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Moving Canada to US; UPS or Fedex?

We're about to move from Toronto to San Francisco. (Yay!) But we have to move our things. (Nightmare!) We live pretty lightly, and aren't moving furniture, so we're thinking the best thing to do is ship a big pile of boxes using UPS or FedEx. Any thoughts on which is preferable? I have the impression that FedEx can be a bit nightmarish when borders are involved, but have zero experience with UPS international shipments.
posted by kaibutsu on Aug 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Moving to Canada from the US - question about renting an apartment

I am finishing my Ph.D this month and will be moving to Canada for a post-doc position. The town where I will be moving to has a VERY tight rental market and from what I have heard, apartments rent within hours of being posted on the local rental websites. My husband is flying out about a month before we officially move up to secure a place for us to rent, but we are worried about trying to pay for a place without a Canadian bank account. We don't want to give cash to the landlord because it is untraceable and we are pretty sure no one will accept a check from a US bank. Has anyone had to deal with this before? Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks!
posted by source.decay on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

How expensive is Tokyo, REALLY?

What's a reasonable cost of living wage increase when being transferred from Toronto to Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Moving to Vancouver

I'm (almost certainly) moving to Vancouver for grad school, starting this September. I've never moved before, other than college and that was only an hour away from my hometown. What do I need to know about renting an apartment, getting my iPhone to work and everything else? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Aug 11, 2013 - 16 answers

You there! With your delightful Canadian city! Tell me of it.

As an addendum of sorts to my very sad AskMe of last week, I have questions about Canadian cities that are not Sherbrooke, Quebec. Ridiculous concerns/criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jun 11, 2013 - 26 answers

How does an ersatz Canadian go home?

I've lived outside Canada for all my professional working life (grad school> jobs) and am now thinking about going back, how easy/hard will it be to find a job? How do I do that and can I do it from outside the country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2013 - 4 answers

MeFites in Canada: which artsy, progressive town or city should I move to?

MeFites in Canada: which artsy, progressive town or city should I move to? [more inside]
posted by oswego on Sep 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Tips on moving to Germany

I will be moving from Canada to Germany later this year, and would like to gain from your collective experience. Do you have any tips on making a long-distance, semi-permanent move, or things that you wished you'd known ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by frimble on May 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Cross-browser, cross-platform, cross-country compatibility.

As a Canadian, can I do freelance design work in the U.S. if I move there? [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Mar 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Canadians, give me some credit

Is there any Canadian credit card company that will check your US credit history? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jan 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Student House Needs New Tricks

I bought a house to rent out to students. What should I buy? Cliche/common examples include a pool table, foosball table and a dartboard, but I'd like more varied and unique ideas. [more inside]
posted by Ragingmelon on Jul 31, 2011 - 73 answers

Dense, walkable, cute affordable Canadian cities?

Asking this question for my mom: where should I live in Canada? (criteria: dense small city, pretty, affordable, walkable, climate not too cold.) [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Jul 9, 2011 - 27 answers

HALP!

Help me figure out what to do with my life! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jun 11, 2011 - 9 answers

So does ANYthing suck about Canada?

Give me good reasons not to move from the U.S. to Canada (specifically Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Vancouver) in 2-6 years. I especially welcome input from MeFites who have lived in both countries. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Nov 19, 2010 - 66 answers

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama?

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama? [more inside]
posted by skwt on May 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Travel chest needs to cross the ocean at the smallest possible expense!

Moving from Canada to England, need to ship one large trunk as cheaply as possible. Recommendations for companies/methods of doing this would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Prescription to Move.

Canada Filter: I live on Vancouver Island, BC. We just had 180mm of rain in a day and a bit. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. The two do not mix. Where should I move? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Nov 17, 2009 - 38 answers

How do we get our stuff to Germany without breaking the bank?

What's the best option for shipping several boxes of household items from Canada to Germany? [more inside]
posted by freudenschade on Jun 17, 2009 - 12 answers

How can we get a car now if we're moving to Canada in 3 months?

We're moving to Canada in 3 months but we need a new car now. Buy? Lease? Here? There? [more inside]
posted by setanor on Jun 12, 2009 - 17 answers

Thinking of moving to Toronto...Advice?

I have some questions about making the big move to Toronto...I feel it's right for me, but need additional information. [more inside]
posted by Alex930 on Aug 31, 2008 - 45 answers

CanadaFilter: Moving Ottawa to West coast.

CanadaFilter: Moving Ottawa to West coast. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels on Jul 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find a way to move to Toronto from the US

Two Americans a year out of college, hoping to find some way to move to Toronto. Is this even plausible? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Jun 28, 2008 - 22 answers

That's it, I'm moving to Canada!

I'm moving to Canada! Looking for advice about money, finding an apartment, and anything I should take care of before I leave. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jun 2, 2008 - 35 answers

Canadian moving via U.S. -- customs troubles?

