Frequently asked questions

  1. How can we help you prepare your home for sale?
  2. How can we help you to settle into your new home?
  3. How can we help you adapt or re-organise your home?
  4. How can we help with house clearance or cleaning?
  5. Why is moving home different for older adults?
  6. How can we help you move to a nursing/care home or to an assited-living residence?
  7. How much do you charge?

Q1 - How can we help you to prepare your new home for sale?

We often become very attached to personal possessions around the home over time, and many of us like to develop our own home-style.  However, what appears stylish to us may not be to everyone’s taste.  You may have recently painted your living area your favourite claret colour, but this may not be to a purchaser's taste.  It’s therefore wise to consider having an objective opinion as to how you can maximise your house price, and improve your sale prospects with minimal investment.  Often these are quick-fix solutions which will greatly impact a first impression – replacing a patterned hall carpet with a plain colour might create a feeling of space on entering and might therefore create a spacious first impression.  De-cluttering your living areas and packing away some items will create a less-cluttered feel.

 

Many strategies are possible, and Moving On will be happy to help you with this.  We can advise on the best way forward for your individual circumstance, and can co-ordinate this for you if you’d like to go ahead. 

 

We can discuss your requirements with you, put together a plan and co-ordinate all tasks relieving you of the stress and time involved.  Please contact us for further information.                                           

Q2 - how can we help you to settle into your new home?

Arrival at your new home marks the start of a new set of tasks which must be carried out to ensure you feel comfortable.  We can help with many aspects of your new start however large or small from cleaning, to taking meter readings.  All possessions need unpacking, curtains need hanging, pictures arranging and beds making.  We can help you with this so that your home is fully functional as soon as possible.  Where required, we can mirror the layout of your previous home as far as possible to ensure familiarity.  We can also co-ordinate any changes that you'd like to make such as new carpets, curtains or furniture, together with preparing an Information Pack on your new area (if appropriate) so that you're away of the services available locally.  Where is the nearest supermarket, or library?  What societies are there?  What are the bus routes into the nearest town?  Having this knowledge available will ensure that you are prepared for your change, and ensure that this process is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.  

Q3 - how can we help you adapt or re-organise your home?

If you’re happy in your home but perhaps would like to make some changes to its layout or organisation then we are able to help.  For example, if you now wish to only use the ground floor area due to physical constraints, we can re-arrange your home and maximise the floor space in the desired living area.  Making home adaptations or re-organising a home is often a good option for some individuals as this not only allows you to save moving costs but also avoids the unnecessary stress and upheaval of a move, whilst maintaining a comfortable living environment. 

 

In some cases, we would use the services of a qualified Occupational Therapist to advise where necessary, and would then co-ordinate the desired changes for you. 

 

We can discuss your requirements with you, put together a plan and co-ordinate all tasks relieving you of the stress and time involved. 

Q4 - how can we help with house clearance or cleaning?

We are able to help with any aspect of house clearance or cleaning either as part of your move or perhaps following the loss of a loved-one.  At such a sensitive and emotional time this process can often be very difficult for family members, especially if they’re some distance away.  The heart-breaking and arduous task of sorting through years of possessions, clearing out a house and preparing it for sale can be very time-consuming, emotional and difficult.

 

Moving On will be happy to help with this.  We can discuss your requirements with you, advise on the best plan for your individual circumstance, and can co-ordinate this for you if you’d like to go ahead, relieving you of the stress and burden of these tasks. 

Q5 - how is moving home different for older adults?

Moving home is stressful, time-consuming and complicated for anyone, at any age!  As we age, our ability to cope with such a huge task can decrease, sometimes made worse by physical or mental limitations.  Not only do you have the usual tasks of co-ordinating estate agents, removals, packers, utility changes, change of address notifications etc, but you might also have many other things to consider such as downsizing and getting used to a new area. 

 

Downsizing will generally involve decisions and action.  What furniture from your current home will fit in your new property?  How will you deal with unwanted furniture?  Do you have items you’d like to give to charity, or sell at auction?  If you’re moving from a large kitchen with extensive storage for all your kitchenware into one with fewer cupboards, where do you start?  Your roof is bulging with years of accumulated items, many of them family treasures – how do you sort this out in time for the move?  These are just a few of the tasks which might need to be addressed when downsizing.

 

Moving to a different area in later life adds further issues to consider such as embracing a new area and new people, introducing new routines, and registering for new services.

 

We can ease this whole process for you by addressing all the tasks which need to be carried out and co-ordinating all or part of your move.  We will discuss your requirements with you and put together a plan to ensure this is carried out in good time, relieving you of the stress and time involved.

Q6 - how can we help you move into care/assisted living?

It may reach a point when you or a family member would benefit from moving from living independently at home into a setting where more hands-on care is available.  This may bring many positives, but may also cause feelings of stress and anxiety both for the individual and for their families, while also dealing with the emotional issues that such a move inevitably brings.

 

We are able to help by dealing sensitively with any aspect of your move, from de-cluttering a home prior to the move, to arranging what to do with unwanted furniture, through to arranging removals to your new home.  

 

More detailed information on downsizing is available here.

 

We would be very happy to discuss your requirements with you, put together a plan and co-ordinate all tasks relieving you of the stress and time involved.  Please contact us for further information.

Q7 - how much do you charge?

Some clients will require us to co-ordinate a complete project starting with de-cluttering a home, packing and moving, through to preparing the new home.  Some clients will need some help with sorting through and selling unwanted possessions.  Our fees will therefore vary according to the extent of work involved.  Once we have had a more detailed discussion with you (free of charge), we will be able to give you a better idea of what costs are involved.  We usually base our charges an hourly rate, and can either work to a set budget for smaller projects, or can give an estimated range of our fees for larger projects, depending on the type of work involved.

 

We will always provide a written estimate of our fees, and will set this out clearly and transparently.