Moving on Up! Fry-Wagner Associate Chrissy Morris Promoted to Staff Accountant

The Fry-Wagner – St. Louis branch is proud to officially announce Chrissy Morris as our newest Staff Accountant!

Last month, Chrissy Morris was promoted to the role of Staff Accountant from Accounts Receivable at Fry-Wagner’s St. Louis branch. Chrissy’s promotion is well deserved due to her leadership skills, dependability, and dedicated work ethic.

Chrissy started her journey with Fry-Wagner 3 years ago as an Accounting Intern. Graduating from Florissant Valley Community College with her Associate’s in Accounting, Chrissy went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. In search of a stable and rewarding profession, Chrissy found that accounting was a good fit, due to her love of math and numbers. She believes it is important to always diversify your knowledge base and look for opportunities to learn outside of your comfort zone. 

Chrissy is an upbeat and positive individual, and her favorite aspect of working for Fry-Wagner is her co-workers. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cats. Chrissy and her husband also enjoy going on hikes and finding new places to explore and photograph.

Chrissy’s enthusiasm and hard work makes her truly deserving of this achievement. Fry-Wagner continues to reward and expand the roles of our Employees, Administrative Staff, and Management Team in our never ending quest of “getting and keeping customers.” Keep up the wonderful work Chrissy! We love to see our employees prosper and grow within our organization.

Please join us in congratulating Chrissy on her new role!

Out of the Box: DIY Picture Frames

Once a move is complete it is important to make new and lasting memories in your home. Capture all the memorable moments in your new home and frame them with a picture frame made from your recycled moving boxes. See our step by step instructions, along with our how to video below to learn more about how to create your very own picture frame!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Pieces
  • Box Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Decorative Paper

Step 1:

Trace the size of your photo onto the piece of cardboard you have chosen to use.

Step 2:

Using your box cutter, cut along the lines you traced and pop out the center.

Step 3:

Cut a smaller piece the length and width of the bottom of your frame, then glue to the bottom of the frame.

Step 4:

Repeat step 3 and glue piece to the top of the frame.

Step 5:

Cut another smaller piece the length and width of the frame’s left side and glue.

Step 6:

Glue the frame face down to the decorative paper.

Step 7:

Fold all edges of the paper alongside the edges of the frame.

Step 8:

Along the creases from the fold, cut out each corner of the frame.

Step 9:

Fold and glue all remaining edges of the decorative paper to the frame.

Step 10:

From Corner to corner of the frame, draw a X.

Step 11:

Using your box cutter, cut along the X.

Step 12:

Wrap each individual flap from the X around the frame and glue down.

Step 13:

Glue another piece of cardboard that is the same size as the frame to the back of the frame.

Step 14:

Cut another piece of the remaining cardboard for the stand. Glue this to the back and insert thumbtack for extra support.

Step 15:

Insert photo through the opening on the right side and display!

Moving is stressful, but you can always make moving fun with more of our DIY projects from our Out of the Box blog series. For more fun projects, or to learn more about our moving services visit us today!

Summer Moving: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

If you are in the processes of planning a summer move, then you know exactly how stressful it can be. Summer moves are not only stressful for you, but also for your moving company. There a quite a few benefits to planning your move during the summer months, but unlike summertime, moving isn’t always a big ray of sunshine. There are many pros and cons to planning a summer move, and it is important to know what those are before you officially book your move. That is why the pro movers at Fry-Wagner have put together a list of all the major pros and cons of summer moving below. Check out the good, the bad, and the ugly of summer moving.

The Good:

Good Weather

The weather is a lot less unpredictable during the summer months, which makes it easier to plan and schedule your move.

 

Easier on Kids

Moving while the kids are on summer break gives them the opportunity to help and feel included in the process. With the school year officially completed, children will have time to adjust to their new home and neighborhood, so they can smoothly transition to the new school.

 

Longer Days

Since the sun doesn’t start setting until almost 8 o’clock at night, there are more hours of daylight for your movers to pack, load and unloaded.

 

The Bad:

Availability:

Be sure to contact your mover at least one month before your move, otherwise it could be difficult to find movers with availability.

 

Summer Storms:

Although summer weather is typically sunny and ideal for a move, summer storms can be unpredictable and severe. A thunder storm or tornado can put a damper in your move schedule, in order to protect your belongings.

 

The Cost:

Due to the high volume of moves during the summer, moving costs can go up significantly during the months of May-August. If your schedule allows, it is could be cheaper to move during the off-season.

