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.

 

Less is More: Housing Market Trends

Small house_don't careThe popular saying of ‘less being more’ couldn’t ring more true in today’s housing market. What are buyers really looking for when searching for a house to call home? According to recent housing trends, it is less about the space available and more about having a cozy, well-maintained property. And can you blame them? Properties requiring less keep-up are becoming more attractive for today’s buyers, who have many other demands of their time.

No surprise, purchase price is also a huge factor in buyers’ decision making process. The current market puts house hunters in a great spot to get the best deals. Don’t be shocked when a counter-offer is thrown back from buyers; it’s a competitive market. However, this shouldn’t be problem for well-kept spaces that offer a great deal of value to the buyer. Use this as a selling point when marketing your house.

Small AND Mighty

While the houses trending on the market today are smaller, they are not to be underestimated. Potential homeowners put a tremendous emphasis on the value the house will have when it comes to resale. Decorative details are important. Buyers are more attracted to upscale finishes such as granite countertops and wood floors compared to laminate countertops and tiled floors. Such details can make the difference to the prospective buyers.

Filling the rooms with high-end furniture and upscale decorative choices is preferable to having large spaces. Having updated, quality details will compliment this trend well.  The need for large houses with several rooms is a thing of the past to current buyers.

The Great Outdoors

In addition to a desire to downsize, the housing market is seeing a demand for greater outdoor spaces. The outdoor amenities have almost equal importance as the indoor ones. Therefore, taking careful consideration of curbside appeal is extremely important. Maintaining the outer appearance of a house is arguably one of the most important selling points for home buyers. A well-groomed lawn and exterior of a house can go a long way when selling your house.

Well, there you have it. You have all the secrets that the buyers are looking for in a house. When the big moving day comes, don’t stress of the boxes and relocation of your household goods – leave that up to Bekins, it’s kind of our area of specialty. Check us out at: http://www.bekins.com/.

Packing 101: 2014 Spring Breakers

palm treeIt’s been a long winter and you couldn’t be more ready to hit the coast of somewhere beautiful. No matter where you are heading for spring break, understanding how to pack like a pro is a must.  Whether you’re packing for a permanent relocation or a short-term vacation, Bekins has you covered.

Where do I even start?

We understand the struggle of over-packing in fear of forgetting something.  Why not bring all closet25 pairs of sandals to have options, right? Switch up your thinking this year with a minimalist mindset. What do you consider to be necessities?

Get back to the basics.

closetThink through your trip. What types of events will you attend? Will your trip include lots of outdoorsy adventures? Or more indoor museum related activities? After considering these questions, pack realistically according to your plans.

Assuming that your get-away includes warmer temps, it’s a good idea to pack several tanks and shorts that can be easily layered with choice long-sleeved sweaters. Bringing along one pair of casual long pants and a jacket is also a good idea. Pick out one or two dressy outfits for a nice dinner out. Select one or two pairs of sandals, one pair of tennis shoes and a pair of shoes for your night out. Don’t forget the small, but important details. A sufficient amount of undergarments, socks and at least two bathing suites, to allow one drying time from the previous day is something you won’t want to forget.

Small, but important details

beach bagBring your large beach towel and sunglasses. Be sure not to forget a bag to tote your essentials from the pool or beach to your room. Bring your latest reading material, and your new favorite playlist. Equally important, remembering to pack your phone charger can be a game changer for the trip!

Also, important are your toiletries. Don’t throw hygiene out the window while you’re on vacation. Bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, any face wash, travel shampoos and conditioners and so on. Save yourself a trip to the store while on vacation and spend your time relaxing!

Check out our Essential Spring Break Packing Guide on Pinterest for a complete list of packing strategies and ideas!

Packing 101: for 2014 Spring Breakers

palm treeIt’s been a long winter and you couldn’t be more ready to hit the coast of somewhere beautiful. No matter where you are heading for spring break, understanding how to pack like a pro is a must.  Whether you’re packing to permanently relocate or for a short-term vacation, Bekins has you covered.

Where do I even start?

SandalsWe understand the struggle of over-packing in fear of forgetting something.  Why not bring all 25 pairs of sandals to have options, right? Switch up your thinking this year with a minimalist mindset. What do you consider to be necessities?

