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Moving to College

June 13th, 2018 - 12:25 PM
Moving to College

Preparing for college move-in day

An endless summer might seem like a dream, but at some point, it will be time to pack up and head to college. Whether you’re moving in for the first time or returning for another year, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. Maybe you’re feeling emotional about leaving home, or maybe you’re pumped about the changes, but either way, the big move is coming. Let’s get prepared. 

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Moving Trucks - Frequently Asked Questions

June 11th, 2018 - 8:01 AM
Moving Trucks - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about moving trucks — sizes, fuel, driving and more

Planning a move comes with a lot of questions, and some of the most common ones concern the moving option you choose. If you’re considering a full-service move, you might wonder when to book them or how much it’s going to cost, but if you’re planning to rent a moving truck, you might have a few more questions about the process. Get answers to moving truck FAQs below, and then learn how U-Pack® compares.

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10 Spare Room Ideas

June 4th, 2018 - 12:02 PM
10 Spare Room Ideas

What can I do with a spare room?

Not sure what to do with an extra room? The possibilities are endless — we’ve seen everything from themed guest bedrooms to a place to store a bowling ball collection! But while those ideas may fit your needs perfectly, we think these 10 extra room ideas will help create a practical, useful space in your home. 

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Transporting Kayaks and Canoes Long Distances

May 25th, 2018 - 10:42 AM
Transporting Kayaks and Canoes Long Distances

Moving? Don’t forget your kayak! 

Do you prefer a calm lake or a raging river? Are you a solo rafter or do you head out with friends? No matter your style, you’ve probably had amazing experiences inside your boat. So, if you’re moving across the country, you’ll want to make sure it stays protected. After all, what fun is a new state if you can’t explore the water? Check out these tips for moving a kayak or canoe — it’s a lot easier than you might think. 

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The Best Fireworks Shows Across the Country

May 21st, 2018 - 1:20 PM
The Best Fireworks Shows Across the Country

The best fireworks shows — is one near you?

Fireworks shows are an integral part of many holiday celebrations in the United States. Memorial Day, the 4th of July and even Christmas are often commemorated with a spectacular display. Maybe it’s because they remind us of the “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” or maybe they just bring back happy memories from our childhoods. Either way, a good fireworks show is a great way to celebrate an event. If you’re looking for a famous show to watch this year, you’ll want to check out the lists below. 

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Cheapest one-way moving truck rental

May 16th, 2018 - 3:31 PM
Cheapest one-way moving truck rental

Compare and find the cheapest truck rentals

Any bargain shopper knows that an easy way to get a lower price is to check multiple retailers. While the item may not be exactly the same from store to store, the cost savings may make a different brand the best choice. A one-way move is no different. Prices can vary widely from company to company, but the end goal is the same (getting your belongings from point A to point B). To find the cheapest moving trucks, take a look at a side-by-side comparison. 

Have a one-way moving truck quote and want to compare U-Pack? Get a free moving quote! There’s no additional charge for fuel, standard liability coverage or taxes. 

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How to Let People Know You're Moving

May 14th, 2018 - 10:48 AM
How to Let People Know You're Moving

Telling friends, family and coworkers about an upcoming move

You’ve accepted a new job, found a better school district or a nicer home, or decided to start a new adventure in another city. Now it’s time to share the news! There are a few different ways let people know you’re moving, but one of the easiest ways is to send out an official announcement. This way you don’t have to worry about telling everyone personally, but they all still get your new address. We’ve made it easy to create a custom card! Just follow the steps below. 

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10 Foot Truck: How Much Does it Hold?

May 11th, 2018 - 12:39 PM
10 Foot Truck: How Much Does it Hold?

Will a 10-foot truck be enough space for my move?

The smallest rental truck available is the 10-foot truck. It’s intended for small moves — a studio apartment or just a couple of rooms — so, if you’re moving a one-bedroom apartment or a heavily furnished place, it may not have enough space. Before renting a truck, take a close look at the dimensions to make sure everything will fit. 

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How to have a moving sale

May 9th, 2018 - 9:17 AM
How to have a moving sale

Planning a moving sale 

Everyone needs to declutter and get rid of things from time to time, but it’s even more important before a move. And since you already have to go through every single thing in the house (while you’re packing), what better time to sort the trash from the treasures and have a garage sale! It’s a great way to get rid of stuff and make a little extra cash while you’re at it. 

For some, hosting a sale might seem like one more thing to add to your never-ending moving checklist, but for many, it’s worth the work. Learn how to organize for a moving sale, and get tips on how to make it a success! 

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National Park Vacation Ideas

April 27th, 2018 - 9:41 AM
National Park Vacation Ideas

Finding adventure in a national park

What’s your idea of a perfect time: walking out of a tent and watching the sun rise over the mountains, exploring a trail with your family, or hopping in the car to see gorgeous sights? If any of those sound appealing, a national park vacation will be a dream come true. Learn more about top spots across the country, and get ideas for your next adventure.

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Where to buy cheap moving boxes

April 20th, 2018 - 11:00 AM
Where to buy cheap moving boxes

The best place to buy moving boxes​

If you’ve ever compared value items to name brand, you’ve probably noticed that choosing the cheaper option sometimes means losing a little quality. This may not make a difference if you’re buying basics like white vinegar, but it could be really important for something like running shoes. You want shoes that will support and protect your feet the entire time you’re wearing them, and quality shoes are designed to do just that.

The same idea applies to moving boxes. They protect your belongings during transit and help ensure items arrive in good condition. But quality material doesn’t have to be expensive — the U-Pack Box Store offers professional moving supplies at reasonable prices. Learn more about why “cheap” or free boxes may not be the best option, and see what makes U-Pack supplies a better choice.

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Moving to Alaska for Free?

April 19th, 2018 - 8:59 AM
Moving to Alaska for Free?

How much do you get paid to live in Alaska?

There are rumors that you can move to Alaska for free or get paid to move to Alaska. Unfortunately, they’re not true — but you can get paid to live there. The state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Program provides all of Alaska’s permanent residents (both children and adults) a small portion of the state’s oil wealth annually. So if you’re moving there, you could start getting yearly checks!

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Best Home Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

April 13th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
Best Home Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

Selling a house as is? Or making upgrades first?

Homeowner improvement spending is on the rise! Projections show that overall improvements will cost U.S. homeowners $243 billion by 2020, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The number of overall projects being done is split between major and minor renovations, but spending is much higher for major projects like room additions or complete kitchen remodels. Both big and small projects can add value to the home, and the route you go will likely depend on several factors. In many cases, it can be better to make basic repairs or small updates rather than do a complete renovation.

When trying to sell a house, it can be tough to determine where to invest time and money. Take a look at which interior and exterior projects can add the most value to your home, and determine whether to do small upgrades or improve the area with a more substantial renovation.

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24 Ft Truck - Just How Much Does it Hold?

April 6th, 2018 - 4:27 PM
24 Ft Truck - Just How Much Does it Hold?

Will my belongings fit into a 24’ truck?

Between large pieces of furniture and things packed in boxes, it can be hard to picture how much space you’ll need in a rental truck. The companies recommend trucks based on home size, but if you have a 3-bedroom home you may not be sure what to do. The biggest trucks (usually 26-foot) typically say they’re best for 3-4 bedroom homes, while the next size down (20-foot in many cases) is for 2-3 bedrooms. Somewhere in the middle is a 24 ft. rental truck, but they can be hard to find. Take a look at where to locate these vehicles and what to do if you can’t find one nearby.