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PCSing to a Hawaii Military Base

September 24th, 2018 - 2:11 PM
PCSing to a Hawaii Military Base

Hawaii military moves

If you’ve just received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to Hawaii, you may be feeling both excited and overwhelmed. After all, a military move to Hawaii is considered “overseas” or OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States) and is a little different than a PCS stateside. But it isn’t difficult to complete once you know what to expect! Use the following information to learn about the moving options, the allowances you may qualify for, and how to find military housing in Hawaii.

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Long-Distance Moving FAQs

September 20th, 2018 - 10:57 AM
Long-Distance Moving FAQs

Learn more about long-distance moving

Every move has unique qualities, from the circumstances surrounding it to the distance traveled. Some people are embarking on a solo trip from coast to coast, and others are moving their entire family just a few states over. But even though every situation is different, there are some common questions almost everyone has.

Some of the bigger issues, like choosing a moving company and getting a quote, are covered in our guide to long-distance moving. But in this post, we take a deeper dive into other questions you may be wondering about. 

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Finding a Place to Live in Alaska

September 18th, 2018 - 2:35 PM
Finding a Place to Live in Alaska

Where should I live in Alaska?

Can we talk about Alaska for a minute? It’s beautiful. It’s huge (over twice the size of Texas). It’s packed with wildlife. And it has something that most of the U.S. doesn’t have — a view of Aurora Borealis (aka the northern lights). But what’s surprising to a lot of people is that Alaska also has multiple cities and locations to choose from when you’re trying to find a place to live. Check out some options in the state and learn what to expect from each.

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What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

September 17th, 2018 - 10:51 AM
What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

The cost of moving between Canada and the U.S.

When relocating to a new country, there are plenty of costs that you’ll incur, from customs processing fees to finding new housing. But one of the biggest costs can be shipping your belongings. When moving from Canada to the U.S. (or in reverse), you’ll need to find a shipping option that can get your belongings across the border, but you don’t want to spend more than necessary. 

How can you move to or from Canada and stay within your budget? The easiest answer is to do some of the work yourself, and use a moving company that keeps prices low. U-Pack® is often the cheapest option. Take a look at how to keep rates affordable and the costs you can expect for your move.

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Moving Estimates: What You Need to Know

September 14th, 2018 - 8:31 AM
Moving Estimates: What You Need to Know

Estimating moving costs

Each moving company needs different information to provide a price. You may be asked things like how many rooms you have in your home, if the house has stairs, or if you’ll need help packing and loading. Or you may be required to have an agent come to your house to provide an estimate. Understanding the different ways movers determine pricing can help you make the best, most convenient decision. Take a look at some common methods and learn how to make the most of your moving budget.

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Do gas prices impact moving costs?

September 11th, 2018 - 3:29 PM
Do gas prices impact moving costs?

How fluctuating gas prices can shift moving costs

Many of the factors that affect moving costs are very conceptual and complex, but one of the easiest to understand is fuel. Moving from one place to another requires transportation for you and your belongings, and most forms of transportation utilize gasoline. As gas prices change, moving costs sometimes change with them. But how big is the impact? Start with a quick overview of why fuel prices change, and then see how they influence moving costs.

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Moving Cost Calculator

September 10th, 2018 - 2:48 PM
Moving Cost Calculator

Calculate moving expenses with a moving cost estimator

The formula for determining the price of a move takes many things into account: equipment availability, distance, fuel expenses and market demand to name a few. To help take the difficulty out, U-Pack offers an online calculator that makes it easy to estimate moving costs. Find out how to use the U-Pack cost tool and learn more about the main components that determine rates.

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The Cheapest Way to Move

September 5th, 2018 - 4:06 PM
The Cheapest Way to Move

Moving on a Budget: A Complete Guide to Cheap Moving 

If you’ve started getting moving quotes, you’ve most likely seen that there are many services to choose from — some cheap, some not-so-cheap. While moving on a budget probably takes full-service companies out of the mix, there are still several solutions to consider. But which is the cheapest? Check out common moving options to help you choose the right one for your situation, and then see tips for getting the lowest rate possible.   

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Driving to Alaska Guide

September 4th, 2018 - 2:27 PM
Driving to Alaska Guide

How to plan a road trip to Alaska

No matter how experienced a road tripper you are, the drive to Alaska is a unique adventure. You’ll be crossing two international borders, traveling through some remote areas, dealing with different types of currency, and facing potential extreme weather. But you’ll also see some amazing views and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ready to start planning? We’ve got tips to help you drive the Alaska Highway, cross the border and decide your stops.

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Cheapest way to move cross country

August 31st, 2018 - 2:04 PM
Cheapest way to move cross country

Cheap cross country moving options

If you’re worried about how much a cross country move may cost, consider a DIY option like U-Pack®. It’s a self-moving service that pairs affordability with convenience — making it one of the best and cheapest ways to ship household goods across country. You save on labor costs, and you don’t have to pay extra for fuel. With flexible space options that easily accommodate small studio apartments, large multi-bedroom homes, and everything in-between, U-Pack is an affordable solution no matter how much you’re moving.

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Finding a Roommate in a New City

August 29th, 2018 - 3:09 PM
Finding a Roommate in a New City

The best way to find a roommate

Moving to a new city for work or school can be an exciting adventure! But what if you’re moving into a new apartment, don’t know anyone, and need to find a roommate to help out with rent and bills? Finding the right person to share your living space with can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Check out these ideas for finding a great roommate in your new city.

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Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State

August 27th, 2018 - 3:16 PM
Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State

Affordable furniture shipping solutions

Not every move involves packing up an entire house. For some people, the only items worth taking are valuable pieces of furniture and a few boxes of personal belongings — an amount that may be expensive to move with services designed for large shipments. Which is why U-Pack® is one of the cheapest ways to ship furniture. Our services are designed to help you move to another state (or even across the country) while staying on budget. 

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How much does it cost to move across country?

August 24th, 2018 - 2:03 PM
How much does it cost to move across country?

Figuring out cross country moving costs

There’s no doubt that a cross country move is more expensive than a local move or a move to a neighboring state. But how much does it actually cost? The answer to that question can be difficult to reach since it depends on many factors. In addition to paying for a moving company (which can come with a wide range of prices), you’ll also need to account for things like hotel stays, fuel stops and meal breaks. Get a general idea of how much you can expect to spend by comparing cross country move quotes and looking at average costs for those other expenses.