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Understanding Your City’s Recycling Program

September 18th, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Understanding Your City’s Recycling Program

Figuring out how to recycle

So you’re at a quick-service restaurant with a water bottle, a plate of food, a napkin and utensils. After finishing the meal, you approach the bins. One is marked for garbage, one for compost, one for plastics, and one for paper. Where does each item go? Have you ever stood for too long reading the signs and trying to decide what to do? Well, rest assured you don’t need a degree in recycling to make a difference. Whether you’re trying to start a good habit and reduce trash, or you’ve just moved to a new town that has recycling available, this guide will help sort it all out.

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What Do I Need to Rent a U-Haul

September 11th, 2019 - 2:50 PM
What Do I Need to Rent a U-Haul

Do you have what you need to rent a U-Haul?

A rental truck is a big, expensive piece of equipment, which is why companies have certain requirements for people to use them. Before attempting to rent a U-Haul®, look through the list below to ensure you can rent a truck. You’ll need to meet their age requirements and have the right license and credit card.

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Moving to Alaska 101

September 11th, 2019 - 2:07 PM
Moving to Alaska 101

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Because life in the Last Frontier is very different from what you’ll find in the lower 48 (and moving there can pose some challenges), it’s a good idea to learn what to expect. U-Pack has helped customers move to Alaska for over 20 years, so we've compiled some commonly asked questions and answers from trusted sources or our own Alaskan experts. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

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Moving to Alaska for Free?

September 11th, 2019 - 12:49 PM
Moving to Alaska for Free?

How much do you get paid to live in Alaska?

There are rumors you can move to Alaska for free or earn money to move there. Unfortunately, they’re not true — but you can get paid to live there. The state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Program provides all of Alaska’s permanent residents (both children and adults) a small portion of the state’s oil wealth annually. So if you’re planning to live there full-time, you could start getting checks every year!

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Best Places to Find a Job in the U.S.

September 6th, 2019 - 8:47 AM
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Best Places to Find a Job in the U.S.

Thinking about moving for work?

Moving for a job may seem intimidating at first. Not only are you relocating to an unfamiliar city and leaving friends and family behind, but you have to navigate all the changes and emotions that come with starting a new position.

But recent research shows that these types of moves can be positive. According to a study by the human resources firm Impact Group, many have seen improvements in both their personal and professional lives following a move! Making friends, discovering new experiences, having better career opportunities, and living in good communities are some of the biggest draws to moving for work.

What you look for in a city may differ from the next person, but some common factors help make a destination desirable, such as:

  • Having many things to do (diverse entertainment and dining options, cultural enrichment)
  • Good career opportunities (a low unemployment rate with a healthy job market)
  • A positive sense of place (good schools, low crime rate)

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five of the best cities in the U.S. to find a job.

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Timing for a Job Relocation

September 6th, 2019 - 8:34 AM
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Timing for a Job Relocation

Moving out of state for a new job 

You just received the call you’ve been waiting for — and you got the job! Congrats! It’s exciting to think about living in another state and taking on a new career challenge, but for now, you’re focused on when and how to move. Don’t worry; we can help. Check out the information below to determine when to begin your job relocation, and read how U-Pack® solutions can help simplify the process.

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Finding Short-Term Housing

September 3rd, 2019 - 9:54 AM
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Finding Short-Term Housing

Find a home between moves

Building a new home and need somewhere to stay temporarily? Relocating for work and looking for a convenient transitional spot while seeking a permanent place? No matter the scenario, there may come a time when you’re in the market for temporary housing. And while it may seem daunting, renting short-term doesn’t have to be. If staying with friends or family isn’t an option, there are plenty of other choices. Let’s explore some of the most common temporary housing solutions, and discuss other important considerations.

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Moving to Hawaii with Pets

August 29th, 2019 - 8:51 AM
Moving to Hawaii with Pets

Requirements for moving pets to Hawaii 

Did you know Hawaii is the only rabies-free state in the country? That’s a pretty big deal! According to the American Humane Society, rabies is almost always fatal, and the U.S. currently averages 400-500 cases in domestic pets each year (and about two cases in humans). To help protect the well-being of all residents and animals, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture has specific requirements for moving pets to the islands. Keep reading to learn about steps you’ll need to complete, how each quarantine option works and more.

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How to Transport Vehicles

August 29th, 2019 - 7:56 AM
How to Transport Vehicles

Using an auto transport service to move a vehicle cross country 

You depend on your vehicle to get to work, run errands and take you on adventures. And if you’re moving across the country, you’ll probably want to bring it, too. Depending on how far away your new home is, you may want to use an auto transport service to ship it. This guide will help you explore the types of car shipping services, the costs and how to prepare a vehicle for travel. We also suggest alternative ways to transport it if shipping isn’t an option.   

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Moving On A Rainy Day

August 27th, 2019 - 2:24 PM
Moving On A Rainy Day

Tips to stay dry when moving in the rain 

Did you wake up on moving day ready to hit the ground running and then hear a rumble of thunder in the distance? “Rain, rain, go away; come again another day” starts to play in your head, but raindrops are falling. Great, now what? 

While moving in the rain can put a cloud over the process, having a plan can help you make the best of a messy situation. First, decide whether postponing is an option. Then, if you choose to go ahead with the move, use the tips below to keep you and your things safe and dry when loading and unloading.   

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Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

August 16th, 2019 - 11:07 AM
Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

Find your ideal retirement spot

You’ve spent decades wisely saving for retirement, a reward for a lifetime of hard work. Now, as you prepare for your golden years and plan out the next steps in life, you’re probably thinking about where to live.

What’s the answer? Well, that’s entirely up to you! Close your eyes and conjure up a happy place. Is it somewhere with endless sunny beaches or majestic mountain views? A gorgeous, green golf mecca? An affordable spot with great entertainment and shopping options? No matter where it is, make sure it’s the right place for you!

We’ve identified some of the best cities for retirees in each U.S. region. So kick back, dream a little dream and explore the possibilities!

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How to Pack Christmas Decorations for a Move

August 12th, 2019 - 1:39 PM
How to Pack Christmas Decorations for a Move

Tips for packing a Christmas tree, ornaments and other holiday décor 

What are your favorite Christmas decorations? Is it the reindeer ornament your child made out of craft sticks? What about the snow globe of Santa’s village passed down by your great-grandmother? Maybe it’s the tree, twinkling with little white lights and a sparkling star? 

Whatever the case, you pack these things away after the holidays each year, knowing they’ll be safe until next season. But now you’re moving, and your stuff has to travel across the country in the back of a truck. When it comes to fragile items like ornaments, it’s essential to pack with even more care than you would for storage. This helps ensure you’re able to deck the halls with your most treasured keepsakes for many seasons to come! Start by getting the right supplies, then follow these tips and best practices for packing decorations.

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Solutions for Unique Moving Circumstances

August 5th, 2019 - 8:43 AM
Solutions for Unique Moving Circumstances

Overcome your moving challenges

Do you feel like your moving situation is out of the ordinary? Well, rest assured, there’s no such thing as “normal” when it comes to moving. We’ve helped more than a million customers move, and have seen just about everything you can imagine. Some challenges are super easy to work around, and some require a little more creative problem-solving. Take a look at the situations below, and read about the solutions we offer.