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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.

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. 

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.

How to Transfer Medical Records When You Move

October 20th, 2017 - 10:59 AM
How to Transfer Medical Records When You Move

Do I need to transfer my medical records?

Aside from packing up boxes and scheduling the moving company, there are several other details to handle when you’re moving state to state. You also have to do things like cancel and set up (or transfer) utilities, transfer your license and registration, select schools and/or child care, and do USPS change of address. Another important task that you don’t want to forget is transferring medical and dental records to any new providers.    

When you begin seeing a new medical provider they’ll normally want to know your medical history, present and past illnesses or conditions and treatments and medications. Even if you’re in good health, it’s helpful for a new provider to review the history of your vitals, vaccines and any test results.

And, because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you have the right to take your records with you when you move or change providers. Learn more about HIPPA regulations for transferring your medical information.  

Door-to-door Moving Containers

October 18th, 2017 - 10:17 AM
Door-to-door Moving Containers

The convenience of door-to-door moving

As often as we can, we seek out things that make day-to-day life easier: grocery delivery, online ordering, site-to-store pickups. It makes sense that we’d want that same convenience when it comes to moving. Door-to-door moving containers are a great solution for those searching for an affordable and easy option for shipping household goods across the country. Loading is simple, and containers are brought right to your location. Take a look at how this type of moving works, compare options and see how much it costs.

Preparing for Deployment

October 16th, 2017 - 11:37 AM
Preparing for Deployment

Before deployment checklist

Planning to leave your friends, family and home for any period of time can be stressful, but the time before deployment can be even more difficult for service members. Getting things in order before you leave can mean dealing with things like last-minute home and auto repairs,doing a military move, handling bills and making plans for your absence (family, pets, etc.). To get everything finished before it’s time to head out, it’s helpful to have a detailed list. Here are some tips for preparing your family, home and personal matters for deployment.

Comparing Truck Rental Rates to U-Pack

October 13th, 2017 - 11:06 AM
Comparing Truck Rental Rates to U-Pack

Are moving truck rates always cheaper?

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding long-distance moving is that truck rental is the cheapest option. While that may be true for some moves, so many factors contribute to pricing that rates can widely vary. Before you choose a moving company, take a closer look at the components that determine moving truck pricing, see how U-Pack® is different, and then compare rates.

20 Years of U-Pack

October 11th, 2017 - 12:28 PM
20 Years of U-Pack

What were you doing 20 years ago?

What did life look like in 1997?  Maybe you went to the movie theater to see Titanic or Men in Black. Perhaps you watched  popular TV shows The X-Files or Friends. You probably watched Bill Clinton swearing in for his second term as President and cried during the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Maybe you cheered for the Green Bay Packers during their Super Bowl win. Your kids (or maybe you) played with a Tamagotchi© or Beanie Babies®.  What else happened in 1997? The very first U-Pack® move!

Moving from California to Alaska

October 9th, 2017 - 11:25 AM
Moving from California to Alaska

Planning a move to Alaska from California?

In 2015, just over 34,000 people relocated to Alaska from another state. Of those, close to 10% moved there from California. Why so many moves from the Sunshine State to the Last Frontier? In addition to military and employee relocation, Alaska has no state sales or income tax, and it offers a beautiful backdrop for all kinds of outdoor recreation, not to mention 24/7 sunshine in the summer. If you’re considering a move from California to Alaska, take a look at the logistics involved with getting your belongings and yourself there, and some things to expect once you arrive. 

Best places to move to avoid snow

October 6th, 2017 - 8:37 AM
Best places to move to avoid snow

Hate winter weather? These cities are for you!

Does the thought of shoveling your sidewalk, commuting to work behind a snow plow and dressing for freezing temperatures have you dreaming of a tropical climate? Would you prefer to turn on the air conditioner instead of lighting a fire or cranking up the heat? If so, you’ll want to check out these 10 places — they have some of the best weather in the country (and little to no snow)!

Living in an Apartment with a Dog

October 4th, 2017 - 10:06 AM
Living in an Apartment with a Dog

Adding a dog to your apartment life

According to BarkPost, evidence shows that dog ownership provides health benefits like an improved mood, lower blood pressure and a fitness routine. With these advantages, adding a pet to your family may seem like a great idea, but if you live in or are moving to an apartment, before taking that leap it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit. Small spaces can pose a challenge for breeds that require more activity and space, and some rentals have restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed. But with the right breed and a good plan, it’s possible to add a furry friend, even in an apartment. 

U-Haul Gas Calculator

October 2nd, 2017 - 11:14 AM
U-Haul Gas Calculator

Determine U-Haul®gas costs

When preparing for your upcoming move, it’s wise to define your expenses so you know what to expect to spend. Along with the costs associated with renting moving equipment and travel expenses, another expenditure that can impact your moving price is fuel — especially for long distance moves. Before you hit the road, prepare for the trip by figuring out your U-Haul fuel costs. With so many miles and lots of stops along the way, being prepared before you pay at the pump is important. And if you find that the cost of fuel is more than you expected, it may be worth exploring alternatives.

How to Pack Shoes

September 29th, 2017 - 12:44 PM
How to Pack Shoes

Packing shoes for a move

How many pairs of shoes does the average person own? According to a study by Time Magazine, men own 12 pairs of shoes on average, while women own 27. That’s a lot of shoes to box up and move! When packing, you might be tempted to just throw your shoes into a box, but that can cause scuffing, misshaping or other damage. To keep shoes in good condition, take a few extra minutes to wrap and pack them properly.