Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Magnolia Market

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As we found out a few weeks ago after sharing a few tips on how to incorporate Chip & Joanna’s Fixer Upper Style into your own home, there are lots and lots of fellow Chip & Joanna fans out there! Finding out that many of you share our admiration for this positive, charming and uber talented couple did not surprise us (who doesn’t love those two?!) instead, it got us super excited and gave us another excuse to chat about this power couple here on the HireAHelper blog.

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Where and Why Are Companies Moving?

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Why Are Companies Moving?

Behind a Company’s Move – Is the bottom line the only factor?

Thanks to this smartphone video of one company’s announcement of their moving operations to Mexico, coupled with a certain presidential candidate’s ongoing tirade against US businesses moving out of the US, there seems a growing element of discontent across the country with the priorities of businesses in general – priorities that place the bottom line ahead of the people whose work, ironically, allows there to be a bottom line.

Rather than join in the ruckus we decided to take a look at a handful of high-profile businesses that are presently on the move and see just what is behind their decisions to relocate. Why are companies moving? Turns out it’s not always a simple matter of increasing profits. (more…)

Celebrate Your City With These New Home Announcements

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Moving Home Announcement PostcardWe are all about snail mail. I mean who doesn’t love opening up their mailbox to be greeted with mail from friends & family…instead of another bill or catalog?! It’s safe to say we’re all heart-eyed-emojied for snail mail and we’ll use any excuse to whip out our address books and stamps. (more…)

Top 14 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Across the Country

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New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is held along 5th Avenue and its procession can take up to five full hours to pass! The St. Patty’s Day parade is not only the largest parade honoring this holiday, but also the oldest. (more…)

Tips for a Moving Container Move

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Tips for a Moving Container MoveAbout a year ago, my husband and I packed up all of our belongings and moved from St. Louis to our current apartment in Chicago.  We rented a PODS container and we used HireAHelper for the “muscle” portion of our move. I’m not saying it was a good time, because is moving ever really fun? But it actually wasn’t too incredibly painful, and we both lived to tell the tale. In fact, we detailed our moving escapade right here on the HireAHelper blog. (more…)

Tips for Moving to Tampa, FL

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Moving south to Tampa? You’ve chosen a top-notch city. It’s received commendations in several areas. Washington Square News listed Tampa as one of the top cities for “twenty-somethings” and Forbes magazine calls it the “5th best outdoor city.” If you have kids, you’ll be happy to hear that Newsweek listed twelve of Tampa’s High Schools in their list of America’s Best High Schools. For a bit of fun in the sun, check out these sites and attractions Tampa has to offer!

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How to Pick Your New Hometown

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Okay so this post is for the wandering souls, like myself, who dream about moving somewhere new but don’t know just where that might be. I’m currently working on my Master’s degree in Nebraska but dreaming about moving somewhere warmer and more exciting after graduation!

 

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What do you want?

First things first. What do you want in your new hometown? Would you like to live in a rural area, major city, or somewhere in-between? Do you want to go somewhere totally new or live within a certain distance from family and friends? What kind of culture is important to you? Maybe Broadway shows? Professional sports? Thai food? How about recreational activities? Do you like to hike? Surf? Play disc golf? Consider the type of climate you desire. Is snow at Christmastime important to you? If yes, I wouldn’t move anywhere below 40 degrees latitude! However, if you’re like me, I wouldn’t mind living in the tropics 365 days a year. Bring on the heat and humidity! Everyone is different so it’s really important to reflect on which things are important to you (and your family, if you have one). Below, you’ll find several different qualities to look into when researching possible new hometowns.

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This should be at the top of your list when looking at various cities. After all, you can’t survive in a city if you hate your job or can’t even find a job! One way to connect to local professionals and companies is through Linkedin.com. Not only can you connect with these networks, you can also search for jobs, apply for jobs and improve your career. First, make sure to build up your profile with all you’ve done and also connect with as many people as you can. Upload resumes, professional letters and a professional-looking photo. This network is a great way to make connections and get things done before you even make your move. It will also give you a sense of the job market in different cities.

