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How to Read Your Moving Quote

September 13th, 2018 - 2:23 PM
How to Read Your Moving Quote

Understanding a moving quote

When choosing a moving company, be sure you fully understand the quote — what it includes, what might change and any other price options. It’s also very important to check for accuracy. Small details can impact the price, and the actual move will occur based on the estimate’s particulars. 

Take a closer look at a U-Pack® moving quote to find out all of the details it includes, and learn how to compare a U-Pack estimate to other moving company quotes.

Do gas prices impact moving costs?

September 11th, 2018 - 3:29 PM
Do gas prices impact moving costs?

How fluctuating gas prices can shift moving costs

Many of the factors that affect moving costs are very conceptual and complex, but one of the easiest to understand is fuel. Moving from one place to another requires transportation for you and your belongings, and most forms of transportation utilize gasoline. As gas prices change, moving costs sometimes change with them. But how big is the impact? Start with a quick overview of why fuel prices change, and then see how they influence moving costs. 

Moving Cost Calculator

September 10th, 2018 - 2:48 PM
Moving Cost Calculator

Calculate moving expenses with a moving cost estimator

The formula for determining the price of a move takes many things into account: equipment availability, distance, fuel expenses and market demand to name a few. To help take the difficulty out, U-Pack offers an online calculator that makes it easy to estimate moving costs. Find out how to use the U-Pack cost tool and learn more about the main components that determine rates.

How much do moving companies usually cost?

September 7th, 2018 - 1:26 PM
How much do moving companies usually cost?

Comparing moving company prices

One of the easiest ways to compare moving service rates is to compare prices from real moving companies. To get an idea of how much a long-distance move can cost, take a look at a 1,850-mile move from Pittsburgh, PA to Salt Lake City, UT. Prices are based on the space or equipment each company recommends for a three-bedroom home. 

How much money should you save before moving out of state?

September 6th, 2018 - 3:30 PM
How much money should you save before moving out of state?

Budgeting and preparing to move out of state

If you’re planning a move to another state, you may be wondering how you’re going to save enough money before moving day. You’re probably used to saving for other big purchases like buying new furniture or booking vacations, but a long-distance move isn’t as common of an expense. Fortunately, saving for a move can be simple once you make a plan. Start by figuring out how much you’ll need to set back, and then follow some simple tips to save. 

The Cheapest Way to Move

September 5th, 2018 - 4:06 PM
The Cheapest Way to Move

Moving on a Budget: A Complete Guide to Cheap Moving 

If you’ve started getting moving quotes, you’ve most likely seen that there are many services to choose from — some cheap, some not-so-cheap. While moving on a budget probably takes full-service companies out of the mix, there are still several solutions to consider. But which is the cheapest? Check out common moving options to help you choose the right one for your situation, and then see tips for getting the lowest rate possible.   

Driving to Alaska Guide

September 4th, 2018 - 2:27 PM
Driving to Alaska Guide

How to plan a road trip to Alaska

No matter how experienced a road tripper you are, the drive to Alaska is a unique adventure. You’ll be crossing two international borders, traveling through some remote areas, dealing with different types of currency, and facing potential extreme weather. But you’ll also see some amazing views and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ready to start planning? We’ve got tips to help you drive the Alaska Highway, cross the border and decide your stops. 

Cheapest way to move cross country

August 31st, 2018 - 2:04 PM
Cheapest way to move cross country

Cheap cross country moving options 

If you’re worried about how much a cross country move may cost, consider a DIY option like U-Pack®. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service that pairs affordability with convenience — making it one of the best and cheapest ways to ship household goods across country. You save on labor costs, but don’t have to pay extra for fuel. And with flexible space options that easily accommodate small studio apartments, large multi-bedroom homes, and everything in-between, U-Pack is an affordable solution no matter how much you’re moving.  

Finding a Roommate in a New City

August 29th, 2018 - 3:09 PM
Finding a Roommate in a New City

The best way to find a roommate

Moving to a new city for work or school can be an exciting adventure! But what if you’re moving into a new apartment, don’t know anyone, and need to find a roommate to help out with rent and bills? Finding the right person to share your living space with can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Check out these ideas for finding a great roommate in your new city.

Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State

August 27th, 2018 - 3:16 PM
Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State

Affordable furniture shipping solutions

Not every move involves packing up an entire house. For some people, the only items worth taking are valuable pieces of furniture and a few boxes of personal belongings — an amount that may be expensive to move with a service designed for large shipments. If you’re looking for a cheap way to ship furniture, try U-Pack®. Our services are designed to help you move to another state (or even across the country) while staying on budget. 

How much does it cost to move across country?

August 24th, 2018 - 2:03 PM
How much does it cost to move across country?

Figuring out cross country moving costs 

There’s no doubt that a cross country move is more expensive than a local move or a move to a neighboring state. But how much does it actually cost? The answer to that question can be difficult to reach since it depends on many factors. In addition to paying for a moving company (which can come with a wide range of prices), you’ll also need to account for things like hotel stays, fuel stops and meal breaks. Get a general idea of how much you can expect to spend by comparing cross country move quotes and looking at average costs for those other expenses.  

U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

August 17th, 2018 - 10:55 AM
U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Comparing moving services: 1-800-Pack-Rat® and U-Pack

At first glance, portable storage containers offer everything you want in a move: easy loading, no driving and plenty of options. And while many companies offer this type of equipment, the key to choosing the right service is to find the one with the best solution for your situation. Two commonly compared options are 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack. Start with the big picture and narrow down into the specifics to figure out which one is the right match for your move. 

Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

August 15th, 2018 - 1:18 PM
Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

What is the gas mileage of a Budget® truck?

According to their website, Budget trucks get the following gas mileage:

  • 12-foot truck: 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-foot truck: 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-foot truck: 8-10 miles per gallon (diesel fuel)

Why is fuel usage important? Because fuel isn’t included in the cost to rent a truck, and the extra cost of fuel can significantly impact your moving budget. In fact, if you’re traveling long-distance, it’s entirely possible that fuel could as much double the price of your move — turning an economical option into something more expensive.