Hidden Costs of Homeownership

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My husband and I are currently looking to buy a home in Chicago (we know right where to find move help in Chicagoland)) and it’s been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, fear, anxiety…let’s just say that making this big purchase is a bumpy ride.

While we have many must-haves for our new pad (2 bedrooms, quiet neighborhood, close to public transportation), by far the biggest factor is our BUDGET. (more…)

Celebrity Moves of 2015

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Summer is not only the season for bathing suits and ice-cream trucks, it’s also moving season. When the weather breaks and the kids ditch their school bags for the next few months, moving season is just getting started. We thought we would kick-off this exciting time with a look at some of the most famous celebrity real estate “moves” in 2015 so far… ’tis the season, right?

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The 9 Emotional Stages of Moving

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Stages of Moving

Because moving is such a momentous part of life, there are a wide variety of emotions that come along with it. Let’s be honest, most of the time moving gets a bad rap.

Many people just lump moving into the “sucks” category… but we’re here to dispel that theory. Sure, moving can be overwhelming and scary at times, but there are also a heck of a lot of good things that come along with moving. Lots of wonderful, HAPPY emotions.

So let’s take a look at the 9 emotional stages (both the good & the bad) of moving… (more…)

Our Top 12 Neutral Paint Colors

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Remember when Jerry got new cabinets? Too many decisions can fry your brain! Don’t let that stop you from making the important calls on the design of your home.

When you’re moving into a new home, you probably have a billion paint colors on your mind. There’s just nothing better than sprucing up your new place with a fresh coat of paint, but picking the exact shade you want can be a bit of a doozy, and we’re guessing most people find it overwhelming. Don’t pull a Jerry and let someone else decide – you might end up hating it. Let us help you narrow down your choices to a manageable few.

(If you’re painting so you can move out…)
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Top 14 Posts of 2014 – The Best Moving Advice and Home Tips on the Web!

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The HireAHelper team has had quite the year here on the HireAHelper blog. We’ve covered just about everything you need to know when it comes to moving…from purging, to organizing, to cleaning, to packing, to decorating. Heck, if you’re an avid reader then you just might be a moving expert by now.

In honor of such a successful year of blogging, we decided it would be fun to highlight the Top 14 Posts of 2014 (in no particular order…)

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Neighbor Etiquette: How to Be a Good Neighbor

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Mister-Rogers

You just moved into your new home – the moving truck is gone, your boxes are unpacked, and you’re starting to feel settled in your new home! But there is still one more thing you need to complete on your moving checklist. It’s time to meet your neighbors!

Not many people enjoy making small talk with strangers, but that awkward conversation is an essential part of the moving process. If you introduce yourself within the first couple weeks of moving in, then you’re setting the tone for your relationship and reputation among the neighborhood. Being friendly from the start, can prevent hostility and bad-feelings down the road.

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7 Tips for Making Your Home Sell-Ready: Forbes Edition

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Don't Let Them See This!!

Don’t Let Them See This!!

What day is today?

No this is not a trick question. But for purposes of this post you must not answer like an eager, bright young elementary school child but rather like a soon-to-be-frazzled moving industry pro.

Give up?

Today – the day after Memorial Day – is known in the moving industry as Crazy Tuesday. Particularly in the self-storage realm this is the day the busy summer moving season kicks in like the roar of a diesel truck. Summer is the popular choice for moving because the kids are out of school and no one wants to move in a snowstorm. And so we stand ready, Gatorade in hand. (more…)

Poll The Audience: What Do Buyers Look For In A New Home?

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“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”  –Eleanor Roosevelt.

The First Lady’s quote sums up the idea behind this post perfectly. Sometimes you need to listen to people who have “been there, done that” in order to make the right decision and avoid mistakes. When it comes to buying or selling a home, there are many things to keep in mind to make the process as painless as possible.

So, what do buyers look for in a new home? We took an unofficial poll and asked a wide variety of people to offer up some free advice on the subject. Perhaps our findings will help as you buy, sell or move into your next home.

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How Much Do For Sale Signs Cost? We Compare The Results

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Average For Sale Signs Cost is $15.98

How much do FOR SALE SIGNS cost?

If you’re new to the market of selling homes, you may be just like us & completely clueless as to how much those bright red & white FOR SALE signs cost. Of course when you’re looking to sell your house BY OWNER, for sale signs are essential advertisement and those costs are a must, regardless of the price. However, we also realize that when you’re in the process of selling one place and moving into a new one, you feel like a 90’s rapper throwing big bills in the air like you just don’t care. (Not as fun as it looks, huh?)

Back to reality: we are not 90’s rappers (bummer!); we are working people who feel like every big bill matters! So when it comes to buying those FOR SALE signs to let the hood know your house is for sale, we want you to get the most bang for your buck and help you stop the money bleeding as much as we can.  Getting the best deal on those important signs will help us all feel a little better about the costs of moving. We recently set out to do a little research and answer this burning question on behalf of all those cost conscious movers out there:

Which store has the best DEAL on these important for sale signs?

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