Happy Thanksgiving from Relocation America International!

Relocation America International would like to wish all of our clients, transferees and employees a happy and safe thanksgiving!

Check out this great info graphic on the history of Thanksgiving and how it compares to today’s Thanksgiving traditions!

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5 Ways to Make Your Short-Term Rental Feel Like Home

indexNo matter how nomadic your lifestyle may be, there’s no place like home. Most people will agree that they are at their most comfortable when they’re immersed in a familiar environment, surrounded by a few of their favorite things.

But sometimes, we’re required to live in short-term housing for work. Whether you’re in town for a few months on assignment, or a traveling nurse jetting off to your next adventure, it is possible to make your temporary living quarters feel less like a rental and more like a home.

Here are five inexpensive and inventive ways to do just that.

1) All in the family.

Even if you don’t bring many, we can guarantee you’ll be toting around a couple photographs. Print out pictures from your phone, and put them anywhere. Hanging smiling portraits on the wall or fridge of your short-term rental can help impart a level of comfort and warmth. Don’t feel obligated to hang up every single photo (that could get creepy…and expensive); stick to the really special ones.

2) Your nose knows.

The sense of smell is linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. That’s why it’s easy to trick your brain into relaxing and feeling more at home with the use of room spray, a candle, or diffuser. Not to mention, candles are relatively inexpensive. Stock up on a couple of soy candles the next time you’re out running errands, and you’ll be one step closer to personalizing your short-term rental.

3) Decorate, temporarily.

Remember the days of wallpaper? What was once a postwar, oft-pastel miracle is now an obsolete décor trend. In wallpaper’s place, however, is temporary wall art, which has grown in popularity over the past few years. Companies such as Blik and Wallies offer affordable, self-adhesive wall and surface graphics that can instantly liven up a white wall.

4) Go green. 

House plants have come back into fashion. These days, you can spruce up your apartment without making it feel like a dorm room circa 1977. From kitchen herb gardens to cacti and succulents, there are plenty of low-maintenance options. And what’s more, recent research shows that interior plants contribute to productivity and reduce carbon dioxide, pollutants, and airborne dust levels.

5) Liven up. 

The little things count. So make sure you pack some personal belongings to make your temporary home feel just like that—a home. From books and movies, to pillows and coffee mugs, keeping these objects close can help us stay connected to happy memories. Pick five personal belongings, and be sure to bring them along.

Source: Travelers Haven


About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior customer service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally. Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.

Year End Relocation Payments

indexEvery year around this time we come up against the dreaded cutoff date for payment of relocation expenses.  This means that providers and transferees have until a certain date in 2016 to send in their unpaid/reimbursed relocation expenses/invoices in order to be processed this year.  Any expenses sent in after the cutoff date can only be reimbursed after 1/1/17.

As you can imagine this causes tremendous hardship for transferees that are moving this time of year.  Having to wait up to six weeks for funds to be reimbursed around holiday time is a huge source of stress.  With that said is it possible and/or legal to continue to pay transferee expenses after the established cutoff date and simply roll them into 2017 reporting?  To try and get an expert answer to my question we went to the relocation industry’s foremost expert on taxation and gross up, David Oltman with Ineo Technologies.  Below is what David had to say on the subject:

What you describe above is a relocation industry best and most common practice – keeping in mind the tremendous hardship for employees and service providers, etc…. However, in order to be compliant with Federal and State tax withholding laws, the relocation industry’s most common practice is the way to go.  Now with that said, I know many companies both Fortune 500 and much smaller that have a December 1st cut-off – taking one month of pain out of the equation.  Believe it or not, I even know a few company’s who have no cut-off they just keep paying and reimbursing right up until 12/31 – that is their corporate culture and their Payroll Dept. does not start their W-2 process until later in January. 

So the bottom line is – a company that has a cut-off can pick any date they want, but as long as payments are being made, they must be reported to payroll.  Rolling payments made in November or December into the following’s years January payroll is 100% NON COMPLIANT.

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior customer service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally. Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.