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Parking at an Apartment Complex or Storage Facility

February 14th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
Parking at an Apartment Complex or Storage Facility

Rules for parking at apartments or storage complexes​

Many apartment and storage complexes have tight parking — either due to limited space or because things like gates and buildings make them difficult to navigate through. Because of this, moving from these types of facilities can pose a challenge. If you only have access to one or two spots at an apartment or the storage unit doesn’t allow overnight parking for equipment, special arrangements may have to be made. The first step is finding out what the parking rules are, and then you can choose a moving company that can accommodate them.

How to Calculate Linear Feet

February 12th, 2018 - 10:35 AM
How to Calculate Linear Feet

A look at linear footage

Wondering what a linear foot is? Whether you’re planning an upcoming home improvement project or want to understand how U-Pack® measures household goods shipments, you’ve come to the right place.

This measurement isn’t one you’ll hear every day, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.

How to Clean Your Apartment Like a Pro

February 9th, 2018 - 8:48 AM
How to Clean Your Apartment Like a Pro

Need to do some apartment cleaning?​

Since apartments are smaller than most homes, it’s easy to think that cleaning them doesn’t require as much time or attention. But because multiple occupants have lived in the same space, it often takes a little more work to really get them clean. Whether you’re just moving in, about to move out or simply want to refresh your space after months of living there, using a cleaning checklist will help you get everything done. Discover your cleaning personality, and then learn how to deep clean your apartment. 

Everything You Need to Know About ReloCubes

February 7th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
Everything You Need to Know About ReloCubes

Moving with a U-Pack ReloCube​

“The U-Pack service was provided in a professional, timely and cost-effective manner. The ReloCube™ was easy to load and unload, and the furniture was delivered without damage.” – Robert G., who moved from Delaware to Arizona.

Does that sounds like the kind of move you want? A ReloCube might be the best option. See what Cubes are, how they work, and all the specifics.

How To Drive A Moving Truck

February 5th, 2018 - 8:52 AM
How To Drive A Moving Truck

What’s it like to drive a moving truck?

Have you ever driven an unfamiliar vehicle? Whether you’ve rented a car or borrowed one from a friend, you know how strange it can be to sit in the driver’s seat of a vehicle you haven’t been in before. With buttons in different places, some controls not working the same, and blind spots not being where you’re used to, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That feeling is magnified in a rental truck — the vehicle is bigger, the seat sits up higher, and all of your belongings are inside. Before choosing how to move, take a look at these tips for driving a moving truck.

How to Pack for Storage

February 2nd, 2018 - 9:17 AM
How to Pack for Storage

Protect items before storing them

There are many reasons people may combine moving and storage. Whether it’s just for a few weeks while you wait to close on a new house or for several months while you remodel the home you’re moving into, it’s common to store belongings at some point during a move. While we do have packing tips that ensure belongings arrive safely through transit, putting everything in storage requires a little extra care.

The 10 Healthiest Cities in the United States

January 31st, 2018 - 9:45 AM
The 10 Healthiest Cities in the United States

Where are the healthiest places to live?

Do you have a goal to live a healthier life this year? You’re not alone! There are several great health initiatives going on across the country — like franchise restaurants getting rid of artificial ingredients and hospitals adding telemedicine technology — and many individual cities stand out in terms of health. But what does “health” mean? Little sickness? Opportunities to be active? Access to affordable medical care? Because there are multiple ways to measure it, we looked at ten different criteria to determine the healthiest cities.

Comparing PODS® Competitors

January 29th, 2018 - 10:26 AM
Comparing PODS® Competitors

Consider all the different PODS® competitors​

If you’re getting ready to move, you may be noticing PODS® moving containers around town and wondering if other companies offer a similar service. Pack Rat®, U-Haul® and U-Pack®also offer portable storage containers for long-distance moves, but they each work slightly differently. Since the companies have varying equipment and service options, we’ve gathered some information to make it easier to compare. Take a look at PODS® services and compare PODS® alternatives to find the right container for your move. 

What moving expenses are tax deductible?

January 26th, 2018 - 8:49 AM
What moving expenses are tax deductible?

Does my move qualify for moving expense deductions?

Did you move in 2017? You might be able to list moving expenses on your taxes and deduct them. There are certain requirements to meet in order to take advantage of these deductions — take a look at the qualifications, special circumstances (like military moves and those affected by natural disasters) and how the process works.

Moving To Hawaii

January 24th, 2018 - 1:17 PM
Moving To Hawaii

How to move to Hawaii​

When you close your eyes and picture paradise, Hawaii probably comes into view. It’s got a little bit of everything — beautiful sights, tropical weather, unique things to do and amazing culture. Whether you want to relocate to Hawaii for a change of pace or you’re moving for work or school, it’s a great place to call home. Here are the steps to take when moving to Hawaii to make the process as easy as possible.

What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

January 22nd, 2018 - 2:04 PM
What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

Moving coast to coast?

For a big move, like one from the east to west coast (or vice versa), costs can vary drastically depending on the type of service you use. The available options range from full-service to a do-it-yourself self-move. And, as you would expect, the price range varies as well. Let’s take a look at how those prices are determined and what costs come with driving a truck yourself, hiring a full-service company to do it all, or selecting an in-between “you pack, we drive” option.

Bekins® Van Lines Comparison

January 17th, 2018 - 8:57 AM
Bekins® Van Lines Comparison

Compare Bekins Moving and U-Pack

Long-distance moving can be a lot of work, especially if you have a lot to move. For many, that notion may take a do-it-all-yourself move (i.e., truck rental) completely off the table. Essentially, two options are left: full-service and “you pack, we drive.” Depending on your needs and budget, one may be more appealing than the other. Bekins Van Lines®and U-Pack® are two examples of those options. Bekins, a full-service mover, and U-Pack a “you pack, we drive” service. See how they compare to determine which is the best solution for your move.

DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

January 15th, 2018 - 2:31 PM
DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Men’s homemade Valentine’s Day gifts

Giving a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t have to be difficult. While the old standby gifts of chocolates or a tie will work, a homemade Valentine’s Day gift will show how much you care and really impress the recipient. DIY gifts don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, they can actually be cheap to make. Whether you’re making something for your husband, boyfriend, father or just a friend, these men’s Valentine’s gifts will show your love.

How do you move house plants from one state to another?

January 12th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
How do you move house plants from one state to another?

How to move house plants

Unlike other household goods that you can wrap with Bubble Wrap® and place in a box, house plants are living, breathing things and need special care. On top of that, each state has unique regulations and certification requirements, so shipping them from one state to another requires a little prep work. Determine if you should or can take your plants with you when you move, and explore options for transporting them. 

U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

January 10th, 2018 - 1:53 PM
U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

Compare moving boxes from U-Pack® and U-Haul®

There’s one thing every move has in common: you have to pack items into boxes. Where you get those boxes can impact the total cost of your move — each box store sells a variety of boxes and supplies at different price points. If you’ve seen signs for a local U-Haul store location and wondered what they have, take a look at their moving box store and compare to the options available at the U-Pack Box Store.