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Tips for Summer Relocation

May 28, 2018

Summer RelocationSummer relocation has a lot of advantages. If you have children, it’s less disruptive than uprooting them in the middle of the school year. Plus, they have some time to make friends and get to know your new neighborhood before school begins in the fall. The weather will mean that you can get outside and explore your new area.

However, there are some challenges for summer relocation. Read on to see our simple tips.

Summer Relocation – Book in Advance

Relocation services are busy in the summertime, as this is the most popular time of year to move. The high demand might mean that it’s hard to book a moving company and that the price will be higher. It’s like trying to book a flight over Christmas or Thanksgiving!

However, you might save money if you book in advance. Also, try to move on a weekday or during the middle of the month, as these times are not as much in demand.

Get Up Early

On a hot summer day it’s a good idea to book your moving company to arrive as early in the morning as possible, when the temperature is still quite cool. It will be much more comfortable than trying to carry boxes and load up the truck in the heat of the afternoon.

Stay Hydrated

Speaking of carrying boxes and other strenuous activity in the summer heat, make sure that you stay hydrated! Keep aSummer Relocation bottle of water with you throughout the day. You can also invite the moving crew in for a cold glass of lemonade to give them a break!

Consider How the Heat Will Affect Your Belongings

Keep in mind that there are some things that should not be put in a moving van during the summer months. For example, if you pack your candles they might melt. Or, your electronics can overheat and become damaged. Aerosols should not be boxed up in the heat for long periods of time.

When you are packing items, think about how they will be affected by the heat. You might want to bring valuable or heat sensitive items to your new home separately.

Have a Yard Sale

Summer RelocationSummer is peak yard sale season, which is good news. Why? Because you can sell the items that you don’t need anymore and reduce the amount of items you have to move, making the relocation process easier for everyone. If you can advertise your yard sale well, you’ll be able to get rid of a lot of unnecessary items and make some money for the move as well.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when moving during the summer months. It can be a stressful and complicated task, but it doesn’t have to be. Relocation to Canada has taken second place among global destinations preferred for employees moving abroad for work – here’s why.

Contact us to find out more about our furnished, serviced (and air-conditioned!) apartments – perfect for short term accommodation when relocating to Toronto.

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Toronto Neighbourhood Spotlight: Greektown

May 4, 2018

GreektownToronto is a delightfully diverse city and its many neighbourhoods reveal cultural influences from around the world.  Let’s take a close look at one of those exciting neighbourhoods – Greektown.

Introduction

Greektown, also known as the Danforth, is a neighborhood in Toronto located on Danforth Avenue between Dewhurst Blvd and Chester Avenue. This was one of the main settlements of Greek immigrants in Toronto after World War I. Several scenes in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding were filmed here.

 

If you love Greek cuisine, you’ll want to head down to this part of town. It has one of the highest concentrations of dining establishments per kilometre of any other neighborhood on the planet, showcasing mostly delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. If you visit during the Taste of the Danforth festival in mid-August you can enjoy yummy samples of cuisines from all of the restaurants along this street – not just Greek food but also Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and much more.

Must Visit Spots in Greektown

  • Start with a great coffee at Broadview Espresso, where you can lean back on the comfy Muskoka chair on the outdoor patio and enjoy a high quality latte.
  • The Carrot Commons on Jackman Street is a busy avenue filled with cafes, bookstores and a funky organic food market.

Greektown

  • Shopping for cute clothes? Social Butterfly is a chic little shop with a great selection of jewellery, denim, boots, footwear and more.
  • Get your fill of big tasty Greek gyros at Messini Authentic Gyros.
  • If you want to enjoy Greek cuisine in a more sophisticated, sit-down setting you can treat yourself to a meal at Mezes. It’s a busy spot with a welcoming vibe and a heated patio. They serve up the dishes that you would find in any traditional greek home, with fresh, quality ingredients.
  • If you are a music geek, you will fall in love with the huge collection of new and old vinyl at Mike’s Music.
  • In the mood for some live music? The Danforth Music Hall is a fantastic venue that showcases a range of great talent. Check to see which shows are on during your visit!

History

greektownGreek immigrants came to this area after WWI and by the 1970s and 80s, it was the largest GreekTown in North America. There was also a large influx of Greek immigrants during the 1960s, as they were fleeing the political and economic unrest which resulted in the Greek military junta seized power in 1967-74.  This neighborhood became home to one of the highest concentrations of Greek immigrants living outside of Greece.

How to Get There

Greektown is located on the TTC Bloor-Danforth Subway line and can be accessed from Pape, Chester or Donlands stations. If you are visiting in a car, you can reach Danforth avenue by taking the Bayview/Bloor exit off the Don Valley Parkway and following the signs for Danforth Avenue/Bloor Street.

