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Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

July 18th, 2017 - 3:06 PM
Guidelines for Shipping Firearms

How do I get my firearms to another state?

Whether you’re moving or traveling, there are regulations to follow for transporting firearms. Laws tell you what you can and can’t do, but interpreting those laws into practical steps can be tricky. Since many moving companies (like U-Pack®) are not able to transport guns, you have to figure out what to do with them during a long distance move. And if you’re traveling to hunt, you have to take them with you. But how can you get firearms to another state? You have three options: driving, flying or shipping. All of these methods have their own rules and regulations, but transporting firearms can be easily done.

Note: Federal and state laws regarding firearms frequently change. These suggestions are not legal advice or summary of laws. Consult a local attorney or the written local laws to determine which laws apply to your specific situations.  After arriving at your destination, state and local laws for ownership and possession will apply.

Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

July 14th, 2017 - 4:36 PM
Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

How to estimate gas costs for a rental truck

Did you know that when moving long distance in a rental truck, it may cost more for fuel than it does to rent the truck? It’s true! While truck rental may seem like the most affordable option, adding in the cost to fill it up may make it more expensive than you planned. To help you check this cost in advance, U-Pack has an easy-to-use gas cost estimator. Find out how to use this online calculator, what factors contribute to fuel costs in a rental truck and how to move without paying extra for gas.

How much does a ReloCube cost?

July 12th, 2017 - 8:24 AM
How much does a ReloCube cost?

Checking ReloCube prices​

Most people have the same goals when moving — make it as easy and affordable as possible. To help you meet these objectives, U-Pack offers a ReloCube® moving container that is simple, convenient and affordable. They sit at ground-level for seamless loading, get delivered door to door, and are priced based on the number of containers you use. In fact, 78% of customers say they chose U-Pack because of the price! Take a look at how moving in a Cube works, what the cost includes, and how to check rates for your move. 

The Best Cities for Cyclists

July 10th, 2017 - 1:09 PM
The Best Cities for Cyclists

Finding the best bicycle trails​

A benchmarking study by People for Bikes reported that over 95.5 million people rode their bikes for fun in 2015. With that many people on the road, it’s no wonder that more and more cities are adding new trails and infrastructure for bicycle riders. If you’re a cyclist looking for a fun vacation spot or a new place to live, check out these options for fun places with amazing bike trails and riding programs.

Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

July 7th, 2017 - 2:19 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

Checking your neighborhood crime statistics

Moving and trying to narrow down a list of potential new neighborhoods? While making a pro and con list of school district rankings, nearby employment opportunities and entertainment options in the area, don’t forget to include neighborhood crime rates. Knowing this information could make or break a potential housing option. Learn how to find this info, and see ways to make a home safer no matter which neighborhood you choose to live in. 

Top 10 Scenic Highways

July 5th, 2017 - 9:29 AM
Top 10 Scenic Highways

Finding the scenic route for your trip

Picture this: You’re zooming past the most gorgeous vistas you’ve ever seen.  The weather is perfect. Your family stops at an overlook to take in the beautiful coastline, and you get the perfect picture. Post that to Instagram® before getting back in the car for a leisurely drive. Then stop at a great little restaurant to try the local cuisine. For a trip like this, the journey truly is the destination.

Moving Out For The First Time

July 3rd, 2017 - 8:04 AM
Moving Out For The First Time

Is it time to move out of your parents’ house?​

It’s becoming more and more common for young adults to stay at home longer. According to the Pew Research Center, 15% of 25 to 35-year-olds were living at home in 2016, and that age group is living at home longer. However, with monumental events like graduation, new careers or marriage, many young adults find themselves ready to leave the nest. If you’re planning on moving out for the first time, there are a few things to do first: save money, make a plan for living alone, and figure out how to move.

