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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

January 15th, 2018 - 2:31 PM
DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Men’s homemade Valentine’s Day gifts

Giving a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t have to be difficult. While the old standby gifts of chocolates or a tie will work, a homemade Valentine’s Day gift will show how much you care and really impress the recipient. DIY gifts don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, they can actually be cheap to make. Whether you’re making something for your husband, boyfriend, father or just a friend, these men’s Valentine’s gifts will show your love.

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U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

January 10th, 2018 - 1:53 PM
U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

Compare moving boxes from U-Pack® and U-Haul®

There’s one thing every move has in common: you have to pack items into boxes. Where you get those boxes can impact the total cost of your move — each box store sells a variety of boxes and supplies at different price points. If you’ve seen signs for a local U-Haul store location and wondered what they have, take a look at their moving box store and compare to the options available at the U-Pack Box Store.

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North American Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

January 8th, 2018 - 3:17 PM
North American Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

Which cities have hosted the Olympics?

The Olympics are almost here! Who doesn’t love watching athletes from around the world gather for 17 days of exciting competitions, amazing displays of athleticism, stories of overcoming adversity and magical moments where lifelong dreams come true? From the games “down under” in Sydney, Australia to the northernmost games in Lillehammer, Norway, the Olympics have crossed the globe and have drawn us in. The 2018 games (scheduled to start February 9 and end February 25) are happening in PyeongChang, South Korea, and they’re sure to be exciting. While we wait for the competition to begin, take a look at the other North American cities that have hosted the Olympics — in many of these places, you can still visit the Olympic Village and some of the competition arenas!

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What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?

January 5th, 2018 - 12:59 PM
What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?

Determine space and parking needs with U-Pack trailer dimensions

If you’ve never moved in a U-Pack® trailer before, it can be tough to picture  what’s going to show up at your home on moving day. You might be wondering if there’s enough room to park it in the driveway, or you may be trying to imagine how to load all of your furniture and belongings inside. Understanding the dimensions of the trailer can help clear up confusion. Take a look at how big the trailer is and get information about parking and loading.

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Saving Money on TV

January 3rd, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Saving Money on TV

Compare TV options: streaming, internet, cable and more

Whether you're looking to adjust your budget or just expand your entertainment options, streaming and internet TV are becoming very popular. There’s an option for almost any means of watching TV programming these days. Just looking for shows to binge watch? Streaming services can provide on-demand entertainment. Want cheaper broadcast channels? Free digital cable may be the answer. Take a look at the various options and see if one is right for your family.

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I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?

December 27th, 2017 - 7:37 AM
I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?

Shipping motorcycles across country​

While there’s nothing like hitting the wide open road on the back of a motorcycle, sometimes you don’t have the option of riding it to a destination. Whether you’re making a cross-country move, traveling to a race or taking it with you on a trip, shipping motorcycles is a common solution for getting bikes where they need to be. Take a look at the steps for motorcycle shipping, and see how U-Pack® can help. 

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Compare Two Men and a Truck to U-Pack

December 22nd, 2017 - 9:55 AM
Compare Two Men and a Truck to U-Pack

Considering Two Men and a Truck® for a long distance move?

When researching long-distance moving companies, you may come across Two Men and a Truck. Or maybe you’ve seen them working at a neighbor’s house. Are there other companies that provide similar services that you should explore? U-Pack is a great option that’s comparable, and may even be a better fit! Although the companies provide similar services, there are differences between the two. Let’s explore those differences below, and see how they might impact a long-distance move.

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Rental Trucks for Moving Out of State

December 20th, 2017 - 12:57 PM
Rental Trucks for Moving Out of State

Should you rent a truck to move out of state?​

The time is coming to plan your move. You’ve likely put a lot of thought into details like where to live, when to start packing and how much money to budget. If you haven’t, you should also take time to research how to move. For someone trying to save money on an out-of-state move, a rental truck may seem like the best option at first glance. But, it may be worth a second look. For some, the hardships that come with driving a rental truck across the country may outweigh the benefits. The good news is that there are affordable alternatives that are designed to make it easier.

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How to Paint Walls Like a Pro

December 18th, 2017 - 3:43 PM
How to Paint Walls Like a Pro

Painting walls? Use these DIY painting tips

Whether you’re about to move into a new place or just want a new color on the walls, painting is something you can definitely do on your own. While there are professionals who can do the work, the cost savings of doing it yourself is often worth the time and effort. It doesn’t take much to do a professional-quality job — the secret is in the preparation and the supplies.

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Cheapest Way to Move a Small Amount of Furniture

December 13th, 2017 - 1:27 PM
Cheapest Way to Move a Small Amount of Furniture

Finding cheap furniture movers​

Not everyone who is moving has an entire household’s worth of belongings. Many people have just a few pieces of furniture and a handful of personal belongings, which can make it difficult to use a traditional moving service that’s designed for bigger shipments. When it comes to finding cheap furniture movers for smaller shipments, there are a few options to consider. See how each service works and determine the cheapest option.

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Motor Oil Recycling

December 11th, 2017 - 12:59 PM
Motor Oil Recycling

What do you do with used motor oil?

U-Pack knows all about the do-it-yourself life — we specialize in DIY moving, and we know our customers do many of their own home projects and vehicle maintenance. If you’re doing your own oil changes, you may be wondering what to do with the old engine oil, filters and containers. Because oil doesn’t wear out (it just gets dirty), it can be recycled and used again.

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Moving box comparison: choosing the right boxes for your move

December 8th, 2017 - 12:14 PM
Moving box comparison: choosing the right boxes for your move

How to select the boxes you need

The lead-up to a move is a busy, hectic time. There are tons of important things to do and big decisions you have to make. But choosing the right boxes doesn’t have to be one of the complicated ones. Let us walk you through some moving box options. We’ll provide details about sizes and packing materials to help you decide what you’ll need. Let’s get started!

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10 Biggest Stadiums in the U.S.

December 4th, 2017 - 3:39 PM
10 Biggest Stadiums in the U.S.

What is the biggest stadium in the United States?​

For everything from college football to arena concerts, thousands of people find reasons to pack into sports stadiums across the country. But just how many people can the biggest stadiums in the U.S. hold? Amazingly, some of these facilities reach record-breaking capacities on game days — holding populations larger than some cities. Wondering where these large arenas are? We’ve got the list!

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U-Pack vs. Budget

December 1st, 2017 - 10:09 AM
U-Pack vs. Budget

Compare options: Budget® Moving and U-Pack

Because both Budget® and U-Pack® are DIY moving services, you might think it’s a toss-up on which option to choose — but there are many differences that can influence the decision. Transportation, equipment and pricing options can all make one a  better choice for different situations. Depending on what’s important to you, there may be a factor that stands out.

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How do moving companies charge?

November 29th, 2017 - 12:53 PM
How do moving companies charge?

How moving companies determine charges

When planning a move, you may be getting quotes from various companies and wondering where the rates come from. How do they calculate the charges? Why are some quotes so much higher than others? Are there hidden fees not included in the cheap rates? The costs associated with each type of move depends on a variety of factors. Full-service moving companies charge differently than DIY companies. Take a look at the initial moving costs and possible add-ons, along with when to expect to be charged during a move and how to pay.