Number of People Moving to Irvine CA Continues to Grow

If you are moving to Irvine CA, or you have in the last five years, you are certainly not alone. Between 2010 and 2015, Irvine’s population increased over 21%, giving the Orange County city the highest percentage increase in resident population among all California cities during that five-year period. Irvine also ranked 7th in the nation. The ranking was based on recently released census data for cities with a population of 50,000 or more by 2010.

Only 10 other California cities were among the country’s top 100 ranked, including Lake Elsinore with a 17.3% estimated population increase and Milpitas with a 16.1% increase.

California cities population growth

California City Rankings based on Annual Census Data

In addition to the five-year ranking, Milpitas, a city in Santa Clara County, also ranked #8 among the nation’s fastest growing cities (with a population of 50,000 or more) between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015. Dublin in Alameda County ranked 6th.

Dublin and Milpitas were the only two California cities making the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of 15 fastest growing cities, 2014-2015, but three cities – Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco – ranked among the nation’s top 15 with the largest numeric increases:

  • Ranking #3, Los Angeles, the second most populated city in the U.S, increased its population by 34,943 to total 3,971,883.
  • San Diego ranked #13 in the nation with a gain of 12,677 residents for a total 1,394,928.
  • San Francisco ranked #15 with an increase of 12,279 to total 864,816.

Irvine’s Continued Growth not a Surprise

Year after year we see reports of Irvine’s increase in population. A 2012 article in the Orange County Business Journal says “Irvine won’t max out for decades.

At that time, city officials projected Irvine’s population would grow to 256,300 by 2020. However, the California Department of Finance’s recently released New State Population Report shows Irvine’s population had already reached an estimated 258,386 by January 2016.

Irvine is one of California’s 10 fastest growing cities with populations over 30,000, and is ranked #1 among the top 10 cities under 300,000 with the largest numeric change (6,650) between 2015 and 2016, according to the state report.

Why are People Moving to Irvine CA?

Through the years, the city of Irvine has consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Live, including by Livability. Some people say they move to Irvine for the city’s highly rated schools and its cultural diversity. Irvine is recognized as an international crossroads city, and education is a priority for its residents. More than 90 percent of high school graduates attend college, with students performing well above state and national comparisons.

Many people move to Irvine because, according to a report on The Safest Cities in California in 2016, it is one of the state’s largest safe cities. For more than a decade Irvine held its status as one of the safest cities in the country based on FBI violent crime statistics.

For various reasons, a growing number of people are moving to Irvine. That growth is not expected to slow anytime soon.



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Third Party Warehousing and Distribution for Retailers

third party warehousing

If you are not seeing efficiency in your self-distribution and warehousing costs, or are starting a new business and looking for retail logistics solutions, third party warehousing and distribution can be the ideal solution. A good 3PL provider will serve as a strategic partner, bringing efficiency to your supply chain and providing the flexible solutions your retail business needs for growth.

What is a 3PL Provider?

A 3PL (third party logistics) provider is a company outside of your organization that provides logistics services and solutions. Some 3PL companies provide integrated logistics services such as freight transportation, warehousing, inventory management, pick and pack, final mile delivery and installations. 3PL services can be scaled and customized to meet each customer’s changing needs.

Who Uses Third Party Warehousing and Distribution & Why

Rather than pay the increasing costs of warehousing and distribution operations, many retailers prefer to invest the capital into additional locations, or reserve it to reduce their corporate debt. Third party warehousing and distribution makes that possible.

According to a report by supply chain management market research and consulting firm Armstrong & Associates, 86 percent of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PL services. Some companies such as Wal-Mart use 50 or more 3PLs.

Chipman Relocation & Logistics provides logistics solutions to major retailers including NIKE, Walgreens and Uniqlo. We also partner with smaller companies that need cost-effective retail logistics solutions. Read about Chipman’s warehousing and distribution services.

For many retail businesses, third party warehousing and distribution is the only viable option. The costs associated with owning and managing a warehousing, from space and infrastructure to labor expenses, is simply not feasible. Nor is the cost of self-distribution.

