Downsizing and relocation services for seniors
Step 1: Let`s talk about what you need: Our In home, no-charge consultation will help you see how we can get you to where you need to be. We will develop a plan, within your timeframe, discuss costs, and benefits. You will be involved with the decision making every step of the way. (Nothing leaves your home without you knowing about it and giving us the go-ahead).
When working on your own, it is easy to get side tracked in the sorting/decluttering process and only shift things around!
We wont let that happen!
Downsizing CAN be an enjoyable journey down memory lane.
Sharing items and stories with family members, revisiting memories is an important part of the process. Stories help identify 'stuff' from what really matters to you! If space is limited, decluttering can open up prime areas!
Where do you spend most of your time in your home, what furniture is no longer functional? Start the process soon to keep your home safer, more comfortable, and cozy while getting rid of the clutter and junk.
Items are donated, recycled, or sold. The last resort is landfill. HSHT networks with groups and organizations who may rehome or purchase items such as crystal, china, vintage clothing, coins, stamps (and other collectibles), household items, antiques, furniture, medical equipment. Visit Facebooks Home Suite Home Transitions Page for details on items currently available for sale.
TIP: Start small, with a realistic, achievable goal such as a drawer, or a closet. Downsize, don't shift things around. If you haven't used it in 2 years, you (really) don't need it. Remember your goal, stay focused. You'll feel good, and get into a pattern before you know it you'll be ready to tackle a full room.
If you need help, Home Suite Home Transitions staff can help make it happen quickly, efficiently. You'll be saying "I should have done this years ago!"
Once you know the location of where you'll hang your hat (and call it home), we develop a floor plan of the living space.
We work hand in hand with you, helping you decide what furnishings you love and want to bring into your new home. Function and safety become priorities.
Together, we develop a personalized floor plan to create a new home that truly fits your needs. As you start visualizing your new home it becomes less of an unknown and more familiar!
TIP: The question is not what furniture fits, but how does our client use space in their current home, where do they accomplish the functions that are important to them? Where is their "primary comfort zone" in the current home; where should it be in the new home? Where do they sit to watch TV, where do they pay bills or have tea? Which lamps provide the light they like, where do they sit to put on shoes, which side of the bed do they sleep on, where DO they hang their hat!
A comprehensive guide to help you declutter so you can downsize
It’s taken a lifetime to accumulate items, treasures and general stuff. When it comes to downsizing it’s not easy to sift and sort through everything and make decisions on what items to part with and what items to keep.
It’s overwhelming to many.
In the Ultimate Guide on Decluttering for Seniors we provide strategies for working through the process including:
- Identifying the reason for decluttering
- Setting up a process for working through items
- Questions to ask yourself
- Resources and contacts for rehoming and selling your belongings instead of going to landfill
By using your new home's customized floor plan, we have identified what furniture and personal items will be moved.
A trusted, reputable moving company will physically move your personal possessions after Home Suite Home Transitions staff have packed for you. Our large, well packed boxes save loading time which saves you money.
Home Suite Home will unpack and set up your beloved belongings, usually on the same day as the physical move.
All boxes and packing materials will be removed (if we were involved in the downsizing process!).
This is the final step to make your new residence your home. The familiar set up of displayed items, your bed made, and the kettle on will beckon you to Home Sweet Home! Relax and put your feet up, or, meet your neighbours!
TIP: It is important to keep elements of the new home environment similar to the previous. Whether moving to a retirement community, condo, an apartment or a long term care residency, the more familiar the area feels, the easier the transition Eg. Keeping a favourite chair, the night table on the 'correct' side of the bed, bathroom toiletries arranged in a similar set up can reduce "relocation syndrome fatigue".
Having the support of someone who has been through estate disposal before, and who has been an executor can be helpful in ways you would never imagine. Be sure you have a number of sounding board (people) and physical help. You will make better decisions when you are not emotionally, and physically, compromised. Home Suite Home Transitions staff have been there and are happy to help.
TIP: Settling an estate is a job unto itself. Don't go it alone. Get as much support as you can.
Unfortunately accidents happen. You focus on your loved one while Home Suite Home Transition facilitates all steps to move their possessions to a designated, safer, home environment quickly.
Once the immediate needs are met we can also ensure the re-homing of no longer needed personal possessions. Whenever possible, every effort is made to include the senior throughout this process, from choosing furniture and personal items to keep, to where other items are directed.
TIP: Timing can be critical to a smooth transition and peace of mind for you and your loved one. Our connections help expedite, and simplify the process.
Home Suite Home Transitions Testimonial
The things we thought our daughters would like was not what they chose themselves. We are grateful for the time, patience and expertise from HSHT staff in developing our “photo inventory” from which family selected items.
Frances B Feb 2019