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Trendiest Zip Codes in Austin

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As the second fastest growing city in the US, Austin proper now has around 900,000 inhabitants - almost double the population it had when Apple Moving got our start back in 1991. Once a sleepier town, Austin's booming population reflects its ever-growing popularity as a center for commerce and culture. Here we explore the zip codes that best represent why everyone's moving to Austin:

78704

This zip code encompasses the area south of Lady Bird Lake, east of Mopac, north of 71, and west of I-35. Trendy hipsters live alongside established professionals in the neighborhoods of Barton Hills, Zilker, and Travis Heights. This is one of the hottest places to be in Austin, because of its proximity to downtown, the plethora of events including ACL and SXSW that parade through Zilker Park and Auditorium shores, access to recreational areas, and the stretches of S. Lamar and S. Congress that are bursting with new shops and eateries. New apartments and condos have gone up along all of the major roads in this area, while single family homes are primarily tucked up in the hills. One of the favorite spots among both locals and visitors to this area is the Barton Springs Pool, which as a natural spring, maintains a steady temperature of 68 degrees year round. Just upstream from Barton Springs, you can hop on the trail for the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a 7.9 mile trail that follows the creek through the rolling hills of southwest Austin. Or just a stone's throw downstream from the Springs, you can access the hike and bike trail that loops around Lady Bird Lake or join the throngs kayaking and paddle boarding on the lake itself. After a long day of activity, there are plenty of places to unwind and enjoy a cold drink and some delicious grub like ABGB, Homeslice Pizza, Hopdoddy Burgers, and The Picnic food trailer park, just to name a few.
Thousands descend on Zilker Park every October to hear their favorite bands play on stage at the Austin City Limits music festival

Thousands descend on Zilker Park every October to hear their favorite bands play on stage at the Austin City Limits music festival

78723

Bordered by I-35 to the west, MLK to the south, 183 to the east, and 290 to the north, this transitioning area now thrives with new development and a new influx of residents. Once the site of the old Austin airport, this area was transformed by the Mueller development, a 711 acre project with a variety of new housing options including cottages, townhomes, single-family detached residences, apartments, and condos. Residents have their own trailer park eatery, a 5-mile hike and bike trail, a 6.5 acre lake, several park areas, a new HEB and several restaurants and shops including Torchy's Tacos, which had lines wrapped around the building on opening day. This is a great area for families and young professionals alike, as it is both self-contained and easily accessible to downtown.

78702 and 78722

These zipcodes comprise a triangular land mass with I-35 and Airport Blvd. on the left and right sides, respectfully, and the Colorado River at the bottom. This area has radically changed in the last decade, with hip new restaurants and condos forcing the old residents to abandon their homes and move farther out. You'll see many older homes being flipped and remodeled or completely demolished and rebuilt as the building craze that swept downtown sweeps east of I-35. Popular spots in this area center around the Manor Road, Riverside, Caesar Chavez and 7th streets with a variety of yummy places to eat including Salty Sow, El Sapo, Thunderbird Coffee, and The Silo. You can feel the fresh, electric buzz of new energy in this neighborhood, which is now overrun with yuppies in their 20s and 30s.

78701

This is about as downtown as you can get - the small 78701 zip code runs from Lamar on the west to I-35 on the east, and from MLK on the north down to the river. Over the last ten years or so, this zip code has reshaped the Austin skyline. The building of the Frost Tower in 2004, helped spark steady and rapid growth in this area of town. Though once the tallest building in Austin, it was soon surpassed by the Austonian and 360 Condominiums. It seems like builders can't keep up with the influx of people that want to live downtown - new office buildings, hotels and residential buildings are being crammed on every last square inch of city block. Main attractions of this zip code include the infamous 6th Street where crowds get notoriously rowdy, Rainey Street with classier bars and gourmet restaurants, and 2nd Street with a nice collection of local shops, the ACL theater at the W and patio dining. A new development of the Seaholm Power Plant has transformed the former city utility into a fresh new space for businesses, including Trader Joe's, and residences. If you opt to live in this zip code, you are sure to be entertained, but expect to pay top dollar for your digs.
Austin Skyline

