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What Do You Look For When Buying A House?

November 28th, 2012 - 9:27 AM

Are you home shopping? With thousands of homes for sale, looking through endless real estate listings can be a tiring process. You'll normally find that the process is much more manageable if you narrow your focus to houses that fit your criteria . What does that house look like for you? What features and amenities are must-haves and what are like-to-haves? Do you need a big backyard for your dogs? How many bedrooms do you need? Is your new neighborhood safe? What about the commute? Once you've narrowed it down, the search becomes much less overwhelming.

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Black Friday: Store Hours, Deals, and Tips

November 19th, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Black Friday is crazy! If you brave the crowds you can really get good deals! If you have recently moved to a new town and don’t know where to shop, check to see if these stores are in your town. These places are offering great deals on Black Friday! To help you navigate all the sales, we have compiled the store hours, deals, and shopping tips to give you the best Black Friday strategy around! This year, Black Friday is November 23, 2012.

Black Friday Store Opening Hours

These are the opening times we were able to find online. Remember, individual store hours may vary, so check your local ads and local stores to double check.

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2012 Election Results Map from U-Pack

November 7th, 2012 - 11:17 AM

2012 Election Results Map from U-Pack

A friend recently moved from The South to Connecticut. After seeing the results of last night’s election, she was surprised that she had moved to a strong Democratic state—it’s something she hadn’t thought about before she moved. If you are planning a move, and you feel strongly about moving to a state with residents who vote predominately for the political party you’re affiliated with, take a look at the Election Results Map below. It’s color-coded based on 2012 Election Results.

*Red states are those that voted Republican majority for Mitt Romney. Blue states are those that voted Democratic majority for Barack Obama. As of right now, Florida is still awaiting final results, but several news networks have called the state for Obama.

2012 Election Results Map

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Daylight Saving Ends This Weekend - Fall Back!

November 2nd, 2012 - 8:17 AM
Unless you're in Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Northern Marianas Islands, don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend! Daylight Saving Time officially comes to an end Sunday, November 4th.

And you know what that means... an extra hour to do whatever you wish! If my kids will participate, I plan to sleep . What about you? How will you spend your extra hour?

Whatever you choose – enjoy!
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ABF U-Pack Terminal Closings & Interruptions 10/31/12

October 31st, 2012 - 11:07 AM
We are pleased to report that, with the exception of our Carlstadt, NJ terminal, the ABF terminals impacted by Hurricane Sandy are operational today. However, in the aftermath of the tropical storm, many are still experiencing service inturruptions. If you are moving into or out of an area serviced by one of the ABF terminals listed below, you may experience service delays today. If you have questions about the status of your reservation or shipment, or if you need assistance rescheduling your move, please call 800-240-7422 or email moving@upack.com. You can continue monitoring service center closings and disruptions at www.abfs.com/closures.  

Allentown, PA
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ABF U-Pack Terminal Closings 10/30/12

October 30th, 2012 - 9:48 AM
Below is a list of ABF terminals closed 10/30/12 due to Hurricane Sandy. If you have a U-Pack move scheduled in an area serviced by one of these terminals, please contact U-Pack at 800-240-7422 to speak with a U-Pack service consultant. If you do not have phone service, please email moving@upack.com.  

Following the aftermath of a hurricane/tropical storm, ABF is bound to federal, state, and local municipality safety mandates, which dictate service areas we are able to conduct business in. We will resume service in these areas as soon as conditions allow. The U-Pack Blog staff will continue updating closings as they become available to us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people impacted by this damaging storm.   

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ABF Service Center Closings Due to Hurricane Sandy

October 29th, 2012 - 9:37 AM
Below are the ABF terminals that are closed today due to Hurricane Sandy. If you have a U-Pack move scheduled in an area serviced by one of these terminals, you can call the U-Pack call center at 800-240-7422. If you need help determining if your location is serviced by one of these terminals, visit the U-Pack Coverage Map and enter your city, state, or zip in the "City Finder" tool. The terminal servicing your city will be listed above the map.

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U-Haul Truck With Joe Biden's Gear Stolen From Hotel

October 9th, 2012 - 11:17 AM

I’m not sure how I missed this. I’m usually fairly on top of things happening both politically and in the moving realm . But, I just ran across a news story on CNN.com from back in September that grabbed my attention. Reportedly, a U-Haul truck, packed with security equipment for a campaign event featuring Vice President Joe Biden, was stolen right out of a Detroit hotel parking lot. But no worries, the U-Haul and most of its contents were recovered the very next day. And, the event carried on as planned. Whew.   

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US Senate Committee Battles Scam Moving Companies

October 4th, 2012 - 4:01 PM
So, I just read a very interesting article in Search Engine Land that absolutely everyone thinking about moving should read.

It looks like the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation has written to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! asking the popular search engines to examine the practices of some moving services that are using "bait-and-switch" tactics on consumers who find the companies as a result of an online search. 

It’s about time.

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Great Cities for Eating Contests

March 21st, 2012 - 3:09 PM

You never know what you’ll find in your new city. If you’re moving to New Orleans, LA; Boston, MA; Stockton, CA; Coney Island, NY; or Biloxi, MS, have we got a treat for you... Check out this infographic that shows five of the best timed eating contests in the country.

They’re not just something to see at your local county fair anymore!

Now days, competitive eating is all the rage. In fact, there’s an organization called IFOCE that hosts eating competitions across the world. Take a look at some of the most recent records – you’ll be amazed, impressed and maybe even a little grossed out. Who wants to miss seeing folks eat a truck-load cupcakes, matzo balls, hot dogs, deep-fried asparagus or cheesesteak?