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For those who have been contemplating moving to Birmingham, local residents, local movers, and real estate agents know that you may be searching for the reasons why people move to Birmingham. As of late, here are a few!

Hello decent house prices! Birmingham, Alabama is quite affordable and you’d probably want to move here immediately, especially when your wallet will feel more full, more often.

There are a lot of interesting places to go and see. Birmingham has a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, bars and live performances, so you can soak up pretty much everything that Birmingham has to offer.

Birmingham is not too north and not too south in regards to location in the state, which makes it great to travel to and from.

Speaking of traveling, most people who go to Venice see beautiful canals, but why not go to Birmingham? They have more canals than Venice! There are also great beaches like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Birmingham is a city that is always moving forward and has great job opportunities, making it perfect for those who are moving with families and will be needing careers that are not extremely difficult to find.

Some very popular, safe, excellent neighborhoods (outskirts) are Forrest Park, Highland Park, Cestwood, South Eastlake, South Roebuck, South Avondale, Redmont Park. Living in the suburbs are an excellent thing to keep in mind when researching your move to Birmingham.


 

Your first night after moving to Birmingham and being in a new home can be both frustrating and frightening. The first night in your new home after moving can be frustrating if you did not hire full-service Birmingham movers to unpack your belongings, leaving the unpacking for you to complete yourself; and it can be frightening since you are in an unfamiliar environment. A few things that can be helpful and done before include:

-Changing locks (#1 priority. You don’t know who else has a spare key)-

Check for plumbing leaks

-Get rid of pests

-Steam the carpets

-Locate the breaker box

-Disinfect rooms, kitchen, etc.

 

A few things to keep in mind for the first few nights in your new home after moving to Birmingham:

-Do all your laundry beforehand so you don’t miss clothes you might need

-Pack a duffle bag with a week’s worth of clothing for the first week.

-Have electronics (chargers, connecting cables, etc.) organized in one box

-Have toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, shower curtains, towels and shower rods

-Air mattress is good to have, especially if you are waiting on furniture. (Don’t forget to pack the air pump!)

-Remember eating utensils! Paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, take out menus, garbage bags, and cleaning wipes!

-Search for a grocery store that is nearby your new place

 


Before you decide your moving date, there are some questions you need to ask yourself first. This guide from All My Sons of Birmingham helps to ensure that you don’t forget any important considerations, such as rental lease, job start dates, mortgage agreements, or school obligations.

There are many factors that come into play when it is time to decide your moving date. Local Birmingham movers and packers have the top things to consider before setting your date:

Renting.

A lease agreement can limit your flexibility when you decide to move. If you have recently signed a lease, you need to check the terms of your lease and make sure that your move-out date is in compliance to what it illustrates. A lease a legal agreement between you and the landlord or property manager, so you will have to honor these terms. Make sure that you have given the property manager 30-60 days’ notice of your move, whichever is in compliance to the lease agreement you signed when you moved in. Neglecting to read the fine print and giving them enough notice could result in you losing your deposit or having to pay a large fee for terminating the lease agreement early or against the original agreement.

Selling or buying your home.

Buying a new home before your current home is on the market is a risky decision; however, if you are in a great financial state, it may not be too big a deal. Birmingham movers always suggest doing ample research in order to find a real estate agent that can help you plan and set the terms of agreement for both the house you are selling and the one you are buying. Hopefully, you can arrange the closing date on your new home to be the date that you can move in as well.

A family member is enrolled in school.

School start dates are one of the most flexible in terms of a moving timeline. It may be difficult emotionally for children to move during the school year, but they will definitely adjust to the idea in time. Moving with children who are in school becomes difficult when deciding your moving date, only if they are entering or currently enrolled in high school. High school curriculum is not always transferrable, so that it something that you will want to discuss between the current school and new school.


If you are preparing to move to Birmingham, you will need to start by gathering packing supplies for your move. Packing supplies can quickly add up and become quite costly, if you want to save some money you should consider moving with gently used boxes that you can get for free if you know where to look or you can hire a full service moving company in Birmingham that will come equipped with moving supplies, saving you precious time and stress.

Here are some of the essential packing supplies you will need for your move to Birmingham:

Moving Boxes:

As an initial warning, the use of previously used boxes can cause a deal of frustration if the boxes don’t hold up during your move. Other options include renting boxes, which helps make your move easier and decreases your environmental foot print.

