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Do Penske Coupons Really Save Money?

January 18th, 2016 - 1:10 PM
Do Penske Coupons Really Save Money?

Will a Penske truck rental coupon save me money?​

Before you book your move, you may be searching for a Penske coupon or Penske discount code. If you’re able to track down one of these discounts, you might find that it doesn’t make as big of an impact as you initially thought. While the coupon code could take a little bit off the cost of the rental truck, it won’t cover any of the “soft costs” associated with truck rentals like fuel, travel, and liability coverage. Let’s dig in and take a look at the discounts, those extra costs, and explore other ways you can save money on your long distance move.

Furniture Moving Straps

January 15th, 2016 - 3:34 PM
Furniture Moving Straps

Prevent injuries using moving straps

If you have large pieces of furniture to move, you may be wondering how to handle it. You could hire movers or rent a furniture dolly. However, for furniture that’s big or heavy, the easiest way to move it is by using furniture straps. Our Forearm Forklift straps are heavy-duty nylon straps that use leverage, not strength, to lift items. They help prevent injury by allowing you to bend at the knees when you lift, and by reducing the load up to 66%. Let’s take a closer look at how to use Forearm Forklift moving straps to move furniture.

One-Way Van Rental

January 7th, 2016 - 8:07 AM
One-Way Van Rental

U-Pack compared to cargo van rental

If you’re moving a small amount, you may be thinking about one-way cargo van rental. Some consider them easier to drive than a large moving truck, but the problem often comes in finding one to rent. Let's take a look at who offers these services, then we'll introduce you to U-Pack, an affordable alternative to renting a cargo van and driving it yourself. 

Typical Relocation Expenses

December 28th, 2015 - 10:26 AM
Typical Relocation Expenses

How to budget for relocation costs

If you haven’t moved long distance before, or if it’s been a long time since you made a move, you may not know what relocation expenses to include in your budget. One of your biggest costs will the relocation service itself, but there are a few other important things to consider (like packing supplies, help loading and unloading, and travel). Let’s explore some typical moving costs, followed by ways to keep your moving expenses low.

Shipping Boxes

December 18th, 2015 - 10:42 AM
Shipping Boxes

Where can I buy boxes for shipping?

Whether you’re shipping household goods or something you sold online, you need a good box to ensure it travels safely. It’s important to choose a one that’s the right size, is constructed well, and is made for shipping. But you also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg! Let’s look at where you can find affordable boxes, how to pick the right box, and what packing supplies you need to add to your order.

Relocation Services

December 11th, 2015 - 10:47 AM
Relocation Services

Compare relocation companies

As you prepare for your upcoming move, there are many plans to arrange. From your move date to housing to your new job, the details are important. As you sort out the details, take some time to compare relocation services. They run the gamut from expensive full-service movers to complete DIY household goods moving options. Finding the right relocation company depends on your needs. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider as you decide which one is best for your move.

Do I need a passport to move to Canada?

December 7th, 2015 - 3:22 PM
Do I need a passport to move to Canada?

Is a passport required to move to Canada?

Not always – it depends on how you plan to get there. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. travelers to present documents proving their citizenship. Ideally, this is a passport, but you may be able to use other documents depending on your mode of transportation. However, the Canadian Border Patrol recommends you carry your passport if you travel internationally, regardless of your transportation choice and the requirements.

Note: If you don’t have your passport and need one quick, be sure to check passport processing times. Routine and expedited service times can vary based on the time of the year.

Let’s look at each mode of transportation and what documents are required when entering Canada.

U-Pack Partners with Toys for Tots

November 20th, 2015 - 12:02 PM
U-Pack Partners with Toys for Tots

U-Pack helps Toys for Tots store Christmas toy donations

U-Pack is teaming up with Toys for Tots this holiday season! We’re honored to assist Toys for Tots with their annual goal of bringing the joy of Christmas to disadvantaged children by providing moving containers to store the donations collected from local toy drives.

While this isn’t the first time U-Pack has participated in Toys for Tots events, it is the first year we’ve contributed on a national level. Local toy drives often result in thousands of donations, making temporary storage a necessity for regional coordinators.

Wardrobe Boxes

November 19th, 2015 - 2:07 PM
Wardrobe Boxes

Why use wardrobe boxes for moving?

If you have hanging clothes to move, the easiest and safest way to do that is to use wardrobe boxes. They’re tall boxes with a hanging rod that keep clothes protected from damage. Keep in mind that using the ever-popular “trash bag method” to move your clothes makes them wrinkled, and it’s easy to tear through the bag (and tear your clothes!) without sturdy protection. Using wardrobe boxes for moving also makes it simple to transfer clothing from the closet to the box, and then into the new closet. Let’s figure out how many wardrobe moving boxes you need, how to use wardrobe boxes, and where to order them at a discount.

How to Move a Mattress

November 18th, 2015 - 8:23 AM
How to Move a Mattress

Protect your mattress when moving

Mattresses are one of the more challenging items to move. They’re big and can be difficult to maneuver. They’re also one of the most important items you move because you’ll probably want to crawl into your comfy bed at the end of a long day of unpacking. We’ve got the steps for moving your mattress to make sure it arrives ready for that first night in your new home.

TV Shipping Boxes

November 4th, 2015 - 8:35 AM
TV Shipping Boxes

Boxes for Shipping a TV

Let’s face it – TVs are one of the most expensive items in most homes. It’s important to take care of your television during a move. Using a professional TV shipping box is key to keeping your television safe. The U-Pack Box Store offers high-quality boxes for shipping flat-panel LED, LCD, and plasma TVs at significantly lower prices than competitors. And here’s an added perk: You get free shipping, right to your door! Let’s take a look at your options for flat screen TV boxes and how to use them.

Transferring utilities when you move

October 30th, 2015 - 3:04 PM
Transferring utilities when you move

How to Transfer Utilities

Getting your utilities turned off at your old home and turned on at your new home isn’t too difficult – but it is important. You’ll want to pick the best dates for activation, and coordinate with your moving dates to avoid any lapse in service. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be set up to transfer your utilities in no time!

Moving Service Costs Explained

October 12th, 2015 - 10:39 AM
Moving Service Costs Explained

What goes into the price of a moving service?

Several factors contribute to your final price when moving. Depending on which type of moving service you choose, those factors will either help you save on your move or end up adding to your cost. Let's dive into the list of things that can play a part in the total investment you make.  By looking at these elements, you’ll better understand which service best fits your needs and budget.

Moving Labels

October 5th, 2015 - 3:54 PM
Moving Labels

Free Printable Moving Labels

When you start packing up your house for the move, it’s a smart idea to think ahead to the unpacking process. Try these strategies for labeling moving boxes  to stay organized as you pack—it’ll make settling in after the move much easier. Bonus: we’ve also included some free color-coded printable moving labels for you to use at the bottom of this post!

Moving Your Car

September 18th, 2015 - 8:55 AM
Moving Your Car

How to Move Your Car

Moving long distance involves plenty of planning, including finding a moving company for your household goods, making travel arrangements for yourself and your family, and figuring out how to move your car, too. While U-Pack is an excellent solution for your personal belongings, we don’t provide auto shipping services.  However, we have referrals to trusted partners and information to help make moving your car as easy as possible.