OVERWHELMED TO SOLD: A Senior Downsizing Journey

When a home has been lived in for decades, and it comes time for downsizing or moving to a retirement residence, many families are overwhelmed with the massive scale of work required, of completely emptying a home and getting it ready for the market. Moving and downsizing can cause a great strain on siblings, who have jobs and time-consuming lives of their own, to help Mom and Dad move forward. Senior Downsizing Services can genuinely help families to tackle this arduous job.

How does our team at Kelowna Estate Liquidation assist this family? During an initial consultation, we describe the full range of services available for organizing, decluttering, packing, helping manage the full move, selling items of value at auction, separating items for donation and giving to family, and we then provide an estimate.

Senior Downsizing:

Once our customers hear of all the available services, it is time to choose which we can assist with. In this move management project, we not only helped with all of the above, but we were also able to see this client all the way through the process, and transition to a retirement residence, having all of her treasured and needed items in place when she arrived to start enjoying the new space immediately.

This is truly a full senior transition, and we’re happy to share the process with you. Here is what the family shared with us after this project:

Judy Sutherland Review:

‘We cannot recommend Delores and her team highly enough! As executors of our aunt’s estate, we were tasked with moving our cousin, now bereaved of her mother, into appropriate housing, clearing the family home & preparing it for sale. Watching Delores interact with our cousin with kindness & gentleness convinced us that she was the perfect match! The sorting, packing & resettlement was a challenge but it was carried out with skill and tender loving care. Delores’s team worked tirelessly to prepare the house for market – cleaning, painting, re-flooring and staging. The house looked amazing! Offers were received in less than a week! Thank you, Delores, for your professionalism and attention to detail. You took a personal interest and were wonderful to work with!’

What needed to be done?

Over the years, our elderly customer had accumulated quite a collection of antique dolls and accessories, and they had grown from one room, to the next, to the next, along with extra seasonal belongings stored in spare rooms. To meet the demands of the impending winter market, the executors reached out to look at what we could do to take this space from overwhelmed to sale-ready in a short time.

An overwhelming collection of items needing to be dispersed before the sale of the property.

All three floors of this property required sorting, and separation of items for donation, dispersal to family members, disposal, and items that were ready for sale. From the basement, to every cabinet, cupboard, bedroom, and space, we organized and decluttered to prepare for the next step.

We worked with our client one on one, to decide which of the furnishings, artwork, and collectibles were to be taken to the retirement residence, for us to set up and have it ready to move in quickly when the time was right. Saleable items were organized and separated for delivery to a local auction hall.

Clearing a property for the new Renovations

As is often the case, a home that has been occupied for several decades will need basic décor and design updates to help with the appeal to new buyers. We leave a property completely empty, and available for any work that must be completed before the sale or rental of a home.

Once we had decided which items were to be taken to the new retirement residence with the family, our team packed up and managed the move to the new space, setting up our client for a move in, quickly. Everything was set in place, from furnishings, to artwork, collectibles, and the bed made, living room ready, and bathroom, and kitchenette ready to live in right away.

Ask us about our full services, available through Kelowna Estate Liquidations. Serving Kelowna BC & Surrounding Areas.

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