What to Know When Moving to Houston

Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States and continues to grow extremely fast. Thousands of people are moving to Houston every year. We want to share a few reasons why.

moving-to-houstonHouston has an incredible job market.

According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, more jobs were created in the first half of 2013 than in any other city. Houston leads the way in both the oil and gas industry and also has strong manufacturing, technology and business industries. Houston is second only to New York City for the greatest amount of Fortune 500 companies.

The Cost of Living is Low

The housing market in Houston has remained relatively stable while housing prices in other areas of the country have increased. Housing costs are 22% below the national average and the median list price for a home is around $199,000 making moving to Houston much more affordable than other cities.

There is No State Income Tax

That’s right – no state income tax! Additionally, the state also has the lowest tax bill per household in the United States.

Educational Opportunities

The Houston area is home to several prominent school districts, prestigious colleges and universities and a diverse selection of private schools which offer great educational potential for all. The education level in the city is also among the highest in the state. Some of the top colleges in the country are located in Houston including Rice University, a private research university that ranks as the top school in Texas and as the 30th in the country.

relocation-moversImpressive Attractions

There are plenty of things to do and places to see in Houston including sporting events, museums and restaurants. The city is home to three professional sports teams: the Rockets, the Astros and the Texans. Houston’s Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the world. Not to mention that Houston is known as the “space capital of the world” and is home to Space Center Houston, NASA’s center for human spaceflight. Just about any type of food can be found in the city as Houston is home to over 11,000 restaurants. But, the town is best known for Tex-Mex cuisine.

The lower cost of living and low taxes paired with the employment boom has helped to make Houston a great place to live, learn and work. Have fun in your new city!

Learn more about Houston at http://www.atlasvanlines.com/cities/texas-tx/houston-tx/.

What Would It Be Like to Move… The Houston Space Center

All Points Moving is proud to be a local Houston mover, and starting this month, we’re celebrating some of Houston’s best attractions and events—then asking, “what if we were moving them?”  Get excited about moving, and get excited about Houston!  This month:  The Space Center Houston!  Wow!  What an exciting place to move!

Houston Space Center | http://spacecenter.org/

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If you’re not familiar with the Houston Space Center, you must be living on the moon!  It is the official visitor center for the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center—NASA’s center for space flight activities.  If you remember “Houston, we have a problem,” then you’ve heard of them.  In the 60’s, NASA’s mission control was located near here (you can tour the mission control facilities when you visit the Space Center).  Today, the Space Center stands as a monument to NASA’s accomplishments, serves as an all ages interactive educational resource, and offers programs where school children can experience what it’s like to work for NASA.

Everyone in Houston should visit the Space Center at least once in their lives, but we have to imagine that moving the Space Center would require more than a single trip!  Let’s blast off on an imagination vacation in T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

What Would It Be Like to Move the Space Center?

First off:  Space Rocks.  The Space Center has plenty of them, and you have to imagine that they’re too heavy to comfortably lift and carry around without professional assistance.  NASA scientists may know their stuff, but this is a job for the pros!  They need a mover.  We would build custom crates for these scientific treasures transport with a temperature controlled truck. That ought to do the trick.

Sensitive Computer Equipment: Moving sensitive computer equipment is one of our specialties. We do it all the time.  We have the experience, we have the equipment, we have the manpower. Sensitive computer equipment moved in perfect condition, on time, and in a cost effective manner? Check.

houston-moversSpace Shuttles: These things are hundreds of feet tall and can weigh up to one hundred of tons.  There is a special protocol for moving these.  We actually  have movers in our network who have moved space shuttles before.

Tune in Next Time for More “What Would It Be Like to Move…

Well, that’s about it for this installment.  We left a lot for the imagination, but suffice to say,  we can move it!  Join us next month as we continue to celebrate our hometown, and ask ourselves, “what would it be like to move …?”

Houston Named the Best Place to Move to in the Nation

Enjoy some Texas hospitality and call All Points Moving to help you with your relocation to Houston,Texas, one of the most popular moving destinations in the US!  According to CNN Money and Business Insider, Houston is the place to be!  With it’s thriving culture and fabulous ethnic cuisine, seafood restaurants, and that marvelous Texas barbecue, the draw is obvious.  Is your family one that’s decided to take in all that Houston has to offer?  Let our friendly staff at All Points Moving make the transition to Houston one you can anticipate with pleasure!

houston-movers-city-at-night-300x199Home to twenty-six Fortune 500 companies and the largest medical center in the world, Houston is one of the best places in the US to work!   All Points Moving is proud to be part of Houston’s wonderful business culture, and it’s no wonder that one of our most popular services is industrial and office relocation.  Companies are moving to Houston, and we are thrilled to call ourselves Houston natives!

Need more reasons to move to Houston?  Your paycheck will go further in Houston than in any other metropolitan area. Average pay in Houston is higher than other cities, and the cost of living is lower.  Plus, Houston’s unemployment rate is far below that of any other city in the nation.

Culturally, Houston is a hotbed of art and history, with nineteen museums in a 1.5 mile radius (the Houston Museum District).  That’s just part of the reason why All Points is prepared to assist you with moving art collections!

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Education?  Houston is home to two major universities, the University of Houston and Rice University!  And for those who prefer something a bit more exciting, Houston also boasts  the biggest rodeo you’ve ever seen — the annual Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show, which brings in over 2.4 million spectators a year.  And of course, don’t forget about Texas football!  The Astros may be having a rough season, but if keep your eye on The Rockets, the Houston Dynamo, and The Texans you won’t be disappointed.