Benefits of Third Party Retail Warehousing and Distribution

The benefits of integrated third party warehousing and distribution services for retailers are many. The following are only a few:

  • Lower operating costs
  • Avoid the associated costs and risks of owning and managing a warehouse
  • No warehouse labor wages and benefits
  • No large capital investment in equipment and technology
  • Ability to easily and quickly scale warehousing and distribution needs
  • More economical shipping
  • Reliable, efficient and cost-effective movement of freight, from origin to destination
  • Expert supply chain management
  • Improved customer fulfillment and level of service
  • More time to focus on your core business

Whether you are searching for consolidated transportation, warehousing, and delivery services or want to outsource part of your retail warehousing / distribution, Chipman Relocation & Logistics can provide the solution you need. Contact us to discuss how partnering with Chipman can help you grow your business.

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Laboratory Relocation Service for UC Davis an Interesting Project

Lab relocation for UC Davis

As an experienced laboratory relocation service provider, Chipman Relocation & Logistics has worked on some interesting projects. One such recent project involved moving the Hoffman Laboratory, Shock Compression Lab from Harvard University at Cambridge, MA to the new Earth and Planetary Sciences Shock Compression Lab at the University of California, Davis.

Moving a research lab can involve relocating heavy equipment, but the equipment is not always as interesting as the large system with blast tank moved for UC, Davis.

“The compression tank system and the experiments they do with the system is very cool,” says Linda Martin, Chipman National Move Coordinator. “They shoot projectiles into ice in the compression tank up to 6,000 miles per hour to determine the effect of how hard objects can hit planets or other things in outer space.”

Why ice? Ice is commonly found in the solar system. By recreating and studying the giant collisions of celestial objects, researchers can not only explain what happens in natural collision events, but also better understand the history and evolution of the solar system. You can  read more about the lab here .

Meeting the Challenges of Moving a Research Lab for UC Davis

The compression tank system was located in a basement. The only way to move the large pieces of the system was to open a hatch at ground level to a chute going up from the basement to the outside of the building. Chipman’s lab movers used a crane to hoist the compression tank out of the basement. An indoor crane was used to remove the wind tunnel motor from its frame to be moved.

The two largest tanks were transported to California on a flatbed trailer.

Compression tank loaded on trailer

“When the shipment arrives in Davis, we will have a crane on-site to lift the tanks from the flatbed truck, have wheels put underneath the tanks and take them into the new building,” said Martin.

The remainder of the system and lab goods were transported in one of Chipman’s special commodities moving vans.  Moving a research laboratory can include moving freezers, refrigerators, chemicals and reagents in a specialized moving van equipped with generators and climate controlled to keep the appliances running and at temperature during transit.

The trucks are fully equipped with a monitoring system. The drivers have the ability to monitor the temperature of each appliance as they are driving from one location to another. Drivers are trained to check LN2 levels in LN2 vessels and LN2 freezers. They are fully prepared to replenish the LN2 during transit, when needed.

Need a Reliable Laboratory Relocation Service Provider?

If you are planning an upcoming project and want first-rate, reliable laboratory relocation services, Chipman Relocation & Logistics is your source. Contact us to discuss your project.

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Understanding Common Terms Used in Logistics

In our last post we explained a few basic LTL freight shipping terms, but as you get more involved with shipping your goods you will hear many other common terms used in logistics. If a transportation company asks if you need white glove delivery service, would you know how to answer?

As a convenience to our customers, we have compiled a list of a few other common terms used in logistics with easy-to-understand explanations for each one. If you have questions, please contact Chipman Relocation & Logistics for more information.

What is White Glove Delivery?

White glove delivery is a premium service often requested for fragile or high-value goods that require safe and secure or temperature control transport. White glove service could include inside pickup/delivery, packing & unpacking, debris pickup, disassembly & assembly and other convenience services.

What is Inside Pickup / Delivery?

Inside pickup and delivery is a service provided when a driver must go inside the location rather than pick up (or deliver) at the loading dock or door. This type of pickup and delivery requires more time than simply backing up to a loading dock. Therefore, an additional fee is usually charged for inside pickup or delivery service.

What is 3PL Warehousing?

