Stress Free Holidays During Your Move

10_fabolous_and_inexpensive_last_minute_chirstmas_gift_ideas-620x387The holidays are primarily a time of warmth and comfort, and the feeling of familiarity. Moving can really put a damper on your holiday spirit, but you don’t have to let it. In fact, careful planning can allow for continuation of holiday traditions, even during relocation.

1. If you plan to decorate at your new home- as you pack, make sure holiday decorations will be easy to find. When you arrive in your new home, make putting them up one of your first unpacking tasks to make the rest of the moving process cheerier. Sprucing up your new home with cherished holiday ornaments or décor will make it feel like home in no time.

2. If you plan to decorate at your present location- try using nature in place of your typical decorations. Use a live Christmas tree and decorated it traditionally with popcorn and cranberries strings. Have the kids make paper ornaments for the tree. This will keep them busy while you pack, and the whole tree (ornaments and all!) can be recycled after Christmas. Use leaves, fruit, berries and fresh flowers as a center piece on your table.

3. Buy holiday presents before you leave- and pack them with the rest of your things, or order gifts online to be delivered to your new house. Online entities like amazon.com or toysRus.com frequently offer a gift wrapping option, which will save you a lot of time and hassle during your housing transition.

4. Over the holidays, some local shops and restaurants may close earlier than usual- when you arrive at your new home you won’t have any food in stock and your nearest store may not be open. Scout the area beforehand, or call and get the hours for the closest grocery store, or restaurants. This will save you from eating your holiday meal at the closest fast food outlet.

5. In lieu of the holiday greeting cards- send personalized new address cards to your friends and family members to wish them happy holidays and let them know that you are moving. You can spread holiday cheer and information about your new location simultaneously.

6. Explore your new community- spending the holiday season in a new location can be a great opportunity to learn more about your new home town and to meet people you wouldn’t encounter other times of the year. Most cities host special events, concerts and light displays during the Christmas season that make great family activities. Check your local area for holiday events and holiday happenings

7. Last but not least, remember that the holidays are all about family- moving can be stressful, but relocating as a family can also be a fun new adventure. And if you’re all working to pack, travel and unpack during the holiday season, at least you’ll be spending lots of quality time together.

To help reduce some of the stress of moving during the holidays, consider corporate housing during your transition. Temporary housing allows you more time to explore your new city, while giving you extended time to find a permanent home. Enjoy your holidays without having to worry about unpacking, juggling too many priorities, or trying to keep traditions alive among cardboard boxes. View corporate housing and temporary furnished apartments here.

5 Places to Visit While Staying in Seattle

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Part 3 of our top 5 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica - our next pit stop is Seattle!

If you are planning a trip or relocation to Seattle, you’re probably already aware of its reputation for gloomy weather. Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general, has a wetter than average climate. But don’t let the rain clouds keep you from enjoying some of the unique attractions that Seattle has to offer. Add these Seattle favorites to your “to do” list:

Pike’s Place Market
Infamous for its fish-throwing presentations, Pike’s Place Market features more than just flying fins. The Market boasts over 200 unique owner-operated shops and services, including butcher shops, bakeries, produce stands and specialty food stores.  Foodies can choose from over 80 restaurants within the market. Take time to explore the local artisans

and unique crafts in the Main and North Arcade.
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A trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Space Needle. From the Needle’s incredible 520 ft. Observation Deck, visitors can view both Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. The Space Needle is open 365 days a year, but you’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance and reserve your launch time!    http://www.spaceneedle.com/home/

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Relocating? How to Avoid Loneliness in a New City

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Relocating to a new city can be an exciting experience. With new places to explore and people to meet, a new city can be a unique adventure full of opportunities to learn and grow. However, it’s not uncommon to feel a sense of longing for what was left behind. Here are some tips on how to cope with feeling homesick.

