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 new 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.
According to the article, while Maryland has implemented the new regulation, Virginia and D.C. do not have, nor intend on having, similar regulations.
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.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Maryland’s largest technology trade association for life science and technology, The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM).
The partnership is designed to support higher education in science, technology, engineering, and math, (STEM) and to deliver informative programming to the Council’s members.
Beginning in 2015, JK will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student pursuing a STEM degree at a Maryland college or university. Criteria and application details for the scholarship will be announced in early 2015.
“JK has always sought to assist children and families in need throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region through our involvement with causes such as Fight for Children and Toys for Tots, to name a few,” said JK’s founder and CEO, Charles Kuhn. “Our partnership with the Tech Council of Maryland provides a new opportunity for JK to serve the community that it has been a part of for more than 30 years.”
TCM is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow, and succeed.
“JK approached us with a unique strategic partnership, which went far beyond a traditional membership or scholarship program,” said Philip Schiff, TCM’s CEO. “We look forward to working with the companies to bring greater value to our membership as we continue efforts to ensure that Maryland high tech and life sciences business communities are world-class.”
In addition, JK’s sister company, CapRelo, will host a series of programs to educate TCM members on talent management strategies. The first event, a Talent Acquisition Roundtable, is scheduled for November 20 and will focus on strategies for STEM-related talent recruitment and retention.
To learn more about the Tech Council of Maryland, please visit their website.
In the spirit of Halloween, we asked some of our sales team about some of the creepiest things they have been asked to move over the years. We put some of their responses in this infographic! Click the image below to see some of our “Creepy Moving Stories.”
Happy Halloween! From JK Moving Services.
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 Aaron Shaffer, JK Moving Services’ Senior Project Manager in our Commercial Services Division, to better get to know him and his role at JK. Here is a little of what he shared:
Who is Aaron Shaffer?
I was born and raised right here in Loudoun County where I have lived my whole life. I went to Broad Run High School in Ashburn and graduated in 2001. I am happily married and have two young daughters.
What are some of your interests outside of work?
In my spare time I enjoy composing music. I play the guitar as well as a few other instruments. I am also a member of a local band where I play lead guitar and share in the singing duties. We’ve performed at many local venues and primarily perform original music.
What is your role at JK?
I’m currently a project manager for the commercial services division. I am involved with the planning and execution of some of the largest moves in the DC area. The constant changes and demands in this industry create many challenges. Finding solutions to overcome those challenges keeps me interested in this industry.
How long have you been at JK and what is your favorite experience or moment been so far?
I started at JK when I was in high school and am finishing up my 14th year with the company. The many friendships I have built through the years are irreplaceable and make this such a great place to work. The best experience is always at the end of a job, knowing you ‘wowed’ the customer and proved why our team is the best.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
I always enjoyed playing football and nothing beat the thrill of playing under the lights. Those are the times I really wish I could re-live.
What are your future goals?
I am currently enrolled at NOVA where I am close to earning a degree in business management. I don’t plan on stopping there and am still considering what school I am going to transfer to. I believe the education I am receiving will give me the tools needed to keep my career progressing in the right direction.
Moving can get tiresome; packing, carrying and loading/unloading boxes, and then having to unpack it. The good news is you will probably be burning more calories while moving than you would on a typical day at the gym. We’ve put together an infographic of some of the most common physical activities that take place during a move, and roughly an idea of the calories burned while moving.
You will want to go to myfitnesspal.com, or download the mobile app, and enter things like height, weight, and amount of time you spent on each activity for the most accurate calculations.
How JK Takes Precautions to Ensure Your Safety and the Safety of Our Drivers
Recent accidents involving tractor-trailers have brought fresh scrutiny over driver safety practices; this comes as the industry tries to alter the Department of Transportation’s current regulations on the allowable time a driver is allowed to be behind the wheel without rest.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal rules permit drivers to work up to 14 hours a day with a maximum of 11 of those hours behind the wheel.
New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, has been leading the Senate debate regarding new regulations that make it mandatory for drivers to get more rest after long work weeks.
According to an article in The Record, the focal point of the new rule that took effect July 2013, makes it illegal for drivers who drive 60 hours over a seven day period or 70 hours over an eight day period to drive again until he or she takes 34 hours off, including two consecutive periods of rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The new regulations also mandated truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.
How JK Manages Driver Safety
While driver fatigue is one safety issue, things like speeding and overall driving competency also play a big role in ensuring the safety of both truck drivers and everyday commuters on the road.
According to Jeffery Parker, JK Moving Services’ Director of Safety and Compliance, JK uses on-board computers to electronically monitor and help manage its drivers and their schedules.
“A lot of companies are still using paper log books that the drivers have to fill out detailing their work and hours on the job. The companies then collect those books and verify them manually,” said Parker.
“When you have a large number of drivers and you have to monitor all of their compliance with paper logs, it can be a difficult task.”
The electronic system JK uses keeps track of not only of the drivers’ schedules and total driving time, but also monitors the speed at which the trucks are moving.
“If a driver is going above the speed limit, the system notifies us. You could be on any road and it will know the speed limit for that road and the exact speed the truck is traveling on it,” said Parker.
Along with electronic log systems, JK’s drivers complete annual safety driving courses.
“Our team understands the role that safety plays for both our own drivers and for everyone else on the road,” said Parker.
If a driver is too tired to drive due to lack of sleep, JK then arranges for someone else to manage the job.
“We have a motto; we always tell our drivers and crew that we want you to return home to your family the same way you came in this morning.”
Click the link to find out more about the quality of the people that work on your move hands on and behind the scenes.
Each quarter, JK Moving Services picks one of our 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 announce its Q2 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services.
“In the thousands of successful moves we’ve completed since establishing JK’s Commercial Division in 1996, the scope of our projects has expanded beyond moving file cabinets and office equipment,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Although traditional office moving is still a staple of our work, it has been exciting to partner with our clients to solve unusual relocation challenges. With this award, we recognize and thank ASIWorks/PSI Family Services for their confidence in us.”
The second quarter award recipient provides financial and administrative services and back office support to health and human services and catering services companies. JK provided multi-level relocation services to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services, including office and storage consolidation, space planning, electronic recycling, and document destruction. And when construction was delayed on ASIWorks/PSI Family Services’ new space, JK compressed the multi-layered move into one weekend instead of the scheduled two.
“JK was flexible to our changing needs. With so many details and logistics to manage, I was concerned when we had to complete our move over one weekend instead of two,” said Kathy Logan, Procurement Officer, ASIWorks/PSI Family Services. “JK moved quickly to re-develop the logistics plan, and coordinate with our general contractor and building management. Our offices and critical systems were moved efficiently, with minimal disruption to our business. They ensured that on Monday morning, we were fully operational in our new space.”