Wednesday, February 13, 2008

5 Downsizing tips to Help you along the process.

The very thought of having to pack up a lifetime of your memories can be overwhelming. People become paralyzed and choose to “stay right where we are” even though we know, in our hearts, that it’s time to simplify there lives.
A few simple steps will help reduce your anxiety and make downsizing to your new home easier. Contact we can help! 1-800-810-9174 or

STEP #1: What will you decide to take with you?

Before the move, make a list and take the measurements of the furnishings and other items you want to take with you. Visit your new home, taking along a tape measure and a roll of painters tape. Measure and block out the outline of these items on the floor using the painters tape. This will help you visualize how your belongings will fit in the new space. You will make better decisions about the items you should and should not move.
Downsizing means that you are moving to a smaller space, ask yourself these questions:

If you can’t answer “yes” to these questions, the item should not be moved to your new home.

If you are unsure about an item, consider the following:
Ask a loved one or trusted friend to store it for you.
Gift the item to someone who will value and appreciate it.

STEP #2: Movers!!!

Always use a recognized mover! We have references to give from local movers. Call the Better Business Bureau. Remember that you are entrusting the mover with a lifetime of treasures. You want your belongings to be handled
Try to move mid-week. Movers ultimately rely on part time help to get through the busy weekends. By moving mid-week, you will have the advantage of a full time, experienced crew who will provide you with a more efficient move.
Try not to move at month end. You pay a higher hourly rate for a month end move and are likely to get a less experienced crew. Your move will be less efficient and will cost more!

Anything you pack yourself is not insured! Leave the packing of all breakables and other valuables to the mover’s crew.
Keep the mover until you have all of the essentials unpacked. Be sure that your bathroom is set up, your bed is assembled and made, and the kitchen is in working condition for breakfast the following morning.
Finally, remember to give each member of the crew a gratuity if you are pleased with their work!
STEP #3: Disposition of the balance of your property
Be sure to contact Nationwide Estate Sales about hosting an estate sale or tag sale to sell the rest of the items you have in your estate. We also offer clean out services to help take away the balance of your belongings that are junk or garbage.

Step #4 : Notification

Approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your move advise the following:
Submit a change of address form to the post office.
Arrange for disconnection/transfer of:

- Telephone service
- Hydro/Gas/Oil
- Cable/Internet services
Send change of address to:

- Banks/Credit Card Companies
- Insurance Companies
- Ministry of transportation
- Canada Customs and Revenue
- Clubs/Subscriptions

Step #5 Contact us at 1-800-810-9174 or at to find out about all our services and how we can assist you in your relocation or with any of our other services. Have a nice day!

Nationwide Estate Sales


  1. Thanks for the helpful hints. I needed help with an estate sale I did and there was some great companies to work with.

  2. Thanks for the helpful hints. I needed help with finding a los angeles estate sale and this was a great resource.

  3. Thanks for the post. It can be really hard putting together an
    estate appraisal
    So make sure you work with professionals.

  4. It is really hard to decide what to bring with you when it's time to move to a new home. I got to disregard sentimental values of what I have in our old house when I started segregating them. estate sales