 

If you opt for new boxes, you should shop around for the best price. You can find boxes at office supply stores, local Birmingham moving companies, or specialty moving shops. Another option to keep in mind to make your move easier is a Birmingham full service moving company that will supply you with moving boxes.

Packing Supplies:

There are many ways to save on packing supplies by using items from around your house such as towels, blankets, and various household containers. Some other items that will be essential for your move to Birmingham include:

– Brown paper or newsprint.

– Foam for extra protection.

– Stretch wrap to protect surfaces.

– Inflatable bags to fill awkward empty spaces.

– Peanuts to cushion empty spaces inside boxes.

– Labels to remember what each box contains making your unpacking much more efficient.

– Box cutters.

– Markers.


While Birmingham full-service movers are unpacking your belongings in your new home, it’s time to start exploring your new city, beginning with Downtown Birmingham! Considered one of the city’s most popular places, Downtown Birmingham has tons of attractions you and your family will love. The following are just a few of the locations All My Sons Moving & Storage of Birmingham don’t want you to miss while discovering downtown.

Civil Rights Walking Tour – Take in several different landmarks in Downtown Birmingham while learning important American history along the way during the Civil Rights Walking Tour. Interested in going on your own private tour? Our Birmingham full-service movers suggest downloading the Alabama Civil Rights Trail app on your phone. The app allows you to go at your own pace and it’s free!

The Cathedral of St. Paul – Known for its elegant appearance, this Victorian Gothic structure in Downtown Birmingham brings in numerous visitors a day. Built in 1893, its beautiful stained glass windows are just one reason it’s considered the most highly developed Victorian Gothic cathedral in the South.

Shopping in Downtown – Looking for a unique shopping experience after moving to Birmingham? Downtown has some of the most unusual retail shops around, including Jim Reed Books and the Museum of Fond Memories and Goodyear Shoe Hospital.

El Barrio Restaurant – If you’ve worked up an appetite while exploring Downtown Birmingham, head to El Barrio off 2nd Ave. North for some tasty, authentic Mexican food and a neat vibe. Although our full-service Birmingham movers warn you about a likely wait, we think it’s totally worth it. You won’t be disappointed!


What better way to celebrate moving to Birmingham this month than throwing on your favorite green shirt and heading to a local St. Patrick’s Day festivity? To help you decide where to head for the holiday, All My Sons Moving & Storage local Birmingham movers have put together a guide to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham.

- Five Points South St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, Sat. March 12 – Come join the family-friendly fun at the 32rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by REV Birmingham (a local economic development organization) and Five Points South (Birmingham’s premier culinary district). The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs through Five Points South, down 13th Street before making a right on Cobb Lane. Our local Birmingham movers suggest getting to the celebration early to stake out a perfect parade viewing spot and staying after to participate in all the St. Patty’s Day festivities.

- Patrick’s Day Blowout at Buck Mulligan’s Public House, Thurs. March 17 – Birmingham’s authentic Irish pub, Buck Mulligan’s Public House, will be hosting its annual bash the day of St. Patrick’s Day and you won’t want to miss it! It’s the perfect time to grab a cold (green) one after moving to Birmingham, while chowing down on some of the best corned beef and cabbage around and jigging away to live Irish music by The Band Hooley.

- Patrick’s Day with USGCB Alabama Birmingham Branch at Dave’s Pub, Thurs. March 17 – Want to get involved in the local community after making a move to Birmingham? Head to Dave’s Pub off 20th Street South from 5 – 7 p.m. to learn more about what USGCB Alabama Birmingham Branch leadership team is doing to encourage “green” building within the local community.


Make Valentine’s Day a memorable one after moving to Birmingham and do something extra-special with your spouse this year. To help you plan your date, All My Sons Moving & Storage of Birmingham has some suggestions for the best venues in town to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.

C.A.T. Cabaret presents Kristen Staskowski in My Funny Valentine – On Saturday, February 13, local comedian and singer Kristen Staskowski will take the stage at Clubhouse on Highland. Tickets are $50 per person and include an Italian dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so local Birmingham movers strongly suggest making a reservation.

Casablanca at Alabama Theatre – Does your spouse enjoy the performing arts? Take them to see the ever-popular Casablanca on February 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available through Ticketmaster, as well as at the door one hour before the show begins.

