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Comparing Truck Rental Rates to U-Pack

October 13th, 2017 - 11:06 AM
Comparing Truck Rental Rates to U-Pack

Are moving truck rates always cheaper?

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding long-distance moving is that truck rental is the cheapest option. While that may be true for some moves, so many factors contribute to pricing that rates can widely vary. Before you choose a moving company, take a closer look at the components that determine moving truck pricing, see how U-Pack® is different, and then compare rates.

20 Years of U-Pack

October 11th, 2017 - 12:28 PM
20 Years of U-Pack

What were you doing 20 years ago?

What did life look like in 1997?  Maybe you went to the movie theater to see Titanic or Men in Black. Perhaps you watched  popular TV shows The X-Files or Friends. You probably watched Bill Clinton swearing in for his second term as President and cried during the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Maybe you cheered for the Green Bay Packers during their Super Bowl win. Your kids (or maybe you) played with a Tamagotchi© or Beanie Babies®.  What else happened in 1997? The very first U-Pack® move!

Moving from California to Alaska

October 9th, 2017 - 11:25 AM
Moving from California to Alaska

Planning a move to Alaska from California?

In 2015, just over 34,000 people relocated to Alaska from another state. Of those, close to 10% moved there from California. Why so many moves from the Sunshine State to the Last Frontier? In addition to military and employee relocation, Alaska has no state sales or income tax, and it offers a beautiful backdrop for all kinds of outdoor recreation, not to mention 24/7 sunshine in the summer. If you’re considering a move from California to Alaska, take a look at the logistics involved with getting your belongings and yourself there, and some things to expect once you arrive. 

Best places to move to avoid snow

October 6th, 2017 - 8:37 AM
Best places to move to avoid snow

Hate winter weather? These cities are for you!

Does the thought of shoveling your sidewalk, commuting to work behind a snow plow and dressing for freezing temperatures have you dreaming of a tropical climate? Would you prefer to turn on the air conditioner instead of lighting a fire or cranking up the heat? If so, you’ll want to check out these 10 places — they have some of the best weather in the country (and little to no snow)!

Living in an Apartment with a Dog

October 4th, 2017 - 10:06 AM
Living in an Apartment with a Dog

Adding a dog to your apartment life

According to BarkPost, evidence shows that dog ownership provides health benefits like an improved mood, lower blood pressure and a fitness routine. With these advantages, adding a pet to your family may seem like a great idea, but if you live in or are moving to an apartment, before taking that leap it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit. Small spaces can pose a challenge for breeds that require more activity and space, and some rentals have restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed. But with the right breed and a good plan, it’s possible to add a furry friend, even in an apartment. 

U-Haul Gas Calculator

October 2nd, 2017 - 11:14 AM
U-Haul Gas Calculator

Determine U-Haul®gas costs

When preparing for your upcoming move, it’s wise to define your expenses so you know what to expect to spend. Along with the costs associated with renting moving equipment and travel expenses, another expenditure that can impact your moving price is fuel — especially for long distance moves. Before you hit the road, prepare for the trip by figuring out your U-Haul fuel costs. With so many miles and lots of stops along the way, being prepared before you pay at the pump is important. And if you find that the cost of fuel is more than you expected, it may be worth exploring alternatives.

How to Pack Shoes

September 29th, 2017 - 12:44 PM
How to Pack Shoes

Packing shoes for a move

How many pairs of shoes does the average person own? According to a study by Time Magazine, men own 12 pairs of shoes on average, while women own 27. That’s a lot of shoes to box up and move! When packing, you might be tempted to just throw your shoes into a box, but that can cause scuffing, misshaping or other damage. To keep shoes in good condition, take a few extra minutes to wrap and pack them properly. 

What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

September 25th, 2017 - 12:53 PM
What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

Cheap options for moving a one-bedroom apartment across the country 

Moving a small apartment across town probably wouldn’t cost too much — just grab some friends and family and load everyone’s vehicle with boxes and furniture. But moving an apartment across the country is an entirely different matter since you’ll have to pay a moving company to transport your belongings. While truck rental may seem like the cheapest option, the base price doesn’t include fuel, liability coverage, highway tolls or taxes. Instead, an option like U-Pack® may be cheaper for a move of this size. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service with affordable rates and convenient options. 

Moving Container or Trailer?

September 20th, 2017 - 1:30 PM
Moving Container or Trailer?

Choosing the right equipment for your U-Pack move

When selecting a moving service, equipment options may be part of the decision-making process. U-Pack offers two types: moving containers and moving trailers, and they both have their advantages. Price is likely a large factor, but what other things should you consider? Take a look at the things that stay the same with U-Pack®, no matter which equipment you use, and the things to consider as you choose between our moving trailers and containers.

Want to go over the specifics of each equipment type? Here’s everything you need to know about ReloCubes and moving in a trailer.

Cheap Places to Live

September 18th, 2017 - 4:01 PM
Cheap Places to Live

Where are the most affordable places to live?

You may have heard of the cost of living index before, but did you know it’s a good way to choose a city to move to? Because costs for basic essentials vary across the country, this index provides a simple way to determine if your salary will adequately cover expenses. Many areas have a rising cost of living, but there are plenty of places that fall below the national average. If you’re looking for affordable real estate and the lowest cost of living, these 10 places fit the bill.

Hiring Movers to Load a Truck

September 15th, 2017 - 9:26 AM
Hiring Movers to Load a Truck

Using movers to load or unload

DIY moving has many benefits — lower rates, flexibility, and the ability to control the move from start to finish. But sometimes you need a little help. If you’re trying to cut costs but want assistance with some of the work, hiring moving labor is a great solution. You’ll get the help you want without the high price of a full-service move. Find out how to hire a crew, how to prepare for the big day, and how to manage the crew when they arrive.

If you haven’t reserved moving equipment yet, U-Pack® prices are affordable and include two equipment options — the moving trailer or moving container. In most cases, U-Pack rates are comparable to truck rental. Click here to get a free quote.

Where to buy moving supplies for cheap

September 8th, 2017 - 2:33 PM
Where to buy moving supplies for cheap

How to get cheap moving supplies

Every savvy packer knows the key to protecting their items during a move is to use quality supplies. To protect belongings without blowing your budget, we recommend using professional moving supplies from the U-Pack® Box Store. The affordable prices give you a great value, and every order comes with FREE shipping! Keep reading to learn how to get supplies from U-Pack at the cheapest prices possible.

Smart Home Technology

September 6th, 2017 - 1:38 PM
Smart Home Technology

The rise of home technology

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning and it’s unseasonably cold. Before getting out of bed, you grab your phone. From an app, you turn the heat on, start a cup of coffee brewing and open the blinds. You say out loud, “What’s the weather today?” and a speaker answers with the forecast. It’s not a house of the future, it’s a smart home. And you can do all of this today.