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A Place to Stay While Moving Between Homes

February 1, 2018

Moving Between HomesWhile Moving between homes, you may encounter construction delays, delays in property closing or relocation issues.

There are many reasons why a move might be delayed and real estate clients may require temporary housing for a month or longer. Many people don’t anticipate the downtime between the closing date of their old home and the day they are allowed to move into their new home.  Staying in a hotel may not be the most comfortable and convenience option. They don’t have access to kitchen or laundry facilities, there isn’t a lot of space and they can’t live comfortable for the long term.

Where to Stay While Moving Between Homes

One option for accommodation in-between homes are fully furnished apartment rentals in convenient locations throughout Toronto.

Every home buyer and seller are taken care of while they wait out any delays, with comfortable apartments and great amenities. The suites are already move-in ready eliminating the need to bring in and move your furnishings. Plus, it will work out to be more economical in the long run than a hotel room.  Then, when your new property is ready, you can move in with ease.

Advantages of Furnished Apartments over Hotel Rooms

When you stay with DelSuites, you will feel right at home. Here are some of the features offered:

  • A fully equipped kitchen, so that guests can have the choice to self-cater.Moving Between Homes
  • Separate bedrooms and a living area, ensuring that guests have enough space and privacy.
  • An en-suite washer and dryer with steam iron and a full sized ironing board.
  • Weekly or Biweekly cleanings by our superior housekeeping team.
  • High speed, secured wireless internet.
  • Local & North American Long Distance Calls (some areas excluded)
  • Personally encoded suite intrusion security alarm system, 24 hour building security and a 24 hour On-Call Manager for emergencies.
  • DVD and Stereo System.
  • LCD flat screen television with Premium HD package.
  • Underground, indoor, secured parking.Moving Between Homes

A furnished rental may also have a home office that is equipped with wireless internet, a desk, a chair and office supplies. So, if a you need to take care of some business, you will have a productive environment in which to work.

To find out more about furnished apartment rentals and how we can partner with your real estate brokerage, please contact us today.

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How to Welcome an Employee Relocating

January 26, 2018

ThoughEmployee Relocatingtful relocation support can really make a big difference and can positively impact the performance and overall happiness of your new team member. So, how can you make your employee relocating feel right at home in their new city? Here are some ways that you can welcome your new employees, so that you can make a great impression on them from the start.

Employee Relocating – Give Them a Welcome Pack

This is a lovely gesture that will really make your new employee feel special. You can give it to them on the first day at work, or have it waiting for them at their accommodation. What should you put in it? How about:

  • A warm and friendly letter welcoming them to the city and the company.
  • A guide to the city with suggestions on interesting spots to visit.
  • Local snacks or cookies.
  • A bottle of wine or a case of local beer.
  • A map of the area where they will be living.
  • Coupons for discounts or freebies at local businesses.

Provide Them With Convenient Accommodation

Employee RelocatingPlacing your new employee in a hotel until they can move into a more permanent home isn’t a great solution, especially if they need to stay there for a a month or longer. Instead, provide them with a furnished corporate housing apartment where they can enjoy all of the comforts of home, such as a kitchen, washer and dryer, living room, office space and parking.

Plus, make sure that they are located close to where they will be working. They are new to the city and they don’t want to be spending all of their time getting lost while commuting.

Create a Helpful Checklist

When locating to a new province or country, there are a lot of things that your new employee will need to think about when getting themselves settled in their new home. This can be overwhelming for them, as there are so many things to do and it’s hard to know what is time-sensitive and what isn’t.

It can be very helpful to create a checklist for your employee relocating, to help them understand what needs to be done and what their priorities are. It will break down the large and overwhelming task into simpler and more manageable pieces. For reference, here’s a helpful checklist for employees moving to Canada from abroad.

Host Opportunities to Socialize

Employee RelocatingWhen your new employee arrives, they will likely not know anyone in the city and might feel a little bit lonely. You can make them feel more at home by hosting events where they will have a chance to make friends.

You can also offer information to them about other opportunities to meet people. If you aren’t sure what to suggest, ask your existing employees what events or get-togethers they attend or what things they did in the city to make friends when they first arrived. There are many different activities and groups that will welcome a newcomer and make them feel like part of the community.

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Immigrating to Canada

January 12, 2018

Immigrating to Canada Welcome to Canada. There are quite a few things that you will need to do when you first arrive to get settled in your new home. Let’s look at the five main steps you’ll take when immigrating to Canada.

1.  Immigrating to Canada – The Paperwork – Health Card, SIN, Passport and more.

You’ll need to make sure all of your paperwork is in order and you have applied for a few important things such as:

When you have lived in Canada for three years, you will be able to apply for citizenship. Once you have become a citizen, you can apply for a Canadian passport.Immigrating to Canada

2.  Speaking the Language

Speaking the language, whether it is French or English, is an important part of your life in Canada. To upgrade your skills you can:

  • Take a look at the language classes funded by the Government of Canada.
  • Looking for language classes at your local community centre.
  • Check your local library for language learning materials.
  • Join a conversation group for language learners.
  • Check out a language learning app such as Duolingo to practice your vocabulary.

3.  Finding Immigrating to Canadaa Job

If you are looking for employment in Canada there are many ways that you can find a job:

4.  Finding a Place to Live

There are many options for places to live in Canada, whether you are looking to rent or buy.  There are many factors to consider, including your budget and the location.  You can find a lot of information about buying and renting furnished apartments and homes in Canada on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website. Also, here’s another very helpful guide to finding accommodation in Canada.

