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Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

March 19, 2019

If your employees are moving to work for you, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid, so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

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Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Them to Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school find, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly, so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

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Finding Unsuitable Accommodation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for an employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work. To find out more, contact us today!

Energy Conservation

Condo Energy Saving Tips

February 28, 2019

Condo Energy SavingEven if you live in a condo with a relatively small footprint, you may still be using a significant amount of energy – which can really add up over time. Fortunately, there are many little things that you can do which will help you to cut down on your energy consumption. These small condo energy saving tweaks can add up over time and make a big difference in your energy bill.

Here are some helpful tips. They might not all be relevant to your condo, but there will be many that you can start implementing right away in order cut back on energy use.

 Condo Energy Saving Tips

Condo Energy Saving -Ensure that the furniture in your apartment is not blocking any of the vents.

-Try to avoid running your dishwasher or other appliances during peak hours, to save time and energy. Check the Ontario Energy Board to find out when the peak and off-peak hours are, as they change according to the season.

-Also, when you run the washing machine make sure that you do a full load, as this will be more efficient.

-Washing your laundry on the “cold” setting will save even more power.

-Watch out for energy “vampires” which are devices that use power when they are plugged in – even if you aren’t using them. A good strategy is to plug everything into a power bar, so that you can switch it all off at once.

-LED lighting really makes a difference! Although they are more expensive upfront, an LED light bulb will last 8-15 times longer and will use 1/3 to 1/5 the electricity that an old-fashioned incandescent bulb would use.

-When you go out on a hot day, keep your curtains closed to block the sun from heating up your apartment – so you won’t have to use so much AC.

Condo Energy Saving -Make sure that you clean your vents regularly, including the exhaust fan in the bathroom, as this will help to keep them running more efficiently.

-Filling your fridge with full water jugs will help to keep it colder and make it run more efficiently.

-Heating water also uses energy, so avoid taking excessively long showers and turn the tap off when you are shaving or brushing your teeth.

With a few clever tweaks, you can make sure that your energy use in your condo is as efficient as possible. You’ll be amazed at how the little changes add up!

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The Livmore: Toronto Living for Everyone

February 7, 2019

Toronto Living Toronto is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in North America. It’s known for its robust arts and entertainment scene, it’s dazzling selection of international eateries, it’s world-class museums and it’s many exciting festivals. Toronto living is for everyone – no matter what you love you’ll find it here. Whether you enjoy shopping for unique styles, admiring works of art, relaxing in quiet parks, listening to live music or coffee-shop-hopping, you’ll discover a corner of this city that fits.

The best way to make the most of Toronto is with a stay at the Livmore. This downtown apartment building has a prime location.

Toronto Living – Condos Of All Sizes

The solo traveler who seeks out a compact, yet practical studio with everything they need for a connected and comfortable stay. The family relocating to Toronto and needing space for their children to sleep and play. With studios as well as one, two and three bedroom condos, there are furnished accommodations just the right size for everyone’s needs. Plus, they are equipped with features such as a full kitchen, washing machine and dryer, luxurious bathrooms and Toronto Livingspacious closets.

A Range of Activities

Keep up your active lifestyle while on the road at the gym and fitness area – or relax and centre your mind in the yoga studio. There’s also a theatre and screening room, which is a great place to enjoy your favourite films on the big screen. (If you have a furry companion, there’s even a dog spa and outdoor dog area for them to enjoy.)

Plus, you have the option to use the party room – a private function area with kitchen facilities. This can be very convenient if you plan on hosting an event during your stay.

Toronto LivingFor Every Stage of Life

It’s quite clear – the aspects of Toronto living that will appeal to a couple in their 20s will likely be different than those of an older traveler, or parents visiting with young children. Depending on your priorities, you might be seeking out the nightlife and live music scene of this Canadian metropolis, or you may be more interested in quiet cafes and walks along the waterfront.

The good news is, the choice is yours. These furnished apartments in Toronto are right in the heart of the city, so the options are right at your fingertips.

It’s all about versatility! For more info on downtown Toronto living, contact us today.

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DelSuites Exhibits: OIAA Claims Conference

January 16, 2019

OIAA Claims Conference2019 will get off to a great start on January 23rd, when DelSuites will attend and exhibit at one of the most important events of the year for the Ontario insurance industry. We are looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to network and learn! If you will be representing your business at the OIAA Claims Conference, we hope to see you there.