3PL (third party logistics) warehousing is warehouse services provided by a third-party company outside of your organization. 3PL warehousing eliminates the costs of owning and operating a warehouse. Some 3PL warehouses provide integrated services such as inventory management, pick and pack, distribution, final mile delivery and installation.

What is Final Mile Delivery?

Final mile delivery, also called “last mile delivery,” is the delivery of a shipment to its final destination. Final mile delivery could be the delivery of furniture or fixtures to a hotel or multi-family property. It could involve delivering equipment to a lab, or products to the buyer’s home or office. It is the last leg of the supply chain.

What is Cross Docking?

Cross-docking is a flow-through distribution system in which inbound freight shipped from the supplier or manufacturer is received at the dock, unload, sorted and reloaded onto outbound trucks or rail for direct distribution to the customer. Little to no warehousing is involved. Cross-docking may be used for merchandise pre-packaged at the manufacturing facility for direct delivery without the need for storage and the pick and pack fulfillment process. Cross-docking is also used for perishable products requiring quick delivery, and by retailers for products with constant demand.

What is Pick and Pack?

Pick and pack service involves the disassembly of a shipment, selection of individual products from the shipment, and then the repackaging of the items picked for delivery. In many cases, a warehouse receives and stores freight until the merchandise is needed. Warehouse personnel will then pick ordered products out of the stored inventory and repackage for delivery. This process could involve breaking down pallets of cases to pick and pack individual items or cases for shipment.

What is Reverse Logistics?

Reverse logistics is the flow of goods from what is generally the final destination back through the supply chain for recapturing value or disposal. It may involve returning damaged or recalled products to a manufacturer, returning surplus or seasonal merchandise to stored inventory, sending packing materials for recycling, or disposing of obsolete equipment. It is basically the backward flow of products.

Need Logistics Services? Let Chipman Improve Your Supply Chain

Chipman Relocation & Logistics provides 3PL warehousing and other logistics services to help businesses improve their supply chains. Our logistics services that helped NIKE, Walgreens, Uniqlo and other major corporations can help your company, too. To find out how, call Chipman Relocation & Logistics.


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What is LTL Freight Shipping? Understanding Common Shipping Terms

If you are new to LTL freight shipping, common terms used within the industry can send you searching for the meanings as you try to discuss shipping options with a carrier. Choosing between FTL and LTL freight shipping is difficult if you are not sure about the difference, or even know what the acronyms mean. What is LTL freight shipping?

Although freight carriers such as Chipman Relocation & Logistics will explain any LTL shipping terms you are unfamiliar with and assist you in selecting the best transport option for your freight requirements, you may want to have an understanding of the basic terminology and how LTL shipping works. To get you started, we’ve defined a few of the most common terms.

What is LTL Freight Shipping?

Less than a truck load ( LTL) freight shipping is an economical way to transport freight weighing more than the typical 150 pound limit of parcel carriers, but less than a full a truck load (FTL). A full truck load generally ranges from 10,000-20,000 pounds, but it also depends on cargo dimensions.

LTL freight carriers consolidate shipments, so you only pay for the cost of shipping your cargo. LTL freight is more economical than FTL, and you may even find that the cost is less than a parcel carrier for shipments under 150 pounds.

What determines the cost of LTL freight shipping?

Unlike shipping a full truck load, in which costs are often based on a quoted rate per mile with fuel charges, LTL freight shipping costs are determined by various factors such as freight class, shipment origin and destination, carrier’s base rate (can vary widely) and absolute minimum charge.

What is Freight Class?

Freight class is the designated group a commodity is placed in to help determine the cost of LTL shipping. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) established the freight classification system to standardized pricing of LTL services for different types of freight based on an evaluation of density (weight and dimensions), handling (is it fragile/hazardous or easily handled during loading and unloading), stow-ability (is it combustible, of unusual dimensions, able to be stacked in a load) and liability (this considers probability of damage, theft or damage caused to other freight). The classification system includes 18 classes ranging from Class 50 to Class 500. Generally, the lower the class number, the lower the price.

What is CWT?

