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.
November 17th, 2017 - 3:48 PM
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.
November 13th, 2017 - 1:49 PM
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.
November 10th, 2017 - 9:01 AM
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.
October 25th, 2017 - 1:15 PM
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.
October 20th, 2017 - 10:59 AM
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.
July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM
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.
July 18th, 2017 - 3:06 PM
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.
July 3rd, 2017 - 8:04 AM
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.