A smattering of cranes attest to the ever changing shape of the Austin skyline

78703

Just west of 78701, this zip code spans a wide area, hugging the curve of the Colorado River, west of Lamar and south of 35th street. Included in this zip are the posh and pricey neighborhoods of Clarksville, Pemberton Heights, Deep Eddy, Tarrytown, and Bryker Woods. On the eastern edge lies the Whole Foods worldwide headquarters, just blocks removed from its original site and busier than ever keeping Austinites organically well-fed. Mosey down the classier west side of 6th street, and you'll find some classic Austin eateries like Sweetish Hill and Z Tejas alongside new prepster joints like Winflo Osteria. Up Clarksville through West Lynn, you'll find some great, quaint neighborhood places like Zocalo, which puts a fresh twist on Mexican and has an inviting, almost tropical patio. West of Mopac, there are fewer choices for food, but the docks at Abel's on the Lake and Hula Hut do boast some amazing views and are very popular stops for hungry boaters on Lake Austin. Tarrytown is also home to Lions Municipal Golf Course, the first city course built in Austin, which is still a local favorite for affordable golfing on well-manicured, prime real estate. While the neighborhoods of 78703 are trendy and very nice, they tend to be filled with established families with large housing allowances.
Join the hundreds kayaking and paddle boarding on Town Lake any given weekend

Join the hundreds kayaking and paddle boarding on Town Lake any given weekend

Austin is certainly a fun city to work and play in. There is never a shortage of things to do and people to see, so get out there and explore the trendy neighborhoods that make Austin unique and keep it weird. If you're looking for a reliable moving company to help you move to one of these great neighborhoods, give us a shout and let us know what you're moving. We'd be glad to give you a free no-obligation moving quote.

Nooks and Crannies: Maximize Small Spaces With These Organization Tips

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Perhaps you're feeling the squeeze of the Austin real estate market and opted for less square footage than you would prefer, or maybe you're loving the tiny house trend. Either way, living in a small space can be challenging: how can you make everything you own fit in the space you have without feeling completely claustrophobic? Here we give some of the top tips for organizing your small spaces:

Keep Only the Necessities

As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, one of the best parts of moving is that it forces you to re-examine everything that's been stuffed in closets, drawers, in the attic, and under beds for years. Especially if you're downsizing, make sure you use your move as an opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need. Consider whether you've used items or worn clothes within the past year - if you've made it a whole year without needing them, chances are you're probably safe to donate them or take them to the dumpster. If you're not eager to part with belongings because of how much you spent acquiring them, remember that it's a sunk cost; the money is already gone regardless of whether you hang onto the item or not. You can, however, donate your household goods and clothes to a number of local thrift shops and help others while also getting a tax refund.

Multi-functional Furniture

To create even more usable space, you can make the most of all your furniture:
  • Use decorative baskets and bins on otherwise empty shelves to create extra storage while keeping things pleasing to the eye. In the living room, baskets might help you keep toys, blankets, or DVDs organized, and in the bathroom you can use them for toiletries or towels.
  • If you have kids, consider swapping out a traditional bed for a bunk bed with a desk underneath. This better utilizes the vertical space in rooms with a smaller footprint.
  • Buy ottomans or other pieces that double as storage.
Multi-functional Furniture

Maximize storage by using furniture that has a dual function, like this window seat with bonus storage

Utilize Space Under the Bed

The area under your bed can become the landing ground for a random hodge-podge of items that you need to stash somewhere - out of sight, out of mind, right? But why not fully maximize the storage space the area under your bed provides? Once your beds are set up, take the time to measure the height, width, and length of the empty space. Armed with measurements, find storage containers from your favorite retailer. Container Store, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ikea are great places to look for affordable storage options. Once you've made your selections, you can start filling them. Think of things that are relatively short and that you won't need on a daily basis. Here are some ideas of how to use your under the bed storage:
  • Gift wrapping items: Keep gift bags, tissues paper, ribbon, etc. in one of your boxes. Its always nice to have these items on hand for last minute gift-wrapping, but they can easily get lost or wrinkled in a closet and don't need to be readily accessible on a daily basis.
  • Christmas ornaments: This is the perfect place to keep ornaments for the 11 months out of the year that you aren't using them.
  • Electronics: Take all your unused electronics and put them in one bin. Neatly coil up Ethernet cords, cables, and power strips, cinching them together with twisty ties or rubber bands and stacking them neatly alongside keyboards, modems, and other electronic components you aren't currently using, but may have a future need for.
  • Spare sheets: Sheets usually fold up flat and would fit nicely in the shallow storage this space provides. Added bonus - keeping your spare sheets so close to the bed may even encourage you to change them more frequently.
  • Out-of-Season clothes: see below.

Put Away Out-of-Season Clothes

A great way to maximize your closet space is by putting clothes elsewhere when they are out of season. You won't be needing your parka in the blazing Austin summer, so save some closet space and pack it in a plastic storage bin. Vacuum seal bags provide a great way to reduce the bulk of chunky winter clothes like jackets and sweaters, making them compact enough to store in the bins under your bed. Here in Austin, you can probably get away with swapping out clothes twice a year as we tend to not get four distinct seasons.

