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If you are a teacher who is moving to Atlanta this coming year, there is amazing news coming in regards to Atlanta teacher salaries.

According to recent news, appointees, working on school funding throughout the state for Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission, were given permission to implement a plan that reimburses school districts for teacher pay.

Professional Atlanta movers, like All My Sons, have moved many families and teachers throughout the moving season. Although the re-evaluation of teacher pay seems great for some, it may not be so great for others.

The plan would change the current teacher pay scale in Atlanta (one that has existed for decades), which pays teachers with longer-serving terms and higher credentials more than that of a teacher who may be just starting out. With the new plan, every school district in the state would receive the same amount of money for every teacher. Then, teachers would be offered monetary incentives for students who perform well, especially in fields such as science or math. Obviously, this new plan is not winning the hearts of teachers who have been working in the districts for decades and have high-credentials. As a result, the plan does offer a grandfathered option for those Atlanta teachers’ salaries.

Regardless of the benefits, teachers who are moving to Atlanta are skeptical as to whether they will earn more or less after the program gets introduced for the 2016-2017 school year. Local teachers say that their fate will ultimately end up in the hands of their evaluation. Unfortunately, they are not yet sure what that will entail.

One thing that may become obvious after you move to Atlanta is that everyone has their own favorite barbecue venue in town. Regardless of whether you ask your Atlanta mover, or your new next-door neighbor, every local will most likely have a different barbecue restaurant that they consider “the best.”

In any event, Atlanta has the undisputed best pulled pork sandwiches around! Make sure to check out the following barbecue restaurants once your Atlanta moving company have finished unpacking all of your belongings for you.

  1. For those who like to keep it traditional, Smokebelly BBQ offers one of the best classic pulled pork sandwiches in town.
  2. Twenty-Two Storys has the locals’ mouths watering over their Sweetwater-braised pork sliders topped with cider slaw and homemade barbecue sauce.
  3. Foundation Social Eatery serves up two specialty pork sandwiches. Chef Mel Toledo takes the credit for his choice between a Vietnamese or French pulled pork sandwich variation. The Vietnamese-inspired pork belly bahn mi sandwich is topped with spicy mayo, pickled Asian vegetables, mint, and herbs on a baguette. His French version features “Croque Madame,” which is a combination of braised pork shoulder, cheese, and a soft-cooked egg.
  4. Table & Main has what is known to your Atlanta movers as Hog ‘n Quilts. This pulled pork sandwich in Atlanta is created with barbecue pork shoulder chive crepe and traditional slaw, drizzled with a Georgia vinegar sauce.
  5. Hard Rock Café Atlanta offers one of the best pulled pork sandwiches in Atlanta. With so many toppings that you may not be able to wrap your mouth around, Atlanta movers love this delectable pulled pork sandwich that is piled high with fried onions, cheeses, and jalapenos,

D.B.A Barbecue is home to the famous “Archie Bunker” pulled pork sandwich, which is topped with mac ‘n cheese, barbecue sauce, and then even more cheese. You can even add bacon!

Upon moving to Atlanta, you may not know that the city is famous for its amazing barbecue. What makes it even better are those little dishes that accompany your main course. Side dishes are creating a lot of buzz amongst the foodie population in town. Why? Because your burger comes with Redneck lasagna! Atlanta movers are no stranger to the delightful cuisine that can be found around town, so when new residents ask where the best places to eat are – movers might not have one solid answer.

If you are moving to Atlanta and are perfectly fine picking at numerous side-dishes rather than a large meal, the following venues will satiate your palate in a very big, yet small way.

– Community Q BBQ has Mac ‘N Cheese that has been described as “creamy, cheesy, dreamy and delicious.”

– Fox Bros. BBQ serves “Frito Pie,” which is chili served in a Fritos bag. This is a unique side-dish that every Atlantian has tried, and as a new resident, so should you!

– Twin Smokers’ best side-dish is their Collard Greens. Sounds simple, right? Atlanta movers would agree that collard greens seem easy to make everywhere, but Twin Smokers’ secret recipe keeps the locals coming back for their collard greens only.

– Heirloom BBQ is undeniably one of the most popular BBQ hot spots in Atlanta. Owned by a husband and wife, they combined Korean and Southern cultured cuisine to create a unique twist on barbecue that it (literally) has a line of customers outside their door, anxiously waiting for a serving of their Korean Sweet Potatoes.

– Sam’s BBQ-1 is perhaps cheating when it comes to Atlanta side-dishes that rule the city, since Sam’s #1 is actually located in Brunswick. Nonetheless, if you are moving to Atlanta you will definitely hear Sam’s name as the place to go for mac and cheese topped with Sam’s Brunswick stew, otherwise known as his famous Redneck Lasagna.