About the OIAA Claims Conference

The annual OIAA Conference will take place on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Organized by the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, this event brings together professionals from many different companies in the insurance industry.

This events aim is to create an environment for round-table discussion on important issues, as well as inviting top quality speakers to present on ideas of common interest.

The conference covers important topics and includes top quality education and networking. It attracts insurance claims professionals from across Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

What is the OIAA?

The OIAA is an important establishment within the insurance industry in Canada. It was founded back in 1920 and its aim is to promote and maintain a high standard of ethics within the business of insurance claims. It is a non-profit association and it works to secure and promote the interests of insurance businesses, as well as dealing with problems affecting the business of insurance claims and adjusting.

Our Dedication to the Insurance Industry

OIAA Claims ConferenceWe have been attending this conference for over a decade now and we always look forward to connecting with businesses and clients in the insurance industry. DelSuites has been working with insurance providers for years, offering fully furnished insurance housing solutions in 20 desirable locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

These stylish suites in Scarborough, Markham, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Midtown and Downtown offer an ideal option for relocating policyholders while their home is being restored. For a monthly set rate, we include laundry, parking, telephone and Wi-Fi. This provides policyholders with all the comforts of home.

When we partner with insurance providers, our team offers top notch customer service and keeps the policyholder and the insurance company informed with every step of the process. Having a single point of contact is an advantage for the adjuster. We meet with the insured to help them settle into the apartment, ensuring they have a smooth, positive experience. Our suites offer the privacy and comfort of separate bedrooms, a living room and a dining room.

See You at the OIAA Claims Conference!

If you’ll be at the OIAA Conference, be sure to come visit our booth and say hello. We will be at Booth #1004 and we would love it if you took a moment to introduce yourself.

We always enjoy the chance to make connections with other professionals and business owners and we are happy to answer any questions about who we are and what we do.

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The Ultimate Markham Shopping Guide

January 4, 2019

Markham ShoppingThere are a lot of reasons to live in Markham Ontario – and one of them is excellent Markham shopping.

This region offers plenty of choice when it comes to enjoying some retail therapy –  from designer brands to unique boutiques and enormous shopping malls.  No matter what you are looking for, you’re sure to find it here with this Markham shopping guide.

So, where should you start if you’re in the mood to shop? The following are some of the best options for shopping in Markham, Ontario:

King Square Shopping Centre

Billed as “Canada’s Largest Asian Shopping Centre” – King Square is the newest mall in Markham. It is located on 9390 Woodbine Avenue, near 16th and Woodbine. It has a dazzling selection of retailers, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment space.

Markham ShoppingPlus, it’s centrally located from the major highways, which makes it easy to get to. There are over 500 well known brands to choose from and it’s open until 8pm so you have plenty of time for shopping!

Pacific Mall

Located on the corner of Steeles Avenue and Kennedy Road, this mall is huge – encompassing over 500 stores. It has an Asian theme and the mall corridors are named after streets in Hong Kong – such as Hollywood Avenue, Nathan Avenue and Queen’s Avenue. This is a great place to find electronics, as well as hairdressers, jewelry and other accessories.

As well as the typical retail brands, you’ll also find Pacific Heritage Town, which has been built to resemble a traditional Asian marketplace packed with unique artwork, crafts and other items. Oh, and the food court also has a huge selection of juice bars, noodle restaurants and other great budget eats.

CF Markville Mall and Shopping Centre

Another one of the major Markham shopping centres, this retail hotspot has recently undergone a $110 million redevelopment. It is home to over 160 high quality retailers including Coach, Michael Kors and Aritzia.

CF Markville Mall has many of the big name retailers such as Best Buy, EB Games, Apple, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. There are Markham Shoppingalso plenty of other quirky smaller brands to discover, as well as amenities such as a Good Life Fitness, dental offices and opticians.

Main Street Markham Shopping

Another great place to shop in Markham is along the historic and scenic main street. This is the original main street of the village of Markham, which is one of the oldest communities in Ontario and has a rich and storied past.

Today, the historic shop fronts along the street have been transformed into boutiques, art studios, cafes and other businesses. Strolling down main street on a sunny day is a delight and there are so many interesting shops to check out. If you work up an appetite, you can treat yourself to a slice of Uncle Tetsu’s famous cheesecake.

Read on to find out some reasons to Live in Markham here. A city with culture and history!