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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!

Where Can I Find the Best Moving Discounts

November 7th, 2016 - 4:09 PM

How to get moving deals

If you’re trying to reduce the cost of your move, there are many options available. You can choose a lower-priced moving service, try to do it all yourself, or ask for special deals to be applied. While discounts are typically great ways to save, you may find taking $25 or $50 off of an already overpriced move doesn’t make much of an impact. Starting with a discount moving service, and then making adjustments to fit your needs, is often a better way to go.   

U-Pack Portable Storage Units

November 4th, 2016 - 3:21 PM
U-Pack Portable Storage Units

Mobile storage options that fit your needs 

It’s not unusual for people to need storage in conjunction with a long-distance move. After all, not all moves go directly from point A to point B. Many times people move out of their current house before their new one is ready. And others may take the time to go on vacation before settling in to a new location. No matter the reason, U-Pack® has portable storage solutions to fit your needs. 

What is the cheapest way to ship across country?

November 1st, 2016 - 9:05 AM
What is the cheapest way to ship across country?

Cheap shipping options for your next move

Shipping small items cross country is a fairly straight-forward process. You load items in a box, take it to a carrier, and pay a flat rate or one based on weight. But if you’re shipping large items, or everything from your house, finding a cheap shipping solution becomes even more important. How do you get your belongings cross country safely while still staying in budget?

There are plenty of ways to ship your household goods across the country, but there’s only one option that pairs affordable rates with exceptional service — and that’s U-Pack®.  

17 Ways to Winterize Your Home

October 19th, 2016 - 2:43 PM
17 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Weathering your home for cold, snowy and icy weather

Wintertime means sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, having the ultimate snowball fight and enjoying picturesque views of snowy hillsides. But, it also means freezing temperatures, frosty nights, icy weather and higher utility bills. And while you may enjoy playing in the snow for hours on end, you’ll eventually want to relax in the comfort of a safe, warm home. In order to do that, use these winterization tips to properly prepare your home for the cold (and save money in the process)! 

What You Need to Know About Moving and Gypsy Moths

October 18th, 2016 - 11:33 AM
What You Need to Know About Moving and Gypsy Moths

Be on the lookout for gypsy moths

If you’re moving, you may need to be on the lookout for a little critter called the gypsy moth. While small, it has the potential to cause big damage, and several areas don’t want any part of it. In fact, they have laws in place to help make sure it stays far, far away. If you’re moving to a restricted location, you may be required to complete a Gypsy Moth/Insect Inspection Checklist to verify that you’ve checked all items stored outdoors, and that everything is free of the moth and its eggs. 

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

October 11th, 2016 - 1:19 PM
Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

Do-it-yourself Halloween costumes

Halloween is a time for candy, scary movies and haunted houses.  It’s also a great chance to come up with creative costumes for you and your kids. Buying the same outfit as everyone else can be boring, and it’s way more fun (and cheaper) to make your own. For our list of homemade Halloween costumes, we gathered an assortment of moving boxes, paint and some easy-to-find craft items to create a few clever concepts. Perfect for all ages, these costume ideas are cheap and easy to make — they’re sure to be a big hit!

Guaranteed Transit

October 7th, 2016 - 1:16 PM
Guaranteed Transit

Fast shipping services

Moving long distance can be a big undertaking. After all, it requires moving your entire life from one state to another. While some people are able to experience laid-back leisurely moves, others are more crunched for time and need faster shipping options. If you can relate to any of these situations:

  • You hired movers to unload your items and need to know when to schedule them to come
  • You’re starting a new job and need your stuff before your first day
  • You’re flying to your new home and don’t want to go days without clean clothes, a mattress or your cookware

 (or a similar one), consider a guaranteed move with U-Pack®.