March 30th, 2018 - 12:51 PM
Get mail at your new home with a USPS Change of Address Form
Have you ever seen a yellow sticker on a piece of mail with the words return to sender, not deliverable as addressed or unable to forward? The United States Postal Service calls these pieces “Undeliverable As Addressed” (UAA) mail — they can’t be delivered with the address on them and must be forwarded, returned or thrown away. According to Mailing Systems Technology, the USPS handles over 6 billion pieces of UAA mail annually, but only about 20% of it gets forwarded to a new address. And 75% of the time, this happens because someone moves.
Filling out a Change of Address form will ensure your mail gets to your new home. Look at the options for forwarding, completing the process and what items will and won’t forward.
March 19th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
Is tipping movers recommended?
It’s completely normal to leave a tip for good service. And if you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant, gotten a haircut, had a pizza delivered or taken a cab, you’re probably pretty familiar with how it works. But if you’re hiring movers for the first time, you may be wondering if you’re supposed to give them extra cash for a job well done. Tipping movers is a great way to reward movers for exceptional service, but it isn’t required (and sometimes isn’t possible). Learn from Dustin Whinery, an experienced mover in Texas, to see what’s typical and what to expect.
March 12th, 2018 - 8:57 AM
Take steps to prevent moving damage
Even the best-laid plans can have bumps in the road. From nicking a door frame while carrying out furniture to dropping a lamp, accidents can happen when you least expect them. However, with some preventive steps, you can add an extra layer of protection on moving day. There are three main areas to consider: your home, your belongings and yourself.
March 9th, 2018 - 2:25 PM
Explore the U-Pack moving service
Somewhere between a do-it-all truck rental move and a full-service move is U-Pack®. It's a "you pack, we drive" option where we handle the transportation and you save money by doing the loading and unloading. Take a look at how U-Pack works from start to finish.
February 12th, 2018 - 10:35 AM
A look at linear footage
Wondering what a linear foot is? Whether you’re planning an upcoming home improvement project or want to understand how U-Pack® measures household goods shipments, you’ve come to the right place.
This measurement isn’t one you’ll hear every day, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.
February 9th, 2018 - 8:48 AM
Need to do some apartment cleaning?
Since apartments are smaller than most homes, it’s easy to think that cleaning them doesn’t require as much time or attention. But because multiple occupants have lived in the same space, it often takes a little more work to really get them clean. Whether you’re just moving in, about to move out or simply want to refresh your space after months of living there, using a cleaning checklist will help you get everything done. Discover your cleaning personality, and then learn how to deep clean your apartment.
February 5th, 2018 - 8:52 AM
What’s it like to drive a moving truck?
Have you ever driven an unfamiliar vehicle? Whether you’ve rented a car or borrowed one from a friend, you know how strange it can be to sit in the driver’s seat of a vehicle you haven’t been in before. With buttons in different places, some controls not working the same, and blind spots not being where you’re used to, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That feeling is magnified in a rental truck — the vehicle is bigger, the seat sits up higher, and all of your belongings are inside. Before choosing how to move, take a look at these tips for driving a moving truck.
January 26th, 2018 - 8:49 AM
Does my move qualify for moving expense deductions?
Did you move in 2017? You might be able to list moving expenses on your taxes and deduct them. There are certain requirements to meet in order to take advantage of these deductions — take a look at the qualifications, special circumstances (like military moves and those affected by natural disasters) and how the process works.
January 12th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
How to move house plants
Unlike other household goods that you can wrap with Bubble Wrap® and place in a box, house plants are living, breathing things and need special care. On top of that, each state has unique regulations and certification requirements, so shipping them from one state to another requires a little prep work. Determine if you should or can take your plants with you when you move, and explore options for transporting them.
December 6th, 2017 - 3:23 PM
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.