Fall is creeping up on us and if you have recently moved to Atlanta, you may have no idea what to do in your new hometown. Luckily, Atlanta’s favorite moving company, All My Sons, has the top September events in Atlanta for you to make new friends, get acquainted with the city, and find your new favorite hot spots.  From festivals to football, these are Atlanta’s top September events that you will not want to miss!

– College football kicks off September 3rd-6th, with Georgia Tech taking on Alcorn State at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the 3rd. Then, you will probably find your Atlanta movers at the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, September 5th, at the Georgia Dome.

– Dragon Con takes place every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, so you can expect the locals to be dressed as Storm Troopers and Marvel characters for this 4-day sci-fi convention. Tickets are $150 and there are expected to be over 60,000 attending the convention from September 4th-7th.

– Midtown Restaurant Week is one of Atlanta’s top September events that has local foodies already salivating. Over 40 restaurants will be participating and menus will all be priced between $25 and $35 for fixed selections.

– ONE MusicFest has been named “the largest musical art festival in the Southeast” and this year’s lineup includes The Roots, Lauryn Hill, ASAP Rocky, Janelle Monae, Ghostface Killa, and Raekwon.

– Atlanta Streets Alive is an event that all locals enjoy because it helps relieve a small portion of the city’s carbon footprint. On Sunday, September 27th, from 2 to 6 p.m., a 4.5 mile loop on Highland, North Avenue, Boulevard, and North Highland Avenue will be closed to all motorized vehicles. Even if you do not attend the biking, walking, and skateboarding block party, you should be aware of the road closures in order to avoid them.

Summer is coming to an end! If you have recently moved to Atlanta with your family and your local Atlanta moving company has already finished unpacking all of your belongings, try throwing a barbecue for a fun and casual way to meet your neighbors.

Atlanta chef Tony Mann recently gave Atlanta Magazine tips for grilling ribeye steaks this summer. According to Mann, ribeye steaks are one of the best, if not the best, cuts of meat out there. A ribeye has the perfect combination of meat and fat to add rich flavor and tenderness; however, if prepped poorly, they do not live up to their potential.

Mann’s prepping and ribeye grilling tips are as follows:

  • Unwrap the meat and let it sit out on the counter at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Grill with a charcoal and wood combo
  • Don’t press down on the steaks while grilling
  • Finish the steak with garlic-thyme butter

Some may question why they should let the ribeye sit out for 10 minutes – a process that Mann calls “breathing.” The Atlanta top chef explains that unwrapping ribeye steaks is “like opening a fine wine, you need to let it breathe.”

Atlanta movers suggest grilling your steaks to the texture of your liking, but Mann says that a total of 10 minutes is ideal. He suggests grilling the ribeye at 45 degrees for 2 ½ minutes, then rotating to 90 degrees for 2 ½ minutes, then rotating to 45 degrees again for another 2 ½ minutes, and finally rotating to 45 degrees again, for another 2 ½ minutes.

Needless to say, once everyone gets a whiff of the delicious steaks being grilled, you will not be able to keep your neighbors away!

Although soccer fans may be rejoicing in Georgia, not everyone is necessarily thrilled about the new Atlanta soccer complex proposal that was passed.

Earlier this month, the DeKalb County Commission voted 4-3 to pass a proposal by Atlanta United FC to construct a $30 million soccer complex. The complex will be located along Interstate 285 just behind the jail. It will include a 3,500-seat stadium, three practice fields, a large team headquarters, and 6,000 square feet of office space.

Interim DeKalb CEO, Lee May, explained that the deal would promote economic growth for the county, stating that, “It’s not about a sports facility. It’s about having a financial investment in a corridor that’s desperately in need. I’m talking about the public good that will be generated because of this public investment.”

Atlanta movers are excited that the soccer complex will be used for youth soccer tournaments, school graduations, and for hosting professional soccer matches starting in 2017. However, there were other commissioners who felt as if the proposal was not a good investment of public money, and a lot of public residents agree. In fact, the meeting denied public comments before the vote, leaving many residents disgruntled and shouting their oppositions.

Hopefully, the soccer stadium will be beneficial to the county’s economy and prove to be a good investment, as promised. If you are moving to Atlanta and have children who love soccer, be sure to stay up-to-date with the stadium’s completion and youth programs that will be offered in 2017.

If you are moving to Atlanta, there is an important aspect of the housing market to make sure that you are aware of; in Atlanta, housing costs can vary depending on the sale of distressed properties. Although many metro areas follow this real estate rule, Atlanta increases the average price of homes more than any other metro in the United States.

