Viewing posts categorised under: El Paso

What to Know Before Moving to El Paso

by Apple Moving 0 comments

El Paso

El Paso, the fourth largest city in Texas, is located on the far western edge of Texas at the border of Mexico. A major transportation hub, El Paso features top-notch medical facilities, renowned education institutions, and vibrant cultural and entertainment options. New residents are attracted to El Paso by its climate, affordable housing, and relatively low cost of living. An important military city, El Paso is home to Fort Bliss, a United State Army Air Defense Center.

1. There’s Plenty of Sunshine

El Paso sits in a flat valley among dry hills with the Rio Grande River running along the southwest border of the city. Aptly nicknamed “The Sun City”, El Paso has an abundance of sunshine year-round with high temperatures in the summer and very low humidity. Winters are relatively mild, with occasional snowfall. This desert landscape only receives around 23 days of rain a year, giving residents plenty of time to spend outdoors hiking the nearby Franklin Mountains or taking the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

2. It’s Affordable

With a cost of living 16.4% lower than the national average, El Paso is an attractive option for families and retirees. Just about everything from grocery prices to utilities (see our guide to El Paso utilities) to gasoline is cheaper in the West Texas town. Median home prices are around $112,500, making home ownership a reality for many. Bolstered by military, business, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors El Paso’s economy is strong. In recent years, the city has experienced job growth and currently enjoys an unemployment rate almost 8% lower than the nationwide rate.

3. You’ll Probably Need a Car

As with other Texas cities, El Paso’s size means you’ll probably need a car for running errands and getting to work. Although traffic is congested at times, it is relatively easy to get around the city; the average commute time is just 20 minutes. Dependable public transportation is available by city bus, and the city is currently working on a streetcar project that will provide service throughout the downtown area.

4. History, Culture, and Entertainment Abound

Downtown El Paso is made up of five distinct districts: Las Plazas Art District, the Office District, Union Plaza, the Government District and El Centro. Each district has its own unique features, brimming with historic landmarks. The Las Plazas Art District is home to the historic Plaza Theatre, which opened its doors in 1930 and continues to operate today. Nearby, you can stop in at the El Paso Museum of History, which covers about 400 years of West Texas history. History buffs will also enjoy the historical architecture at San Jacinto Plaza, which used to be home to live alligators. On weekends, Union Plaza features a local farmer’s market with local artisans and live entertainment. If you enjoy sports, then you’ll have to check out Southwest University Park, which is the home of the Chihuahuas, a triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.A unique oasis in the desert, El Paso is a lively and growing city with stunning landscapes and a warm climate. Its proximity to Mexico makes for a unique cultural blend in this vibrant, active community. The stable economy, affordable housing and relatively low cost of living make El Paso an extremely attractive Texas community to call home.If you are ready to make the move to West Texas, we’d love to help you get settled in. Apple Moving Company has been serving Texas with reliable and affordable moving services for over 25 years, and has what it takes to make your local or long distance El Paso relocation stress-free. For a free quote from one of the best moving companies in El Paso, give us a call today! 

Our Movers’ Favorite Taco Joints in El Paso

by Apple Moving 0 comments

El Paso

El Paso is known for its great southwestern food, with everything from Tex-Mex to more traditional Mexican-style cuisine, so it’s no surprise it also boasts some of the best tacos in Texas. Our movers work up quite the appetite every day as they pack boxes, lift furniture, and flex their muscles carefully loading and unloading our moving trucks. When our stomachs are growling, we like to frequent El Paso’s many taco joints for a quick bite between moving jobs. Here’s the list of our favorite places for the best tacos in El Paso:

Rosa’s Cantina

Opened in the 1940s as Los Tigres and later renamed, Rosa’s Cantina may be best known for its mention in the Marty Robins song El Paso. It sits in an unassuming stone building across the street from a cement yard in the middle of an industrial area and has been popular with El Paso residents for more than 70 years thanks to its cheap, delicious eats. While the kitchen serves up everything from meat loaf to chicken mole, we like stopping in on Thursdays for the chicken taco special – three crispy chicken tacos accompanied by a side of rice and beans. Other popular menu items with our El Paso moving team include the green Chile Cheese Fries and the Chile Con Queso Burger. On weekend nights, Rosa’s is also a great place to hang out with friends and catch live music.