5.  Becoming Part of the Community

Being a new immigrant can be a little lonely at first, especially if you don’t know anyone in the community. One of the most important steps is to get to know the people in your community and Immigrating to Canadamake new friends.

  • This Government of Canada website lists several resources for community connections.
  • There are hundreds of organizations designed to help newcomers settle into life in Canada. This page allows you to search for free newcomer services close to your postal code.
  • Join in with events at your local community centre, school or place of worship.
  • Use a website like Meetup to find groups and events related to your interests.

Immigrating to Canada can be a complicated process. However, once you have settled you will have built a life for yourself in one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries in the world and you can look forward to enjoying your time in your new home.

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2017

new year’s resolutionsWhen the New Year rolls around it’s time to start with a clean slate. You feel refreshed and invigorated, ready to start new projects and build better habits in your life. So, you make a list of new year’s resolutions that you are going to achieve this year.

Sometimes though, these resolutions may be the same as your new year’s resolutions last year – and the year before. Lose weight, write a book, pay off debts, save money, learn a new skill… they are all things that you would really like to do, but you keep putting off until tomorrow.

How can you make 2018 the year you accomplish those goals and stick to your new year’s resolutions? Here are some tips.

New Year’s Resolutions – Turn Vague Ideas into Specific Actions

If your resolution is too vague, it will be very difficult to stick to. Instead, turn it into a specific action that you can carry out. Instead of saying, “I’ll save more money and pay off my debts,” you can new year’s resolutionssay “as soon as I get paid each month I’ll place 10% of it in a savings account that I can’t easily access.”

Or, instead of saying “I’ll lose weight” you can say “I’ll walk at least 10,000 steps per day and stop drinking soda.” Instead of saying, “I’ll write a book” you can say, “I’ll sit down and write for 30 minutes every day with no interruptions.”

Make Sustainable Changes

Don’t make a New Year’s resolution that is too dramatic and will mean a huge change to your lifestyle. You’ll get excited about it in January, but you won’t be able to sustain the commitment throughout the year.

This “all-or-nothing” approach can be discouraging and if you fail it’s tempting to give up completely. It’s often much more effective to make small changes that you can maintain for the long term. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier don’t ban yourself from any sweets or unhealthy treats.  When travelling or you are away from home, a furnished apartment may be a suitable option so you can cook your own meals and its easier to measure your salt and sugar instake. Limit your intake gradually until eating less junk food becomes the norm (but you can still indulge on special occasions).

 Identify Trigger Points

Think about the situations when you might be tempted to break your resolutions and try to avoid them in advance. For example, perhaps you are trying to quit smoking. If you find that you are often tempted to light up when you are standing outside at the pub talking to other smokers, go indoors to get away from the situation and chat with them later.

Put a Positive Spin on It

new year’s resolutionsThink about the positive reasons why you want to stick to this resolution. If your goal is to start your own business, think about how rewarding and exciting being your own boss will be. If your aim is to exercise more, think about how energized and healthy you will feel. If you want to save money and pay off a debt, think about how peaceful you will feel when the debt is gone and you are financially free. These positive motivations are often much more effective than negative ones.

What techniques do you use to make yourself more likely to stick to your goals?

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Decorating Condos Over the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Decorating CondosIf you are travelling and away over the holidays, decorating condos will help to create some holiday cheer.

Whether you are visiting friends, exploring Toronto as a tourist, travelling on business or staying in the condo while your home is being renovated, these stylish furnished condo suites in Toronto are a lovely place to spend the holidays. Here are some tips that will make your furnished condo feel more festive.

Decorating Condos – Embrace Twinkle Lights

Strands of twinkle lights are not just for outdoors – you can use them inside to create a magical atmosphere. Try hangiDecorating Condosng them from the ceiling or putting them around the doorway as a way of setting the mood as soon as you walk in. They don’t take up a lot of room, so they are ideal for a place where space is at a premium.

Mini Pinecone Christmas Trees

Start with some pinecones, then paint them green and add some glitter. Place a star on the top and put them in a small flower pot. You can place these lovely mini trees on any flat surface and spread Christmas cheer all throughout your condo.

Window Ornaments

Rather than hanging lights or a wreath in your window, try using garlands with sparkling or shiny baubles on the end of them. It will make your window feel like a Christmas tree and when the winter sunshine comes through it will make them sparkle and shine. You could even add prisms to refract the light and scatter rainbows around the interior of your apartment.

Elegant Candles

Decorating CondosPlace white pillar candles on a silver serving tray and display them on the table. They are simple and elegant and will set the Christmas mood. You can even use scented candles that will create the right atmosphere for Christmas – such as cinnamon, nutmeg or frankincense. When your condo starts to smell like Christmas, it will really get you in the mood for the holiday season.

Use Mini Wreaths

Try using some small wreaths and decorate all around your condo to add more festive feeling. For example, you can use satin ribbon to hang a mini wreath from shelves or drawer pulls, or hang one in the window or over a mirror.

In addition, while your out with family and friends, why not check out some of these fun filled holiday activities to do in Toronto?

Decorating condos for the holidays will make it feel more special and welcoming and will really get you in the holiday spirit. How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Share your ideas and your holiday crafts with us in the comments below.