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How to Be a Good Neighbor

September 21st, 2016 - 1:23 PM
How to Be a Good Neighbor

Tips for being a good neighbor​

Do you want to get to know your new neighbors better?  Maybe you’re looking to make new friends and find ways to be more sociable. Or perhaps you’ve heard stories from friends about dealing with bad neighbors and are trying to avoid a similar situation after a big household move. Either way, there are a few things you can do to keep the peace in your neighborhood!

How to change voter registration when you're moving out of state

September 19th, 2016 - 2:20 PM
How to change voter registration when you're moving out of state

Do I need to update my voter registration in a new state? 

When you're moving to a new state, updating your voter registration is probably the last thing on your mind. But, because your ability to vote is tied to your permanent address, you won't be able to cast your ballot in any general, primary or special election without updating this information. The good news is, as long as you're eligible to vote, registering is easy!

Saying Goodbye Quotes

September 15th, 2016 - 10:37 AM
Saying Goodbye Quotes

Farewell sayings for any occasion​

Just because you say goodbye doesn’t always mean it’s the end, maybe it’s just, “see you later.” Either way, the following sayings may help you through the farewells you’re experiencing.  Keep your favorite ones close by framing them or even painting them on a canvas.

Moving into a tiny house

September 9th, 2016 - 8:26 AM
Moving into a tiny house

The tiny house movement

Though living in small structures is nothing new (think studio apartments, tenements or even frontier housing), the trend of living in a “tiny house” has made a resurgence in recent years.  The desire to control finances, have a lower impact on the environment and spend less time cleaning and more time living, has led many people to trade in their 1,500-2,000 square foot homes for a smaller place.

Miss America Pageant Watch Party Ideas and Printable Score Sheet

September 8th, 2016 - 3:07 PM
Miss America Pageant Watch Party Ideas and Printable Score Sheet

Throwing a Miss America Party​

If you’ve recently moved, a great way to show pride for your new state is by cheering on your local Miss America contestant. In fact, it’s the perfect time to throw a party! Invite over some new friends, gather some themed snacks and have a friendly competition to pick the new Miss America using a printable score sheet. Here are some ideas for your very own Miss America watch party. 

Moving Scams

September 1st, 2016 - 10:25 AM
Moving Scams

Research to stop rip offs

If you’re in the process of moving long distance, chances are you’re aware that scammers could be lurking. While no one goes into a move expecting a bad outcome, unfortunately it can (and does) happen occasionally. As you look for the best service to move your belongings, it’s wise to stay on guard. You’ll find that time spent researching is time well spent. While a reasonable price is always important, what’s even more important is selecting a company that’s trustworthy. 

Complete a Navy Move

August 31st, 2016 - 10:39 AM
Complete a Navy Move

Did you receive Navy PCS orders?

Are you among the many men and women in the Navy with permanent change of station (PCS) orders? If so, you’re not alone. According to the United States Navy, an average of 178,000 sailors are required to relocate each year. U-Pack® takes pride in helping many of these service members make a successful long distance move. And because we understand that moving across the country is difficult, especially when there are specific regulations to follow, we work hard to help make this transition easier. U-Pack has military moving experts available, flexible moving options to choose from and a helpful move plan. The information below can help you decide if a Navy move with U-Pack is right for you.

Moving Estimates: What You Need to Know

August 22nd, 2016 - 3:07 PM
Moving Estimates: What You Need to Know

Estimating moving costs

If you’re looking for a moving estimate, you may find that each moving company  needs different information to provide a price. You may be asked how many rooms you have in your home, if the house has stairs or if you’ll need help packing and loading. Before you can estimate costs, it’s important to understand how different companies determine the price of a move and learn how you can make the most of your moving budget.  

New Guidelines for your Military Pro-Gear Weight Allowance

August 19th, 2016 - 10:28 AM
New Guidelines for your Military Pro-Gear Weight Allowance

Military pro gear

Making a permanent change of station (PCS) move requires filling out forms, attending meetings and following specific rules. As you make your way through this process, don’t forget the updated guidelines that went into effect on May 1, 2014 for moving professional books, papers and equipment – known as “PBP&E” or “Pro Gear.” Pro gear is defined as “the goods in a military member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at the next or later destination.”

Housewarming Gifts

August 15th, 2016 - 9:37 AM
Housewarming Gifts

Welcome to the neighborhood!​

Do you have new neighbors or friends or family who recently moved into a new home? If you want to give a gift to help them settle into their new place, don’t fret! We’ve made it easy to find housewarming gifts for every situation. Whether you’re looking for something traditional, something personalized or something creative, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get you started.

First Time Home Buyer Guide

August 11th, 2016 - 9:01 AM
First Time Home Buyer Guide

Are you a 1st time home buyer?

Buying a home for the first time can be an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. For most people, it’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make!  Since you’ve never been through the process before, you may not understand everything that needs to happen before you can move in. We’ve consulted a licensed Realtor and a loan officer to create a first time home buyer’s guide that will help you know what to do before, during and after buying a home.

Moving Quotes Online

August 10th, 2016 - 2:33 PM
Moving Quotes Online

Compare moving company quotes

If you’re planning an upcoming move, one of the first things you’ll need to do is figure out pricing. Most companies allow you to get a moving quote online, but how can you be sure you’re getting the best rate? Since each company offers different services, it can often feel like comparing apples to oranges – leaving you unsure of what choice to make. The good news is there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best price possible.

Do rental trucks have to stop at weigh stations?

August 4th, 2016 - 2:39 PM
Do rental trucks have to stop at weigh stations?

Rental trucks and weigh stations

At some point, you've probably noticed heavy duty trucks on major highways stopping at weigh stations and wondered why they have to stop and how they know when to go through them. If you’re planning on driving a rental truck for a household move, you may be concerned about what you’re required to do, too. You know your car can bypass them, but what about heavier vehicles?  

What is a weigh station?​

Weigh stations are highway checkpoints where weight and safety inspections are performed. Basically, they help keep our interstates safe from extremely heavy or unsafe trucks. While weigh stations are usually reserved for commercial vehicles, rental trucks moving household goods may need to stop, too. Whether or not it’s required depends on the weight of the truck and the laws in the state(s) you’re traveling through. Knowing which truck weigh scales to stop at will help you save time and avoid hefty fines.