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Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building

Monday was moving day at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building in downtown Fort Worth, a $74 million, six-story courthouse almost 10 years in the making. Thirteen courtrooms are spread out over four floors, and the building also has space for jury services and the civil staff of the Tarrant County district clerk’s office. The building’s address is 100 N. Commerce St. It’s between East Weatherford and East Belknap streets.

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Court reporter for the 67th District Court, Monica Lindstrom, Administration Assistant for the 8th Administrative Judicial Region, Tracy Kemp, 67th District Court Judge Don Cosby and Court Reporter for the 48th District Court, Micki Smith unpack a vehicle with office items for the judges chambers at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Boxes in a work area wait to be unpacked at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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The new employees break room at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. Their break room is at least twice the size of the old break room. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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All Point Moving supervisor Marcus Rodriguez rolls packing boxes into a dock area where Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder watches progress at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Boxes wait to be unpacked in a judges chambers at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Tarrant County Facilities Support Services Frank Lopez checks for progress on the court rooms at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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A facilities worker puts the finishing touches on a coat rack at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Marcus Rodriguez, Preston Norrid and Joe Palomino unload a truck at the dock of the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Shelves in an evidence room held a few boxes at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

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Deputy bailiff of 352nd District Court, Mike Higgins, unloads items for the move in at the new Tom Vandergriff Civil Courthouse in Fort Worth Monday morning July 20, 2015. District clerks moved in Saturday and were fully functional.

All Points Pioneer Moves Northeast Tarrant County Courthouse

All Points Pioneer was pleased to have been contracted in the move of the Tarrant County Courthouse in Hurst Texas.

See news release below.

NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY COURTHOUSE GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING

When: 11 a.m. Friday, January 23

Where: 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst

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The new, $12.8 million, 43,000 square foot facility has more space for county services and double the parking capacity, helping Tarrant County residents and businesses access these resources in a more efficient and convenient manner. The old courthouse was only 17,000 square feet.

It will be home to Precinct 3 offices of Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Constable Precinct 3, County Clerk and Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, as well as a Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office and the Tarrant County Credit Union. A new addition is a community room on the first floor.

Use Storage to De-Clutter Your Home

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There are plenty of things you can do to help sell your home, but realtors agree that de-cluttering is essential. You may not be quite ready to call your Dallas movers, but these tips might help you expedite that process. Use storage services to drastically cut down on the amount of clutter in your house.

Store anything you don’t absolutely need. It’s nice for buyers to see some furniture in a house that staged well. It gives the house a little life. But at the same time, you want to “depersonalize” (so that buyers can see themselves in your home) and help buyers to feel like the house is move-in ready. So go through your house and store anything that you can live without for a few months.

Get a second opinion. Ask a trusted friend (who’s willing to tell you the truth) or your realtor to walk through your home and point out any space that seems cluttered. And then…take their opinion! Let’s face it, they’re going to be a lot more objective than you will in your own home. It’s easy to get used to the look of your home, even the clutter. The second opinion will help you approach the organizing with fresh eyes.

Clear out the garage! Granted, the garage may be the last place some potential buyers look for in a home. But having your garage crammed full of stuff will make it look like your house was so full that you had to pack the garage. Take all that extra, unorganized stuff in your garage and keep it in storage while you show the house. Those extra hours could really pay off when the right buyer walks through your home.

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What to In the “Limbo Phase”

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When it’s possible, it’s best to plan your closings conveniently, to where you move out of one house and into another. But sometimes life throws us curveballs and we can’t avoid the “limbo” phase. If you’re stuck with inconvenient closing times and have to find somewhere to live for a week or two, think about these options.

Keep it in the family. Let’s face it, your family are probably going to be the quickest folks to say “yes” if you need somewhere to crash for a few weeks. Even if you don’t get along with them, remember that it’s only a short time, and you can use the time to grow your relationship.

