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Moving from California to Alaska

October 9th, 2017 - 11:25 AM
Moving from California to Alaska

Planning a move to Alaska from California?

In 2015, just over 34,000 people relocated to Alaska from another state. Of those, close to 10% moved there from California. Why so many moves from the Sunshine State to the Last Frontier? In addition to military and employee relocation, Alaska has no state sales or income tax, and it offers a beautiful backdrop for all kinds of outdoor recreation, not to mention 24/7 sunshine in the summer. If you’re considering a move from California to Alaska, take a look at the logistics involved with getting your belongings and yourself there, and some things to expect once you arrive. 

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Best places to move to avoid snow

October 6th, 2017 - 8:37 AM
Best places to move to avoid snow

Not a winter weather fan? Are there places with no snow?

Sure, winter has its perks. Life moves a bit slower and the air is crisper. Plus, you can wear cozy sweaters and enjoy hot chocolate while snuggling next to a fire. But if you aren’t warm to the idea of having to shovel snow, defrost the car windshield or bundle up to beat the cold, these U.S. cities might be the perfect fit for you!

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Living in an Apartment with a Dog

October 4th, 2017 - 10:06 AM
Living in an Apartment with a Dog

Adding a dog to your apartment life

According to BarkPost, evidence shows that dog ownership provides health benefits like an improved mood, lower blood pressure and a fitness routine. With these advantages, adding a pet to your family may seem like a great idea, but if you live in or are moving to an apartment, before taking that leap it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit. Small spaces can pose a challenge for breeds that require more activity and space, and some rentals have restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed. But with the right breed and a good plan, it’s possible to add a furry friend, even in an apartment. 

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U-Haul Gas Calculator

October 2nd, 2017 - 11:14 AM
U-Haul Gas Calculator

Determine U-Haul®gas costs

When preparing for your upcoming move, it’s wise to define your expenses so you know what to expect to spend. Along with the costs associated with renting moving equipment and travel expenses, another expenditure that can impact your moving price is fuel — especially for long distance moves. Before you hit the road, prepare for the trip by figuring out your U-Haul fuel costs. With so many miles and lots of stops along the way, being prepared before you pay at the pump is important. And if you find that the cost of fuel is more than you expected, it may be worth exploring alternatives.

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How to Pack Shoes

September 29th, 2017 - 12:44 PM
How to Pack Shoes

Packing shoes for moves, trips and storage 

Shoes are an essential part of our everyday lives and in many cases, a special investment in our wardrobe. That’s why it’s helpful to know how to properly pack and store your footwear to keep it in the best shape for years to come. Check out the information below for safe, practical and creative advice on packing shoes for a move, travel and storage.  

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What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

September 25th, 2017 - 12:53 PM
What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

Cheap options for moving a one-bedroom apartment across the country 

Moving a small apartment across town probably wouldn’t cost too much — just grab some friends and family and load everyone’s vehicle with boxes and furniture. But moving an apartment across the country is an entirely different matter since you’ll have to pay a moving company to transport your belongings. While truck rental may seem like the cheapest option, the base price doesn’t include fuel, liability coverage, highway tolls or taxes. Instead, an option like U-Pack® may be cheaper for a move of this size. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service with affordable rates and convenient options. 

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Moving Container or Trailer?

September 20th, 2017 - 1:30 PM
Moving Container or Trailer?

Choosing the right equipment for your U-Pack move

When selecting a moving service, equipment options may be part of the decision-making process. U-Pack offers two types: moving containers and moving trailers, and they both have their advantages. Price is likely a large factor, but what other things should you consider? Take a look at the things that stay the same with U-Pack®, no matter which equipment you use, and the things to consider as you choose between our moving trailers and containers.

Want to go over the specifics of each equipment type? Here’s everything you need to know about ReloCubes and moving in a trailer.

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Cheap Places to Live

September 18th, 2017 - 4:01 PM
Cheap Places to Live

Where are the most affordable places to live?

You may have heard of the cost of living index before, but did you know it’s a good way to choose a city to move to? Because costs for basic essentials vary across the country, this index provides a simple way to determine if your salary will adequately cover expenses. Many areas have a rising cost of living, but there are plenty of places that fall below the national average. If you’re looking for affordable real estate and the lowest cost of living, these 10 places fit the bill.

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Where to buy moving supplies for cheap

September 8th, 2017 - 2:33 PM
Where to buy moving supplies for cheap

Looking for cheap moving supplies? 

When packing for a long-distance move, it’s critical to give your items the best protection. Finding used boxes and supplies for free can be tempting. However, worn-out materials usually aren’t stable enough to support your belongings. The good news is cheap (and new) moving supplies are available — you just have to know where to look. Let’s talk about why buying new packing materials is best, and where you can buy them at an affordable price.  

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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.