Executive Vice President of Wheaton World Wide Moving, A.J. Schneider, is hitting the road with truck driver Bob Krumpols of Preferred Movers of Nashville, Tenn. He will be experiencing life on the road while assisting with everyday interstate moves. Here is A.J.’s first blog,, taking place the night before meeting up with Bob.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I’m going out on the road to work as a mover (yes, I’m completely serious) for the first time. I’ll be working for Bob Krumpols, the owner of Preferred Movers of Nashville, two-time Wheaton Agent of the Year and a former AMSA Super Van Operator. This summer Bob decided to get back in the truck and spend peak season making sure his customers are getting the best service in the industry. He’s a guy known for his relentless pursuit of perfection. So…..where do I fit in? I want to learn more about what our drivers do, how they provide top-notch service to our customers and get a feel for what I already know is going to be one of the hardest jobs in the world (…especially working for Bob).
Here’s the deal: I’ve asked Bob to treat me like anyone else. No taking it easy, no holding back (he agreed and told me to start eating bananas and drinking water…) I’ll meet up with Bob and a member of his crew in Tooele, UT. We’ll load a big shipment for one of our largest accounts on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and then, on Sept. 25, we’ll take care of a shipment just up the road in Layton for one of our COD customers. Once we’re loaded up, we’ll drive from Layton to our customer’s new homes in Kennesaw, Georgia and then Tampa, Florida where we’ll unload and ensure we’ve got a couple more satisfied and completely loyal customers.
For those of you who haven’t checked a map lately, it’s a long way from Utah to Florida. As folks at the home office know, I have trouble sitting still for more than a few minutes. I’m concerned Bob will kick me out of the truck before we hit the city limits. But I’ll do my best to make it all the way and discover some of the tricks of the trade.
Wish me luck – I’ll need it.
Executive Vice President
Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines
Are you restless where you live? Maybe you are a college student who wants to have more opportunities to socialize. Or maybe you have always lived in the same state and want new scenery. Perhaps, you just want more space for your family and for yourself. If this is so, you probably wonder if it is time to move.
Of course, this is a very tough decision. One way to help the decision-making process is to examine other people’s motivations to move. The US Census Bureau did a survey to find the main reasons why people moved. Compare these reasons to see if moving is right for you.
Many times a senior moves from his or her home for retirement. Often, their children and grandchildren live far away, so they move to get closer. They don’t need a large house for all their children anymore, and oftentimes seniors have the home paid in full anyway. They can enjoy life anywhere they’d like, usually in a warmer place.
9. Looking for a Job
One response to unemployment is to move to where the jobs are. You take a lot of risks with this approach, but the potential reward is substantial. Many industries concentrate in certain cities or states. A well-planned move to these areas allows unemployed people a better chance to find work.
8. To Get a Better Neighborhood
Many people see their neighborhood as a limitation. They may feel unsafe because of a higher crime rate. Or perhaps they want a more close-knit community. Maybe they want to be farther away from populated areas. If you are not satisfied with what your neighborhood offers you, moving is definitely an option.
7. A Change in Marital Status
Marriage and divorce are both large drivers of the housing market. Newlywed couples will move to a new home to start a new chapter in their lives. Divorces obviously drive the couple apart and out of the home. Sometimes both people will move to get away from bad memories, even if one of them has ownership of the home.
6. For an Easier Commute
When you switch from a long to a short commute, you realize how much more you get done at home. The added stress commutes give to our lives justifies looking for a more accommodating home. A closer commute saves you energy and gas money and lets you enjoy more of your life at home.
5. To Own a Home, Not Rent a Home
In America, we have pride in owning our own homes. Our homes are symbols of stability and economic achievement. A home also represents a solid investment for the future, so moving from a rental to your own home is an important financial step.
4. To Find a Cheaper Home
Due to the mortgage bubble burst in 2008, more people consider cheaper homes as the smarter choice. While homeowners may give up a few amenities, cheaper homes make a more manageable investment. Large house payments burden budgets and can become liabilities. Downsizing is a smart financial move for some, especially if you can find a house that fits your lifestyle better.
3. To Get a New Job
Americans pursue opportunity wherever they can find it, even if that means moving across the country. Many companies have national or global markets, so a new promotion means a new house as well. The job market is no longer a local affair; online job searches allow you to find jobs locally or several states away. These days any job change carries the potential of moving.
