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If there is one thing you should know before you move to Birmingham, it’s that we like to give a little back. Sozo Trading Company benefits Sozo Children, a non-profit benefitting orphans in Uganda. Now, the local Birmingham thrift store is donating to Sozo Children with the opening of their new location.

Sozo Trading Company reportedly received so many mounds of clothing donations that they had to open a new thrift store in Avondale. What makes Birmingham movers so excited about the new local thrift store is that all profits go towards helping orphans in Uganda.

But wait, it gets better! If you are moving to Birmingham and could use some assistance with clothing, or like to purchase vintage clothing from thrift stores, Sozo Trading Company is also lending aid to anyone in the community who needs it. Sozo Trading Company can be found at 4 41st Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35222, and they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After your Birmingham movers have finished moving you in to your new home, if you have any clothing that you have decided not to hang in your closet, bring it to Sozo’s new location and help support the children of Uganda.

When it comes to moving, there are a couple secrets that you should know for the 2015 moving season and new resident of Connecticut, Christina Leoni, learned one moving secret the hard way.

July is the peak-moving month, as it is the very last month that families can scramble to try and get their move completed before their children have to go back to school. As a result, not only are Birmingham moving companies bombarded with moves, but so are the rest of the movers across the nation. On top of that, most homeowners do not do their research before hiring a local moving company. The end result, the homeowner hires the moving company that offers the best price, their move is completed (with the moving company most likely inflating the original quote), and there commonly is damage to furniture or lost items, which is exactly what Leoni learned.

Once Leoni’s move was completed, she realized that she was missing very personal belongings. Leoni paid one moving company $4,000 to complete her long distance, intrastate move. They moved Leoni’s entire life, and they stole a piece of it as well. According to Leoni, during her move she lost an old cedar chest that held generations of family history, photos, and awards.

Birmingham movers, The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration urge homeowners who are moving to make a list of all of your belongings and make sure that each item arrives at your destination. Have the moving company that you hire sign off on the list before your move, so that they know that your list matches theirs and vice versa, and then all items should be accounted for. If your mover knows that you are knowledgeable about the moving process and are fully capable of holding them responsible, they will be more willing to make sure they do a good job.

However, there is one secret piece of advice that Leoni took from her unfortunate moving experience; take your personal belongings with you. The only true way to make sure that the items you cherish most are not lost or stolen is by having them in your possession.

If you are moving to Birmingham, don’t fall victim to fraudulent moving companies. All My Sons Moving & Storage has been moving families like yours for over 20 years. Our professionally trained moving crew will handle your move as if it was our own family, from our family to yours.

The Better Business Bureau is cracking down on moving companies and warning people to be aware of dishonest moving companies in their area. Advice from the BBB and Birmingham movers – do your research!

In 2014, the BBB received 9,000 complaints regarding moving companies doing shoddy work, breaking items, being hours late, not showing up at all on the day of the move, increasing original quoted prices, and more. The biggest complaint – damaged or missing items.

The BBB, along with professional, credited Birmingham moving companies, urge you to do your homework in enough advance, so that you are not rushing last minute to hire a mover to come and move you to your new home. The BBB and local Birmingham movers also recommend that you check how long the company has been in business and verify that number. You can also request the moving company’s MDOT number and U.S. DOT number to check online to make sure they are licensed and insured. Check the mover’s website and see if they have accreditations from organizations. If your mover is legit, they will do an at-home moving quote, and the BBB suggests that you get three of these before you choose. Never settle for a phone quote, online quote, or pay cash up front before the move takes place.

All My Sons Moving & Storage Birmingham has been moving industry for over 20 years. All of our locations are licensed and certified and you can find their MDOT and U.S. DOT number on their website for you to double check. During our 20 years in business, we have worked hard to perfect the craft of moving and take the stress off of families. If you are looking to move in-state, out-of-state, or even internationally, All My Sons agrees with the BBB and urges you to do plenty of research when hiring a local mover to move your most treasured item – your family.

Local movers are getting their moving trucks ready for the influx of new residents that are expected to move to Birmingham once the construction of a new downtown office complex is completed. What is predicted to be the tallest skyscraper that the city has ever seen, plans were recently submitted to build a 346 foot office block at 103 Colmore Row. This would mean the demolition of the NatWest Tower, and the construction of a completely new tower.

Currently on the desk awaiting approval by Birmingham City Council, Sterling Property Ventures and Rockspring were the developers who constructed the plan to tear down the 1970s building that has been vacant since 2003.

Since the current office tower does not do much for the city as is, Birmingham moving companies and residents alike, are hoping that the construction of the new office tower will draw more residents to the downtown area and make the city more appealing for business.

However, managing director of Sterling Property Ventures James Howarth, explains that their goal is not to appeal only to large business, but rather, “We are keen it becomes a destination for the people of Birmingham. The winter garden and skyline restaurant mean it will be accessible to all.”

Eric Linden, European director at Rockspring, said: “It’s our first investment in Birmingham and we are really proud of it. It is an elegant, modern building, symbolic of the city’s ongoing regeneration.”

If Birmingham City Council passes the proposal, the tallest office tower / skyscraper is said to be completed by 2018.

Eight years ago, a store like no other of its kind opened in Birmingham. What’s on 2nd has quickly become a Birmingham treasure chest – overflowing with unique trinkets in every single corner. No matter how many times locals flock to this quirky store, every time they turn their head they will see something new! What’s on 2nd has turned into locals’ go-to store for awesome gifts, and a place for tourists to kill hours at a time.

What’s on 2nd is located at 2306 2nd Ave. North in Birmingham, so if you are new in town, or even just passing through, Birmingham movers recommend that you get sucked into this black hole of 20th century trinkets and collectibles.

