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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?

How much do you get paid to live in Alaska?

There are rumors that you can move to Alaska for free or get paid to move to Alaska. Unfortunately, they’re not true — but you can get paid to live there. The state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Program provides all of Alaska’s permanent residents (both children and adults) a small portion of the state’s oil wealth annually. So if you’re moving there, you could start getting yearly checks!

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.

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.

How Long Does It Take To Pack

March 26th, 2018 - 2:54 PM
How Long Does It Take To Pack

Is it time to start packing?

If you’re looking at everything that needs to be packed in your house, you may be wondering how long it will take to get it all done. Depending on the size of the home and how much of work you choose to do each day, it can take anywhere from 1-7 days to pack. Take a closer look at how much time you’ll need to complete the job, and get tips for helping the process go faster.

Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

March 23rd, 2018 - 12:50 PM
Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

Q&A about U-Haul® rentals

What’s on your mind leading up to your move in a rental truck? Are you concerned about how the rental process works or how much it’s going to cost? Whatever burning questions you have, we’ve researched it and have answers! Take a look at the details of U-Haul truck rental to figure out if it meets your needs.

Looking for an affordable U-Haul alternative? Check out U-Pack®. Compare with a free moving quote.

Should I Tip Movers?

March 19th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
Should I Tip Movers?

Is tipping movers recommended?​​

It’s completely normal to leave a tip for good service. And if you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant, gotten a haircut, had a pizza delivered or taken a cab, you’re probably pretty familiar with how it works. But if you’re hiring movers for the first time, you may be wondering if you’re supposed to give them extra cash for a job well done. Learn from Dustin Whinery, an experienced mover in Texas, to see what’s typical and what to expect.

U-Pack vs. SMARTBOX

March 16th, 2018 - 12:44 PM
U-Pack vs. SMARTBOX

Compare move and storage options​

When it comes to an affordable and simple move, there’s often no better option than a moving container. They’re easy to load, and since you don’t have to drive, the experience can be more convenient than driving a rental truck. There are a lot of choices, though, so deciding on a moving and storage service that meets your needs may not be quite as simple. We’ll offer some assistance by comparing two popular options — U-Pack® and SMARTBOX®.