2. To Establish a Family
Many couples start off in apartments or as renters. However, they want more room for children, especially if they want more than one or two. The first-time homeowner market is full of young couples looking to move into larger homes.
1. To Get a Better House
People are rarely satisfied by their first homes. Some may want more space in their backyard, others want more rooms for a larger family, and many want more rooms for fun or quiet study. In the end, people want a home that fits their interests and their desires. They will look until they have found the best home they can afford.
Making Your Decision
There are a variety of reasons to move to a new place. How do the decisions of others factor into your own? Well, when we examine their reasons, a common theme emerges: almost all of these reasons show people searching for the missing thing in their lives. Moving represents their attempt to find that next thing which will bring them satisfaction.
If your move brings value to your life, it must give you something you didn’t have before. If you keep having the thought to move, it’s probably because you are looking for something more. Find out what that thing is for you, and you will know where you need to move. When you are ready, Wheaton World Wide Moving will be ready to move you.
Since this is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week we will take a closer look at Wheaton World Wide Moving trucks and the equipment that our truck drivers use on a daily basis when moving household goods.
- Used to haul shipments typically less than 500 miles.
- Holds about 14,000 lbs.
- Also used as a shuttle truck to provide service when a residence is not accessible to a tractor trailer.
- Larger straight truck drivers require a Class B license.
- Contains about 2,000 cubic feet of space.
- Some models have side doors for easier access to loads.
- Typically 26’ long.
- May include an attic (also known as the peak, nose, bonnet).
- The door must have a decal with the carrier’s name, location and US Dot number.
- A tractor-trailer combination is typically used for long distance and interstate moves.
- Also referred to as the power unit.
- The term bob-tail is commonly refers to a tractor without a trailer.
- The tractor is sometimes called a semi since it is not complete until joined with a trailer.
- The door must have a decal with the carrier’s name, location and US Dot number.
- A semi engine is 6x larger than a car engine and has an average of 400-600 horsepower.
- The semi engine is designed to go 1,000,000 miles before re haul or rebuild.
- Tractors can hold up to 15 gallons of oil (a car typically takes 4-6 quarts).
- Typically 53’ long.
- Sometimes has a side door for easy access to loads.
- Belly Box is a compartment under the floor to store equipment used for loading/unloading.
- Holds about 29,500 lbs.
- Contains about 4,200 cubic feet of space.
- There are numbers on the roof, so the driver and packers can see how much cubic feet they have used and what they have left over for space.
- The trailer has heavier panels to help avoid damage from tree limbs and shrubbery in residential areas.
- An 18-wheeler (combo of tractor and trailer) has five axels.
Moving equipment and supplies that are normally found on a trailer/straight truck
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
At Wheaton World Wide Moving, truck drivers are the back bone of our company. We would like to take the time to show our appreciation and to do so, we need your help! Simply follow the steps below and you could win $100 Visa gift card!
1) Print the attached signs on this email and choose one of the two, if choosing the second, write your driver’s name on the line.
2) Take a picture of you holding the sign at your new residence, either inside or out.
3) Post the picture on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages using the hashtags “#driveWheatonloyalty” and “#NTDAW” – You may also email your photos to email@example.com.
4) You will be automatically entered to win a $100 Visa gift card upon posting or email of your photo.
Join us between now and Sept. 27 (when the contest ends) in thanking all our professional male and female drivers for making your move successful and keeping our highways safe.
For official contest rules, click here.
Due to the sensitivity of fish and the delicate nature of a fish tank, the logistics of moving an aquarium is a tedious task, but can be done with proper planning and preparation.
Before deciding whether to move your aquarium yourself, it is best to discuss with your local Wheaton agent the options and special procedures when moving fish and their tanks.
If you decide to move your fish and tank yourself, remember to provide an adequate long-term traveling environment for your fish. Be mindful of extremes in temperatures, leakage and how fragile your aquarium can be. Plan on packing the the tank last before you move.
Prepare a holding container that is clean and toxin free for your fish. Make sure the holding container is equipped to fit the size of your fish as well as the amount of time it will be in there. Consider placing a loose-fitting lid to prevent the fish from jumping out. A somewhat dark-tinted color container is also an option since fish are less active in the night time and this relieves some stress.
