Avoiding Moving Stress: Top Tips from Signature Relocation

Moving can be an exhilarating experience, but it often comes with its fair share of stress. Here are some proven strategies to keep anxiety at bay:

 

  1. Start Early: Procrastination is a stress multiplier. Begin your packing and preparations well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush.
  2. Checklists are Key: Organize your move with a checklist. Knowing what needs to be done and ticking tasks off gives a sense of accomplishment.
  3. Declutter: Before packing, declutter. Lightening the load means less to move and a fresh start in your new space. Do not forget that junk drawer, everybody has one.
  4. Hire Professionals: Consider enlisting services like Signature Relocation to handle the heavy lifting, and managing all aspects of the move. Our team is trained to ensure a smooth transition.
  5. Keep Essentials Accessible: Pack a separate box or suitcase with essentials for the first few days. Think toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, work, or school items such as computers, some children’s toys or books, pet supplies, and vet records.
  6. Schedule travel wisely: Avoid planning to travel on any day designated for packing, loading, or delivery of your household items ensuring you are present to oversee any unexpected situations.
  7. Manage your services: Prior to your move remember to schedule stops for services like cable, phone, and internet at your current residence, and set up start dates for these services at your new location.
  8. Stay Connected: Inform friends and family about your move. Their support, even if just in the form of a listening ear, can be comforting.
  9. Self-care: Remember to take breaks. Hydrate, eat balanced meals and get adequate sleep. Your well-being should always be a priority.
  10. Stay Positive: Focus on the exciting aspects of the move. Whether it’s a bigger space, a new neighborhood, or new business opportunities, there’s always something to look forward to.

 

Remember, every move is a chance for a fresh start. With the right preparations and mindset, you can make it a stress-free experience!

Moving soon? If you are looking for expert assistance for a truly seamless experience, reach out to us at (877-373-0691) we are here to support you every step of the way!

 

Exciting News! Signature Relocation just received another amazing review from one of our valued clients! 

Signature Relocation just received another amazing review from one of our valued clients! We’re overjoyed to hear about their fantastic experience and satisfaction with our service. Thank you for your continued support and trust in our brand!

 

As a relocation management company in the industry for 25 years, we take great pride in investing time to comprehend your objectives and corporate culture, empowering us to address your most significant concerns effectively.

 

We are most proud of the remarkable achievements of our dedicated and industrious team, continuously going above and beyond at Signature Relocation. It brings us great excitement to share our latest review, as these testimonials not only help us stay attuned to your requirements but also instill confidence in others when making relocation decisions

 

We are so proud of our team for receiving this most recent feedback!

Internships Programs: A Guide to Temporary Housing Options

Relocating interns face unique challenges, and providing suitable and convenient temporary housing is vital for a successful experience. This article seeks to guide Human Resource Professionals in expanding their relocation benefits policies by incorporating various temporary housing options for internship programs, providing valuable insights to help Human Resource Professionals and interns alike make informed decisions.

It is essential to research options, plan early, and consider factors such as location, amenities, safety, and the overall experience each offers. By doing so, interns can ensure a comfortable and enriching stay during their internship, setting the stage for a fruitful professional journey. Here are some housing options to consider:

Extended-Stay Hotels

Extended-stay hotels offer a convenient option for interns looking for temporary housing. These accommodations typically provide furnished rooms or suites with amenities such as kitchenettes, on-site laundry facilities, and housekeeping services. They offer flexible lease terms, making them an attractive choice for interns with varying program durations.

Corporate Housing

Corporate housing is another excellent option for interns seeking comfortable and fully furnished temporary accommodations. These apartments or condominiums are typically managed by professional housing companies and offer amenities like a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, and utilities. Corporate housing provides a more home-like experience and is often located in close proximity to business districts or internship locations.

Shared Living Spaces

Shared living spaces have gained popularity in recent years, especially among young professionals and interns. These spaces typically feature private bedrooms combined with shared common areas like kitchens, living rooms, and workspaces. Shared living spaces foster a sense of community and offer various amenities such as networking events, fitness centers, and social activities.

