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About Bekins Van Lines

Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the U.S. Offering both private and corporate relocation services as well as military moves, Bekins truly knows moving.

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Combat Stress with 20 Minutes of Exercise

Moving inevitably will cause stress under any circumstances, but one of the most important ways to combat it is exercising 20 minutes a day.

Exercising just 20 minutes a day can benefit your physical and mental health. Here’s how:

  • Exercise increases the flow of the blood to the brain, just as it improves circulation to the heart and the rest of the body.
  • Increased core temperature during exercise may lead to reduced muscle tension.
  • Activity also stimulates the growth of nerve cells in the part of the brain involved in memory. When we’re stressed, cortisol and adrenaline are surging and we forget things. In the brain, cortisol is binding with receptors in the hippocampus, the seat of memory formation and learning. If stress is left unchecked over time key connections between nerve cells in the brain won’t function as well, impairing memory and ability to take in new information and raising the risk for depression and anxiety.
  • Exercise produces neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. It improves thinking dulled by stressful events.
  • Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your bran’s feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which can affect mood and anxiety levels.
  • Blood flow drains metabolic waste products away.
  • Exercise pumps blood containing oxygen, fluids and nutrients to active muscles.

Easy ways to exercise every day and easy on your budget:

  • Go for a walk! If you have a dog, take them because they need it just as much as you do! Go to a park or around the block. It’s always good to get fresh air.
  •  You don’t have a buy a workout videos anymore. You can find workout and instructional videos all over the internet and they are free! Find something you like and keep up with it. Some places to find these at youtube.com or Pinterest. Here is a list from Learnvest of the best free workouts online: http://www.learnvest.com/2013/01/10-free-workout-sites-youll-love/
  •  Put together a routine. For example: 10 pushups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg), 80 jumping jacks and 60 second wall sits. Repeat three times or when 20 minutes is up.
  • Do you love playing sports? Join a recreational league and play your favorite sport. You might even make new friends!
  • If you sit most of the day, take a walk on your break or leave some time for your lunch. Sitting all day is not good for your health, so the more you move throughout the day, the better.

Remember certain exercises aren’t for everyone. Know your limits. Start small and work your way up. It’s better to be doing something than nothing. Get exercising!

 

References: Community Health Network, Learnvest

 

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Need a Vacation? Visit These Top Vacation Spots in the Country

Want to get away after a big move across the country or just need a vacation? You are not alone! About 89 percent of people in the United States are planning a summer trip this year, according to a survey by TripAdvisor and these are the top destinations around United States.

Key West, Fla. – The Southernmost city in the continental U.S. is a 120-mile long island chain connected to mainland Florida by US 1. Obviously the main attraction is the beach, but there is a lot to do and see, such as the John Pennkamp Park (the nation’s first underwater park), Duval Street, Theater of the Sea, the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, just to name a few.

San Diego, Calif. – San Diego is known for their extensive beaches, mild climate year-round and natural deep water harbor. Things to do include Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego hosted 32 million visitors in 2012. Between Coronado, the Ansa-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, there is plenty to do whether it’s relaxing by the beach or spending a day hiking and exploring.

San FranSan Francisco, Calif. – The City by the Bay is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic culture, architecture and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz Island. Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, but the most popular is the Marina District that has perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, cheese sampling at the Ferry building and Delores Park across from Ocean Beach. Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular attraction where you can visit Pier 39 and see sea lions lounge on the rocks all day.

Virginia Beach, Va. – The city is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its oceanfront. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations and two universities. The Virginia Beach boardwalk is three miles lined with hotels and restaurants with lanes for walkers, bicycles, roller blades, and surreys.

Orlando, Fla. – What else can you say about the city that has Disney World – aka the “Most Magical Place on Earth”? Orlando is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, boasting 59 million visitors a year. The resort is 42,000 acres, with 24 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks and four golf courses. Other non-Disney parks in Orlando include SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort.

Ocean CityOcean City, Md. – Ocean city stretches along 10 miles of beach from the inlet to the Delaware State line. It offers a three-mile classic wooden boardwalk lines with hotels, food, games and shopping. Ocean City is visited mostly by people living in the Mid-Atlantic region, which hosts 8 million visitors annually.

