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Saving Money on Home Utility Bills

February 10th, 2017 - 10:26 AM
Saving Money on Home Utility Bills

Simple ways to keep energy bills affordable

Utility costs can fluctuate for many different reasons, but it usually comes down to inefficient use (a problem often seen with old equipment). And while everyone wants to save money on their bills, expensive upgrades like tankless water heaters or better-performing HVAC systems aren’t always possible. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, budget-friendly ways to spend less on utilities — even if you rent.

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Car Transportation Companies

February 8th, 2017 - 3:45 PM
Car Transportation Companies

I’m shipping my car — who can help?

Thinking about shipping your car for a long-distance move? An auto shipper may be necessary if you:

  • Own more than one car
  • Own an antique car
  • Are flying to your new home

Fortunately, no matter where your new home is located, there are plenty of car shipping options to choose from. And with a little research and advanced planning, you can find a reliable auto transporter to quickly and efficiently relocate your vehicle.  

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10 Questions to Ask Every Moving Company

February 6th, 2017 - 3:27 PM
10 Questions to Ask Every Moving Company

Important moving company questions

Moving your belongings can be a big ordeal, especially when moving long distance. Because you want your items to stay safe, it's important to make sure the moving service fits your needs  — but knowing what to ask in order to choose the right company can be tough. Before making a reservation, start by asking these ten questions.

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How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

February 3rd, 2017 - 9:01 AM
How to Save Space in Your Suitcase

Best way to pack a suitcase

There’s nothing more frustrating than packing everything you need for a trip, only to find out the suitcase won’t shut. Now you’re left trying to decide which items get to go and which ones must stay behind. But, whether you’re packing for a move, weekend getaway, extended holiday or business trip, there are plenty of ways to pack your luggage to help maximize the available space. Check out the steps below for tips on the best way to pack a suitcase.

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Downsizing Your Home

February 1st, 2017 - 8:18 AM
Downsizing Your Home

Getting rid of clutter: A guide to downsizing your life

It’s no secret that many people have a lot of stuff in their homes. In fact, a UCLA study found that 25 percent of homes with two-car garages don’t have enough room for vehicles because they’re filled with other things. But why does this happen?

Many psychologists believe our tendency to hoard comes from our belief that owning more will make us feel happier and more secure, or it may just be because we’re susceptible to advertisement. Whatever the reason, the need to own can get a little out of control, leaving us with a cluttered house and a desperate desire to reduce our belongings. The good news is downsizing is easier than you may think — all you need is a plan and the willingness to see it through.  

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Do I Need A Parking Permit?

January 27th, 2017 - 9:53 AM
Do I Need A Parking Permit?

Parking permits for moving equipment

Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.  

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U-Pack Reviews

January 23rd, 2017 - 8:02 AM
U-Pack Reviews

Moving company reviews

Choosing a long-distance moving company is an important decision. How do you decide who’s capable and trustworthy? A good way to start is to research and read consumer reviews from people who’ve previously moved with the companies you’re considering. Real life situations and their outcomes can help you determine whether or not a moving service is right for you.  

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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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5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

January 18th, 2017 - 1:17 PM
5 Things to Know When Moving to Portland

Life in Portland, OR

Preparing to move to the most populated city in Oregon? With its casual lifestyle and continuous growth, Portland attracts newcomers on a daily basis. And whether you’re going there for family, work, an education or any other  reason, you may be wondering how to get there or what to expect when you arrive. To help make your transition to the city easier, we’ve done some research and found five things every new Portlander should know when moving to the City of Roses.  

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U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

January 16th, 2017 - 8:41 AM
U-Pack Compared to Full-Service Movers

Is a full-service moving company the best option for your move?

Like the name implies, full-service companies take care of everything for you. This means packing, loading, transportation and unloading are all done by a crew, and you aren’t responsible for managing the process. While this type of moving service is convenient, it doesn’t come without a price — full-service companies are typically the most expensive option. If you’re looking for a way to move without doing all of the work, but you don’t want to spend more than you budgeted (and maybe want a little more control over your belongings), consider a hybrid moving service like U-Pack®.