February 10th, 2017 - 10:26 AM
Simple ways to keep energy bills affordable
Utility costs can fluctuate for many different reasons, but it usually comes down to inefficient use (a problem often seen with old equipment). And while everyone wants to save money on their bills, expensive upgrades like tankless water heaters or better-performing HVAC systems aren’t always possible. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, budget-friendly ways to spend less on utilities — even if you rent.
February 8th, 2017 - 3:45 PM
I’m looking for a car shipper — what are my options?
Thinking about shipping your car for a long-distance move? An auto shipper may be necessary if you:
- Own more than one car
- Own an antique car
- Are flying to your new home
Fortunately, no matter where your new home is located, there are plenty of car shipping options to choose from. And with a little research and advanced planning, you can find a reliable auto transporter to quickly and efficiently relocate your vehicle.
February 6th, 2017 - 3:27 PM
Important moving company questions
Moving your belongings can be a big ordeal, especially when moving long distance. Because you want your items to stay safe, it's important to make sure the moving service fits your needs — but knowing what to ask in order to choose the right company can be tough. Before making a reservation, start by asking these ten questions.
February 3rd, 2017 - 9:01 AM
Best way to pack a suitcase
There’s nothing more frustrating than packing everything you need for a trip, only to find out the suitcase won’t shut. Now you’re left trying to decide which items get to go and which ones must stay behind. But, whether you’re packing for a move, weekend getaway, extended holiday or business trip, there are plenty of ways to pack your luggage to help maximize the available space. Check out the steps below for tips on the best way to pack a suitcase.
February 1st, 2017 - 8:18 AM
Getting rid of clutter: A guide to downsizing your life
It’s no secret that many people have a lot of stuff in their homes. In fact, a UCLA study found that 25 percent of homes with two-car garages don’t have enough room for vehicles because they’re filled with other things. But why does this happen?
Many psychologists believe our tendency to hoard comes from our belief that owning more will make us feel happier and more secure, or it may just be because we’re susceptible to advertisement. Whatever the reason, the need to own can get a little out of control, leaving us with a cluttered house and a desperate desire to reduce our belongings. The good news is downsizing is easier than you may think — all you need is a plan and the willingness to see it through.
January 27th, 2017 - 9:53 AM
Parking permits for moving equipment
Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.
January 23rd, 2017 - 8:02 AM
Moving company reviews
Choosing a long-distance moving company is an important decision. How do you decide who’s capable and trustworthy? A good way to start is to research and read consumer reviews from people who’ve previously moved with the companies you’re considering. Real life situations and their outcomes can help you determine whether or not a moving service is right for you.
January 20th, 2017 - 1:58 PM
Staying safe from Craigslist scams
Craigslist has been the go-to for buying, selling and renting practically anything since 1995. You can even find and hire services like movers, travel agents and financial advisers there. Though it definitely makes things more convenient, it can also be a place where scammers take advantage of the innocent and inexperienced. While most fraud attempts are obvious, cybercriminals are becoming craftier — from creating counterfeit checks and fake websites, to rogue companies and suspicious encounters. If you plan on using Craigslist during the moving process, avoid being caught in the middle of a scam by learning how to recognize one upfront and familiarizing yourself with five of the most common fraud attempts.
January 18th, 2017 - 1:17 PM
Life in Portland, OR
Preparing to move to the most populated city in Oregon? With its casual lifestyle and continuous growth, Portland attracts newcomers on a daily basis. And whether you’re going there for family, work, an education or any other reason, you may be wondering how to get there or what to expect when you arrive. To help make your transition to the city easier, we’ve done some research and found five things every new Portlander should know when moving to the City of Roses.
January 16th, 2017 - 8:41 AM
Is a full-service moving company the best option for your move?
Like the name implies, full-service companies take care of everything for you. This means packing, loading, transportation and unloading are all done by a crew, and you aren’t responsible for managing the process. While this type of moving service is convenient, it doesn’t come without a price — full-service companies are typically the most expensive option. If you’re looking for a way to move without doing all of the work, but you don’t want to spend more than you budgeted (and maybe want a little more control over your belongings), consider a hybrid moving service like U-Pack®.