If you are planning on transferring the tank water, use clean buckets to do so. If you are using new water at the new location, make sure it is properly set in terms of chemistry and temperature. Have towels and newspaper on hand for spills and messes that the transfer may cause.
Before getting the fish from the tank, soak the net in water for at least 10 minutes. Soaking it will soften and minimize damage to the fish. Also, soak the necessary siphon hoses. Make sure they are clean and have not been used to clean out anything other than clean water.
Now that you have made the appropriate preparations, you are ready to move the tank. First, siphon the sufficient amount of water from your tank into the fish’s holding container. If you have plants in your tank, transfer a few stems to the holding container to help reduce the shock of the fish. You should also provide aeration in an aquarium heater to the holding container, making sure the fish will have enough oxygen while they are waiting for their new location.
Gently and carefully catch the fish with the soaked net and transfer them to the prepared holding container.
Unplug and remove all external attachments that may fall off or get in the way when you move the tank. Disassemble the tank, pack the pumps, heaters and other accessories, carefully. For shorter moves, cleaning your filter is not necessary and you can place it in a hard sealed container, free of chemicals. For longer moves, you can either clean it or toss your filter.
Siphon water from the tank to the buckets you have prepared for the new location. If you are moving a short distance, leave only enough water in the tank to cover the gravel bed and landscaping. If it is a long distance move, all water will need to be drained or preserved.
Aquariums are sensitive, especially the sealant that keeps the glass together, when relocating it needs to be done with much caution and ease. With necessary assistance, lift the tank and bring it carefully to the next location. Set it down as gently as possible and keep it level during the move.
Once at the new site, reinstall all of the attachments. Bring the water containers and refill the tank by siphoning it into the aquarium. Avoid dumping the water into the tank as it can cause a mess and disrupt the landscaping.
Before placing the fish back into the water, test its temperature, pH, salinity and chlorine content with a test kit. Make sure the water in the holding container and the new tank are the same temperature. When the tank’s conditions are back to normal, gently return the fish to the tank using a soaked fish net.
Moving fish and aquariums on long distance moves can be a difficult task. Talk to your local Wheaton agent about the best options for you and your fish.
Since its founding in 1945 by Earnest S. Wheaton, one thing has always come first at Wheaton World Wide Moving – the customer. The customer-first philosophy is the cornerstone of Wheaton’s success as its employees take great pride in ensuring that each customer moved has a positive relocation experience. As such, Wheaton employs individuals who support and share its customer-focused philosophy. One individual that has exemplified the “Wheaton” way and the is Kellee Johnson.
Wheaton World Wide Moving CEO Mark Kirschner announced Kellee Johnson as the Employee of the Year at a staff meeting this morning, Sept. 9.
“I was completely shocked when they said my name because there was some pretty stiff competition,” Johnson said.
Johnson joined Wheaton World Wide Moving in 2008 and is known as a dedicated, loyal worker throughout her department in accounting and revenue. Johnson consistently exceeds the production level established for her position as an audit analyst. Johnson earned the Employee of the Quarter for Q2 (October – December) because of her excellent work ethic.
Below are photos from the announcement earlier today. There are also videos from the meeting on the Wheaton World Wide YouTube Channel.
Congratulations to Kellee and thank you for your hard work through the years for a well-deserved honor of Employee of the Year!
Relocating is challenging for the whole family, but it can be particularly difficult for children who are forced to cope with a changing environment, especially at a new school. Rochester, N.Y. high school guidance counselor, Lindsay Tuschong gives her advice on how to ease the transition to a new school after relocating.
It is important to work through the new school year as a family effort and talk over the expectations and goals for the new year. Go over the class schedule and map of the school.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for a tour of school before the first day. If it is during the summer time, take advantage of school offered orientations,” Tuschong said. “It is always helpful for your child to have an understanding of the building layout before starting on his/her first day!”
Making friends in a new school can be an intimidating task. Many schools offer activities and sports that boost socialization as well as enhance interests.
“Parents should encourage the child to try new clubs, sports, and activities at school,” Tuschong said. “If they already enjoy something, be sure to help get them signed up to partake sooner than later.”
Tuschong continued, “Encourage your child as much as you can to use their resources at school. School counselors can help by suggesting different school based activities, and even with connecting students to community activities.”