Use the Backs of Doors

You can create extra storage space by hanging items on the back of your closet doors. You can hang a shoe organizer bag on the inside of your closet to door to keep your shoes off the floor and increase the available space in the rest of your closet. You can use these shoe organizer bags throughout the house for a multitude of other things including holding cleaning supplies, craft supplies, make-up, office supplies and snacks.

Use Vertical Space

People often forget to utilize overhead space. For example, we've seen the creative use of pulleys to store and display bikes in the living room. Even if you'd rather not have bikes gracing your living room, consider storing similar items from the ceiling or high on the wall in your garage. Use shelving or built-ins elsewhere in the house to maximize the home's storage capacity.
Creative Kitchen Storage

Fully utilize wall space to maximize your tiny home's storage capacity

Final Touches

Once the dust settles from your move, consider further maximizing your small space with the following tips:
  • Use of monochromatic, neutral tones on your walls: Painting your home is a relatively easy way to freshen it up. Using a neutral color palette can help make the space feel larger.
  • Lighting: Use lots of light to brighten the room and make it welcoming. Track lighting is perfect in small spaces because it helps avoid using floor lamps that take up room and clutter the space.
  • Mirrors: Designers often strategically place mirrors in rooms to make it appear as if the room is larger. Mirrors are also great to enhance the room's lighting.
Don't forget, no matter how big or small your move, Apple Moving is here to help!

Avoid a Moving Disaster: The How, What, and Why of Moving Insurance

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What is Moving Insurance?

Moving insurance provides you with coverage in the event some of your belongings are lost, stolen or broken during your move. This is additional coverage that YOU purchase to cover your goods during transit and provides additional coverage over and above that provided by your moving company. Different plans provide different levels of coverage:

Weight-based Coverage

This type of policy pays claims based upon the weight of the item damaged. For example, if your buddy loses his grip on your 50 pound dining room glass table and it plummets down the stairs and shatters, you receive reimbursement based upon the table’s approximate weight. Many policies pay out between $.25-$.7/pound, so you would be looking at receiving between $12.50 and $35.00. Obviously, weight-based coverage probably isn’t the best option when it comes to moving insurance, because you would often still be out-of-pocket trying to replace your damaged pieces.

Assessed Value

Claims would be paid based upon the value of items at the time of damage. So, much like the insurance company wouldn’t write you a check for a brand new car when you total the run-down clunker you’ve been driving since college, it won’t write you a check for sticker value of whatever might get damaged during the move. Under this coverage, you’ll receive a check for the assessed value, or depreciated value, of the TV, desk, chair, etc.

Full Replacement Value

With this level of coverage, you will receive a check for whatever the insurance company believes it will cost you to replace the item. Back to the table your buddy dropped in the first scenario - with full replacement value insurance, you’ll receive enough money to go buy a brand new table to replace the one lost.

What is trip transit insurance?

Trip transit insurance covers your belongings during the move from theft or natural disasters, but does not cover items in the event of mere damage or breakage. Generally, a trip transit policy would cover the full value or your household goods, or would supplement the insurance coverage provided by your mover.

Why should I purchase moving insurance?

Well, you may not need to. While this is completely up to you, there are two important things to know before going out and buying a policy: 1. Any reputable moving company will be both licensed and insured. Texas moving companies must register with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. You can search the online database here https://apps.txdmv.gov/apps/mccs/truckstop/ to see the license status of various companies. While the TXDMV cannot settle moving related claims, by using a licensed mover, you do have the right to mediation of claims through the TXDMV. TXDMV also allows consumers to file an open records request to review the records of any commercial motor carrier. Additionally, in Texas, licensed moving companies assume a standard liability of at least $.60/pound. This is different than the insurance coverage mentioned above. Any damage claims must be filed within 90 days of your move. After this time period, your claim may be denied. You can also use the TXDMV truckstop search to view a carrier's insurance coverage information under the "certificate" and "insurance" tabs. Apple Moving proudly complies with the state's licensing and insurance requirements. You'll find us under our parent company, Minor Moving: Apple Moving DMV 2. Most renter's and homeowner’s policies cover your belongings during the move and usually include coverage for most items for breakage or damage caused during the move. After your deductible is met, most policies pay full replacement value for items damaged, lost, or stolen. You'll want to contact your agent prior to your move to make sure your coverage is sufficient and to discuss coverage for valuables or fragile pieces. Even if you are transporting valuables, like jewelry, yourself, you'll want to make sure they are fully insured. If you are a renter moving with roommates, don't make the mistake of thinking your belongings will be covered under a policy held by a roommate just because you live together. An insurance company will not pay claims for the belongings of other individuals.