 

 

Destin, Fla. – Who wouldn’t want to go to a place that has beautiful, clear green water and beaches with the whitest, softest sand in the world? Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast and sees 4.5 million visitors each year. One of the most popular activities in Destin is chartering fishing vessels. You can visit the two-year old Destin boardwalk that has water attractions, restaurants, zip lining and amusement rides.

New York, N.Y. – Home to more than 8 million people and the most populated city in the United States, the Big Apple hosts around 55 million visitors annually. The many districts and landmarks will keep you busy the entire time, with the most popular being Times Square, Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and list goes on. No wonder why they call it “the city that never sleeps.”

Las Vegas, Nev. – Leave the kids at home and head to the Entertainment Capital of the World, which hosts the best casinos, shopping, fine dining and nightlife in the country. Stay and walk on the Las Vegas strip, which is 4.2 miles long and has 15 of the world’s largest hotels on it. The most popular, free attractions are the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage and Festival Fountain at Caesar’s Palace. If you have any money left over after visiting the numerous casinos, go see one of the many shows Las Vegas has to offer.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Grand Strand stretches 60 miles of the South Carolina coast, making Myrtle Beach a vacation destination for 14 million visitors in the spring, summer and fall months. With 87 golf courses in the area, Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. There is plenty to do, such as visiting Broadway by the Beach, Carolina Opry, Barefoot Landing, Legends in concert as well as countless restaurants and bars.

What other places are great vacation destinations for you and your family?

 

 

References: TripAdvisor.com, Disney.com, Wikipedia.com, Chamber of Commerce Sites for each city

Relocating Your Business? Watch for These 5 Surprises

Are you considering relocating your business? Maybe your current location has gone up in value, and you want to make money by selling the property and renting a less expensive place. Or, perhaps your company is going through a growth spurt and you don’t have enough room for every employee.

Whatever the reason, relocating can be a good business move. However, some companies are caught by unforeseen results of changing locations. Be sure to examine these five often-overlooked results before you relocate so you’re not caught by an unexpected surprise.

1. Cost of living. Did you know that New York City’s costs are more than twice the U.S. average? Your business’ location makes a big difference as to overall costs. If you move from a big city to a smaller suburb, you could save the company money not only on building rental, but also on things like utility costs, supply costs, etc., or you may be able to pay your employees at a lower rate. On the other hand, moving to a big city may help your business make more money. You just have to play it smart and decide what’s best for your business.

2. Customer yield. Sure, your new location may be less expensive, but is the relocation a good business move? Be aware that some areas may yield more customers than others, so know your business and know your customers—and where they’re located.

3. Taxes. Large businesses sometimes receive tax concessions based on the number of jobs the business will create. What are the taxes like for your new area? Will it help your business save money or lose it? This is an important thing to consider before you move.

4. Quality of life. Although it may cost less to rent a building in your new location, have you examined why? Finding a location where your employees will have access to education, low crime areas, and quality health care is important to consider. Thinking about the needs of your employees before you move is crucial to maintaining a positive company culture—and company growth.

5. The cost of moving your stuff. When you move your company, you’re not just moving people. All of your office’s equipment, documents, and furniture may need to be moved as well. Or does it? That’s why you need to determine whether it would be more cost effective to pay to move your equipment, or whether it would be better to sell some of your equipment and buy new things when you get there. This may take some number crunching, but if you do the work, you could save the company a lot of money.

If you find a quality moving company to do the work for you, you can end up saving time and money for your business relocation.

Call Bekins for more information at 1-800-456-8092.

Want the Best Employees? Offer the Best Relocation Packages

Competition to attract employees with specialized skills is become increasingly fierce. The job market has been globalized, and employers have to fight to win the best people. A fair salary is important, but it won’t be enough. For you to win over a qualified candidate, you need to know how to make your relocation offer stand out. Read on to learn five ways to make your company’s relocation package impossible to pass up.

Cost of Living Benefits

If a new employee will be moving from a place with a low cost of living to somewhere significantly more expensive, it makes sense to offer cost of living benefits. This can mean anything from raising the employee’s salary to giving temporary benefits that will help them adjust to the difference in cost.