Warehouse31 Bloody Valentine – Not feeling the love this year or just in the mood for an adrenaline rush after moving to Birmingham? Head to Pelham, Alabama for Warehouse31’s “Bloody Valentines, Relationships Gone Wrong” themed indoor haunted houses and attractions. This attraction is open February 12-14, from 6:30-11 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and food and drinks will be available for purchase inside the venue.

The Melting Pot of Birmingham – What says romance more than chocolate-dipped strawberries and a nice glass of wine? Make your reservations at the Melting Pot where you’ll be able to choose from four different romance packages during Valentine’s Week, February 10-17. All My Sons’ Birmingham movers suggest pre-ordering roses to your table to impress your spouse even further!


Get out and explore your new town after moving, with the help of All My Sons Moving & Storage of Birmingham. Check out a list of February events in Birmingham our local movers are planning on attending with family and friends this month.

Birmingham Art Crawl - February 4, 5-9 p.m. – Head downtown any Thursday evening after moving to Birmingham for a night filled with art, street performers, food and live music. This event is perfect for the whole family and is a great way for you to meet local artists and fellow residents.

Chinese New Year Festival - February 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – For the 10th consecutive year, the Chinese American community will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in a big way. Join the festivities at Boutwell Municipal Auditorium in Downtown and learn all about the Chinese heritage. Food, music, dancing and educational booths will be available to all attendees.

Mercedes Marathon - February 12-14 – Kick off your healthy lifestyle after moving to Birmingham and sign up for a 5K on Saturday or half marathon on Sunday during the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend. Both races begin in the front of Boutwell Auditorium with a post-race awards ceremony and party on Sunday at 9 a.m. hosted by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.

Birmingham RV Super Show - February 26-28 – Featuring some of the most luxurious recreational vehicles on the market, this expo draws a huge crowd every year. Even if you aren’t planning on buying an RV after making a move to Birmingham, it’s always fun to see what’s new in the fifth wheel, camper, motorhome and toy hauler markets. Admission to the expo located at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex is $9 for adults and free for children 12 and under.


To celebrate one of civil rights’ most iconic activists, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will fall on Monday, January 18 this year, and if you have kids they will likely be out of school. If you too find yourself off for the holiday and have recently moved to Birmingham, All My Sons Moving & Storage suggests taking the day to explore your new town while learning more about an important part of American history.

The following are local places you can take family to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Birmingham:

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – Located at 520 16th Street N., The BCRI opens at 9 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and offers tours of its galleries for free. The galleries include famous photographs of important moments in history and other civil rights artifacts.

Birmingham Zoo – If you haven’t visited the zoo since moving to Birmingham, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the perfect time to go! Guests who bring a can of non-perishable food will receive half-off admission; limit one per person. Birmingham Zoo includes hundreds of different animals, along with carousel rides, train rides, sea lion training, and an interactive giraffe keeper chat.

30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast – Presented at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, this is the largest gathering of local organizations supporting the vision of racial resolution in Birmingham. If you have recently moved to Birmingham and are interested in learning more about past and present community programs, this is a great event to attend and become familiar with local organizations that share a similar focus. Registration is $30 per person and the event starts at 7:30 a.m.


Although it may be cold outside, Birmingham has plenty of things going on to keep your little ones entertained after moving to Birmingham this month. Find out more about things to do with kids in Birmingham from All My Sons Moving & Storage local movers.

- Monster Jam on January 8 and 9: On Friday and Saturday, monster trucks will be ripping up the track and racing for first place at Legacy Arena at The BJCC. If you are interested in bringing your kids to this entertaining performance after moving to Birmingham, there are three shows to choose from: January 8 at 7:30 p.m. and January 9 at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Tickets are between $10 and $45.

– BrickFair Lego Expo on January 16 and 17: Join your Birmingham movers and fellow LEGO enthusiasts on Saturday and/or Sunday for a weekend filled with building, creation and inventing with LEGO’s. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe and participate in inspirational LEGO creations and learn new building techniques. There will also be several shopping aisles filled with LEGO products for sale; such as: LEGO kits, shirts, hats, minifigures and more. Doors open at 11 a.m. and admission is $12; $6 after 2 p.m. Children under 3 are free.

– The Lion King Jr. on January 22: Presented by The Donoho School at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, this is the perfect first performance to bring your kids to after moving to Birmingham. The cast of the Lion King Jr. will perform all of the favorite scenes from the popular Disney film. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person.