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Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?

April 30th, 2018 - 9:14 AM
Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?

Do family-friendly moving trucks exist?

As a parent, you’ve probably thought about your kids during every step of the moving process. From choosing the best move date, to finding a house in a great school district, moving with kids requires some extra planning. It’s important that your children will be comfortable and safe during the trip, so if you’re considering truck rental, you might be wondering if it’s safe to put a car seat in one. You know that car seats and boosters are used to protect kids and that many states require that kids sit in the back seat of a vehicle. But is that possible with a rental truck? And if not, how can you move with your family?

National Park Vacation Ideas

April 27th, 2018 - 9:41 AM
National Park Vacation Ideas

Finding adventure in a national park

What’s your idea of a perfect time: walking out of a tent and watching the sun rise over the mountains, exploring a trail with your family, or hopping in the car to see gorgeous sights? If any of those sound appealing, a national park vacation will be a dream come true. Learn more about top spots across the country, and get ideas for your next adventure.

List of Things to Buy When Moving Into an Apartment

April 26th, 2018 - 9:40 AM
List of Things to Buy When Moving Into an Apartment

Remember the essentials with this first apartment checklist

When moving into your first apartment, there are so many things to figure out — putting down a deposit, setting up utilities, and finding a moving service. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is gathering all of the items for the apartment. If you’ve never lived on your own before, it can be hard to imagine the things needed for each room. We’ve created an apartment moving checklist that walks you through all the essentials. See what’s needed in the bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, living room, bathroom, office and more.

The Cheapest Way to Move Out of State

April 23rd, 2018 - 10:20 AM
The Cheapest Way to Move Out of State

Explore cheap options for moving to another state​

Moving out of state on a budget can seem like quite the undertaking if you’re not familiar with the process. You have to figure out things like the best way to pack, load and transport belongings and how you’ll travel to your new destination without spending more than planned. Follow these simple steps to find the cheapest moving option, and learn how to get the best rates for your move. 

Where to buy cheap moving boxes

April 20th, 2018 - 11:00 AM
Where to buy cheap moving boxes

The best place to buy moving boxes​

If you’ve ever compared value items to name brand, you’ve probably noticed that choosing the cheaper option sometimes means losing a little quality. This may not make a difference if you’re buying basics like white vinegar, but it could be really important for something like running shoes. You want shoes that will support and protect your feet the entire time you’re wearing them, and quality shoes are designed to do just that.

The same idea applies to moving boxes. They protect your belongings during transit and help ensure items arrive in good condition. But quality material doesn’t have to be expensive — the U-Pack Box Store offers professional moving supplies at reasonable prices. Learn more about why “cheap” or free boxes may not be the best option, and see what makes U-Pack supplies a better choice.

Moving to Alaska for Free?

April 19th, 2018 - 8:59 AM
Moving to Alaska for Free?

Do you get paid when you move to Alaska?

There are several rumors about getting things for free in Alaska. From moving there for free to getting free land, the talk of low-cost living seems to have no end. But while those specific rumors aren’t true, it makes sense why people believe them. They began as a result of the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Program, where all residents receive a small portion of the state’s oil wealth each year. So while you can’t get paid to move to Alaska, you can get paid to live there.

Best Home Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

April 13th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
Best Home Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

Selling a house as is? Or making upgrades first?

Homeowner improvement spending is on the rise! Projections show that overall improvements will cost U.S. homeowners $243 billion by 2020, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The number of overall projects being done is split between major and minor renovations, but spending is much higher for major projects like room additions or complete kitchen remodels. Both big and small projects can add value to the home, and the route you go will likely depend on several factors. In many cases, it can be better to make basic repairs or small updates rather than do a complete renovation.

When trying to sell a house, it can be tough to determine where to invest time and money. Take a look at which interior and exterior projects can add the most value to your home, and determine whether to do small upgrades or improve the area with a more substantial renovation.

