A company that specializes in relocating clients is different from a downsizing company in that it handles downsizing PLUS moving. A downsizing company usually helps you organize your current home to make it more functional by clearing out clutter and unnecessary items. A relocation company does all of this while keeping in mind that the end result is to see you comfortably installed in your new home.
When choosing a relocating company, get more than one estimate and choose the company that you feel most comfortable with. The right person can not only coordinate and organize everything, but they can bring a sense of calmness during the anxious moments. The estimate should include the consultation fee and all the elements you have agreed they will be responsible for, right down to the landfill charges.
The representative of the company you pick should have the necessary interpersonal skills to make an accurate assessment of your personality, your taste, and understand what you value in your current home. They should have a good understanding of the place you are moving to, its limitations or challenges, and be able to advise you on the best items to bring to fit the space and location. They should include you in the discussion, the decisions and the activities to the degree that you are comfortable.
They should be able to assess what needs to be done short term and long term and create a plan that they can clearly communicate to you.
Ask if they have a Certified Senior Advisor designation. This means they have taken a comprehensive course to better understand the needs and feelings of a senior person.
The list of what a relocation company can do for you is endless. Whatever needs to be done, they are usually more than willing to tackle. They will usually have a list of services you can select from, but will create a plan that is unique to your situation. They will take into consideration the ways in which you want or don't want to be involved in the process. They can:
- Assess your current home and your needs
- Assess your new location and how to best accommodate you and your possessions in it
- Provide advice to assist your decision-making
- Create a work plan, short term and long term - with a timeframe for every activity
- Provide hundreds of helpful suggestions and ideas
- Help coordinate realtors, appraisers, movers, etc.
- Videotape, inventory all your belongings
- Help downsize, doing as little or much as you prefer
- Sort and organize your belongings
- Help disburse all the items you will not be taking with you to friends, family, auctions, sales, storage, etc.
- Handle all your utility and address change-over
- Arrange for cleanup, household repairs, and garbage disposal, etc.
- Keep you updated on their progress every step of the way
- Allow you to be in control of the process to whatever degree you wish
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