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FAQs

Do we only Downsize houses?

No, downsizing is only one service we offer. In addition we offer: Sorting and Simplifying belongings (attics, basements, sheds, barns, you name it), Moving Management (handling the details of sorting possessions, hiring movers, arranging for storage units, shipping belongings to various people, coordinating utilities & settling the new home), Home Closing (sort & empty all contents of a home) and Staging  (consult with realtor, contract home improvement services if needed,  and stage home for MLS video, and showings).

What if we just want to clean out a space but are not moving?

Sure. It may be your attic, basement, a spare room, barn or shed….  We will apply our same process to tackle all the “stuff” you have collected over the years.

Can we donate to our charity of choice?

Absolutely, we would be happy to work with your charity of choice. We work for you, you are in charge. The charities we work with pick up donations for free. If your charity does not do pick up we will figure out how to get items there. Worst-case scenario is there may be a small delivery fee if there is a lot going there. Our goal is to recycle and reuse all things that can not be sold. We make an effort to make sure someone can use what you no longer can.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, all of your donations are tax deductible. We will prepare itemized lists with values applied to your donations for your tax filing.

What training have we had as downsizers and moving management consultants?

We were trained by Anne Frost, a downsizing & moving management specialist, from Massachusetts. Anne has owned her own business for over 20 years and has worked all over the country helping folks to downsize and simplify their homes. We will continue to use Anne as a resource and guide when needed. She is only a phone call away and will have the answer, promise. In addition to our hands of training, we believe the key ingredient is empathy and compassion. We know how difficult it is for someone to effectively sort and eliminate their belongings. Because we are impartial, with no memories attached, we are highly effective and efficient in the sorting process.

What can we expect from a free consultation?

We will come to your house, or mutually designated meeting place, and discuss with you your needs. The consultation will be an open discussion for you to learn about us and how we work, and for us to learn about your goals. If on premises, it is likely that we will review the house and trouble spots to assess the task at hand.

Are we fully insured?

Yes, we SimplySized Home is fully insured and bonded. All of the people we work with to help in the process are fully insured as well.

Are our services confidential?

Yes, we are completely confidential. It is your choice if you are comfortable telling people you are working with us. Our business is based on referrals, but we will not discuss who our clients are, their possessions or needs.

What are trash removal fees likely to be?

If there is trash to be removed, this will be an additional fee to the client. Trash removal fees depend on the amount being removed.

Can you dispose of household hazardous waste products?

Professional trash removal companies will dispose of these hazards for a nominal fee per gallon. We use a trash removal service that can remove hazardous waste products for a small fee. Some towns have a waste management system that allows for hazardous wastes.

Can you recommend home improvement services including carpenters, plumbers and general handyman?

Yes, having grown up in Southern Maine we have access to trusted resources and would be happy to share them with you.

Will you work within a client’s budget?

Absolutely . We will itemize our estimate based on areas discussed and we are able to do a much or as little as you can afford.

Will you travel?

We are located in Yarmouth Maine and will travel, please call to discuss details.

What do you mean by Clutter Coaching?

Everyone has trouble spots; it is human nature to accumulate too much stuff over the years. We all do it. This service is to train folks how to sort & simplify their own homes. We will set up a series of coaching sessions, and make a plan to help you stay on track.

What happens if I change my mind and want to keep something that an antique dealer wants to buy?

No problem, after all it is your stuff! You retain the right, whenever that might be during the process, to change your mind. Nothing leaves a house without the clients written/verbal consent.

How do I get paid for consigned pieces?

You will be paid directly by the consignment shop owner. Generally consignment shops pay 50% of the selling price to you. You will be given an itemized list of what has been consigned and the initial asking price. This may vary depending on which consignment shop is chosen. The homeowner always retains to right to consign with them or not.

If you have further questions, please contact us at 207-358-0046 or email us at info@simplysizedhome.com