Let U-Haul Help With Your Move: Tips for the Do-It-Yourself Mover

    PHOENIX, May 12 /CNW/ -- U-Haul, the number one choice for do-it-yourself
household movers, has been serving the needs of communities throughout North
America since 1945. Our customers have shared many helpful tips over the
years, which we would like to pass along to the estimated 17 to 20 million
North Americans who will move this summer.  With moving season right around
the corner, now is the time to start planning for your big move. Whether it be
relocation for a new job opportunity or getting a student's possessions packed
up for a trip to college, everyone should use the most cost-effective and
innovative moving solutions available.  The following tips will help
do-it-yourself movers learn how to save money and most effectively plan their

    U-Haul moving programs to help save you money:
    --  Prior to your move, stop by or contact your neighborhood U-Haul moving
        and storage center to get help with selecting boxes and packing
        supplies. U-Haul customers can save money and help the environment
        the Take a Box/Leave a Box Program, featured at U-Haul facilities
        throughout North America. The program enables customers to return
        reusable boxes and allow other customers to take them as needed -
        Customers can also log on to www.uhaul.com/boxexchange to post their
        available boxes or review messages from individuals in their area who
        are offering reusable boxes.
    --  Get Moving Help by logging on to movinghelp.com for assistance with
        packing/unpacking, loading/unloading and other moving services,
        especially if you are moving to a town where you have no friends or
        family to help you with your move.  This low-cost solution to moving
        can make your do-it-yourself move an affordable full-service move for
        less than half the cost of a regular van-line move.
    --  Take advantage of the U-Haul 30-day free-storage offer prior to or
        after your one-way move. Available at convenient locations throughout
        the U.S. and Canada.
    --  Want to share the costs of your move with someone else?  Visit the
        College/Military Connection message boards at uhaul.com/boards.  The
        online customer-to-customer message boards are dedicated to
        do-it-yourself moving college students and military personnel. Want to
        split the cost of a truck rental or storage room with a fellow student
        or military personnel in your area? Ask here.

    --  Don't forget about renting a trailer vs. a truck, which can save you
        money and is easy to do.  Just pay for the daily rental fees. There
        no mileage charges and you save money on gas, too.

    The most important moving tips people should know when planning to move:
    --  Plan your move in advance. Since nearly 45 percent of all moves occur
        between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make your reservation now. We
        recommend making your reservations at least two to four weeks prior to
        your moving date.
    --  Most do-it-yourself movers plan their move for Friday and Saturday.
        Avoid the weekend rush. Typically, Sunday through Thursday offers
        greater equipment availability. We recommend planning to move during
        this time frame. Also, rates may be lower during this time.
    --  Rent a carpet cleaner where you rent your truck. This can save you
        and you can carry the machine in the truck instead of in your car.
    --  Allow time for the rental process. Conduct a walk-around inspection of
        the equipment at the time of pickup to become familiar with its
        features and operation.  Ask questions during this time.
    --  Read the equipment user's guide.
    --  Monitor the equipment while it is in your possession, just as you
        your own personal vehicle. For instance, periodically check the oil
        level, tire pressures and lighting systems.
    --  Keep a utility log to check service-transfer dates. Leave the power
        water on for a few extra days at your old address so you can come back
        and clean up later.
    --  Keep a toolbox handy during a move and pack it with things you're
        likely to need -- first-aid items, tape, scissors, pocketknife,
        markers, soap, paper towels, rope, plastic sandwich bags, a notebook,
        pen, screwdrivers, wrench and hammer.
    --  Pack your boxes "strategically." Choose a "packing room" ahead of time
        and box up a few things each day. Mark each box with its contents and
        destination room. That way, you and your helpers will know where each
        box belongs at your new home. Pack items you know you'll need (sheets,
        towels, toiletries, tissues and a change of clothes) in your clothes
        hamper on moving day and you'll know just where to find them at your
        new place! Have all your boxes packed before you go to rent your
    --  Never make a move without wardrobe boxes! Not only do they let you
        clothes directly from the closet, but there's room at the bottom of
        box for shoes, throw pillows and linens.
    --  Moving on a weekend and need to be fresh and pressed Monday morning?
        Put your dress clothes and iron in a separate suitcase that you can
        spot in the crowd of boxes. This will save you lots of time.
    --  Load the heaviest items first, in front and on the floor. Pack items
        firmly and closely.
    --  Load houseplants last and unload them first.
    --  Pack kitchen snacks such as crackers, nuts and cereals last so you can
        get to them as soon as you arrive. This is especially important if you
        have children.
    --  You may want your pets to spend moving day with a friend. They can't
        understand the process and may become confused and frightened.

    --  U-Haul customers can make their reservations online at www.uhaul.com,
        they can call 1-800-GO-UHAUL or they can call or stop in at one of our
        convenient locations listed in the Yellow Pages.

    The most common mistakes people make when moving are:
    --  Not planning ahead. Waiting until the last minute to reserve a truck
        trailer. Remember, summer is the busiest moving season of the year.
    --  Not packing their boxes ahead of time.

    --  Not making arrangements at their destination for unloading help.

    Suggestions and tips on securing your rental equipment:
    --  Always secure the back door of the moving van with a padlock.
    --  Always make sure your doors are locked.
    --  Always park your rental equipment legally and in a well-lit area.
    --  Back up your rental equipment as close as possible to a garage door,
        building or wall and, if you can, park another vehicle in front of the
        rental truck.
    --  When parking your vehicle at a hotel, we recommend that you park your
        equipment close to entry doors and, again, try to park in a well-lit
        area, making sure the equipment is locked.
    --  When parking your vehicle at a restaurant, make sure the doors are
        locked, the back door of the moving van is locked, and park it where
        you can see if from the window.

    --  Prior to moving, look into your homeowner's insurance policy, as some
        policies will cover belongings while moving as long as the insurance
        policy is in force during the move.

    For more moving tips and fun facts visit uhaul.com/pr.

    Since 1945, U-Haul has been the undisputed choice for the do-it-yourself
mover, with a network of more than 15,650 locations in all 50 United States
and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the Company
to maintain a fleet size of 96,000 trucks, 75,000 trailers and 35,000 towing
devices. U-Haul offers more than 387,000 rooms and more than 34 million square
feet of storage space at more than 1,075 owned and managed facilities
throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the
largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket
industry. U-Haul supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues
as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.

    Joanne Fried, Director, Media and Public Relations
    Ashleigh Wagner, Senior Media and Public Relations Specialist
    U-Haul International, Inc.
    (602) 263-6194


For further information:

For further information: Joanne Fried, Director, Media and Public
Relations, or Ashleigh Wagner, Senior Media and Public Relations Specialist,
both of U-Haul International, Inc., +1-602-263-6194, publicrelations@uhaul.com
Web Site: http://www.uhaul.com/

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