University Housing

Many educational institutions provide temporary housing options for interns during the summer or other specific periods. University housing offers the advantage of being located on or near campus, providing a vibrant atmosphere and easy access to resources. Interns can often enjoy communal living spaces and engage with other students, fostering valuable connections.

By expanding relocation benefits to include various temporary housing options, Human Resource Professionals can enhance internship programs’ appeal and support interns’ needs effectively. Exploring options such as extended-stay hotels, corporate housing, university housing, and shared living spaces, interns can find accommodations that align with their preferences, budget, and duration of stay.

Signature Relocation prides itself on possessing a comprehensive understanding of our client’s relocation requirements for internship programs. Our dedicated approach encompasses managing every aspect of employee relocation, instilling employee confidence, and facilitating a swift streamlined move.

To start planning the best strategy for your organization or to learn more information about the quality services we offer, contact us by phone (877-373-0691) or email (info@signaturerelo.com) for more details.

Signature Relocation’s Expert Team of International Relocation Professionals Deliver the Highest Quality and Best Practices of the International Moving Process.

With over two decades of experience in the relocation industry, Signature Relocation is proud to have been building relationships with carefully vetted service providers in 157 countries elevating our ability to provide the highest quality in the industry. Coupled with our expert international team of consultants to ensure that your assignees and their families are ready to take on the challenges that come with an international relocation.

As an experienced relocation management company, from start to finish Signature Relocation is dedicated to fostering continuous process improvement by carefully evaluating each benefit around the goals and culture of your organization. Our expert international team of professionals does the research for you, gathering information that aligns with your organization’s vision and surveys data on all relocation policies across the industry, ensuring your program is current and competitive.

As your partner in international relocation from door to door, we deliver flexible and customizable relocation assistance that can serve you in the areas of:

• Policy Benchmarking and Development
• Pre-assignment Cost Analysis
• Single Point of Coordination
• Policy Management
• Visa and Immigration Assistance
• Preview and Orientation Trip
• Home Search
• Temporary Living Assistance
• Household Goods Move Management
• School Research and Spousal Assistance
• Pet Relocation
• Work Permits
• International Payroll, Taxes, and Expense Processing
• Language Lessons and Cross-Cultural Training
• Destination and Settling-in Services
• Travel and Transportation Services
• Repatriation Support

Every relocation process is solely unique, rules and regulations may vary depending upon your immigration status. For an initial consultation to start planning the best strategy for an international relocation or to learn more about the quality services we offer, contact us by phone at (877-373-0691) or email (info@signaturerelo.com) for more information.

Peak Season Alert: Schedule Your Moves Now!

It is that time of year, moving season is here!

With 80% of all moves in the U.S. occurring between April and September, booking your moves during peak season is expected to present continued challenges. Here are some tips to consider regarding your upcoming move:

  • Timing is everything – Plan ahead. Book your Household Goods move ASAP. Scheduling could be 6-8 weeks out.
  • Wait to schedule your real estate closing until your move date is firmly reserved with your preferred mover.
  • Avoid making changes to your booking as new move dates may be unavailable.
  • Moving costs are determined by weight – Lighten your load to save on costs using our discard and donate program.
  • Be patient and flexible – have a plan should unexpected delays occur.

For an initial consultation to start planning the best strategy peak season relocation or to learn more about the quality services we offer, connect with us by phone at (877-373-0691) or email (info@signaturerelo.com) for more information.

Signature Relocation Advances Your Organization – Visa Processing Wait Time

For 25 years Signature Relocation has been moving people around the world, our moving network spans the globe ensuring start-to-finish unparalleled control of long and short-term international relocation assignment support. In a very unpredictable global immigration environment,  you can count on our expert team of international relocation professionals to craft compliant yet forward-thinking policies for the unique needs of your expatriate employees.

