February 2nd, 2018 - 9:17 AM
Protect items before storing them
There are many reasons people may combine moving and storage. Whether it’s just for a few weeks while you wait to close on a new house or for several months while you remodel the home you’re moving into, it’s common to store belongings at some point during a move. While we do have packing tips that ensure belongings arrive safely through transit, putting everything in storage requires a little extra care.
January 31st, 2018 - 9:45 AM
Where are the healthiest places to live?
Do you have a goal to live a healthier life this year? You’re not alone! There are several great health initiatives going on across the country — like franchise restaurants getting rid of artificial ingredients and hospitals adding telemedicine technology — and many individual cities stand out in terms of health. But what does “health” mean? Little sickness? Opportunities to be active? Access to affordable medical care? Because there are multiple ways to measure it, we looked at ten different criteria to determine the healthiest cities.
January 29th, 2018 - 10:26 AM
Consider all the different PODS® competitors
If you’re getting ready to move, you may be noticing PODS® moving containers around town and wondering if other companies offer a similar service. Pack Rat®, U-Haul® and U-Pack®also offer portable storage containers for long-distance moves, but they each work slightly differently. Since the companies have varying equipment and service options, we’ve gathered some information to make it easier to compare. Take a look at PODS® services and compare PODS® alternatives to find the right container for your move.
January 26th, 2018 - 8:49 AM
Does my move qualify for moving expense deductions?
Did you move in 2017? You might be able to list moving expenses on your taxes and deduct them. There are certain requirements to meet in order to take advantage of these deductions — take a look at the qualifications, special circumstances (like military moves and those affected by natural disasters) and how the process works.
January 24th, 2018 - 1:17 PM
How to move to Hawaii
When you close your eyes and picture paradise, Hawaii probably comes into view. It’s got a little bit of everything — beautiful sights, tropical weather, unique things to do and amazing culture. Whether you want to relocate to Hawaii for a change of pace or you’re moving for work or school, it’s a great place to call home. Here are the steps to take when moving to Hawaii to make the process as easy as possible.
January 22nd, 2018 - 2:04 PM
Moving coast to coast
For a move as big as one from the east to west coast, costs can vary drastically depending on the service you use. The options range from do-it-yourself (DIY) to full-service companies, with “you pack, we drive” options falling between. Let’s take a look at an example to see how much a coast-to-coast move would cost when renting a truck, selecting a self-move option, or hiring a full-service company to do it all.
January 17th, 2018 - 8:57 AM
Compare Bekins Moving and U-Pack
Long-distance moving can be a lot of work, especially if you have a lot to move. For many, that notion may take a do-it-all-yourself move (i.e., truck rental) completely off the table. Essentially, two options are left: full-service and “you pack, we drive.” Depending on your needs and budget, one may be more appealing than the other. Bekins Van Lines®and U-Pack® are two examples of those options. Bekins, a full-service mover, and U-Pack a “you pack, we drive” service. See how they compare to determine which is the best solution for your move.
January 15th, 2018 - 2:31 PM
Men’s homemade Valentine’s Day gifts
Giving a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t have to be difficult. While the old standby gifts of chocolates or a tie will work, a homemade Valentine’s Day gift will show how much you care and really impress the recipient. DIY gifts don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, they can actually be cheap to make. Whether you’re making something for your husband, boyfriend, father or just a friend, these men’s Valentine’s gifts will show your love.
January 12th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
How to move house plants
Unlike other household goods that you can wrap with Bubble Wrap® and place in a box, house plants are living, breathing things and need special care. On top of that, each state has unique regulations and certification requirements, so shipping them from one state to another requires a little prep work. Determine if you should or can take your plants with you when you move, and explore options for transporting them.
January 10th, 2018 - 1:53 PM
Compare moving boxes from U-Pack® and U-Haul®
There’s one thing every move has in common: you have to pack items into boxes. Where you get those boxes can impact the total cost of your move — each box store sells a variety of boxes and supplies at different price points. If you’ve seen signs for a local U-Haul store location and wondered what they have, take a look at their moving box store and compare to the options available at the U-Pack Box Store.