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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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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.