What’s your favourite Greektown spot? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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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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DelSuites Announces Pet Friendly Travel

November 10, 2017

Pet Friendly TravelDelSuites welcomes pet friendly travel accommodations; any domestic cats and dogs that are 25 lbs or less.

DelSuites is known for providing top notch accommodation with five star Tridel amenities, located in some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Toronto. The suites, equipped with full kitchens, laundry facilities and parking, are ideal for vacations, family travel, business travel, home renovations, insurance claims, relocation or medical stays.

Whether you are moving house and need to take your pet with you, or you simply want to bring Fluffy or Fido along on your vacation, you can book with DelSuites knowing that they will be welcome. When you arrive at your suite, you’ll receive a custom DelSuites food and water dish that you are free to use during your stay.Pet Friendly Travel

Pet Friendly Travel Accommodations

We only ask that your furry travel companion follows a few simple guidelines, such as:

  • Pets should be leashed at all time, or carried through common areas.
  • Pets are not permitted within the building’s recreation areas.
  • If your pet is left alone on cleaning day, please contain them within a crate for the safety of the pet and housekeeping personnel.
  • A $300 non-refundable Pet Cleaning Fee will be charged.
  • Service or Assistance animals can stay at no additional charge.

Please note that the guidelines may vary slightly depending on the location where you plan to stay, so please check the building page for specific pet allowances. Be sure to specify in your booking that you will be bringing your pet along with you.

The Benefits of Traveling With Your Pet

Here are some of the reasons yPet Friendly Travelou might want to consider bringing your furry companion along with you on your next trip.

  • There have been multiple studies that prove pets are good for your health. They can reduce stress levels, lower your blood pressure and boost your mood. Travel can be stressful, so bringing along your animal friend will help keep you calm and happy.
  • There’s no need to worry about finding a pet sitter or leaving them behind at a kennel.
  • Your pet won’t have to experience the loneliness and anxiety of missing you when you are gone.
  • You’ll be more motivated to get out and be active when traveling, as your furry friend will need walks.
  • Having your pet with you can help you feel safer and more comfortable when you are in an unfamiliar setting.

After a full day of exploring in Toronto, you and your furry friend can come home to a relaxing sanctuary right in the heart of the city. To find out more about our pet friendly travel accommodation and the guidelines for bringing your pet with you, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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Why Furnished Rentals Beat Hotel Stays

October 13, 2017

Furnished RentalsFurnished rentals are an alternative to hotel stays when you are traveling for business or pleasure, but it also gives so much more. Here are a few of the benefits that apartment furnished rentals in Toronto have to offer.

With Furnished Rentals, you’ll have a full kitchen.

Part of the joy of traveling somewhere is checking out the local culinary scene, but if you are eating out for every meal during your trip it can get old (and expensive!). With your own kitchen you will be able to cook whenever you wish and even host guests or business meetings within your own private space.

It’s so convenient to have your own kitchen, so that you can whip up a quick breakfast in the morning before a day of sightseeing, or cook dinner for yourself with simple ingredients from the supermarket when you want to skip dining out and save money. The option to self cater is also a huge life-saver if you have special Kitchendietary requirements that make it difficult to dine out.

You’ll have much more room.

Another delight of staying in a furnished apartment rental in Toronto that you just don’t get with a hotel room is the amount of space you will have. In a hotel room you will usually just have the bed and perhaps a table, but in a furnished apartment you will have a living room, a separate bedroom and a kitchen. This means that if your travel partner wants to stay up and watch TV and you want to go to bed, you can do so without disturbing each other.

According to the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, on average you will have 30% more space than the equivalent standard of hotel. However, they figure that serviced apartment prices are typically 20% less than hotel rates of the same standard. So, you’ll be getting more space for a better rate.

You can do launFurnished Rentalsdry.

If you are in a hotel you have to send your clothes away for cleaning, which will cost extra. In your furnished apartment, all you have to do is pop them in the washing machine, add some soap, press a button and Voila! This means that if you spill food on your shirt before an important business meeting, there’s nothing to stress about. Also, you can pack light even for a longer trip, making getting around so much easier.

You’ll have parking.

Parking in the city is a pain, but when you stay in furnished apartments you’ll be able to keep your car safe and sound in the building’s covered parking lot. This saves you a lot of hassle. Plus – you may not even need a car. Many of our furnished rentals in Toronto are so well located that you’ll be close to public transit and you’ll be only a short walk from anything you might need like shops, entertainment, restaurants and more.

When it comes to having a comfortable, homey place to stay, furnished rentals in Toronto beats a hotel room – hands down.