How do I make sure my coverage is sufficient?

Create a spreadsheet to inventory your household goods and approximate the value of furniture and other big ticket items. Sum up your inventory and see where you come out relative to the coverage provided under the moving company's policy or your personal homeowner's or renter's policy to assess whether you need to purchase additional coverage. Likely, between your personal coverage and the moving company's policy, you'll be covered for your move. We hope this gives you some peace of mind as you approach your move! You can rest assured that if you're moving with Apple, you are in good (and licensed and insured) hands.

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How to Arrange Furniture in Your New Home – The Best Apps

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Home organization Unpacking

You have found your new home, and now it’s time to decide how you are going to arrange all of your furniture. It’s best to give this some thought before the actual move so the movers can put everything in the right place the first time – saving you hours of back-breaking rearranging after they leave. While the fortunate few are great with spatial reasoning and can plot furniture arrangements in their heads, others of us could use assistance in this area. Thankfully, there are now several apps that now give you the ability to test different furniture arrangements with the swipe of a finger. Of course, you’ll need to know the measurements of your new space. Many apartment complexes and condo units have this floorplan information posted online, but if you are moving into a house, you’ll need to take measurements. Here we give you a quick run-down on some of the best room arranging apps out there to get you started.

Figuring out your Floorplan

First, you need a floorplan. Do you know the shape and measurements of your new rooms? These are a couple of apps we found that can help you figure out the dimensions of your room without pen, paper, or a measuring tape:

RoomScan by Locometric (3/5 stars*)

Though criticized by some for being difficult to use, this is a really neat concept! Rather than busting out a measuring tape to create an accurate floorplan, you simply open the app and scan the room, tapping the phone on each wall, to create a floor plan that includes measurements and even door and window placement. Might be good to have this app along when you’re doing a walkthrough of your new home.

MagicPlan by Sensopia (4.5/5 stars)

Instead of scanning the room and tapping walls, MagicPlan creates floorplans using pictures and indicates openings for doors and windows and pieces the pictures together to create a whole map of your room. This app is an all-star with an impressive resume in the apps world.

Arranging Your Furniture

Once you’ve nailed down your floorplan, you can focus on decorating by dropping your room dimensions into one of the following apps, adding furniture and even doing some remodeling:

Room Planner by Chief Architect (4/5 stars)

The Mercedes of room planning apps, this software enables you to get a 3-D glimpse of your rooms in just minutes. Beyond just arranging furniture, you can also play with color palettes and textures, letting you visualize blending some new décor with your old to transform your new home. Maybe you decide that some furniture would just fit better if you knocked some walls down – well you can also dabble with remodeling with this app. While the basic tools are free, you can also pay for add-ons to conquer projects that go beyond simple arranging.

Home Design 3D by Anuman (4.5/5 stars)

Used by millions, this gem of an app offers an easy to use 2-D floorplan where you drag and drop objects into place to create your ideal layout. Upgrade to the 3-D version to explore unique features like round-the-clock views of various rooms to see where the sun will shine at different points during the day.

Amikasa by INDG (4.5/5 stars)

It’s obvious why this app was winner of the Webby Award in the category of lifestyle mobile sites and apps. Simple-to-use and aesthetically pleasing, this app lets you either create your own room and play with arranging furniture and designs or use the camera on your phone to capture what a piece of furniture or design element would look like in a particular space. Experiment with Decorating I decided to decorate using the existing furniture in my house. While the table is real, the app superimposes a vase with tulips in the view finder of my camera so I can see if I like them. Then I decided to create a whole new room: user selects room shape Here, I chose to create a new living room. I selected the room shape and dragged the walls to the correct dimensions, finishing off the room with a door and window in approximately the right places. Pick your flooring I selected the “living room” setting and picked out furniture similar to my current pieces to see how they would best fit in the new space. I even dreamed about putting in sleek new hardwood floors and adding a splash of seafoam green to the walls. view the finished room Here's my final product. This was all in the span of about five minutes. I highly recommend!

Rooms by List Logic Software (3.5/5 stars)

One of the coolest features of this app is it lets you lock a configuration of furniture in place so you can move it all at once (if only we could do that in reality!). So if you know you want those two chairs on the same wall with a side table in between them, you simply lock the furniture together and drag all three pieces around in one easy swipe. Like the other apps, Rooms also lets you choose from a variety of colors and makes it easy to see the room from different angles. Hopefully you’ll have some fun experimenting with these apps and envisioning yourself happily moved into your new space. When the time comes to do the heavy lifting, give us a call at Apple Moving and let the moving pros get you settled in! *Ratings from Apple App store