July 20th, 2016 - 9:14 AM
What is “Pokémon Go”?
One of the fastest gaming trends to sweep the country, and even the world, is “Pokémon Go.” It's a phone application location-based game where the goal is to catch Pokémon (“pocket monsters” in Japanese). Released in July 2016, the game is sparking nostalgia in all who grew up playing the original card game, which debuted in 1996. Even those who aren't hardcore gamers are downloading it because it encourages you to go for walks, explore your neighborhood and sightsee as you play. Most players get out and explore to maximize their play within the game.
In the game, Pokémon can appear anywhere. But in order to catch them, you’ll need supplies like Pokeballs (which you get at Pokestops). As you play, you'll notice Pokestops at landmarks like murals, sculptures, historic buildings, gathering places, shopping malls, churches and colleges. Some of the most popular sites within the game are called gyms. These are areas where different teams can battle for possession and are usually spots with high foot traffic.
If you've just moved to a new place, use Pokémon Go to get out and explore your new hometown! It's also a great way to meet others in your area - you'll find lots of fellow gamers at local Pokestops and gyms. Whether you've recently moved to a bigger city or just want to take a trip to a great gaming location, here are 10 of the best places to play “Pokémon Go.”
July 18th, 2016 - 1:58 PM
State to state movers
Since the completion of the Interstate Highway System, crossing state lines hasn’t seemed like a big deal. We pass through as many states as possible on road trips and visit spots like the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado so we can stand in four states at once. But when it comes to moving cross country, crossing state lines can be a big deal. There’s a lot to consider before packing up and moving long distance like what interstate moving company you should use and how to know if they’re qualified. It’s a good idea to research different state to state movers to find the best fit for your move.
July 14th, 2016 - 3:02 PM
Bill of Lading Definition
A BOL is a contract between a carrier and a shipper for the transportation of goods and is a standard document in the moving industry. Because U-Pack® uses carriers like ABF Freight® to transport household goods, a Bill of Lading is required for each shipment. If you’re moving with U-Pack, the driver will bring a copy of the BOL for you to sign after you’ve loaded the moving equipment and it’s ready for pickup.
July 13th, 2016 - 3:23 PM
Gas mileage depends on the size of the U-Haul® rental
Thinking about renting a U-Haul for your long distance move? The cost of gas could add a substantial amount to your total moving budget. Each U-Haul rental truck gets different gas mileage, so figuring out your costs can be tricky, but it’s easy to do if you have the right information. If you’re looking to save money on your move, consider all of the factors that play into gas mileage from truck size to driving habits and find out if another moving option is a better way to go.
July 11th, 2016 - 2:35 PM
What is unlimited mileage?
Unlimited mileage for rental trucks means driving as far as your heart desires (or your plans dictate) without worrying about exceeding your rental agreement – a great concept if you’re moving and have to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles. That way if you happen to miss an exit, take an unexpected detour or need to reroute, you’re covered. However, while mileage isn’t restricted, your rental time may be. This means if you go over the amount of days given, you might pay more. So, which companies offer unlimited miles? And is there an alternative way to move cross country without having to worry about mileage, time restraints and the extra charges they cause?
July 7th, 2016 - 2:02 PM
Moving can be stressful — especially when your belongings will spend a few days traveling cross country in a moving trailer to your new home. If you’re unsure about what happens to your belongings after you load them — are they shipped as-is? Are other items loaded in the trailer with them? Are they going to shift during transit? — understanding how it all works can help you feel calm.
For long distance moves, U-Pack uses something called a bulkhead to keep your items safe and secure during transit. A bulkhead is a divider wall that separates shipments inside a commercial trailer. When moving with a U-Pack trailer, your belongings are the only household goods on that trailer, and any unused space is loaded with commercial freight headed in the same direction. This method helps keep prices low and prevents your items from being co-mingled with other household shipments.
July 6th, 2016 - 3:40 PM
Looking for moving discounts?
It’s no secret people want to save as much money as possible when moving. After all, long distance moving costs can add up quickly and nobody wants to spend more than they have to. If you’re looking for ways to save big on your move, try a moving service like U-Pack®! We offer our customers many opportunities to save. You save by packing and loading your belongings, then we handle the driving through an efficient transportation system that allows us to pass the extra cost savings on to you. Whether you’re an extreme coupon clipper or just looking to save a few extra dollars, look to U-Pack for moving coupons and other money-saving options.
July 5th, 2016 - 2:26 PM
Compare PODS® moving cost to U-Pack®
If you’re looking at options for moving containers, you’ve probably discovered that the two companies most often compared are PODS® and U-Pack. While the services are fairly similar (a container is dropped off at your home, you load it and then it’s picked up and transported to your new home) there are a few important differences. In many cases, one of the top distinctions is cost — which leads to the question, “How much does PODS® cost in comparison to U-Pack?” To answer this question effectively, you have to put the companies side by side and explore how customers get a quote, understand why the costs are different and see how the services compare.
June 29th, 2016 - 2:37 PM
How to move across the country cheap
If you’re trying to keep costs low when moving long distance, you may be thinking about a DIY move. While doing some of the work definitely saves you money, you don’t have to do it all. See, U-Pack® isn't your typical moving company. We help you keep costs low, but we do the driving. It’s easy and affordable. In fact, in many cases, it’s the cheapest way to move across the country. You may not be familiar with a self-moving service like U-Pack, so check out how it works, learn how we make moving cross country cheap and get some tips to make your move as affordable as possible.
June 27th, 2016 - 3:41 PM
Compare 1-800-Pack-Rat to other moving and storage companies
If you’re doing research before a move, you probably want to see how the options for long distance moving stack up. While comparing price is always important, so is comparing service, moving options (like storage) and equipment. When you know what each company offers, it’s easier to choose the one that fits your needs. If you’ve researched Pack-Rat, you may think it’s pretty similar to other moving companies; however, the contrasts are in the details. See how 1-800-Pack-Rat compares to other moving services like U-Pack.