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5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

January 20th, 2017 - 1:58 PM
5 Craigslist Scams and How to Avoid Them

Don’t be fooled by Craigslist scammers

According to Craigslist, more than 60 million Americans use their website to buy, sell and trade each month. Most of the time, transactions go smoothly, leaving both the buyer and seller satisfied. But, other times the experience goes wrong. Even though technology has made finding and purchasing products simple, it’s also made it easier for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting and inexperienced users. So whether you’re new to Craigslist or have successfully used it many times, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some common scams and learn how to avoid them.

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How to Move an Aquarium

January 9th, 2017 - 1:51 PM
How to Move an Aquarium

Moving large fish tanks

Moving fish and their aquarium probably seems like an intimidating task, especially if your new home is several hours away. Travel can be stressful on fish, so special handling is necessary when transferring them long distance — and you have to be extra careful when disassembling and moving the tank to avoid damaging the glass. But even though it’s a big project, it’s possible to do it successfully with a little thought and preparation. By planning ahead, you can ensure the tank arrives intact and that your aquatic friends remain happy and healthy.  

 

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Moving Into a New House

January 4th, 2017 - 2:28 PM
Moving Into a New House

New house checklist

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a new house? You’re probably thinking about everything that needs to be done like connecting the utilities, remodeling the areas that need work and cleaning old messes (just to name a few). To make sure you are not forgetting any important details, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do when moving to a new house. Follow these tips to help make your new place feel more like home.

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Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

December 28th, 2016 - 9:48 AM
Should I use plastic totes or moving boxes for my move?

Plastic bins vs. cardboard boxes

Trying to figure out the safest way to pack your belongings for a long-distance move can be intimidating. After all, no one wants to arrive at their new home with a bunch of damaged items. When moving, you have two packing options — plastic containers or cardboard boxes. Both container types have benefits, but factors like durability and availability can influence which option you decide to use.

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Driving in Snow and Ice

December 26th, 2016 - 10:58 AM
Driving in Snow and Ice

Winter driving tips

If you're traveling in or out of an area that experiences extreme winter weather, you may have concerns about how to drive in the snow and ice. Depending on where you're headed, you may encounter snow drifts and white outs or ice covered roads. All of these conditions require different styles of driving and condition-specific safety precautions. Learn how to maneuver when driving on ice, snow and other cold weather conditions. 

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Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

December 23rd, 2016 - 8:53 AM
Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

I don’t have an address for my move

Moving long distance without a destination address is actually pretty common, especially if you’re moving suddenly for work or family. Many times, people might know the city or region of the state they’re moving to, but aren’t sure about the exact location. Because it’s not always possible to visit your new town and secure housing beforehand, you might be concerned about how to forward your mail, and more importantly, where to have the moving truck deliver your belongings. Both of these tasks can easily be accomplished as long as you know the general area you’ll be living in.

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Moving a Refrigerator

December 21st, 2016 - 11:31 AM
Moving a Refrigerator

How to move a refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the heaviest things in your home, and it’s often fairly expensive. When it’s time to move, you may have some concerns about getting it in the moving equipment and having it work when you plug it back in. To make the refrigerator moving process as easy as possible, you’ll want to use an appliance dolly and have at least one other person available to help.    

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17 Ways to Winterize Your Home

October 19th, 2016 - 2:43 PM
17 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Weathering your home for cold, snowy and icy weather

Wintertime means sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, having the ultimate snowball fight and enjoying picturesque views of snowy hillsides. But, it also means freezing temperatures, frosty nights, icy weather and higher utility bills. And while you may enjoy playing in the snow for hours on end, you’ll eventually want to relax in the comfort of a safe, warm home. In order to do that, use these winterization tips to properly prepare your home for the cold (and save money in the process)! 

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What You Need to Know About Moving and Gypsy Moths

October 18th, 2016 - 11:33 AM
What You Need to Know About Moving and Gypsy Moths

Be on the lookout for gypsy moths

If you’re moving, you may need to be on the lookout for a little critter called the gypsy moth. While small, it has the potential to cause big damage, and several areas don’t want any part of it. In fact, they have laws in place to help make sure it stays far, far away. If you’re moving to a restricted location, you may be required to complete a Gypsy Moth/Insect Inspection Checklist to verify that you’ve checked all items stored outdoors, and that everything is free of the moth and its eggs. 

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Guaranteed Transit

October 7th, 2016 - 1:16 PM
Guaranteed Transit

Fast shipping services

Moving long distance can be a big undertaking. After all, it requires moving your entire life from one state to another. While some people are able to experience laid-back leisurely moves, others are more crunched for time and need faster shipping options. If you can relate to any of these situations:

  • You hired movers to unload your items and need to know when to schedule them to come
  • You’re starting a new job and need your stuff before your first day
  • You’re flying to your new home and don’t want to go days without clean clothes, a mattress or your cookware

 (or a similar one), consider a guaranteed move with U-Pack®.