Relocating a Business: Moving Downtown Could Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage

Relocating a Business Downtown

When relocating a business, choosing the right location to move to is the most important decision you will make. Although the best location to increase your chances for success will depend on your specific business, a move downtown could give you a competitive advantage.

According to a recently released report, “Core Values: Why American Companies are Moving Downtown” by Smart Growth America and Cushman & Wakefield, hundreds of companies across the country are moving from suburban areas to walkable downtown locations. This trend is spreading throughout the country, not only in large metropolitan areas, but small cities as well, and the diversity of the types of businesses is as wide as the sizes of the companies.

Although research for the report focused on companies moving downtown, the report did note that the trend is actually broader; many companies are moving to and building walkable, transit-oriented suburban areas as well.

What’s driving many companies to relocate to more densely populated, walkable locations?

The Common Themes

Through interviews with representatives from more than 40 of 500 companies studied, Smart Growth America found common themes explaining why companies choose to relocate downtown. They want to attract and retain talented employees and be closer to customers and business partners. They want to build brand identity and company culture, and support creative collaboration. Some see moving to and investing in downtown areas as a way to support their triple-bottom lines and centralize their operations.

Downtown areas serving as live-work-play communities provide a more ideal environment for it. They are vibrant and engaging communities where creativity and innovation thrive. These downtown areas are where the action is, and where the millennials want to be.

Relocating a Business for the Millennials

The Millennial generation, those who are currently about 18-34 years of age, is the largest in the U.S., representing roughly a third of the country’s workforce. That percentage is expected to grow in the next few years.

The educated and connected millennials prefer walkable live-work-play communities rich in amenities. They want to live and work in a creative, innovative and engaged environment filled with energy, the type of environment found in modern walkable downtown areas.

The Competitive Advantage to Moving Downtown

Although a move downtown is not right for every business, many companies see it as a competitive advantage. They are in a better position to attract and maintain talented employees who prefer to live and work in walkable, amenity-rich urban areas. A move to the city center also puts companies in closer proximity to their customers and business partners.

As one interviewed business representative said, “The move is an intentional strategy to be in the thick of other innovative companies and business leaders, not watching from the sidelines.”

Read the report to find out more about companies moving to walkable downtown areas.

Relocating Your Business? Make it a Trouble Free Move

When relocating a business, you want to successfully complete the move with minimal impact to operations during the process. Careful planning and management of the move will help ensure it.

Whether you are relocating a business from the suburbs to downtown or from one state to another, let Chipman Relocation & Logistics handle the details for you. Chipman provides turnkey relocation services for 2,200+ businesses annually, and has built a solid reputation through the years for successful commercial moves. Contact us to discuss your business move.

 

 

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Portable Moving Containers: How to Load a Moving Container in a Do-It-Yourself Move

Planning a do-it-yourself move using a portable moving container? Renting a container for short or long term storage? Before you begin piling your stuff inside, read these tips. They will help you maximize the available space within your container and load properly to help minimize any chance of damage to your items during transport.

If you are undecided about whether to rent a container or moving truck for a do-it-yourself move, read Portable Moving and Storage Containers: What You Need to Know before Renting first. It might help you decide.

Tips on How to Load a Moving Container

When relocating with portable moving containers, use the same care in packing as you would before loading your items into a rental truck. You can  get household packing tips here and  tips for moving office furniture here.