As reported by Jay Reeves for, “The restroom is packed with Elvis Presley memorabilia — all for sale — and a witch shares shelf space with a giant Virgin Mary decoration in the holiday department upstairs. A toy Darth Vader stands sentinel beside a poster from the 1960s musical ‘Hair’”.

Look up and look down and you will find something that is sure it catch your attention. What’s on 2nd is decorated wall to wall, floor to ceiling, with hundreds of items that store owners Steve Gilmer and Ian Philips have collected to sell, all with the same theme of what they call “tacky, tasteless, or irreverent.” Although that may not sound alluring, Birmingham movers and locals alike, assure out-of-towners it is a sight that you will not want to miss!

For the past 26 years, elementary, middle, and high school students try to come up with ways that they can drop an egg 100 feet off of the ground and not have it crack. In Birmingham, this is known as the Annual Brent Newman Memorial Egg Drop Contest, sponsored by the UAB Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering.

As part of the contest, students have to design containers or apparatuses that can hold a raw egg and keep it from breaking, after they release it from the top of the Vulcan statue (which is roughly 105 feet tall). The contest aims to engage young students to think creatively and hopefully go into the field of engineering in the future.

This year was the 26th annual egg drop and the schools that participated were: Creek View Elementary, Isabella School, Gadsden Middle School, and Oak Mountain High School. Over 400 students participated this year.

If you are moving to Birmingham and you have children, Birmingham movers want you to be aware that the aforementioned schools are great schools to look into, that foster creativity, critical thinking, and can fuel your child’s academic and professional future.

You are planning a move and have no idea where to start. You may ask yourself, “What should I pack first and where should I even put these belongings?” Although it seems hard, there are some Birmingham moving companies, such as All My Sons, that are willing to assist you. With several decades of experience and excellent customer service, we are the perfect choice when you need to make a move, whether it is local or not.

Keeping Items Safe and Protected

As movers, our first goal is to ensure that your belongings are protected. We wrap padding around furniture items, such as couches, bureaus and coffee tables to ensure that they do not become damaged while we are transporting them from your home to the truck and then into your new home. Along with padding wrap, we offer plenty of other packing supplies for some of your non-furniture items, such as clothing, shoes and collectibles.

Why You Should Leave It Up to the Professionals

Moving on your own becomes stressful, especially if you do not have what you need to pack and transport your belongings. We are a full-service moving company that helps with the process from start to finish. And, it does not matter if you are moving to a new neighborhood or to an entirely different city because we offer to help with out-of-state moves too. We are one of the most reliable Birmingham moving companies available.

You are planning to sell your home and want to have an open house. Potential buyers want to have a look at what is on the market before they commit to buying anything. With many of your belongings still in your home, you may not be able to handle the daunting task of transporting everything to a storage facility. If you are already stressed because potential buyers will come to view the home in the next few days, we here at All My Sons in Birmingham are here to help. We are one of the Birmingham moving companies that can quickly and efficiently transport belongings.

Gathering What You Do Not Need

You may want to leave some items in the home to achieve that staged and livable environment during the open house. However, you may have a lot of other items that you need to put in storage so that the home does not look cluttered. Gather those items and then we will help you wrap them, pack them and take them to a secure storage facility.

 Keep It Simple and Avoid Any Hassle

Avoid packing, hauling and driving all of your belongings to the storage facility alone. As one of the greatest Birmingham moving companies available, we will make sure to handle the hard work for you, which would include providing packing supplies, carrying items out, loading belongings on the truck and quickly relocating them while you focus on selling your home.

It is officially springtime in Birmingham, Alabama and residents here love the great outdoors! New to the area and have no idea what outdoor activities are the most popular for you to try? Birmingham moving companies love to help new residents and families out, so here are a few of our great city’s most popular outdoor activities for spring!

Turkey Hunting. The number one outdoor activity in Alabama is turkey hunting and it is officially turkey hunting season so get ready to hear about it all around town. Turkey hunting is as popular as college football in town, so if you have young boys, it might be a good idea to take them to a hunters safety course in the area and start learning how to catch your very own Thanksgiving dinner!

Deer and Swine hunting. Yes, more hunting. You can’t live in Alabama if you are pro not hunting game animals. Every year, local hunters propose bills that would allow them to bait deer and swine, and this year, it is back on the table – just so you can get an idea of how much hunting means to the locals.

Fishing. Fishing is a great way to get some bonding time in with your family, especially if you have just moved to Birmingham, it is a great way to see the great Alabama outdoors and relieve some stress. However, this fishing season is starting out a little rainy, with smaller windows of time available for fishermen to cast their lines.

Music. Spring brings a ton of country music and concerts, so be sure to listen to local radio stations and local news stations to find out the exact dates, times, and ticket prices.

Quaint Birmingham restaurant hot-spot Babalu has been known to residents as “tacos and tapas” but there might be other things on the menu that are so delectable, they may want to rethink their coined nickname.

In a recent excerpt on, columnist Alec Harvey explained his experience at Babalu, elaborating on the fact that their guacamole is just amazing, and made tableside for $9.95.

“Two Hass avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, red and green onion, kosher salt, cilantro and lime juice are standard, and you can add bacon or jalapenos for $1. Served with house chips, it’s a delicious way to kick things off,” said Harvey.

But that’s not all, the popular Birmingham “tacos and tapas” eatery also features tacos that can be stuffed with redfish, pulled pork, chicken, or veggies. When it comes to tapas, Birmingham movers think the manly residents in town would love the steak on a stick or the braised short ribs.

If you have already gone to Babalu a million times for Taco Tuesday, and you want a break from tacos, but your friends still want to go? No problem, the restaurant’s Baba Burger and grilled lamb sliders are just as delicious!

If you are new to the area, be sure to check out Babalu for your “tacos and tapas” needs, and view their entire menu here: