April 13th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
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.
April 9th, 2018 - 2:55 PM
Which are lower: PODS® costs or U-Pack® costs?
When comparing options for a long-distance move, you’ll likely see a wide range of prices — even within the same service type. For moving and storage containers, prices can vary depending on the company’s locations, equipment availability and general pricing method (like if they charge per container or automatically include storage time). Because of this, the easiest way to choose the right service is to do a side-by-side comparison. Many people compare U-Pack to PODS®, so let’s take a closer look at the details and costs.
Want to start with a quote from U-Pack? Get a free moving quote online or call 800-413-4799.
April 6th, 2018 - 4:27 PM
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.
April 4th, 2018 - 3:22 PM
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.
April 2nd, 2018 - 3:10 PM
Wondering where to live in California?
Over 39 million people call California home, and it’s easy to see why. There’s something for everyone in The Golden State — beaches, mountains, Silicon Valley, small towns, big cities. With beautiful scenery and endless opportunities, California is a great place to call home. If you dream of living in California, one of these 10 places might be the perfect place to settle down.
March 30th, 2018 - 12:51 PM
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.
March 28th, 2018 - 1:10 PM
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.
March 26th, 2018 - 2:54 PM
Is it time to start packing?
If you’re looking at everything that needs to be packed in your house, you may be wondering how long it will take to get it all done. 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. Take a closer look at how much time you’ll need to complete the job, and get tips for helping the process go faster.
March 23rd, 2018 - 12:50 PM
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.
March 19th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
Is tipping movers recommended?
It’s completely normal to leave a tip for good service. And if you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant, gotten a haircut, had a pizza delivered or taken a cab, you’re probably pretty familiar with how it works. But if you’re hiring movers for the first time, you may be wondering if you’re supposed to give them extra cash for a job well done. Learn from Dustin Whinery, an experienced mover in Texas, to see what’s typical and what to expect.