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Complete Move Management

Leverage Your Real Estate Sale to Benefit from Complete Move Management


Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services Brokerage is a one of a kind integrated real estate, downsizing, move management and transition services provider. We serve clients all over Ontario and especially in the Greater Toronto Area, Kingston and Ottawa regions and surrounding areas.

We help people downsizing, estate executors, and Power of Attorneys sell property, while handling every detail of their personal property and moving needs as required.

Our staff members are professional experts. We understand the important details, ask the key questions, and provide the most relevant and stress reduced solutions. 

The best part is that the overarching project management is included in our standard real estate commission, which is extremely competitive in price. In addition, in most cases we can cover up-front expenses until the sale of the property is completed as part of our service package.

Imagine the advantage of working with a single company that coordinates the range of value driven real estate, move management and sale of goods services that are needed when downsizing or settling an estate. Our integrated approach is more cost-effective and takes the pressure out of these potentially complex, multi-stage processes. 

We can't say enough about the professionalism, skill, efficiency, reliability at every phase, integrity, true caring nature and extensive knowledge and connections of the Gordon's team. The commitment goes above and beyond and provided excellent personalized service. We have already highly recommended Gordon's to some family members, neighbours and friends.

Dick and Susan

How an Integrated Approach to Move Management can Save you Money and Relieve Stress

Complete Move Management

🔑 Our integrated approach includes helping you plan what you will keep and leave behind; get you packed, moved, unpacked, furniture placed, bed made, pictures hung, clothes in the closet, and boxes gone - so you can enjoy your new home starting from day one. Back at your property, we clear and sell the things you won’t be keeping, then prepare and sell your home for the best price and with minimal stress on your part.

Not only does this integrated approach provide optimum efficiency, it’s also a cost-effective approach to move management. By reducing complexities and inefficiencies, Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services can directly save you time and money.

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Keep reading on to find out what is involved in our complete move management services.

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Packing and Moving

Packing and Moving

📦 If you’re getting ready to move into a new home or a retirement community, preparing to pack can be one of the most daunting steps of the entire process. Not only do you have to make sure you have everything you need once you move, you also need to ensure you pack your possessions properly so they don’t get damaged.

As a team of certified relocation and transition specialists, Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services has helped thousands of clients move over its 20 years in business. We know exactly what it takes to pack the items you want, while ensuring everything arrives safely at your new home.

Our complete move management plan helps with every aspect of your move, from sorting, packing, unpacking, setting up your new home, organizing the movers, donations and garbage removal for you.

 

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Appraisals and Selling Items

Gordon's Helps With Appraisals and Selling Items

🔎 When going through a major life transition such as downsizing, moving home, moving into a retirement community or managing an Estate, there will likely be unused and unwanted assets that you will need to part with.

It can be hard to know what to do with these extra personal belongings, especially if they hold sentimental meaning. 

Gordon’s can help build and execute a personalized plan so that you keep the items that are particularly special to you, while recapturing value from the extra items. We offer certified appraisals and can handle a variety of property types including antiques, collectibles, art, general merchandise and even commercial assets. Our certified staff members have years of experience ensuring that your appraisal will be thorough and professionally presented. Our team will coordinate the donation, disposal or sale of your additional items via an online auction process as appropriate.

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Selling Your Home

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🏡 When it comes to selling your home, Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services ensures that your home is completely ready for sale. Although most of the properties we sell are sold via the traditional MLS listing method, we are also one of a handful of real estate brokerages in Ontario that offers its customers alternatives such as auction or tender to sell their property if it’s appropriate. 

Selling your home is a big step, but with Gordon’s you can be confident in the knowledge that our expert advice will allow you to make educated choices that will help you maximize the return on your home.

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Finding a New Home or Retirement Community

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☕ Once you are certain you want to move, the next step is finding a new home or a retirement community that suits your needs. One of the most important things to remember is that it’s not just about what you need - it’s also about what you want.

Although we are NOT a placement company, Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services can partner with you early to help support your efforts with experience-based advice to find your next home that will be appropriate for your needs and wants.

In particular, when looking for retirement living options i.e. retirement communities or retirement apartments, we recommend that our clients begin their searches early as you will want to do a thorough review of your options and waitlists for where you would like to live next can be lengthy. Even if you’re not looking to downsize in the next 6 months or year, start your research now. We understand that making the decision to downsize is huge, but our team of experts will be there to support you with their wealth of experience every step of the way.

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Downsizing

Downsizing Help

🏘️ Whether you’ve decided you’ve got too much clutter in your home or you simply want to live a simpler life, downsizing can be a great way to reduce stress and improve your quality of life as you get older. However, downsizing can be an emotionally daunting process that requires the help of a professional.

At Gordon’s we believe our clients’ health is the most important thing. Stress is the silent killer that often shows up with different diagnoses such as heart attack, stroke, memory decline and worse.

You have worked hard and saved throughout your life, why not treat yourself by working with Gordon’s and enjoying a concierge level of service for your downsize. Perhaps you could do some of the tasks yourself, but be sure not to underestimate the potential time and energy a transition requires.

We’re not health professionals but we take time to understand what things are the most stressful for each client. Our plans always consider how we will positively influence your outcome so you enjoy your new home fully.

Make Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services your trusted partner, to help you to get the best possible price for your home and also help you to manage extra and unwanted assets through our online auction service.

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Project Management

Project Management

📋 At the start of every project our team of experts will learn the details of your lifestyle and your move expectations, and that will help us to create a custom transition plan that minimizes stress and maximizes the efficiency of your move.

When you are downsizing, every decision affects every other thing. Without an integrated approach, you are your own general contractor.