If a freight carrier gives you a quote on LTL services based on CWT, an acronym for centum weight or hundredweight, the rate quoted is per one hundred pounds. The CWT is based on freight class, origin and destination.

What is Liftgate Service?

A liftgate service is the use of a platform or hydraulic lift on the back of a truck/tractor-trailer to lift freight on or off of the truck bed or trailer. If a loading dock or forklift is not available, freight must be moved from or to ground level with the lift gate. An additional fee is typically charged for liftgate service.

What is a Bill of Lading (BOL)?

A Bill of Lading has multiple purposes. It is the receipt for your freight, a title of the goods, and a contract between the shipper (you) and carrier for transportation of that freight. This legally binding document required for shipment outlines delivery details and provides information used in invoicing.

With a basic understanding of these frequently used LTL freight shipping terms, you are ready to schedule your first shipment like a pro. In our next post we expand on the list with a few more common terms used in logistics, so check them out and save for future reference.

If you would like a quote on LTL freight shipping, please call Chipman Relocation & Logistics. As always, quotes are provided free of charge without obligation.

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Tips for Moving IT Equipment in an Office Relocation

IT equipment

If you are planning an office relocation, or any commercial move, and have not considered the process of moving IT equipment, now is the time to do so. Without thorough and advanced planning, your company could suffer lost productivity after the move, or worse. Imagine the complete loss of important stored data and the damage that could do to your business.

When planning a commercial move, IT relocation must be a priority, not an afterthought. Consider the following tips to help make your move a success:

  • Include IT relocation in your moving plan. To minimize downtime, IT systems should be fully operational when your staff returns for the first day of business in the new location. But moving IT equipment can be a complex process. Get your IT specialist (or an experienced IT technician) involved with planning the move. Don’t wait until moving day to determine when to disconnect your equipment and how to move it.
  • Survey current IT equipment. What IT equipment will be relocated, what will be retired and what new equipment should be purchased? Many companies consider relocation a good time to update their office technology. If purchasing new equipment, include it in your relocation budget and submit your orders as soon as possible. Have a plan in place for disposal of retired equipment.
  • Bring IT, design, engineering together. Schedule a meeting in your new office location to discuss IT requirements before the move. Draw plans for the office configuration. Decide where printers, copiers, fax machines and other equipment will be located and where phone lines, internet and power ports are needed.
  • Backup data in advance. Before the office move, your IT specialist should backup all data systems and store copies off site, if not in the cloud. Allow at least a month to get cloud backup running.
  • Consider professional IT disconnect and reconnect services. Do not ask your employees to handle the IT disconnect and reconnect of their equipment. Don’t even allow them to pack the equipment. Damage is less likely to occur when IT relocation is handled by skilled technicians. Ideally, the moving company you select offers IT disconnect and reconnect services, and is fully insured.
  • Moving a server room? Read this expert interview for tips.
  • Have a backup plan. If something doesn’t go as planned, you will need a backup plan for business continuity. Have one, or two.

Chipman Offers Technicians Skilled in Moving IT Equipment

When moving with Chipman Relocation & Logistics, you can let our skilled office equipment movers take care of IT disconnect and reconnect for you. Simply request the service when planning your commercial move with a Chipman representative.

The IT technicians will survey your office equipment and setup, identify priority equipment, and determine when to disconnect computer workstations, phone systems, copiers, etc. to maximize your business operating time. Your equipment is properly packed and relocated, then reconnected in the new location and tested. If necessary, the IT technicians will troubleshoot any issues. Your equipment is then dusted and left ready for operation. Moving IT equipment couldn’t be any easier!

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Office Relocation Project Plan the Key to a Successful Office Move

Office Relocation Project Planning

As with any major project, proper planning and organization are key to a successful office move. Once the decision to relocate is made, the first task is to create an Office Relocation Project Plan. This is one of the most important steps taken in an office move.

An office relocation plan outlines the tasks necessary to complete a successful move. It should also specify who is responsible for each task and when the tasks must be completed.

By creating an outline of every step in the moving process, you ensure necessary tasks are completed in the required timeframe. When following a good project plan, downtime and loss of productivity are kept to a minimum as the move is successfully completed on time and on budget.

