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Driving cross country: road trip routes

August 21st, 2017 - 2:26 PM
Driving cross country: road trip routes

Road trip across America

Road trips symbolize adventure, family time and freedom, but they haven’t always been viewed as an ideal vacation. While people have been taking long journeys for ages, the modern road trip didn’t become popular until after World War II when cars were more affordable, the highway system was expanding and the rise of hotels and restaurants made long trips more convenient.

Military Moving Discounts

August 16th, 2017 - 8:36 AM
Military Moving Discounts

Best military discounts for moving​

Unlike a government-paid full-service move, a DITY move puts you in control on moving day — and it can save you money.  While it does mean doing some (or all) of the work, having money left over from your moving allowance is a big benefit. And by adding in a military moving discount, you can stretch the savings further. Take a look at discounted options. 

The 20 Most Popular Questions about U-Pack

August 14th, 2017 - 12:40 PM
The 20 Most Popular Questions about U-Pack

Find out more about U-Pack

If you’ve done some research on moving companies and want to know more about U-Pack®, you’ve come to the right place. You can always call us at 800-413-4799, but we know that calling isn’t always a convenient option. Maybe you’re at work, rocking a sleeping baby or it’s after hours. Either way, we’ve made finding information easy with our 20 most popular questions (and the answers).

Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

August 11th, 2017 - 8:19 AM
Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

Long distance moving costs

Would you be surprised that 11.2% of the U.S. population age 1 and over moved between 2015 and 2016? That’s a lot of new jobs, new homes and new opportunities. That’s also a lot of people trying to find the cheapest way to move. Because rates vary so much depending on which company you choose, comparing options becomes incredibly important. Take a look at the options for long distance moving, and find out how to make your move as cheap as possible. 

Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

August 9th, 2017 - 8:07 AM
Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

Beginner’s guide to building a treehouse

You’ve bought a house with a large backyard and finally have space to make your kids’ treehouse dreams come true. But where do you start? And how do you make sure it’s safe for them to play in? No matter your experience, making a treehouse can be done easily and safely. All you need are the right supplies, some knowledge about trees, and a little bit of imagination.

Note: Before starting construction, check city ordinances and homeowner’s association regulations for rules in your area. Some may require building permits or have height restrictions.

Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

August 7th, 2017 - 2:05 PM
Guide for Moving from New York City to Atlanta

Relocating to Atlanta from New York

Moving from New York City to Atlanta? Your life is about to change! People often call Atlanta the “New York of the South” because it’s the cultural and business hub of the region. But while the nickname may make you think the areas are the same, there are many differences. Learn what you’ll find after moving, including a lower cost of living and plenty of exciting things to check out.

How to Save More Than Just a U-Haul Discount

August 4th, 2017 - 1:16 PM
How to Save More Than Just a U-Haul Discount

Looking for U-Haul discounts?​​

As a smart shopper, you’re probably in the habit of searching online for coupons before making a big purchase. And since the equipment is one of the biggest moving expenses, looking for a discount makes sense. If you’re able to track down a U-Haul® coupon, promo code or discount, make sure you do some research before booking — it may not make the exact impact you’re wanting. Before searching much further, take a closer look at what it’s like to use a U-Haul coupon (what it covers and doesn’t cover) and other ways to save money on your move.

How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?

August 2nd, 2017 - 2:06 PM
How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?

Hawaii moving costs explained​

In 2016, the U.S. Census reported an estimated 3,400 people moved to Hawaii — not a completely surprising statistic considering the island’s white sand beaches, fresh seafood and endless adventures. But while moving to Hawaii has some obvious appeal, relocation costs might be a big concern. Take a look at what expenses you should budget for, learn about affordable moving options and find out how to save even more. 

Moving to Puerto Rico

July 28th, 2017 - 9:51 AM
Moving to Puerto Rico

Want to move to Puerto Rico?​

Puerto Rico became a U.S. Territory in 1898, making its residents U.S. citizens. But because it isn’t incorporated, it can sometimes feel like a completely separate country — especially if you’re trying to move there. While you can travel to Puerto Rico from the U.S. without a passport and use U.S. currency, other differences (like not paying U.S. taxes or voting in general elections) may make the process seem confusing. Learn more about moving to Puerto Rico, and get tips for adjusting to life on the island. 

State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

July 26th, 2017 - 2:32 PM
State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

Popular foods for each state

From iconic Southern comfort food to seafood on the East Coast, every region has dishes it’s known for. Whether you’re just curious about the cuisine in a particular state, or you’re moving or traveling and wondering what local fare to try, we’ve discovered the best bites in all 50 states, along with some food festivals and local dishes to try.

Tips for moving on a budget

July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM
Tips for moving on a budget

How to make a moving budget go further

Leading up to a move, you have many decisions to make. From choosing a new home or apartment to picking a moving company, every choice can have an impact on your moving budget. If you’re trying to keep costs low, a DIY moving service may be the best option. Or if you have a little more money, you might splurge on a crew to help load. No matter how much you want to spend, it’s smart to stretch the money as far as possible. Thankfully, there are some easy choices that can help your moving budget go further.

Getting rid of odors in a house

July 20th, 2017 - 2:45 PM
Getting rid of odors in a house

Eliminating odors in the home

We’ve all been there. You walk into a house and a smell hits you.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming scent of fresh paint, a musty smell from the house being closed up for too long, or even just the unpleasant odor of your pet. Either way, you think, “I’ll open the windows, and it will air out.” But, after several days of letting the breeze blow through, the smell still lingers. Now what?

Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

July 18th, 2017 - 3:06 PM
Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

How do I get my firearms to another state?

Whether you’re moving or traveling, there are regulations to follow for transporting firearms. Laws tell you what you can and can’t do, but interpreting those laws into practical steps can be tricky. Since many moving companies (like U-Pack®) are not able to transport guns, you have to figure out what to do with them during a long distance move. And if you’re traveling to hunt, you have to take them with you. But how can you get firearms to another state? You have three options: driving, flying or shipping. All of these methods have their own rules and regulations, but transporting firearms can be easily done.

Note: Federal and state laws regarding firearms frequently change. These suggestions are not legal advice or summary of laws. Consult a local attorney or the written local laws to determine which laws apply to your specific situations.  After arriving at your destination, state and local laws for ownership and possession will apply.

Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

July 14th, 2017 - 4:36 PM
Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

How to estimate gas costs for a rental truck

Did you know that when moving long distance in a rental truck, it may cost more for fuel than it does to rent the truck? It’s true! While truck rental may seem like the most affordable option, adding in the cost to fill it up may make it more expensive than you planned. To help you check this cost in advance, U-Pack has an easy-to-use gas cost estimator. Find out how to use this online calculator, what factors contribute to fuel costs in a rental truck and how to move without paying extra for gas.