Then, each supplier, whether it be a real estate agent, mover or estate salesperson, provides conflicting advice based on their limited understanding of your needs. Integration means being better informed and receiving better- synchronized advice.

Our approach to project management has six steps:

  1. Analyze: Once we understand your requirements, we explain our services, how it would work, what it would cost, and where the important cost savings are. We completely answer every question you have and make sure you’re comfortable with our plan.

  2. Agreement: If we are all in agreement with the plan, we now make a formal commitment to each other. This outlines the services that we will provide and the exact costs involved. There are no upfront costs.

  3. Turnover: When you are ready, we will look after your complete move management. We can work with a reporting and approval process so you know exactly what we are doing and to ensure you’re comfortable every step of the way. You can opt to do some things on your own if you prefer, but otherwise we can manage everything.

  4. Third Party Providers: We use trusted and vetted third parties that specialize in certain areas of moving home, this could include cleaners, painters or home inspectors. You will remain in control of every decision.

  5. Price: By conducting thorough research of the marketplace, we can have an informed decision about the listing price of your home. We will give you expert advice, but you will always have the final decision.

  6. Listing: Once a price is decided, we will list your property on the Multiple Listing Service through our company. All offers will be presented to you for your consideration.

  7. Sold: Once you have accepted an offer and the property is sold and closed, you will receive the proceeds from your lawyer’s office with our commission and his/her fees deducted.

  8. Feedback: Finally, you will be asked to complete a survey telling us how we did and asking for any comments you may wish to add. Many clients provide testimonials at this stage. All comments are welcome and we review all feedback carefully.

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Quotes and Testimonials

Quotes and Testimonials

👧 At Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services we take pride in what we do. Our team of professionals will help you every step of the way as you move into a new stage of your life. Here is a collection of testimonials from some of our previous clients. If you want to learn how we can do the same for you, simply contact our team of friendly experts today.

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orange-quote-left I want to start out by saying that I think Gordon's offers a really tremendous suite of services, that overall, I was extremely satisfied; and that I am more than happy to continue to recommend and refer people to engage your company for real estate and downsizing. I particularly want to highlight the remarkable work done by Cathy and her team. In a way, what they do {move management} is the component of the process that is the least 'glamorous' and yet so very important because of how personal it is, and they are absolutely amazing in every way, including the practical work they do, as well as the understanding and compassion they offer throughout this very stressful undertaking. 
- Merrilees

orange-quote-leftI found everyone at Gordon's to be quite efficient and helpful. Things were taken care of swiftly and efficiently with little lag time in between, exactly as we wanted it. I was led by the hand through the process of selling the house and everything necessary for it to sell quickly. The cleaning was superb and everyone worked very hard. I was surprised how smoothly all aspects of the turnover took place. I can't think of any way to improve really. Nicky, Cathy, Manson and Giselle were all really helpful and the entire process seemed to be about as efficient as possible.
- Arlene

orange-quote-left I am very pleased in my new apartment. I feel happy, safe and protected here, and am meeting new friends. Once the dust has settled from the actual sale of my home, I am starting to enjoy the many activities around the Ontario Street hub and my beautiful view on the 10th floor. Although I was ill at the actual time of moving I feel everyone who packed and unpacked treated me with respect and compassion. Kudos to Julie and Cathy, they were always there to help. Also to Barry and Manson, sincere thanks for guiding me through the process and helping me to understand the situation and providing good advice through a bittersweet time for me. I do miss my home but I am glad someone is there who is younger and hopefully have the means to care for the house and property as I could no longer do so.
- Miriam

orange-quote-left Having to downsize and sell our home was a stressful decision. Gordon's provided us with the expertise, compassion and professionalism from everyone we interacted with to bring that stress level to a minimum. Never once did we feel pressured to make a decision, whether it be in selling the house or what to take and what not to take to the new home. A very special thanks to Manson and Cathy. Manson provided us with everything we needed to make informed decisions and the house was sold within a week. We appreciated Cathy's guidance, and 'not a problem' attitude which made you totally comfortable picking up the phone to make any request. She and her team made the move so easy for us, with everything in place as if we had lived there forever. Walking into our new home was a joy. Many thanks to everyone on the Gordon's team!
- Art and Daphne

orange-quote-left Gordon's helped to smooth the way for us in selling the home we had lived in for 45 years. Without their help the task would have been completely overwhelming. Our questions were always answered promptly and in many cases problems were anticipated with Gordon's very professional and efficient services. In particular I would single out Alicia, Cathy and Nicky for their help in answering questions promptly and suggesting solutions, and for generally making easy what could have been a very difficult process.
- Sheila

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Content Offers and Downloads

📕 Download our helpful Moving Checklists or our featured guide Downsizing Advice. If you are interested in learning more about how we can assist you with downsizing or with estate management, visit our resource centre for more guides, or read informative articles on our blog. We're always here to help

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Featured Go Gordon's Guide

Downsizing Advice

Downsizing is never an easy task - the memories that are made, the belongings that are collected and the attachment to the home all come into play. At Gordon's, we make downsizing easy and painless! In this eBook, you will learn:

  • Whether you're ready to downsize
  • When's the best time to sell your house 
  • The process of making the move into a smaller space
  • 5 steps to staying calm while downsizing
  • and more!

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Gordon's is Qualified

Gordon's qualified professional team members hold numerous qualifications, including the Certified Executor Advisor and the Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists (CRTS) designations. We are a diamond member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and a member of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA).

We recommend these helpful local organizations: Community Care for Seniors and Seniors Association Kingston.