Services

No matter how you look at it, moving is stressful. In fact, the National Insurance Institute says moving ranks as the #2 biggest stress filled event in a person’s life. Many seniors put off the decision to move simply because it seems so overwhelming. What’s going to fit in my new place? Where should I move? How do I physically get my things there? What do I do with what doesn’t fit? Imagine simplifying your entire transition with the help of a team of experts in right-sizing, space planning and more. Not just any team, but one that respects your lifestyle, values, and wishes.

We can help you take the memories with you and leave the headaches behind. We understand the spectrum of emotions, upheaval, and concerns when making the move to a new home.

We also know that many adult children may be too far away or unable to be a full-time helper in the moving process. Think of Silver Service as your coordinator for all the extra details that most moving companies don’t handle; space planning at your new location, right-sizing your household inventory and considerate, respectful liquidation of those items that won’t be needed in your new home.

Silver Service also communicates with family members, social workers, caregivers, and estate lawyers, ensuring your move will go as smoothly as possible. We’re confident that Silver Service is the solution for your move. We want you to be confident too. We’ve earned the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for high ethics and standards of business excellence. Owner Emily Rosher is an active member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, the American Society of Estate Liquidators, and the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. Our commitment to excellence means we continue to learn and improve our services to better serve our clients. We know we are handling more than your possessions; we are handling your memories too.  We also assist with preparations for selling your home by helping you connect with professionals to prepare and sell your home.

In the sections below, our approach is a step by step process, based on years of experience.

Senior Move Management

Many seniors find the idea of moving to a smaller home overwhelming; how will they sort through decades of possessions? What do you do with the items that won’t fit at the new residence? We create a plan that integrates your most precious furnishings and possessions into your new home. We work with you through the decision-making process by helping to decide on the items that you need and love.

Floor Planning

The key to a smooth move is taking the guesswork out of what will fit. Is the sofa too big? Where will you put the cedar chest? Our floor planning service eliminates the expense and frustration of moving furniture only to discover there’s not enough room. In short, we “measure twice and move once.” Whether you are moving to a new residence, or rearranging your current home to accommodate mobility needs such as walkers or wheelchairs, a floor plan provides a layout with efficiency, safety, and comfort in mind.

Sorting

Many seniors find the idea of moving to a smaller home overwhelming; how will they sort through decades of possessions? What do you do with the items that won’t fit at the new residence? We create a plan that integrates your most precious furnishings and possessions into your new home.  We work with you through the decision-making process by helping to decide on the items that you need and love.

Packing and Unpacking

Where do you begin? Preparing for a move can be stressful, especially for those who have been in their home for many years. It’s difficult to know where to start. Our team will make sure you have the proper supplies for wrapping and protecting your valuables, carefully and respectfully pack and label your belongings, help coordinate moving services, and be present on moving day to ensure a trouble-free transition.  We’ll work with your moving crew to supervise the loading and unloading. While you relax, we will unpack everything an remove all the trash and boxes.

Setup

We will set up your kitchen and bathroom, make your bed, hang your pictures and arrange your treasured decor to give you that instant, at-home feel. By day’s end you can expect to enjoy a relaxing evening in your new home. Expertly unpacked and arranged. No desperate search for the coffee maker the next morning.

Aging in Place Consulting

Rightsizing

Our goal is to work with our clients to make their living arrangements as easy and simple as possible, helping to not only create a simplified living environment, but also a safer space to live in at home.

As you approach the prospect of modifying your living arrangements, one of the questions to consider would be, What do you want your legacy to be?  What do you want your children/loved ones to think about when they go through your belongings after you are gone?  Consider the joy you can have now in the gifting of items to your children/grandchildren, items that have a special memory or value to you.  We work with you through the decision-making process by helping to decide on the items that you need and love.

Declutter

We don’t make them do anything they don’t want to do.  Our client is the boss.  We start in a room that they don’t use as often and work from there and ask the question, How many of these do you think you need?  How long has it been since they used/wore this item?  Getting an objective view/approach to things.  This is different than an organizer.  Our goal is to get rid of/eliminate half of what a person has, keeping only those things that they are using/can use.  Get rid of the things you don’t need.  Open the door to a closest, take everything out and then replace only the things that are needed.  Removing duplicates/triplicates of items they have.  Removing the things that the client doesn’t need.  Focusing on what they need at this stage in life.  Removing electronics that no longer work.  We strive to make it fun.  Items that are eliminated as needed, we will coordinate donation/gift it to their children/or, if there a large enough number of items, we will help sell or consign the items. Begin with the rooms that they do not go into/use very much and build a relationship with them. From there, we would move to the rooms that they have more of an emotional connection with, such as their kitchen and bedrooms.

Drawers, Closets, Cabinets

Organizing

Organizing is easy once you we have helped our clients eliminate/gift the items their extra items.  Everything seems to fall into place.  When we do box items up for storage, we prefer to use clear bins so that our clients and their loved ones can always see the contents of the bins.

We help sort and coordinate dispersing and liquidating unneeded possessions in accordance with our client’s preferences, whether it is through donation, gifting to family and/or friends, or consigning. 

Estate Liquidation

Estate / Moving Sale

Moving from a home of 20 or more years to a new, smaller residence creates a challenge for any family. We help homeowners decide which possessions will be donated, gifted to family members, and those available for an estate liquidation sale. When appropriate, our staff is experienced in structuring your sale for the best outcome, we have expertise in pricing and promoting art, designer items, heirloom jewelry, antiques and maintain complete confidentiality throughout the entire process. Once you sign a contract and give us a key we take care of everything.  Our experts will stage, price, photograph and market your sale. We have the most kind and helpful team to run your sale. The best part is that you will have your check within 5 business days. 

Sort/Staging

All items are cleaned and re-arranged to provide the best viewing and to help optimize their value and bring you the best price.  We pride ourselves on having beautiful sale. Items are arranged.  Silver Service has a strong reputation in the estate sale community.  Customers love our estate sales and we get a lot of positive feedback from our clients about how well their items look in the sale.  We do sort out items that are under a dollar or that are broken/damaged.  At the end of the day, our goal is to bring our clients the highest price for their treasures. 

Marketing and Selling

Great photographs are the key to marketing our client’s items.  Our trained team will schedule a time (after staging) with our client to take photographs of items to be sold.  Promotion and marketing of the sale usually begins two days before the sale.   These photos will then be used in our email blasts (sent to over 1,000 local customers), through our Facebook page (over 2,200 followers), newspaper ads and through www.estatesales.net (over 18,000 local residents).