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How to Calculate Linear Feet

May 19th, 2015 - 10:32 AM
How to Calculate Linear Feet

Calculating linear footage

Though calculating linear footage may not be something you have to deal with on a daily basis, if you’re planning a home improvement project or you’re moving, you may need to know how to do it. Let’s take a look at what a linear foot is, how to calculate it and how it’s used to price long distance moves with U-Pack®.

What is a linear foot?

Definition of a linear foot: A linear foot is one foot in length, or 12 inches.

So, for example, an item that is 5 feet long is 5 linear foot. It differs from a cubic foot and square foot in that it doesn’t account for width or height – just length.

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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:

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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.”

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Moving with Kids

March 20th, 2015 - 9:28 AM
Moving with Kids

Guide for Moving with Children

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.  When you’re moving with kids, there are a few more things to think about: you’ll need to look at school districts in your new city, help your kids adjust to a new place, and consider details like planning  some  entertainment for the drive to your new home. Don’t stress, we’ve gathered the best information for moving with children in one place.

Start by Getting the Kids Involved in Your Move

Moving can be especially tough for kids. They’re leaving their home, school, friends, and familiar surroundings . But if you get them involved during the move, you can help ease the transition.

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How to pack a computer for moving

February 17th, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Need to pack up your computer?

When moving to a new home, it’s important to know how to properly pack one of your most valuable items – your computer. By learning how to pack it with the most care, you can ensure it will arrive safely to your new home, ready for use.

More of a visual learner?  Watch this quick video on how to pack your computer.

Preparing your computer for your upcoming move

Before you begin packing, you’ll need to take care of a few things on the front end:

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How Far in Advance Should I Book a Moving Company?

December 22nd, 2014 - 11:01 AM
How Far in Advance Should I Book a Moving Company?

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.

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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Moving in the Winter

December 5th, 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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How to Pack Makeup

September 15th, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Packing Makeup for Travel

When it comes to packing your makeup, you might be tempted to just throw everything into a bag and go – don't. Pressed powders can crumble, glass bottles can break, and other disasters can happen. Whether you’re traveling or moving, it’s important to protect your makeup to keep it intact. For the basics of cosmetic packing, check out these easy tips.

How to Pack Makeup

The video above outlined some simple moving hacks for packing makeup. Let’s dig into the details and discover how to keep all types of makeup secure during travel or moving.

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How a U-Pack Move Works

August 8th, 2014 - 10:56 AM

We do the driving, and you save money

It’s the ideal way to move.

  • We deliver a moving trailer or ReloCube to your home
  • Take up to three business days to load
  • Call when it’s loaded, and we’ll pick it up
  • Track your shipment 24/7
  • Schedule a delivery appointment
  • Call when it’s unloaded, and we’ll pick it up

Your price is based on the space you use—and there’s no additional charge for things like fuel, sales tax or highway tolls. It’s easy and affordable!