Top 10 Things to Ask Your Self-Storage Facility Before Leasing

Top 10 Things to Ask Your Self-Storage Facility Before Leasing

You know what type and size storage unit you need, and you’ve found a self-storage facility at a great location that has just what you want. Time to make a reservation, right? Maybe!

Ask some important questions first. Storage managers are great resources. And remember, nothing beats seeing the storage facility with your own eyes! If you can, take a tour before you lease. Continue reading


The Overseas Pet – How Do I Move My Pet Internationally?

International Pet Moving Tips

The What, When and How on Moving Your Pet Internationally

First, why move your pet? Seems like a dumb question, doesn’t it? But there was a time not so long ago that an international move meant finding a new home for Rover. Not any more. Airlines across the board have improved pet travel over the years, making even a long distance move smooth for the whole family, particularly the four-legged members.

Since the enactment of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act of 2000, airlines in the US have upped their game, making it safer than ever to put your pet on a plane. Still, moving a pet with you to another country is a decision you’ll have to make. Do your research and be sure a move is practical or even possible for your pet.

With all that’s entailed in an international move – and we know you’ve got a long list of things to do – it’s important to know and follow all the steps necessary to take your pet along with you on this adventure. Continue reading


Real People: Moving My Apartment Into Storage Using A Uhaul And HireAHelper

This post is part of our “Real People” series. Usually, these posts are written by a real person who is not employed at HireAHelper, who actually used the moving services they mention. Today’s Real People story is still written by a real person, and even includes a photo gallery of the experience, but this time […]

4 New Ways to Inspire Home Renovation

Get Inspired for Your Next Home Makeover

When looking to create a new look in your home or if you’re looking to move into a new home, most people will browse through a few decorating magazines or ask their friends and family for some inspiration… but why stop there?

Here are 4 of the best new ways to get your creative juices flowing and help inspire you to design an incredible new look for any room in your house:

1.) Travel

It’s worth keeping hold of your holiday photos, not just for the memories but also for design inspiration. Whenever you’re away from home, be watching for a new look for your home. Take your camera along and get snapping. A color scheme in a Moroccan restaurant, an ornate wall hanging in a Parisian theater or even just a combination of colors seen in an English summer carnival can be all you need to dream up a wonderful design for your home.

2.) Television Shows

Have you ever watched Pride and Prejudice and wished you could live is a stately country home like Mr Darcy? The answer for many is yes and this is just one of the looks that have inspired would-be designers across the country to have a go at creating their own vintage look. Or perhaps you prefer something more modern, like the apartments seen in Friends or Sex and the City? You don’t have to copy the entire look exactly but a borrowed touch here and there can really look amazing. It’s worth paying attention to the TV shows that you love and getting inspiration from there.

3.) Nature

Nature isn’t just about green and blue – there is a rainbow of colors out there to see – in a rainbow for example! Look closely at the colors of beautiful bird feathers or in wild flowers and you can find great combinations that will transfer easily into your home. You can even utilize nature inside your home as well, with stunning flower arrangements for your dining table or artistic landscapes hanging above your fireplace. If you are lucky enough to enjoy the sounds and smells of the English countryside in a particular room of your house, then try adding flowing curtains that will move in the breeze. You can find customized drapery by The Shade Store if you’re looking for a particular style to match your decor.

4.) Music

This may not seem as obvious as the others on this list but music can be a powerful motivator. Listen to your favorite album in the room you wish to decor and see what comes to mind. Do you see passionate reds, calming blues or vibrant pinks? Do you want leather furniture to reflect the drums in your song or would you prefer a soft bean bag chair and a fluffy rug to chill out to on a lazy afternoon? Music can help you come up with ideas you might not have considered before and will also give your room a deeply personal look that means something to you.


About the Author
Anna is a freelance writer with an interest in interior design and home makeovers. She loves working in a project, crafting, music and a good book. @a_jonesyjones