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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
Freezer/Refrigerator

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

Oven/Stove

  • 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. 

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips 2012

November 13th, 2012 - 2:04 PM

Whether it’s over the hill and through the woods or up in the air through the clouds, these Thanksgiving travel tips are sure to get you to grandma’s house (or wherever your family’s Thanksgiving is held this year) easier! Take a look, and Happy Thanksgiving!

According to AAA, 42.2 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles from their home in 2011 over Thanksgiving. That number was an 11.4% jump from 2010, so expect 2012 to jump even more!

Here are some great tips and info about traveling by air during Thanksgiving:

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National Stress Awareness Day

November 7th, 2012 - 10:55 AM

Are you constantly stressed out? You are not alone! According to a 2011 survey by the American Psychological Association, 22% of Americans reported “extreme” stress. And if you’re moving soon, I’m sorry to say that moving is listed at the top of the list of life’s most stressful events (along with marriage, divorce, and the death of a loved one). On a daily scale, the leading factors of stress are money, work, and the economy (job stability)—things I’m sure we’re all very familiar with.