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Smart Home Technology

September 6th, 2017 - 1:38 PM
Smart Home Technology

The rise of home technology

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning and it’s unseasonably cold. Before getting out of bed, you grab your phone. From an app, you turn the heat on, start a cup of coffee brewing and open the blinds. You say out loud, “What’s the weather today?” and a speaker answers with the forecast. It’s not a house of the future, it’s a smart home. And you can do all of this today.

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Moving a Sofa - Will it fit in a ReloCube?

September 1st, 2017 - 1:52 PM
Moving a Sofa - Will it fit in a ReloCube?

Shipping a sofa in a U-Pack ReloCube

The ReloCube® moving container has many great attributes — affordable pricing, flexible options, and a size that allows it to fit in a standard parking space. But will its compact size be a problem when loading large furniture like a sofa? Most sofas will fit, but be sure to measure first. Find out what size furniture can fit in a CubeTM, learn what to do if your couch won’t fit, and get tips on prepping a sofa for a long distance move.  

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Small Room Decorating Ideas

August 30th, 2017 - 10:10 AM
Small Room Decorating Ideas

How to decorate small spaces

When it comes to home decorating, size doesn’t matter.  A small space doesn’t have to be cluttered or thrown together — it can be creative and functional. With a little planning, you can maximize spaces to be efficient, comfortable and beautiful. Whether you’re dealing with a tiny apartment or a single room that’s not so big, we’ve gathered some tips to help you take advantage of the space you have.

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I'm moving from Canada to the U.S. What do I need to know?

August 28th, 2017 - 12:42 PM
I'm moving from Canada to the U.S.  What do I need to know?

How to move to the U.S. from Canada

Any long-distance move involves a lot of planning and coordination. But an international move (even if it’s just across the border) can seem even more complicated. There are requirements to meet, laws to follow and steps for getting your belongings and family from one country to another. Learn about the necessary paperwork, and how to move belongings, cars and pets from Canada to the United States.

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Driving cross country: road trip routes

August 21st, 2017 - 2:26 PM
Driving cross country: road trip routes

Road trip across America

Road trips symbolize adventure, family time and freedom, but they haven’t always been viewed as an ideal vacation. While people have been taking long journeys for ages, the modern road trip didn’t become popular until after World War II when cars were more affordable, the highway system was expanding and the rise of hotels and restaurants made long trips more convenient.

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The 20 Most Popular Questions about U-Pack

August 14th, 2017 - 12:40 PM
The 20 Most Popular Questions about U-Pack

Find out more about U-Pack

If you’ve done some research on moving companies and want to know more about U-Pack®, you’ve come to the right place. You can always call us at 800-413-4799, but we know that calling isn’t always a convenient option. Maybe you’re at work, rocking a sleeping baby or it’s after hours. Either way, we’ve made finding information easy with our 20 most popular questions (and the answers).

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Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

August 11th, 2017 - 8:19 AM
Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

Long distance moving costs

Would you be surprised that 11.2% of the U.S. population age 1 and over moved between 2015 and 2016? That’s a lot of new jobs, new homes and new opportunities. That’s also a lot of people trying to find the cheapest way to move. Because rates vary so much depending on which company you choose, comparing options becomes incredibly important. Take a look at the options for long distance moving, and find out how to make your move as cheap as possible. 

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Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

August 9th, 2017 - 8:07 AM
Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

Beginner’s guide to building a treehouse

You’ve bought a house with a large backyard and finally have space to make your kids’ treehouse dreams come true. But where do you start? And how do you make sure it’s safe for them to play in? No matter your experience, making a treehouse can be done easily and safely. All you need are the right supplies, some knowledge about trees, and a little bit of imagination.

Note: Before starting construction, check city ordinances and homeowner’s association regulations for rules in your area. Some may require building permits or have height restrictions.

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Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

August 7th, 2017 - 2:05 PM
Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

Relocating to Atlanta from New York

Moving from New York City to Atlanta? Your life is about to change! People often call Atlanta the “New York of the South” because it’s the cultural and business hub of the region. But while the nickname may make you think the areas are the same, there are many differences. Learn what you’ll find after moving, including a lower cost of living and plenty of exciting things to check out.

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State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

July 26th, 2017 - 2:32 PM
State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

Popular foods for each state

From iconic Southern comfort food to seafood on the East Coast, every region has dishes it’s known for. Whether you’re just curious about the cuisine in a particular state, or you’re moving or traveling and wondering what local fare to try, we’ve discovered the best bites in all 50 states, along with some food festivals and local dishes to try.

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Tips for moving on a budget

July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM
Tips for moving on a budget

How to make a moving budget go further

Leading up to a move, you have many decisions to make. From choosing a new home or apartment to picking a moving company, every choice can have an impact on your moving budget. If you’re trying to keep costs low, a DIY moving service may be the best option. Or if you have a little more money, you might splurge on a crew to help load. No matter how much you want to spend, it’s smart to stretch the money as far as possible. Thankfully, there are some easy choices that can help your moving budget go further.

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Getting rid of odors in a house

July 20th, 2017 - 2:45 PM
Getting rid of odors in a house

Eliminating odors in the home

We’ve all been there. You walk into a house and a smell hits you.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming scent of fresh paint, a musty smell from the house being closed up for too long, or even just the unpleasant odor of your pet. Either way, you think, “I’ll open the windows, and it will air out.” But, after several days of letting the breeze blow through, the smell still lingers. Now what?

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Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

July 18th, 2017 - 3:06 PM
Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

How do I get my firearms to another state?

Whether you’re moving or traveling, there are regulations to follow for transporting firearms. Laws tell you what you can and can’t do, but interpreting those laws into practical steps can be tricky. Since many moving companies like U-Pack® aren’t able to transport guns, among other items, you have to figure out what to do with them during a long distance move. And if you’re traveling to hunt, you have to take them with you. But how can you get firearms to another state? You have three options: driving, flying or shipping. All of these methods have their own rules and regulations, but transporting firearms can be easily done.

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Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

July 14th, 2017 - 4:36 PM
Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

How to estimate gas costs for a rental truck

Did you know that when moving long distance in a rental truck, it may cost more for fuel than it does to rent the truck? It’s true! While truck rental may seem like the most affordable option, adding in the cost to fill it up may make it more expensive than you planned. To help you check this cost in advance, U-Pack has an easy-to-use gas cost estimator. Find out how to use this online calculator, what factors contribute to fuel costs in a rental truck and how to move without paying extra for gas.