Registered Third Party Evaluators™ (RTPE)

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Maxons Restorations, Inc. is proud to announce Kevin Faller, CR as the newest member of an international roster of experts awarded the title of “Registered Third Party Evaluators™” (RTPE).

An RTPE is awarded to an individual who possesses not only fundamental industry training and experience as a typical restorer; they possess lengthy experience and the highest levels of advanced formal education available on the subject of structural and contents repairs following a variety of perils including wind, water, and fire. They have also demonstrated their skill in producing unbiased professional reports that are largely built upon facts rather than opinion.

Congratulations Kevin!

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?

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Monika, our Director of Client Services, about her experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  7 months.

 

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

A:  I settled in pretty quickly, everyone was really helpful, and worked well across departments and offices.  I felt really welcomed.  Everyone always asked if I needed anything, especially the more senior people.  My coworkers were easy going and open, and eager to help each other.  I didn’t feel “new” for long.

 

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

A:  The restoration business terminology. I was coming from real estate and I knew some things, but understanding exactly what we do, and that it is more than just a business, we really are in business to help people.  And I realized everyone who works here really wants to help people.  That we are in a business of caring.

 

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

A:  Don’t let the highs get too high and the lows get to low.  We say it a lot and it has stuck with me.  It keeps me wanting to grow and not get fixated on problems.  Tomorrow is always a new day.

 

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

A:  Every day is different.  What we do is restore people’s lives and hopes, we all have a passion for that.  Especially when we go through a really busy time – seeing how things can change from hour to hour!   It is great to watch how much our staff cares about what we do.  In sales I have learned to really appreciate what the Project Managers do – and that they care a lot about each and every project.

 

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

A:  Teamwork – we have different locations, people in the field, we aren’t always in the same room, but we really work as a unit and a team no matter what.  Whether it is busy or not, we are all in it together.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  On of my favorite moments was going to a large fire job with our VP and a Project Manager.  A caterer that does large, high end events had a fire above their kitchen, and had an event that night they needed to prepare for.  It was great to see how quickly we got a large amount of people there so we could meet their very tight time line.  We were able to help them, and do the right job!

Also – on my second day of work the Maxons team held a Welcome Breakfast for me – it was a surprise that shocked me!  I stared at all of them like a deer in the headlights as I am not good with surprises.  But it really bonded us all, we still laugh about it.

Additionally in my first week of work was our annual summer outing at an estate with a pool.  I met our CEO for the first time while putting on sun tan lotion pool side.  He said nice to meet you and then he dragged an umbrella over to give us some shade, because that is how we roll here!  Always helping someone out no matter who we are!

I have also had countless fun moments with my coworkers who have always made me laugh!

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Jeff, a Director of Client Services, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  I just celebrated my 6 month anniversary!

 

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

A:  Overall I was very impressed the family culture.  I was very, very pleased with the amount of attention the company puts toward the family atmosphere.

 

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

A:  Our database.  I had used a CRM before, but not this one.

 

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

A:  Communication, that open lines of communication are invaluable.

 

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

A:  I am a people person and I believe that when I interact with other businesses, and business communities, I believe I get to make a difference and help them.  I get to help people get through a problem, and I like that ability.

 

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

A:  Teamwork, I am very impressed with the amount of teamwork that is involved with Maxons.  I haven’t experienced that as strongly before with other business I have been with.  Here we have teamwork all the way from the people answering the phones, to the CEO.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  I recently went to a project we were working on with the Project Manager.  In the initial call we were told there was 8 inches of water in a person’s high end finished basement.  When we got there, there was over 2.5 feet of water in 3k square foot area.  It was a beautifully designed recreation style room of a very large basement that had water flowing into it for two days while the homeowner was away.  The homeowner was so impressed with our quick response, and that we rolled up our pants and walked through his house to be able to help him. What impressed me the most was how relaxed the homeowner was, we built a rapport quickly and he was able to put his trust in us and stay calm.

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Checking in on Work In Progress!

Occasionally in our industry we get called into situations where a customer has had their health impacted as a result of their property damage.  Our staff is always very aware of these situations and takes the extra time and care these situations require.  Our Senior Project Coordinator, Angeliki Zontanos, relates one of the stories below and stresses the importance of not only doing the right job, but listening, empathizing and caring for our customers every step of the way:

I recently was working on a job where my main contact was a tenant’s mother.  She had called in a fire damage that was the result of a cooking fire.  After speaking with the customer’s mother I learned that her daughter had actually suffered 3rd degree burns as a result of this fire was in the intensive care unit recovering.

The mother has been running back and forth, staying at the hospital at all hours of the day to tend to her daughter as well as handling the fire damage clean-up at the apartment on her own.  She had never experienced a property damage like this before and they are not filing an insurance claim so she has no one else to help to guide her through the restoration process.

Throughout this process, I have been communicating with the mother by answering questions, informing her the crew’s arrival and assuring her that we will have the apartment cleaned thoroughly before her daughter’s return.  This was a huge concern as due to her daughter’s condition, her skin is sensitive and the apartment must be cleaned thoroughly from any residue from smoke or grease.

When I proceeded with the follow up call to see how the job was going, the mother informed me she is “grateful” as she is currently “exhausted” and encountering her own health issues; at the time of the call, she was experiencing a headache.  The mother said that the crew was working hard and “appreciates” our call as she “trusts” in us and the work being performed; so much so, she left during mid-day as she felt she was in our crew’s way.

It made me realize that when you take a step back, it is easy to see who our follow up calls and showing compassion makes a difference; it also makes you appreciate and value those around you.

~Angeliki Zontanos

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Checking in on Work in Progress!

Here is a successful follow up story from Sofia Pahidis, Project Coordinator in NJ!

I sent an email to an insured to check in and find out if everything was going smoothly while her job was in progress.  The insured emailed us 10 days after the job was completed and stated that we did a wonderful job, we were quite neat and thanked us for a job well done.  She then added that there were some pretty big gouges in her living room floor and also a few scratches.

We went right out to reinspect the issues and discovered we did not cause the damage.  What the insured thought was damage was the actual nail heads popping out of the floor, and the scratches were nicks about the size of a pen tip.  We explained to her that after we were done with our mitigation process that we clean the floor with a mop head and that if we had damaged the floor we would have corrected it immediately. The insured stated they had their floors refinished not too long ago, therefore, we recommended that she contact the people who refinished the floor to come back and fix it.

She was pleased with our guidance and attention.  We got paid dollar for dollar and in less than 30 days.

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Checking in on our Work in Progress…

Project Coordinators are our customers next point-of-contact while the Project Managers are away, and with that said we should be knowledgeable with the jobs they are on, especially when we speak to them on how the job is going while in progress.

Recently Daniel Fitzharris was out on vacation and one of our projects needed some immediate attention.  The job was in a high school and we had to clean the stains out of the carpet in the main office.  The Director of Facilities for the school called to say that we were very professional, but thought our crew might have accidentally missed a section of a room and requested we go back the next day or day after to address it.  I spoke with the crew and then the contact for the school and everything was straightened out – we actually didn’t miss anything.

I was curious what our crew did to prompt the contact to comment on their professionalism, he said they were nice, but what impressed him the most was they just didn’t say hi – both crew members reached out their hands in a friendly gesture and our contact at the school said you just don’t see that anymore, “People just say hi and that’s it.”

They were very happy of our work as they didn’t need to replace the carpet and the carpet looked great!

~ Debbie Romeo-Johnson, Senior Project Coordinator

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