Despite all the resources, the change may present some difficulties for the child to endure. It is important to monitor changes in the child’s attitude and keep in touch with teachers and counselors to ensure any adjustments that might need to be made.
“Change can be hard for the entire family when it comes to adjusting to a new school. Don’t be afraid to reach out to teachers and counselors at school if you fear your child is not adjusting,” stated Tuschong. “Because the school is only getting to know the child, they may need to recognize some of the struggles he or she is having. By advocating for your child early, actions can be taken at school, whether academic or personal intervention, to help them transition.”
For the final section of Wheaton World Wide’s organization series, “A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place,” with help from the book “Clutter Rescue” from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we will be exploring the organization of laundry rooms.
The location of the laundry room is dictated by power and water lines and the venting necessary for a dryer to operate. This means that the laundry room could be anywhere in the house, basement, kitchen, its own separate room, etc. No matter where the room is, the area should provide enough room to maneuver around the washer and dryer, space for supplies and a place to fold and iron clothes.
To avoid access clutter, everything in the laundry room should have a place to go when not in use. Because of the specific function of the laundry room there shouldn’t be much of a question as to what should go in there.
Depending on the type and size of your supplies, this will dictate the type of storage that you might need, however, it does not need to be extensive. Cabinets and shelving are typically the best tools to hold the supplies. Be sure to keep the supplies separated by type and in order of use. In a home with small children, make sure the hazardous liquids are out of reach. You will also want an area to presort laundry, which may require a few laundry baskets or hampers.
Ironing can be made more pleasurable and easier with the right board and station area. Your choice of board be a mounted board or a freestanding unit.
The advantage of the mounted board is the under space as well as a stable ironing station. There are two types of mounted boards: Recessed boards, which are completely hidden and out of the when stored. Surface-mounted boards fold up against a mounting platform in plain view.
Free standing ironing boards are the least expensive and the simplest for use. They are easy to store because they usually fold up and can go in a closet or up against the wall.
Drying and Folding Area:
A drying and folding area is one way to diminish the possibility that clothes will become bedroom clutter. It is also wise to include drying facilities in this zone because the natural next step is to fold or hang them.
There are many types of structures to dry clothes. Drying racks come in all shapes and sizes and in metal or wood. There are expandable racks or flat drying shelves and trays. Shelves are best used for delicate blouses and sweaters. You could also add a drying line, or foldout hanging bars.
A laundry room benefits from a specific area for folding laundry. You don’t need a lot of space. Deep countertops are the best to fold laundry, but creating one out of plywood or hard plastic on top of your dryer is also a possibility.
Most laundry areas will come with a “slop sink” for soaking garments and hand-washing delicates, such as sweaters. Hang a rag or paper-towel dispenser within reach of the sink. Keep a wire or plastic mesh bin in the sink as a place to put garments to drain.
Inventory Analysis: Before you go shopping, check the supplies-storage area of your laundry room. Return supplies to the proper area and check for supplies that need to be replenished.
Orphan patrol: On a week when you are not doing laundry – visit the laundry room to check for leftover soaking, dried or dirty clothes. Return these orphans to the correct location.
The home office or workspace has many different uses – for work, paying bills, reviewing paperwork, etc., which makes this area very susceptible to constant clutter.
The organization challenge is twofold: keeping household clutter from invading the workspace and keeping work items from cluttering other areas in the house. The first rule of the home office is to organize papers – in a file cabinet or on some sort of display organizer. After everything is out of the way, look at how much space you have and think about what you might need.
Choosing the right desk is essential to help beat clutter. First and foremost, the desk must be the right size for your needs. The desk surface should provide enough room for basic office tools and have the space to write comfortably, open your mail and review files as necessary.
When setting up your desk, focus on the essentials. Pens and pencil holders, staplers and tape dispensers should be grouped together and can be bought with matching organizers. Trays (wood, plastic or wire) are must-have organization tools. A mail organizer is also essential to the home office because it is the natural location to deal with bills.
Drawers make it easy to put stuff in and then forget about it, which in turn results in a clutter basket. To make best use of your drawer and keep it as organized as possible, dedicate each drawer to one type of storage and partition drawers as necessary to keep things neat. Even if the desk does not have drawers, the under desk area can be used for storage and organization.
Technology and Equipment:
When deciding about your desk, figure out how much room your computer might take. Depending on your equipment, you may need to have room for a keyboard, monitor, computer tower, printers and mouse.