Now that we’ve covered the reasons why you need a good office relocation project plan, let’s talk about how to create one.

How to Create an Office Relocation Project Plan

  1. Determine who will be the primary person in charge of the move, whether it be you or someone else within your company. This person will serve as the in-office move coordinator. He or she should be a great organizer, have the authority to represent your company, and be capable of making snap decisions when necessary.
  2. Select a small project planning team. The in-office move coordinator will serve as leader of this team, and together the team will create your office relocation plan.
  3. Know or determine your key dates, such as current lease termination, preferred move date, new lease signing, new office build-out start and finish, and final date for completion of the move.
  4. Estimate your relocation budget. Review it periodically throughout the move process to ensure the move stays within the budget.
  5. Develop a project plan customized for your office relocation. You can use tips on what to include, such as those provided below, but the best project plan is one created specifically for your office move. Build the plan in a Word document or Excel Spreadsheet (Google Sheets would work well). List every task that must be taken to complete the move, who will be responsible for each one, and when the task should be completed.

Tips for Creating Your Relocation Plan, What to Include

Every office relocation is different, so you (along with your team) will need to decide what tasks to include in your specific project plan. The priority is to make sure every detail is covered within a set timeframe and budget. Below are a few tips for a successful office move:

  • Decide if you will use full service movers before creating your project plan. If you work with a full service mover, details of the physical move can be handled by a professional move coordinator. Your mover will manage the relocation for you, so those details do not need to be included in your project plan. You will, however, need to include in your plan the process of selecting the best full service office movers.
  • Inform employees of the upcoming move, as early as possible. If you are making a long-distance relocation, discuss relocation packages. Keep employees informed throughout the process via regular emails, posted notices and announcements during company meetings. You can also prepare a relocation FAQ or guideline to answer many anticipated questions.
  • Determine the required space needed in the new office. Consider future growth.
  • Select the new office location and negotiate a lease. Decide in advance the type and length of lease you need.
  • Work with an office space planner on design and buildout. Know the dimensions of the new space.
  • Work with your IT department head in planning the new office infrastructure.
  • An office relocation presents a good time to replace outdated equipment and furnishings. Perform an inventory and decide what items will be moved or replaced. Also decide how you will dispose of the outdated office furniture and equipment.
  • Relocation also provides a great opportunity to purge unnecessary files and move paper records to digital. You might also consider offsite records storage to free up office space.
  • Update all marketing collateral including the company website and online citations, brochures, stationary, business cards, etc.
  • Notify customers and vendors about the upcoming relocation. Take advantage of this opportunity to communicate with your current, former and prospective customers multiple times throughout the relocation process. Announce the upcoming move. If you are relocating due to company growth, proudly tell customers and vendors. Later send an update about how well plans for the relocation are going, and then announce completion of the move.
  • Review 20 Tips for Smoother Office Moves and other office relocation tips provided here.

Take as much time as needed to build your office relocation project plan. Refine the plan throughout the relocation process as necessary, and periodically check in with responsible parties of each task to ensure those tasks are completed as scheduled. Building and adhering to a good plan will provide the organization your office relocation needs to be a successful move that is on time and on budget.

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5 Local Moving Tips to Help Make Your In-State Move Easier

Local moving tips

An unplanned local move can quickly become a stressful nightmare.

Local moves are, of course, much easier than moving across the country or around the world. But even when moving a block or two away, the process can quickly turn into a stressful, hectic nightmare. Following these five local moving tips, especially the first one, will help prevent that from happening.

1. Don’t underestimate the time and effort local moving requires.

Often people assume a local move will be a breeze, with little to no planning needed.  Only concerned about the grueling task of packing and unpacking, they don’t think about the logistics of the move in advance.  That’s a mistake, one that can lead to a stressful, hectic moving experience. Advanced planning and good organization are necessary for any successful move, even when moving a couple of miles away.