 

The Ugly:

The Heat:

The heat can sometimes be overwhelming for both movers and customers. It is important for everyone involved in the move to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take breaks.

 

Last Minute Moves:

It is very common for movers to be completely booked during the summer. To avoid scrambling to find available, quality movers, do not wait until the last minute to book your upcoming move.

 

Long Delivery Spreads:

For long-distance moving, the delivery spreads can be longer during the summer due to the high volume. Please be available to accept your delivery at any time throughout your delivery spread. During the summer, it is not uncommon to receive your items towards the end of your delivery spread.

Overall, there are pros and cons to a move, no matter what the season may be, but it is important to know what to expect when you are planning a move during the busiest time of the year. If you need any assistance with your upcoming move, please do not hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Fry-Wagner for help at any time. Call us today to set up your free in-home estimate!

The Ultimate Summer Moving Playlist

It is a well-known fact that music is one of the best ways to relieve stress. According to research, music relieves stress by activating biochemical stress reducers in our brains. However, many don’t know that moving is the third most stressful life event that an individual will face. Moving in the summer time, the busiest season of the year, adds to the overall stress of the move. It is important to keep stress at bay during your move and keep positive and upbeat. Music can be a great tool to achieve a healthy level of stress and positivity during your move. We have put together the ultimate summer moving playlist, so you can have great tunes to get you pumped for your move!

  1. Move Along – All American Rejects
  2. Movin’ Out – Billy Joel
  3. The Way – Fastball
  4. I Like to Move It – Madagascar Original Soundtrack
  5. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
  6. Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zones
  7. Keep it Moving – Alex Newell
  8. Hit the Road Jack – Throttle Remix
  9. Interlude: Moving On – Paramore
  10. Pictures of You – The Last Goodnight
  11. Moving – John Fullbright
  12. Best Days – Eric Hutchinson
  13. Hometown – Twenty One Pilots
  14. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  15. The Great Escape – Boys Like Girls
  16. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  17. Closing Time – Semisonic
  18. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  19. Home – Johnnyswim
  20. I Will Buy You A New Life – Everclear
  21. First Flight Home – Jake Miller
  22. I Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
  23. Follow You Down – Gin Blossoms
  24. Renegades – X Ambassadors
  25. Our House – Madness

We hope that this playlist puts some pep in your step and makes your summer move just a little bit easier. If you are still in need of help with your move this summer, contact Fry-Wagner today to learn more about our summer move process and to get a free in-home estimate today!

5 Summer Moving Statistics You Need to Know

Today is officially the first day of summer, which means moving is in full swing. Summer is the busiest season for moving companies all over the country. Hundreds of thousands of people choose to move in the summer due to better weather, summer breaks, and promotions. There is a lot to know about moving, whether it be in the summer or any other time of the year. Check out these summer moving statistics below!

  1. According to a study in 2015, 50% of people planning a summer move are moving to a new state.
  2. The busiest days of the year to move are June 30th, July 31st, and August 1st.
  3. The average move takes 4 weeks to plan. That is why it is so important to plan! Make sure to schedule your free in-home estimate at least 4 weeks before your move date.
  4. Studies show that 32% of females and 28% of males move every summer.
  5. Half of all moves take place during the summer months. That means that 50% of moves that are done all throughout the year are crammed into just 3 months of the year!

If you are planning a summer move, it is important to get ahead! Moving companies all over the country are reaching capacity for services. It is imperative to make sure you are prepared so your dates will be available. Call your friends at Fry-Wagner today to schedule a free, no obligation in-home estimate today!

Sources: zillow.com, melisssadata.com, mymovingreviews.com, realtrends.com, moving.com.

Moving on up! Fry-Wagner Associate Jerry Chavez Promoted to Director of Operations

The Fry Wagner St. Louis branch is proud to officially announced Jerry Chavez as Director of Operations!

On June 6, 2017, Jerry Chavez was promoted to the role of Director of Operations for Fry-Wagner’s St. Louis branch. Jerry’s promotion from Interim Operation Manager is well deserved. Jerry has been working for the Fry-Wagner family since his college days where he graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Louisville.

Jerry started his journey at Fry-Wagner working with our moving crews. He then moved up, taking on various roles throughout the years within our organization. Some of these roles included working hand-in-hand with our moving crews, project management roles on commercial moves, and running our local dispatch. Following his role as Local Dispatcher, Jerry was promoted to the Assistant Operations Manager in 2014. 