Wondering if any Canadians have experience doing this... I am moving next month from Winnipeg to Vancouver. I will be having most of my possessions shipped, and will be driving my car west. In my car, I will just have my clothes, a small LCD-TV and my computer. Everything else will be shipped. My question is .. I want to drive through the U.S. on I-94 and I-90 (from Grand Forks, ND to Seattle, WA) and then cross back into Canada towards Vancouver. Does anyone know if the border officials (US or Canadian) are going to give me any hassle moving this way? I am just worried about them thinking that the stuff in my car is things I bought in the states, even though I am just moving them via the US. I have done the Manitoba-B.C. drive a few times and I want to go through the northern U.S. for a change. Thanks!
posted by ninefour on Apr 16, 2008 - 10 answers

What is my best option, moving from San Diego to Toronto?

Moving from California to Toronto, how can we do it cheaply? [more inside]
posted by geodave on Apr 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Van drop-off for small move in Canada

Moving company in Canada that allows drop-offs for cargo or cube vans out-of-province? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Mar 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Moving Grad-Students and their Stuff Across Canada

Moving Grad-Students: Two of us are moving back to Ontario from Edmonton, Alberta. We need to ship ourselves and our stuff. Options include: buy a (cheapish) car/van and drive (we'd sell it upon arrival), one-way van rental (rather expensive?), fly and ship our stuff (Greyhound?). Any wisdom much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rumbles on Feb 3, 2008 - 12 answers

My wife and I want to move to Canada; Montreal, specifically. What do we need to know?

My wife and I want to move to Canada; Montreal, specifically. What do we need to know? (Currently living in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. of A.) [more inside]
posted by wmeredith on Nov 8, 2007 - 17 answers

Everybody knows this is nowhere

Moving from Chicago to Toronto. Can anyone recommend a mover? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Sep 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Financial advice for US to Canada move.

How do I find a financial adviser to help me best plan for a move from the US to Canada? [more inside]
posted by googly on Sep 25, 2007 - 6 answers

We're Moving to Montreal! Where should we live?!

MontrealFilter: We are moving to Montreal in December. Yay! Advice needed on neighborhoods that would suit us. [more inside]
posted by picklebird on Sep 19, 2007 - 20 answers

move me!

Canada + moving truck rental + interprovincial move = only u-haul? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jul 28, 2007 - 9 answers

How to find a job in AUS/NZ from Canada?

I want to find a job in Australia or new Zealand. But I'm Canadian, in Canada. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jan 30, 2007 - 15 answers

Go North, Young Woman

I want to buy 20 acres in Canada so that I have a refuge and a windfall when the coming global apocolypse comes down, I'm ready. Where can I buy now that would be the best investment, esp. for not much money? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Dec 16, 2006 - 22 answers

shipping from UK to Canada

What's the cheapest (but safe) way to ship several heavy boxes from the UK to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Nov 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Moving to Montreal with a skilled-worker visa?

I'm trying to apply for a Canadian skilled-worker visa, with the ultimate intention of moving to Montreal to live. Can I apply for my Quebec Selection Certificate at the same time as I apply for the federal Canadian Permanent Resident skilled-worker visa? [more inside]
posted by autonia on Oct 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Shipping across Canada on the cheap?

I'm moving from Prince George, BC, to London, Ontario, and need to transport a number of boxes. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Yank needs advice on settling in Montreal

How to settle in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by concourse on Jun 24, 2006 - 23 answers

You're moving WHERE?

Does anyone know a cheap and mostly reliable way to ship things across Canada? I'm about to move from Toronto to Regina, and want to be able to send some boxes (clothes, books, kitchen stuff etc.) ahead. [more inside]
posted by Tomatillo on Sep 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Moving to the USA

I'm a Canadian looking to move (and work) in the USA. Not necessarily forever, but more than the three months a tourist visa allows. I've got a 2 year college degree and 8 yrs experience in IT. Where do I start to figure out how to do it? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Aug 3, 2005 - 4 answers

Job prospects in Canada?

Is Canada a good place to go if you want a decent job and a good place to go for college?
posted by Keyser Soze on Nov 2, 2004 - 23 answers

Canadian moving companies

I'm looking for recommendations, advice, and anecdotes regarding Canadian moving companies, as I will be relocating from Winnipeg to Toronto this summer. Can anyone refer me to a good, reliable company?
posted by theNonsuch on Jun 13, 2004 - 2 answers

Where should I live in Ontario?

I'm looking to relocate to Ontario for the summer with the possibility of staying longer if I'm accepted to one of the schools that I've applied to there. In particular, I've been looking at London, Hamilton, possibly Brantford. My significant other lives in New York (I'm moving from B.C.) so close to the border would be nice if there's a decent supply of job opportunities. What about Niagara Falls or St. Catharines? Too touristy? Are there any places that I should avoid. My budget is tight, but I want someplace safe.. If you're familiar with B.C., I'd like to avoid places similar to East Hastings or Granville at all cost. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k on May 4, 2004 - 21 answers

How do I move from SC to Canada?

So I want to move to Canada at the beginning of next summer. I was wondering if any of you have made a similar trip, from the USA to Canada, and could provide me with some info on the move. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 28, 2004 - 15 answers

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