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Getting a Home Inspection before moving into your new home

By Guest
February 1st, 2013 - 8:39 AM

Buying or renting a new house is a big step in your life. It’s not just a new house; it’s a new home. Having a cozy place to call home is a dream for almost everyone. However, finding problems within your new home can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. To avoid any surprises, you should complete a home inspection before moving in.

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough examination of a house done by a professional home inspector. Anything from damage to building code violations to potentially dangerous areas will be noted and added to a report. The report is then given to the person who requested the inspection.

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Help Moving Out Of An Apartment

January 20th, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Moving Out of an Apartment

The first “homes” I had after moving out of my parents’ house were apartments. Nothing like sharing walls with strangers! I lived in a very tiny one bedroom in a busy apartment complex as well as a little bit bigger townhouse in a small duplex. Moving out of an apartment creates some unique situations. So today I’ll give you some valuable information on moving out of an apartment.

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Moving in cleaning checklist

January 19th, 2013 - 7:42 PM

A Clean House is a Happy Home

It’s always good to give your new home a good clean before you unload and unpack. Use this simple cleaning checklist from U-Pack to make sure you cover every inch of your home before you move in!

The Kitchen

  • defrost, behind, underneath
  • exterior (top, sides, bottom, handles)
  • interior (shelves, drawers, ice cube maker)


  • run through the self-cleaning cycle if available
  • oven racks, burners, oven drawer, knobs, grease filters, range hood

Everything Else

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What size moving truck do I need?

January 8th, 2013 - 2:35 PM

That’s a tough question to answer without seeing your belongings. And if you're like most people, the thought of a stranger walking through your home to do an in-home estimate isn't very comforting. Here’s some help though... U-Pack provides excellent Space Estimator Tools to help you determine the amount of space you’ll need. Our favorite is the Room-by-Room Space Estimator because you can walk through your home and enter the items you'll be moving, then calculate the total at the end.  

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How to Change Your Address When Moving

By Heather
December 27th, 2012 - 9:38 AM

When you’re planning a move to a new city, there are so many things you have to remember; changing your address is at the top of the list.  The United States Postal Service offers a couple of convenient options to make the process easy: a temporary change of address if you plan to move back within 12 months; or a permanent change of address if you have no plans to move back.   

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Safely Using a Ladder

December 6th, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Safely Using a Ladder

There are 164,000 emergency room visits each year due to ladder-related injuries, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. When moving (or decorating for Christmas this time of year), it is inevitable that you will need to use a ladder. Maybe you are painting your new home, taking down artwork to pack it up, or installing light fixtures…but what you do on the ladder isn’t nearly as important as safely using the ladder.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Location for Your Family

By Guest
November 14th, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Whether you're going just a few blocks away or starting fresh in an entirely new town, moving is exciting. You and your family will get to explore new surroundings, discovering the details that make your new neighborhood feel like home. If you're staying in your home town, you may already be familiar with other neighborhoods, but seeing them from the outside isn't the same as experiencing them as a resident. Take the time to get to know an area, and you'll find the ideal neighborhood for your family.