Call in a favor with the BFF. Hopefully you’ve got at least a couple friends that might consider letting you stay on the couch or basement for a week or two. This can be a lot of fun, since there’s such a short time frame on it. Just think of it like revisiting your college years!

House-sitting. If you’re brave enough to network and ask around a bit, you may be able to find someone that needs a house sitter during your awkward homeless limbo phase. This can be a great mutual benefit, and you could even wind up getting paid for it. Ask around a bit, and you might be surprised what you find.

Consider your storage solutions. Sure, moving your stuff twice isn’t fun. But with the help of your Dallas movers and our comprehensive storage solutions, this can be much less of a pain.

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Remodeling Your Home

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Most husbands hear the word “remodeling” and start immediately groaning. And the groaning quickly turns to panicked questions. How long is it going to take? It’s going to cost how much? And where on earth are we going to store all our stuff while we remodel? Thankfully, we’ve got your covered for your remodeling storage solutions. But here’s a few bonus tips on practical remodeling to settle down the remodeling panic-attack blues.

Get some ideas and ballpark numbers by crowd-sourcing your friends and family. If you think you might want to remodel but not sure about the price or feasibility, post a few questions on Facebook. Friends love to give advice, so do this and you’ll have friends and family lined up to give you tips, tricks, and advice.

Research before the demolition. There’s nothing worse than ripping into that wall you were going to tear down only to realize that it’s a load-bearing wall and can’t be removed. There are all sorts of things that could prevent you from remodeling in the way you want. Try and talk to a professional, or at least read up, before you start demolishing the room.

If you’re not sure, hire a professional. Sure, DIY is way cheaper. But doing the remodel yourself could seriously affect things like the resale value of your home. If you aren’t 100% sure that you can do a job (and do it well), hire a pro. The money you spend will be more than worth the pain, money, and four letter words you save yourself.

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Moving in Extreme Heat

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It’s that time of year when nobody likes to move: the summer. With the school year approaching and the heavy real estate season coming to a close, you might find yourself having to move during some of the hottest days of the year. No matter how well you plan it, moving in the summer means that the heat is going to be inescapable. To make your recent move to the DFW area a bit more pleasant, check out these tips for enduring a move in the heat of summer.

Consider your wardrobe. Jeans and your favorite hoodie may not be the most appropriate get-up for your moving day. Be sure to dress for the occasion and wear shorts and a shirt that are light and breathe easily. Also, it may be worth stopping by your local sporting goods store to pick up a few armbands to wipe sweat on. Sure, it’s gross to think about, but it beats having your shirt soaked with sweat!

Stay hydrated. Keep a cooler accessible at all times, and keep it well-stocked with waters and things like Gatorade for extra hydration. Refill the cooler with ice as often as you need. An extra run to the gas station for ice might feel inconvenient, but it will more than pay itself off when you and your moving team have ice-cold beverages to rejuvenate you.

Take breaks often. Your body reacts differently to strenuous activity in the summer heat. So make sure and pay attention to what your body is telling you, and take a break every so often. If you have lots of help, it may even be good to change jobs every hour or two. For instance, if you’ve done a couple of hours of heavy lifting in the heat, take a working break by guiding the movers where the boxes go for a little while. That way, you can rest while still being productive.

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The Best Neighborhoods in DFW

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If you’re planning a big move, finding the right neighborhoods in your new city can be tricky. How do you know which neighborhoods are the best when you have little or no experience in a city and no one to ask? Your DFW area movers will certainly take care of all the heavy lifting for you, but we’ve also weeded out the neighborhoods in the area. If you’re planning the big move to the DFW area, check into these top neighborhoods that we recommend.

 

Central Plano

If you’re moving to DFW with the spouse and kids in tow, this neighborhood’s got all the right stuff. Between the well-rated schools and general safety of the area, Central Plano is a great place to raise a family. Throw in some beautiful parks, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

 

Frisco

This area is known for its scenic landscaping and excellent schools. It’s also relatively quiet, so you can enjoy an evening stroll with your family or significant other in peace. If you’re looking for something a bit mellower, Frisco is a safe bet.