Budget Trailer Rental

June 30th, 2017 - 8:46 AM
Budget Trailer Rental

Things to know before renting a Budget® trailer​

There’s a lot to manage during a move — packing and loading household goods, arranging for new schools and jobs, and deciding whether to drive or tow your personal vehicle — just to name a few. If you think driving a rental truck and towing a car is the best bet, you may have considered a service like Budget® truck and trailer rental. This type of DIY move is often considered a money-saver, but driving a large rental truck with a trailer behind it isn’t a good option for everyone. Here are some things to consider before settling on a rental for your move. 

12 Moving Tips: The Best Moving Hacks

June 26th, 2017 - 8:53 AM
12 Moving Tips: The Best Moving Hacks

Moving tips and tricks to simplify your experience

You may have seen articles circulating online for “life hacks” designed make every area of your life easier. This basically means taking simple, clever shortcuts on everyday tasks that you might not have otherwise thought about. And while many of these tips are centered on traveling, cooking, or taking care of your skin, there are some that will be helpful during a move. Here are several ways to increase efficiency before, during and after a move without too much effort.

Compare U-Haul Rates to U-Pack Rates

June 23rd, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Compare U-Haul Rates to U-Pack Rates

Which self-moving service offers the best value: U-Haul® or U-Pack®?

You know that keeping costs low likely means choosing a DIY moving service, but with all the options available, how do you decide which company to go with? Truck rental has a reputation for low rates, so companies like U-Haul® are often a consideration when looking for cheap ways to move. But truck rental isn’t the only money-saving option. U-Pack® was designed as an affordable alternative for long-distance moves. You pack, load and unload, but you don’t have to drive. Compare what you get with U-Pack to what you get with a U-Haul, then check prices to determine which is the best value for your move.

10 Best Places to Live in Florida

June 21st, 2017 - 8:39 AM
10 Best Places to Live in Florida

Thinking about moving to Florida?

The sunshine state is a great place to call home — amazing weather year round, no state income tax, great job opportunities (the state is leading the country in job growth and unemployment is at a 10-year low), and you’re never far from a beach. In a state with so much to offer, how do you decide where to live? Do you like the idea of big city life, or is a place with more of a small town feel more appealing? Are you searching for somewhere to kick back and relax, or is a growing city with employment opportunities important? Florida offers a little something for everyone.

Meals to make during your first week in a new home

June 20th, 2017 - 7:37 AM
Meals to make during your first week in a new home

A simple meal plan for your move

Nothing brings people together like good food. During a stressful move, coming together for a family dinner gives everyone time to relax, laugh and connect. And since you can only eat so much pizza and fast food before you want a home cooked meal, having some easy ideas on hand can make your life much easier. Meal planning in a new home can be a challenge, but with a little forethought, you can cook delicious dinners with minimal effort.

Car Maintenance Checklist

June 16th, 2017 - 3:58 PM
Car Maintenance Checklist

Perform a car checkup before a road trip

The bags are packed, the road trip playlist is ready, and the GPS coordinates are set. You’re ready to hit the road — but is your car?  Whether you’re taking a fun trip across the country or moving to a new state, it’s wise to take time to prepare your car for the drive. Complete these vehicle maintenance steps so you’ll be ready to set out on your trip with a safe, dependable vehicle.

What is a Portable Storage Container

June 14th, 2017 - 3:36 PM
What is a Portable Storage Container

Portable containers for moving and storage

Maybe you’ve noticed portable storage containers in driveways across town. While these large boxes aren’t a new concept, they’re quickly gaining popularity due to their unique benefits. Moving and storage containers come from many companies in a variety of sizes, but what makes them different from other methods of moving? How do they work? Should you use one for your next move?

What moving truck size do I need?

June 12th, 2017 - 11:07 AM
What moving truck size do I need?

Trying to choose the right size moving truck?​

Look around your home and try to imagine all of your belongings stacked inside a moving truck. How much space will you need? Since moving in a rental truck requires you to determine space needs in advance, this is an important thing to figure out before making a reservation. If you rent a truck that’s too small, you’ll run out of room. But, getting one that’s too big means paying for unused space. To avoid these situations, take a closer look at different trucks to determine how much they can hold.