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Options for Cross-Country Shipping
Category:  Cross Country Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/21/2014
2:36 PM

What’s the best option for shipping cross country?

When it comes to long-distance shipping, U-Pack® and ABF FreightSM are leaders in the industry – U-Pack for shipping household goods and ABF Freight for shipping commercial goods.

While U-Pack and ABF Freight offer differing services, they share several commonalities. With both services you’ll get excellent customer service, affordable rates, and flexible service options. Between the two, you’re sure to find a solution for your cross country shipping needs.

Let’s explore the details of each service to figure out which is best for the items you’re shipping across the country.

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

Posted By:
Christina Google+
11/18/2014
4:10 PM

What does it cost to rent a trailer?

Trailer rental is a popular choice for moving household goods across the country. Depending on the details of your move, renting a trailer could cost a little, a lot, or somewhere in between. Here are some things to consider:

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Category: Truck Rental
Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Christina Google+
11/14/2014
11:33 AM

Car seats and moving trucks. How does that work?

Moving long distance can be hard to do, especially if you have an infant or small child who rides in a car seat. If you’re considering truck rental because of the low price, you should be aware that some companies are OK with you putting a child in their trucks, while others are not. You might even be a little uneasy about putting your child in a moving truck yourself.

Can I put a car seat in a rental truck?

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Category: Truck Rental
How much do moving companies usually cost?
Category:  Moving Companies

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/11/2014
4:21 PM

Moving Company Prices

The price you’ll pay to move varies based on the type of moving service you choose, how much you’re moving and when you’re moving. On average, full-service movers are the pricier option – which makes sense when you consider that you’re paying for both labor and transportation. “You pack, we drive” services normally offer lower moving costs, and in return you do some of the work (the packing and loading).

how much do moving companies cost

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I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?
Category:  Auto Shipping

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/6/2014
4:21 PM

How to Move a Motorcycle

Moving a motorcycle long distance requires some prep work. You'll need to find a moving company that's equipped to move bikes, get the supplies you'll need to get it ready to load, and prepare it for moving.

U-Pack® is a great solution for moving a motorcycle, especially if you're moving household goods too. We make it easy to load, easy to secure, and you don't have to drive the moving truck! 

how to ship a motorcycle

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Category: Auto Shipping
Do Movers Charge by the Mile?
Category:  Moving Companies

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/4/2014
11:31 AM

How do movers charge?

There are a variety of ways that movers charge including shipment weight, truck size, crew size, or even mileage. If you’re moving long distance, the biggest factor will be your mileage. When movers charge by the mile, it can end up costing you extra money.

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Moving to Alaska
Category:  Alaska Moves

Posted By:
Christina Google+
11/3/2014
4:42 PM

Bound for the Last Frontier

(Post updated 11/3/14)

Majestic mountains, rugged backcountry terrain, and vast wilderness – it’s what draws more and more people to embrace Alaska’s motto and head “North to the Future.” Is a move to Alaska in your future plans? If so, you may have some questions about cost, what options you have for moving there, how long it will take to get there, and more. We’ve compiled answers to those questions below. If you don’t see your question, leave a comment and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Moving to Alaska

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Category: Alaska Moves
U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®
Category:  Moving Containers

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
10/30/2014
4:03 PM

Compare Pack-Rat® Moving and U-Pack®

As you do research to prepare to move, you may want to see how U-Pack Moving stacks up against other moving companies. While price is always important, it’s also important to know how companies compare when it comes to service and moving options (like storage) and equipment. When you know what each company does, you can better choose the one to fit your moving and storage needs. Today we’ll cover U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat. Here’s how they compare in terms of things like service, cost, container specs and service area.

Compare Pack Rat containers to ReloCubes

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PODS® Rates Compared to U-Pack
Category:  PODS® Comparisons

Posted By:
Becky Google+
10/27/2014
4:30 PM

Is your PODS® rate too high?

(Post updated 10/27/14)

If you’ve seen a PODS® container around town, you may have thought they look like a convenient way to move—much better than driving a huge rental truck across the country (because who wants to do the driving). They fit perfectly into a driveway or in front of a house, and they sit close to the ground, so moving things in and out seems super easy. But then you request a quote and see the price…

If you’re moving long distance and your PODS® rate is higher than your budget allows, check out U-Pack!  

It’s a similar "you pack, we drive-type" service, where a container is dropped at your home, you load it, and we pick it up and drive it to your new home, but the price often compares to truck rental.

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26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Becky Google+
10/22/2014
10:21 AM

Will my stuff fit into a 26 foot rental truck?

As you take a look at your growing pile of moving boxes, it’s normal to wonder “Will it all fit?” If you think you’ll need the biggest truck to move – the 26-foot truck – then take a closer look at its size and what it holds.

26 Foot Truck Size

The loading capacity of a 26-foot truck varies by company. Here's what you can expect:

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Category: Truck Rental
Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks
Category:  Truck Rental

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
10/20/2014
4:20 PM

Are you thinking about renting a Budget® truck?

(post updated 10/20/14)

Because so many people who consider Budget also consider U-Pack®, we were curious about how they compare. So, we did some research, discovered some of the most frequently asked questions and found the answers.

If you’re moving long distance, searching for a low-cost way to move, and prefer to drive in the comfort of your own vehicle, check out U-Pack then compare to Budget. Get a free moving quote online 24/7 or call us at 800-413-4799.

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Category: Truck Rental
Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
Category:  Cool Stuff

Posted By:
Christina Google+
10/17/2014
4:40 PM

Looking for homemade Halloween costume ideas?

It’s that time of year again where the #1 question on everyone’s mind is “What am I going to be for Halloween?” Buying the same costume as everyone else in town is boring. Do something totally "out of the box"–like making your Halloween costume out of leftover moving boxes!

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas: Aquarium, lego, dice, Rubik's Cube, and Robot.

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Category: Cool Stuff
Mexico Moving Requirements
Category:  Moving to Mexico

Posted By:
Christina Google+
10/15/2014
9:16 AM

What you need to move to Mexico

If you’re moving to Mexico from the U.S., you’ll definitely need a passport, but what else should you be prepared for? Depending on your reasons for moving, you may also need a visa and other documents. Let’s take a look at what’s required, and some tips for moving your belongings to Mexico the easy way.

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Do I need a passport to move to Mexico?

Yes, you must present a valid U.S. passport to enter Mexico. But a passport isn’t all you need —you may need a visa. The type of visa you need depends on whether you intend to move to Mexico temporarily or permanently.

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How to Save Space in Your Suitcase
Category:  Packing

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
10/13/2014
10:08 AM

Maximize Space when Packing a Suitcase

With baggage fees higher than ever, it’s smart to try and make everything fit into a carry-on when you’re traveling. But if you’ll be gone for more than a couple of days, cramming everything into one small piece of luggage can be tough. Check out these tips for packing efficiently and maximizing your space in a suitcase.

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Category: Packing
Do I need a passport to move to Canada?
Category:  Moving to Canada

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
10/10/2014
3:46 PM

Is a passport required to move to Canada?

Not always—it depends on how you plan to get there. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires travelers to present documents that prove identity and citizenship. Ideally, this is a passport, but you may be able to use other documents, depending on your mode of transportation. But, the Canadian Border Patrol recommends carrying your passport if you’re traveling internationally—regardless of your transportation choice.

If you need a passport, don’t forget to check the passport processing times. At the time of posting, routine passport service was 4-6 weeks, and expedited service was within 3 weeks.

Do I need a passport to move to Canada?

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