Gather the supplies you will need for loading: paper pads, furniture pads, stretch wrap, loading straps and at least one dolly. Then use the following tips on how to load the moving container:

loading portable moving containers

Pack portable moving containers in sections secured with straps

  1. Portable moving containers set at ground level, making loading much easier than loading a moving truck. It is also easier to use a dolly when loading a moving container. If you have a dolly available, use it to move any appliances and heavy crates into the container. If you don’t have a dolly, but have several heavy items to move, consider renting one. Your moving container company may rent them, or could refer you to someone that does.
  2. If possible, do not use a dolly to move furniture. Get someone to help you carry furniture by hand to avoid damaging it.
  3. Wrap any items not packed in crates with paper pads or furniture pads to help minimize the chances for scratching or other damage. Wrap upholstered furniture with stretch wrap.
  4. Begin loading heavy items such as furniture and appliances into the container.  All of your heavy items should be placed on the floor and furniture placed on a pad.
  5. Fill the space around furniture and appliances with boxes and smaller items. If you load furniture such as an entertainment center with shelving, fill any spaces with small, light items. Stack heavier boxes below lighter ones.
  6. Stack in sections as tightly as possible from the floor up to the ceiling of the container. Keep the weight of your load evenly distributed from side to side, front to back, as much as possible. This will help prevent shifting of items during transport, which could cause damage, and also maximize your space.
  7. Secure each section of your load with loading straps using the sturdy tie-down rings inside the container. If you load any large items on wheels, such as a rolling file cabinet or toolbox, secure them separately.
  8. To avoid damage to your items, do not apply excess force when tightening the loading straps.
  9. Some quality moving containers have a translucent roof for natural lighting, making it easier to see when loading and unloading. If you plan to store items in the container for an extended period of time, cover items at or near the top to prevent exposure to light.
  10. When your moving and storage container is tightly loaded and secured with straps, lock it and relax.

Know What Items You Cannot Load in Portable Moving Containers

For safety reasons, you cannot transport or store items that are explosive, corrosive or flammable in portable moving containers. A few common hazardous items not allowed include:

  • Any batteries, household or auto
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Gasoline
  • Motor oil
  • Propane tank
  • Kerosene
  • Sterno fuel
  • Charcoal / lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Ammonia
  • Liquid bleach
  • Lamp oil
  • Fertilizer
  • Ammunition
  • Paint / paint thinner / varnishes
  • Nail polish / nail polish remover
  • Pesticides
  • Aerosols
  • Fireworks
  • Chemicals, including swimming pool chemicals, chemistry sets, etc.

Perishables, including food and plants, are also not allowed, nor are animals or other living things. Portable moving container companies also recommend you keep important personal/ irreplaceable items with you rather than storing them in the containers. If you have questions or are unsure about what can and cannot be loaded, discuss it with your company representative.

For additional tips on how to load a moving container, watch the video  here.

To get a free estimate for portable moving containers, or to discuss your options,  contact Chipman Relocation & Logistics.

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Portable Moving and Storage Containers: What You Need to Know before Renting

Portable moving and storage container

Portable moving and storage containers offer a convenient alternative to moving truck rentals for do-it-yourself moves. They also provide an ideal solution for remodeling and renovation projects as well as any residential or commercial relocation.  If you are considering renting a moving truck for your upcoming move, or you have thought about renting a portable moving and storage container, whether for relocating or storing your goods, read this first.  Find out what you should know before making the call to rent one.

Moving and Storage Containers vs. Moving Truck Rental

Portable moving containers provide several benefits over renting a moving truck. For instance,

  1.   You can let someone else do the driving for you. Driving a large moving truck is different from driving a car or passenger truck. It is not an easy task.  Turning, backing up, and parking one of the long and wide trucks can be difficult, even for an experienced driver.   You will likely feel stressed every time you pull into a fuel station, rest stop or restaurant along the way to your destination. It is much easier to request pick-up and delivery of a portable moving container and let a professional driver handle the transportation.
  2. Unlike moving trucks, portable moving and storage containers sit at ground level, making loading and unloading in a do-it-yourself move much easier.
  3. You won’t feel the pressure of a tight timeframe.  Many moving companies rent portable containers by the month, so you can have more time for loading and unloading than you typically would when renting a moving truck. When comparing costs of portable moving containers vs. moving truck rentals, consider the extra time and how nice it will be to load and unload at your leisure.
  4. You know what the move will cost when renting a portable moving and storage container. When renting a moving truck, you will pay for fuel, which is not cheap, plus insurance and any tolls. You could also incur charges for additional mileage, and may need to pay for towing your vehicle if you don’t have someone to drive it.
  5. If you want to place items in storage, you won’t need to load and unload multiple times. Once your items are loaded into the portable moving and storage container, they remain inside, securely locked and protected, until you are ready for them.  Some companies that rent moving and storage containers also offer warehousing services for short or long term storage of your loaded moving container.

