Relocation

Common Relocation Mistakes

July 12, 2019

Relocating to somewhere new is a complex process. Avoid these common relocation mistakes so you can make sure it goes smoothly.

Not Researching Your New Destination

Before relocating somewhere new, it’s important to do some research so that you know what to expect. Visit the city several times and explore the neighbourhood where you plan to live. This will give you a much clearer picture of what you can expect when you move.

You can even do a test run, driving from your potential new home to your new office and getting to know your way around the neighborhood. It makes a huge difference.

Not Getting Insurance

Your move can suddenly become much more costly if something expensive is dropped or damaged and you don’t have insurance.

Make sure that you ask about this when you choose to hire a moving company, so that you can get the coverage you need for your belongings. (Read the fine print to make sure you understand what you are covered for.) Most good moving companies will offer insurance that will cover your belongings when you are relocating.

Not Planning for Temporary Housing

When you move, you may need to arrange for some temporary housing, so that you will have somewhere to stay in between arriving in the city and when you can take possession of your new home. After all, it’s hardly ever a seamless transition from one home to the next. This sometimes only takes a few days, but it can take up to a month or more depending on the situation.

Furnished apartments are a much better option than staying in a hotel or a motel, as they offer you more space, better amenities, a prime location and a kitchen.

Not Getting Rid of Stuff

One of the biggest relocation mistakes that many people make when they move is that they pack everything they own, rather than going through it first and getting rid of what they don’t need.

There are probably many boxes in your closet that you haven’t opened in years and many items of clothing in the back of your closet that you hardly ever wear. Why take the time and effort to move them somewhere else if you aren’t going to use them when you are there either? Instead, pare down your possessions to the minimum, so that you will have less hassle when moving.

Not Labeling Your Boxes Well

If you forget to label your boxes, you will end up arriving at your destination with a bunch of stuff, but no memory of what is in each box. This means that you will spend hours searching through boxes just to find what you are looking for and the unpacking process will be so much more chaotic and frustrating.

Avoid These Common Relocation Mistakes

These are just a few of the most important mistakes to avoid when you are relocating, so that you can make sure that your move will go as smoothly as possible!

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Small Things You Can Do To Be More Green Everyday

July 5, 2019

Little things really do add up to make a big difference.

There are many small changes you could be making to your daily routine that won’t cause you too much extra trouble, but will have a positive impact on the environment.

Here are a few little ways you can save the world and be more green everyday:

– If it’s warm enough, hang your clothes outside to dry naturally on a clothesline rather than using the dryer. (They will smell fresher too!)
– Always recycle your glass bottles, aluminum cans, paper and other recyclable materials.
– Have at least one day per week when you eat vegetarian or vegan. (Meat and dairy production uses a lot of resources.) Use it as a chance to check out one of Toronto’s great vegetarian restaurants!
– If there’s an option to switch to a paperless version, do so. For example, switch to using a notebook app on your phone rather than making notes on paper.
– Use a refillable water bottle and fill it from the tap, rather than buying bottled water all the time.
– Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Believe it or not, it can save five gallons of water per day.
– Whenever possible, buy second hand. It will help you save money and give the item a second life. (There are a TON of great second hand shops in Toronto.)
– Try to drive as little as possible and use alternatives such as biking, walking and public transport instead. (Plus, if you choose to bike or walk you’ll be getting exercise during your commute!)
– Plan your meals for the week in advance, so you end up using all the food you purchased and wasting less.
– If you do find yourself throwing away wasted food often, make a note of it and adjust your buying habits accordingly.
– Get your own coffee thermos to bring to your favourite coffee shop, instead of using a disposable cup every time. (Many cafes – will even give you a discount if you do this!)
– Stash a few re-useable canvas bags in your backpack or car, so that when you go to the supermarket you won’t have to use plastic bags.
– When you are shopping, look for items that have as little packaging as possible. For example, look for fruits and vegetables that are sold loose rather than wrapped in plastic.
– If you order takeaway and are eating it at home – there’s no need for all the napkins and plastic forks. Make sure to ask the restaurant to not include them with your order.
– Make your own non-toxic cleaning products when cleaning your home rather than using bleach.

How can you be more green in your day to day life?

These are just a few of the many little shifts you can make to your daily habits in order to be more green. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Each little change and healthy habit is small and once you get used to it, you might barely think about it.

However, every little bit counts and each change leads to more awareness. No effort is too small, so implement just one of these new habits today to be more green!

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The Best Cheap Eats in North York, Toronto

June 28, 2019

Vibrant and multicultural North York is a delight to explore on an empty stomach.

Whether you’re looking for authentic Asian cuisine, friendly bakeries or laid back cafes, you’ll discover plenty of places where you can eat your fill without breaking your budget.

So, if you are craving big tastes at a small expense, here are some great local recommendations for the best cheap eats in North York.

Wilson’s Haus of Lechon

This humble eatery is a great place to bring your family or a group of friends. Together, you can share an entire lechon chicken for only ten dollars. This is a special Filipino way of roasting meat that is traditional to the city of Cebu – where the family who runs the restaurant is from. A lechon feast is enough to feed several people – and the crispy roasted skin is irresistible. You can also enough chopped pork lechon (sold by the pound), or treat yourself to chicken leg or pork skewer combos for around $6-$7.

Angus Pho House

There’s nothing quite like a big, satisfying bowl of Pho – with that warm meaty broth, complex flavours and delicious noodles. At this small and cheerful restaurant you’ll sometimes struggle to find a seat, as the Pho has become pretty popular. The servings are generous and the main dishes won’t set you back more than $10 at most. This is a local favourite for cheap eats in North York.

