How we do it

Getting A Move On

Like many things, downsizing is much easier when you have a plan. We'll help you make one. First, we'll figure out what you need to do to get ready. Then, you decide where you can use our help. We'll do as much or as little as you'd like.

Here is our moving Prep List. Even if you don't have a moving date yet, it's not too early to start planning. Breaking your tasks into small, manageable pieces will help you make progress and keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

Look it over now and check off all the places you could use our help.


8 -12 weeks before the move
Create a master move calendar with all important dates
Interview real estate agents
Select moving day
Interview and schedule movers
Hire professional appraisers
Hire handymen to get house prepped for sale

Take pictures of the house the way it is
Make a list of everything you want to bring with you
Design space plan for the new house to see that it will all fit
Order new furniture, and arrange for delivery to new home
Send furniture out for re-upholstery or cleaning
Send rugs out for cleaning
Decide what items will be stored, consigned, sold, donated
Make arrangements for distribution of those items
Maintain donation records
Organize/hold estate sale

Get boxes and packing materials
Start packing up the house
Keep a list of packed items/box contents
Keep adult children in loop via email 

4 weeks before the move
Begin composing a list of people/companies to notify with change of address
Notify magazines now
Arrange for change in insurance coverage, if necessary
Start using up frozen foods and cleaning supplies
Arrange final clean-up/hauling

Begin getting your new home move-in ready
Make sure paint colors, floors, cabinetry, counters are as you like them
Bring in contractors to make necessary changes
Choose and order window treatments

2 weeks before the move
Send out change of address forms
Order new checks from your bank
Notify utility companies (water, garbage, telephone, cable, newspaper, PGE) of your move
Arrange for new service to begin your move in day
If you live in an apartment/condo, reserve the elevator for moving day
Contact charities for final donation pick up
Have family/friends pick up their items well in advance of the movers

1 week before the move  
Have new home deep cleaned
Clean out refrigerator and freezer
Put jewelry/small valuable items/important papers together
Walk through to make sure all repairs have been made
Think about what you will want in a personal suitcase - not packed
Arrange for extra trash pick up

Moving Day
Take your personal items (jewelry/papers) with you
Move cars to make room for van
Have moving contract on hand
Oversee movers at old house
Have floor plan available
Meet movers at new house - show them where things go

Moving In
Unpack boxes
Connect TV, phone, internet
Arrange kitchen, bath, closets
Hang pictures

Settle In/Designing Your New Home
Choose paint colors
Hire/supervise painters
Make necessary safety modifications
File change of address cards
Review room arrangements
Organize closets, office, bookshelves
Add accessories, finishing touches

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