• Characteristics of a Quality Mover

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 27, 2015

    Quality MoversNo one ever wants to get stuck with poor service. This is especially true when it applies to what mover you select for your relocation. When you move, you are trusting a moving company with all of your valuable possessions. Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you select a suitable mover. So, in order to select a quality mover, you need first know what characteristics to look for. Below are a few features of a quality mover.

    They provide solid information upfront.

    Moving can be very costly; therefore, it is very important that you know exactly what to expect when the time comes for you to pay your bill. A quality mover will do a few things to assure you that you will not be hit with unexpected expenses. They will come to your home and give you a definite price at how much your move will cost. A quality mover may also provide you with a roundabout estimate, but also inform you that the price will not exceed a certain amount. Along with doing one of these two things, a quality mover will these statements in writing. This is to assure the client that they are not overpaying for services.

    They are organized.

    Movers relocate people in and out of their homes constantly; therefore, they encounter a number of clients on a daily basis. Because of this, it is absolutely necessary that they are organized. Movers need to know their assignment at all times. If they have two clients to move in one day, then it is vital that they arrive at each client’s home at the right time. Failing to do so can result in drastic problems for both the moving company and the client. If the moving company you are interested in seems even slightly disorganized, you should steer clear.

    They have access to adequate resources.

    There are number of supplies that are necessary when moving from one location to another. Large items such as couches, beds, dressers, and etc. cannot be easily moved by people alone. Therefore, quality movers will often have lifts attached to their trucks to assist them with such items. Because they use these specific items, client’s furniture is less likely to turn up damaged. Quality movers will freely inform you of the resources they use during the moving process if they are asked. However, if anyone withholds this information then they are likely not the right movers for you.

    Moving can be a very difficult task; however, when you select a quality mover, they make this process so much easier. When you are selecting a mover, it is very important to research them thoroughly before you make any commitment. It will also be beneficial to read any customer reviews that are online. This will give you an adequate insight into the company through previous customers who have been in your position. At Allied, we are determined to make you an informed mover. Because of that, we will continue to offer you beneficial articles such as this one.


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  • Magnet City: Houston

    by Jackie Heath | Jan 27, 2015
    TexasThe annual magnet states report is out, and Texas once again takes the lead as the most popular destination in the United States for relocation. As the second-largest state in the country, Texas has plenty of room for new residents—and as an economic stronghold, it also has plenty of jobs to offer to go along with it. If you’re looking for an area with affordable homes, great advancement opportunities, and the kind of down-home appeal that’s welcoming to all, Texas is the first place you should turn.

    But where in Texas is the best?

    Even with the hot, humid weather and the occasional hurricane in the backdrop, Houston remains second only to New York City in terms of population growth. See for yourself why so many people are looking to this coastal Texas town for their next big life adventure.

    Moving to Houston, Texas

    There’s no mistaking the main reason people move to Houston: the jobs. Houston has long been considered the energy capital of the world. With more than 5,000 energy-related firms located here (which range from traditional oil/gas companies to renewably energy systems), there’s no question that Houston paves the way for energy jobs.

    And even more importantly—this booming energy market paves the way for increased jobs in manufacturing and technology, which then goes on to trickle down to service industries, healthcare, and education. In short? As long as Houston continues to reap the financial benefits of energy demands, it will continue to grow across the job spectrum. No matter what field you’re interested in, you’re sure to find opportunities here.

    The booming job market also means that the overall economy in Houston stays strong. Although much of the rest of the country suffered when the recession hit, Houston took only a minor dent. Homes continued to be bought, sold, and built, which means housing costs are low even today. People continued to move here for the opportunities, which means you’ll always find growth happening. And arts and culture continued to flourish, which means Houston continues to draw in younger populations to keep the cycle going.

    Enjoy All that Texas Has to Offer!

    Of all the cities in the state, Houston is one of the most quintessentially Texan places to live. Parks and wide open spaces encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors. The business-centered, conservative setting means you can find opportunities in advancement here that are unchecked by government regulations. And the large number of young families and professionals mean you won’t find anywhere in the state so welcoming to the entire family.

    If you want room to grow and a setting that encourages you to do it, you can’t beat Houston, Texas. See for yourself what thousands of new residents every year discover: when it comes to a high quality of life with a low overhead, this is the place to be.

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  • Ask Allied: How Do I Manage a Move from a Distance?

    by Jackie Heath | Jan 23, 2015

    Ask-Allied_DistanceNot every move follows a seamless timeline. Ideally, you go from selling your current house straight to buying a new one, then packing your things and heading on your way. However, relocations (especially ones you undertake for professional reasons) often require you to manage a move from a distance. For example, if you need to move early for a job and live in temporary housing, you might not be free to oversee the moving services.

    So how do you sell a house and/or coordinate a transition without being physically present? It’s not always easy, but with these tips, you can feel confident that it will get done well.

    > A Good (Really Good) Friend or Relative: Putting your entire home’s contents into the hands of a friend or relative might be the ultimate test of love and loyalty, but plenty of people have success going this route. A lot of the time, what you need more than anything else is a point of contact—someone who can be on hand to check up on the house from time to time, answer questions potential buyers have, or be there when the movers arrive to pack everything up and cart it away. Always be sure and offer some kind of compensation (if not money, then a really great gift), and prepare to be flexible if things go wrong. It’s not worth losing a friend over.

