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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.  

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U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

August 17th, 2018 - 10:55 AM
U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Comparing 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack

U-Pack® and 1-800-Pack-Rat® work similarly for portable storage. Both bring the equipment to you, have you pack and load it, and then deliver it to your new home or store it in a safe environment until you’re ready for it. But when looking at specific details, there are some notable differences. Let’s take a look!

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Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

August 15th, 2018 - 1:18 PM
Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

What is the gas mileage of a Budget® truck?

According to their website, Budget trucks get the following gas mileage:

  • 12-foot truck: 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-foot truck: 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-foot truck: 8-10 miles per gallon (diesel fuel)

Keep in mind that these estimates are for empty trucks, so a fully loaded truck would get fewer miles per gallon. 

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Throw it out before moving out

August 13th, 2018 - 3:04 PM
Throw it out before moving out

Do you have too much stuff to move?

Does the thought of moving every item in your home seem daunting? Maybe that’s because you have more stuff than you need! With a little time and effort, you can pare down your belongings to a more manageable amount before the packing process starts. Don’t spend time, energy and money packing, moving and unpacking unwanted objects. Instead, find a decluttering method that works for you, and then sell, donate, recycle or throw out the things you no longer need.

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Finding Movers and Packers

August 8th, 2018 - 3:05 PM
Finding Movers and Packers

Need help moving? Here’s how to find it!  

Moving can involve a lot of hard work. And things like heavy furniture, bulky items, stairs and narrow hallways can make it even more complicated — especially if you’re moving alone or with only a few people to help. To make it easier, you can add labor to your U-Pack move and get assistance with the heavy lifting. We make it easy to find local movers, and you still get to move affordably!  

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Moving to Alaska

August 6th, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Moving to Alaska

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Are you dreaming of a new life with breathtaking sights and endless possibilities? If so, you’ve chosen a great destination! Alaska is full of opportunities for new adventures and a fresh start. But because life in the Last Frontier is very different from what you’ll find in the lower 48 (and moving there can pose some challenges), it’s a good idea to learn what to expect. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

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PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

How to PCS to Alaska

If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process. 

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Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

August 1st, 2018 - 4:05 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

Am I moving to a safe neighborhood? 

Your family’s safety is a top priority, and knowing as much as possible about a neighborhood can help determine whether or not the new area is safe. Fortunately, a variety of online tools provide crime statistics by ZIP code and address. Take a look at some crime-tracking websites for data on your area, then learn about other ways you can help improve security and deter crime.   

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U-Pack vs. U-Haul

July 30th, 2018 - 10:31 AM
U-Pack vs. U-Haul

Compare U-Pack® and U-Haul®

At first glance, U-Pack and U-Haul may seem similar. But while both companies offer some version of do-it-yourself moving services, there are actually several differentiators. U-Haul is do-everything-yourself, while U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. As you take a closer look, you’ll see what sets U-Pack apart. Look at how each company handles moving, equipment, pricing and fees.