Graceful Transitions provides downsizing and moving services designed to eliminate the physical effort and reduce the overall stress associated with moving. Your Team Lead will arrange, schedule, plan, coordinate, and supervise all aspects of the move based on the plan you develop together and will be in communication with you throughout the process to confirm all arrangements, inform you in advance of each step, and provide guidance for each upcoming activity.
Expert space planning is an option that is offered to insure that all furnishings will fit comfortably in your new home. Our space planning specialist will visit the new residence to take exact measurements, accurately marking electric and cable outlets, windows and doors, etc. She will then meet with you to discuss your priorities and preferences and to measure your furnishings. Using your input and the information collected, she will produce a computer-generated preliminary floor plan, which you and she will work together to finalize. Most of our clients take full advantage of this service.
You will be assigned a Team Lead who will get to know you and your unique needs, and will carefully tailor a personal plan of action based on your desires and priorities. Thereafter, all activity related to you and your move will be handled by the same person who knows your specific plan and all of your special requirements. She will schedule activities and appointments and will coordinate with all companies and individuals involved in your relocation or home reorganization project.
With sensitivity to “letting go” issues, your Team Lead will assist you in sorting through possessions, guiding you through the decision-making process to determine what can move with you and what can be sold, donated or given to family members.
If desired, we can arrange for shipping of furniture or family heirlooms, ensuring treasured possessions are on the way to loved ones in a timely manner. We will contact the shipping company to obtain an estimate, and will pack and label boxes.
We will arrange to have excess items taken to dealers for sale, to charitable organizations for donation, or to waste and recycling facilities for disposal. Sensitive papers can be taken for shredding in a secure manner. If you desire, arrangements could also include transfer of belongings to a secure storage facility.
Items that are to be moved to the new residence will be tagged for easy identification by the packers, movers and Graceful Transitions crew members. Furniture will be tagged and numbered according to the floor plan for ease and accuracy of set-up, and boxes will be carefully labelled to reflect where they should be unpacked.
For the first phase of your move, your Team Lead will be at the old residence to supervise the packing and wrapping of your belongings and furnishings. She will be there to answer any questions the packers may have and to observe as they load the truck.
On move-in day, your Team Lead and a Graceful Transitions crew will direct furniture placement, unpack boxes, put away belongings, set up and organize the kitchen, bathrooms and closets, make the beds, and plug in lamps, TVs, phones and other electronics. They will take great care to assure that, by the end of the day, your new place looks and feels like home.
BEFORE & AFTER
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If you are like most parental caregivers, you are already juggling your family, friends, job, housekeeping, laundry, lawn, garden and more in addition to looking after parents. Add to this the decision-making responsibilities and physical effort of removing items from the home, not to mention the emotional strain of convincing your parents of the need to move, and you can easily see an overwhelming project under the best of circumstances.
Helping parents transition to a simpler, safer home environment may require you to spend days sifting through belongings, filling bags, locating a moving company, arranging special trash or recycling pick-up, conducting a yard sale, attempting to distribute treasured items to siblings or other relatives, contacting utilities to transfer or cancel service, packing, then unpacking and setting up the new residence.
We will listen to you and your parents to work within your family’s schedule and plan around the special needs and requirements of your family. By working with you to arrange, coordinate, and supervise all activities associated with your parents’ move, we strive in every way to make this sometimes emotionally-charged change as easy and stress-free as possible for your parents – and for you.