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Understanding Your Move — Moving Terms

March 8th, 2017 - 1:57 PM
Understanding Your Move — Moving Terms

Terms found in moving contracts

Every industry has its own jargon — words they use that may not be part of everyday vocabulary — and the moving industry is no different. If you’re trying to understand your moving contract or quote, you may need to know the definitions for some common moving terms. Understanding these frequently used words will make it easier to understand the moving service, and help you know what to expect.

First Time Air Travel Guide

March 6th, 2017 - 3:14 PM
First Time Air Travel Guide

Airline travel tips for first time flyers

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than 2.5 million passengers fly in and out of U.S. airports every day. But even with a number that high, there are still millions of people who have never experienced air travel. If you’re flying for the first time, you might be wondering:

  • Where to buy a ticket
  • How to pack according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines
  • When to get to the airport
  • How to find your gate
  • What to expect during the flight 

These concerns may leave you feeling uneasy, but once you understand the process you’ll see that flying is one of the safest, quickest and most enjoyable ways to travel. This guide will help educate people flying for the first time — and those who haven’t flown in a while — so they’re able to sit back, relax and enjoy their time in the sky. 

Moving for a job

March 3rd, 2017 - 10:57 AM
Moving for a job

Are you moving for work?

According to the US Census, 20 percent of people who moved in 2016 said it was for an employment-related reason — whether it was for a new job, a transfer, to find a job, or to reduce their commute. If you’re planning to relocate for one of those reasons, there are several factors to consider. Make moving for a job easier by understanding what details you’ll need to address.

How to Get Rid of Pests in the House

March 1st, 2017 - 3:21 PM
How to Get Rid of Pests in the House

Preventative pest control

Whether you’ve lived in your home long term or you’re moving into a place that’s been vacant a while, there’s a chance you’ll have to deal with pests. Some you’ll see, like flies and ants, and others, like bed bugs and fleas, you may not. While many pests are simply a nuisance that you want to get rid of, some are more serious — causing damage and posing potential health hazards. Considering this, it’s wise to rid your home of those that are currently there, and take preventive measures to make sure they stay away.

Things to Know about Moving to Eielson AFB

February 27th, 2017 - 3:50 PM
Things to Know about Moving to Eielson AFB

Eielson Air Force Base Relocation

As an active Air Force Base, Eielson is home to more than 2,500 military members. They belong to the 354th Fighter Wing, which provides support to Pacific Air Forces training operations. While the base has been in operation since it was established in 1943, it will soon see growth as it becomes home to the first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs. Two squadrons will be joining the base in 2020, with construction beginning in 2017. Whether you have orders to join Eielson now or suspect you’ll be moving there with the addition of the F-35As, take a closer look at what to expect on base.

A Guide to Moving to Miami

February 24th, 2017 - 1:59 PM
A Guide to Moving to Miami

Want to make Miami your new home?

Whether you dream of spending afternoons on the beach, are moving for a job or just want a great place to retire — consider Miami. From diverse neighborhoods, year-round events, delicious foods and amazing weather, "The Magic City" has many aspects that make people call it home. But before packing your bags, make sure you understand what to expect from life in Miami.

U-Pack Delivery Options

February 23rd, 2017 - 8:19 AM
U-Pack Delivery Options

Create the move you need

One of the benefits of moving with U-Pack is that we look at each move individually. In fact, we understand that there's no universal moving solution because everyone has different needs. Because of that, we offer options to customize your experience — from the equipment type and space you use to the way your items are delivered. If you need to unload on a certain day, have parking restrictions on either end of the move, or are moving to a city with lots of street traffic, you may need a special delivery option. Take a look at our delivery choices to find the one that works best.

U-Haul Prices

February 20th, 2017 - 3:56 PM
U-Haul Prices

What extra costs do I need to factor into U-Haul® prices?

U-Haul quotes include pricing for the truck size you request, the pick-up and drop-off locations you’ll be using, and the date you wish to move. But there are several other factors that contribute to the overall price.

Moving Trends, Facts and Figures

February 17th, 2017 - 2:24 PM
Moving Trends, Facts and Figures

United States relocation trends​

The U.S. Census Bureau began collecting housing data in 1940 and has since archived numerous statistics about our moving habits. Using this data and other reputable resources, it’s easy to see some recent patterns in the way we move. For example:

  • More people moved to the South and West than to the Northeast and Midwest
  • Larger homes are more popular — median home size has increased by 450 square feet since 2010
  • Renters are more likely to move than homeowners

Want to learn more about long-distance moving trends? Check out the infographic below to see popular destinations in the U.S. and get information on moving options.   

How to protect your floors during a move

February 15th, 2017 - 1:42 PM
How to protect your floors during a move

Best floor protection tips

From shoes and pets tracking in the elements to everyday spills and scratches, you may not realize how many things cause wear and tear on your floors. And moving couches, appliances and a lot of boxes into a new home means even more foot traffic and a higher risk for damage. While you may be in a rush to get everything unloaded, there are steps to take before, during and after a move to make sure your floors remain in perfect condition.

How fast can I drive a U-Haul truck?

February 13th, 2017 - 1:04 PM
How fast can I drive a U-Haul truck?

U-Haul speed limit

Are you planning to rent a U-Haul® truck or trailer for your move? If so, you’ve probably wondered how fast you can drive their equipment. While there’s no set speed limit, U-Haul does provide maximum recommended speeds that renters should be aware of before getting behind the wheel. And when traveling cross country in a large, unfamiliar vehicle, it’s important to drive cautiously so that you keep yourself, your belongings, the equipment and other drivers safe.

Saving Money on Home Utility Bills

February 10th, 2017 - 10:26 AM
Saving Money on Home Utility Bills

Simple ways to keep energy bills affordable

Utility costs can fluctuate for many different reasons, but it usually comes down to inefficient use (a problem often seen with old equipment). And while everyone wants to save money on their bills, expensive upgrades like tankless water heaters or better-performing HVAC systems aren’t always possible. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, budget-friendly ways to spend less on utilities — even if you rent.

Car Transportation Companies

February 8th, 2017 - 3:45 PM
Car Transportation Companies

I’m shipping my car — who can help?

Thinking about shipping your car for a long-distance move? An auto shipper may be necessary if you:

  • Own more than one car
  • Own an antique car
  • Are flying to your new home

Fortunately, no matter where your new home is located, there are plenty of car shipping options to choose from. And with a little research and advanced planning, you can find a reliable auto transporter to quickly and efficiently relocate your vehicle.  

10 Questions to Ask Every Moving Company

February 6th, 2017 - 3:27 PM
10 Questions to Ask Every Moving Company

Important moving company questions

Moving your belongings can be a big ordeal, especially when moving long distance. Because you want your items to stay safe, it's important to make sure the moving service fits your needs  — but knowing what to ask in order to choose the right company can be tough. Before making a reservation, start by asking these ten questions.

How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

February 3rd, 2017 - 9:01 AM
How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

Best way to pack a suitcase

There’s nothing more frustrating than packing everything you need for a trip, only to find out the suitcase won’t shut. Now you’re left trying to decide which items get to go and which ones must stay behind. But, whether you’re packing for a move, weekend getaway, extended holiday or business trip, there are plenty of ways to pack your luggage to help maximize the available space. Check out the steps below for tips on the best way to pack a suitcase.