Are you planning a move this upcoming holiday season? If yes, here are six tips and suggestions to make your move and holiday season more joyful.
1.Look to donate holiday decorations that haven’t been on display for years.
We always recommend minimizing how much you move, and with your holiday decorations you can donate them and spread a little more holiday cheer for a local non-profit organization.
2.When sending out your holiday cards make it a “two-fer” by letting everyone know of your upcoming move and using your new address as the return address.
And while you’re at it, make sure you change your address with the post office! Continue reading …
(Editor’s Note: Today, we’re joined by TheSquareFoot with tips on how to conduct a successful office space search.)
Looking for office space can often be as tricky as looking for a place to live. If you go into the process without the proper tools and expectations, it can quickly become a frustrating and time intensive experience. Here are four tips to make it more enjoyable and efficient:
Make a list of must-haves – Know beforehand what your necessities are versus what amenities are more of a luxury and not essential. Some spaces will have kitchens; others will have a conference room and reception area. Some will have both and others will have neither. It is unlikely you will find everything you need and want in one space. Keep the must-haves short and do not bother touring spaces that do not meet those requirements. Continue reading …
As regular readers know, JK strives to deliver an excellent move experience and we thrive on customer feedback. Whether it’s from the Federal Government or Yelp, direct and honest customer feedback helps us improve and grow as a company.
In April, JK became one of the primary household goods carriers for Cartus, the largest relocation service provider in the world.
Cartus is responsible for over 60,000 employee relocations a year. And as a result, has a supplier network of over 70 primary carriers. (Cartus also has a network of 17 secondary carriers.) The transferees are encouraged to fill out a customer service survey for their move. This way Cartus knows the quality of service being provided by their network of carriers. Of the 70 carriers, JK is currently ranked 14th for our top block score. Top block represents those customers who rated our services as excellent.
Each year, Cartus hosts a Global Network Conference, and this year, JK was awarded the Silver Service Award for our level of service to Cartus’ transferring employees. Cartus bases its ranking and awards on evaluation reports performed by the transferees themselves. JK received a customer satisfaction rating between 90-93%. We are pleased to note that JK received a perfect score from 84% of the transferees.
JK is honored to be recognized with the Silver Service Award from Cartus, in our first year as a primary carrier no less! This recognition of delivering an excellent move experience is a credit to our drivers, and crew, and their training. We thank them for all their hard work and effort for every customer, on every move.
During the move process, there are times when you need to store your household goods. Whatever the reason is for putting your belongings into storage, make sure that the facility is secure and clean. Learn the 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Storage Facility here.
Most of the time, your belongings will be stored in pallets, which are sturdy, custom made wooden crates. There will be times when overflow storage is necessary. As movers we are often asked, “What is overflow storage and when would it be needed? How will my items be protected?”
Overflow storage is when an item doesn’t safely and securely fit into the pallet. For example, your overstuffed living room couch might not fit in a pallet, even if it were placed at an angle. And while it’s possible to store a couch in a pallet, there is the risk of damage over time. In fact, if a couch or other large or oversized item is stored this way, it may be ruined by the time it is removed from storage. Continue reading …
(Editor’s Note –We are joined again by our friends from New Homes Guide for Part 2 of their series with interior design advice for your new home.)
Picking up from where we left off in Part 1 of our two-part series, today we’ll go in-depth from the HGTV article. Below are additional tips for arranging your furniture. We’ll stick with the living room theme. The advice in this article works great in tandem with the furniture-layout programs we listed last time.
- Mix and Match – Using a variety of furniture of different sizes and characteristics can add visual interest to your living room.
- Create Balance By Using Scaled Pieces – With scale in mind, a balance of pieces with different physical qualities in height, depth and width can create a harmonious atmosphere.
- Two Types of Balance – When it comes to rooms and furnishings, there are two types of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. A symmetrical room creates a restful place, while asymmetry – e.g., slightly different-sized ornaments placed next to each other – can add excitement to your space.
- The Art of Depth –How about a little trickery? No one said you have to play it straight. Try placing two end tables on each side of a couch with a painting above it. The triangle created by the three points – two end tables and the painting itself, will create depth. Continue reading …
(Editor’s Note – Today we are joined by our friends from by New Homes Guide for Part 1 of a series of advice on interior design for your new home.)
So you’ve taken the plunge and bought the beautiful new home of your dreams. You’ve spent months in the builder’s design studio making your selections, customizing it, and watching it be built. It’s finally all yours, and you’re about to purchase new furniture for the living room … when you start having second thoughts. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t come up with a design that expresses your “inner you.” Come to think of it, you had trouble getting the new draperies to match your new wall paint. You’ve even thought of getting some professional help. Continue reading …
On JK’s website you will find a statement that not many other movers can claim. Our load times are 99% on time, which is one of the best in the business. We accomplish this through our trained crews, excellent operations team, and our fleet of trucks.
How do we make sure our fleet of trucks is ready and available for your move? One part of the equation is consistently investing in new equipment. The second part of the equation is having a machine shop on-site that runs 24/7.
There are many benefits for JK keeping three full-time mechanics on staff. First, they can address any issue that a driver may encounter. This ranges from changing the oil to rebuilding an engine to keeping the proper air inflation in the tires.
Second, comprehensive and periodic inspections are vital to the performance of the trucks. The scheduled inspections allow us to identify and address any small, potential issues before they become bigger issues. For our long-distance fleet we perform these inspections ever 15,000 miles. For our local straight trucks, it’s every 7,500 miles. This schedule is based on manufacturer’s recommendations. Continue reading …