7 Things You Should Know about U-Haul® before Renting a Truck

April 11th, 2018 - 3:50 PM
7 Things You Should Know about U-Haul® before Renting a Truck

If you’re thinking about U-Haul® truck rental, read this first

As a completely do-it-yourself option, you may assume that U-Haul prices are the most affordable when compared to other types of moving services. And since there’s likely a truck rental lot in your city, it could also seem like the most readily available option. While that may be the case for local moves, when it comes traveling long distance, rental trucks aren’t always the best fit. Here are some things to consider:   

How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack

April 9th, 2018 - 2:55 PM
How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack

Which are lower: PODS® costs or U-Pack® costs?​

When comparing options for a long-distance move, you’ll likely see a wide range of prices — even within the same service type. For moving and storage containers, prices can vary depending on the company’s locations, equipment availability and general pricing method (like if they charge per container or automatically include storage time). Because of this, the easiest way to choose the right service is to do a side-by-side comparison. Many people compare U-Pack to PODS®, so let’s take a closer look at the details and costs.

Want to start with a quote from U-Pack? Get a free moving quote online or call 800-413-4799.

24 Ft Truck - Just How Much Does it Hold?

April 6th, 2018 - 4:27 PM
24 Ft Truck - Just How Much Does it Hold?

Will my belongings fit into a 24’ truck?

Between large pieces of furniture and things packed in boxes, it can be hard to picture how much space you’ll need in a rental truck. The companies recommend trucks based on home size, but if you have a 3-bedroom home you may not be sure what to do. The biggest trucks (usually 26-foot) typically say they’re best for 3-4 bedroom homes, while the next size down (20-foot in many cases) is for 2-3 bedrooms. Somewhere in the middle is a 24 ft. rental truck, but they can be hard to find. Take a look at where to locate these vehicles and what to do if you can’t find one nearby.

Free Moving Announcements

April 4th, 2018 - 3:22 PM
Free Moving Announcements

Moving? Don’t forget your moving announcements!​

There are many people to notify about an upcoming move, but it’s not always convenient to make the announcement. It’s easy to tell people you frequently see in person: coworkers, neighbors, the friend you have lunch with each week. But there are several other people to tell (just think about all the families who send you Christmas cards every year). The good news is it’s easy to make a free (or at least very inexpensive) moving announcement. Print them and mail them or post one on social media — they’re easy to download and customize.

10 Best Places to Live in California

April 2nd, 2018 - 3:10 PM
10 Best Places to Live in California

Wondering where to live in California?​

Over 39 million people call California home, and it’s easy to see why. There’s something for everyone in The Golden State — beaches, mountains, Silicon Valley, small towns, big cities. With beautiful scenery and endless opportunities, California is a great place to call home. If you dream of living in California, one of these 10 places might be the perfect place to settle down.

How to Complete a Postal Change of Address

March 30th, 2018 - 12:51 PM
How to Complete a Postal Change of Address

Get mail at your new home with a USPS Change of Address Form​

Have you ever seen a yellow sticker on a piece of mail with the words return to sender, not deliverable as addressed or unable to forward? The United States Postal Service calls these pieces “Undeliverable As Addressed” (UAA) mail — they can’t be delivered with the address on them and must be forwarded, returned or thrown away. According to Mailing Systems Technology, the USPS handles over 6 billion pieces of UAA mail annually, but only about 20% of it gets forwarded to a new address. And 75% of the time, this happens because someone moves.

Filling out a Change of Address form will ensure your mail gets to your new home. Look at the options for forwarding, completing the process and what items will and won’t forward.

The Cheapest Way to Move Out of the Bay Area

March 28th, 2018 - 1:10 PM
The Cheapest Way to Move Out of the Bay Area

Leaving the San Francisco Bay Area?

According to a report by real-estate brokerage firm Redfin, more people are moving out of the San Francisco area than anywhere else in the United States. This is linked to factors such as tax rates and housing costs, but the sheer amount of people leaving is actually making it more expensive for others to move. When demand is high, moving rates often increase.

If you’re making plans to leave San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont or another Bay Area city, you might want to do a little shopping around. By getting multiple quotes, you’re more likely to find the best price. Compare rates to find out which option is cheapest.