Stay Connected

Set up a routine for talking to friends and family. If your environment allows it, make time for a weekly phone call or Skype dates with loved ones. If time changes make phone calls a challenge, use email, or Facebook or other social media sites to stay in touch. Even a virtual game of Scrabble with a friend can keep you from feeling world’s away.

Make a List/Discover Something New

Before your move, make a list of all of the places you’d like to visit in your new city. Include things like restaurants, museums, parks and walking trails. Research online to find ideas on what your new city has to offer, and add items of interest to your list. Utilize Google Maps to help you locate interesting landmarks. Resolve to visit a new place at least once a week.

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Continuing with activities that you enjoy will give you the opportunity to meet new people with like interests. If you love to exercise, join a health club or walking group. If you’re crafty, look for knitting groups or scrapbooking clubs in your area. You can also check meetup.com for meetings and get-togethers that focus on a wide variety of interests from book clubs to paddle boarding, and are listed by location.

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Respecting your Roommate & Common Area

Staying with SuiteAmerica in an upcoming intern program? Sharing a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment with a roommate or roommates? SuiteAmerica has put together some great tips to help assist you while living with a roommate.

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Evading boundaries and privacy is probably one of the fastest way to drive a wedge between you and your new roommate. Remember the rule of thumb, don’t touch what doesn’t belong to you. You can avoid confrontation by asking before borrowing or moving something and keeping things in your own area.

Be Courteous with shared space

Be prepared to compromise, not everyone has the same idea of living as you may. Respect common spaces such as the living room, bathroom and dining areas. Be courteous of sleeping habits, as to not disturb anyone, by keeping the noise levels down after certain times of night. Communicate problems right away and be clear from the beginning on your expectations.

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You don’t have to be a clean freak to do your part; simply cleaning up after yourself, especially within common areas can eliminate potential disagreements. Things such as taking care of dirty dishes after eating or cooking, keeping up on laundry and rotating household chores are all great ways to contribute.

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5 Places to visit while staying in Utah

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Part 2 of our top 5 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica - our next pit stop is Utah!

Relocating to Utah? Or do you already live there and are looking for some sites to see? We’ve put together a list of 5 places that are must see attractions for current or future residents of Utah.

1. Utah Museum of Natural History

Museum-of-Natural-HistoryAn architectural marvel and a case study in “green” design created by community generosity; we welcome you to the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center.

For more information call 801.581.4203 or check out their website at nhmu.utah.edu

2. Temple Square & Genealogy

Temple-SquareTemple Square, located in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, has all the services needed for a wonderful visit. Amazing restaurants, exquisite gardens and interesting historical sites are found on the thirty-five acre site.

For More information call 801.240.1706 or check out their website at visittemplesquare.com

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5 Places to visit while staying in New Jersey

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Relocating to New Jersey? Or do you already live there and are looking for some sites to see? We’ve put together a list of 5 places that are must see attractions for current or future residents of New Jersey.

5 Places to visit while staying in New Jersey:

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1.  New Jersey State Museum

A series of exhibitions, special events, and programs showcasing four distinct collection areas-Archaeology/Ethnology, Cultural History, Fine Art, and Natural History

For More information call 609.292.6464 or check out their website at njstatemuseum.org

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130 miles of coastline known as “The Jersey Shore”, spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The white-sand beach is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy a fun filled day of swimming, surfing and sun bathing!

For More information check out the website below visitnj.org

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Symbolizing universal freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. From Liberty State park, catch a ferry to the visit Lady Liberty.

For More information call 212.668.2251 or check out their website at nps.gov/stli

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Out with the old, in with the new –  Clean up with SuiteAmerica

It’s that time again! Time to vacuum, dust, and organize! It may not be fun, but a clean, fresh start to the New Year will help create a balanced, stress free life for you and your family.housekeeping

Don’t get overwhelmed before you start

  • Make a list of each room in the house that needs to be cleaned and a sub-list of tasks that need to be addressed.
  • Stock up on trash bags, boxes, sponges, and multi-purpose cleaner so you have everything you need on hand. Don’t forget organizational tools such as boxes, bins, and shelves.
  • Open the windows to get some fresh air and the smell of cleaning products out
  • Turn up the volume on your favorite upbeat music playlist!

