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Throw it out before moving out

August 13th, 2018 - 3:04 PM
Throw it out before moving out

Do you have too much stuff to move?

Does the thought of moving every item in your home seem daunting? Maybe that’s because you have more stuff than you need! With a little time and effort, you can pare down your belongings to a more manageable amount before the packing process starts. Don’t spend time, energy and money packing, moving and unpacking unwanted objects. Instead, find a decluttering method that works for you, and then sell, donate, recycle or throw out the things you no longer need.

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Finding Movers and Packers

August 8th, 2018 - 3:05 PM
Finding Movers and Packers

Need help moving? Here’s how to find it!  

Moving can involve a lot of hard work. And things like heavy furniture, bulky items, stairs and narrow hallways can make it even more complicated — especially if you’re moving alone or with only a few people to help. To make it easier, you can add labor to your U-Pack move and get assistance with the heavy lifting. We make it easy to find local movers, and you still get to move affordably!  

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Moving to Alaska

August 6th, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Moving to Alaska

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Are you dreaming of a new life with breathtaking sights and endless possibilities? If so, you’ve chosen a great destination! Alaska is full of opportunities for new adventures and a fresh start. But 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. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

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PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

How to PCS to Alaska

If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process. 

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Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

August 1st, 2018 - 4:05 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

Am I moving to a safe neighborhood? 

Your family’s safety is a top priority, and knowing as much as possible about a neighborhood can help determine whether or not the new area is safe. Fortunately, a variety of online tools provide crime statistics by ZIP code and address. Take a look at some crime-tracking websites for data on your area, then learn about other ways you can help improve security and deter crime.   

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U-Pack vs. U-Haul

July 30th, 2018 - 10:31 AM
U-Pack vs. U-Haul

Compare U-Pack® and U-Haul®

At first glance, U-Pack and U-Haul may seem similar. But while both companies offer some version of do-it-yourself moving services, there are actually several differentiators. U-Haul is do-everything-yourself, while U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. As you take a closer look, you’ll see what sets U-Pack apart. Look at how each company handles moving, equipment, pricing and fees. 

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The Best Places to Live in Texas

July 27th, 2018 - 1:38 PM
The Best Places to Live in Texas

Why live in Texas? 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 532,000 people moved to Texas from another state in 2016 — an average of 1,400 every day! Why are so many new people calling the Lone Star State home? Economic growth, low taxes and below average cost of living are the biggest draws. It’s a great place to move to find opportunities, raise a family or retire. But since it’s such a big state, how do you narrow down the best place to live? Depending on what you’re looking for, these 10 places would make fantastic hometowns. 

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The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

July 23rd, 2018 - 1:03 PM
The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

What exactly is a moving trailer?

Even when customers hear about the flexibility, security and ease of a moving trailer, they aren’t always sure what to expect. Most people are used to seeing big semi-trucks and regular rental trucks on the road, but how does the U-Pack trailer compare? Here’s the answer: our 28-foot moving trailer is smaller than a standard semi and just a little longer than the biggest U-Haul® (and the space is flexible). Take a closer look at how trailers work and see how they can make moving simple and affordable.

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Farewell Party Ideas

July 18th, 2018 - 1:28 PM
Farewell Party Ideas

How to make your farewell party memorable

Farewell parties are a great way to recall happy memories and create new ones to cherish. Whether sending someone off for a college graduation, a military deployment, or an exciting new career opportunity, these gatherings pack plenty of potential for fun. Sure, the actual goodbye process can be emotional, but the party is a perfect opportunity to let loose, hang out with friends and family, and have a great time. If you’re planning a special goodbye, use this resource to gather ideas that will help leave a lasting impression!

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Moving Trailer Parking

July 12th, 2018 - 4:01 PM
Moving Trailer Parking

How much space do I need to park the U-Pack moving trailer?

Arranging parking is one of the most important tasks to take care of before moving day. Because of this, some of the biggest questions customers have about the moving trailer is “Can it fit at my house?” and “Where will I park it?” In most cases, the trailer will fit in your driveway or on the street, but it’s essential to go over the details to make sure. 

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Shipping Rates for Household Goods

July 11th, 2018 - 8:35 AM
Shipping Rates for Household Goods

Options for shipping household goods

Shipping household goods is an excellent alternative to handling a move yourself. Instead of doing all the work, it frees you up to travel as a family or catch a quick flight. But what are your shipping options, and how much does it cost?

If you’re moving only a few boxes (and no furniture), it may be cheapest to ship via parcel service, or by plane, train or bus. But, if you’re moving a household with furniture and boxes to a new location, using a moving service is better.

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What is the cheapest way to move to college?

July 9th, 2018 - 9:52 AM
What is the cheapest way to move to college?

Moving to college on a budget

A college dorm or apartment may be small, but you can still fill it with all the amenities that make it feel like home. From clothing and bedding to a mini fridge and your favorite chair, having familiar items will make your space more comfortable. But how will you get everything there? If you’re driving to campus, it’s possible to pack everything in the car and hit the road. But what if there’s more stuff than will fit in the car? Or what if you’re not taking one? Explore alternative options for shipping stuff to college and compare prices so you can find the cheapest solution. 

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Parking a ReloCube

July 2nd, 2018 - 9:28 AM
Parking a ReloCube

Secure ReloCube parking before moving day

Along with packing and setting up utilities, one important moving-related task is finding space to park the equipment. With a U-Pack move, you’re responsible for finding secure, legal parking at both origin and destination. To help you prepare, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about ReloCube parking before, during and after the move.

If you need information about moving trailer parking, check out this post

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What You Need to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly

June 29th, 2018 - 9:20 AM
What You Need to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly: a new invasive pest to know about

Lycorma delicatula, commonly referred to as the spotted lanternfly, is an invasive insect that’s native to China. It was first seen in Pennsylvania in September 2014, but has since spread to other regions of the country. Much like the gypsy moth, which is present in several states, the spotted lanternfly is capable of destroying several important crops. Take a closer look at the threat this insect presents, and learn how to prevent spreading them to new areas when you move.  

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Using Buy and Sell Apps Before a Move

June 27th, 2018 - 9:53 AM
Using Buy and Sell Apps Before a Move

Selling items through an app

Moving is a great time to get rid of unwanted items. Not only does it mean packing up fewer things, but it can also mean some extra cash. While having a garage sale is one way to do this, there are several options for selling stuff with smartphone apps. Take a look at some of the most popular, well-rated apps for selling stuff and find the right one for you. We’ve included links to the apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores to make it easier!