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How much does it cost to move across country?

August 24th, 2018 - 2:03 PM
How much does it cost to move across country?

Figuring out cross country moving costs 

There’s no doubt that a cross country move is more expensive than a local move or a move to a neighboring state. But how much does it actually cost? The answer to that question can be difficult to reach since it depends on many factors. In addition to paying for a moving company (which can come with a wide range of prices), you’ll also need to account for things like hotel stays, fuel stops and meal breaks. Get a general idea of how much you can expect to spend by comparing cross country move quotes and looking at average costs for those other expenses.  

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U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

August 17th, 2018 - 10:55 AM
U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Comparing moving services: 1-800-Pack-Rat® and U-Pack

At first glance, portable storage containers offer everything you want in a move: easy loading, no driving and plenty of options. And while many companies offer this type of equipment, the key to choosing the right service is to find the one with the best solution for your situation. Two commonly compared options are 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack. Start with the big picture and narrow down into the specifics to figure out which one is the right match for your move. 

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Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

August 15th, 2018 - 1:18 PM
Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

What is the gas mileage of a Budget® truck?

According to their website, Budget trucks get the following gas mileage:

  • 12-foot truck: 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-foot truck: 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-foot truck: 8-10 miles per gallon (diesel fuel)

Keep in mind that these estimates are for empty trucks, so a fully loaded truck would get fewer miles per gallon. 

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How to pack a computer for moving

August 13th, 2018 - 4:08 PM
How to pack a computer for moving

The best way to move a computer

Not only is a computer an expensive, fragile electronic, it can also be very important to your life. Maybe you use it for work or for school, but even if it’s just for streaming Netflix, you want to keep it safe. To ensure it arrives in perfect condition after moving, take a little extra time to pack it properly. 

Home / Categories / Packing and Loading Help

Finding Movers and Packers

August 8th, 2018 - 3:05 PM
Finding Movers and Packers

Need help moving? Here’s how to find it!  

Moving can involve a lot of hard work. And things like heavy furniture, bulky items, stairs and narrow hallways can make it even more complicated — especially if you’re moving alone or with only a few people to help. To make it easier, you can add labor to your U-Pack move and get assistance with the heavy lifting. We make it easy to find local movers, and you still get to move affordably!  

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Moving to Alaska

August 6th, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Moving to Alaska

Getting ready for life in Alaska

Are you dreaming of a new life with breathtaking sights and endless possibilities? If so, you’ve chosen a great destination! Alaska is full of opportunities for new adventures and a fresh start. But because life in the Last Frontier is very different from what you’ll find in the lower 48 (and moving there can pose some challenges), it’s a good idea to learn what to expect. Use this comprehensive guide to explore:

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PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
PCS to Alaska Quick Guide

How to PCS to Alaska

If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process. 

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Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

August 1st, 2018 - 4:05 PM
Ways to Determine Neighborhood Crime Rates Before You Move

How safe is my neighborhood?

Keeping your family safe is a top priority, which is why it’s important to check your neighborhood crime rates. Whether you’ve lived at an address for a while or are shopping for a new home, being aware of what goes on in the area can help you make informed decisions. Since many online tools and apps give helpful data, it’s pretty simple to find crime rate statistics — you just have to know what to look for. But no matter what you find, there are some easy ways to improve security and help deter crime.