Glassdoor.com is another great resource for checking out job listings throughout the country. The site will show you salary information, company reviews, CEO reviews and all sorts of helpful reports.

money money!Can you afford it?
After you find a couple places that have a good outlook on the job situation, consider the salary you’ll likely have in relation to the cost of living for that location. This may take a bit of research but it shouldn’t be too bad. Google is your friend! Check out the different housing options and take a look at this site that lists the prices for all sorts of random items, from a pair of jeans to a gallon of gas. Shout out requests for information on your social media sites, too. It’s a small world and you likely know someone or have a friend of a friend who has the skinny on the city you’re researching.

school girlHave children? Education and Safety Ranks
If you’re a parent, one thing you’ve got at the forefront of your mind is how the city ranks in terms of education. GreatSchools.com is a site that offers reviews, test scores and ranks of different schools. But again, use Google and do as much research as you can. In my opinion, education is one of the best gifts you can give your kids. It’s worth a bit of effort to make sure the cities you’re researching have quality education systems!

As far as safety and crime statistics, calling local police departments would be the easiest and best resource to utilize. If they don’t have the actual information, they’ll know who will!

bikeCan you see yourself there?

Finally, ask yourself whether or not you can really see yourself enjoying life there! Do you like the local culture and climate? Can you picture your family fitting in? Is it a place you think would benefit your career? After all your research, you should feel a sense of excitement and expectation. If you don’t, it probably isn’t a place you’re genuinely excited about or would be happy with. Don’t make a leap if you can’t get excited.

Happy dreaming and researching! And please, if you can think of any other resources for those of us still dreaming, share them below. Share your experience, share your tips.

About the author: Victoria is, like she said, dreaming of a warmer climate and a city where she has access to some fantastic Thai food. As she works her way through grad school by working for HireAHelper, she enjoys fishing, stargazing and quality time with family and friends in her downtime.

(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Flinger, 401(K) 2013, wsh1266, Michael Coughlan, CollegeDegrees 360, and ePi.Longo)

Charlotte City Guide

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Moving to Charlotte?  You’re entering a locale rich in history and culture! Here is a little bit of everything you need to know to explore your new digs.

Museums & the Arts

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art features the most significant and impressionistic art of 20th century European and American artists. They also have various exhibitions that alternate throughout the year.

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Both children and adults alike will find a world of fun and exciting educational activities at the Discovery Place.  Explore different ecosystems from across the globe and become an innovator in the Think It Up area.  Don’t forget to check out what’s playing in their IMAX theater, where you can experience 3D tornadoes and butterflies firsthand.

Or if  you’re looking for something more along the lines of Broadway shows, comedy acts, dance, music or something for the kiddos, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center has it all! Check out their packed schedule of entertainment here.

Food & Dining:

From hole-in-the-wall dives to fine French cuisine, Charlotte has what you seek! If you want a local fave, check out Queen City Q, named after the city’s nickname, the “Queen City.” Your sense of smell will alert you to the savory barbeque even before you get to the door!

Attractions & Entertainment:

A great place to start looking for Charlotte area entertainment is CharlottesGotaLot.com. For a bit of old-school fun, Park Lanes provides not only bowling lanes but also an outside deck for dining, including a Moonshine bar.  Keep it casual or join one of the leagues if you’re a bit more competitive!

For thrill seekers, the “thrill capital of the southeast” is located only 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Carowinds is home to the longest, fastest roller coaster in the southeast United States. In addition to their thriller rides, they have Planet Snoopy with kiddy rides and Boomerang Bay, which has water rides and attractions. With live entertainment, dinosaur digs and delicious food vendors, Carowinds is a great getaway for the whole family.

NASCAR

NASCAR requires its own section for Charlotte entertainment! If you’re going to live in Charlotte, NASCAR races are one thing you’ll need to partake in at least once. Though NASCAR is an international sport, 90% of NASCAR race teams are based out of the Charlotte area. The sport of NASCAR, boasting 75 million fans, is ranked second in the nation, topped only by the National Football League (NFL).  The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts three major NASCAR races – the Coca-Cola 600, the Sprint All-Star Race and the Bank of America 500. However there are many alternative events you may attend, as they hold over 380 events annually!

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In the NASCAR Hall of Fame, take a stroll down NASCAR memory lane. See the drivers who started it all and made history or rent a viewing room for the greatest races of all time.

If you want the “real deal” experience of driving an actual racecar, the NASCAR Racing Experience is where you need to go. You’re allowed to purchase packages that put you in the driver’s seat of a real racecar and zoom around the track without a lead car! This is for the ultimate NASCAR fans.

Sites to See

Looking for the world’s largest man-made whitewater river? Look no further, the US National Whitewater Center is where it’s at.  Not only can you raft the rapids but you can also enjoy dining events like microbrew tasting and fireside dinners!