What to Know about Renting Portable Moving and Storage Containers

Before renting a portable moving and storage container, consider the following tips:

  • If you prefer to have a professional packer handle the packing and unpacking, loading and unloading for you, find a company that also provides those services and request the costs be included in your quote.  Some companies such as  Chipman Relocation & Logistics provide full service for local and long distance moves as well as for renovation projects and storage services.
  • When comparing services and prices, consider the container size and weight limit. It varies, depending on the company you choose. If you only looked at the price, you could be comparing the cost of a 5’X7’X8’ with a container that is 8’X8’X16’and offers much more space.
  • Get an idea of how much space you will need before contacting a company. United Mayflower offers a  space calculator to help you determine if you need one or more containers. Keep in mind the space calculator applies to an 8’X8’X16’ container. If you later decide you need an additional one the company you select will deliver it, but it’s better to know in advance so you can plan your budget and decide where you will park your container(s).
  • If you are unable or prefer not to store your container onsite, find a company that offers warehousing services in addition to rental and transportation.

Parking Your Moving and Storage Container

The company you contract with will deliver your moving and storage container to your home or business on a scheduled date. Before scheduling delivery, determine where you want to park the container (s).

Moving containers are designed to easily fit in a driveway, which is the recommended place to park one. If you prefer to park a container on the street, check with your local city or country government to find out if you can legally do so and if you must obtain a permit.
Once your container is delivered, you cannot move it. The wheels are locked upon delivery. If necessary, you can request the moving company come back, unlock the wheels and move the container, but you will incur an additional charge.

In our next post we offer tips for loading a portable moving container. Check it out to find out how to load one properly and what items are prohibited.

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Sending Employees Overseas? Read These Tips

sending employees overseas flightIn our global economy, many companies are sending employees overseas to work. Whether sending your employee for a short term assignment or indefinite transfer, you want to do what you can to ensure the relocation is successful. If you are sending your first employee abroad, or you want to improve your success rate with relocating valuable employees, the following tips will help.

Select the Right Employees for Relocation

Before selecting an employee for an overseas assignment, you want to be as certain as possible you are sending the right person. Don’t simply look at who would be the best person for the job. Consider who the employee is. For instance,

  • Can the employee easily adapt? Living abroad requires a significant adjustment. The difference in language, culture, environment, etc. sends many expatriates into culture shock. If faced with exclusion as a foreigner, can the employee overcome it or will the stresses of living abroad become overwhelming? The employee you select should one who is open to learning new ways of doing things. He or she should be resourceful enough to handle whatever obstacles may arise, and be willing to make adjustments in everything from the way they speak to the foods they eat.
  • Is this person married with children? Would he or she be willing to leave family behind? Would the family relocate with the employee? You don’t want to find out after sending an employee overseas that he or she must return shortly afterward because the family cannot adjust.

When Sending Employees Overseas, Make the Offer Enticing

Once you’ve selected the best employees to send overseas, you must not only convince the employees to agree to go, but also to consider it a positive move. If you are sending an employee abroad who feels obligated to relocate, yet is not happy about the idea, the probability of success is much lower. Provide a tempting relocation package, one your employee would not want to turn down. Make it worth their while.

First, guarantee the employee can return to his or position upon completion of the assignment. The possibility of losing job security is a top concern for many expatriates.