2. Decide between a do-it-yourself move and hiring a local mover. 

A do-it-yourself move will be cheaper, but it will take much more of your time and require someone (you) to do a lot more work. You can hire a local moving company to handle some of the more difficult tasks such as moving furniture and appliances, or you could save yourself the all of the time and effort a move requires by hiring a full service moving company. A full service mover will take care of every detail for you, including packing and unpacking as well as planning and move management.

3. Use a local moving checklist for planning and organization.

Once you’ve made the decision to move, your first step should be to create a moving checklist. Building the checklist will help you plan for your move in advance; using the checklist will keep you organized and ensure that each task is taken care of. You can find various moving checklists online, including a printable checklist here, to use as a guide, but you may want to customize the list for your specific move. Reading through the additional moving aids provided at Chipman Relocation & Logistics will also help. If you plan to hire a full service moving company such as Chipman, one that will plan and manage your residential move for you, your checklist can be much shorter.

4. Know where everything will go in advance.

If possible, spend some time in your new home before moving day. Take measurements. Plan where you will place furniture in each room. You could create a simple sketch of the home interior and give each room a number, then number your boxes and furniture so whoever is helping you move will know where to place each one. You could also use an online room planning tool such as the RoomStyler 3D home planner to help you decide how to arrange the furniture and where to place everything, from each piece of living room furniture to your kitchen utensils and children’s books.

5. Become familiar with the area before moving.

If you are moving more than a few miles from your current location, you may need to find a new grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc. When you have time available before the move, find each one. Drive around and become familiar with the area. Doing so will help you feel more comfortable and at home in the new location before moving in. It really makes a difference!

Looking for a professional to help make your move easier? Chipman provides local moving and storage services through locations in California, Washington and Oregon. Contact us for a free move estimate without obligation.

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Minimize the Environmental Impact of Office Relocation with Chipman Relocation & Logistics

Reuse-Redesignate-Recycle office relocation program



Planning an upcoming office relocation? Have you thought about how much waste from your office move could end up in landfills? With all of the things on your to-do list, it is unlikely you have. However, considering a recent Yale study indicating the United States is disposing of more than twice the amount of solid waste than the EPA estimated, and the environmental impacts of that waste, we should all be thinking more about waste reduction.

Chipman Relocation & Logistics can make it easy for you. Our REUSE, REDESIGNATE and RECYCLE program reduces the amount of waste an office relocation often generates and will make your move more environmentally friendly. Plus, by working with Chipman’s office movers, you can relax knowing the expert movers will provide a turn-key office move that is successful and economical.

Chipman’s Green Office Relocation Program

As part of Chipman’s efforts to help minimize the environmental impact of office relocations and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, we are committed to recycling all reusable materials. Our REUSE, REDESIGNATE and RECYCLE program includes the following:

  • All recovered cardboard and paper packing materials are sorted, baled and palletized for recycling.
  • Unwanted office furniture in usable condition is donated to local charities such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Hope Charters.
  • Rather than disposing of office furniture that is not reusable, we recycle. The furniture is disassembled and the metal and wood sent for recycling.
  • Chipman does not profit from providing decommissioning and recycling services. All of those services are provided at cost. In some cases, redesignation efforts or selling of assets makes it possible for Chipman to provide decommissioning services free of charge.

To learn more about our program, talk to your move coordinator or contact us now.

If you have the time to explore other options, Chipman also offers tips on office furniture disposal as well as tips on how to dispose of old computers and electronics.  You may even be able to sell your unwanted items or get a tax write-off by donating them to a charitable organization if the items are in good, usable condition.

With a little time and effort, you can make your office relocation more environmentally friendly by reducing the waste sent to landfills. When partnering with Chipman, it takes no additional time or effort on your part at all!

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Moving to Canada from the U.S.: What You Should Know

Moving to Canada

Thinking about relocating to Canada? Moving to Canada from the U.S. is much different from moving across the country. Without proper planning you could be stuck at the border, unable to enter with your load of household goods.

Even after you go through the legal process for immigration and are allowed to move to Canada, you may discover the transition is much more difficult than you expected. Do your research in advance and be sure this is the right move for you. These tips will help.

If you have already taken care of the legal immigration process, are ready to move to Canada, and want the help of a full service moving company, contact Chipman Relocation & Logistics now.

