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What moving expenses are tax deductible?

January 26th, 2018 - 8:49 AM
What moving expenses are tax deductible?

Does my move qualify for moving expense deductions?

Did you move in 2017? You might be able to list moving expenses on your taxes and deduct them. There are certain requirements to meet in order to take advantage of these deductions — take a look at the qualifications, special circumstances (like military moves and those affected by natural disasters) and how the process works.

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What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

January 22nd, 2018 - 2:04 PM
What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

Moving coast to coast 

For a move as big as one from the east to west coast, costs can vary drastically depending on the service you use. The options range from do-it-yourself (DIY) to full-service companies, with “you pack, we drive” options falling between. Let’s take a look at an example to see how much a coast-to-coast move would cost when renting a truck, selecting a self-move option, or hiring a full-service company to do it all.  

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Bekins® Van Lines Comparison

January 17th, 2018 - 8:57 AM
Bekins® Van Lines Comparison

Compare Bekins Moving and U-Pack

Long-distance moving can be a lot of work, especially if you have a lot to move. For many, that notion may take a do-it-all-yourself move (i.e., truck rental) completely off the table. Essentially, two options are left: full-service and “you pack, we drive.” Depending on your needs and budget, one may be more appealing than the other. Bekins Van Lines®and U-Pack® are two examples of those options. Bekins, a full-service mover, and U-Pack a “you pack, we drive” service. See how they compare to determine which is the best solution for your move.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

January 15th, 2018 - 2:31 PM
DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Men’s homemade Valentine’s Day gifts

Giving a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t have to be difficult. While the old standby gifts of chocolates or a tie will work, a homemade Valentine’s Day gift will show how much you care and really impress the recipient. DIY gifts don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, they can actually be cheap to make. Whether you’re making something for your husband, boyfriend, father or just a friend, these men’s Valentine’s gifts will show your love.

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How do you move house plants from one state to another?

January 12th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
How do you move house plants from one state to another?

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. 

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U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

January 10th, 2018 - 1:53 PM
U-Pack Store vs. U-Haul Store

Compare moving boxes from U-Pack® and U-Haul®

There’s one thing every move has in common: you have to pack items into boxes. Where you get those boxes can impact the total cost of your move — each box store sells a variety of boxes and supplies at different price points. If you’ve seen signs for a local U-Haul store location and wondered what they have, take a look at their moving box store and compare to the options available at the U-Pack Box Store.

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North American Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

January 8th, 2018 - 3:17 PM
North American Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

Which cities have hosted the Olympics?

The Olympics are almost here! Who doesn’t love watching athletes from around the world gather for 17 days of exciting competitions, amazing displays of athleticism, stories of overcoming adversity and magical moments where lifelong dreams come true? From the games “down under” in Sydney, Australia to the northernmost games in Lillehammer, Norway, the Olympics have crossed the globe and have drawn us in. The 2018 games (scheduled to start February 9 and end February 25) are happening in PyeongChang, South Korea, and they’re sure to be exciting. While we wait for the competition to begin, take a look at the other North American cities that have hosted the Olympics — in many of these places, you can still visit the Olympic Village and some of the competition arenas!

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What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?

January 5th, 2018 - 12:59 PM
What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?

Determine space and parking needs with U-Pack trailer dimensions

If you’ve never moved in a U-Pack® trailer before, it can be tough to picture  what’s going to show up at your home on moving day. You might be wondering if there’s enough room to park it in the driveway, or you may be trying to imagine how to load all of your furniture and belongings inside. Understanding the dimensions of the trailer can help clear up confusion. Take a look at how big the trailer is and get information about parking and loading.

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Saving Money on TV

January 3rd, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Saving Money on TV

Compare TV options: streaming, internet, cable and more

Whether you're looking to adjust your budget or just expand your entertainment options, streaming and internet TV are becoming very popular. There’s an option for almost any means of watching TV programming these days. Just looking for shows to binge watch? Streaming services can provide on-demand entertainment. Want cheaper broadcast channels? Free digital cable may be the answer. Take a look at the various options and see if one is right for your family.

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I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?

December 27th, 2017 - 7:37 AM
I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?

Shipping motorcycles across country​

While there’s nothing like hitting the wide open road on the back of a motorcycle, sometimes you don’t have the option of riding it to a destination. Whether you’re making a cross-country move, traveling to a race or taking it with you on a trip, shipping motorcycles is a common solution for getting bikes where they need to be. Take a look at the steps for motorcycle shipping, and see how U-Pack® can help.