Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Relocation Specialist?

A relocation specialist organizes every aspect of your transition, managing all the details in downsizing and relocating to new living situations such as senior communities, independent-living apartments, assisted-living facilities, continuing-care facilities or residential long-term care facilities. A specialist is dedicated to making the transition process both physically and emotionally comfortable while preserving the dignity of the clients.

When should I start to think about relocating?

 It is never too early to begin the process. Depending on your needs, the timeline could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to get everything in place.

Why hire a Relocation Specialist?

Relocations Specialists have significant expertise in maximizing the client’s resources to save time, money and emotional stress. Services are personalized to meet the unique needs of every client. Many seniors faced with the necessity of moving to a smaller living environment are often paralyzed by the overwhelming challenges, both logistical and emotional of such a move. It requires giving up cherished possessions that can represent a lifetime of loving memories. Having a third party, who doesn’t have those emotional connections and understands your anxieties, can help make these difficult decisions easier. An objective and caring manager will assist you in deciding what you can take with you and find happy homes for the rest.

Why is a Relocation Specialist needed?

Social changes have made it increasingly difficult for family members or friends to provide all of the physical and emotional assistance needed for a later life move of a loved one. Many seniors have not moved in many years. They often have grown children living far away who have children themselves as well as demanding careers. Their grown children may be seniors themselves and unable to assist. Whatever the situation, seniors need assistance when it comes time to transition from one living situation to another. Seniors are now the fastest growing segment of our population and Elite Transitions has emerged to fill the gaps and make moving easier for everyone involved.

When does a Relocation Specialist get involved in a move?

A Relocation Specialist can get involved at any point in your move. Ideally, we are brought in early in the process. As soon as you know where you are moving to, we can start planning your next steps. We will thoroughly plan and orchestrate your move from beginning to end. Sometimes we are hired to complete a move that has been started but then proves to be too overwhelming for the senior or family to handle. We can also be hired to assist in emergency situations. If you or a loved one has an abrupt change in health, we can assist in the transition to a skilled facility and then take care of resolving issues of your home and cherished possessions. We work together to get the house ready for sale and assist with sorting and liquidating remaining assets. Whether you are happily anticipating a move or are facing a time of great uncertainty and emotional upheaval, be assured that Elite Transitions is ready to help you.

What services does a Relocation Specialist provide?

A Relocation Specialist can provide as many or as few of the following services:

  • Free in-home consultations
  • Assist in preparing current home for sale
  • Develop a personalized moving plan
  • De-clutter and downsize belongings
  • Coordinate, schedule and manage all details of the move
  • Professionally pack and unpack
  • Oversee moving day and clean up
  • Special relocation services at request of client
  • Executor support services
Who should use a Relocation Specialist?
  • Seniors
  • Adult children and family members
  • Senior living and retirement communities
  • Geriatric care managers
  • Health care facilities
  • Social services agencies
  • Lawyers/Executors & Trustees
  • Realtors
  • Financial Planners, Banks and Trust Officers
  • Funeral Directors
How much does a Relocation Specialist cost?

All services are priced to the exact amount of hours and third party costs required for your transition to ensure you receive the best possible value for your money. There are no hidden fees nor will we try to sell you a service you don’t need. Elite Transition’s estimates are simple and easy to understand and are based solely on the services you agree you need and can afford. We work in cooperation with family and friends to reduce the number of billable hours required to complete the move successfully. We customize our service to fit your needs.

How long does relocating take?

The relocation process can be an emotional experience. It is important for you to set the pace. Elite Transitions recognizes that each client has a unique blend of needs, challenges, priorities and preferences, all of which are taken into consideration. Generally, the easier it is for you to make decisions about your belongings, the faster the process goes.

Why work with Elite Transitions?

We are a small, locally-based business dedicated to seniors and retirees in Thunderbay and surrounding area. We are your single-source provider when it comes to moving or relocating your home. We possess the training, expertise and personal experience to guarantee a smooth, stress-free transition. You can fully expect our service to go above and beyond, ensuring you have a trusted friend who will guide you through each and every single step related to your move. We provide one-stop shopping for all your relocation needs as well as fully personalized confidential one-on-one service.

How can I trust that Elite Transitions will take care of everything?

Elite Transitions has only the best people working with them to ensure everything is done in a very professional and timely manner. Elite Transitions understands that you may be apprehensive if your family members live out of town and is sure to involve them in every step of the process, if that is your wish. Your privacy is always respected.

How will I know what to take to my new home?

As part of our downsizing and de-cluttering services, we will help you decide what items to keep and what items to share, donate or gently dispose of. We have excellent spatial awareness and will work with you to make optimal use of your new space. We will listen to what you want to keep and make that work if possible.

Moving seems so stressful and complicated, where do I start?

Our free in-home no obligation consultation will address your concerns. When you choose to proceed, we will address your worries and create a relocation plan that details your available options, as well as the costs involved with producing the smooth relocation that you desire and deserve.

What will be discussed in my free in-home consultation?

We will discuss every single option you desire to help you attain a stress-free feeling about your upcoming move. We offer to handle every detail of your move from de-cluttering to downsizing to packing to supervising the whole move, to unpacking and setting up at your new location. We have working relationships with trusted and insured movers, cleaners, haulers and storage companies. Every last detail you desire will be discussed and included in the discussion. If you have special needs or requirements don’t be shy to ask us for help!

What if I want to handle some of the moving aspects myself?

While we offer full planning, staging and relocation services, you are most welcome to use as many or as few of our services as you would like. You determine what you desire to do on your own and we will custom design a package for you that will take care of the rest.

I don’t live in your area but my parents do. Can you help me move them?

Absolutely! Elite Transitions will coordinate the move with you over the phone, via email or Skype if you prefer. The key to our relationship is mutual communication. Keeping you in the loop during the process will give you and your parent(s) peace of mind and a sense of security in the knowledge that you are not alone in the process.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured.

Does Elite Transitions only provide relocation and transition services for seniors?

Although our services are geared toward seniors and retirees, we are willing to assist people of any age move from their current residence. Whatever the needs are, we can custom design a package that suits both your needs and your budget.

What area does Elite Transitions serve?

Currently we provide downsizing and moving assistance to seniors and their families in the Thunder Bay area.