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Moving to Alaska

August 6th, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Moving to Alaska

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Are you dreaming of a new life with breathtaking sights and endless possibilities? If so, you’ve chosen a great destination! Alaska is full of opportunities for new adventures and a fresh start. But because life in the Last Frontier is very different from what you’ll find in the lower 48 (and moving there can pose some challenges), it’s a good idea to learn what to expect. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

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PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

How to PCS to Alaska

If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process. 

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Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

August 1st, 2018 - 4:05 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

Am I moving to a safe neighborhood? 

Your family’s safety is a top priority, and knowing as much as possible about a neighborhood can help determine whether or not the new area is safe. Fortunately, a variety of online tools provide crime statistics by ZIP code and address. Take a look at some crime-tracking websites for data on your area, then learn about other ways you can help improve security and deter crime.   

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U-Pack vs. U-Haul

July 30th, 2018 - 10:31 AM
U-Pack vs. U-Haul

Compare U-Pack® and U-Haul®

At first glance, U-Pack and U-Haul may seem similar. But while both companies offer some version of do-it-yourself moving services, there are actually several differentiators. U-Haul is do-everything-yourself, while U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. As you take a closer look, you’ll see what sets U-Pack apart. Look at how each company handles moving, equipment, pricing and fees. 

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The Best Places to Live in Texas

July 27th, 2018 - 1:38 PM
The Best Places to Live in Texas

Why live in Texas? 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 532,000 people moved to Texas from another state in 2016 — an average of 1,400 every day! Why are so many new people calling the Lone Star State home? Economic growth, low taxes and below average cost of living are the biggest draws. It’s a great place to move to find opportunities, raise a family or retire. But since it’s such a big state, how do you narrow down the best place to live? Depending on what you’re looking for, these 10 places would make fantastic hometowns. 

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The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

July 23rd, 2018 - 1:03 PM
The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

What exactly is a moving trailer?

Even when customers hear about the flexibility, security and ease of a moving trailer, they aren’t always sure what to expect. Most people are used to seeing big semi-trucks and regular rental trucks on the road, but how does the U-Pack trailer compare? Here’s the answer: our 28-foot moving trailer is smaller than a standard semi and just a little longer than the biggest U-Haul® (and the space is flexible). Take a closer look at how trailers work and see how they can make moving simple and affordable.

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The Ultimate College Packing List

July 20th, 2018 - 1:08 PM
The Ultimate College Packing List

How to pack for college

You can’t take everything from home with you to campus, but you do need to bring the essentials. Making sure there’s room for everything can be tough, which is why sticking to a list is a great idea. If you’re tempted to bring more clothes than necessary, stick to the basics: gear for all seasons, a professional outfit for presentations and workout clothes. Then just be sure to include cleaning and laundry supplies to tackle any mess you can make and medicine cabinet necessities for those sick days. 

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Farewell Party Ideas

July 18th, 2018 - 1:28 PM
Farewell Party Ideas

The best going away party ideas on the internet

Yes, that’s a big claim to make — but as a moving service, we understand goodbyes and all the emotions they bring. There’s excitement for the new chapter to come and sadness at leaving loved ones. The occasion surrounding a farewell party can be complicated because of all the feelings involved, but leaving on a happy note is important. Throwing a goodbye party is a great way to send your friend or loved on their way with a bunch of happy memories. 

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Moving Trailer Parking

July 12th, 2018 - 4:01 PM
Moving Trailer Parking

How much space do I need to park the U-Pack moving trailer?

Arranging parking is one of the most important tasks to take care of before moving day. Because of this, some of the biggest questions customers have about the moving trailer is “Can it fit at my house?” and “Where will I park it?” In most cases, the trailer will fit in your driveway or on the street, but it’s essential to go over the details to make sure. 

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Shipping Rates for Household Goods

July 11th, 2018 - 8:35 AM
Shipping Rates for Household Goods

Affordable ways to ship household goods

Transporting household goods long distance can be a hectic experience. You’re not only dealing with getting your family to a new home, but you’re also having to maneuver a large truck or trailer through unfamiliar cities. The good news is it’s possible to move without driving. You can ship belongings with a full-service company or with a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack®. If you’re looking to keep rates affordable, U-Pack is often the best option. Keep reading to learn what goes into household goods shipping rates and how prices compare.