Next, in addition to a typical international relocation package, consider offering incentives such as:

  • A significant pay increase and/or conditional lump-sum bonus / annual bonuses.
  • Language and cultural training. When possible, provide the training well in advance of the move.
  • Include the family in moving expenses. Assist with education arrangements for any children and, if needed, work vista and employment search for the spouse. Some companies will offer to pay tuition costs or day care for an employee’s child.
  • Pre-move trip. Paying for your employee to visit the country, scout housing opportunities and see what the country and its people are like in advance helps make the actual move go smoother.
  • Cover the costs of visits. If the company is not relocating the employee’s family, offer periodic airfare for visits, either for spouse/family or employee. Include paid time off.
  • Medical insurance and life insurance.
  • Tax assistance, including advice on tax rules and tax preparation, and/or tax reimbursements.
  • Company car or car with driver.

Decide what incentives your company is willing to offer and be prepared to negotiate. When selecting the right employees to send overseas and providing incentives that make the relocation worthwhile, you increase the chance for success.

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Moving Tips for Peak Season: Ways to Avoid Identity Theft & Moving Scams

As the peak moving season begins, millions of Americans are preparing to make a residential move. During this busy moving time, identity thieves and unscrupulous movers are ready to take advantage of unsuspecting households. If you are one of the many planning to relocate this summer, the following moving tips on ways to avoid identity theft and moving scams will help protect you from becoming a victim.

Identity Thefts & Moving Scams Can Make Moving a Nightmare

Moving your household is stressful enough without worrying about the threat of identity theft or becoming the victim of a moving scam. But both occur often enough to warrant taking precautions.

Identity theft has been the number one consumer complaint for the last 15 years, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Someone becomes a victim of identity fraud every two seconds.

Most moving companies are legitimate, reputable businesses, so moving scams do not occur nearly as often as identity theft. But every year a small percentage of movers make moving day a disaster for many by robbing or taking advantage of their customers.

6 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft during a Move

Moving puts you at a higher risk for identity theft. Mail and other documents with sensitive information can easily become accessible to thieves as you are packing and moving between residences. The following tips offer ways to help avoid identity theft during your peak season move:

  1. Hire a reputable mover.  During the peak moving season, the cost for professional moving services increase. Good movers are busy, so scheduling a move on your preferred pickup and delivery dates can be difficult. Avoid the temptation of hiring the first mover you find online offering a low estimate for a move on your selected dates. Research the company first. Hiring a reputable, licensed mover helps increase your protection against identity theft as well as moving scams.  (Scroll down to read more about moving scams.)
  2. Submit a Change of Address to the US Postal Service 10 days before your move. You don’t want anyone else receiving your mail.
  3. If you are selling your home, make sure mail and any documents with personal data are inaccessible during an open house.
  4. Moving is an ideal time to clean out old files and get rid of what is no longer needed, but do not throw any papers with sensitive data in the trash without first shredding. If you don’t already own one, you can buy a cross-cut shredder for under $30. It is money well spent.
  5. If possible, take your sensitive documents with you when moving rather than sending them on the moving truck. If you are unable to do so, make sure the documents are securely stored in a locked cabinet or container.
  6. After your move, closely monitor your credit card and bank statements for the next three months for any fraudulent charges. Consider enrolling in an identity theft and credit monitoring service. Request a free credit report a few months after your move and carefully review it for any new accounts opened in your name.

Take Precautions to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Moving Scam

As the peak moving season begins each year, we see consumer warnings and moving tips about how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam. The work of government officials and industry organizations put a stop to many of those moving scams. But news reports such as this one about the recent arrest of movers authorities say robbed customers’ by picking up their possessions and never returning them prove you must still take precautions. (See the latest news about moving scams.)

These moving tips and red flag warnings provided remain as relevant today as they were in 2013.  Read the tips and research movers before you hire one.

Protect yourself and your property. Taking a few extra precautions can make the difference between a successful, stress-free move and a nightmare that continues for months to come.

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The Best Time to Move before the End of Summer is Quickly Passing

If you plan to move sometime in the next few months and haven’t set an exact date yet, make plans quickly. The best time to move before the end of summer is now, or within the next month or so. The peak moving season will be here soon.

