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Arkansas BBB Announces 2015 Torch Award for Ethics Winners

May 1st, 2015 - 10:53 AM
Arkansas BBB Announces 2015 Torch Award for Ethics Winners

U-Pack Wins Notable Award

The U-Pack team is excited to share that we’ve been chosen as a winner of the 2015 Arkansas Better Business Bureau® Torch Award for Ethics! Four winners were selected from a group of nine finalists and over 100 entries and nominees. According to the BBB, those chosen to receive the prestigious accolade must embody high ethical standards and apply them in their daily interactions—not only with their customers, but with their employees, partners, and local communities as well. Customer satisfaction is very important to us, which is why we’re honored to represent the BBB TRUST! principles through this award.

What is the best driving route from California to New York?

April 30th, 2015 - 3:58 PM
What is the best driving route from California to New York?

Traveling from California to New York?

Whether you’re planning an epic road trip or a cross-country move, driving from the Golden State to the Empire State will be quite the adventure! There are plenty of things to do and see along the way to make the trip more enjoyable, but we’ll get to that later. First, you need to know the best route to take.

What’s the best route?

We think the best way to travel from California to New York is by taking Interstate 40 to Interstate 70, and here’s why:

How to pack DVDs, CDs, and Video Games

April 29th, 2015 - 10:53 AM
How to pack DVDs, CDs, and Video Games

Packing your DVDS, CDs, and video games for moving

While digital media continues to grow in popularity, there are still plenty of people who own physical copies of their favorite movies, music, and video games. Here’s how to properly pack your disc collection for moving so it travels safely to your new home.

These are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Moving boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Tape
  • A marker

Watch this video for helpful instructions:

A video on how to pack DVDs, how to pack CDs, and how to pack video games

How to Pack China

April 28th, 2015 - 10:50 AM
How to Pack China

Packing china for your upcoming move

Your delicate china is one of the most fragile items you’ll pack for your long-distance move. To keep it safe for the road, follow these helpful packing instructions.

Here are the supplies you’ll need

  • Moving boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Tape
  • A marker

 

A video on how to pack china for moving

A step-by-step guide for packing china

1.      Wrap china in packing paper.

First, line the bottom of the box with crushed packing paper for extra protection.

How much does it cost to rent a moving truck one way?

April 27th, 2015 - 1:25 PM
How much does it cost to rent a moving truck one way?

Look at the entire cost of one-way truck rental

Often when people ask about renting a moving truck for a one-way move, they’re looking for two things – ease and affordability. If those are you’re concerns, too, you’re in good company. While you’re going through the process of getting quotes and figuring out how much it’s going to cost, it’s important to look at more than just the price of renting the truck – there are almost always extra costs involved when it comes to one-way moving. Let’s take a look at what those extra costs might be, then at U-Pack, another type of moving company offering affordable moves without having to drive. 


Is a one-way moving truck the best option for your move?

Cheapest Way to Ship Furniture to Another State

April 24th, 2015 - 10:21 AM
Cheapest Way to Ship Furniture to Another State

Save money without doing the driving

If you’re shipping at least one room of furniture and/or boxes, U-Pack is an excellent solution. Not only is it an affordable alternative to full-service moving companies, it’s also convenient. You load and unload, and U-Pack does the driving. Let’s take a more in-depth look at how it works, what makes it a cheap way to ship furniture, and ways you can stay within your moving budget.

How U-Pack does state-to-state furniture shipping

We deliver a clean, empty trailer or container to your home, you load your furniture and boxes, then we deliver to your new home. It’s that simple.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Plan a Road Trip

April 22nd, 2015 - 1:50 PM
The Ultimate Guide on How to Plan a Road Trip

Want to plan the perfect road trip?

Everyone loves a good road trip, but without a plan, it can quickly turn into a chaotic mess. This guide will help you cover the road trip planning process from start to finish, ensuring your next adventure is nothing but memorable and fun!

How to plan a road trip

Map your route and stops along the way

Mapping your route is the first step to a great road trip. If you’re planning to travel across the country, these road trip routes break down the best roads to take by season. During the spring, a road trip from Barstow, CA to Wilmington, NC would be ideal. Or for autumn travel, Atlantic City, NJ to San Francisco, CA would be nice. If you plan by season, you can make the most of the sights along the way.

The Cheapest Way to Move Furniture Across Country

April 20th, 2015 - 8:42 AM
The Cheapest Way to Move Furniture Across Country

What’s the cheapest way to move furniture?

