Valentine’s Day is coming up! That means some one-on-one time with your special someone. Unfortunately, you are in the middle of moving homes and in all the busy-ness you forgot to properly plan for some holiday romance. No need to worry; JK Moving Services has some tips that will help you keep the holiday loving and romantic.
Choose to Go Out or Stay In
First, decide whether you would like to go out for dinner or stay in and cook a meal for your date. We recommend going out, since this does not interfere with any of your packing and you will not need to worry about how your home looks in the midst of the move. Depending on where you are in your move, you may not even know which box your pots and pans are in!
If you choose to go out, you first need to find a restaurant. If you have just moved and are not familiar with the area, ask others for recommendations—use this as an opportunity to meet your neighbors, or give your realtor a call and see if they have recommendations. If you are leaving the area, visit a top local restaurant. Make a reservation and be sure to confirm it within 48 hours of the date–things can get mixed up with all of the Valentine’s Day reservations. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurants, so consider going out for brunch or an early dinner to avoid crowds.
If you prefer to stay in and make a meal yourself, there is more preparation involved. Now, choose a meal to cook for your date. Make something that both of you will enjoy, something you have made previously (now is not a good time to experiment with a dish you’ve never cooked before!), and be aware of any allergies your date has. When heading to the local supermarket with your list of ingredients, make the most of your time and pick up some gifts for your Valentine, such as chocolates or flowers. You may also pick up candles to decorate your home while much of your belongings are still in boxes. If you just moved, take an afternoon to unpack your kitchen and dining area − you’ll now appreciate having labeled all of your boxes when you packed. If you are about to move, make your kitchen one of the final areas to be packed. Paper plates and plastic-ware won’t create the atmosphere you are shooting for!
Prepare for the Valentine’s Day Date
Now that you have made a restaurant reservation or planned a meal at home, you need to prepare for the day of the date. Move boxes into separate rooms, and decorate your home as you see fit. Prepare the meal, or call the restaurant to confirm the reservation. If you are cooking, account for the time you will spend cleaning up after yourself. If you are going out, make sure your car is clean and has gas before you pick up your date. You may also want to peek at traffic and weather updates.
Your meal is set, gifts have been purchased, and you have done the necessary tidying. You are all set for your Valentine’s Day date in the midst of your move!
Did you know that heart disease and stroke kill one in three women each year? Did you also know that it is 80% preventable? Awareness is key to prevention!
Today, many employees at JK Moving Services are dressed in red as part of National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is intended to raise awareness for women’s heart health and help save lives.
JK values the health and well-being of its employees, and embraces new ways to promote healthy practices. Such programs include discounts at local gyms, on-site farmers’ markets, and free flu shots each fall.
Do your part to raise awareness by joining JK in wearing red! You can also learn more about women’s heart disease or donate to Go Red for Women. If you’d like to see more pictures of our team wearing red, check out our album on Facebook!
We are pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, JK Moving Services has been recognized by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) as the winner of a Fleet Safety Award.
Each year, AMSA recognizes the highest achieving companies in its industry. The Fleet Safety Awards distinguish carriers that demonstrate the best overall safety performance, safety improvement, and creativity and leadership in safety programs.
“This award cements our clear focus on operating in the safest manner, to ensure the security of our customers’ belongings, the well-being of our employees, and the strength of our fleet,” said JK’s Founder, President, and CEO Charles Kuhn.
“The entire JK team is proud to receive the 2015 AMSA Fleet Safety Award,” said Jeff Parker, Director of Safety and Compliance at JK. “To be spotlighted among our peers, and many other companies that are dedicated to operating safely, is exciting. It takes a true team effort to put Safety First on a daily basis and this award acknowledges one of our main core values ‘Together We Succeed.'”
The 2015 awards will be presented during AMSA’s 97th Annual Education Conference & Expo in New Orleans, March 20-23, 2016.
Accurate estimates allow a customer to set a firm budget and plan which services they will require. JK’s residential move consultants undergo extensive, hands-on training to ensure that the in-home estimates customers receive are accurate.
Sales Team Mentors
New move consultants at JK are mentored by experienced sales team members. By shadowing an experienced salesperson, the new consultant learns what questions to ask, how to account for every item during the walk-through of the house, and how to comfortably interact with customers and relay relevant information.
Practicing in the JK Training House
All new move consultants at JK must develop an estimate for JK’s training house. The training house, a full-size, fully furnished home built in the JK warehouse, is an excellent test for new consultants because JK knows the exact weight of every item in the house. If the consultant incorrectly estimates an item’s weight, JK can pinpoint that item and advise the new consultant on how to properly estimate the weight of that item.
Crew Packing and Wrapping Class
JK crew members attend classes to learn and maintain the best practices in packing and wrapping items. New move consultants must also attend these training sessions. It is important to JK that its move consultants understand the day-to-day tasks performed by crew members and know the process to prepare each item before arriving at its new destination.
Ride-Alongs with Crews
Once they have completed their training, new move consultants participate in actual moves as a crew member. This is their first active role in a customer’s home. The consultant will work on every type of truck to understand which type of move will require which type of truck.
The mobile tablets that JK uses are incredibly useful to both the consultants and customers. Through extensive training, the consultant will learn how to create estimates and email or print them while in the customer’s home. This immediacy allows the customer to review the estimate with the consultant before the consultant leaves their home.
At the conclusion of their training, JK move consultants must become an American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) Certified Moving Consultant by passing a certification test. JK also provides optional training for move consultants who wish to become Registered International Movers or Senior Move Managers.
JK firmly believes that the combination of training and hands-on experience for our move consultants is vital to providing accurate, in-home estimates. By understanding the move process from start to finish, move consultants can provide accurate estimates as well as valuable insights such as how certain items will be moved or how the customer can manage move expenses.
Although you wouldn’t think so, winter can be the best time for moving. For many moving companies, it’s a slower time of year, there is less traffic on the roads, it can be less expensive than moving in the summer, and keeping cool is not an issue. However, winter weather can negate these benefits if you are not prepared. With that in mind, we have gathered a list of essential items for moving in cold weather.
1. Warm clothes–A hat, gloves, boots, and scarf are essential, and so is dressing in layers. You will warm up quickly once the physical work begins, so it’s best to wear a few lighter layers than one very heavy layer.
2. Snow shovel–Clearing a path is important in ensuring a safe move, whether you are doing the moving yourself or hiring professionals.
3. Ice scraper–An ice scraper will cut the time otherwise spent waiting for the windshield to defrost.
4. Hot drinks and snacks–With freezing temperatures, there is always a chance for delays, so be sure to pack snacks to hold you over and hot drinks in an insulated carafe And even though it won’t be hot outside, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
5. Phone charger–We use our phones for, well, everything, so having an available charger ensures you can use it in a tight spot. You may even want to purchase a portable, battery powered charger.
6. Physical directions–Not on your phone! Print turn-by-turn directions so that you can still find your way to your destination without relying on your phone’s navigation.
7. Blankets–It’s best to have an extra source of warmth just in case you are left without heat in your new home or on the road.
8. Flashlight–If your vehicle breaks down, a flashlight ensures you won’t be left in the dark.
9. List of emergency contacts–In case anything goes wrong, have a list of people to contact. This includes your doctor, a handyman (or the property manager if you are moving into a rental residence), and trusted friends or neighbors.
Some of these are common-sense tips to manage in the winter in general, however, they gain increasing importance if you are planning a move in the winter weather, Do you have additional tips to make moving in the winter easier? Please share them in our comments section below.