Cords always seem to be the biggest cause of clutter when it comes to technology. There are two basic options for keeping the cords organized: keep all cords together or do without them completely. Cord organizers are used to conceal cords, which can be tubes, braces or clip-in’s to keep them positioned and together.
Supplies and Reference Storage:
Shelves are the best option for storing reference materials. Open storage lets you see what you have and what you need without searching high and low. You can choose from standalone shelves or wall-mounted shelves. Make your decision based on how much room you need.
Paper and stationary supplies are best kept neatly stacked on shelves. If you don’t want a bookend on the shelf, folders can be used to keep everything neat. Magazine are best kept on racks and books should be grouped by type, so you can easily and quickly find the reference you need. Keep office supplies in a box or bin on the shelf or in drawers by type of supply.
One of the biggest challenges in keeping your home office in order is organizing a filing system. Begin by reviewing all of your paper files. Throw out what is no longer needed. Plan out the order of your files and organize them within the filing cabinet. Depending on your use and how much, stationary or rolling files are viable options for cabinets.
The best way to organize your files are to answer these three questions:
1. Do your files have a system? You should be able to explain how your system works and finding the file should be easy. The easiest way is a simple alphabetic system organized by first letter of the topic. You also want to keep papers in order from newest in the front and oldest in the back.
2. Do you have enough space for your files? If you are cramming files into an overstuffed cabinet, before throwing out your files, do an assessment and add another cabinet if needed.
3. Can you digitize some of your paper files? Most paper can be stored on the computer or online. Make sure to keep hard copies of vital records and documents. Back up your computer hard drive on a regular basis to a zip drive.
Once a week, review the workspace. If you notice things are out of place and have no room for it, consider buying more organization aids. Put the items back where they are out of working space order and where you can find them.
Every two weeks, check your shelf inventory. Make sure you have adequate supplies as needed.
Every six months go through your files to determine if any are no longer in use and should be archived. Make sure files are not crammed into the file cabinet. It they are, buy another one.
Entryways/Foyers/Mudrooms are the transitional areas for family members and visitors, bringing in, coats, shoes and of course clutter. Keeping the room clutter free makes it easier for transitioning from outside to inside. Entryways should not be used for long term storage; they should only be used for the things that come on and off when you enter of exit the house.
Coats and jackets need to have a specific place to hang in the entryway to prevent clutter in other rooms in the house. When planning coat storage, be sure to take into account the room you’ll need for your family’s outerwear and for visitors’ coats.
If you have an entryway closet, it should be dedicated to outwear. If the closet includes a shelf, use it for outerwear garment such as mittens and hats. You can add additional hooks on the back of the door for additional storage.
If you do not have a closet in your entryway, a free standing piece of furniture such as a coat rack, hall tree or hooks and pegs can solve the issue of coat storage in that area.
The process of keeping shoes organized begins with providing enough space for all the footwear in your entryway. Keep shoes on a mat or rack that is easy to clean. You can use a shoe rack or stackable shoe shelves to organize. Try to group by who wears the shoes. If you do not have room, store out of season shoes in a bedroom closet.
Mail and Keys:
Give keys and mail specific places in the entryway. Keys should have a precise place that does not change, so you will know where to find them at all times. You can use hooks, various key hangers or a bowl on a nearby surface to hold keys. Wall files are a viable option for mail organization. Another option If you have a table, use a bin or tray to keep the mail tidy. Remember to go through the mail frequently to avoid back log.
Seasonal items are all those things used for different times of year. Multi-bin organizers are a great option for large families, allowing a bin per person to store items such as mittens, gloves, hats, etc. Add add a bin or basket to hold gardening items.
Umbrellas should be stored standing up to allow drying and prevent damage. An umbrella stand is an option as well as a wire-mesh trash basket.
With enough hooks and other storage, entryways should stay orderly on their own because nobody spends much time there. Check the area periodically.
Every week, make sure coats are hung in proper places. Rehang those that have fallen off of their hooks or hangers. When seasons change make sure that you move heavy jackets and boots to seasonal storage spaces.
Every two or three days, check shoes and boots in the closet. Rearrange if necessary.
Every Saturday, perform a mail check to see that nothing important was left in the area and that mail is being move to where it needs to go.