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How to Get Your Home Ready for the Movers and Packers
Category:  Packing and Loading Help

Posted By:
Shane Google+
7/28/2014
4:15 PM

Prepare Before Moving Day

Though U-Pack is a do-it-yourself "you pack, we drive" service, you may need help loading the big stuff without spending a lot on full-service movers. There's a solution that can help you stay within your budget while still getting the help you need; you can use a DIY service then hire movers and packers to load on an hourly basis. 

If that's the route you decide to go, you'll be directing the labor, so it's important to get your home and your belongings ready for moving day. Preparing ahead of time can help your movers and packers work more quickly and efficiently, and that can be a big money saver in the long run.

Start with the two "P's"— Purge and Prepare.

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Moving a Washer
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Landon Google+
7/25/2014
4:04 PM

Prepping a washing machine for a move

Whether it’s a front-load or a top-load washing machine, it’s important to make sure it’s ready before the moving truck arrives.

We recommend starting the process a few weeks ahead of time. That way, if you need to order parts, or if you have problems finding the owner's manual, you'll still have plenty of time to prepare it properly.

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Category: Moving Tips
10 Foot Truck: How Much Does it Hold?
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/23/2014
4:06 PM

I'm moving a Studio-Size apartment, will a 10-foot truck work?

You can probably expect to fit 1-2 rooms of furniture in a 10-foot rental truck. But what happens if you run out of room? You may have to shell out more money for a bigger truck, add a second truck, tow a trailer, or leave things behind. That may not be idea for your budget. If you're unsure whether a 10-foot truck will hold all of your belongings, let's take a look at some alternatives, starting with the differences between the 10-foot U-Haul truck and the 10-foot Budget truck.

What are the dimensions of a 10-foot truck? How much does it hold?

10-foot trucks are not all created equal. Different companies offer slightly different sized trucks.

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Category: Truck Rental
Summer Craft Ideas
Category:  Cool Stuff

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/17/2014
11:10 AM

Looking for fun summer craft ideas for your kids?

You may be wondering how to keep your kids entertained over the long stretch of summer. Summer crafts are a great way to let your kids be creative, explore, and have fun! While the sun is shining and the weather is nice, you can take advantage and do some fun crafts outdoors. But when the temps climb to unbearable heights, or you have to stay inside on a rainy day, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep your kids entertained for hours, too. Whether your kids are toddlers or tweens, they’ll love these fun summer craft ideas!

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Category: Cool Stuff
Best kids books about moving
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Becky Google+
7/15/2014
3:45 PM

30 Books to Help Children Cope with Moving

Lots of energy goes into coordinating the logistics of an actual move – packing, preparing, and planning. But if you have children, you’re also likely to spend time answering lots of questions and calming fears. Whether you’re just moving to a new home in the same area, or moving long distance, your children will need some help coping with the changes. Books are a great way to help kids get through the stress of moving.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of popular kids’ books about moving, listed by age. Check with your library or local book store to find these books, or click through to our Amazon list to purchase any of these recommended books in one convenient spot.

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Category: Moving Tips
Best Budget Apps for iPhone 5
Category:  Moving Budget

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/14/2014
2:22 PM

Looking for the best budget app out there?

John Maxwell once said, “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” If you’re ready to get your finances on the right track, downloading a budgeting app to your iPhone 5 is something to consider. But there are plenty of budget apps to choose from —how do you know which ones are the best? That’s what we’ll help you figure out.

The best budget apps for the iPhone

Helpful Tip: Before you download any of the apps below, try out the “lite” or free version (if available) first. This way, you can test out each app and see which one fits your lifestyle best.

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Category: Moving Budget
How to Pack Jewelry
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/11/2014
3:37 PM

Tips for Packing Jewelry

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but protecting any type of jewelry when moving or traveling is always a good idea. Whether you have a couple pieces of special jewelry, or lots of costume jewelry, you’ll want to pack it properly. Check out these methods for packing jewelry to ensure your pieces arrive at your destination in good shape.

 

 

How to Pack Jewelry: Moving Tips and Hacks

We recommend keeping precious jewelry with you for safekeeping as you travel to your new home, though trendy or costume pieces can be packed and moved with your other household belongings. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can safely pack jewelry—take a look!