    > A Real Estate Agent: Real estate agents don’t just buy and sell homes—they often provide ancillary support for all of the transition process. If you know your move will be a staggered one, try to find a real estate agent who specializes in long-distance relocations (they do exist). Not only can these professionals recommend moving companies and coordinate many of the tasks to be done, but they also have an invested interest in getting your home sold.

    > A General Contractor: Selling a house and packing it up to be moved usually requires some sort of change to the physical structure of your home. From inspections and repairs to regular house checks, you need someone you can trust to handle these details. A general contractor (especially one you’ve worked with in the past) is a good resource for this kind of work.

    > A Spouse/Partner: Although it often puts a strain on families, many find it helpful for one spouse to move to the new location while the other stays behind to oversee the home selling and moving process. This works especially well when children are involved—you can better time their transition so it doesn’t interrupt their education or activities.

    > Rack up the Frequent Flier Miles: You may find that there is no substitute for being present yourself, in which case you should set aside some time (and money) to do a bit of weekend traveling. Most homes will be fine being left in the hands of a real estate agent during the week, while you visit on weekends to clean up, pack up, and handle any lingering repair issues.

    This kind of transition isn’t always easy, but it can be done. Always talk with your real estate agent and moving company in advance so everyone know what they’re working with, and together, we will make it happen.

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  • Process for Picking a Realtor

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 21, 2015

    Pciking a RealtorSo, you’re buying a new home? Well, are you aware that this is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make? Because buying a new home takes a lot of hard work, research, and time, it is vital that you are extremely selective when it comes to choosing your realtor. The best way to complete this task successfully is to follow a simple process. By doing this, you will ensure every “I” is dotted and every “T” is crossed because ultimately you want to protect yourself in the end.

    Know What Type of Property you are Interested In

    There are various types of real estate on the market to choose from. When looking for a home you may be interested in a foreclosure, short-sale, HUD home, or a typical sell. Based on what type of market you are drawn to, that is the type of realtor you need to seek out. For example, not every realtor has experience with foreclosures and others simply do not enjoy selling them. Either way, if you are set on buying a foreclosure, then you do not need a realtor that falls in either one of those categories. They will not be able to offer you the best advice, service, and knowledge as someone who deals with foreclosures on a regular basis.

    Research the Experience of Potential Realtors

    Experience is the best teacher. Ideally, you want to work with a realtor that has at least a few years of experience. So before you make any decisions about what realtor you will choose, an adequate amount of research will be beneficial. You should know how successful that realtor has been with placing people into homes of their preference. Ask the realtor for references. If they are not upfront with offering legit references, then they may have something to hide. Speaking with former clients will give you a great indication of what type of person you are going to be working with.

    Hold a Realtor Interview

    Don’t be afraid to interview your realtor. This is a business like anything else. They want to get hired to find you a home; therefore, they should be ok with you asking them a few questions. If they are not, then you may want to steer clear. It is vital that you and your agent are on the same page. If you are not, then chances are you are wasting your time. Thus, by holing a realtor interview, you will ideally know from the beginning if you and the realtor are a good match.

    Of course, you want to make buying a new home a fun and enjoyable process. In order to make this happen, you need to start by selecting the perfect realtor. Following these helpful tips should make finding a realtor a little easier. At Allied, we are committed to offering you helpful articles like this that are designed to make your home buying and moving process as smooth as possible.

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  • Are You With the Right Agent

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 20, 2015

    A whirlwind of mixed emotions accompany the home buying process.  For this reason it is crucial to work with an agent that collaborates effectively with you.  With certain specifications that you will not budge on, to knowing what you will be able to afford, it can be difficult to find the right home for you and your family.

    Your real estate agent is meant to make your life much easier. Through each step they help guide you to your new home meeting as much of the criteria as possible. But, if your agent is not consistently listening and communicating the process can be aggravating. So how do you know if your agent is actually listening to you?

    Are they Asking the Right Questions

    When starting the process certain questions should be asked by the agent to gain an understanding of where and what to look for. Important question include:

    • > What type of loan you are qualified for?
    • > How much are you looking to spend?
    • > What type of home are you looking for?
    • > Neighborhood specifications?

    If these questions are not asked a red flag should immediately go up. Most likely they are not interested in helping find the best home possible for you.

    Why Are You Showing Me This?

    If your agent is continually showing you homes that do not meet any of your outlined specifications, they are definitely not listening to you. This probably means it is time to move on. Houses are only on the market for so long. An agent should be diligently at work trying to find your next home. Waiting even a day could cause you to miss out on your dream home.

    Not All There

    Is your agent always on their phone? Does it seem like they are hurrying things along or not really “all in” on helping your find your home? This can be a sign that you need a new agent. Some agents who do not always have your best interests in mind show that through not giving you their undivided attention.

    Signs of Inexperience

    Missing an important step in the process of buying a home can cost you. That is why having an experienced realtor is absolutely important. A realtor with experience will make sure that every step is followed thoroughly to make sure that are able to purchase the home you decide on. Having an agent that is not experienced could cost you. Some signs of inexperience may be:

    • > They can explain the contracts
    • > They do not provide full information on the market
    • > They do not ask the right questions from the beginning
    • > Violates certain guidelines that realtors must abide by

    These are just a few signs of inexperience. An agent showing signs of inexperience needs to be avoided.


    Always make sure that you find an agent that will work with you and has the experience necessary to help you find a home. Buying a home is a major life decision and should not be left in the hands of someone who will not have your best interests in mind.

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