June and July are the busiest months for moves and relocation. Planning and preparation are essential. Here is a simple Five-Step Plan for making your move as painless as possible:
1. For any move in Austin, Houston, San Antonio or Central Texas, of course, contact Elephant Moving and Storage. We have the experience, capability, equipment, facilities, and supplies to handle any residential or commercial move in Texas – all at competitive rates and prices. Contact us by phone, e-mail, or our website for more details and to start the process.
2. About 30 days before the actual move, make a checklist and begin scheduling notifications re utility shut-offs and service transfers; mail service; new address notifications; schools; others.…
Moving is simple. All you need are a couple of big, strong guys and a truck, right?
In reality, moving can be complicated. It demands planning, coordination, the right tools, equipment, supplies, facilities, and most importantly, teamwork. Take, for example, this moving project that we handled recently for a major department store and its interior design firm:
The store wanted to showcase a new collection of home furniture and accessories – about 300 items, both large and small. Rather than simply invite consumers, designers, and other prospective customers to visit a store display, the design firm hired by the store recommended outfitting a real home with hundreds of furnishings and accessories, rotating them over a one-week time span.…
As Austin movers, Elephant Moving and Storage knows better than anyone how bad traffic congestion is in Austin. So we were more than a bit surprised, as you might be, too, when a research group ranked Austin at the very top of the list for the availability of innovative technology that helps reduce our dependence on car ownership.
According to a transportation study published recently by the Frontier Group and the TexPIRG Education Fund…
Austin was the only one of 70 American cities that offers all 11 of 11 innovative technologies for reducing the need to own a car. The 11 technology-enabled transportation services are:
- Car-sharing services (3 types)
- Fleet-based round-trip
- Fleet-based one-way
- Ride-sharing services
- Ride-sourcing services
- Taxi-hailing services
- Bike-sharing systems
- Static transit data
- Real-time transit information
- Multi-modal apps
- Virtual ticketing
The study’s authors contend that “Technology-enabled transportation services have the potential to reduce driving and car ownership, especially among young people.”…
As anyone who’s driven through Austin can attest, the stretch of I-35 that bisects central Austin is a driver’s nightmare. It’s so bad, the state built a super-fast tollway east of I-35 to lure through-traffic away from the interstate. Now a national study confirms it: the situation is as bad as we thought.
The latest analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research arm of the American trucking industry, shows that the stretch of I-35 that bisects central Austin ranks as the 10th worst traffic intersection (out of 100 ranked) in the nation.
Why the researchers included that dreaded stretch of highway with 99 other intersections isn’t clear, but we get the point.…
Heads up to all the wireless device junkies out there: Austin’s new rules became effective Jan. 1, 2015, which means using a hand-held electronic device while driving or cycling could cost you a hefty fine of up to $500. In short, hands-free is OK, hand-held is NOT.
Most drivers seem to understand that using hand-held electronic devices while driving is just asking for trouble, and also – with today’s technology – completely unnecessary. The new city ordinance drives home that point.
At Austin-based Elephant Moving and Storage we applaud and fully support the new ordinance. We’ve had these rules as company policy for a long time.…
Winter is a great time to move!
The rates for winter moving are often cheaper and you will find that you have an easier time renting a moving truck or hiring movers – but you should be aware of potential moving issues so that you can avoid them before they occur. Although the weather in the Austin and Central Texas is typically mild, the occasional winter storm does blow through and can cause delays if you are moving on one of these rare days. If you are moving from Austin or Central TX to another state that generally experiences colder, more severe winter weather you should plan ahead to ensure your journey is a smooth one.…
A lot of customers have asked how they can save money on moves between Austin and Dallas, Houston or San Antonio.
The quotes our sales staff give when they receive a request for moving in Texas between these cities is a price based on an exclusive truck.
With an exclusive truck, the movers will arrive at your pickup location on the day you request, load everything you want to move into the truck, drive directly to your delivery address and unload it all when they get there.
This is an efficient and convenient way to move between cities on your chosen day without having to wait for your belongings.…
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is working on a campaign to help educate consumers on the dangers of using unlicensed moving labor.
Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a licensed mover or an unlicensed moving company. There are countless websites that offer listings, reviews, and ads for moving services.
But if your mover isn’t licensed to conduct moves in Texas then you are risking a lot to save a few dollars.
You are trusting your mover with your home full of possessions, which may include family heirlooms and other items of personal and irreplaceable value.
If your mover is unlicensed then you may not have any recourse in the case of loss or damage.…
Summer is here! School is out until the fall. And what is a student to do with all that dorm room stuff? Turn to us for all your summer storage needs.
We offer long term and short term storage options for a little or a lot! Our storage warehouse is a great place to stash your things for the summer or a semester abroad. Hassle free and worry free! Our crews of experienced professional movers will pick up your things when you need them out and deliver them to wherever you need them, whenever you need them – same room as last year, one a few blocks away, your mom’s house in Houston or a new place in Nashville once you get that post graduation first job!…
Our bigger, better new storage facility
We have upgraded to a larger new storage facility in order to accommodate the growing demand from our customers! If your things were already in storage with us then they have been seamlessly relocated to our new location a couple of miles from our old location. If you need to access your storage items or visit our office to make a payment or purchase packing supplies please come to
Elephant Moving & Storage
440 E. Saint Elmo Rd. Building B
Austin, TX 78745
Questions? Give us a call – our telephone number has not changed: 512.442.6622
And you can always visit us on the web at www.elephantmovingandstorage.com…