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How Much Do Self-Moving Trucks Cost?
Category:  Self Moving

Posted By:
Christina Google+
1/23/2015
2:54 PM

What does it cost to rent a truck for a self-move?

It depends on the size truck you rent, where you’re moving from and to, and when your move will take place. You can start comparing prices now, or wait until you have all those details set. While you’re comparing, consider U-Pack® as an option, too. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” moving company that many do-it-yourselfers consider the best way to self-move. We’ll take a detailed look at what it costs to use both moving trucks and U-Pack for your long-distance move.

Loading a self-moving truck

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Category: Self Moving
What is the moving cost from east to west coast?
Category:  Cross Country Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
1/20/2015
3:14 PM

Are you planning a coast-to-coast move?

(updated 1/20/2015)

If you’re moving from sea to shining sea, you have a big task ahead of you. Coast to coast, you could be traveling as far as 3,000 miles. That’s a long drive no matter how you do it. When it comes to choosing how you’ll get your belongings across the country, you’ll find there are several options available, each with unique costs and requirements, and we’ll talk about those options. But the big, most important question is, “how much does it cost?”

Price all depends on your needs and how much of the work you’re willing and able to do.

Moving from the east to west coast.

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The Best Moving and Storage Containers
Category:  Moving Containers

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
1/19/2015
10:08 AM

Using Storage and Moving Containers

Not only are metal moving containers easy to load and affordable, they offer a lot of flexibility, too. If you’re in a situation where you’re ready to move out, but you’re not ready to move into a new home, you can load one up and store your belongings in it until you are. It’s a solution that’s much more convenient than moving into a traditional storage facility. Let’s take a look at how it works, what your options are, and how much it costs.

U-Pack moving and storage containers

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The Cheapest Way to Move
Category:  Moving Budget

Posted By:
Becky Google+
1/15/2015
4:02 PM

What is the cheapest way to move my stuff?

(Updated 1/15/15)

That’s a great question (and a common one). If you tried Googling it, you probably saw several responses from movers claiming they’re the cheapest. In reality, it all depends on how much you’re moving, where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving, and how much of the work you’re willing to do on your own.

Research will tell you that full-service movers are the most expensive, and in contrast, services where you do some (or all) of the work on your own, are the cheapest. So, if cheap is your goal, DIY is where you want to start.

U-Pack is one of the least expensive moving options, no matter where you're moving.

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Category: Moving Budget
Moving a Small Load Long Distance
Category:  Small Move

Posted By:
Christina Google+
1/13/2015
11:53 AM

Not all moves are big moves

Sometimes you just need to move a small amount of items, like a studio apartment, a few boxes of clothes, or even a couple pieces of furniture. So how do you do it? It all comes down to what you’re moving, how flexible you are, and what your budget is. Let’s take a look at some options to help you decide what works best for your small shipment. 

movers for small loads

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Category: Small Move
Rental Truck Fuel Calculator
Category:  Moving Tools

Posted By:
Autumnn Google+
1/9/2015
1:51 PM

What’s a quick way to calculate the cost to fuel a rental truck?

(Updated 1/9/15)

The quickest way to calculate the cost to fill up a rental truck for your move is to use the U-Pack®Fuel Cost Calculator.

It’s easy to use. Just enter where you’re moving from and to, then click “Calculate” to see the estimated cost. If you need some guidance on exactly how to use the truck mileage calculator, watch this video for a simple explanation:

 

 

You can also do the math on your own using this equation:

Total Miles ÷ Moving Truck MPG x Price of Gas per Gallon = Total Cost to Fuel the Rental Truck

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Category: Moving Tools
Self-Service Moving Containers
Category:  Moving Containers

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
1/8/2015
9:22 AM

Moving Containers that You Pack Yourself

With all the options out there for self-service moving containers, it can seem overwhelming to figure out which one is best. For starters, there are different types of containers that come in varying sizes.

If you want a metal container, U-Pack®, PODS®, Door to Door®, Mayflower®, and 1-800-Pack-Rat® all offer them. Meanwhile, U-Haul® (U-Box) and YOU CRATE offer wooden containers. And then you start looking at the way each company works – from storage to extra delivery charges to transit times. There are several differences between each company – and it can be easy to drown in the details when trying to decide on a container for your move.

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What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?
Category:  U-Pack Equipment

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
1/6/2015
4:19 PM

Perfect for any size move

A U-Pack® trailer is a great option – whatever the size of your move! Just load your belongings, and pay only for the space you use – it’s easy and affordable. Let’s take a look at the inside and outside dimensions of the trailer and go into a little more detail about how “pay for the space you use” works.