Get back to the basics.

closetThink through your trip. What types of events will you attend? Will your trip include lots of outdoorsy adventures? Or more indoor museum related activities? After considering these questions, pack realistically according to your plans.

Assuming that your get-away includes warmer temps, it’s a good idea to pack several tanks and shorts that can be easily layered with choice long-sleeved sweaters. Bringing along one pair of casual long pants and a jacket is also a good idea. Pick out one or two dressy outfits for a nice dinner out. Select one or two pairs of sandals, one pair of tennis shoes and a pair of shoes for your night out. Don’t forget the small, but important details. A sufficient amount of undergarments, socks and at least two bathing suites, to allow one drying time from the previous day is something you won’t want to forget.

beach bagSmall, but important details

Bring your large beach towel and sunglasses. Be sure not to forget a bag to tote your essentials from the pool or beach to your room. Bring your latest reading material, and your new favorite playlist. Equally important, remembering to pack your phone charger can be a game changer for the trip!

Also, important are your toilet-trees. Don’t throw hygiene out the window while you’re on vacation. Bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, any face wash, travel shampoos and conditioners and so on. Save yourself a trip to the store while on vacation and spend your time relaxing!

Check out our Essential Spring Break Packing Guide on Pinterest for a complete list of packing strategies and ideas!

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Bekins

ShamrockWe are almost as excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as we are for your next move – almost. But the point is, life is short and therefore, we must celebrate whenever the opportunity presents itself. So allow us to assist you in making this St. Patrick’s Day the best yet.

 

 

First things first

To have an appreciation for the holiday, you must know the history. While at a glance, the day may seem to be a celebration dedicated to dying canals and river green, parades, and beer – but do you know why all of these traditions are taking place?

Who is Patrick, anyway?

St. Patrick was born into a wealthy family in Britain nearing the end of the fourth century. At 16 years of age, Patrick was taken captive and held a prisoner to Irish raiders. The raiders were attacking Patrick’s family estate and wealth and took him captive in Ireland, where he would spend six years of his life. He spent most of the years as a shepherd with very little contact with people. These pivotal years played a vital role in his reliance on his faith in Christianity.

With his strong sense of faith, Patrick felt a calling from God to escape slavery and flee Ireland. In order to do so, Patrick walked several miles, escaping to Britain. Once in Britain, he felt another calling to return to Ireland as a missionary. It is believed that St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Patrick died on March 17, 460 A.D. Thus, the day is celebrated and associated with everything Irish – which in modern day, means anything we can dye green (beer, rivers, hair and the list goes on). However, for those that are celebrating the traditional day often offer prayers to missionaries around the world.

St. Patrick’s Day made its way to the United States with Irish Immigrants who were passionate about carrying on their traditions and celebrations.

It’s your lucky day!

 The shamrock icon for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the traditional Irish background. It is said that he used the ‘lucky three-leaved clover” to demonstrate the Christian Holy Trinity.

St. Patty’s  Day Snacks & Crafts

 St. Patty’s Day certainly wouldn’t be complete without some crafts and snacks. So be sure to check out our Holiday Snacks board on Pinterest for simple yet festive holiday recipes. Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Craft board, for some fun and festive projects for the day!

What you need to know before signing a lease

It’s important that you have a complete understanding of the terms of agreement that you are bound to in a lease. While there are numerous things you should consider prior to signing at the dotted line, Bekins has narrowed it down to a few specifically important details.

What is my payment Plan?

  • When is rent due? How much is rent? Who do you turn rent in to? While these may seem like obvious questions, you do not want to get ahead of yourself and forget the simple questions.
  • Is there a pro-rate rent? Relocating doesn’t always come at a convenient time. If you are moving in closer to the middle or towards the end of the month, ask the landlord if you can pro-rate the cost of rent. You don’t want to be spending any unnecessary money!
  • So there is an awesome work out facility and car portals, convenient for the winter months, but are they included in the rent? Be sure to ask and specify what amenities are included in rent before you are sold on the apartment.
  • In addition, it is vastly important to inquire about utilities. The price of rent might not be outrageous, but the price utilities can be a game changer.   Be sure to clarify.

Can I bring my furry friend?

  • A lot of apartment complexes have limits on pets that they will allow. Inquire about the size and types of pets allowed. Our pets often become regular members of our family, so do them a favor and double check before you accept a lease!

