Know a New Homeowner? This Is What to Get Them for the Holidays

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Spending the first year in a new home is a special time for new homeowners. Although this year may have been a bit stressful packing, moving, unpacking and getting settled, it’s this first holiday season that will be filled with extra magic and “first-time” memories.

To help keep this time extra special, we have rounded up 12 gift ideas for the new homeowners in our lives. But heck everyone deserves an extra special holiday so these gift ideas, with price points from $8 through $180, are the perfect addition under the tree for just about anyone on your shopping list this year!

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C’mon, You Should Love Your Home

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You know that feeling you get after a busy week when your house is a complete wreck and your home’s to-do list seems like it’s a mile long and growing by the minute? Trust us, you’re not alone. All homeowners have these moments. Heck, sometimes that vision of the “perfect” home seems like it will never come true – not clean enough, not updated enough, not trendy enough … we hear you, we’ve all been inside that dreaded comparison trap.

To be perfectly honest, I’d go as far as to say that the feeling of “my house is not good enough” is more common than the feeling of “I absolutely love my house and feel so grateful to call it home”. So let’s talk about that.

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8 GENIUS Halloween Costumes That We’ll Teach You To Make From Leftover Boxes

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Halloween is just around the corner (18 days to be exact…) and if you just moved in or still have a few moving boxes to unpack, this post is for you! Instead of throwing away those last few boxes, we want to challenge you to up-cycle them into the most amazing Halloween costume that your new, impressionable neighborhood has ever seen!

Yep, forget spending big bucks online or at a costume shop. With a little creativity and some leftover boxes, we are confident you can fashion one of these looks. Check out the tutorials below each image! (Except for Beyonce. There’s only one Beyonce.)

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Adding Instant Curb Appeal With One Project

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If you’re anything like us, we’re constantly brainstorming ways that we can spruce up the outside of our homes. Whether you’re looking to sell, just moving in or are trying to make the most of your home’s exterior, adding curb appeal is a priority for almost all homeowners. And come to find out, chasing these outdoor DIY projects may be more valuable than we even realized.

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Help a Friend Move (Without Lifting Anything)

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Let’s say your friends are moving into a new home. And if these friends of yours are smart they’ve already hired helpers, so they’re all set for their big moving day. But you – being the amazing, thoughtful, generous friend that you are – still want to somehow help these friends with their move. Since the physical moving and lifting part is covered (thanks, HireAHelper!), you need to get a bit more creative when it comes to helping out.

Fear not! Moving is more than just picking up boxes; Here are five ways to help your friends move without any heavy lifting.

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Is Oregon Still a Trendy Moving Destination?

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[Synopsis: Portland’s average home now tops $400,000. Is Oregon’s boom about to bust?]

In our industry, it’s no secret that Oregon has become a top destination for interstate moves. Whether you look at United’s inbound/outbound percentages or Atlas’s inbound move totals, Oregon has in the last few years shown itself to be economically strong. Not surprisingly, Portland is leading the charge.

But there are more than two ways to skin a cat. (This industry really is an animal!) And this month we are going to look at the situation in Portland from a few new angles, to see if Oregon really is the horse to bet on as Destination King.

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FREE Moving Boxes?! Yes please!

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Last year we compared prices of moving boxes from a variety of large retailers (like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Amazon, etc.) in order to highlight where you can get the most BANG for your buck when purchasing boxes for your next move. We still love that post, but this time, we did one better.

Instead of trying to find the best deal on moving boxes, we did a little more digging to find where you can get FREE moving boxes. Yes, as in getting all of your boxes without even having to open your wallet.

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How Neighbors Are Connecting in the Digital Age

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Even though we’re bloggers, we never claim to be the most tech-savvy gals around. In fact, until we started the blog we didn’t even really know what HTML meant (#rookies). However, we’re trying to be  “cooler” when it comes to all of this tech stuff…and for us, that means researching the latest and greatest apps and websites out there. We recently found an awesome new website and we just had to share it right here on the HireAHelper blog.

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The Most Common Mistakes in Moving Your Alarm System Are These

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According to the FBI, home burglaries are the most common threat to a home. Burglars are nearly three times more likely to target homes without alarm systems.

There’s a loophole in the alarm system marketplace though; People cite moving as the number one reason why they cancel their alarm system service. Considering the average amount of times a person moves in their lifetime is currently calculated at over 11, now must be a good time to be a burglar.

But there are ways to make moving an alarm system way more effective. Yeah, moving the system can be a pain, but these things will make the entire process far more effective and easier.

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