U-Pack trailer dimensions

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PODS® Promotional Code vs. U-Pack Savings
Category:  PODS® Comparisons

Posted By:
Autumnn Google+
1/5/2015
4:15 PM

Are you looking for PODS® Promotional Codes?

(Updated 1/5/15)

It’s safe to say that saving money is a big deal. Cutting coupons is all the rage (there’s even a TV show about it), and don’t even get me started on Black Friday. Of course, the grocery store and clothing/electronic stores aren’t the only places where coupons and discount codes have become popular. You’ll find them in the moving industry, too. Lots of people are looking for PODS® promotional codes and other ways to save. Is this what you’re looking for, too?

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Shipping Rates for Household Goods
Category:  Moving Costs

Posted By:
Becky Google+
12/31/2014
3:15 PM

Do you need help shipping household goods?

If you need rates for shipping your household goods long distance, U-Pack is a great place to start—especially if you’re hoping to avoid the high prices many full-service movers charge and you don’t want to drive a rental truck across the country.

How to ship household goods with U-Pack

U-Pack offers a few options for shipping household goods: You can move them door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal, or a combination of the two (terminal-to-door or door-to-terminal).

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Category: Moving Costs
Metal Storage Containers for Rent
Category:  Moving Containers

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
12/26/2014
3:09 PM

Do you need to rent a metal storage container?

Then you’ve come to the right place. Because of their growing popularity, more and more companies are offering storage containers for rent – customers love that they’re easy to load and unload and they provide great protection from the elements. While it’s good that there are plenty of options to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best one to suit your needs.

Let’s compare metal container options to help you find the one most ideal for your move.

Which moving companies offer storage containers that are made of metal?

On a national level, U-Pack®, United Mayflower, Pack-Rat®, and PODS® all offer metal containers. Here’s the scoop on each:

U-Pack

U-Pack offers two types of containers: the ReloCube and Moving Trailer.

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Happy Holidays from U-Pack
Category:  U-Pack

Posted By:
Autumnn Google+
12/23/2014
9:49 AM

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the U-Pack team! We are thankful for each customer, coworker, and friend we've encountered this year and look forward to a fantastic 2015.

We'll be here from 7:00AM-6:00PM CST tomorrow, December 24th. U-Pack offices will be closed Thursday, December 25th. Regular business hours resume Friday, December 26th.

Have a great week!

 

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Category: U-Pack
How Far in Advance Should I Book a Moving Company?
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
12/22/2014
11:01 AM

When to Book a Move

Because there’s so much to plan for when it comes to moving across the country, and it’s important to secure the equipment and driver in plenty of time, we recommend booking your move at least 8 weeks in advance.

Book your move far in advance to insure availability and low prices

While planning that far ahead isn’t a problem for many, we know that for some it’s just not possible. If that’s the case for your move, no worries! We can often accommodate those with shorter notice. As a matter of fact, if you browse U-Pack reviews online, you’ll probably run across some where customers mention U-Pack coming to the rescue last minute when other companies fell through.

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Category: Moving Tips
How to Save More Than Just a U-Haul Discount
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Autumnn Google+
12/19/2014
10:29 AM

U-Haul® Discounts, Coupons, and Promo Codes

(Post updated 12/19/14)

Now that online shopping is all the rage, before you click the “checkout” button, it’s wise to do an online search for discount codes and coupons. This even applies to long-distance moving! If you’re looking for a cheap way move across the country, you may be thinking a rental truck service like U-Haul is the way to go – it seems like a DIY truck rental service would offer the lowest prices. But, before you start looking for U-Haul discount codes, let me show you some other money-saving options that may end up being cheaper and easier than even the best U-Haul prices.  

Save more than a U-Haul discount

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Category: Truck Rental
How much does it cost to rent a trailer for a cross country move?
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Christina Google+
12/16/2014
4:12 PM

What does it cost to rent a trailer?

That depends on the type of trailer you want to rent. For a cross-country move, an enclosed trailer is best because it protects your items from the elements and can be secured with a lock. If you want to tow the enclosed trailer behind your vehicle or a rental truck, U-Haul® is the only national company that offers that type of trailer (they call it a cargo trailer). If you don’t want to tow anything behind you, the U-Pack® Trailer is ideal. We’ll take a look at the cost to rent both of these trailers and other costs you can expect with cross country trailer rental.

How much does it cost to rent a U-Haul trailer?

According to U-Haul, one-way move rates are determined by the following:

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Category: Truck Rental

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