or simply watching) can come!
Where is the storage auction? Where can I park?
The auction will be held at the JK headquarters, in the M2 Warehouse, with parking available in the gravel parking lot across from the warehouse. JK crew members will be on-site to direct parking, and guide attendees to the registration area. Once you are registered and have your bidder’s card, you can enter the warehouse and view the lots.
When is the auction?
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. The auction starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. All attendees must register at the door before the auction begins. Coffee and donuts will be available for attendees.
What items will be available?
Over 50 pallets and overflow, plus one trailer full of household goods and furniture, will be available for auction. Many of the pallets, which are 5 ft. x 7 ft. x 7 ft., contain household items that JK professionally packed and stored, such as furniture, artwork, and office equipment. Like our previous auctions, whole pallets will be auctioned off rather then individual items within the pallets. Expect items such as tables, chairs, desks, electronics, lawn equipment, etc.
How can I pay?
JK will accept major credit cards and cash — no checks. If you cannot transport your newly-acquired items, you can make storage and shipping arrangements with a JK representative on site at an additional cost.
How do I receive my items?
At the end of the auction, after paying, the bidders can bring their vehicles up to the warehouse bay doors to load the items. All items must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. Bidders can also arrange for items to be stored by JK until a later date.
In this video, Doug Hatch discusses his experiences as JK Maryland’s Operations Manager. Doug talks about how rewarding his time at JK has been, and how much JK has committed to his growth as a professional through various training programs. Watch the video below to hear Doug’s full story!