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How to Move an Aquarium

January 9th, 2017 - 1:51 PM
How to Move an Aquarium

Moving large fish tanks

Moving fish and their aquarium probably seems like an intimidating task, especially if your new home is several hours away. Travel can be stressful on fish, so special handling is necessary when transferring them long distance — and you have to be extra careful when disassembling and moving the tank to avoid damaging the glass. But even though it’s a big project, it’s possible to do it successfully with a little thought and preparation. By planning ahead, you can ensure the tank arrives intact and that your aquatic friends remain happy and healthy.  

 

26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

January 6th, 2017 - 8:46 AM
26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

A close look at 26-foot box trucks

If you’re moving from a large house, you most likely have a lot of boxes and furniture to pack and load — which may have you wondering if there’s a rental truck big enough to hold everything. The largest available rental truck size is the 26-foot truck, but will all of your belongings fit inside? U-Haul®, Penske® and Ryder® estimate their equipment to hold different household sizes, so it’s important to look into your options before making a decision. The information below can help you decide if a 26-foot truck is a good solution, or if an alternative like U-Pack® is the better way to move.  

Moving Into a New House

January 4th, 2017 - 2:28 PM
Moving Into a New House

New house checklist

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a new house? You’re probably thinking about everything that needs to be done like connecting the utilities, remodeling the areas that need work and cleaning old messes (just to name a few). To make sure you are not forgetting any important details, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do when moving to a new house. Follow these tips to help make your new place feel more like home.

Moving to New Orleans

January 2nd, 2017 - 2:43 PM
Moving to New Orleans

How to move to the Big Easy

If you’ve decided to move to New Orleans, you’ve made a tremendous decision. Live music on every corner, tantalizing Cajun food and deep southern accents are just part of the appeal. You could make list after list of entertaining things to do including musical concerts, sporting events and, of course, frequent celebrity sightings. You’re in for a great time! Once you get there, you’ll love it — but getting there can sometimes be a bit tricky. To make it easier, we’ve gathered some helpful facts and how-to’s.  

Long-Distance Moving FAQs

December 30th, 2016 - 1:26 PM
Long-Distance Moving FAQs

Understanding your long-distance move

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first timer, some thought and preparation is required to complete a long distance move. And while every situation is unique, there are certain questions everyone asks about their move, such as:

  •        How do I choose the right company?
  •        How much will it cost?
  •        How do I begin packing?

No matter what your questions are, we’ve got the answers to help your transition go as smoothly as possible.

Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

December 28th, 2016 - 9:48 AM
Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

Plastic bins vs. cardboard boxes

Trying to figure out the safest way to pack your belongings for a long-distance move can be intimidating. After all, no one wants to arrive at their new home with a bunch of damaged items. When moving, you have two packing options — plastic containers or cardboard boxes. Both container types have benefits, but factors like durability and availability can influence which option you decide to use.

Driving in Snow and Ice

December 26th, 2016 - 10:58 AM
Driving in Snow and Ice

Winter driving tips

If you're traveling in or out of an area that experiences extreme winter weather, you may have concerns about how to drive in the snow and ice. Depending on where you're headed, you may encounter snow drifts and white outs or ice covered roads. All of these conditions require different styles of driving and condition-specific safety precautions. Learn how to maneuver when driving on ice, snow and other cold weather conditions. 

Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

December 23rd, 2016 - 8:53 AM
Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

I don’t have an address for my move

Moving long distance without a destination address is actually pretty common, especially if you’re moving suddenly for work or family. Many times, people might know the city or region of the state they’re moving to, but aren’t sure about the exact location. Because it’s not always possible to visit your new town and secure housing beforehand, you might be concerned about how to forward your mail, and more importantly, where to have the moving truck deliver your belongings. Both of these tasks can easily be accomplished as long as you know the general area you’ll be living in.

Moving a Refrigerator

December 21st, 2016 - 11:31 AM
Moving a Refrigerator

How to move a refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the heaviest things in your home, and it’s often fairly expensive. When it’s time to move, you may have some concerns about getting it in the moving equipment and having it work when you plug it back in. To make the refrigerator moving process as easy as possible, you’ll want to use an appliance dolly and have at least one other person available to help.    

Moving to Chicago

December 16th, 2016 - 12:20 PM
Moving to Chicago

Want to call the Windy City home?

Moving to Chicago? Once you get there, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do, but getting there can raise some concerns. Historical districts, well-maintained train tracks and cobblestone streets can make access a bit tough for large trucks. But not to worry — we’ve done our research and have the answers to your Chicago moving questions. 

Home Safety Tips

December 14th, 2016 - 10:41 AM
Home Safety Tips

Staying safe in a new home

Moving is an exciting and busy time.  You get to start fresh in a new place, put things exactly where you want them, and decide how to decorate.  But while it’s easy to get caught up in details like what color to paint the walls or where to put the couch, it’s important to make sure your home is secure. Use these home safety tips to protect your property and minimize risk.

Home security checklist — tips for a safe home

Here are 10 security steps new homeowners should take after moving:

How Much Can You Fit in a ReloCube?

December 12th, 2016 - 3:44 PM
How Much Can You Fit in a ReloCube?

I’m moving — will a U-Pack ReloCube hold my stuff?

If you’re moving in a ReloCube, you might be wondering how much you can realistically expect to fit inside the container. While it’s easy to picture the CubeTM filled with boxes stacked in columns, adding furniture and other large items into the mix can make a difference.  With its compact design, some people might think their belongings would never fit in a ReloCube. But don’t let the size be deceiving — you may be surprised by how much it can hold!

Strange City Names: Top 25

December 5th, 2016 - 3:39 PM
Strange City Names: Top 25

The weirdest city names in the United States

Have you ever driven past a sign for a nearby city and thought, “I wonder how they came up with that?” You’re not alone! The United States is full of places with interesting histories, and learning more about them can be fun. If you’re moving long distance or simply taking a family road trip, you’ll want to add these towns with unique names to your list of stopping points.

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: For Kids, Mom, Dad, Friends, and More!

November 28th, 2016 - 3:49 PM
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: For Kids, Mom, Dad, Friends, and More!

Give homemade Christmas gifts this holiday season

With gift-giving season quickly approaching, you’re probably already dreading what holiday shopping entails — big crowds, long lines, traffic jams and an empty bank account. But, instead of getting stressed and spending hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, why not spend some time crafting DIY Christmas gifts? You can stay home, drink a cup of hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music and enjoy the lights on the tree while making your loved ones a unique gift they’re sure to love.  And even if you’re not usually a crafty person, these simple handmade ideas are easy enough for anyone to make!