December 11, 2014

1-800-PACK-RAT Makes Green Moving Easier 

green moving eco car

Just as moving can take a toll on you, it also takes a toll on the environment. Every time you drive your car or hop on a plane, you are adding to your personal carbon footprint. Now imagine all of your belongings having to take a trip across the country – that can really add up!

If you are like most environmentally conscious movers, you will probably be looking for ways to conduct a “green” move. There are lots of green moving tips out there for packing and upcycling, but is there anything you can do about how your personal belongings get transported?

As part of the transportation industry, 1-800-PACK-RAT has the unique opportunity to create as much of an eco-friendly move for its customers as possible. That’s why 1-800-PACK-RAT has joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

1-800-PACK-RAT will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 120.7 million barrels of oil, $16.8 billion in fuel costs, 51.6 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of articulate matter. This equals taking 10 million cars of the road!  Partners rely on SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is just one way that 1-800-PACK-RAT demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility toward green moving. 1-800-PACK-RAT recently upgraded much of its truck fleet in order to maximize efficiencies and reduce the gasoline miles per gallon used in its vehicles. It also consistently works to reduce emissions by lowering idle times through driver education.

There are lots of easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your move: using clothes and towels to protect fragile items, finding gently used boxes and donating as much as you can. But if you are looking for a green moving company, be sure to look for the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

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November 21, 2014

Don't Let Your Move Ruin Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Getting ready to move at Thanksgiving? We know that packing and moving at Thanksgiving can be tough. It takes time to unpack everything you need, and maybe you are farther from friends and family than you would like. But your Thanksgiving doesn't have to be put on the back burner (pun intended). You can still have a great Thanksgiving holiday with these handy tips:

  1. Go simple: Your family will forgive you if you put down the Martha Stewart cookbooks this year and go simple. There is nothing wrong with store-bought pies or canned vegetables if it will make your dinner easier. Leave the corn shucking for next year!

  2. Ask for help: If you have people coming to your home for dinner, don't be afraid to ask them to bring something that you don't have time to prepare. It’s traditional for guests to bring a dish, so go ahead and scratch a few items off your to-do list.

  3. Know who to call: Preparing Thanksgiving on the fly is hard enough, but if problems arise in the kitchen, it can be downright disastrous. The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hot Line (1-888-674-6854) will be available to help with turkey trouble and food safety questions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

  4. Treat yourself:  And if you really don’t feel like digging out your pots and pans or playing hostess, treat your family to a meal out. Many fine-dining establishments open on Thanksgiving with special holiday menus. Check online to see what’s open near you!

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November 14, 2014

How to Find the Perfect House for You

Making a plan to find the perfect house 

Finding a house that is perfect for you is no easy task! There are so many factors that go into finding the perfect home that it can be overwhelming when you start searching. The number one way to take the stress out of home shopping is to make a plan. Take a look at a few factors you should consider when you start looking for a new home.

And for fun, be sure to stop by our Facebook page and try out our interactive quiz to determine what type of home is your “perfect home.” Is it a mountain home? An apartment in a big, bustling city? Take the quiz to find out!  

  1. Living space: The first step in finding the perfect house is determining how big of a home you will need. Are you planning to expand your family, or will your kids be out of the house soon? Will you need to provide housing for an aging parent?  Think ahead based on how long you plan to live in your new house. Those are your starting parameters. Other factors to consider: Are stairs okay? Do you want a yard? Do you need a basement?

  2. Location, location, location: If you are moving for work, your choices of location may be limited. If not, you will need to determine what type of area you’d like to live in. Busy and crowded? Quiet with more space and acreage? Do you want to have easy access to restaurants, shopping, entertainment and public transportation, or would you rather stay on the outskirts of the city? Be sure to visit different neighborhoods to get a feel for them. Websites like Zillow.com make it easy to receive alerts when new homes in your selected regions come on the market.

  3. Budget: Perhaps one of the biggest factors of choosing a home is your available budget. How much can you spend on a home and how much can you spend on repairs or needed maintenance on a new home? Don’t forget to factor in moving and travel costs. Once you decide on your maximum budget, your search for homes will become more manageable.

By creating a plan of the features you are looking for, the neighborhoods you would like to live in and the amount of money you are willing to spend, finding the perfect house will be easy!



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