If you’re moving it across the country, it’s a U-Pack terminal-to-terminal move. This involves loading your belongings into a trailer or ReloCube® at a service center near your location. U-Pack will ship it across the country, and when it arrives at the service center closest to your new home, you’ll take a trip there to unload it.

It’s a very cheap way to move across the country, but for some, it may not be convenient – or even possible.

An alternative cheap moving option is a door-to-door U-Pack move.

10 Best Places to Live in California

April 17th, 2015 - 2:18 PM
10 Best Places to Live in California

Thinking about moving to California?

There’s a reason why 38.8 million people call California home. The Golden State has the size, the beauty, and the opportunity that the other 49 states just can’t compete with. If you’re thinking about living in California, one of these 10 places might be the right spot for you.

What are the best places to live in California?

These Californian cities are simply some of the best to call home, and aren’t listed in any particular order.

Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

April 16th, 2015 - 11:10 AM
Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

What does unlimited mileage mean?

It means you can drive as far as your heart desires without worrying about a pre-set number of miles. So, when you’re driving your rental truck, if you miss an exit, take an unexpected detour, or a different route increases your mileage beyond what was originally expected, your total price doesn’t change.

Things to Consider about Unlimited Mileage

Though it may seem like it, unlimited mileage doesn’t mean you won’t have extra costs; you’re still responsible for fueling the rental truck. So driving further actually does mean more money. You can easily calculate how much it costs to fuel a rental truck to plan for those extra costs.

Moving Trucks - Frequently Asked Questions

April 13th, 2015 - 1:09 PM
Moving Trucks - Frequently Asked Questions

Everything You Need to Know About Moving Trucks

Well, at least almost everything. After 18+ years of moving household goods, we’ve answered a lot of questions about moving trucks – some unique, and some very common. We've compiled a list of those asked most frequently. And if you have a question we haven’t covered, leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We’ll find an answer for you. 
Get answers to the commonly asked questions about moving trucks.

Questions about Moving Trucks

How many miles per gallon do rental moving trucks get?
It depends on the size of the truck. We’ve listed the average fuel mileage based on the size of the truck and the size of the tank.

Getting a Post Office Box in Another City

April 10th, 2015 - 7:48 AM
Getting a Post Office Box in Another City

Can I get a PO Box in a different city?

Yes, you can! Getting a post office box in another city is a very easy process. If you need to open a PO Box before you move to your new city, follow these four simple steps:

Note: You must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a PO Box.


How do you get a PO box in a new city?

Step 1 – Reserve your PO Box

You can reserve your PO Box online on the USPS.com website or in person at your current local post office. Here’s how you reserve your PO Box:

How much does it cost to move across country?

April 8th, 2015 - 9:00 AM
How much does it cost to move across country?

Calculating Your Cross-Country Moving Costs

Almost everyone who calls wants to know one thing from our moving experts: "How much does it cost to move across country?" That's an important question if your goal is to stay within a set moving budget. Though there's no one-size-fits-all price tag, it's an easy question to answer – you just have to get a moving quote.

Ultimately, your price depends on a few factors. Let’s walk through your options and help you calculate your cross country moving costs.

How much does it cost to move? 

What Goes Into Your Move Costs

Ultimately, the total cost of your move is based on the type of moving company you choose, how you get to your new home, and any extra services you add on. 

Do you need help with moving?

April 6th, 2015 - 10:02 AM
Do you need help with moving?

Full service isn’t the only option for moving help

If you’re moving long distance and don’t want to do all the work, what options do you have? You could hire a full service mover, but that can get expensive. Or you could hire movers from online message boards, but how can you make sure they can be trusted? It’s easy to get overwhelmed and even easier to blow your budget. U-Pack offers a solution that involves combining U-Pack with moving help to give you the services you need at a price you can afford.

Moving Expenses and Tax Deductions

April 3rd, 2015 - 8:43 AM
Moving Expenses and Tax Deductions

How to deduct moving expenses

If you moved for work in 2014, you may be eligible to deduct your moving expenses when you file your 2014 return. To determine if your move qualifies, there are some requirements you’ll need to have met. So, let’s start by covering some basic information about moving and tax deductions, then dive into some more detailed questions you may have about what is and isn’t tax deductible.

What moving expenses are tax deductible?

Does Your Move Qualify for Deductions?

Before you put pen to paper, it’s important to make sure you meet the requirements to deduct your moving expenses. Wouldn’t want any surprises when you file, right?

According to the IRS Topic 455, you can deduct moving expenses “If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business.”