Jerry is a member of the American Moving & Storage Association’s Leadership Program. A program that gives young professionals, in the moving industry, the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their leadership roles within their organizations. Jerry’s mission to lead his team has never gone unnoticed.

Jerry is a hard worker who goes above and beyond to get the job done, and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is well respected by ownership, management, and employees alike. Jerry’s commitment to our company and our customers makes him truly deserving of this achievement.

Fry-Wagner continues to reward and expand the roles of our Employees, Administrative Staff, and Management Team in our never ending quest of “getting and keeping customers.” Keep up the wonderful work Jerry! We love to see our employees prosper and grow within our organization.

Please join us in congratulating Jerry on his new role!

The 7th Annual Wendy Knop Memorial Golf Tournament

Fry-Wagner is hosting our 7th Annual Wendy Knop Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 22nd at The Links at Dardenne in O’Fallon, Missouri.  Wendy was a long-standing Associate of Fry-Wagner who succumbed to a rare and aggressive form of cancer, leaving behind two beautiful children. Thanks to the outpouring of love and support from hundreds of people throughout the past six years, we have been able to help those fighting illness as well as families who have lost loved ones.

This year, Fry-Wagner will be celebrating Reese Werner. Reese Werner is a 4-year-old cancer patient battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia & Chemotherapy induced Cardiomyopathy. She was diagnosed on February 10, 2016, and she has spent the majority of her time this past year at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Last summer she stayed in the CICU for 3 months and finished up what they thought would be her last round of chemo, and she was sent home in remission. After being home for two months,  she relapsed. Now back at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Reese has gone through three different rounds of chemotherapy and none of them worked. The cancer only got stronger.

At this point, Reese’s cancer does not respond to normal chemotherapy. She is currently waiting for her body to get strong enough for a bone marrow transplant. Although this process has been difficult, she has been in such great spirits – running, jumping, playing, and acting like a normal 4 year old little girl. Reese and her family are about to embark on another long journey, one that will hopefully keep Reese here a lot longer.  This little girl is not ready to give up and stop fighting!

Our goal is to make this year’s tournament the best one yet! To make this endeavor successful for Reese, outside support is needed. We are asking for your help, and to join #TeamReese this year by considering the following:

  • Platinum Sponsor – $2000
  • Silver Sponsor – $500
  • Bronze Sponsor – $300
  • Closest to the Pin or Longest Drive Sponsor – $200 each
  • Hole Sponsor – $100
  • Attendance, Raffle, and Goody Bag Prize Donations
  • Golfers

Please see the below links for details on Sponsorships and Golfer Registration!

If you wish to support this very worthwhile cause by donating items, sponsoring at one of the above levels, or entering a foursome, please contact Kelli at kgrundig@fry-wagner.com.

Gifts can be sent to Kelli’s attention at:

Fry-Wagner
3700 Rider Trail South
Earth City, MO 63045

Your support is greatly appreciated!

#TeamReese Sponsorship Form

#TeamReese Golf Registration Form

 

 

The Top 5 Trending Neighborhoods in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is home to many amazing people, places, and things. In previous blogs, Fry-Wagner has taken its readers on a journey through the city of St. Louis to discover all the wonderful things that the Gateway to the West has to offer. St. Louis continues to grow in popularity, as neighborhoods, new and old, continue to flourish. If you are trying to decide where to move to in the STL, check out the top 5 trending neighborhoods in St. Louis.

