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Adjuster Insider Newsletter June 2019

Jokes of the Day

D-Day

Boy-laughingI had been teaching my seventh-graders about World War II, and a test question was, “What was the largest amphibious assault of all time?”
Expecting to see “the D-Day invasion” as the answer, I found instead on one paper, “Moses and the plague of frogs.”

Auto Repairs
An auto mechanic received a repair order that said to check for a clunking noise when going around corners.

He took the car out for a test drive and made two right

turns, each time hearing a loud clunk.
Back at the shop, he returned the car to the service manager with this note: “Removed bowling ball from trunk.”

Facebook

In the 1980’s I was riding my bike and fell off and hurt my knee.  I’m telling you this now because we didn’t have social media then.

Hindsight is 20/20

Soon after our last child left home for college, my husband was resting next to me on the couch with his head in my lap. I carefully removed his glasses.
“You know, honey,” I said sweetly, “without your glasses, you look like the same handsome young man I married.”
“Honey,” he replied with a grin, “without my glasses, you still look pretty good too!”

Outback Mobile Phone Tower

Three Aussie blokes working up on an outback mobile phone tower: Bruce, Coot and Bluey.  As they start their descent, Coot slips, falls off the tower and is killed instantly.
As the ambulance takes the body away, Bluey says, “Well, someone’s gotta go and tell Coot’s wife.
Bruce says, “OK, I’m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.”
Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of beer.
Bluey says, “Where’d you get the beer, Bruce?”
“Coot’s wife gave it to me,” Bruce replies.
“That’s unbelievable, you told the Missus her husband was dead and she gave you a case of beer?”
“Well, not exactly,” Bruce says. “When she answered the door, I said to her, ‘You must be Coot’s widow.’ She said, ‘You must be mistaken. I’m not a widow.’ Then I said, ‘I’ll betcha a case of beer you are.'”
Aussies are good at handling the sensitive stuff.


Be a Winner in Our Contest

Heart Charity$200 will be donated to the Winner’s Charity of Their Choice

To Enter:

  • Email your entry to fredm@svmps.com
  • Include your name, company
  • Add the name of your charity
  • Conclude with one or two sentences why you chose that charity

Email your by July 6th, 2019 and the Winner will be selected on July 8th.

See who won at the Facebook page of Fred McGuire SVMPS.

The Small Print:

This contest is managed by ServiceMaster Professional Services.  Contest runs through July 6, 2019.  For a valid entry send an email to fredm@svmsp.com with your name, company name and the name of the charity you would donate the winnings.  Include one or two sentences why you chose that charity.  The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries.  The winner will be selected and notified by email and/or phone on July 8.  Arrangements will be made to have a check presented to the winner’s charity in the following 30 days.


New CE Classes in 2019 and some are FREE!

New CE Classes in 2019The full schedule is now found at Click Here.  While there, you will notice something different.  Now you can get a day of CE classes for FREE!  How?  Call Fred McGuire on his cell phone at (320) 333-5383 with your next client claim and get your choice of a full day of CE.

Course topics include: Water Claims, Ethics, Mold Claims, Fire Claims, Hoarding Claims.  Come and learn trade secrets!


MN Franchise Map and Staff

MN Franchise Map and Staff

If you would like a visual map of the 28 counties we serve in Minnesota and our primary staff, send an email to fredm@svmps.com and I will send you a PDF with all the information.


Life Is Worthwhile If You… 

1) First, life is worthwhile if you LEARN.

  • What you don’t know WILL hurt you. You have to have learning to exist, let alone succeed.

2) Life is worthwhile if you TRY.

  • You can’t just learn; you now have to try something to see if you can do it. Try to make a difference, try to make some progress, try to learn a new skill, and try to learn a new sport.

3) Life is worthwhile if you STAY.

  • You have to stay from spring until harvest. If you have signed up for the day or for the game or for the project – see it through.

4) Life is worthwhile if you CARE.

  • If you care at all you will get some results, if you care enough you can get incredible results. Care enough to make a difference.

Four powerful little words: learn, try, stay and care. What difference can you make in your life today by putting these four words to work?

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn


News Release

 ServiceMaster Professional Services #4045   June 2019

ServiceMaster Professional ServicesThe Marion E. Wade Expert Award is the top award given by ServiceMaster to its franchisees. Each year, four franchises in the United States and Canada are chosen by the ServiceMaster corporate office to receive the award. The winners are chosen according to the quality of their work and customer service, their growth as a franchise, and their leadership and involvement in the community.

We are so incredibly honored to be able to announce to you all that our franchise has been selected to receive the Marion E. Wade Expert award for Disaster Restoration personal lines of service.

What this means is that our local DR department was selected over thousands of other ServiceMaster franchisees as having THE BEST DISASTER RESTORATION DEPARTMENT!!!  It also means that our franchise is one of only 4 franchises that are in the running to receive the top award ServiceMaster awards and we will find out if you all have snagged that top spot in July!


Case Study: Water Damage

case study water damageInitial Call:
CITY IS WORKING ON THE LINES IN THE STREET CAUSING SEWER LINE TO BACK-UP INTO THE LAUNDRY ROOM AND BATHROOM.

Notes from the loss:
Areas will need to be inspected during monitoring and determine game plan for exterior walls. Drying time 3-5 days once exteriors are inspected.

Extracted… (for more details request the one page PDF from fredm@svmps.com)

What We Learned

  • Very small amounts of water on laminate cabinets will damage them quickly.
  • Cabinets do not always need to be detached. We used insulation probes drill 1/8” holes in the back of the cabinets to check for moisture, therefore saving the cost of removing the cabinets with plumbing in them.

Case Study: Fire Damage

case study fire damageAbout the loss:

OIL FIRE ON WOOD BURNING STOVE IN POLE BLDG/GARAGE.  CUSTOMER PUT OIL CAN ON HOT STOVE TO WARM IT UP.  VERY LITTLE TO NO FLAME, LOTS OF SMOKE.  BUILDING IS ABOUT 25×35 AND ½ INSULATED.  THE BUILDING HAS NO ELECTRICITY AT THE MOMENT.

Notes from the loss:

Affected area is part of an exterior garage. Source was wood burning stove. Heavy…

What You Should Know

  • Pole barns with shops usually have large amounts of contents to deal with.
  • Soot from a fire will corrode metal quickly and therefore damaged most of the equipment in this shop.
  • Heavy equipment offers challenges in moving and storage.
  • It is not unusual for customers to desire to keep non-salvageable items. It is up to them to decide what to do with these items.
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