Peak Moving Season not the Best Time to Move

The busiest moving times generally run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many people want to move during summer so demand is high, especially June through August. According to a  United Van Lines study, about 40 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place between May 1 and August 31.

Because demand is so high, many movers increase costs during those busy times, so you could pay more. Plus, scheduling your chosen pickup and delivery dates can be difficult during the peak moving months. Although the best movers will be able to accommodate your schedule, additional charges may apply.

You can find better deals and more flexibility when moving during the off-peak season, which is September through April. That off-peak time is quickly running out, though. If you are ready to schedule your move,  contact your mover now to see if your preferred dates are available and how much, if any, you could save by scheduling different dates.

Moving During the Summer

If you do plan to move during the peak season, try to schedule the move for mid-month during the middle of the week, when demand is not quite as high. More people want to move on a weekend at the end of the month, so movers are busier.

What is the Best Day for Moving?

Because the weekends are busiest for movers, avoid moving on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Schedule your move on a Tuesday or Wednesday, if possible. It could save you a few dollars. Call your movers and ask.

Get Help with Your Move

Any move, even ones planned several months in advanced, can be hectic. Moving in less than six weeks may seem nearly impossible, but it is actually quite common. In fact, many people move with only two weeks or less notice.

However, a move without months of planning does require more focus, organization and flexibility. Use  moving tips and a checklist. They can save time and your sanity. And hire full service movers, if your budget allows.

full service moving company can provide complete door-to-door relocation. That includes planning the move as well as packing and unpacking services. It will cost a little more, but enables you to focus on the many other details you must take care of while the professionals handle your move.

If you’re unable to pay the additional costs, enlist the help of family and friends. You will need it.

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7 Moving Tips and Tricks You Don’t Want to Miss

Chipman Relocation & Logistics provides a variety of helpful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier and more stress free.  At Chipmanrelo.com you’ll find a comprehensive  list of moving and packing tipstips for moving with children, and a  printable moving checklist to work with. You can get tips on  moving state to state with pets and plants and learn  how to keep your cat happy when moving. If you are  moving an office or business, you’ll find  commercial relocation tips here as well.

What have we missed?

Here are 7 moving tips and tricks not included in those lists that others found helpful for DIY packing… and you may, too.

1. Photograph electronics before disconnecting & moving

Imagine you disconnect all of your electronics and pack the cables from each together in a box. By the time you unpack, you’ve forgotten which cables go with the various devices and how they should connect.

Packing Electronics

Before disconnecting and moving electronics, take photos of how they are connected. Wrap and label each cable. (Labeling cables before taking photos works best.) This simple process will make reconnecting much easier.

See more  tips for moving electronics here.

2. Keep packing supplies handy

We know packing to move can bring disarray to a home or office. Keeping up with small packing supplies while you work can be difficult; they could easily become covered by boxes and other items in the room after you set them down.

The solution? If you have an apron or tool bag, load it with your tape, markers, labels and other small items you will need while packing. It keeps them handy and eliminates the lost time you could spend repeatedly searching for them.

3. Don’t use trash bags for packing

You may have heard that trash bags work well for packing items such as linen, throws, pillows and clothing. However, if you use the same type of trash bags for packing as you use for actual trash, on a hectic moving day someone could mistakenly throw one of the bags away. Trash bags can easy tear open, so many professional movers will not move items packed in trash bags. Stick to boxes and other proper packing materials.

4. Use plates to pack plates

Tip for packing plates
Some people use Styrofoam plates to pack their glass plates.

Simply place a Styrofoam plate between each of your wrapped glass plates for added protection. It helps prevent them from clanging together.

5. Pack heavy items in small boxes

This tip may seem obvious to some, but many people will fill a large box with books and other heavy items when packing. That makes the boxes much more difficult to lift and carry. Pack heavy items in small, sturdy boxes and leave the large boxes for clothing, linen and other items that do not weight as much. Pack according to weight, with heavier items at the bottom of a box.

