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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+
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
Small Storage Cubes for Moving
Category:  Moving Containers

Posted By:
Christina Google+
12/12/2014
11:02 AM

Is a moving and storage cube right for you?

A small storage cube may be exactly what you need if you’re moving a small amount of household goods long distance. Just pack and load the cube, and the moving company will drive it to your new home for unloading – no rental truck required. Plus, you can store your items directly in the cube, eliminating the need to rent a storage unit. If that sounds like your kind of move, it’s time we introduce you to the ReloCube from U-Pack®.

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What makes the ReloCube a great small storage cube option for my move?

It’s got a lot going for it:

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Residential Freight Shipping
Category:  Moving Companies

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
12/10/2014
3:50 PM

What is residential freight shipping?

There are actually a couple of different answers to that question because the term “residential freight shipping” is used interchangeably. It typically either means shipping freight directly to your residence, or shipping your household goods on a freight trailer.

Let’s go over some options for both of these cases.

residential shipping solutions

Residential Freight Shipping Options

If you have a small shipment that’s palletized or crated, then ABF FreightSM is your best choice. As one of the nation’s most reputable carriers, ABF Freight specializes in commercial shipments of any size.

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Moving to Puerto Rico
Category:  Puerto Rico

Posted By:
Christina Google+
12/8/2014
12:53 PM

Planning a move to Puerto Rico?

(post updated 12/8/14)

It’s no surprise that so many people move to Puerto Rico from the U.S. each year. With pristine Caribbean beaches, sun-filled days, and warm, tropical nights, who wouldn’t want to move there? If you see yourself living on the Island of Enchantment in the future, you probably have some questions about moving there, including requirements, logistics, and cost.

moving to Puerto Rico

Is a passport required to move to Puerto Rico?

Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, a passport isn’t required for entry from the U.S. mainland (although some sort of government issued ID is required). Custom fees also don’t apply.

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Category: Puerto Rico
Moving in the Winter
Category:  Moving Tips

Posted By:
Christina Google+
12/5/2014
4:06 PM

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

And moving in the winter can be far from delightful. There are a handful of reasons people choose to bundle up and move their belongings in cold, snowy conditions—and lower moving rates is the big one. Winter is considered an “off-peak” moving season, which means when the temps start dropping outside, fewer people move, and so the price to move drops, too. It’s a benefit that makes the thought of a winter move a little more bearable.

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Category: Moving Tips
Do I need a passport to move to Mexico?
Category:  Moving to Mexico

Posted By:
Christina Google+
12/3/2014
8:00 AM

Is a passport required for U.S. citizens to move to Mexico?

Yes. According to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. citizens (including children) must present a valid US passport book or card to enter Mexico – whether moving there or just visiting. If you enter Mexico by air, a passport book is required. If you enter Mexico by land or sea, you can use a passport book or passport card.

If you have questions about passport requirements for entering Mexico, contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Do I need a passport to move to Mexico?

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: For Kids, Mom, Dad, Friends, and More!
Category:  Organization and Decorating

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
12/2/2014
11:03 AM

Make Your Own Special Handmade Christmas Gifts

With gift-giving season quickly approaching, you’re probably wondering what to get all those special people on your list. Instead of buying them something generic,  try something handmade! Even if you’re not crafty, these Christmas presents are so simple that practically anyone can make them, even if you’re more ‘John Stewart’ than ‘Martha Stewart’. Scroll through these unique ideas – they’re sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. The directions are easy, and the supplies are inexpensive. Let’s get crafting!

Homemade Christmas Gifts for Kids

Games make the perfect homemade Christmas gifts for kids.

Most kids love games, so why not make them a special one? Here are some game ideas for kids of every age.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Category:  U-Pack

Posted By:
Becky Google+
11/26/2014
2:29 PM

Throughout the year we have the opportunity to serve thousands of people who are in the midst of huge life changes. You have many choices and that you chose to trust U-Pack is both an honor and a privilege. 

We are thankful.

We wish you safe travels, yummy food, fun times with family and friends, lasting memories, and a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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In celebration of the holiday, the U-Pack call center will close at 8pm CST November 26th and will re-open at 7am Monday, December 1st. In the case of an emergency while the call center is closed, please contact the Help Desk at 479-785-8900.

 

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Category: U-Pack
I'm moving cross country. What's the best way?
Category:  Cross Country Moving

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/26/2014
1:56 PM

What’s the best way to move cross country?

When you ask a question like, “What’s the best way to move cross country?” are you looking for a process that's easy, the lowest price, a dependable service? I'll go out on a limb and guess that most people prefer a combination of the three—a dependable service that offers a convenient process at an affordable price. 

That’s exactly what you get with U-Pack—the affordability of a self-move, without the stress of driving a rental truck across the country.

What is the best way to move across the country?

Let’s take a deeper look at what makes U-Pack a great choice for cross-country moving.

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Quotes for Cross-Country Moves
Category:  Moving Costs

Posted By:
Brittney Google+
11/25/2014
11:05 AM

How do I start planning my move?

Planning a move across the country starts with getting quotes – it’s how you know exactly how much to budget. U-Pack® is an easy, affordable option for getting your belongings all the way across the country, and we make getting an online quote – and adjusting it later if you need to – really, really easy. Of course, if you’d rather speak to someone directly (and experience great customer service), you can also call 800-413-4799.  

We only need to know three basic things to calculate your cross-country moving quote:

  • Where you’re moving to/from
  • How much you’re moving
  • Approximately when you’re moving

If you need a little help getting a quote, or understanding it, check out this video...

 

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Category: Moving Costs
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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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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