Before You Decide to Make the Move

Maybe you’ve just started thinking about moving to Canada. If so, and you haven’t visited the country yet, that should be your first step. Take a trip. Experience it. You may decide Canada is not for you, or you could come home ready to pack your belongings and make the move as quickly as possible.

Tips on Visiting Canada

Visiting Canada is much easier than moving to the country. As a U.S. citizen, you can enter Canada without a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). However, you and all persons traveling with you should carry proper identification, such as a passport or birth certificate with government issued photo ID (driver’s license). If you are traveling with minor children you share custody of and both parents are not present, it is a good idea to bring proof of custody in addition to birth certificates.

If you are traveling with a pet, you must meet certain requirements. For instance, to bring your personal dogs or cats aged 3 months or older, you must show proof of current rabies vaccination. If under 3 months, vaccination is not required, but you may need to show proof of age. Read about taking pets with you to Canada.

When you arrive at the border, an officer will tell you how long you can stay in the country. Typically, the period is six months.

But before you pack up and head to the border for a six-month stay, spend some time reading through the Canada Border Services Agency website. You will find lots of helpful information you need to know in advance.

Are you Eligible to Move to Canada?

After you’ve taken a trip to Canada and decided it is where you want to live, your first step in relocation is to determine eligibility. (You may want to do this first.) Unfortunately for some, not everyone who applies is allowed to move to Canada. The Canadian government makes it easy for you to find out online. Use the questionnaire here to get started.

Keep in mind that the processing of an application for permanent residence can take several months or years, depending on the type of application you submit. Even an application for a temporary resident visa can take a month or more to process.

Resources & Tips for Moving to Canada

As you wait for an approval of your immigration to Canada, take the time to learn about the country. The following tips, resources and things to know will help.

  • Know what you can and cannot bring with you before you pack to leave for Canada. You will need to make a list of all items you are bringing. Take at least two copies of the list with you. If you hire a mover, provide the company with a copy, too.
  • Prepare for Canada, the country’s online magazine for immigrant professionals, provides articles filled with information on What You Should Know Before You Go. Browse through the articles for tips, resources and a checklist.
  • You are probably aware that the winters in Canada can be long and brutal, but hearing it and experiencing it are very different. Be prepared.  View weather information here.
  • Canada uses Celsius, rather than Fahrenheit. Canadians also use the metric system, and speed limits are in km/h.  You can download a converter app for each if you need help with them.
  • As in the U.S., the cost of living in Canada varies depending on where you plan to live. Information on the cost of living is provided at Numbeo.
  • Your state driver’s license issued in the U.S. is valid in Canada when you arrive. The period of time you have to exchange your license varies by providence and territory. You can get information here.
  • Before leaving the U.S., get a full copy of your driving record and take it with you. It will make obtaining one in Canada much easier.
  • The U.S. Embassy offers a few general tips on driving in Canada. Read them.
  • If you “go out for a rip” (out for a drive) in Canada and ask for directions, a Canadian may tell you to make or “hang a larry.” That means turn left. “Hang a roger” means turn right. If you need a restroom, politely ask for a “washroom.” Read more here.
  • Did you know a conviction for drinking and driving in the U.S. could keep you out of Canada? In general, it’s true. And do not make the mistake of drinking and driving within Canada. It’s a serious offense.
  • If you are a smoker, know the smoking laws in Canada before you light up. You cannot smoke in any enclosed public indoor spaces or work spaces, not even work vehicles, and many providences have banned smoking in outdoor public patios. In some areas, you cannot smoke near playgrounds, jogging trails or other areas where children may be present. You can also be heavily fined for smoking in a personal vehicle with a minor present.
  • Have questions about moving to Canada that you would like Canadians to answer? Visit the forums at and ask. You can also learn a lot by reading previous posts.
  • Hiring a full service relocation company such as Chipman Relocation & Logistics will help make moving to Canada easier and less stressful. Chipman can handle many of the details for you and provide a wealth of resources.

If you would like to discuss how Chipman Relocation & Logistics can assist with your move to Canada, contact us now.  As always, move estimates are free of charge and without obligation.

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