It’s no wonder that so many families have decided to move to Houston!  Have you been thinking about a move?  Let a local Houston mover help get you to the promise land.  We’re an agent of Atlas Van Lines and are qualified to move almost anything. Hope to see y’all soon!

How to Make Moving Less Stressful for Pets

moving-with-pets-300x300As you prepare for your moving day by getting items packed, cancelling utilities, changing addresses, and securing a trustworthy moving company, take a moment to think about your pet.  Whether you have a cat, dog, fish, bird or snake, moves can be extremely stressful for animals.  With that in mind, here are 10 tips to ensure a low-stress move for your pet:

        1. Find a veterinarian in your new location before you leave, and send them copies of your pet’s health records.
        2. Consider having microchip ID inserted under your pet’s skin, and also make sure they are collared and tagged with your name and phone number.
        3. Do a test run.  If you pet has rarely been in a car or crate, try a test run with your pet.  Let them become familiar with the smell of the car and their crate.
        4. When packing, make sure your pets items are packed together and easily accessible.  When you arrive at your new residence, you can quickly make your pet comfortable in a bathroom while the movers begin unpacking.
        5. On moving day, consider asking a friend or family member to watch your pet, and if that is not possible, isolate the animal in a quiet room with a closed door so they are sheltered from the chaos of moving.
        6. Stick to their routine as much as possible.  Try to feed, bath and exercise your pet at the same time as normal to help them adjust to their new setting.
        7. Be aware that small animals such as birds, fish and reptiles can be very sensitive to changes in their water.  Bring containers filled with water from your old home and test the water in your new home.
        8. Regulate the temperature.  Birds and reptiles are affected by changes in temperature, and may become agitated if too cold.
        9. Avoid tranquilizers for your pet unless explicitly discussed with your veterinarian as they can sometimes have adverse side effects and even make your pet more hyperactive and excitable.
        10. Remain calm and give them lots of love!  Animals can sense your feelings, and the best way to keep them calm is to stay calm yourself.

10 Reasons We’re the Best Houston Moving Company!

All Points Moving and Storage is not your average moving and storage company.  We can proudly say that we are the BEST moving company in Houston.  Here are just 10 of the many reasons why!

10.  We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and are members of the Southwest Movers Association.  These are stellar organizations whose accreditations reflect our commitment to customer service.  We are professionals and treat our customers accordingly.

houston-movers-atlas-truck-july-2014-300x3009.  We are an agent of Atlas Van Lines, which gives our customers access to our network of over 800 agents represented in 140 countries!  You can relocate anywhere in the world and know All Points Moving and Storage and Atlas Van Lines are here to support you.  International moving is no problem.

8.  150,000.  This is the number of cubic feet of storage our warehouse has to offer!  We can accommodate anyone’s storage needs, from individuals to corporate customers.

7.  Climate controlled storage!  We offer open, enclosed, and climate controlled storage options, all of which are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  On top of that, we are fully insured for fire, water and theft.

6.  Three words: Rental Moving Crates.  These will make your next office or industrial move completely painless!  They hold up to two times more than your average box, can be stacked up to five high, and roll for easy movement.

5.  Our employees are professional packers and movers.  They expertly pack and move even the most breakable items with ease.  If we don’t have the perfect box, our employees will build custom crates to transport your valuables!
5ql4.  Office and industrial relocation.  Large corporations trust All Points Moving with their business relocation.  All of our clients get the same high quality of service.

3.  The governor loves us!  All Points has been recognized by the Texas Governor’s Office as a “Pinnacle Mover,” demonstrating our ability to provide consistently high levels of customer service, safety and consumer satisfaction.

2.  We are partnered with $mart $ell Home Staging who will help sell your home!  Let these experts help style your home and let us store your items while it is on the market.  Providing service above and beyond the norm is just one component of our commitment to excellence.

1.  We can provide you with a Free Instant Moving Quote.  Just enter the dates, destination of your move and the number of rooms you will be moving, and we can provide you with a quote in a matter of seconds.  Take the guesswork out of your moving costs!

Being the best isn’t a brag, it’s a promise.  If you’re beginning a new adventure in your life, call the BEST Houston moving company, All Points Moving and Storage!

Houston Movers You Can Trust

Moving is already a difficult enough venture to undertake, but you need to know you can trust those who you enlist to move you. Your belongings are important and sometimes, things that are lost or stolen cannot be replaced. For this reason it is imperative that you choose your Houston movers carefully.

We move for all different kinds of reasons. Maybe it is because your family is getting too big and you need a bigger house. You may have a new job that is just too far away for you to commute everyday. It could also be an effort to downsize on expenses. Either way, you are making a big life choice for yourself and all those involved. The last thing you should have to worry about is the trustworthiness of those handling your belongings.
movers-houston-tx_family_sale_jan_2014-150x150At All Points Moving, we have been doing business with people in and around the Houston area since 1984. We make sure that your move is affordable and handled with the utmost care. Our trained and experienced movers will take pride in making sure your belongings get from point A to point B safely and in a timely manner.

Our customers have relied on us for three decades now and we are pleased to offer affordable storage at a great price as well. We have over 150,000 cubic feet of warehouse space, so you can rest assured there is always going to be a place for your important belongings regardless of the phase of moving.

A move can be a vulnerable time for you and your family. You need a Houston moving company you can trust to make sure this transition is as painless as possible. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Chances are that we moved them as well.