6. Pack sheets, pajamas in dresser drawers

After a day of moving, you will be ready for a good night’s sleep in your new home. Exhausted, you do not want to spend hours searching through boxes for sheets and sleepwear. If you pack a set of sheets and pajamas in each bedroom’s dresser drawers, you can easily find them and get the rest you need.

7. Don’t let the stress get to you

Moving can be very stressful. In fact, a move is one of the most stressful life events a family will experience. Everyone feels tired. Routines are disrupted. Things go wrong. It is easy to snap at a loved one without thinking.

Decide before you first start packing that you will keep your sense of humor during the move, and you will help others keep theirs. Laughter is the best medicine to help you manage the stress of moving. If you can’t think of anything to laugh about,  check out these photos.

One final tip:

Save yourself the stress of packing and moving.

Stress-free moving with Chipman UnitedHire one of the leading  full service moving companies such as Chipman United for door to door relocation – complete with professional packing and unpacking. Then you can relax and focus on the joys of moving instead of the work.

Make your move happy and stress-free!

Contact Chipman Relocation & Logistics, a top United Van Lines agent.

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Moving a Medical Practice – Tips for Your Checklist

Moving a medical practice requires special considerations in addition to the many tasks involved with any office move. If you are planning to move your medical clinic, create a checklist specific to your practice now and begin marking off each task as it is completed. Even if you do not plan to move for another year or so, creating a checklist should be the first thing you do once you decide to relocate.

You can find a general practice move checklist  online. Use it as a starting point for creating your own. The following tips will help.

Find the Right Medical Office Space

First on your list will be finding the new office space. Do you plan to lease or own? After deciding that, contact a commercial real estate agent/broker who specializes in medical office space. You want someone who understands the unique requirements of a medical practice for meeting patient safety and regulatory compliance. That can range from design improvements for safe operation of radiation-producing medical equipment to ADA compliance to limited landlord access (for leased office space) and more.

Once you’ve selected your office space and date for moving, you are ready to begin the process.

Partner with Professionals Experienced in Moving a Medical Practice

Next on your list will be finding the right professional movers. Moving a medical practice requires specialized expertise and equipment. The movers you hire should know and be able to meet state and federal guidelines for moving a medical facility and transporting medical equipment. They should have technicians with expertise in disassembling sensitive equipment as needed, packing it and safely moving without damage. After the move, the technicians should be able to test and re-commission equipment, making it ready for use in the new location.

In addition to expertise in relocating medical and lab equipment, your movers should be experts at moving exam tables, office furniture, filing systems, workstations, and IT equipment. The movers should also understand your need to minimize downtime to avoid loss of billable patient hours and be willing to work with you in completing the project on schedule.

Prepare Your Orders for Printable Materials

Make a list of printable materials such as appointment cards, prescription pads and letterheads you need to order with your new address. Add to the list any signage needs, including for the front office door and exam rooms. Place the orders at least two-three months in advance, if possible.

Prepare Notifications of Relocation

You will need to make numerous notifications about your change of address. Make a list of all payers (Medicare, Medicaid, In Network Providers, etc.) and notify each well in advance to prevent any loss of timely payments.

Add to your notification list providers of services such as your answering service, payroll service, billing service, medical waste disposal, and maintenance. Every physician will need a change of address submitted to licensing authorities; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency requires written notification before the move. Hospitals, laboratories and professional organizations will also need notification as well as vendors providing office and medical equipment and supplies, your attorney, banking, insurance rep, periodicals and the post office.

Use Multiple Methods for Patient Notification

You must properly notify patients and former patients about the move, and it is best to do so using multiple methods. Place a sign on your door and in the office announcing the move at least 30 days in advance. Add a notice to your phone greeting. Publish a notice about the move in local newspapers once a week for four consecutive weeks with the date of move and new address. Notify patients by email or mail, and tell each patient about the move as they check in/out. Notify each patient scheduled for a visit after the move by phone. Announce the move on your website and any social media accounts. You can also print and distribute flyers with a map to the new location.