Home Purchase Assistance

Renters who are being asked to move for a new job appreciate home purchase assistance as part of a relocation package. You can provide incentives for new employees to purchase a home in their new city. Your company can offer to pay closing costs on a house, or bring down the interest rate on a mortgage.

Pet Transport

It’s difficult to bring a dog or cat along on a long distance move. Assistance with transporting pets can make or break a relocation offer for a potential employee. Particularly if the move is international, help with the cost and organization of things like mandatory quarantines or temporary boarding for dogs and cats is very attractive to someone whose family is attached to their pets.

Family Counseling

When your new employee relocates their family, their spouse may have to leave a job in order to make the move. Your relocation package should include job counseling and career help for employee spouses. Consider offering other counseling services for the family as a whole. Counseling will be an invaluable asset for children that will have to change schools and leave behind close friends.

Moving Services

Premium moving services are an essential part of any company’s relocation package. A move is an incredibly stressful event, regardless of distance. A reliable moving company will take care of packing and unpacking, protection of valuables, and all the heavy lifting that’s involved in transporting an entire household.

To have the best employees, you have to have the best relocation packages. It’s as simple as that. Visit our Web site today to see how Bekins can help you move your new hires.

Meet new neighbors after a relocation by shopping for groceries with your dog

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.


Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.

New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.

If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.

Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!

Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.

Relocating with Rhonda

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins' Sales & Marketing team in early Spring

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins’ Sales & Marketing team in early Spring


Relocating is a unique experience for everyone. It’s exciting for some and dreadful for others. One of the best ways to understand the process is by seeking advice from those who’ve experienced it first-hand.

Sales and Marketing Project Manager, Rhonda Baker joined the Bekins Van Lines team this spring. Prior to her job and life in Indiana, she lived in Oklahoma City with her two sons and husband. When her husband’s job required relocating, they packed up their life and headed to Fishers, Ind.

“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Rhonda. “It’s all I had known my entire life.”

Adjusting to such a major change is no easy task. Rhonda’s advice – Don’t overlook the milestone. In the weeks leading up to the move, be intentional about spending time with friends and family for a proper goodbye.

“Relocating definitely makes you appreciate friends and family,” said Rhonda. “You won’t take any time together for granted. It inspired me to make more of an effort to get together with close friends and family.”

Rhonda said she looks forward to planning several trips to visit her two sons, lifelong friends and family who still live in Oklahoma.

“I was most surprised about the amount of planning involved,” said Rhonda.

Rhonda attributes a great deal of the success of her move to the attention to detail in planning prior to relocating. She went as far as measuring their current furniture and comparing it to measurements of the new house. This saved time, money and space when it came to deciding what items to move.

“Downsizing and adjusting to a new home was definitely a challenging aspect of moving.”

She suggests diving into your favorite hobbies soon after relocating. For Rhonda, it is gardening and sprucing up her outdoor space. This made the new house feel like a home and took her mind off the move.

She also suggests asking a friend to ‘dog-sit’ for moving day. The last thing you want is your precious pooch running away on moving day.

“Having Ripley running around the new house made it feel more like home. Pets can play a huge emotional role in moving.”

Heed the advice of someone who has seen moving from the professional standpoint as well as personal.

How to live with roommates…successfully

According to your standards, is leaving your shoes on the dining room table unacceptable? What may seem obvious to you may not be to a roommate.

Recent studies suggest that roommates are replacing spouses in the 20th Century. As a Millennial who has successfully lived with the same roommate for three years, I’m here to tell you successfully living with a roommate is possible.

Talk, talk, talk
Communication is a little detail that can make a BIG difference when living with others. Open and honest communication between roommates is crucial. This is especially true for roommates with a strong history of friendship. Confronting your roommates about a problem will be worth it in the long run. Allowing it to fester will only allow passiveness to pry its way into your living space.

Start with chores
As silly and elementary as it may sound, having a chore chart can save a lot of drama. Get as creative and cute with your chore chart as you want. Visit the craft store and decorate your chore chart to your heart’s desire then simply list each roommates’ name with the rotating chore(s) for which they are responsible. Understanding who is to do what around the house will establish expectations.