Haida Sandwich

If you are looking for a cheap, filling lunch forget about Subway. The tasty, fresh sandwiches at Haida Sandwich are better – and they are also very easy on your wallet. You can get a Lamb Special footlong with tomato, romaine hearts and special sauce for only $8.99. They also serve up pizza and mouth-watering ice cream sundaes.

Sultan of Samosas

Is there anything better than biting into the flaky pastry and warm spicy filling of a crispy, deep-fried samosa? The gorgeous little triangles of potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn are all tossed in a secret blend of hot Indian spices and they are simply addictive. The good news is that they are only $1.10 each – so you can eat your fill even if you are on a small budget.

Katz’s Deli and Corned Beef Emporium

Check out this classic New-York style deli – famous for its juicy, smoky, delicious corned beef. Heaped high on a sandwich, along with pickles, coleslaw and mustard, it’s a very satisfying cheap lunch. The meats are marinated and smoked in house and they only use Canadian beef. You can eat your fill with the quintessential Canadian sandwich – a Montreal Smoked Meat on Rye – for only $10.95.

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What Should An Employer Include in a Job Relocation Package?

April 9, 2019

When a company seeks to relocate an employee, they often offer a job relocation package as an incentive

After all, when an employee decides to uproot themselves and their family to start a new life somewhere, this is when they are at their most vulnerable. Offering a comprehensive relocation package to cover the costs associated with the move is a way of showing an employee how much you value them. It will allow the employee to relocate in a smooth, easy way that will allow them to focus on their job without too much hassle.

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So, what should a job relocation package include? Here are some of the basic expenses that most packages will cover:

Location Scouting Trips

Many relocation packages will cover the cost of the employee taking a trip to the new location so that they can “scout out” the area and look for housing. This not only gives the employee a chance to look for a home, but it also offers a chance to get a sense of the new area and figure out which neighborhood of the city they want to live in.

Home Sales/Buying Expenses

A typical relocation package will include the costs of selling the home and purchasing a new one. This includes closing costs, real estate commissions and other expenses that are normally associated with buying or selling a home.

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Moving and Storage Expenses

Usually a relocation package will include moving expenses. This includes core relocation costs such as shipping cars, packing, household goods and unpacking. In many cases it will also include the cost of insurance for items while they are in transit.

Some employers will simply reimburse their employees for the moving costs, while others will pay a lump sum that employees can use for moving costs.

Temporary Living Expenses

Most standard relocation packages will also include the cost of temporary living expenses for the employee while their family travels to the new location. For example, the employer might cover the cost of travel, mileage, hotel costs and food to get to the new location.

The package should also cover temporary accommodation, such as in a furnished apartment, for at least the first month until you get settled into your new permanent home. (Delsuites furnished apartments are ideal for this purpose, as they are available to rent on a flexible, short term basis, they offer excellent amenities such as laundry and parking and they are well-located.)

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Other Miscellaneous Costs

Many standard relocation packages will also include a miscellaneous expense allowance. This could cover a wide range of things, including cleaning services for the old home, the cost of relocating pets and other expenses that may arise during the move.

Make Your Employees Feel Welcome With A Job Relocation Package

When you are providing your employees with a relocation package that covers all of the basics, you are ensuring that their move goes smoothly and that they are happily settled in their new home.

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Spas, Parks and More: Healthy Living in Toronto

April 2, 2019

Healthy living in Toronto is not too difficult.

This Canadian metropolis offers nutritious food, cycle-friendly streets, relaxing spas and plenty of access to green spaces and water. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy activities such as kayaking, golf and rock climbing – within the city limits.

If you’re keen to keep up your healthy routine during your stay at the Livmore, here are some local attractions you should know about:

The Livmore

That’s right – you can start your journey to healthy living without even having to leave the building. The Livmore has a state of the art gym and fitness center, with cardio machines, weights, exercise balls and more. You can get a healthy, sweaty glow on while admiring the views from the beautiful floor to ceiling windows.

The Elmwood Spa

4 minute walk from the Livmore

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Stress can really take its toll on your health, so it’s important to take the time to relax and recharge. For the ultimate rejuvenation experience, visit a local Toronto spa like the Elmwood and let them pamper you. In this historic downtown building, you can treat yourself to a full menu of services – including facials, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures, exfoliation, detoxification and more.

Noah’s Natural Foods

7 minute walk from the Livmore

This Canadian owned health food store has been providing customers with delicious and nutritious goods for over 35 years. They pride themselves on only stocking the purest, highest-quality and safest products available – including organic cosmetics, healthy supplements and so much more.

Nathan Phillips Square

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9 minute walk from the Livmore

In the long, cold Toronto winters it can be difficult to still get enough physical activity per day. However, a fun way to get your heart rate up in downtown Toronto in the winter is to go ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The rink is open from November 25th, from 9am to 10pm. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your skates with you – you can rent them there! (Even if you’re a terrible skater, you’ll still be burning calories!)

Tommy Thompson Park

20 minute drive from the Livmore

An enormous study of more than 290 million people confirms what you probably already figured: being outdoors in nature is really, really good for your health. The report found that being close to nature reduced the risk of a number of diseases, including high blood pressure and type II diabetes. So, if you want to enjoy the sweet health benefits of a walk in the wilderness, head down to this beautiful park. The numerous trails will take you along beaches and wetlands, where you might be lucky enough to spot beavers, cormorants, coyotes and other creatures.

Get active and enjoy healthy living in Toronto!

As you venture out to the parks, spas, hiking trails and sports venues of Toronto – you’ll see plenty of other guests and locals enjoying the active lifestyle this city has to offer. Healthy living in Toronto is not only easy, it can also be a lot of fun.