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Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool in the Summer

By Josh J
September 6th, 2011 - 8:12 AM

Discover Easy & Cost Effective Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool in the Summer
If you're moving to a new home during the summer, the cost of moving isn't the only expense you have to worry about. If you haven't gotten your first electric bill, you may be surprised by its impact on your bank account— especially if you're not sure how well the home is insulated. Besides making sure the doors are closed in between going in and out of the house on move-in day, there are some things you can do to keep from running your air conditioner overtime all throughout the summer.

Campus Moving - The Hassle-Free Guide to Changing Dorms

August 31st, 2011 - 9:29 AM

So you haven't quite transitioned into the "real world" where life is supposed to get harder?  Living under university policy is no cake walk either, is it?  At any given moment your roommate can change.  You can get kicked out by a "maintenance order".  Maybe you suddenly realize you absolutely hate living with your best friend from high school, and another campus moving day is going to collide with midterms!  At virtually every stopping point in the school year, you risk being re-assigned to a completely different campus high-rise for countless unexplainable reasons. 

Things to Donate When You're Moving

August 29th, 2011 - 1:30 PM

If you're like me, the idea of packing up one house to move to another sounds like a daunting task.  In fact, it makes me a little light-headed just thinking about it.  The thought of trying to figure out what to take with you and what to let go of is a little overwhelming, but the truth is, if you can let go of the things you don't need— the stuff that's just taking up precious space— you will help reduce moving costs in the long-run.

The unpacking order. Where to start first.

August 22nd, 2011 - 2:59 PM

There are moving boxes everywhere!  Where to begin?  Though at first sight it may seem overwhelming, there are things you can do to make the unpacking process go a little smoother.  First, if you're reading this BEFORE you start packing, the one thing you can do to have the most impact on unpacking day is label your boxes. Trust me. You'll be glad you did.  So, when you're packing silverware and kitchen utensils, write "Kitchen/Silverware/Utensils" on the box.  Easy enough.  Now when you're unloading boxes, you'll know what room to place them in.  And when you start unpacking, you'll know where to start first.

Great Staycation Ideas

August 17th, 2011 - 3:34 PM

Right before the summer of 2008, when gas prices started to get out of control, people began throwing around the word "staycation".  Instead of going on big, expensive vacations, families stayed at home to relax and take in day trips to area attractions.  What a great idea!  Basically, a vacation without traveling expenses.

How to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors

July 20th, 2011 - 12:21 PM

How to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors
We all know that moving into a new neighborhood involves having new neighbors, but it's how you introduce yourself to them that will set the tone for your future encounters together.  Meeting new people can be difficult and unnerving (especially if you're overly shy), but if you respect their privacy, space, and time you can develop the kind of camaraderie everyone hopes to have with new neighbors!

Here's how to introduce yourself to new neighbors:

Moving Tips from the TV Show ''Friends''

July 18th, 2011 - 3:23 PM

Moving Tips and Tricks from the TV Show "FRIENDS"

These days, channels like "DIY" and "HGTV" offer lots of TV programs that teach you how to flip a house, make quick fixes to sell your home in a month, and even decorate your new place like a celebrity on a modest budget. With all of that activity, who has time for a regular old sitcom?

Parking Permits

By Jeremy
July 15th, 2011 - 9:42 AM

It's Flashback Friday— each week, U-Pack will revisit a blog topic that's been helpful and fun for our readers. Be sure to check the comments section of each post for even more valuable moving advice!

Finding a Good Realtor

By Jeremy
July 7th, 2011 - 10:16 AM

Finding a good realtor is more important than you think!
As the housing and real estate market continues to get more competitive, one the most important steps you'll need to take when selling or buying a home is finding a good realtor. A 'good' realtor will be able to help guide you through the difficult and sometimes tedious real estate world while keeping your best interest in mind.

Buying Your First House

June 22nd, 2011 - 1:27 PM

Buying your first house— what to expect
Purchasing a home can be a very exciting time in your life; it can also be a little nerve-racking! Whether you're just beginning to search for a home or have been renting one for years,   there are a few things to consider when buying your first house.
   
First things first: be patient. Buying your first house takes time, and you likely won't find your dream house overnight.   Some buyers have even compared the search to trying to find a needle in a haystack! Just remember that there are lots of options out there, and you'll find the perfect home for you when the time is right.

PCSing? U-Pack Can Help

By Josh J
June 20th, 2011 - 3:31 PM

Are You PCSing? U-Pack Can Help!

It's no secret that military life can sometimes mean lots of moving around, jumping from base to base. If you're not up on the latest lingo, there are lots of terms to describe the many transitions military service members endure (think back to U-Pack's popular DITY move blog post). This round, we're going to discuss one of the more interesting phrases regarding military moves: PCSing.