Tacoholics

This place is the ultimate lunch spot for the taco connoisseur. Though the main location is brick and mortar, they also have a food truck that caters special events. Tacoholics offers four protein options: sirloin, chicken, pork adobado, and even tofu for the vegetarian crowd. All meats are marinated in a top-secret 21-ingredient blend before being cooked up and folded into a delicious 4” street style corn tortilla (flour tortilla and paleo-friendly lettuce wraps are also available). Choose your meat and toppings, then pile on one of the four fresh, homemade salsas, like the unique Sweet’n’Spicy, which is packed with habaneros and pineapples, or the milder Green sauce, that’s loaded down with tomatillos, jalapenos, and serrano peppers. While you can always order a basic taco topped with onions and cilantro, our crew’s favorite is the Korean BBQ taco, a tantalizing twist on the traditional taco. Finish off your meal with freshly fried churros or sweet sopapillas for dessert. Find Tacoholics at 1613 N Zaragoza Road, just down from the Walgreens at the intersection of Zaragoza and Vista Del Sol.

Rivas Taco Shop

Just a mile down the street from Tacoholics is one of the best-kept secrets in El Paso, the Rivas Taco Shop. Known for SoCal-style grub, this local joint dishes up more than just tasty tacos. Sometimes we like to start the day right with one of the stuffed breakfast burritos, which are served all day, or we’ll take an occasional afternoon break to scarf down the Supreme Fries, which come topped with a mouthwatering mountain of guac, sour cream, salsa, and carne asada. After a particularly grueling day, nothing fills us up quite like the gigantic California burrito or a plate of out-of-this-world nachos. And of course, you can’t go wrong with Rivas’ traditional tacos, with eight different proteins to choose from, including beef, chicken, carne asada, carnitas, fish, adobado, shrimp, and Pollo Asado. Rivas is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.El Paso's delicious taco shops often give us the fuel we need to move El Paso residents and businesses. The next time you're in need of El Paso's best moving services, please give us a call. We always offer free moving quotes for all local and long distance moves, no matter how big or small your home or business.

Guide to Setting Up El Paso Utilities

by Apple Moving 0 comments

El Paso

If you’re moving into a new place in El Paso, TX, then setting up utilities should be one of the first things on your to-do list! Make sure you schedule the turn-on of your utilities well in advance of your move to ensure the water is running and the lights work when you go to move in. Here are some helpful tips for getting your basic El Paso utilities transferred or switched on:

El Paso Natural Gas Service

Many homes and apartments use natural gas for warmth, cooking, and heating water. If your new place has gas, you’ll need to set up service or transfer your existing service through Texas Gas Service. Headquartered in Austin, Texas Gas Service provides natural gas to over 644,000 customers across Texas, including El Paso and the surrounding areas. You can easily start, stop, and transfer service using the Texas Gas online portal or by calling 800-700-2443.
Welcome to El Paso! Make sure to get your utilities scheduled for turn-on prior to your move.

Welcome to El Paso! Make sure to get your utilities scheduled for turn-on prior to your move.

El Paso Water Utilities

 The city of El Paso, also known as Sun City, has a desert climate, which means it’s usually sunny and dry. Thankfully, El Paso Water Utilities provides residents with sustainable water services for their homes and businesses. To turn on new service, call 915-594-5500. If you have an existing account and would simply like to transfer services, you can do so by using the convenient WebConnect portal.

Environmental Services Department Garbage & Recycling Collection

To request garbage and recycling collection through El Paso’s Environmental Services Department, you’ll first need to establish an account with El Paso Water Utilities. Once your water utilities account has been opened, call 915-212-6000 to request new garbage collection service. The standard account comes with one 96-gallon garbage bin and one recycling bin, though additional bins may be requested. The monthly fee for garbage collection is $17 plus tax per bin, which will be added as a solid-waste fee on your water bill.

El Paso Electric

The El Paso Electric Company has provided electricity to the residents and businesses of El Paso since 1901 and remains the sole energy provider in the area. EPE has a 10,000-square mile service area, providing power to customers across the Rio Grande Valley in West Texas and parts of Southern New Mexico. To use the EPE self-service portal, you’ll need to have an existing El Paso Electric account. To set up new service, call the customer service line at 1-800-351-1621.
El Paso Electric has kept Sun City glowing for over 100 years.

El Paso Electric has kept Sun City glowing for over 100 years.

Cable/Internet/Phone Providers in El Paso

There are two primary providers of residential cable, internet, and landline phone services in El Paso:AT&TAT&T offers both U-verse and DIRECTV cable services in El Paso, though the choice may be limited to DIRECTV depending on where you live. AT&T also delivers ultra-fast internet service to the city through its fiber-optic network. You can save money by bundling your cable, internet, phone, and even home security services through AT&T. Check availability of services at your new address here, or call 844-723-0252 to speak with support.Time Warner Cable | SpectrumCharter Communications recently acquired Time Warner Cable, and will soon be offering services to its Texas residents under the Spectrum brand name. For now, El Paso residents will still be able to receive all the same Time Warner TV, phone, and internet services they have always had. Select services individually or bundle all three to save. Shop for new services here or call customer service 855-892-1002.