Divide and Conquer

  • The best way to tackle your spring cleaning is to start with the room that is your least favorite to clean or the room that has been neglected the longest.
  • Enlist the help of your family members by delegating small tasks and inform them of the time and days that will be dedicated to cleaning.
  • In each room, determine what you are going to throw away, and what you can donate. Separate the items and at the end of the day drop off your donations and throw away the trash so you can start fresh the following day with the next room in your home.
  • Gather your cleaning supplies in a bucket and carry from room to room.

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SuiteAmerica Participates in Race for the Cure 2014

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SuiteAmerica is anxiously anticipating this years “Round up for the Cure”!  SuiteAmerica has been Silver Sponsors in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for over 18 years and supports an employee team annually. In addition to sponsoring a Race for the Cure employee team, SuiteAmerica hosts a variety of fundraisers to support the team’s efforts to achieve their support goal. SuiteAmerica employees have also personally offered financial contributions along with volunteering many hours to the Susan G Komen organization.

This year SuiteAmerica will be launching a few new fundraising initiatives logoincluding an office bake sale, lunch fundraiser and name fundraiser. The name fundraiser will encourage SuiteAmerica employees to donate a minimum donation of $10 per name to the Race for the Cure in honor of someone they know who has passed away or survived breast cancer.

SuiteAmerica is honored to contribute financially to Susan G Komen’s many events and programs throughout the year. In October 2012, we donated $10 for every new rental of a SuiteAmerica apartment nationwide. SuiteAmerica’s corporate office, located in El Dorado Hills, California, donated office space to the Susan G Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate for 14 years. The annual estimated donation value of the office space is $25,000.

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Stay with SuiteAmerica during the Holidays

Looking for a place to stay during the holidays?

Whether you’re heading home or having company for the holidays… SuiteAmerica can provide the perfect fully furnished solution while saving you the headache and stress!

With over 20 years of experience we’ve compiled several great tips to help you minimize stress during your travels. Since we couldn’t list them all we thought we would give you a list of our top 5.

Avoid high traffic travel times

  • When traveling to your destination this holiday season try to fly or drive on the day of the holiday to minimize wait times, congestion and high traffic times!
  • If you can’t avoid traveling during a high traffic time, try to leave early in the morning or late at night when traffic is minimal compared to the middle of the day.

Pack  only the necessary items

  • Don’t pack for a month when you’re only staying for a couple of days (We know… easier said than done!).
  • Plan out each days outfits a head of time and only bring accessories that are necessary.
  • Flying to your destination? Pack travel size liquids (under 3.4 ounces) and don’t forget your quart size plastic ziplock bag! Continue reading Stay with SuiteAmerica during the Holidays

Thankful For

10 things we’re thankful for

At SuiteAmerica, there’s a lot to be thankful for…

  1. We’re thankful for our roots: A little over 20 years ago SuiteAmerica started with an idea from a husband and wife and has grown to over a hundred employees with multiple locations throughout the US!
  2. We’re thankful for our awesome team that continues to provide award winning customer service year over year.
  3. We’re thankful for our employees who donate their time to giving back to others.
  4. We’re thankful that as a company we’re able to support many great causes including Susan G Komen Race for the Cure to raise awareness and support for Breast Cancer.
  5. We’re thankful that SuiteAmerica has a successful employee owned ESOP.
  6. We’re thankful for all our partners that help furnish and setup our apartments.
  7. We’re thankful for cutting edge technology that helps set our company apart from other companies in the corporate housing industry.
  8. We’re thankful that we are able to provide 24/7 customer support.
  9. We’re thankful for our guests who continue to stay in corporate housing versus a traditional hotel room.
  10. And most of all we are thankful that we are able to provide another great year of corporate housing to over thousands of relocating families and business travelers!