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 23rd, 2017 - 1:35 PM
Can you fit four people in a moving truck?
If you’re trying to move a family and are looking for moving trucks that seat four people, you may be having trouble. Wonder why they’re impossible to find? Because leading truck rental companies like U-Haul®, Penske® or Budget® don’t offer them! The equipment from these companies have, at most, three seats — and no back seats. So if you have three or more passengers, you won’t all fit.
The good news is you can move long distance without having to concern yourself with fitting four people inside one rental truck. Here’s how to move without having to drive a rental truck at all.
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.
October 18th, 2017 - 10:17 AM
The convenience of door-to-door moving
As often as we can, we seek out things that make day-to-day life easier: grocery delivery, online ordering, site-to-store pickups. It makes sense that we’d want that same convenience when it comes to moving. Door-to-door moving containers are a great solution for those searching for an affordable and easy option for shipping household goods across the country. Loading is simple, and containers are brought right to your location. Take a look at how this type of moving works, compare options and see how much it costs.
October 13th, 2017 - 11:06 AM
Are moving truck rates always cheaper?
One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding long-distance moving is that truck rental is the cheapest option. While that may be true for some moves, so many factors contribute to pricing that rates can widely vary. Before you choose a moving company, take a closer look at the components that determine moving truck pricing, see how U-Pack® is different, and then compare rates.
October 11th, 2017 - 12:28 PM
What were you doing 20 years ago?
What did life look like in 1997? Maybe you went to the movie theater to see Titanic or Men in Black. Perhaps you watched popular TV shows The X-Files or Friends. You probably watched Bill Clinton swearing in for his second term as President and cried during the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Maybe you cheered for the Green Bay Packers during their Super Bowl win. Your kids (or maybe you) played with a Tamagotchi© or Beanie Babies®. What else happened in 1997? The very first U-Pack® move!
October 9th, 2017 - 11:25 AM
Planning a move to Alaska from California?
In 2015, just over 34,000 people relocated to Alaska from another state. Of those, close to 10% moved there from California. Why so many moves from the Sunshine State to the Last Frontier? In addition to military and employee relocation, Alaska has no state sales or income tax, and it offers a beautiful backdrop for all kinds of outdoor recreation, not to mention 24/7 sunshine in the summer. If you’re considering a move from California to Alaska, take a look at the logistics involved with getting your belongings and yourself there, and some things to expect once you arrive.
October 6th, 2017 - 8:37 AM
Hate winter weather? These cities are for you!
Does the thought of shoveling your sidewalk, commuting to work behind a snow plow and dressing for freezing temperatures have you dreaming of a tropical climate? Would you prefer to turn on the air conditioner instead of lighting a fire or cranking up the heat? If so, you’ll want to check out these 10 places — they have some of the best weather in the country (and little to no snow)!
October 4th, 2017 - 10:06 AM
Adding a dog to your apartment life
According to BarkPost, evidence shows that dog ownership provides health benefits like an improved mood, lower blood pressure and a fitness routine. With these advantages, adding a pet to your family may seem like a great idea, but if you live in or are moving to an apartment, before taking that leap it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit. Small spaces can pose a challenge for breeds that require more activity and space, and some rentals have restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed. But with the right breed and a good plan, it’s possible to add a furry friend, even in an apartment.
October 2nd, 2017 - 11:14 AM
Determine U-Haul®gas costs
When preparing for your upcoming move, it’s wise to define your expenses so you know what to expect to spend. Along with the costs associated with renting moving equipment and travel expenses, another expenditure that can impact your moving price is fuel — especially for long distance moves. Before you hit the road, prepare for the trip by figuring out your U-Haul fuel costs. With so many miles and lots of stops along the way, being prepared before you pay at the pump is important. And if you find that the cost of fuel is more than you expected, it may be worth exploring alternatives.