Expectation
In a perfect world, one could assume that everyone would have common courtesy when it comes to ‘rules of the house’. However, that’s not always the case. Clearly communicating one another’s expectations is a must. Here are some conversation starters:

  • Are we going to allow pets in the house? Who will be responsible for them?
  • Will we divide up the cost for food? Or will this remain separate?
  • What boundaries will we have for the common areas?
  • Any rules for visitors: family, friends, significant others, etc.?
  • Will there be a quiet time? Ex: During the week days after 11:00 p.m.

I am certain that with these tips, some cheap wine and good laughs, living with roommates can be some of the best years of your life!

Sponsoring Disneyland

Opening Day at DisneyOn July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney delivered these words to some 28,000 eager guests:

“To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

Bekins was privileged to have been among those who received Walt’s speech opening day of the theme park. Moreover, Bekins is proud to have contributed to the success of opening day by sponsoring Disneyland and the lockers located on Main Street starting in 1955.

Bekins_Disney_Bekins’ iconic horse drawn wagon was located outside of the space serving as the lockers area on Town Square. This area is now part of the Emporium. Bekins remained a sponsor until 1963. 

For more details and photos on the sponsorship, visit some of the following ‘Disney Fanatics’ blogs.

Visit: Matterhorn1959: Stuff From The Park  for more photos and information.

The famous horse drawn Bekins moving van can be found in several Town Square photos and postcards. For additional information, visit: Matterhorn1959: Stuff From The ParkBekins Carriage

 

Allow your mind to travel back in time with this virtual experience of opening day at the ‘happiest place on Earth’. 

If this video inspires you to make a trip out to Disneyland and you fall in love with Southern California, we happen to know a good moving company. Bekins has several agents that would be more than happy to assist you with your relocation process.

Antelope Valley Van & Storage

Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc. (Chatsworth, CA).

Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, CA).

 

 

Bekins Employees Get Moving: Indy Mini-Marathon

Let’s just say Bekins employees ‘get moving’ on many levels.  When they are not focused on relocating household goods with intricate care, they are on the move training for half marathons such as the 2014 Indy Mini-Marathon that will take place on May 3, 2014.

Five employees from the corporate office out of Indianapolis, Ind. will be participating in the Mini-Marathon. Of course signing up and committing to some 13 miles does not happen overnight. It takes motivation, endurance, and for some, extensive training. So kick your feet up and enjoy the stories of these dedicated ‘Mini-Marathoners’.

Meet the Group

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From left to right:

Ron Borkowski, Damodara Yemme, Emmalee Strait, Jerrod Carter. (Not Pictured: Gary Reynolds)

 

Jerrod’s Story:

CIO, Jerrod Carter has worked at Bekins for some six years working within the Information Technology Department.  With a history of running, this will be Jerrod’s seventh Indy Mini-Marathon and ninth half-marthon overall. In addition, he has run three full marathons.

“I just genuinely enjoy running marathons,” said Carter. “I ran three last year and hope to set a personal record this year.”

More confident than ever, Jerrod feels that this race is sure to be a success after maxing out on miles per week ran during his training.

“My advice to someone considering running a mini-marathon is to stick to a training plan,” said Carter.

Last year, Carter ran enough that he was able to join the ‘Half Fanatics’ group. So watch out for ‘Half Fanatic’ #5163 at the Mini-Marathon this year!

Meet Damodara:

Damodara Yemme has been working at the corporate office for eight years within the Information Technology department.  Yemme’s motivation behind running is to fulfill his New Year’s resolution. In addition, he feels that it is a great way to stay active, a social outlet and hobby.  Yemme has run two races prior to the Indy-Mini, including Sam Costa Quarter Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon.  He contributes a great deal of his preperation to both of these races.

“ Running is a great way to maintain my health and physical condition,” said Yemme. It is also refreshing after a long day at work. “

Yemme is a big fan of the Run Keeper App that he has downloaded onto his phone. This app allows several functions that will make tracking your run simple.  It is also the ‘keeper’ of his playlist of ‘pump-up’ songs to finish each run stronger than the last.