  1. Kirkwood, MO: Kirkwood, MO is one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in St. Louis. If you are looking for a taste of suburban meets urban living, Kirkwood is perfect for you. Kirkwood is full of quirky historic charm with many different types of living options to fit your lifestyle. If you are looking for a slower pace there are plenty of new and older homes with charming details nestled away on quiet streets in the suburban neighborhood. If city life is more your style, check out downtown Kirkwood, lined with fun shops, unique food options, and apartments right on the strip. Whether you want a historic duplex style apartment or a city high rise, Kirkwood has just what you are looking for in a neighborhood. 
  2. Brentwood, MO: Brentwood, MO is a central location that is perfect for young singles, couples, and families who enjoy the city life, but do not necessarily want to live in the heart of downtown. Located just off interstate 64, downtown St. Louis is minutes away from Brentwood. There are many different types of homes available, both for rent and for sale. Brentwood is located just minutes away from The St. Louis Galleria, amazing restaurants, organic grocery stores, and beautiful parks. 
  3. Edwardsville, IL: Although Edwardsville, IL is not in Missouri, it is still considered a part of the greater St. Louis area. Edwardsville is one of the most up and coming neighborhoods, desired by many, within the area. Edwardsville is a great community for families and young adults. It is home to SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), a college known for its prestigious pharmacy school. This small college town is only about 35 minutes from downtown St. Louis, giving residents the luxury of the big city while enjoying the small college town experience. 
  4. Central West End: The Central West End, a small area just outside of downtown St. Louis is perfect for those who love city living. The Central West End is known for being one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in St. Louis with a bustling nightlife. This area is perfect for singles and young couples who are not quite ready for life in suburbia. There are many amazing restaurants and bars within walking distance from your doorstep! There are also a variety of housing options available; from historic single family homes, flats, duplexes, and high rise apartments with incredible view of downtown St. Louis.
  5. Chesterfield: Chesterfield, MO is one of the most popular St. Louis neighborhoods for families. Chesterfield is sprawling with beautiful, newer homes, close to many popular restaurants, bars and shopping malls, and is only about 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. There is always something to get involved in within the community. Chesterfield is also home to one of the best school districts in St. Louis, making it a great place to call home for families of all sizes. 

If you are moving to St. Louis soon and debating on which area would be perfect for you, do more research on our top five trending neighborhoods to see if any of the areas listed above are right for you and your family. When you begin planning the move process to St. Louis, call the movers at Fry-Wagner to help you with all your relocation needs. Fry-Wagner has been servicing the St. Louis area for over 100 years! Contact us today to learn more about the move process or to schedule a free in-home estimate.

The Top 5 Moving Tips from National Moving Month 2017

National Moving Month may be ending next week, but peak moving season has just begun! Nearly half of the 43 million Americans who move every year move during the summer. That is almost 21 million Americans moving in just a matter of 3 months! Therefore, the summer months are extremely busy for moving companies. Get ahead of your move by following our top 5 moving tips from 2017 below!

 

  1. It is recommended that all live plants be transported with you. If a mover does transport a live plant, they are not responsible for the condition of the plant upon delivery. 
  2. Create your move plan by mapping out a different task to do each day before your move, so you are well prepared. https://pixabay.com/en/diary-pen-teacup-writing-calendar-2116244/
  3. Plan a yard sale before your move to help declutter and make some extra cash.
  4. Plan ahead! Establish dates and location. Call moving companies and get quotes for your move. Check out all our Dos and Don’ts of summer moving here.
  5. Don’t leave questions unanswered! Make sure you understand your move process completely. If you have more questions, check out the helpful FAQ video below.

 

Fry-Wagner is here to help with all your moving needs all year long! We have vast amounts of moving info on our website. Click here to view more helpful moving tips, so you can be prepared for your upcoming move. You can also contact us at any time to schedule a free in-home estimate!

Out of the Box: Target Golf Game

Summer is coming, which means that kids everywhere are going to be in need of something to keep them busy while they are at home. This month’s Out of the Box project is fun and easy! Follow the steps below to create this entertaining game for the whole family!

Supplies:

1 Medium Sized Box

Box Cutter/Scissors

Ruler

Pen/Pencil

Colored/Construction Paper

Glue

Decorating Material of your Choice

Step 1:

Using your ruler, measure out the 5 different sized slots you would like on your golf game, there is no specific size each slot should be.

Step 2:

Using your box cutter or scissors, cut each slot out.

Step 3:

Using your scissors and construction paper, cut out a border to go around each slot. Label the slot with the amount of points you choose. Typically, the wider the slot is, the easier it is to score; therefore, the wider slots should earn fewer points.

Step 4:

Decorate your box to your liking.

Step 5:

Grab a putter, a golf ball, and enjoy!

If your family loves golf then take the time to check out Fry-Wagner’s upcoming golf tournament, The 7th Annual Wendy Knop Memorial Golf Tournament. This year our golf tournament will be in support of Reese Werner, a 4 year-old battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia & Chemotherapy. You can join our cause by supporting Reese on her journey to wellness by donations, participation in the tournament, or tournament sponsorship. For more information on how you can become a part of our tournament this summer please see the information below.

#TeamReese_Golf Registration Form 2017

#TeamReese_Golf Sponsorship Form

7th Annual Golf Tournament – #TeamReese