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How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

February 3rd, 2017 - 9:01 AM
How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

Best way to pack a suitcase

There’s nothing more frustrating than packing everything you need for a trip, only to find out the suitcase won’t shut. Now you’re left trying to decide which items get to go and which ones must stay behind. But, whether you’re packing for a move, weekend getaway, extended holiday or business trip, there are plenty of ways to pack your luggage to help maximize the available space. Check out the steps below for tips on the best way to pack a suitcase.

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Downsizing Your Home

February 1st, 2017 - 8:18 AM
Downsizing Your Home

Getting rid of clutter: A guide to downsizing your life

It’s no secret that many people have a lot of stuff in their homes. In fact, a UCLA study found that 25 percent of homes with two-car garages don’t have enough room for vehicles because they’re filled with other things. But why does this happen?

Many psychologists believe our tendency to hoard comes from our belief that owning more will make us feel happier and more secure, or it may just be because we’re susceptible to advertisement. Whatever the reason, the need to own can get a little out of control, leaving us with a cluttered house and a desperate desire to reduce our belongings. The good news is downsizing is easier than you may think — all you need is a plan and the willingness to see it through.  

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Do I Need A Parking Permit?

January 27th, 2017 - 9:53 AM
Do I Need A Parking Permit?

Parking permits for moving equipment

Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.  

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U-Pack Reviews

January 23rd, 2017 - 8:02 AM
U-Pack Reviews

Moving company reviews

Choosing a long-distance moving company is an important decision. How do you decide who’s capable and trustworthy? A good way to start is to research and read consumer reviews from people who’ve previously moved with the companies you’re considering. Real life situations and their outcomes can help you determine whether or not a moving service is right for you.  

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5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

January 20th, 2017 - 1:58 PM
5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

Staying safe from Craigslist scams 

Craigslist has been the go-to for buying, selling and renting practically anything since 1995. You can even find and hire services like movers, travel agents and financial advisers there. Though it definitely makes things more convenient, it can also be a place where scammers take advantage of the innocent and inexperienced. While most fraud attempts are obvious, cybercriminals are becoming craftier — from creating counterfeit checks and fake websites, to rogue companies and suspicious encounters. If you plan on using Craigslist during the moving process, avoid being caught in the middle of a scam by learning how to recognize one upfront and familiarizing yourself with five of the most common fraud attempts. 

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5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

January 18th, 2017 - 1:17 PM
5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

Life in Portland, OR

Preparing to move to the most populated city in Oregon? With its casual lifestyle and continuous growth, Portland attracts newcomers on a daily basis. And whether you’re going there for family, work, an education or any other  reason, you may be wondering how to get there or what to expect when you arrive. To help make your transition to the city easier, we’ve done some research and found five things every new Portlander should know when moving to the City of Roses.  

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U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

January 16th, 2017 - 8:41 AM
U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

Is a full-service moving company the best option for your move?

Like the name implies, full-service companies take care of everything for you. This means packing, loading, transportation and unloading are all done by a crew, and you aren’t responsible for managing the process. While this type of moving service is convenient, it doesn’t come without a price — full-service companies are typically the most expensive option. If you’re looking for a way to move without doing all of the work, but you don’t want to spend more than you budgeted (and maybe want a little more control over your belongings), consider a hybrid moving service like U-Pack®.  

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PCS Military Moving Guide

January 13th, 2017 - 12:43 PM
PCS Military Moving Guide

Military PCS moves  

According to Business Insider, more than one million soldiers actively serve our country at 158 installations worldwide. For military personnel and their families, it’s no secret that being in the United States Armed Forces requires frequent moves from one base to another. And whether you’re a longtime service member, or recently new, you may have a lot of questions about your upcoming PCS. This guide will help answer those questions, and provide some tips that will hopefully make this transition less stressful, and an experience you and your family can look forward to.

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10 Most Dangerous Roads in the U.S.

January 11th, 2017 - 7:59 AM
10 Most Dangerous Roads in the U.S.

Most dangerous roads in America​

Whether you’re looking for the safest paths to travel or you’re interested in finding thrilling places to drive, knowing the scariest roads in the United States is sure to help. Our list of the ten most dangerous roads was compiled using accident data, comments from people who have driven on them, and a look at the general safety measures used during construction. Before heading out on your next road adventure, be sure you’re choosing the route you want. 

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26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

January 6th, 2017 - 8:46 AM
26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

A close look at 26-foot box trucks

If you’re moving from a large house, you most likely have a lot of boxes and furniture to pack and load — which may have you wondering if there’s a rental truck big enough to hold everything. The largest available rental truck size is the 26-foot truck, but will all of your belongings fit inside? U-Haul®, Penske® and Ryder® estimate their equipment to hold different household sizes, so it’s important to look into your options before making a decision. The information below can help you decide if a 26-foot truck is a good solution, or if an alternative like U-Pack® is the better way to move.  

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Moving Into a New House

January 4th, 2017 - 2:28 PM
Moving Into a New House

New house checklist

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a new house? You’re probably thinking about everything that needs to be done like connecting the utilities, remodeling the areas that need work and cleaning old messes (just to name a few). To make sure you are not forgetting any important details, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do when moving to a new house. Follow these tips to help make your new place feel more like home.

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Moving to New Orleans

January 2nd, 2017 - 2:43 PM
Moving to New Orleans

How to move to the Big Easy

If you’ve decided to move to New Orleans, you’ve made a tremendous decision. Live music on every corner, tantalizing Cajun food and deep southern accents are just part of the appeal. You could make list after list of entertaining things to do including musical concerts, sporting events and, of course, frequent celebrity sightings. You’re in for a great time! Once you get there, you’ll love it — but getting there can sometimes be a bit tricky. To make it easier, we’ve gathered some helpful facts and how-to’s.  

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Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

December 28th, 2016 - 9:48 AM
Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

The best way to protect your belongings 

Paper or plastic? While this is a question most commonly heard at the grocery store, it can come up when you’re moving, too.  Should you pack your stuff into cardboard boxes or plastic totes? Choosing the right thing is important when it comes to moving long distance. 

Plastic totes are very popular for storage. And they might even appear sturdier and easier to stack than moving boxes. But are they a smart investment? Will they keep your stuff safe and secure for a trek across the country in a moving truck? 

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Driving in Snow and Ice

December 26th, 2016 - 10:58 AM
Driving in Snow and Ice

Winter driving tips

If you're traveling in or out of an area that experiences extreme winter weather, you may have concerns about how to drive in the snow and ice. Depending on where you're headed, you may encounter snow drifts and white outs or ice covered roads. All of these conditions require different styles of driving and condition-specific safety precautions. Learn how to maneuver when driving on ice, snow and other cold weather conditions. 

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Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

December 23rd, 2016 - 8:53 AM
Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

How to move with no forwarding address 

Are you sure of an upcoming move but unsure of where you’re moving to? It’s actually pretty common, especially if the move happens suddenly because of work or family. One major concern is receiving mail and household goods when there’s no forwarding addresses. Take a look at the information below to learn about three mail forwarding options and about a moving service that doesn’t need an address to finalize plans.