January 25th, 2016 - 12:55 PM
10 Common Packing Mistakes
Packing for a move is often the most dreaded part of any relocation. It’s so much more than just making sure everything gets put into a box; there’s organizing, wrapping, and taking inventory of your belongings. That’s where many people get it wrong – they wait until the last minute, throw things in boxes, and hope they make it ok. After helping over 850,000 customers move over a billion miles, we’ve identified some common packing mistakes so you can learn what NOT to do when packing for a move.
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January 18th, 2016 - 1:10 PM
Will a Penske truck rental coupon save me money?
Before you book your move, you may be searching for a Penske coupon or Penske discount code. If you’re able to track down one of these discounts, you might find that it doesn’t make as big of an impact as you initially thought. While the coupon code could take a little bit off the cost of the rental truck, it won’t cover any of the “soft costs” associated with truck rentals like fuel, travel, and liability coverage. Let’s dig in and take a look at the discounts, those extra costs, and explore other ways you can save money on your long distance move.
January 15th, 2016 - 3:34 PM
Prevent injuries using moving straps
If you have large pieces of furniture to move, you may be wondering how to handle it. You could hire movers or rent a furniture dolly. However, for furniture that’s big or heavy, the easiest way to move it is by using furniture straps. Our Forearm Forklift straps are heavy-duty nylon straps that use leverage, not strength, to lift items. They help prevent injury by allowing you to bend at the knees when you lift, and by reducing the load up to 66%. Let’s take a closer look at how to use Forearm Forklift moving straps to move furniture.
January 11th, 2016 - 12:51 PM
Forwarding mail with the USPS Change of Address Form
If you’re moving, one of the tasks you’ll need to complete is a USPS change of address form. You can do this temporarily (like if you’re moving to college for the semester), or permanently if you’re changing homes. Changing your address means that your mail will be forwarded to your new address. While it’s a good idea to get in touch with those who regularly send you mail and update your address with them, for the contacts you can’t reach or just aren’t aware of, rest assured that your mail can still follow you to your new address. Let’s look at your options for changing your address with the USPS, how to forward mail to a new address, what mail will forward, and what mail won’t forward.
January 7th, 2016 - 8:07 AM
U-Pack compared to cargo van rental
If you’re moving a small amount, you may be thinking about one-way cargo van rental. Some consider them easier to drive than a large moving truck, but the problem often comes in finding one to rent. Let's take a look at who offers these services, then we'll introduce you to U-Pack, an affordable alternative to renting a cargo van and driving it yourself.
December 28th, 2015 - 10:26 AM
How to budget for relocation costs
If you haven’t moved long distance before, or if it’s been a long time since you made a move, you may not know what relocation expenses to include in your budget. One of your biggest costs will the relocation service itself, but there are a few other important things to consider (like packing supplies, help loading and unloading, and travel). Let’s explore some typical moving costs, followed by ways to keep your moving expenses low.
December 18th, 2015 - 10:42 AM
Where can I buy boxes for shipping?
Whether you’re shipping household goods or something you sold online, you need a good box to ensure it travels safely. It’s important to choose a one that’s the right size, is constructed well, and is made for shipping. But you also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg! Let’s look at where you can find affordable boxes, how to pick the right box, and what packing supplies you need to add to your order.
December 11th, 2015 - 10:47 AM
Compare relocation companies
As you prepare for your upcoming move, there are many plans to arrange. From your move date to housing to your new job, the details are important. As you sort out the details, take some time to compare relocation services. They run the gamut from expensive full-service movers to complete DIY household goods moving options. Finding the right relocation company depends on your needs. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider as you decide which one is best for your move.
December 7th, 2015 - 3:22 PM
Is a passport required to move to Canada?
Not always – it depends on how you plan to get there. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. travelers to present documents proving their citizenship. Ideally, this is a passport, but you may be able to use other documents depending on your mode of transportation. However, the Canadian Border Patrol recommends you carry your passport if you travel internationally, regardless of your transportation choice and the requirements.
Note: If you don’t have your passport and need one quick, be sure to check passport processing times. Routine and expedited service times can vary based on the time of the year.
Let’s look at each mode of transportation and what documents are required when entering Canada.
November 20th, 2015 - 12:02 PM
U-Pack helps Toys for Tots store Christmas toy donations
U-Pack is teaming up with Toys for Tots this holiday season! We’re honored to assist Toys for Tots with their annual goal of bringing the joy of Christmas to disadvantaged children by providing moving containers to store the donations collected from local toy drives.
While this isn’t the first time U-Pack has participated in Toys for Tots events, it is the first year we’ve contributed on a national level. Local toy drives often result in thousands of donations, making temporary storage a necessity for regional coordinators.