Moving 101 is a Finalist in the 2015 Contently Content Marketing Awards

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Contently Content Marketing Awards Finalist - HireAHelper

What’s the biggest project you’ve ever worked on? How long did it take? How many people were involved? For the HireAHelper marketing team, ours was Moving 101.

Now, imagine getting one of the highest of fives for that project from someone who knows even more than you do about the medium you’re working in. (more…)

Are You an Average American? $100 Giveaway

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In honor of the upcoming 4th of July celebration, we thought it was only fitting to do a post with a little dash of patriotism. Why not chat about the good ol’ US of A in order to celebrate America’s birthday? And the icing on the patriotic birthday cake? We’re giving away one $100 gift card to Manready Mercantile – menswear & gifts made right here in the USA. (giveaway details at the end) (more…)

Lost & Found – The Case of the Packed Cat

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Cat Survives in a Moving Box 36 Days

You may have heard the story that’s been going around: A cat gets packed in a box and, after 36 days, arrives in its new home to the delight – and horror – of its owners.

That’s right. A cat packed away by movers in Suffolk, Virginia survives more than a month without food or water – in a cardboard box on a truck, in a container on a ship, and then on another truck, across the country and the ocean all the way to Hawaii.

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Where is Everyone Going? Moving Industry Migration Trends

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And what does it mean for us in the moving industry?

United Van Lines’ 37th Annual Migration Study

United Van Lines seems to have a penchant for tracking industry-related trends. We here at HireAHelper are happy to go ahead and let them, particularly if they are then going to tell us what they found. (We like to call this ‘passive outsourcing’.)

Screenshot of United Van Lines' 2013 Migration Map

United Van Lines’ 2013 Migration Map

Most recently they chose to share with us the telling trend of where people are moving from and, in a skillful follow-up, where they are moving to. KEYE TV of Austin, Texas reports on United’s trend-spotting by highlighting the fact that the largest percentage of people are leaving the New York/New Jersey area. And where are they going? ‘West, South’ the headline states. (To us this was a bit anticlimactic since, as far as we can tell, almost the entire rest of the country is either west or south of New York.)

The couple interviewed by KEYE for this noteworthy piece of news moved from New York City to Golden, Colorado, citing the hustle and bustle, the stress and the high cost of living in the Big Apple as factors in their decision to split. Now they look out their window and see trees and mountains and, on a good day, the Coors Brewing factory. When asked if they’d ever move back to the northeast, they laugh.

But back to the subject at hand. United has found that the top eight destination states among their customers in 2013 cover a lot of ground, both west and south of New York. Oregon tops the list, followed by the Carolinas and Washington, DC. It seems surprising to at least one writer that South Dakota and Nevada are in there. More surprising is the fact that Texas edged out Colorado and yet the people at KEYE TV in Austin, Texas had to travel to Colorado to interview someone.

Atlas Van Lines 2013 Migration Patterns

If you aren’t operating in one of the states United identifies as having the most moves, whether inbound or outbound, not to worry. Atlas Van Lines offers some slightly different (and, unless you are in the Yukon, generally favorable) moving industry migration trends.

Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Map

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They break it down state-by-state and province-by-Canadian-province, but what’s most promising is their overall finding that the total number of moves they performed in 2013 turned out to be a 6% increase from 2012.

The upshot of all this? Considering there were 77,000+ moves performed in 2013, there’s clearly a lot of work out there. And as the industry continues to evolve and more customers migrate toward the DIY moving model, we’re going to keep on growing.

One day we may even move someone to the Yukon.

Movers Collaboration: Start Befriending The Competition

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Choosing Collaboration Over Competition

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

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As promised, this month’s post specifically for our helpers will break open the mystery of the power of collaboration. We’re going to break it down into three parts: equipment, manpower and knowledge. We’ll talk about working with other local movers as well as joining forces with your HireAHelper colleagues across the country. We’ll discuss resources. We’ll share a few bits about forums.

And we’ll finish with why none of us should be scared to reach out to that mover across town or in another part of the country.

But let’s start with this appetizing little feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_m9nReouVY

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Real People: Cross Country Moving Comparison – Full Service Movers vs. Moving Labor

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This tale of two moves is from Gabi Logan and is the latest installment in our Real People series.

In the last few years, I’ve had the (mis)fortune of moving clear across the country, twice. Before I was engaged, the man who would become my husband relocated from Boston to California for work (a.k.a. completely paid for) without me and I had to follow a year later on my own dime. Picture of the California Coast at Sunset

Just a year after I arrived in California, he had to move for work again, setting me up for my first full-service, cross country moving experience.

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Real People: Midwest Move with PODS and HireAHelper

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Casey-picHere’s another post from our “Real People” series written by web celebrity Casey O’Halloran from The DIY Playbook. Casey chats about her recent interstate move with PODS and HireAHelper from St. Louis to Chicago.

Let’s face it, moving is not fun. It’s difficult, time-consuming, stressful…all of those terrible things wrapped up into a poorly packed cardboard box. But we all know that moving is a very real and inevitable part of life.

My fiancé and I recently found new jobs in Chicago, and had to pack up our loft in downtown St. Louis. We brainstormed a few possible options on how to get all of our belongings from point A to point B, and still keep our relationship and sanity intact. (Spoiler Alert: the wedding is still on!)

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Real People: Moving 2,800 Miles with 1-800-PACK-RAT

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Here’s another true story in our Real People series. This one is from Thursday Bram about her 2,800 mile cross country move using 1-800-PACK-RAT.

 

Two thousand eight hundred and five miles. I mapped out the move my husband and I were making from our old home in Maryland to our new home in Oregon and it came in at just a hair more than 2,800 miles. The number intimidated me: not only did I need to figure out how to get all of our belongings packed up, but I had to figure out how to get them all the way across the continental United States.

2500 Mile Move Map Screenshot

I was lucky, despite how much work I knew I’d have to do. I have a professional mover in the family. My dad has run a local moving company since I was in high school. I knew I needed some expert advice, so I phoned home.

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Real People: Using PODS Portable Storage and HireAHelper

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Picture of MerlisaThis post is part of our “Real People” series from Merlisa L., age 47 of Central Florida.

Pros/Cons/How-Tos of Moving using PODS

My philosophy when it comes to time and money is that it’s easier to make more money than it is to find more time. So when possible, I use money to buy more time.

This is one of the reasons I had always used full-service moving companies. I thought the one-stop shop approach to moving saved me enough time to offset the extra cost. However, that changed when I chose PODS to move from Arlington, Va. to Orlando.  (more…)

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