The hardest part of the job for the older downsizer is the de-cluttering before the move, planning what will fit in the new space, and then unpacking after the move,” she says.
“Moving companies do an excellent job of packing and transporting household belongings,”
Extra Daughters also provides unpacking and settling in services for new retirees coming to the Cape for the next stage in their lives. “Living surrounded by boxes dropped by the moving company is no way to start a new life,” she says.
“It is important to respect a lifetime of memories and treasures,” says Chapman, “so we have created the Life Legacy Party, so that the older generation may pass on treasures in a meaningful way.” An inventory of items that the downsizer no longer needs or cannot take with them is created. Family and friends are invited to look at the inventory and indicate what items they want. The downsizer then holds a “Life Legacy PartyTM” and lovingly gifts items to enthusiastic recipients.
There is also a need for house clearing support when the owner has moved out or died, and an adult child must clear the house for sale or rent. Extra DaughtersTM will organize an estate sale, run the sale, clear out the leftovers, and clean the house for sale. They will consult with homeowners on changes that need to be made to the home before listing for sale, and stage the home with existing furniture to enhance the speed of a sale.
Chapman has moved her own full household eighteen times, before coming to the Cape nearly 12 years ago and is now firmly anchored in the community. She has settled five estates and worked for an antique/collectibles dealer. Recently, she was the program director for Seashore Point, the only outer Cape continuing care retirement community.
She charges by the hour and the average cost ranges between $1500 and $3000, depending on the complexity of the engagement.
Beth Chapman, Extra Daughters, can be reached at http://www.extradaughters.com or 508-479-1033