Houston’s Best Restaurants

As a Houston mover since 1984, All Points Moving and Storage is proud of many of the city’s unique world-class attributes — food, of course, being at the top of the list. Houston is home to over 11,000 restaurants! Sometimes referred to as America’s most dynamic food city, we have just about every type of restaurant imaginable. From African to Thai food, you will be sure to find something that satisfies your taste buds. Here are a few town favorites that you should try out!

Oxheart

Offering superb entrees featuring Texas’ favorite ingredients, Oxheart is truly a Houstonian place. Known for local and seasonal menu options, chefs at Oxheart combine traditional ingredients to create a unique twist. The relaxed service style is also unique in that the chef and cooks explain each course of a meal to guests. Also unique to Oxheart is custom utensils specially crafted by a local blade smith.

houston-moving-company-best-restaurantsThe Pass

 

Known for its luxurious and modern style, The Pass has a sophisticated, yet fun, atmosphere. Chefs at this unique eatery encourage guests to view ingredients in a different way and put a new twist on everyday foods. Enhancing the atmosphere is an alternative-rock soundtrack, adding an edge to the luxurious style.

Killen’s Barbeque

Barbeque cuisine is beefed up at Killen’s, literally. This new restaurant has quickly become known as a premiere destination to enjoy barbeque, especially beef. Killen’s is famous for its incredible amount of attention paid to smoking methods using different varieties of woods and techniques. The restaurant is known for long lines, but also fast service.

 

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Common Bond Café and Bakery

Common Bond Café and Bakery shares a motto “Only for All,” believing that fine cuisine should be available to everyone. The staff at this state-of-the-art bakery is well-trained and produces croissants and pastries that competes with the best of the best. With a welcoming atmosphere and critically acclaimed food, it’s no surprise that Common Bond is a town favorite.

Caracol

Caracol offers traditional coastal Mexican fare in a unique “beach getaway” setting. The restaurant seeks out the best ingredients from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Pacific Oceans for their authentic menu. However, the menu is not limited solely to seafood. Caracol also offers several of Houston favorites including char-grilled flank steak. Known for alert service and an inviting atmosphere, Caracol has easily become a Houston favorite.

Houston is a food-lover’s paradise with countless options for even the most finicky eaters. A full list of Houston’s top 100 restaurant picks can be found at http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/top-100-restaurants/.

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/.

Houston Museum Guide

Home to its own museum district, Houston is no stranger to art. Here at All Points Moving in Houston, we support the arts and want to share a few of the best places in the city to enjoy them.

Holocaust Museum of Houston

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The Holocaust Museum of Houston presents artifacts, photographs and film footage that documents pre-war life in Europe, the Holocaust and its effects. The museum features a standing history exhibit in addition to seasonal art exhibits. The Holocaust Museum of Houston strives to educate the public about the horrors of the Holocaust and teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. In addition to its standing and temporary exhibits, the museum also displays a Holocaust-era railcar used to transport captive Jews to concentration camps and a Danish rescue boat that was used to rescue a great deal of survivors.

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum is the nation’s first weather museum. Beginning as an outreach project of the Weather Research Center, this one-of-a-kind museum contains a weather history exhibit with antique meteorology equipment, a cyclone room with its own cyclone chamber, a theater, a “weather wizard” corner with demonstrations by meteorologists and even a TV studio with a teleprompter and a green screen where guests can tape themselves delivering a weather report.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States. The museum houses a planetarium, a giant screen theater, a butterfly exhibit and a fascinating array of other exhibits featuring astronomy, earth science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition to this, the museum also maintains two additional facilities: the George Observatory which houses two of the largest telescopes in the country and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland.

 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest cultural institution in the southwest United States. The collections of the MFAH contain American art, European paintings, pre-Columbian and African gold, decorative arts and design, photography, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture and Latin American art. The MFAH also contains a cinema, two research libraries and public archives.

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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Located in the heart the Museum District, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life. Through original publications, exhibits, lectures and educational programs, CAMH dedicates itself to presenting the best and most exciting art for the public to enjoy – for free. The museum contains two galleries which offer eight to ten exhibitions annually.

For a full list of museums in Houston, visit http://houstonmuseumdistrict.org/.

All Points Moving Named 2014 “Best Pick” by EBSCO

All Points Moving and Storage is proud to have been named a 2014 Best Pick by independent research firm EBSCO! EBSCO surveys top rated companies.  It chooses companies who have more than one hundred local reviews, maintain an A grade annually, and hold the proper licenses and insurance for their industry to be considered for the award.  For close to twenty years, they have surveyed thousands of businesses to find the very best service providers in a variety of fields.

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How Was All Points Moving Chosen as a Best Pick?

After finding companies who qualified for consideration through a wide range of standard industry performance reviews, EBSCO conducted independent research and interviewed actual customers. In candid telephone conversations, recent customers in Houston rated and described their experience with All Points Moving as excellent.  Based on their research, EBSCO determined that All Points Moving garnered an A rating across the board, beating out all other competing companies and earning the distinction of being named a 2014 EBSCO Best Pick.

Company owner Paul Moore stated, “Becoming a great moving company is something we’ve been working on since our inception in 1984, and we are pleased to be recognized by EBSCO for our accomplishments as household movers and office and industrial relocation experts.”

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Best Houston Moving Company

It’s official, All Points Moving is 2014’s Best Houston Moving Company!  Thank you to EBSCO Industries for choosing All Points Moving as Best Pick, to the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) for designating All Points as a “ProMover,” and to the Southwest Movers Association for naming All Points a “Pinnacle Mover.”

As an Atlas agent, All Points Moving can help you move on a local, regional, national, and even international scale.  We’ll continue to offer our best services to our customers through home and business moving, including packing, unpacking, storage, and crating services.

EBSCO, we hope to see you again in 2015!

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!

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