What to do with all those holiday cards?

Alyssa Matlosz from Maxons wanted to share this great program through St. Jude’s.  They will collect used cards and then let the kids reuse the designed fronts!

http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/

This is a wonderful idea on so many levels.  We are going to do a big collection here at our office and send out in mid January!  What a great way to be green and donate to them year round.

Safety Tips for Decking the Halls

Haul out the holly, string up the lights, and hang the stockings by the chimney (with care)! The holiday season is finally here, which means it’s time to deck the halls with all kinds of festive decorations.

Maxons wants to ensure your holidays are as merry and bright as possible, so before you adorn your mantle with garland and dangle mistletoe over your door, please read these holiday decorating safety tips.
Christmas trees: Trimming the tree is the main decorating event in many households, but the tree can become a fire hazard if it’s dried out. Remember to replenish the water in your tree stand on a daily basis, so that your tree remains healthy and hydrated for the duration of the holiday season.
 
Holiday foliage: Poinsettias, holly, Jerusalem cherries, and mistletoe are all toxic if ingested. If you have pets or small children in the house, avoid using these decorations or opt for the artificial versions.
Artificial snow: If you’re longing for a white Christmas, spraying windows with artificial snow can give your house a frosty glow – even if you live in a warm climate. However, spray-on snow can irritate your lungs, so make sure to follow the directions carefully and only use the spray in well-ventilated areas.
Fireplaces: Adorning the mantle with garlands, stockings, and other decorations is a holiday tradition in many households, but keep these trimmings clear of working fireplaces. You should also be careful when using fire salts, which produce colored flames, since they are highly toxic if ingested.
Lights: Before hanging lights indoors or outdoors, check the strings for cracked sockets, broken bulbs, or frayed/bare wires. Also, only use lights that are approved by a national testing lab, such as UL or ETL/ITSNA. Do not use electric lights on metallic trees because faulty lights can cause branches to become charged and possibly electrocute someone. If you’re using outdoor lights, make sure they are approved for that use and plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter device.
Candles: Flickering candlelight can give your home a cozy, warm glow, but candles cause more than 11,000 fires every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you’re using candles to decorate for the holidays, keep a close eye on them when they’re lit, and don’t leave the room without extinguishing the flames. Never put a lit candle on a tree.
Happy Holidays!

Holiday Fireplace Safety: Hanging your stockings with care

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there”…

Holiday Fireplace Safety: Hanging your stockings with care

A lighted tree. Brightly colored presents. Stockings hung. And a blazing fire. The scene is quintessential holiday. But is it safe? Whenever you add fire to a scene, you need to add an extra level of caution. There’s a reason the holiday classic A Visit from St. Nicholas said that the stockings were hung “with care.” Here are some tips for fireplace safety around the holidays:

Hang stockings with care
Never hang stockings in front of a burning fire. Stockings can be hung when the fire is not lit, but should be moved to another location when the fireplace is in use.

Manage your mantel
When decorating your fireplace mantel, be sure to keep combustible materials such as greenery or ribbons away from any possible spark or flame.

Steer your tree clear
Your tree should be positioned at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.

Use candles with care
Keep candles away from items that easily catch fire, such as decorations, window treatments and paper.  Also, be sure candles are kept far from children’s reach and are extinguished any time you leave the room.

Toss your wrap
Never burn used wrapping paper in the fireplace as it may cause intense flash fires. Consider recycling instead.

Contributed to blog by Stephen Gariglio, Director of Client Services at Maxons

One of those customers you just remember – contributed by Sofia Pahidis

Everyday here we experience wonderful moments with customers where we get to help them out of a difficult situation and help them manage something unexpected.  During Hurricane Irene this increased drastically – we received so many calls a lot of what we were doing was helping people over the phone understand the basics of avoiding further damage from their floods. 

I recall interactions with one (out of the hundreds) of customers we helped very clearly.  Because our jobs usually last briefly and we rarely have repeat customers we often never speak to people once we are done on site again, even though we were intensely involved in their lives for about a week.  But every once and awhile we form such a lasting bond with a customer that we continue to stay in touch, below is one example I have experienced.   

After Irene hit I had taken a loss from a woman who worked in a law office who stated she needed someone to do water mitigation and document drying.  I had explained to her that we are doing the best we can to get to everyone and to please be patient with me on getting back to her about when we can get her a crew.  I fought tooth and nail to get a crew out to her to do the work and was in constant contact with this woman regarding her loss in the course of a two-week period.  I made sure was up to date almost on a daily basis on how long it would take.  Because this woman has never experienced anything like Hurricane Irene in her 60 yrs of living, she was unaware of how the process worked and I explained it to her in full detail.  Needless to say we were able to get a crew out to her to take care of all her issues and she was very pleased with the help that I had given her.  She was so happy that she said that she definitely wants to take me out to lunch and wants to keep in constant contact with me since I was so helpful to her.

I don’t know of many people who get to experience this kind of rewarding interaction by just doing their job – but we get the opportunity here everyday!

 

– Contributed by Sofia Pahidis, Project Coordinator

Business Development Oppurtunity at Maxons!

ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT

Maxons Restorations, Inc. is looking for people with industry knowledge to join our team, with a particular focus on the Westchester County areas.

Our Account Development team focuses on building trust with our clients and is responsible for creating and maintaining successful business relationships.  Account Development is a challenge and the right candidate will be able to prospect the right vertical markets to bring new business to the company. 

The ideal candidate should possess a minimum of five years sales experience with the proven ability to promote new business, establish and maintain relationships with clients.  Existing relationships in the restoration, insurance and/or real estate industries is a plus.  An energetic, enthusiastic self-starter with professional communications skills and a strong sense of urgency and organizational skills are a must for follow-up and managing of existing accounts. Must demonstrate a record of reliability and a strong desire to learn & grow and work as part of a cohesive team. Travel will be required within the metro area. Car and Driver’s License necessary.

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to employment@maxons.com.