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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.

PODS® Rates Compared to U-Pack

August 3rd, 2016 - 9:25 AM
PODS® Rates Compared to U-Pack

Are your PODS® rates too high?

If you’ve seen a PODS® container around town, you may have thought they were much better alternative to driving a rental truck across the country. They fit into a driveway or in front of a house and they sit close to the ground so moving things in and out is easy – what could be better? But then you request a quote and see the price … and maybe you start wondering if there are any cheaper container moving options out there.

Moving Away Songs

July 28th, 2016 - 1:07 PM
Moving Away Songs

The best moving songs playlists​

Moving away, facing a difficult goodbye or dealing with a tough break up can all spark a lot of emotions – excitement, eagerness, stress, anxiety and even sadness. Whatever feelings you have about moving on, music therapy is an effective way to cope. Sometimes hearing the right song at the perfect moment makes the pressure of moving on bearable! We’ve compiled some of the greatest music tracks on the topic to help you through the experience and keep you motivated during the process.  

Getting Help With Packing and Loading

July 27th, 2016 - 3:04 PM
Getting Help With Packing and Loading

Need a hand with packing and moving?

While do-it-yourself moving is a great way to save money, there are lots of situations where you may need some help—especially when it comes to packing and loading.  Whether you’re a first-time mover that needs help or just don’t want to do the heavy lifting this time around, you can still enjoy low rates and an easy moving service without having to do all the work yourself! U-Pack offers invaluable packing tips and a recommendation for affordable loading help so you can move without the high price of a full service mover and still get the help you need.

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft When Moving

July 25th, 2016 - 3:46 PM
How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft When Moving

Identity theft protection during a move

Millions of Americans relocate each year for personal reasons or to pursue new careers. And while it’s an exciting time, it’s also a busy process that can leave many people unaware of identity theft risks. Identity theft is when someone purposefully steals a person’s name, social security number or credit card number to obtain financial gain and other benefits. If fraud is committed and not reported quickly, the victim’s credit score could suffer. It’s important to learn about fraud protection when moving to protect yourself and your belongings.

What is the cheapest moving truck rental?

July 22nd, 2016 - 12:54 PM
What is the cheapest moving truck rental?

Finding cheap moving trucks​

For local, in-state moves, U-Haul®, Budget® and Penske® have a variety of cheap rental trucks available. But, because rates change constantly (due to location, truck size and the time of year you’re moving), it’s difficult to determine which company offers the cheapest moving truck prices. And, if you’re moving one-way, truck rental may not be the cheapest option.

National Moving Companies

July 21st, 2016 - 2:18 PM
National Moving Companies

Comparing nationwide moving companies

If you’re planning a long-distance move, it’s important to choose a company that can handle the task. Choosing a national moving company with long-distance transportation expertise and great customer service is crucial to a successful experience. To find the best national movers for you, you’ll want to research the different types of national moving companies and consider factors such as cost and reviews.

Best Places to Play Pokemon Go

July 20th, 2016 - 9:14 AM
Best Places to Play Pokemon Go

What is “Pokémon Go”?

One of the fastest gaming trends to sweep the country, and even the world, is “Pokémon Go.” It's a phone application location-based game where the goal is to catch Pokémon (“pocket monsters” in Japanese). Released in July 2016, the game is sparking nostalgia in all who grew up playing the original card game, which debuted in 1996. Even those who aren't hardcore gamers are downloading it because it encourages you to go for walks, explore your neighborhood and sightsee as you play. Most players get out and explore to maximize their play within the game.

In the game, Pokémon can appear anywhere. But in order to catch them, you’ll need supplies like Pokeballs (which you get at Pokestops). As you play, you'll notice Pokestops at landmarks like murals, sculptures, historic buildings, gathering places, shopping malls, churches and colleges. Some of the most popular sites within the game are called gyms. These are areas where different teams can battle for possession and are usually spots with high foot traffic.

If you've just moved to a new place,  use Pokémon Go to get out and explore your new hometown! It's also a great way to meet others in your area - you'll find lots of fellow gamers at local Pokestops and gyms. Whether you've recently moved to a bigger city or just want to take a trip to a great gaming location, here are 10 of the best places to play “Pokémon Go.”

Interstate Moving Companies

July 18th, 2016 - 1:58 PM
Interstate Moving Companies

State to state movers​

Since the completion of the Interstate Highway System, crossing state lines hasn’t seemed like a big deal. We pass through as many states as possible on road trips and visit spots like the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado so we can stand in four states at once. But when it comes to moving cross country, crossing state lines can be a big deal. There’s a lot to consider before packing up and moving long distance like what interstate moving company you should use and how to know if they’re qualified. It’s a good idea to research different state to state movers to find the best fit for your move.  

What is a Bill of Lading?

July 14th, 2016 - 3:02 PM
What is a Bill of Lading?

Bill of Lading Definition

A BOL is a contract between a carrier and a shipper for the transportation of goods and is a standard document in the moving industry. Because U-Pack® uses carriers like ABF Freight® to transport household goods, a Bill of Lading is required for each shipment. If you’re moving with U-Pack, the driver will bring a copy of the BOL for you to sign after you’ve loaded the moving equipment and it’s ready for pickup.

What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul® Rental Truck?

July 13th, 2016 - 3:23 PM
What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul® Rental Truck?

Gas mileage depends on the size of the U-Haul® rental

Thinking about renting a U-Haul for your long distance move? The cost of gas could add a substantial amount to your total moving budget. Each U-Haul rental truck gets different gas mileage, so figuring out your costs can be tricky, but it’s easy to do if you have the right information. If you’re looking to save money on your move, consider all of the factors that play into gas mileage from truck size to driving habits and find out if another moving option is a better way to go.

Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

July 11th, 2016 - 2:35 PM
Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

What is unlimited mileage?

Unlimited mileage for rental trucks means driving as far as your heart desires (or your plans dictate) without worrying about exceeding your rental  agreement – a great concept if you’re moving and have to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles. That way if you happen to miss an exit, take an unexpected detour or need to reroute, you’re covered. However, while mileage isn’t restricted, your rental time may be. This means if you go over the amount of days given, you might pay more. So, which companies offer unlimited miles? And is there an alternative way to move cross country without having to worry about mileage, time restraints and the extra charges they cause?

What is a Bulkhead?

July 7th, 2016 - 2:02 PM
What is a Bulkhead?

U-Pack® bulkheads

Moving can be stressful — especially when your belongings will spend a few days traveling cross country in a moving trailer to your new home.  If you’re unsure about what happens to your belongings after you load them — are they shipped as-is? Are other items loaded in the trailer with them? Are they going to shift during transit? — understanding how it all works can help you feel calm. 

For long distance moves, U-Pack uses something called a bulkhead to keep your items safe and secure during transit. A bulkhead is a divider wall that separates shipments inside a commercial trailer. When moving with a U-Pack trailer, your belongings are the only household goods on that trailer, and any unused space is loaded with commercial freight headed in the same direction. This method helps keep prices low and prevents your items from being co-mingled with other household shipments.