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U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

August 17th, 2018 - 10:55 AM
U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Comparing moving services: 1-800-Pack-Rat® and U-Pack

At first glance, portable storage containers offer everything you want in a move: easy loading, no driving and plenty of options. And while many companies offer this type of equipment, the key to choosing the right service is to find the one with the best solution for your situation. Two commonly compared options are 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack. Start with the big picture and narrow down into the specifics to figure out which one is the right match for your move. 

Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

August 15th, 2018 - 1:18 PM
Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

What is the gas mileage of a Budget® truck?

According to their website, Budget trucks get the following gas mileage:

  • 12-foot truck: 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-foot truck: 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-foot truck: 8-10 miles per gallon (diesel fuel)

Why is fuel usage important? Because fuel isn’t included in the cost to rent a truck, and the extra cost of fuel can significantly impact your moving budget. In fact, if you’re traveling long-distance, it’s entirely possible that fuel could as much double the price of your move — turning an economical option into something more expensive.

How to pack a computer for moving

August 13th, 2018 - 4:08 PM
How to pack a computer for moving

The best way to move a computer

Not only is a computer an expensive, fragile electronic, it can also be very important to your life. Maybe you use it for work or for school, but even if it’s just for streaming Netflix, you want to keep it safe. To ensure it arrives in perfect condition after moving, take a little extra time to pack it properly. 

How much do moving companies usually cost?

August 10th, 2018 - 8:14 AM
How much do moving companies usually cost?

Standard moving company prices 

Saving for a move can be challenging if you don’t know how much a moving company will charge. But because rates vary based on the company, the size of the home, and where you’re moving to and from, an average moving cost doesn’t really exist. Comparing quotes is the best way to check moving company prices, but we’ve got some examples to help you decide which direction to head.

Finding Movers and Packers

August 8th, 2018 - 3:05 PM
Finding Movers and Packers

Need help moving? Here’s how to find it!  

Moving can involve a lot of hard work. And things like heavy furniture, bulky items, stairs and narrow hallways can make it even more complicated — especially if you’re moving alone or with only a few people to help. To make it easier, you can add labor to your U-Pack move and get assistance with the heavy lifting. We make it easy to find local movers, and you still get to move affordably!  

Moving to Alaska

August 6th, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Moving to Alaska

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Are you dreaming of a new life with breathtaking sights and endless possibilities? If so, you’ve chosen a great destination! Alaska is full of opportunities for new adventures and a fresh start. But because life in the Last Frontier is very different from what you’ll find in the lower 48 (and moving there can pose some challenges), it’s a good idea to learn what to expect. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

How to PCS to Alaska

If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process. 

Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

August 1st, 2018 - 4:05 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

How safe is my neighborhood?

Keeping your family safe is a top priority, which is why it’s important to check your neighborhood crime rates. Whether you’ve lived at an address for a while or are shopping for a new home, being aware of what goes on in the area can help you make informed decisions. Since many online tools and apps give helpful data, it’s pretty simple to find crime rate statistics — you just have to know what to look for. But no matter what you find, there are some easy ways to improve security and help deter crime.  

U-Pack vs. U-Haul

July 30th, 2018 - 10:31 AM
U-Pack vs. U-Haul

Compare U-Pack® and U-Haul®

At first glance, U-Pack and U-Haul may seem similar. But while both companies offer some version of do-it-yourself moving services, there are actually several differentiators. U-Haul is do-everything-yourself, while U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. As you take a closer look, you’ll see what sets U-Pack apart. Look at how each company handles moving, equipment, pricing and fees. 

The Best Places to Live in Texas

July 27th, 2018 - 1:38 PM
The Best Places to Live in Texas

Why live in Texas? 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 532,000 people moved to Texas from another state in 2016 — an average of 1,400 every day! Why are so many new people calling the Lone Star State home? Economic growth, low taxes and below average cost of living are the biggest draws. It’s a great place to move to find opportunities, raise a family or retire. But since it’s such a big state, how do you narrow down the best place to live? Depending on what you’re looking for, these 10 places would make fantastic hometowns. 

Moving with a Dog

July 26th, 2018 - 2:33 PM
Moving with a Dog

Moving with dogs: It’s more than just a long car ride

They say dogs are man’s best friend, and many dog owners agree. So, if you’re planning a long-distance move, you might be wondering how best to take care of them during the process. If your dog is the laid-back type, he or she will probably adjust easily to the change. But if your pup isn’t used to strangers, long car rides or new places, these tips will help them stay calm and happy. 

The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

July 23rd, 2018 - 1:03 PM
The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

What exactly is a moving trailer?

Even when customers hear about the flexibility, security and ease of a moving trailer, they aren’t always sure what to expect. Most people are used to seeing big semi-trucks and regular rental trucks on the road, but how does the U-Pack trailer compare? Here’s the answer: our 28-foot moving trailer is smaller than a standard semi and just a little longer than the biggest U-Haul® (and the space is flexible). Take a closer look at how trailers work and see how they can make moving simple and affordable.

The Ultimate College Packing List

July 20th, 2018 - 1:08 PM
The Ultimate College Packing List

How to pack for college

You can’t take everything from home with you to campus, but you do need to bring the essentials. Making sure there’s room for everything can be tough, which is why sticking to a list is a great idea. If you’re tempted to bring more clothes than necessary, stick to the basics: gear for all seasons, a professional outfit for presentations and workout clothes. Then just be sure to include cleaning and laundry supplies to tackle any mess you can make and medicine cabinet necessities for those sick days. 

Farewell Party Ideas

July 18th, 2018 - 1:28 PM
Farewell Party Ideas

The best going away party ideas on the internet

Yes, that’s a big claim to make — but as a moving service, we understand goodbyes and all the emotions they bring. There’s excitement for the new chapter to come and sadness at leaving loved ones. The occasion surrounding a farewell party can be complicated because of all the feelings involved, but leaving on a happy note is important. Throwing a goodbye party is a great way to send your friend or loved on their way with a bunch of happy memories. 

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

July 16th, 2018 - 3:51 PM
How much does it cost to rent a moving truck one way?

Prices for one-way moving truck rentals

If you drive by a truck rental location, you might see signs advertising something like, “Trucks starting at $29.99!” That price point is very appealing, but may not be close to the rate you’ll get for your move if you’re moving one-way. Those prices are for a single day local rental. A one-way move that goes across the country can be very different. Explore the different costs and compare one-way truck rental to U-Pack® — a moving alternative where you don’t have to drive.