Additional Resources for Moving a Medical Practice

The following resources may also help with planning your move:

20 Tips for Smoother Office Moves
Tips for Moving Office Furniture
Business Relocation Letters: How to Effectively Plan, Write, and Deliver Them
Moving an Office – Disposing of Old Office Furniture and Computers, Part 1: Furniture
Moving an Office – Disposing of Old Office Furniture and Computers, Part 2: Computers

Thorough, advanced planning makes moving your medical practice much easier and helps ensure the move is a success.

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Moving to Oregon – Tips for Relocating to the Country’s Top Moving Destination

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If you are moving to Oregon, you are not alone. According to the recently released United Van Lines’ 38th Annual National Movers Study, Oregon remains the country’s Top Moving Destination.

Findings of the study showed that 66 percent of the state-to-state moves to or from Oregon in 2014 were inbound. That percentage increased about 5 percent from the previous year, when Oregon replaced the District of Columbia as the top state-to-state moving destination.

Why are so many people moving to Oregon?

Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles believes many people move to Oregon for the state’s outdoor recreational opportunities, arts and entertainment, and protected green spaces.

It could be the state’s diversity. Oregon offers the ideal place for virtually anyone: from coastal to forest, flat desert to mountains, remote to metropolitan areas, farming to high tech.

It could be the state’s natural beauty, or job opportunities. The state’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest in years. And, there is no denying the natural beauty of Oregon. Check out this photo tour.

Moving to Oregon Tips: What You Should Know

For reasons likely as diverse as the state, many people are moving to Oregon. If you are among them, the following tips will help you become more familiar with this Pacific Northwest state:

Don’t Delay Changing Your License & Registration

There are strict laws regarding when you need to change your driver’s license and vehicle license and registration after moving to Oregon. You only have 30 days. Get information here.

No Handheld Devices when Driving

Texting and using handheld mobile devices is illegal in Oregon. You could be fined up to $500 if you are caught violating the law.

No Sales Tax in Oregon

Oregon is one of only a handful of states with no sales tax. The price you see is the price you pay. The state relies mainly on personal income tax for revenue, with local government and schools primarily funded by property taxes.

Self-Service Gas Ban

Oregon is also one of only two states in the country with a ban on self-service gas. You can pump fuel for a diesel engine or gasoline for a motorcycle, but not gasoline for vehicles with more than two wheels.

Oregon is Bike Friendly

A state that loves bicyclists, Oregon was the first state to create a Scenic Bikeways program and a Bike Friendly Business program. The state’s two most populated cities, Portland and Eugene, are two of the country’s most bike-friendly cities. Both cities have for years participated in the annual World Naked Bike Ride, so don’t be surprised if you see a line of naked people riding through the streets on a June day in Portland or Eugene.

Open Beaches

There are no private beaches in Oregon. By law, all are free access, open to everyone.

Leave Your Fast-Paced Life Behind

Oregon is more of a slow-paced lifestyle, especially outside the major cities. Slow down, relax and enjoy your new life. Take time to meet people and form friendships.

Where’s the Sun?

You probably heard the weather in Oregon can be gloomy, but experiencing it is quite different. If you move from a more sunny state, you could easily become depressed. Consider buying a light therapy lamp and using it. It helps.

Should You Carry an Umbrella?

You may also have heard that real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas, and if you use one you will look like a tourist. Some say it is because Ducks like the rain (in reference to the Oregon Ducks, the University of Oregon’s sports teams). Many people pull a hoody or cap over their head, and consider those who use umbrellas as outsiders. Most of the time it won’t rain enough to need an umbrella, but if you happen to be in a downpour, don’t be afraid to use one.

