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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.

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Free Moving Announcements

April 4th, 2018 - 3:22 PM
Free Moving Announcements

Moving? Don’t forget your moving announcements!​

There are many people to notify about an upcoming move, but it’s not always convenient to make the announcement. It’s easy to tell people you frequently see in person: coworkers, neighbors, the friend you have lunch with each week. But there are several other people to tell (just think about all the families who send you Christmas cards every year). The good news is it’s easy to make a free (or at least very inexpensive) moving announcement. Print them and mail them or post one on social media — they’re easy to download and customize.

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10 Best Places to Live in California

April 2nd, 2018 - 3:10 PM
10 Best Places to Live in California

Should I move to California? 

Are you California dreamin'? Swept up by images of sandy beaches, sunny days and rolling Pacific waves? Eager to savor international cuisine, award-winning wines and majestic mountains? Maybe you like the idea of a bustling metropolitan area or endless outdoor adventures. If so, then moving to The Golden State might be for you.

But with nearly 500 cities to choose from, where is the best place to call home? Take a look at 10 of the best cities to live in California to help you decide.

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How to Complete a Postal Change of Address

March 30th, 2018 - 12:51 PM
How to Complete a Postal Change of Address

Submitting an address change with the Post Office®

Moving soon? It’s a good idea to file a Change of Address (COA) with the United States Postal Service® so you can still receive important letters and packages. While the process is pretty straightforward, there are a few things to know about the forwarding options that are available. If you already know what type of forwarding you need, click here to jump to the steps on submitting an address change. Otherwise, keep reading to learn what those options are first.  

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The Cheapest Way to Move Out of the Bay Area

March 28th, 2018 - 1:10 PM
The Cheapest Way to Move Out of the Bay Area

Leaving the San Francisco Bay Area?

According to a report by real-estate brokerage firm Redfin, more people are moving out of the San Francisco area than anywhere else in the United States. This is linked to factors such as tax rates and housing costs, but the sheer amount of people leaving is actually making it more expensive for others to move. When demand is high, moving rates often increase.

If you’re making plans to leave San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont or another Bay Area city, you might want to do a little shopping around. By getting multiple quotes, you’re more likely to find the best price. Compare rates to find out which option is cheapest.

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How Long Does It Take To Pack

March 26th, 2018 - 2:54 PM
How Long Does It Take To Pack

You’re moving soon — when should you start packing? 

As you prepare to move, one of the first steps is to survey your home and look at everything you need to pack. You’re probably wondering how long the process will take. Depending on the size of the home and how much of work you  choose to do each day, it can take anywhere from 1-7 days to pack. Consider the size of your home, the amount of help you have and how much time you plan to spend working on it each day. Let’s take a closer look at how long it could take to pack and get tips on how to speed things up.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

March 23rd, 2018 - 12:50 PM
Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

Q&A about U-Haul® rentals

What’s on your mind leading up to your move in a rental truck? Are you concerned about how the rental process works or how much it’s going to cost? Whatever burning questions you have, we’ve researched it and have answers! Take a look at the details of U-Haul truck rental to figure out if it meets your needs.

Looking for an affordable U-Haul alternative? Check out U-Pack®. Compare with a free moving quote.

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Should I Tip Movers?

March 19th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
Should I Tip Movers?

Is there a standard for how much to tip movers?

If you’re hiring movers to help load or unload, you may be wondering whether you should tip them for a job well done. And if so, how much? If the moving company allows tips, then the decision to give one (and the amount) is 100% up to you. The information below can help you decide how much to tip and what level of service to consider deserving of a tip. You’ll also find ideas for other ways to show your appreciation for excellent service. 

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U-Pack vs. SMARTBOX

March 16th, 2018 - 12:44 PM
U-Pack vs. SMARTBOX

Compare move and storage options​

When it comes to an affordable and simple move, there’s often no better option than a moving container. They’re easy to load, and since you don’t have to drive, the experience can be more convenient than driving a rental truck. There are a lot of choices, though, so deciding on a moving and storage service that meets your needs may not be quite as simple. We’ll offer some assistance by comparing two popular options — U-Pack® and SMARTBOX®.

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PCSing to Alaska: Military Life in the Last Frontier

March 14th, 2018 - 1:34 PM
PCSing to Alaska:  Military Life in the Last Frontier

Alaska military moves

Are you ready for the adventure that awaits in Alaska?! Whether you’ve completed a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move before or this is a first, you’ll notice quickly that relocating to Alaska is a little different — with a few more things to coordinate. Namely, travel. Rather than just packing up your vehicle and driving straight there, a move to Alaska involves either flying (and shipping a vehicle), taking a ferry across the ocean or driving the ALCAN through Canada. Here’s help planning your Alaska military move.

Tip: Use this PCS Checklist

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How to Prevent Damage during a Move

March 12th, 2018 - 8:57 AM
How to Prevent Damage during a Move

Take steps to prevent moving damage

Even the best-laid plans can have bumps in the road. From nicking a door frame while carrying out furniture to dropping a lamp, accidents can happen when you least expect them. However, with some preventive steps, you can add an extra layer of protection on moving day. There are three main areas to consider: your home, your belongings and yourself.