Downsizing – The house has been sold. A closing date set.
And my clients are on their way to becoming Barrie Residents but only after a detailed plan of their wishes has been put into place.
Let’s get the downsizing-moving process underway
following these 6 steps:
1. Most items not being moved to the new home were sold at an online auction.
Anything that family members or friends were taking were packed and moved prior to the auction. Use painter’s tape and write each person’s name on the item so that it does not get packed or moved to the new home.
All items not being sold must be removed prior to the auction.
2. Those items that cannot be sold at auction like clothing go to a local charity or consignment store(s). Again, remove prior to the auction. All items not being sold should be dealt with now -not after the move.
Save time and money by not packing and paying to move things that are more easily recycled now.
3. Work through each room packing only those items that will be going to the new home. Finish one room at a time. If you find something that doesn’t belong in that room place it in its designated room or area to be packed later. Don’t place to the side with the thought that you will put it where it belongs later. It might end of packed and not even be something you want at your new home. Place it in its appropriate place now.
Only pack the items being moved.
Leave all the items for auction to be sorted and organized later. In fact, leave the sorting and organizing of items for sale until last. Have a designated room or area where all the items being sold can be placed. Don’t do anything with them except place them in their designated spot.
The Sky is the limit when selling items at auction. There are very few limitations.
95% of the possessions in your home can be sold at auction.
Downsizing Items that can be sold at auction and are not limited to include:
Crafts and craft supplies
Office Furniture-filing cabinets, chairs, desks, printers
Garden tools and supplies
Paint supplies-rollers, brushes, trays
Small appliances -I.e. microwaves, toasters, coffee makers
Furniture – couches, chairs, recliners, end tables, china cabinets, tables, chairs
Newer appliances-washers, dryers, fridge, stove
Cars, trucks, trailers, RV’s
Cleaning and laundry supplies-even if they are open.
Tools-drills, drill bits, hand saws, power saws, table saws, vice grips
Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, clamps
Building supplies – wood, doors, door handles, windows
Most charities will not take them but do check. Otherwise they go to the landfill. If you cut off the covers and bindings the paper can be recycled.
Items to dispose of prior to the auction:
TV’s-massive and out of date TVs must be recycled or given away. Old computers get disposed of in the same way. There are also free electronics bins in most neighbourhoods where TVs, computers, telephones, etc.
There are local companies that will pick up for free-usually at the curb or just inside the garage.
For free it must be in your garage or in the back yard. Somewhere it’s not hard to get at. When these companies have to come into your home they will charge you. It is at that time that they will need to have insurance coverage in case they do damage to your home while removing the item(s).
4. On move day you must be present when the moving company is packing the truck. You supervise their team of movers to ensure that nothing gets left behind and request that certain items will be placed on the truck last. That way there are things that you and your family and friends can start to be unpack immediately.
5. You are also at the new home to accept delivery of all your possessions. Again, I supervise the process so that everything goes into its designated room or space.So, this means you leave when the truck leaves your old house so you will be there to open the doors.
You will pay if they are sitting and waiting for you.
6. Have your family and friends start to unpack all the closet boxes. They will be placed last on the truck and first off the truck at your new home. Why? They are large, bulky and expensive. You will be charged by the moving company if they are not returned that day. Everything in a closet box is on a hanger so it’s an easy and quick task to complete. Saves, you time, money and grief. You do not want to have to transport them back to the moving company. If you want a few for storing seasonal clothes then make arrangements with the moving company to bill for those few (2 or 3). And pack them with out of season clothes that do not need to be unpacked the day of the move.
7. The next day or shortly thereafter, you return to the sold home to organize all the items to be inventoried for the auction.
The auction staff come in to take all the photos, upload and enter all descriptions to their website. They do all the marketing and advertising. They handle all the sales including managing the viewing and pickup of items sold and collecting the money.
When you hire Living Organized downsizing services, I make the arrangements for the auction and everything other little detail of your project. But, the contract is signed by you. This allows you to have control over what is sold. And best of all…
When the downsizing auction is over they send you a Cheque.
Simple and easy.
Efficient, cost effective and better than a garage sale or a traditional auction house. You don’t pay for the labour to move all of your belongings to another location.