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Warning Signs Your Move May End Up Costing You More Than You Thought

September 19th, 2013 - 4:08 PM

6 Warning Signs Your Moving Cost May Go Up

Warning signs are important. When you’re driving down unfamiliar roads, it’s nice to know what’s coming. The “stop sign ahead” sign warns you of an approaching intersection, and the “curves in road” sign prompts you to slow down. They’re all designed to let you know what to expect up ahead.

 

Road Trip Songs Clark Griswold Would Approve Of

September 12th, 2013 - 1:42 PM

King of the Road: What would Clark Griswold listen to on a road trip?

If there’s anyone who knows how to road trip, it’s Clark Griswold. He drove his station wagon all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles just so his family could experience Walley World amusement park—now that’s dedication! And if you’re gearing up for a long road trip, you probably know the feeling. So what can you do to pass the time while driving? Check out these definitive road trip songs—we think this playlist would have even Clark Griswold singing along!

8 Ways Downsizing a Home Will Make You Rich

September 11th, 2013 - 3:45 PM
Downsize and put money back in your pocket

Benjamin Franklin once said “A penny saved is a penny earned.” But these days, saving pennies isn’t always as easy as it sounds – especially if you’re in a situation where the money coming in is in line with the money going out. Sure, you could manage your budget with a fine-tooth comb and cut out all of your unnecessary expenditures – like the premium cable channels, your morning latte, or the Coach® bag you just need to have.

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2013 - 8:56 AM

We would like to take a moment this morning to honor our nation on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 events. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected: heroes, family, friends, and the loved ones we lost who are not forgotten. We salute each of you.

 


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The Top 15 Real Estate Blogs You Should Be Reading

September 10th, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Resources for Everyone Buying or Selling a Home

What typically goes hand-in-hand with moving?

If you guessed real estate, you guessed correctly (the title and picture may have helped out just a bit).   

While U-Pack moves a lot of people to and from apartments, a large percentage of our customers are homeowners. And for them, a move usually means purchasing and/or selling a house.

 

What The Real Housewives Can Teach You About Moving

September 9th, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Ditch the Drama—Things We Can Learn About Moving From the Housewives

Confession time: I love watching The Real Housewives. It doesn’t matter if its Miami, Orange County, or New Jersey, I can’t get enough of their sass, parties, and beautiful homes. And since I work for a moving company, seeing their big homes (and big personalities) makes me wonder what the Housewives are like on moving day. I think we can all learn a little something from these, shall we say, spirited ladies. Here’s what we’ve gathered from a few popular Housewives—try applying these tips to your own move!

The Renter's Guide to How to Get out of a Lease

September 5th, 2013 - 10:17 AM

How to Break Up With Your Landlord

When an unforeseen circumstance (like moving long-distance for a job transfer) comes your way and you need to end your lease early, it’s important to handle it the right way to avoid undesirable repercussions. A lease is a legal, binding contract, and that means you’re required to pay rent until the agreement is up. But, don’t start worrying just yet. In some cases you can get out of your lease with no – or very little – penalty. You’ll just need to follow the right course of action before packing up and moving out.
 

 

10 Best DIY Decorating Blogs

September 3rd, 2013 - 12:03 PM

From my perspective, the best thing about moving is getting a clean slate to decorate. Don’t you absolutely love walking into an empty room, imagining all of the decorating possiblities? I'll admit that I’m not all that creative on my own, but give me a great, step-by-step DIY blog or some awesome instructional Pinterest pins, and this girl's ready to get decorating! What did we ever do without them?

If you’re moving into a new home (or apartment), the potential is endless! Take a look at some of my very favorite DIY blogs/bloggers and check out our decorating ideas board on Pinterest – I hope you’re inspired!

Personally Procured Move (PPM) Quotes

August 26th, 2013 - 1:43 PM

I’ve been approved to do a PPM…what’s next?

Well first, let me say that I think it’s pretty great that you’re doing a PPM! By doing some or all of the work yourself, you have a good chance of making some money when you get your reimbursement. Talk about motivation! Now that you’ve been given the green light, the next step is to get moving quotes. We’ll show you how to get quotes and compare them so that you can pocket the most money possible! Let’s get started.

Getting a PPM quote

Making an Army DITY Move

August 23rd, 2013 - 2:27 PM

Can you actually make money moving in the Army?

Yes, it takes a little extra work, but you certainly can! When moving under any branch of the military, you’re typically given two options:

  • Let the military arrange and pay for your entire move OR
  • Do part (or all) of the move yourself, turn your costs in for military reimbursement, and pocket what’s left over.

The second option is referred to as a DITY move, and it’s your means of making money on an Army move.

PCS in the Military - Questions and Tips

August 23rd, 2013 - 1:04 PM

PCSing in the Military – Your Questions and Helpful Tips

Moving in the military is a little different than moving as a civilian. There’s a lot more planning and coordinating that goes into a PCS move. And now that you’ve been given your PCS orders, it definitely doesn’t hurt to learn more about what’s coming next. So, we’ve put together some commonly asked questions about a PCS move and helpful tips so that you can get more familiar with PCSing.

Commonly Asked Questions about PCSing

I just received my PCS orders. What’s next?

Military Moving

August 22nd, 2013 - 9:14 AM

 

Make Military Moving Work for You

Do you have Permanent Change of Station orders with a military move on the horizon? If so, you have a couple of options for getting your household goods to your new duty station.

In most cases you’ll be able to do either a government arranged move, or a Personally Procured Move (PPM).