In recent months, there has been an increased focus on the timeliness surrounding the immigration environment. Today companies need to be prepared to respond and support expatriate employees in the midst of continuous mobility challenges.

We are five months into 2023 and U.S. visa appointment wait time from some countries may still take 6 months to nearly a year. For example from travel.state.gov, today the estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate from Madrid, Spain is 94 days, and from Toronto, Canada 104 days. In a recent webinar noted by the Worldwide ERC, Supporting your Expatriate Population Through an Unpredictable Immigration Environment, the average has improved since 2020, and even in 2021, wait time for a work visa is still far longer than normal and should generally take less than 100 days.

Some of the key factors contributing to the volatile immigration environment:

  • Visa backlog due to the number of cases submitted exceeding the number processed
  • Covid flexibilities are expected to end
  • Remote work flexibility
  • Accompanying family rules and restrictions
  • The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union
  • Wars in the Middle East and Ukraine
  • Workforce reduction disclosure

For these reasons, the global immigration environment continues to be extremely complex, and being prepared can help navigate these unstable conditions. That is why partnering with a relocation management company, like Signature Relocation, advances your organization through intricate planning directly assisting your expatriate employees door-to-door in a smooth transition to their new home.

To start planning the best strategy for an international relocation or to learn more about the quality services we offer, connect with us by phone at (877-373-0691) or email (info@signaturerelo.com) for more information.

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day 2023

HAPPY EASTER!

Here’s to sunshine chocolate and springtime. Wishing everyone an extra special Easter!

– Signature Relocation

Five Signs the Housing Market is Cooling

If you are in the market for a new home you may be wondering if the rapidly expanding size of the housing bubble has eased and is beginning to cool down. There is good news for home buyers, the ridiculously fast pace of the real estate market has been slowing down for a while now, here is why:

Home Prices are Subsiding

Although home prices continue to go up year over year, there has been an evident shift in the market that may be considered more of a normalization than a correction. The rapid pace following the pandemic boom in early 2022 was too hot not to cool down. Though home prices are still on the rise, just as they have always been, the growth of the increase has continued to subside.

Increased Levels of Inventory

Over the last couple of years, all economic markets felt the strain of supply and demand. The housing market was no exception, demand for housing was high and the supply was low, in turn causing home prices to rise.

Despite the fact that there are still fewer homes on the market than those at pre-pandemic levels, in early 2023 the number of active listings in the U.S. has increased dramatically from that of the previous year, in fact, a whopping 65.5%! Buyers will have more inventory to choose from and continue to see more homes on the market as 2023 progresses.

Listings Spending More time on the Market

The challenges within a red-hot real estate market the last couple of years saw low inventory, bidding wars, fast sales, buying sight unseen and higher prices. Fast forward to January of 2023, the average home spent 75 days on the market. The pain of rising interest rates and higher mortgage payments cause pause making house hunting less attractive for those considering entering the market.

Less Interest in Buying

One of the truest signs that the housing market is cooling off is that people are not showing interest in buying homes. We know this because fewer people are applying for mortgages. In addition, consumers have an eye on rising interest rates and the overall cost of living.

Sellers Lowering Their List Price

A significant indicator that the housing market is cooling, as home sales continue to slow month to month buyers may actually start to see prices dip, sellers are lowering their asking price. In the cooler market, there are fewer buyers, sellers are getting nervous and in order to beat out the competition are more willing to chip away at their list price.

Signature Relocation has been a full-service relocation provider building relationships in the industry for over two decades. Trust that with Signature Relocation you can expect a knowledgeable team of leading experts devoted to taking the stress and hassle out of researching, negotiating, and scheduling your next move. It is our highest priority to provide the highest quality in the industry ensuring the transition to your new home is a seamless part of your relocation.

To learn more information about the quality services we offer connect with us by phone at

(877-373-0691) or email (info@signaturerelo.com) for more information.

Happy President’s Day – Signature Relocation

“If not us, who? If not now, when?” — John F. Kennedy