Talk to current residents

  • While the landlord will give you every reason to believe that living in this apartment will be comparable to spending everyday in paradise – selling the apartment is his or her job. Therefore, checking in with current residents is a great idea. Make casual conversation with the surrounding units. This is a great way to interact with your potential neighbors and get a feel for the sense of community. It is also a great way to get realistic answers that are not based on a sales pitch.

Is there a property manager on site?

  • Your dishwasher goes out – who will fix it?  Is there a maintenance manager on call? Who handles emergencies or minor maintenance issues? Be sure to request information on the process for filing a maintenance request.

Make sure to consider some of these topics before committing to your next lease!

 

Get Moving – Staying Healthy and Active!

7- heavy boxWhile relocating your household goods requires a great deal of physical labor…we regret to inform you that relocating once every five years or so will not keep you in shape and healthy. We apologize if this is earth-shattering news. But as most of us know, living a healthy lifestyle takes intention and dedication.

Obviously, our primary focus is moving  your household goods. However, we also want to keep a healthy lifestyle top-of-the-mind. We want to encourage you keep moving…physically (and if you need to relocate, you have certainly come to the right place! Visit our website for more information).

Have a Plan

Similar to advising those preparing to relocate, you must have a plan. The road to a healthy you should start with goals and direction. Being realistic when setting your goals is crucial.  Not sure where to start? Get some Diet, Health and Fitness tools from Good Housekeeping.

Take a holistic approach to planning out a healthy lifestyle. Just as moving affects every aspect of your life, your health does as well.  Have a plan around making time for exercise, shopping at the grocery, eating out with friends – the list goes on. Now, we know that the demands of life can make it difficult to set aside the time to and effort to make this a lasting change. And that’s where we come in. Watch out for our monthly tips plans, recipes and so on for make living healthy a permanent lifestyle.

FridgeHaving a Plan: In the Grocery Store

This is where it all begins. Consider these tips on your next trip to the grocery store.

  • Lists are your friend; make one, and stick to it. This will help with temptation of buying the Oreos that seem to be staring at you in the checkout lane.  You will also save money, because you are not aimless wondering through the store.
  • DON’T GO HUNGRY.  We go to the grocery store when it’s convenient. Some after work, or after a workout. It’s an honest mistake,but we want to challenge you to go shopping on a full stomach. Going after you have made dinner will help you know what items you need, so you aren’t buying duplicates.
  • If this isn’t doable, grab a low-cal snack to bring along.

Join us on our fitness journey and stay connected via Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice! #GetMoving

 

 

April showers…brings moving boxes?

67_openbox_colorWe know it doesn’t sound quite as appealing as April showers bringing May flowers. But spring is one of the best times to relocate. The temperatures are warming up, and so is moving season. Squeeze your move in just before the peak of moving season. While summer is generally the busiest time for moving companies – spring offers a great deal of perks for relocating.

Avoiding major holidays

Spring is a great time for moving because there are no major holidays to work around. This is a huge perk. The holidays can be a rush and stress of their very own. You’re already experiencing enough change with moving; avoid switching up your holiday routines by relocating in the spring.

FlowersSpring flowers

Spring blooming is certainly something to celebrate. So why not make your move when the flowers are blooming and the weather is warm. You’re not sweating miserably in the heat of the summer as you load up your household goods. It is a comfortable temperature with beautiful spring coming to life  around you.

The spring weather also makes for great driving conditions to your new home. You might even want to take the longer scenic route and make a spring vacation out of the trip.

So don’t wait any longer, beat the heat and summer prices by booking your move in early spring.  Get ready for the summer seasons, and a new chapter in your life!

On the Road with Bekins Drivers

truckWe see them on the road, and at their various stops across the country – but what is it like to be behind the wheel of a Bekins truck transporting goods? Join us this month as we take a look at a driver’s world.  Each month Bekins takes some time to recognize our drivers and sacrifice they make to be away from friends and family. These individuals  go beyond the required tasks and truly seek to make your relocation process a success. They act with professionalism and handle each move with integrity. Be watching out for our first post this month, featuring the Drivers of the Month and a look into their world on the road. Buckle up, we are hitting the road with the professionals – see you there!