“How much are your services going to cost aside from the real estate commission?” is a question that we hear on a daily basis when meeting with potential clients. It’s natural that people want to know how much our assistance with their move and/or personal content management needs are going to cost. One answer is - probably less than trying to manage the work yourself in fragments. And - what will it cost you if things aren’t managed well? Managing the contents and move well, which are often aspects with the highest complexity are precursors to a smooth real estate closing, which is the real pay off. In other words, how much is a smooth real estate closing process worth to you? Let me elaborate...
For many individuals, downsizing/estate settlement is a once in a lifetime project. Many people have never done it before and won’t again and it’s hard to do something well if you do it only once or even a handful of times. Gordon’s has been helping clients downsize/settle estates for over 20 years. We’ve learned how to streamline while getting everything right. We’ve identified service providers we trust and we’ve learned how to coordinate and execute activities so that things are as efficient, cost-effective and low-stress as possible for our clients.
Although the largest dollar item, MLS makes the real estate piece the easiest part, but it often leaves you attached to a specific agent and possibly using the same agent for you and for the buyer. Our process means you don’t need an agent. Why commit to one agent and pay a large commission for only one service? Property values are strong and increasing in most Ontario markets. Our option means you can leverage the real estate commission to build a wide tent and bring all agents and their buyers together at the same place and time and use competition to encourage the best outcomes.
This leverage allows you to enjoy no charge project management, interim funding of ongoing activities, and conveniently deducting all costs from the real estate closing.
In contrast, the mechanics of coordinating the move and/or dealing with the personal contents that are no longer needed often get treated as afterthoughts, when in fact they are the most time consuming parts of the downsize/estate settlement processes and are the tasks that must be completed in order to receive the real estate transaction pay day.
To provide some context, for the Gordon’s team it takes an average of 70-100 hours to complete the task of sorting through contents, packing, moving, unpacking and dealing with anything leftover for a moderately full 3,200 square foot house. We tackle these tasks within a 3-4 week timeframe. This is a significant investment of time and energy. Based on our experience, when people try to tackle these tasks on their own, it can take 5-10 times as long due to emotional attachment, fragmentation of effort, living at a distance from the project, not knowing where to start or how to tackle the project, and expending inefficient effort on tasks that don’t generate a return in value.
In summary, if you could leverage the real estate transaction value and engage a company that could manage the real estate, move management, and sale of goods in a streamlined and integrated fashion, and know they are experts at what they do, the cost will be more efficient than the alternatives. And the cost of the extra services will be relatively small in comparison to the real estate proceeds.
If you’d like to learn more about how Gordon’s can serve as your trusted, experienced integrated real estate and transition services specialist provider, visit our website here or contact us for a free no obligation consultation today. We Help. You Move On.