April 2016 Gina G.
I am very happy with how my move went. From Joe, my estimator, to the ladies in the office, to the crew, it was all excellent. Joe was extremely responsive and helpful from the time he gave me the estimate until my move date. The crew was great... They wrapped everything up as if I was moving much further than a mile! I would definitely use them again and highly recommend them.
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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.

FAAR Tradeshow

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)

JK’s Senior Moving Consultant, Joe Pence, will lead this seminar for active adults and senior citizens, with helpful tips to ensure a smooth relocation or downsizing.

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.

Lovettsville Oktoberfest

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.

25 Aug 2016 // from

jk-college-moving-servicesIt 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-Bound Moving Tips that Save Time, Money, and Hassle

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.

7 Housewarming Gifts for Your New Neighbor

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.

Make Moving Fun for Kids

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!

13 Things I Learned from Moving Myself

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.

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When Josh Will first joined JK, he spent his first month training with and assisting the Residential and Commercial services teams during jobs. Then, he joined one of the drivers and traveled with him to Georgia for a delivery. Josh’s commitment to cooperation has made him an asset at JK. Drivers and crew members can trust that Josh understands any obstacles they may encounter because he has been out on jobs with them. Josh is a true team player.

“When an individual first starts at JK Moving Services, I would tell them to embrace the team atmosphere… Get to know the people around you and get to know their stories. Let that inspire them to grow with the company.”

He perfectly exemplifies one of our enterprise Core Values, Together We Succeed. You can view Josh’s full video below. You can also read a full interview with Josh from our Meet the People of JK series here: Meet Josh Will.

This video is part of JK’s #TalentTuesday series, which you can view immediately as they are posted on Tuesdays to our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

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College-Bound Moving Tips

Fall is just around the corner, and school will soon be in session. And if you have college-bound kids, it is nearly time to move them into their new dormitory. Maybe you are moving your first child, maybe you are moving your last and are about to be an empty-nester! Regardless of your situation, there are a few college moving tips to ensure an easier move-in.

Plan ahead and get an early start.

Your college student should connect with their future roommate ahead of time (many incoming college students use Facebook to get in touch before move-in day) to see what shared items–television, mini-fridge, shelves, etc.–they will be bringing, as well as when they will be moving in. Dormitory buildings are often small, so it is a good idea to move in before or after the roommate, not at the same time. Dormitory buildings often do not have air conditioning (pack a desk fan!), so plan to move in the morning to avoid working in the mid-day heat. You should also make sure your college-bound kid’s dorm does not ban certain items, such as microwaves or candles. Parking and elevator lines may also be a nightmare midday, as many parents are trying to move their children in as well; arriving early has its perks!

Sort it out.

Sort items into essentials and non-essentials. As previously noted, dorm rooms are often small, so leaving the non-essentials at home is key to eliminating clutter in the new space. When unpacking, make sure items such as candles, aerosol sprays, and certain electronics are unloaded first as these items can melt, explode, or suffer damage from the extreme heat of being locked in a car.

Resist shopping right away.

It is typical for college-bound teens to stock up on various supplies before moving into their new dorm. However, it might be best to wait. Often, you’ll end up buying things you don’t need or that the roommate already has. This is why planning ahead is so important–knowing which roommate can bring typical shared items makes it much easier to compile a shopping list. Wait until your student has settled in with their roommate so that they have a better grasp of which items are actually needed. Consult resources such as Bed Bath & Beyond’s campus checklist to see what you may or may not need heading into the new school year.

Moving into college can be a stressful experience, but by scheduling and preparing a college-bound move ahead of time using these college moving tips, you and your family can save money, headaches, and time. We wish you and your college-bound kid a stress-free move and a successful school year!

6 Aug 2016 // from

Verena Goetz joined JK last summer as a Global Relocation Coordinator. She had seen the JK trucks all around the Washington, D.C.-area, but it was not until she joined JK that she realized just how many pieces cooperate to form an independent moving company.

“I was very amazed when I first came on board at the size of the operations.” She realized that the company is made up of more than movers. There are long-distance drivers, move coordinators, operations and logistics, and also the training managers that keep our crews’ skills fine-tuned in JK’s training house.

You can see Verena’s full interview by clicking here.

This video is part of JK’s #TalentTuesday series, which you can view immediately as they are posted on Tuesdays to our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

2 Aug 2016 // from

A neighbor should be someone you trust–someone with whom you can leave a spare key or arrange play dates for your kids. But these things do not happen right away. First you need to build a friendly relationship with your neighbor. Start off on the right foot by welcoming them to the neighborhood with some of these housewarming gifts.

  1. A bottle of wine

    Everyone knows that moving can be stressful. A bottle of wine can give them something to look forward to after a day of unpacking (and motivate them to get the dishes unpacked).
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  2. A small, low-maintenance houseplant

    Plants do wonders for human health, such as reduce stress. Giving your neighbor a small houseplant – one that will not require too much maintenance – can brighten their mood during this busy stage of their life.
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  3. Food

    This can be a basket of fruit from the local farmers’ market, freshly baked bread, or a plate of cookies. If you are making it yourself, just be sure this isn’t your first time. Also, be sure to inform your neighbor of the ingredients in case they have any allergies.
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  4. A gift card to a nearby restaurant

    This is a good way to help the neighbors learn the area. You can also use it as a conversation starter, and tell them about other local favorites.
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  5. A starter tool kit

    Every home needs a basic toolkit, especially when the owners begin setting up furniture.
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  6. An invitation

    Invite them to join you for dinner, board games, a movie, … whatever! Inviting them to spend time with you and your family shows that you want to get to know them.
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  7. Offer to help

    Your new neighbors have a lot to unpack as they settle into their new home. Extend an offer to help out. They may politely decline, but knowing you are available if they need an extra hand can mean a lot.
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