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Category: Moving Tips
How to Move Books
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/10/2014
10:06 AM

The Guide to Moving Books

If you’re moving, and you have a lot of books, you may not have given them much thought. They can’t break like your precious china, and they aren’t big like your couch—so what’s the big deal about moving them?

They’re heavy.

Well, actually, boxes full of books are heavy. One book may not weight much, but stack 10 together and the story changes. Whether you have a bookcase full or an entire library, it’s important to consider the weight, and be prepared to spread it out so you (or your movers) can easily carry the boxes on moving day.


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Category: Moving Tips
Military Moving Discounts
Category:  Military Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/9/2014
3:51 PM

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Military Discounts for Moving

As a member of the military (or a family member), you're probably very familiar with discounts offered by companies as a token of appreciation for your service. You may have encountered these with things like buying a car, eating at a restaurant or visiting an amusement park. Go ahead and add moving to the list, too. With a little research, you’ll find that several moving companies (including U-Pack) offer military moving discounts. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can save on your military move.

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Category: Military Moving
Cheapest Way to Ship Furniture to Another State
Category:  Long Distance Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/7/2014
4:01 PM

Are you getting ready to move to another state? I’m sure you have lots of furniture to move. Why pay more than you have to for shipping? There are several things to think about when searching for the cheapest way to ship furniture to another state. Let’s look at the things that will get you the cheapest furniture shipping possible!

If you to start comparing costs now, click to get a free moving quote from U-Pack.

Choosing the Best Date for Your Furniture Shipment

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What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?
Category:  Cross Country Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/3/2014
2:49 PM

Moving a Small Apartment Shouldn’t Mean Paying Big

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to move your one-bedroom apartment cross-country, try U-Pack. Our cheapest moving option is the “Terminal-to-Terminal” move, where you do your loading/unloading at the nearest service center. We also offer affordable “Door-to-Door” moving prices. What’s even better is that we take care of the driving for you.

Cheapest way to move a small apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
7/2/2014
3:51 PM

Unlimited = Peace of Mind?

I wonder how many people opt to pay more for things like unlimited texting to avoid surprise charges at the end of the month. I do, though I’ve never needed it.

It may be similar to why people looking for cheap ways to move tend to gravitate toward truck rental companies offering “unlimited mileage.” The last thing you want at the end of an expensive long-distance move is a higher bill because a detour caused the price to increase. For many, there’s security in “unlimited.”  

Truck rental unlimited gas mileage

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Category: Truck Rental
Cheapest way to move cross country
Category:  Cross Country Moving

Posted By:
Becky Google+
6/27/2014
2:43 PM

You can move cross-country affordably!

You know the saying "you can't have your cake and eat it, too"? That's what many think when it comes to moving—if it's easy, it must cost a fortune; or if it's a good deal, then there must be a catch. But U-Pack isn't your typical moving company. It’s easy, but it’s affordable, and there’s definitely not a catch. In fact, in many cases it’s the cheapest way to move across the country.

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Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State
Category:  Moving Budget

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
6/27/2014
2:39 PM

Moving Furniture from State to State

So, you’re moving to a different state and have lots of furniture to move. Of course, you want to move it all affordably, but how do you know the cheapest way to move your king-size bed and Grandma’s china cabinet? There are many moving services out there ranging from expensive to cheap – how do you know which one is best? There are several things to consider when you’re searching for the cheapest option for moving your stuff.

moving furniture to another state

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Category: Moving Budget
How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack
Category:  PODS® Comparisons

Posted By:
Autumnn Google+
6/26/2014
4:08 PM

Compare the Cost of PODS® to U-Pack

If you’re looking for a containerized moving option, and you’ve done some research, you’ve probably discovered that the two companies most often compared are PODS® and U-Pack. The services are fairly similar (drop a container off at your home, you load it, it gets picked up and moved to your new home), but there are few important differences. And in a lot of locations, one of the leading differences is cost—which means the big question is “How much does PODS® cost compared to U-Pack?

It’s a great, legitimate question.

But, because prices differ so much throughout the country, giving a “ballpark” cost isn’t possible (bummer, I know). You can easily get quotes from both companies and compare, though.  

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