For the green thumbs out there, Charlotte offers a beautiful botanical garden. At the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, you can wander through the different areas and pavilions or take a class on photography. The Garden even hosts children’s birthday parties where young guests can pot their own plant and take part in a scavenger hunt!

If you’re looking for more of a full-day or overnight trip, consider the Biltmore Estate. Vanderbilt’s estate covers 8,000 acres located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to the beautiful château, the location contains a winery, unique shopping, dining options and a beautiful garden designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York City’s Central Park.

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Sports Center

For sports fans, you won’t be disappointed! Charlotte is home to several professional teams. Avid football fans can cheer on the NFL Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium.  Those who follow the NBA (National Basketball Association) will remember Muggsy Bogues, shortest player ever in the NBA, who played for the Charlotte Hornets back in the 80s and 90s. Charlotte’s team is currently called the Bobcats but will retain the Hornets’ name again, beginning in 2014! The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) has a team based here called the Charlotte Hounds.

Pet Lovers

One thing you’ll need after moving is a place for your four-legged children to be pampered. Pet Paradise Resort offers grooming, daycare, training and even boarding! The Charlotte location is only one mile from the Charlotte International Airport, which makes dropping off your beloved pet before your flight quick and easy!

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Explore the 40,000 square-foot library and learn about the life and legacy of “America’s Pastor,” at the Billy Graham Library. On site is the Graham family homeplace, bookstore, prayer garden and dairy bar.

By Victoria Volkman

(Photo courtesy of Cal Dellinger, Broadway Tour, David Berkowitz, and Keith Allison.)

How Do I Adjust To A New City Far From Home?

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lady libertyIf you’re a bit anxious about picking up shop and relocating to a completely different city or area of the country (or globe), don’t feel bad. You’re totally normal! While transition is never easy, attitude and perspective are the two things that will “make” your transition. View this new move as an adventure! How often do we get the opportunity to make a whole new life for ourselves? Relocating allows us to start fresh, create new networks, develop new hobbies and much more! Enter your new life with excitement and hope. The following five tips will help you have a positive attitude and perspective when acclimating to your new city!

1.  Be Where You Are

This may seem elementary but it’s a real challenge not to hold tightly to friends and family back home. You may want to fly/drive home every weekend or month because you’re homesick or simply because you miss those connections with loved ones. I’m not saying you need to totally ditch old family and friends but be intentional about making an effort to become involved in your new city.  There are good people everywhere!

2.  Get Out There

As you make an effort to be present in your new city, take the next step by putting yourself out there. Google fun things to do in your city, make a dessert for your neighbor (if your cooking won’t kill!), take a walk around your neighborhood, and check out the local markets. Visit a few different churches or sign up for a painting class. Bottom line – don’t become a hermit, connected only to Facebook or watching TV. Get out there and meet some new people! You won’t enjoy your new city if you’re hulled up in your apartment alone. You could be in the most boring, small-town in the country but if you had good friends with you, it would be the best place ever. Connect!

3.  Find A Local Outlet For Your Hobbies

One way to really connect with people who have similar interests is to make sure you’re partaking in your favorite hobby. Whatever it is that rejuvenates you, you don’t have to leave that behind just because you’re in a new place. Whether that’s painting, biking, joining a Bible study, volunteering, or playing league volleyball, find a way to make that happen in your new city. Finding those outlets will allow you to feel like yourself even in a new place.

4.  Be Confident & Comfortable In Your Skin!

By now, half of you are excited and the other half are thinking, “I am way too shy to do this!” All I have to say is that I’m sure you’re awesome! You won’t connect with everyone but there are definitely people who you’ll hit it off with. Be comfortable in your own skin. My mom always said, “there are good people everywhere.” I’ve discovered this to be true! Just be yourself and relax. Most people are always a bit nervous when meeting new people, so you’re in good company. And if you’re doing things you already love (hobbies), you’ll instantly have something in common.

5.  Give yourself time to build a name and connections…

Finally, give yourself a break!  It takes time to build new friendships and networks. Don’t stress if you don’t feel like you fit in right away or that your co-workers haven’t seen how lucky they are to have you! Anything worth much takes time.

Good luck with your new move and enjoy this new adventure! For those of you who have already gone through a major transition, please share your experiences and tips with those who are just making that move.

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About  the Author: Victoria is a grad student in Nebraska and is currently savoring the summer sunshine. This summer she is taking a break from classes by working with HireAHelper and loving it!

(Photo courtesy of Erick)

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