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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)

Christmas Party Ideas

November 3rd, 2017 - 3:16 PM
Christmas Party Ideas

The best Christmas party ideas

‘Tis the season — to party! There’s something about the holidays that brings people together and gives you the perfect excuse to celebrate. Since social calendars fill up around Christmastime, you should start planning your party early. Whether you’re planning a get-together for friends, a gathering with your coworkers or a pajama party with the neighbors, tell them to save the date and start planning for your event. Take a look at these ideas for Christmas party themes, food and games to organize the event of the season.

Finding a Good School in Another State

November 2nd, 2017 - 1:39 PM
Finding a Good School in Another State

What’s the best school in your area?

When families with children move to a new city, often one of the primary drivers for where they choose to buy or rent a home is its proximity to the best schools. If that’s where you are, and selecting a school that’s a good fit for the entire family is an important “to-do” on your list, you’ll find that time spent researching and comparing schools is time well spent. Fortunately, there are several reliable websites available that offer ratings, comparison tools and additional helpful information — like the curriculum offered, extracurricular activities available, student-teacher ratios and test scores — to help make your decision easier. Read on to learn more about some of the best resources for finding the top schools in your area. 

What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

October 30th, 2017 - 3:27 PM
What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

How much does it cost to move from Canada to the U.S.?​

Moving company costs depend on details such as the cities you’re moving to and from, how much you’re moving, and when you’re moving. If it’s an international move,, you’ll also need to consider potential Customs fees and expenses for traveling to your new home. How can you move to the U.S. from Canada without breaking the bank? The easiest answer is to do some of the work yourself, and a DIY service like U-Pack® is often the cheapest option. Learn more about moving from Canada to the U.S. with U-Pack —start by getting a free moving quote to compare.

How much does it cost to move across country?

October 27th, 2017 - 9:48 AM
How much does it cost to move across country?

Breaking down cross country moving costs

Most people who call U-Pack® for the first time want to know one thing: How much does it cost to move across the country? It’s the most frequently asked question, and one of the most important for planning a move. Staying within a moving budget can be a challenge with a long distance move, but it’s doable if you know what to expect. As you research, you’ll find there‘s not a “one-size-fits-all” price tag — but you can check rates easily with a free moving quote. As you compare prices, take a closer look at the factors that contribute to the cost of moving cross country. 

Taking Steps Toward a Zero Waste Move

October 25th, 2017 - 1:15 PM
Taking Steps Toward a Zero Waste Move

Eco-friendly moving

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, moving is not a perfect industry. Packing materials can be wasteful, and getting belongings to a new home can take a lot of fuel and create emissions. However, it’s possible to make a few modifications to the process to limit the impact your move has on the environment. To help us provide the best advice, we reached out to Kathryn from Going Zero Waste to get her input on how to make a move more eco-friendly. 

Are there rental trucks that seat 4 people?

October 23rd, 2017 - 1:35 PM
Are there rental trucks that seat 4 people?

Can four people ride in a rental truck?

Have you been searching for a rental truck that seats four people? Wonder why they’re impossible to find? Because they actually don’t exist. Well, at least not if you’re looking at the leading truck rental companies like U-Haul®, Penske® or Budget®. The rental trucks from these companies have, at most, three seats — with no back seats. That means no traveling with small children in car seats. And if you have three passengers, you won’t all fit.

The good news is you can move long distance without having to concern yourself with fitting four people inside a rental truck. Here’s how to move without having to drive a rental truck.