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Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

August 9th, 2017 - 8:07 AM
Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

Beginner’s guide to building a treehouse

You’ve bought a house with a large backyard and finally have space to make your kids’ treehouse dreams come true. But where do you start? And how do you make sure it’s safe for them to play in? No matter your experience, making a treehouse can be done easily and safely. All you need are the right supplies, some knowledge about trees, and a little bit of imagination.

Note: Before starting construction, check city ordinances and homeowner’s association regulations for rules in your area. Some may require building permits or have height restrictions.

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Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

August 7th, 2017 - 2:05 PM
Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

Relocating to Atlanta from New York

Moving from New York City to Atlanta? Your life is about to change! People often call Atlanta the “New York of the South” because it’s the cultural and business hub of the region. But while the nickname may make you think the areas are the same, there are many differences. Learn what you’ll find after moving, including a lower cost of living and plenty of exciting things to check out.

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Moving to Puerto Rico

July 28th, 2017 - 9:51 AM
Moving to Puerto Rico

Want to move to Puerto Rico?​

Puerto Rico became a U.S. Territory in 1898, making its residents U.S. citizens. But because it isn’t incorporated, it can sometimes feel like a completely separate country — especially if you’re trying to move there. While you can travel to Puerto Rico from the U.S. without a passport and use U.S. currency, other differences (like not paying U.S. taxes or voting in general elections) may make the process seem confusing. Learn more about moving to Puerto Rico, and get tips for adjusting to life on the island. 

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State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

July 26th, 2017 - 2:32 PM
State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

Popular foods for each state

From iconic Southern comfort food to seafood on the East Coast, every region has dishes it’s known for. Whether you’re just curious about the cuisine in a particular state, or you’re moving or traveling and wondering what local fare to try, we’ve discovered the best bites in all 50 states, along with some food festivals and local dishes to try.

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Tips for moving on a budget

July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM
Tips for moving on a budget

How to make a moving budget go further

Leading up to a move, you have many decisions to make. From choosing a new home or apartment to picking a moving company, every choice can have an impact on your moving budget. If you’re trying to keep costs low, a DIY moving service may be the best option. Or if you have a little more money, you might splurge on a crew to help load. No matter how much you want to spend, it’s smart to stretch the money as far as possible. Thankfully, there are some easy choices that can help your moving budget go further.

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Getting rid of odors in a house

July 20th, 2017 - 2:45 PM
Getting rid of odors in a house

Eliminating odors in the home

We’ve all been there. You walk into a house and a smell hits you.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming scent of fresh paint, a musty smell from the house being closed up for too long, or even just the unpleasant odor of your pet. Either way, you think, “I’ll open the windows, and it will air out.” But, after several days of letting the breeze blow through, the smell still lingers. Now what?

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Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

July 18th, 2017 - 3:06 PM
Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

How do I get my firearms to another state?

Whether you’re moving or traveling, there are regulations to follow for transporting firearms. Laws tell you what you can and can’t do, but interpreting those laws into practical steps can be tricky. Since many moving companies like U-Pack® aren’t able to transport guns, among other items, you have to figure out what to do with them during a long distance move. And if you’re traveling to hunt, you have to take them with you. But how can you get firearms to another state? You have three options: driving, flying or shipping. All of these methods have their own rules and regulations, but transporting firearms can be easily done.

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Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

July 14th, 2017 - 4:36 PM
Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

How to estimate gas costs for a rental truck

Did you know that when moving long distance in a rental truck, it may cost more for fuel than it does to rent the truck? It’s true! While truck rental may seem like the most affordable option, adding in the cost to fill it up may make it more expensive than you planned. To help you check this cost in advance, U-Pack has an easy-to-use gas cost estimator. Find out how to use this online calculator, what factors contribute to fuel costs in a rental truck and how to move without paying extra for gas.

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The Best Cities for Cyclists

July 10th, 2017 - 1:09 PM
The Best Cities for Cyclists

Finding the best bicycle trails​

A benchmarking study by People for Bikes reported that over 95.5 million people rode their bikes for fun in 2015. With that many people on the road, it’s no wonder that more and more cities are adding new trails and infrastructure for bicycle riders. If you’re a cyclist looking for a fun vacation spot or a new place to live, check out these options for fun places with amazing bike trails and riding programs.

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Top 10 Scenic Highways

July 5th, 2017 - 9:29 AM
Top 10 Scenic Highways

Finding the scenic route for your trip

Picture this: You’re zooming past the most gorgeous vistas you’ve ever seen.  The weather is perfect. Your family stops at an overlook to take in the beautiful coastline, and you get the perfect picture. Post that to Instagram® before getting back in the car for a leisurely drive. Then stop at a great little restaurant to try the local cuisine. For a trip like this, the journey truly is the destination.

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Moving Out For The First Time

July 3rd, 2017 - 8:04 AM
Moving Out For The First Time

Is it time to move out of your parents’ house?​

It’s becoming more and more common for young adults to stay at home longer. According to the Pew Research Center, 15% of 25 to 35-year-olds were living at home in 2016, and that age group is living at home longer. However, with monumental events like graduation, new careers or marriage, many young adults find themselves ready to leave the nest. If you’re planning on moving out for the first time, there are a few things to do first: save money, make a plan for living alone, and figure out how to move.

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12 Moving Tips: The Best Moving Hacks

June 26th, 2017 - 8:53 AM
12 Moving Tips: The Best Moving Hacks

Moving tips and tricks to simplify your experience

You may have seen articles circulating online for “life hacks” designed make every area of your life easier. This basically means taking simple, clever shortcuts on everyday tasks that you might not have otherwise thought about. And while many of these tips are centered on traveling, cooking, or taking care of your skin, there are some that will be helpful during a move. Here are several ways to increase efficiency before, during and after a move without too much effort.

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Compare U-Haul Rates and U-Pack Rates

June 23rd, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Compare U-Haul Rates and U-Pack Rates

Which self-moving service offers the best value: U-Haul® or U-Pack®?

You know that keeping costs low likely means choosing a DIY moving service, but with all the options available, how do you decide which company to go with? Truck rental has a reputation for low rates, so companies like U-Haul® are often a consideration when looking for cheap ways to move. But truck rental isn’t the only money-saving option. U-Pack® was designed as an affordable alternative for long-distance moves. You pack, load and unload, but you don’t have to drive. Compare what you get with U-Pack to what you get with a U-Haul, then check prices to determine which is the best value for your move.

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10 Best Places to Live in Florida

June 21st, 2017 - 8:39 AM
10 Best Places to Live in Florida

Thinking about moving to Florida?

The sunshine state is a great place to call home — amazing weather year round, no state income tax, great job opportunities, and you’re never far from a beach. In a state with so much to offer, how do you decide where to live? Do you like the idea of big city life, or is a place with more of a small town feel more appealing? Are you searching for somewhere to kick back and relax, or is a growing city with employment opportunities important? Florida offers a little something for everyone.

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Meals to make during your first week in a new home

June 20th, 2017 - 7:37 AM
Meals to make during your first week in a new home

A simple meal plan for your move

Nothing brings people together like good food. During a stressful move, coming together for a family dinner gives everyone time to relax, laugh and connect. And since you can only eat so much pizza and fast food before you want a home cooked meal, having some easy ideas on hand can make your life much easier. Meal planning in a new home can be a challenge, but with a little forethought, you can cook delicious dinners with minimal effort.