FAQs About Downsizing

Frequently Asked Questions About DownSizing and Seniors Services

Why should I use a DownSizing service?

A DownSizing move is unlike any other move you have made in the past, which is often why the enlistment of Senior Relocation Specialists and Move Managers is key to a stress-free and seamless move. We realize that any move is emotionally and physically draining, which is why our team is dedicated to our client and their family’s happiness.

We offer a multi-faceted approach and focus on the details most important to seniors.

Our services include:

  • preparing and selling your current home.
  • sorting and packing your belongings.
  • creating a floor plan for your new home.
  • unpacking and arranging your belongings.
  • post move support and advocacy.
What are the benefits of using Turnkey DownSizing Services?
  • Turnkey Solutions has significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results.
  • Our services are client-centered and personalized to meet the client’s needs and preferences. Families, particularly, need never doubt the power of a Turnkey Solutions expert!
  • Turnkey Solutions carries liability insurance, workers compensation insurance and including professionalism, exceptional customer service and outstanding commitment to our clients.
  • Turnkey Solutions Consultants show a commitment to professionalism and to working with older adults through ongoing education.
  • Turnkey Solutions Consultants adhere to the SRES/NASMM/CRTS Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
How are Turnkey DownSizing Services different from a regular real estate transaction?

DownSizing services go above and beyond a regular real estate transaction. A regular real estate transaction involves inspections, legal paperwork, packing, moving and unpacking. DownSizing includes all of those things but also requires that you choose only the belongings you can take with you to your smaller home. This means that there will be several items that need to be sold, relocated or donated. We take care of all the paperwork and negotiations involved with the sale of your current home and the purchase of your new home. Plus, our DownSizing services include consulting with you about your needs and we help you to make decisions about what you really want to keep. Then, we help you sell, relocate or donate those things you no longer need or want. In addition to helping you make those difficult decisions, we prepare your current home to be placed on the market, sort and pack your belongings and then unpack them at your new home.

What is a Move Manager?

Move Managers are certified professionals who specialize in assisting their clients with all the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. They provide advocacy every step of the way during your move. They will create a custom floor plan to scale of your new home as well as assist in DownSizing, sorting and packing. Move Managers arrange the logistics with professional and caring moving companies. The Move Manager and their team then unpacks your belongings and arranges the items according to the agreed upon floor plan.

How much will the move cost?

Every move or project is unique…just like you! The cost of our services depends on the client’s needs and our level of involvement. We meet with our clients in their home for a consultation where their goals are discussed. It is during this consultation that we provide an estimate.

Do I have to use all your services?

No, not at all! Turnkey Solutions offers a menu of services from which you can choose and you pay accordingly. The ultimate goal of turnkey DownSizing services is to ease the stress of the move process for older adults and family members, not add to your concerns.

Why should I use a realtor with experience working with DownSizing and senior living community moves?

These professionals have a unique understanding of the challenges of a move from a long-time home as well as the professional resources and vendors to assist with the many details involved in such a move. In addition to the technical details of the transactions, specialists have a full appreciation for the emotional nature of this type of move, and they will take the time necessary to help seniors and their families work through the emotional aspects vs. rushing on to the next scale.

Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Property

How Can I Find the Right Home?

Your real estate agent consults with you about your needs and wants in a home and they will find homes that fill those needs. Real estate agents have access to properties for sale in every price range and every community in San Francisco. They will show you several properties that are right for you.

How Do I Know What I Can Afford?

There are several factors that you need to consider when figuring out how much you can afford. Your income, your current debts, and the size of a down payment are taken into consideration when determining your price range. Talking to your real estate agent and mortgage broker will give you an idea of what price range of homes you’ll want to see.

Frequently Asked Questions About Selling Property

What should I do to prepare my house for sale?

The first thing to do is contact a real estate agent to visit your home and assess what needs to be done. Your home will need to be cleaned carefully because buyers will be looking in every corner so it needs to be spotless. In addition, your agent may suggest repairs and updates that will increase the value of your home and make it more enticing to buyers. You will also need to have your home professionally inspected to determine if there are any structural issues that need to be addressed.

What are the costs of selling a home?

The condition of your home and the number of repairs or updates you decide to do will determine how much it will cost to sell your home. Usually, a modest investment for a few repairs and a bit of renovation can drastically increase the value of your home. In addition you may decide to have your home professionally staged which will require rental of furniture and decor. You’ll also pay your real estate agent a commission for the sale of your home and legal fees for the sales contract and you’ll likely be required to pay taxes that will come due after the sale of your home.