Look out for this determined ‘First-timer Indy-Mini Runner’, it might just be the first of many for him!

Catch up with Gary:

Vice President of Operations, Gary Reynolds has been employed at the corporate office for 12 years. Reynolds has particpated in nine Indy-Mini Marathons prior to this one. Primarily a walker, he is dedicated to keeping in shape by walking for the half marathon. “ Advice on completing a half marathon,” said Reynolds, “just get out and do it.” Reynolds suggests that walking is a ‘futile attempt to escape advancing age’.  He also suggests that instead of plugging into some great tunes, walking is a great time to be alone with your thoughts.

Catch this swift walker among the pros come May 3rd at the Indy-Mini!

Getting up to speed with Ron:

Assistant Vice President of Operations and Director of Traffic, Ron Borkowski has a long history with Bekins. Starting with the company in 1986 as a traffic planner and has held a number of positions throughout the years.

In addition to a long history with Bekins, he also holds a long running history.  Borkowski has successfully completed somewhere between 15-20 full-marathons, including the Boston Marathon last year. This will be his 16th Mini-Marathon.

The challenge of the marathons inspire and motivate him to continue his marathon streak. His training consists of a combination of weights, mixed with cardio, such as biking, stair climbers and ellipticals. 

He advises starting out easy with training, if you are new to running. He also suggests that running can provide a great way of staying in shape, alone time, and a challenge to work towards.

With years of running, he offers some great insights into running. “You should know what level of support you need in a running shoe, “said Borkowski.  “Specialty running stores such as Blue Mile will video your foot strike and then analyze it in slow motion to determine what class shoe is the right fit. “

Watch out for this running expert, he might just be leading the pack!

Jogging with Emmalee:

Content Development Specialist, Emmalee Strait just came on board with Bekins in November of 2013 in the Sales and Marketing Department.  After taking on a new job, she also decided to take on the task of running the Indy-Mini Marathon for the first time.

Motivated by staying in shape and healthy throughout the winter months, she has been training with some close friends for the race.

“I am anxious and excited for the Indy-Mini,” said Strait. “I am running the half marathon with my college roommates, so the memories being made mean the most to me!”

She attributes accountability from training with friends to be one of the best help when preparing for the race.  Like Borkowski, she joined the Blue Mile running club which has helped prepare her. With good friends, a good playlist, and some good training – she is ready to hit the road running on May 3!

 

5 Questions to ask during an In-home Estimate

Knowing the right questions to ask during an In-home Estimate is crucial to making it a success. Time is of the essence, so make your next estimate worth it by checking out a few must-ask questions.

promover_colorAre they a Pro-Mover?

A good question to ask when considering a moving company is whether or not they are Pro-Mover certified. Avoid a loss of time and money by ‘scammers’ by asking a few simple questions. Look for the Pro-Mover certification confirming that the company is indeed reputable and professional.

Full Explanation of a Pro-Mover.

Are there reviews readily available?

Do a little research on the company. Ask where you can find organic reviews and feedback from customers who have used their services. Of course being realistic and using good judgment when reading reviews is necessary. Also consider awards that the company has received.  Viewing Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List are both reputable companies to start the review research process.

Online sources through social media outlets can be resource to use when searching for reviews. However, keep in mind using realistic judgment is necessary when reviewing. Extreme opinions are often expressed over social media platforms, yet still might be worth checking out.

What is an estimate based on?

Be sure to inquire what the estimate is being based on. There are many ways that the costs of a move can be calculated. It will be in your greatest interest to fully understand the way in which your estimate will be based.

What does the travel look like?

The moving and storage industry is a unique industry and often more complex than one might assume. Inquiring about the route your household goods will be taking once departing from your home isn’t a bad idea.  This can prevent miscommunication and misunderstanding throughout your relocation process.

QUESTIONWhat questions do they have for you?

It’s equally important the moving company asks you questions. You can assume the move will be detailed oriented and professionally handled when a company inquires about the specifics on your move. Any company that does not go the extra mile to consider every aspect of your move should be removed from your list.