Know Your State

Read the FAQ about moving to Oregon to find out when you become an Oregon resident and what taxes and fees you will pay. Read the online version of the Oregon Blue Book  for additional information.

Through the forums at City-Data.com  you can read comments, view photos of and join in discussions about Oregon and its diverse areas. Learn from long-time residents and make a few new friends before arriving.

Minimum Wage Increase

As of January 1, 2015 the minimum wage in Oregon is $9.25 an hour. By law, it increased 15 cents.

Find Your Perfect Place in Oregon

Unless you know what area you plan to move to in Oregon, do some research to select the region best suited to you and your lifestyle. If you prefer urban living surrounded by young professionals and the arts, consider moving to Portland, one of the country’s most popular cities.  Estimates put the number of people living in Portland at over 600,000, with more than 2.3 million in the metropolitan area.  The second most populated city is Eugene with about 157,000, followed closely by Salem.

Those who prefer to live in a more small-town atmosphere and commute into a city may prefer to find a new home in nearby smaller cities or rural towns. With a population of less than 52,000 Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, is one of the country’s best college towns. It is also well-suited to the older generations. The AARP named it one of the best places to live and retire.

Help with Moving to Oregon

When moving to Oregon from another state, your list of things to do will seem overwhelming. With a full service mover such as Chipman Relocation & Logistics, that list becomes more manageable.

Moving families like yours since 1939, Chipman knows how to take the stress out of a state to state move. We can provide complete door to door relocation, including professional packing and unpacking, or customize your move to meet your specific needs.

Read about our state to state movers and contact Chipman for a free, no obligation quote. We can help make moving to Oregon a breeze!

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Bay Area Hotel Renovations & Super Bowl 50 – Is Your Hotel Ready?

Although a year away, Super Bowl 50 is coming quickly. Are your Bay Area hotel renovations complete? What would the reviews of your hotel say if posted today?

Hotel renovations needed?

Is your hotel ready for Super Bowl 50? If not, you still have time to prepare.

Many Bay Area Hotels Renovated, But Not All

Numerous Bay Area hotels underwent renovations in recent years to meet the needs of increased business travelers in the high-tech market, and even more hotel renovations began with the announcement that the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara would host the historical Super Bowl event in 2016.

But some Bay Area hotels still need work to prepare for the flood of people expected that first week in February. Only about a month ago, a traveler posted a review at TripAdvisor.com with the headline “Typical, Outdated Bay Area Hotel in Need of Renovation.”  The reviewer pointed out that “the furniture has seen better days (with some of the chairs and tables having nicks and scratches in them) …” The hotel’s general manager politely explained the hotel is currently renovating, and renovations include the addition of new furniture. That hotel will likely be refreshed and ready in time, but what about others?

Several Bay Area hotels also received poor reviews recently that included comments such as the “room had old and very little furniture,” “the door had a huge gap that let in all of the noise,” and “bed bugs, mice, Oh my!”

While you can find thousands of Bay Area hotel rooms worthy of 5-star reviews, these comments show several area hotels still need renovation work. Considering the room squeeze the expected 1 million people attending Super Bowl 50 events will place on the Bay Area, every hotel should and could be ready.

If your hotel recently received a review like this one: “This hotel needs a lot of love and it could be something special – but it is clearly not special now,” and you are not in the process of renovating, get busy!  There is still time to bring in new furniture, fixtures and equipment and give your hotel the love it needs before Super Bowl 50 arrives. Your guests will appreciate it, reviews will reflect that, and your business will benefit.

Need Hotel Logistics for Your Renovation Project?

Whether planning a complete renovation or simply replacing worn furniture in guest rooms, the right hotel logistics can help you complete your project on schedule. In the Bay Area, Chipman Relocation & Logistics is the company to call.

From transportation, warehouse storage and delivery to FF&E installations, the quality services provided by Chipman can help make your hotel renovation project a success. Call now to discuss your needs for Bay Area hotel logistics services and receive a free quote from Chipman Relocation & Logistics.

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