August 11th, 2016 - 9:01 AM
Are you a 1st time home buyer?
Buying a home for the first time can be an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. For most people, it’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make! Since you’ve never been through the process before, you may not understand everything that needs to happen before you can move in. We’ve consulted a licensed Realtor and a loan officer to create a first time home buyer’s guide that will help you know what to do before, during and after buying a home.
August 10th, 2016 - 2:33 PM
Compare moving company quotes
If you’re planning an upcoming move, one of the first things you’ll need to do is figure out pricing. Most companies allow you to get a moving quote online, but how can you be sure you’re getting the best rate? Since each company offers different services, it can often feel like comparing apples to oranges – leaving you unsure of what choice to make. The good news is there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best price possible.
August 4th, 2016 - 2:39 PM
Rental trucks and weigh stations
At some point, you've probably noticed heavy duty trucks on major highways stopping at weigh stations and wondered why they have to stop and how they know when to go through them. If you’re planning on driving a rental truck for a household move, you may be concerned about what you’re required to do, too. You know your car can bypass them, but what about heavier vehicles?
What is a weigh station?
Weigh stations are highway checkpoints where weight and safety inspections are performed. Basically, they help keep our interstates safe from extremely heavy or unsafe trucks. While weigh stations are usually reserved for commercial vehicles, rental trucks moving household goods may need to stop, too. Whether or not it’s required depends on the weight of the truck and the laws in the state(s) you’re traveling through. Knowing which truck weigh scales to stop at will help you save time and avoid hefty fines.
August 3rd, 2016 - 9:25 AM
Are your PODS® rates too high?
If you’ve seen a PODS® container around town, you may have thought they were much better alternative to driving a rental truck across the country. They fit into a driveway or in front of a house and they sit close to the ground so moving things in and out is easy – what could be better? But then you request a quote and see the price … and maybe you start wondering if there are any cheaper container moving options out there.
July 28th, 2016 - 1:07 PM
The best moving songs playlists
Moving away, facing a difficult goodbye or dealing with a tough break up can all spark a lot of emotions – excitement, eagerness, stress, anxiety and even sadness. Whatever feelings you have about moving on, music therapy is an effective way to cope. Sometimes hearing the right song at the perfect moment makes the pressure of moving on bearable! We’ve compiled some of the greatest music tracks on the topic to help you through the experience and keep you motivated during the process.
July 27th, 2016 - 3:04 PM
Need a hand with packing and moving?
While do-it-yourself moving is a great way to save money, there are lots of situations where you may need some help—especially when it comes to packing and loading. Whether you’re a first-time mover that needs help or just don’t want to do the heavy lifting this time around, you can still enjoy low rates and an easy moving service without having to do all the work yourself! U-Pack offers invaluable packing tips and a recommendation for affordable loading help so you can move without the high price of a full service mover and still get the help you need.
July 25th, 2016 - 3:46 PM
Identity theft protection during a move
Millions of Americans relocate each year for personal reasons or to pursue new careers. And while it’s an exciting time, it’s also a busy process that can leave many people unaware of identity theft risks. Identity theft is when someone purposefully steals a person’s name, social security number or credit card number to obtain financial gain and other benefits. If fraud is committed and not reported quickly, the victim’s credit score could suffer. It’s important to learn about fraud protection when moving to protect yourself and your belongings.
July 22nd, 2016 - 12:54 PM
Finding cheap moving trucks
For local, in-state moves, U-Haul®, Budget® and Penske® have a variety of cheap rental trucks available. But, because rates change constantly (due to location, truck size and the time of year you’re moving), it’s difficult to determine which company offers the cheapest moving truck prices. And, if you’re moving one-way, truck rental may not be the cheapest option.
July 21st, 2016 - 2:18 PM
Comparing nationwide moving companies
If you’re planning a long-distance move, it’s important to choose a company that can handle the task. Choosing a national moving company with long-distance transportation expertise and great customer service is crucial to a successful experience. To find the best national movers for you, you’ll want to research the different types of national moving companies and consider factors such as cost and reviews.
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.”