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How long does it take to move?

November 17th, 2017 - 3:48 PM
How long does it take to move?

Figure out how long your move will take

Knowing how much time it takes to move is helpful for several reasons. It helps you know when to expect your items — a critical piece of information — and it also helps you know when to schedule moving labor, when to start packing, and when to schedule turn-on dates for utilities. The speed of a move depends on a few factors. Explore them below and see typical timeframes for popular moving options. 

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Moving with Kids

November 13th, 2017 - 1:49 PM
Moving with Kids

Making a move easier for kids​

There are lots of things to coordinate and plan for as you prepare to move — the packing, the moving company, transferring utilities and more. But if you’re moving with children, making sure they’re ready for the transition is likely a top priority. If you’re looking for ways to help calm their fears and make the move a positive experience, we have some tips for making the change easier for kids, throughout your move.

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Ways to Save on Fuel when Moving Cross Country

November 10th, 2017 - 9:01 AM
Ways to Save on Fuel when Moving Cross Country

How to save on gas costs

Before any road trip, you map out the route, scout hotels and food stops, and make sure the car is ready for the road. But do you make a plan for fuel? Most people know there will be gas stations along the route and hit the road, not worrying much about the best places to stop. But that may not be the best tactic. With a little pre-planning, you can save money on gas. Learn how to save with these tips on finding coupons and discounts, and see how to reduce fuel consumption during the trip.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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Tips for moving on a budget

July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM
Tips for moving on a budget

How to make a moving budget go further

Leading up to a move, you have many decisions to make. From choosing a new home or apartment to picking a moving company, every choice can have an impact on your moving budget. If you’re trying to keep costs low, a DIY moving service may be the best option. Or if you have a little more money, you might splurge on a crew to help load. No matter how much you want to spend, it’s smart to stretch the money as far as possible. Thankfully, there are some easy choices that can help your moving budget go further.

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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.

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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.

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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.