Estimating: An Art Or A Science?

The history of estimating in the insurance restoration industry has come a long way over the last 50 years. For over 25 years Jeffrey Gross, CR, VP of Project Managment at Maxons Restorations, Inc. has been a part of that change. Check out his article “Estimating: An Art Or A Science?” in the January 2018 issue of RIA’s, Cleaning & Restoration Magazine.

CR Magazine January: Estimating an art or Science?


Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Evan, our NJ Regional Manager, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  Just over 20 years.


Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  It was a fast paced environment, but very welcoming, I had balloons in my office on my first day!  At the time we were only about 8 people and it was exciting!  It was fun to work in NYC and I enjoyed it.


Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  I already had been in the business when I came to Maxons, so I had a head start.  But I had to learn the programs we used.  At first I thought it wouldn’t be as good as what I had been using, but it was even better!  And the way the company used it made things easier!


Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  I have learned a lot of things about myself, I have learned what is important, I have learned from everyone I have worked with here.  I have been here a long time, it is hard to pick one!   I used to carry a lot more anxiety about the day to day operations, and problems cropping up, now I don’t as get stressed out about problems that may crop up, because problems are what we handle!  I feel I have learned to deal with problems better, because there is always a solution.  You may have to work to figure out the solution, but there is always something to work on.   And sometimes I am lucky and have the experience and can solve problems really quickly.  Dealing with adversity has calmed me down.  It doesn’t mean I am stress free, but things that used to be stressful are not anymore.


Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I love when you go to see a customer and they answer the door, and you are there to solve their problem.  I love having the ability through my years of experience, to help people with problems they wouldn’t be able to solve on their own.  That gives me a great sense of accomplishment.


Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Sincerity – I have always believed when you say something you need to do something.  Our words are not hollow.  Whether it is setting an appointment, negotiating, or just planning, back up your words.  It is how you get a great, consistent, reputation of people being able to count on you.  When it comes to our customers we give the same benefit and service to everyone because we approach each job with sincerity.


Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  During 9/11 I had an appointment with a tenant to review their apartment.  While in the lobby I had 8 -10 other tenants run up to me for help.  It was really early on in the process and people just needed help and we were able to be there for them.  It was an unbelievable the amount of calls that came in and needed help.  I was so proud to be a part of helping them get back on their feet.

We also did some things outside our scope of work during 9/11.  We usually just work inside buildings, but because of the volume of debris on the roofs of buildings we had to dedicate crews to that clean up effort.  We would spend days cleaning the roofs of buildings to make sure their HVAC units and building systems were clean and safe to use once the building turned things back on.  It was out of the ordinary for us, but made a big difference in the clean up efforts in the area.

Listen to Damon Gersh on the radio!

We are proud to announce our CEO, Damon Gersh, has recently been featured on The Art of the CEO with Bart Jackson!

We met Bart Jackson through CEO Report’s Tristate Culture Awards, and he was so intrigued by what we do he awarded us with his Annual Community Contributor Award.

See the link to their discussion below!


Weather: Coastal storm brings rain, winds to NJ – News 12 New Jersey

Weather: Coastal storm brings rain, winds to NJ – News 12 New Jersey.


A coastal storm packing heavy rain and gusty winds is hitting the Garden State.


A coastal flood advisory has been issued for nearly all of the Jersey Shore as the storms moves across the area.


Meteorologist James Gregorio says the storm could drop as much as 2 inches of rain in some spots.

Gregorio says areas prone to tidal flooding are expected to experience minor roadway flooding and beach erosion during high tide.


Temperatures will peak in the mid-60s today. The rain is expected to clear out of the area by this evening.







The National Weather Service forecasts rounds of moderate to heavy rain and high winds up to 58 mph possible for the metro area today, Monday, July 14 through tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15.  A flash flood watch will be in effect from noon on Monday through late Tuesday night. In preparation for the weather, Maxons is reminding all property owners to secure their sites and buildings.  These winds may reach higher speeds than forecast depending on the area.

To secure a building, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following:

  • Tie down and secure material and loose debris .
  • Cover electrical equipment from exposure to the weather.
  • Store loose tools, oil cans and extra fuses in a tool box.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Secure retractable awnings.
  • Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.
  • New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings.