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Motor Oil Recycling

December 11th, 2017 - 12:59 PM
Motor Oil Recycling

What do you do with used motor oil?

U-Pack knows all about the do-it-yourself life — we specialize in DIY moving, and we know our customers do many of their own home projects and vehicle maintenance. If you’re doing your own oil changes, you may be wondering what to do with the old engine oil, filters and containers. Because oil doesn’t wear out (it just gets dirty), it can be recycled and used again.

Moving box comparison: choosing the right boxes for your move

December 8th, 2017 - 12:14 PM
Moving box comparison: choosing the right boxes for your move

How many moving boxes do I need?

The days leading up to moving day come with plenty of stressors — the last thing you want to add is worry about whether you have enough of the right size moving boxes to safely pack up your home. U-Pack® can help. We’ll assist you with figuring out the right size boxes for your move and help estimate how many you need. Then, you can order online and we’ll ship them to you for free, to arrive in approximately 1-3 business days. Take a look at standard moving box sizes, what they’ll typically hold and ways to get a good deal on buying moving boxes of any size. 

Complete Guide to Moving with a Baby

December 6th, 2017 - 3:23 PM
Complete Guide to Moving with a Baby

How to help your baby during a move

U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 5.5% of people who moved in 2017 were under the age of 4. That’s a lot of tiny people going to new places. In addition to figuring out the logistics of moving with a baby — like trying to pack with a crawler at your feet — it’s also common to have concerns about things like traveling long distance with an infant or toddler and how to help them adjusted to living and sleeping in a new home. So we reached out to Certified Gentle Sleep Coach Tracy Spackman for advice. Take a look at some things to think about before, during and after your move make moving with a baby as stress-free as possible, and hopefully, get as much sleep as possible.

10 Biggest Stadiums in the U.S.

December 4th, 2017 - 3:39 PM
10 Biggest Stadiums in the U.S.

What is the biggest stadium in the United States?​

For everything from college football to arena concerts, thousands of people find reasons to pack into sports stadiums across the country. But just how many people can the biggest stadiums in the U.S. hold? Amazingly, some of these facilities reach record-breaking capacities on game days — holding populations larger than some cities. Wondering where these large arenas are? We’ve got the list!

U-Pack vs. Budget

December 1st, 2017 - 10:09 AM
U-Pack vs. Budget

Compare options: Budget® Moving and U-Pack

Because both Budget® and U-Pack® are DIY moving services, you might think it’s a toss-up on which option to choose — but there are many differences that can influence the decision. Transportation, equipment and pricing options can all make one a  better choice for different situations. Depending on what’s important to you, there may be a factor that stands out.

How do moving companies charge?

November 29th, 2017 - 12:53 PM
How do moving companies charge?

How moving companies determine charges

When planning a move, you may be getting quotes from various companies and wondering where the rates come from. How do they calculate the charges? Why are some quotes so much higher than others? Are there hidden fees not included in the cheap rates? The costs associated with each type of move depends on a variety of factors. Full-service moving companies charge differently than DIY companies. Take a look at the initial moving costs and possible add-ons, along with when to expect to be charged during a move and how to pay.

New Year's Party Ideas

November 27th, 2017 - 3:50 PM
New Year's Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve party planning​

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays winds down, New Year’s Eve (NYE) is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate before the next calendar page turns. Whether your ideal countdown to the new year includes a quiet night in with a few friends or a fancy party with a house full of guests, these New Year’s Eve party ideas will help you plan the perfect celebration. Piece together your favorite NYE ideas for food, games, decoration, music and more!

One-Way Move Options

November 22nd, 2017 - 8:04 AM
One-Way Move Options

What is a one-way move?

If you’re thinking, “aren’t all moves one-way?”, it helps to know that one-way moving refers to the locations and equipment you use to move your belongings, not the direction you move. With a one-way move, the equipment is delivered to you or picked up through a location near your origin and returned to another location near your destination. One-way moving is typical if you’re moving long distance; it’s the opposite of a local move where you pick up and drop off moving equipment at the same location.  If you’re moving out of state or across the country, take a look at the possibilities for one-way moving and compare services and rates.

Is Your House Ready to Sell?

November 20th, 2017 - 11:45 AM
Is Your House Ready to Sell?

Tips for selling a home

If you’ve ever gone through the process of buying a house, you know there are a multitude of things that can keep people from putting in an offer. So, if you’re thinking about putting a house on the market, you might look around and think, “There’s so much to do!” But it may not be as much work as you imagine. While you may want to tackle some bigger projects like replacing flooring, there are many easier tasks you can do to increase the likelihood a buyer will fall in love with the home.

How long does it take to move?

November 17th, 2017 - 3:48 PM
How long does it take to move?

Figure out how long your move will take

Knowing how much time it takes to move is helpful for several reasons. It helps you know when to expect your items — a critical piece of information — and it also helps you know when to schedule moving labor, when to start packing, and when to schedule turn-on dates for utilities. The speed of a move depends on a few factors. Explore them below and see typical timeframes for popular moving options. 

Moving with Kids

November 13th, 2017 - 1:49 PM
Moving with Kids

Making a move easier for kids​

There are lots of things to coordinate and plan for as you prepare to move — the packing, the moving company, transferring utilities and more. But if you’re moving with children, making sure they’re ready for the transition is likely a top priority. If you’re looking for ways to help calm their fears and make the move a positive experience, we have some tips for making the change easier for kids, throughout your move.

Ways to Save on Fuel when Moving Cross Country

November 10th, 2017 - 9:01 AM
Ways to Save on Fuel when Moving Cross Country

How to save on gas costs

Before any road trip, you map out the route, scout hotels and food stops, and make sure the car is ready for the road. But do you make a plan for fuel? Most people just know there will be gas stations along the route and hit the road. However, with a little pre-planning, you can save money on gas. Road trip fuel costs can add up, and driving to move across the country is no different. Learn how to save on gas by finding coupons and discounts and figure out how to reduce fuel.  

Veterans Day Deals and Discounts

November 8th, 2017 - 1:56 PM
Veterans Day Deals and Discounts

Veterans Day Deals

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are over 18.5 million veterans, and many businesses choose to honor them with exclusive discounts and deals. While some places offer military discounts year-round, most businesses offer special incentives for Veterans Day, including sales and free or discounted meals and entertainment. If you’re a veteran, active or retired military member, you’re eligible to take advantage of these offers over the course of Veterans Day weekend as businesses say “thank you for your service.” We’ve compiled a list of current Veterans Day benefits as a guide to 2017 promotions; if you aren’t military, but know someone who is, share this post with them so they can enjoy these freebies and deals, too.

Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

November 6th, 2017 - 9:20 AM
Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

How Budget® Truck Gas Mileage Impacts your Move​

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

  • 12-Foot Truck (local and one way): 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-Foot Truck (local and one way): 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-Foot Truck (local and one way): 8-10 miles per gallon (uses diesel fuel)