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Do I Need A Parking Permit?

January 27th, 2017 - 9:53 AM
Do I Need A Parking Permit?

Parking permits for moving equipment

Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.  

U-Pack Reviews

January 23rd, 2017 - 8:02 AM
U-Pack Reviews

Moving company reviews

Choosing a long-distance moving company is an important decision. How do you decide who’s capable and trustworthy? A good way to start is to research and read consumer reviews from people who’ve previously moved with the companies you’re considering. Real life situations and their outcomes can help you determine whether or not a moving service is right for you.  

5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

January 20th, 2017 - 1:58 PM
5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

Don’t be fooled by Craigslist scammers

According to Craigslist, more than 60 million Americans use their website to buy, sell and trade each month. Most of the time, transactions go smoothly, leaving both the buyer and seller satisfied. But, other times the experience goes wrong. Even though technology has made finding and purchasing products simple, it’s also made it easier for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting and inexperienced users. So whether you’re new to Craigslist or have successfully used it many times, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some common scams and learn how to avoid them.

5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

January 18th, 2017 - 1:17 PM
5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

Life in Portland, OR

Preparing to move to the most populated city in Oregon? With its casual lifestyle and continuous growth, Portland attracts newcomers on a daily basis. And whether you’re going there for family, work, an education or any other  reason, you may be wondering how to get there or what to expect when you arrive. To help make your transition to the city easier, we’ve done some research and found five things every new Portlander should know when moving to the City of Roses.  

U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

January 16th, 2017 - 8:41 AM
U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

Is a full-service moving company the best option for your move?

Like the name implies, full-service companies take care of everything for you. This means packing, loading, transportation and unloading are all done by a crew, and you aren’t responsible for managing the process. While this type of moving service is convenient, it doesn’t come without a price — full-service companies are typically the most expensive option. If you’re looking for a way to move without doing all of the work, but you don’t want to spend more than you budgeted (and maybe want a little more control over your belongings), consider a hybrid moving service like U-Pack®.  

PCS Military Moving Guide

January 13th, 2017 - 12:43 PM
PCS Military Moving Guide

Military PCS moves  

According to Business Insider, more than one million soldiers actively serve our country at 158 installations worldwide. For military personnel and their families, it’s no secret that being in the United States Armed Forces requires frequent moves from one base to another. And whether you’re a longtime service member, or recently new, you may have a lot of questions about your upcoming PCS. This guide will help answer those questions, and provide some tips that will hopefully make this transition less stressful, and an experience you and your family can look forward to.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the U.S.

January 11th, 2017 - 7:59 AM
10 Most Dangerous Roads in the U.S.

Most dangerous roads in America​

Whether you’re looking for the safest paths to travel or you’re interested in finding thrilling places to drive, knowing the scariest roads in the United States is sure to help. Our list of the ten most dangerous roads was compiled using accident data, comments from people who have driven on them, and a look at the general safety measures used during construction. Before heading out on your next road adventure, be sure you’re choosing the route you want. 

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.  

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.