Not sure what all of this means? Let’s say that you have been looking for homes in Atlanta throughout the past year. When the time comes to decide upon a home to purchase and to make the move to Atlanta, you may notice that the prices of homes have risen – without any explanation why. If the city is not selling distressed properties at a decent pace, they will raise housing prices a certain percentage in order to compensate for the mortgage costs from said properties.

Over the past year, the average sticker price for an Atlanta home rose six percent. California based research and analysis company, CoreLogic, says that the numbers are expected to continue to steadily increase, reaching a 4.5 percent increase within the next 12 months. Atlanta movers urge house hunters to buy while prices are slightly lower, as CoreLogic does not foresee a decrease in Atlanta housing costs anytime soon.

Atlanta is filled with nothing but fun in the summer, so if you have recently relocated to Atlanta, catch the tail-end of the summer events and enjoy the first week of August in the city!

Take a break from moving and check out some of All My Sons Moving & Storage’s favorite August events in Atlanta.

Monday: If you have recently moved to Atlanta, make sure that you don’t miss the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s restaurant Canoe on the banks of the Chattahoocheeon August 4th at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire: Heart and Soul Tour 2015 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Tickets are just $30.

Wednesday: August 5th is National Oyster Day! Enjoy half off all oysters from 5:00 p.m. until close at Kimball House.

Thursday: Love LEGOS and craft beer? You won’t want to miss the LEGOS and Local Brew event taking place at 6:00 p.m. at Museum of Design Atlanta, where you can try your LEGO skills and taste some classic local brews.

Friday: Don’t miss the sounds of Colbie Caillat on Friday night at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. and you can purchase tickets online.

Saturday: Moving to Atlanta and have children? Help them get excited about the new school year ahead of them, and take them to the viewing of The Jungle Book at Movie Night in Candler Park.

Sunday: Take a trip back in time and visit the Chastain Park Amphitheatre for Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters. Tickets range from $45-$125.

Atlanta movers are proud to announce that this month the state will be hosting its first ever Georgia Restaurant Week! From July 13-19, 2015, over 90 restaurants across Georgia will be featuring dinner selections at a set price. If you are moving to Atlanta, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy amazing meals at even more amazing prices! The goal of Georgia Restaurant Week is simply to give locals and foodies the opportunity to learn more about the state’s cuisine and culinary scene, as well as to sample unique and various options.

The categories are broken down into “Unique Flavors” and “Unique Atmospheres.” So far, the following venues will be participating:

Unique Flavor:

  • Bangkok Station (Buckhead)
  • Der Biergarten (Downtown)
  • Nikolai’s Roof (Downtown)
  • Colletta (Downtown)
  • Bhojanic (Buckhead and Decatur)
  • Serpas True Food (O4W)

Unique Atmosphere:

  • Article 14 (Midtown)
  • Braves All Star Grill (Downtown)
  • Game-X (Downtown)
  • Joe’s on Juniper (Midtown)
  • Kevin Rathbun Steak (O4W)
  • Mystic Grill (Covington)

When people think of the best sub-cities for food near downtown Atlanta, they typically think of Roswell, Alpharetta, and Woodstock. However, Atlanta movers urge new residents to check out the foodie venues of College Park. Located just 13 minutes from downtown Atlanta (according to Google Maps), why would you not venture away from the city for a wider variety of cuisines? Local moving companies, such as All My Sons Moving & Storage, could not have made moving any easier; if you are moving to Atlanta, check out these five restaurant hot spots in College Park and you’ll fit in like a local in no time!

1. The Pecan – If you missed The Pecan on your flight into the International Terminal at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you can still find it down the road at the Southside staple. For the southern welcome you deserve when moving to Atlanta, try some of The Pecan’s signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits made with pepper jack cheese, crab cakes and fried catfish. And, of course you have to try the pecan pie!

2. Brake Pad Restaurant and Bar – Sister to Universal Joint, Oakhurst Market, Moe’s & Joe’s, 97 Estoria and Steinbecks Bar, Brake Pad is the perfect place to grab a couple of friends and relax while sipping on some beer. This rehabilitated gas station serves up American cuisine on a casual patio atmosphere.

3. The Manchester Arms – Offering a menu that has something to offer everyone, The Manchester Arms features some not-so-authentic British pub food, such as fish and chips, Shepard’s pie, and bangers and mash. You can also order a traditional pub beer like Boddingtons, the beloved cousin to your bangers and mash.

4.The Corner Grille – Moving to Atlanta from Louisiana and missin’ that Cajun cuisine? Get your fix with The Corner Grille’s blackened salmon, Cajun pasta, catfish po’boy, and chicken and waffles.

5.Bole Ethiopian Restaurant – Venture far from the foodie norm and try the best, and perhaps the only authentic Ethiopian cuisine around Atlanta. However, newcomers beware – when the menu says “spicy,” they are not kidding!