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 …?”

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!

Why Moving is Good for You

It is well known that moving can be stressful.  In fact, studies have claimed that moving is the third most stressful life event, preceded only by the death of a loved one and divorce! Well, at All Points Moving, we take the stress out of moving.  We think that moving has gotten a bad rap, and want to point out a few reasons why moving is actually a positive experience.

  1. Moving Benefits the Brainmovers-houston-tx_couple-packing-300x300
    Did you know that the brain requires change to stay at peak condition?  Changing it up can help make you smarter.  There’s a region in your brain called the substantia nigra/ventral segmental area (SN/VTA for short) which serves as part of the reward system for the mind.  When you’re in a new and different environment, this part of the brain activates, sends signals to the rest of your brain, and actually improves your memory!  Creativity and mood enhancing chemicals like dopamine are also stimulated by novelty, so forget the negative press on finding a blank slate! Give yourself and your brain a reward with a healthy, positive change in environment, with the help of All Points Moving of course.
    2.  Moving is Good for Families

    The story is one we all know well – get a job, start a family and make a home.  Whether it is anticipating a marriage, a first child, a second or third baby or even a downsize – one of the most common reasons Americans buy a new home is to accommodate changing families.

    Whenever you see a house for sale, stop and think about its future.  Odds are, that house will soon give shelter to a family entering a new stage of life.  Imagine the memories that will be created.  When a house becomes a home, it’s a beautiful thing and it all starts with a move.

    slide4-1.jpg3.  Moving is Good for the Economy

    Changes in the housing market affect the entire economy.  Home sales remain one of the biggest economic indicators in the nation, and the ripples given off by real estate numbers have an effect on everything from the stock market to geopolitical relations.

    On the micro scale, moving is a positive change for families, but on the macro scale, moving is a positive for the economy and the country. Keep the country strong and get moving!

    Take Pride in Moving Day!

    Forget the negativity surrounding moving day.  With the help of All Points Moving, your move can be completely stress free.  Just remember, you’re helping your brain, you’re helping your family, and you’re helping the country as a whole. Reclaim moving as one of life’s most exciting events—start with positivity and call All Points Moving!

Job Relocation: So your job asked you to relocate?

If your job requires you to relocate, you may feel stressed.  However, companies offer a variety of benefits for job relocation.  Each year, Atlas Van Lines surveys employers about the types of reimbursement and assistance they offer to employees who are relocating. This fun infographic shows you some of what you might expect if you are relocating.

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So your job asked you to relocate by Atlas Van Lines

Houston Moving | Spring is the Perfect Time to Move

houston-movers_spring-move-april-300x300After an exceptionally long winter, spring has come to Houston at last.  With all the beauty of the season, you might be tempted to spend the next  few months taking in the sunshine, but research shows that it’s the perfect time to make a change in your life.  At All Points Moving, we know a thing or two about the housing market, and whether you know it or not, Spring is the best time of year to buy a house.  Take full advantage of the pleasant weather by making your move in the spring!

Avoid Buying Competition

According to the US Census Bureau, about 45% of homes are sold in the months of June, July, and August.  The summer is far and away the most popular time to go home shopping, but moving during the peak months can add thousands of dollars to the price of your dream home.

You can avoid bidding wars and take advantage of the down season by moving in the spring!  Homes sold in the spring tend to be on the market longer and sell for less.

See Homes at Their Best

Real estate agents agree, spring is the best time to see homes in Houston!  Residences tend to look neat and tidy because of spring cleaning, and the strengths (and weaknesses) of landscaping shine through to the fullest extent in April and May.  Find out what flowers are blooming and how neighborhood trees and lawns will look at their best.  There’s no better time to envision your new life in the perfect residence than spring.

movers-houston_yard-sale-april-300x300Host a Pre-Move Garage Sale

When moving from one home to another, there tends to be outdated furniture and appliances that just don’t make the cut.  It isn’t unusual to pare down and upgrade possessions before buying a new home, and hosting a pre-move garage sale is the perfect way to sort out the mess and make some money back in the process. But don’t forget to plan it in advance and get flyers out there to let the Houston community know.

Once you’ve found your dream home, All Points Moving will take care of the rest!  For an effortless spring move at an affordable price, call your local Houston moving company today.

College Moving | 3 Tips to Make Your Life a Little Easier

Let’s face it, college move-in days can be difficult.  There are boxes to pack, cars to load, and tears to shed.  At All Points Moving, we’ve been there, and we want to make one of the biggest milestones of your life smooth sailing.

houston-moving-companies_closet-mover-300x300Make college moving in Houston a breeze by following these three simple tips:

Tip #1 – Mind the Essentials

Dorm rooms are tiny, and they won’t fit much beyond the bare necessities.  It’s not unusual for college students and anxious parents to pack everything but the cat. However, don’t forget that small items and daily needs like food can often be bought either on campus or at a store nearby.  That said, don’t forget to pack a fan, a couple changes of bedding, some reminders from home, and maybe a television.  While you’re at it, you may also want to consider bringing along a small plant to freshen up dormitory air.  You’ll thank us later!

Tip #2 – Beware Move-In Rush Hours

Save yourself a headache by avoiding the hours when the dormitory halls are destined to be packed with other students.  When you’re waiting in line just to carry a box up the

movers-houston-tx_moving-tv-300x300stairs, you might regret the time you chose to move in.  Moving midweek instead of during the weekend will make your life a lot easier.  You might even consider a late night move-in to stealth past the freshman hordes.

Tip #3 – Let Us Do It for You!

Forget about the hassle.  Take it easy and let us do it for you!  All Points Moving has been helping parents with this transition since 1984.  When it’s time for children to go away to college, life is stressful and filled with bittersweet emotions.  That’s why we work with you and your family to make college moving as simple as possible.  Call today and let us take a load off your back.

Moving Sale – Out With The Old

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So you’re moving from Houston and needing to get rid of a bunch of household items that have gone unused for a period of time and/or have just overstayed their welcome. We have a few suggestions that might help to make sure you are getting the most out of your moving sale.

A couple of the hardest challenges for most people are choosing between items that need to go and items that need to stay and also how to get the most money for the items you are getting rid of.

After you have decided to have a sale, from the beginning make sure to get your whole family involved. The last thing you want to do is sell an item that has a specific use and/or sentimental value to someone. Be sure your kids and/or spouse are involved in the process of deciding what goes and what stays. Your kids and other family members can also provide a good channel of advertising, to get the word out about the moving sale. Everyone likes a good deal on gently used merchandise, they just need to know where and when to get it!

Moving Sale Location

Be sure to have the sale at a good location, preferably one with a lot of drive by traffic. Be sure that people can get to your sale easily and also make sure that you are not violating any city codes, like in regards to signage.

movers-houston-tx_family_sale_jan_2014-300x300One of the biggest issues people run into when they go to moving sale is the lack of parking and accessibility. If you are having the sale in a back yard or in a location not easily seen from the road, make sure you put up a (legal) sign that helps people feel comfortable about walking around
in your yard or coming around to the back of your house. The last thing you want to have happen is for your sale visitors to feel like intruders.

Moving Sale Time

When is the best time to have a yard sale? Try to choose a date/dates that the most amount of people are most likely to be available. Most garage sales take place in the mornings and on the weekend, when it’s not too hot or too cold. Although weather is not always predictable, try to check the long-range weather forecast to see if there might be a heaving chance for rain. Good weather doesn’t always guarantee a good turnout but bad weather usually always lowers the number of people that will attend your moving sale event.