 

North Richardson

If you want something that’s still in Dallas County, check out North Richardson. It boasts many of the features of the other great DFW neighborhoods, but has the advantage of shorter drive times to some of your favorite Dallas spots.

 

Southlake

If you’re looking for some higher-end homes, Southlake is a great option. The median home value is over half a million, with property values still on the rise.

 

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An Organized Bathroom In Three Easy Steps

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Moving creates a good excuse to reorganize the belongings in your bathroom. And that allows for easier cleanup and access during those days when all you have is five minutes to get ready and be out the door! After the dust settles from your Dallas movers placing each box in their new home, make a plan to organize your bathroom space. Here are some tips on how to do it.

1. Use the most accessible areas for everyday use items. Items like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, and hand soap should be easy to access. Digging through a dirty drawer looking for your toothbrush is not ideal. Store these items either on your countertop or tucked away in the first drawer of your vanity. Other items that you might not use everyday can be grouped together and stored under your sink or in a nearby closet.

2. Find organizing units for smaller items like makeup and contact lens supplies. Keeping the smaller items in storage containers and then labeling the contents might help you find what you need without any extra effort. There are so many options for storage. Just take a stroll through your local Container Store to find a solution.

3. Group like items together. Items that you use together should be stored together. For example, contact solution and contact cases belong together. If you keep items together that share common uses, it may also keep you from buying products you mistakenly thought you were out of.

 

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How to Negotiate a Reduced Commission

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It’s common knowledge that a real estate agent can sell a home more quickly and effectively than the everyday person. With their knowledge of your market, marketing tools such as the MLS (multiple listing service), and a large client base they can show your house from, real estate agents have the tools needed to get the job done. If you’re hesitant to hire a real estate agent because you aren’t willing to pay a commission of 6% or more for their services, you can always negotiate a lower rate. Here are some tips on how to negotiate a lower commission so that you can move forward with making the move to your new home in Houston.

 

Use your agent to sell and buy your new home. Many times it’s far easier to get a real estate agent to lower their commission rate if they know that they will get both commission for selling your current home and from the home that you will buy. Don’t get too unreasonable though, most real estate agents see this as two separate transactions and won’t want to work for free.

 

Agree to send referrals their way. This bargaining tactic might be more realistic with a new agent trying to get his or her foot in the real estate door. While this kind of negotiation would take a lot of trust on the real estate agent’s end, if you know enough people who are looking to buy or sell, it could be a great deal for them.

 

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Metroplex

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Texas has a rich, well-documented history with Mexico. And because of this bond, Cinco de Mayo is a big event in the entire state, especially the Dallas/Fort Worth area. While your moving boxes are unpacked by your Dallas movers, take some time to enjoy one of these Cinco de Mayo events near you.

 

OAK CLIFF BIG PARADE & FESTIVAL – May 5th at 10am to 2pm

For twenty-two years now, the Oak Cliff Big Parade & Festival has been thrilling crowds and pleasing little kids waiting on the sidewalks for candy. From elaborately decorated floats to groovy rumba dancers, the parade will keep your family hopping. After the parade, settle down for the performances on the main stage. The celebration takes place from the 200 block of the West Jefferson Street to the 1000 block of W. Page Street.

 

BENITO’S

Everyone knows the rule about the quality of ethnic cuisine: the more “hole in the wall” the decor is, the better the food is. Benito’s is no exception, and between the authentic Mexican dishes and the affordability, this is a sure to be a popular spot around Cinco de Mayo time.

 

CHUY’S

When you think of Mexican cuisine, your first thought is probably not “Elvis Presley commemorative dining room.” But don’t let the Elvis decorations fool you. Chuy’s has some seriously tasty Mexican food. And for Cinco, they’re bringing in a real mariachi band to serenade dinner guests. Come celebrate Cinco at any of Chuy’s DFW locations. There’s one in Arlington, Denton, Fort Worth, and East and West Plano.

 

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