Transition Squad Downsizing Services

Transition Squad Downsizing Services

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Our Mission

  1. To take away the burden of the downsizing process so you can focus on what matters,
  2. To find a good home for your belongings, and
  3. To maximize their selling price.
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Our Services Include:

  • Transition Squad Managed Online Auctions
    Transition Squad Managed Online Auctions take the burden of the selling process off your plate. This service includes:

    • Set up items into lots
    • Photograph all lots
    • Research items and write compelling descriptions
    • Establish minimum bid values*
    • Custom web page for your auction
    • Conduct your online auction using our auction platform
    • Advertising and marketing of your auction
    • Collect credit card payment from winners
    • Manage the pickup
    • We charge a commission based on what we sell

    The entire process can take as little as two weeks. We recommend you do not get rid of anything in advance as items you may throw away or donate may have more value than you think.

    * Unlike most companies in this business, we do not start items at $1 unless they are very low value items. We research items and price them fairly but aggressively to entice bidding. It takes us a little longer to do the homework than just starting everything at $1, but ensures that you get a reasonable value for your belongings. n

  • Client Managed Online Auctions
    Client Managed Online Auctions are a good option for those that have the ability to do some of the in-premises work themselves in exchange for paying a much lower commission. You will:

    • Set up items into lots
    • Photograph all lots
    • Fill out an inventory spreadsheet
    • Upload photos and spreadsheet to us
    • Manage the pickup of items

    Transition Squad will:

    • Provide training and comprehensive documentation, including how to set minimum bids*
    • Provide ongoing technical support
    • Build a custom web page for your auction
    • Conduct the online auction using our auction platform
    • Advertise and market your auction
    • Collect credit card payment from winners
    • Provide you with winner receipts to manage the pickup

    If you don't have tons of items, it's OK. Client Managed Online Auctions are ideal for smaller auctions as well as large ones, and can be conducted for clients who reside anywhere in North America. We advertise your auction in local online and offline media. n

  • Onsite Physical Estate Sales
    Estate sales are like whole house garage sales. Your local Transition Squad team will stage virtually everything in the home for sale that you do not want to keep. They will photograph and price the items and market the sale. Typically, the sale will be a weekend morning event. Our team will arrive very early (like 7:30 AM) and start handing out tickets for entry on a first come, first serve basis. There are sometimes hundreds of people lined up when the doors open and it is a mad rush to grab the best items. Our highest traffic sale ever had over 2,000 people between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. People will line up very early, sometimes even sleep overnight in their cars to get the first tickets. Approximately 25 people are let in at a time due to fire regulations and security. There are several staff members working and watching various areas of the home while also wheeling and dealing. After the sale is over, typically late in the afternoon, the seller returns and the money is counted together. It is a very fast-paced, hectic day.

  • Consignment
    In Toronto, Ontario, we have our own Consignment Store that carries quality second hand household items for up to 90% off buying new. This includes furniture, antiques, mirrors, jewellery, crystal, china, sporting goods, electronics, etc. We get calls virtually every day from people who don't have enough to hold an estate sale or auction from their home, don't have time before their home closes or are simply looking to do some redecorating and want help to sell a few choice pieces. We also get inquiries from people who want to donate their items to our Charity Program to help support multiple charities in the communities we serve.

    Once items are at our location, we photograph, catalogue, merchandise and advertise the items at our expense and find a good home for them. When the items sell, we issue payment within the first 7-10 business days of the following month.

    For more information on consignment, click here.

  • Vehicles
    Manage the sale of vehicles through our sister company, Automall Network, which is a licensed dealer. n

  • Appraisals
    Generate an independent appraisal of contents to comply with estate tax rules and fair distribution of asset value. Our sister company, Automall Network, is an expert on vehicle valuations for professional, independent vehicle appraisals. n

  • Organizing
    If your home is in a state of chaos or you just need some decluttering, our organizing experts can help you put everything into a state of order so you don't feel overwhelmed. We charge hourly for the service so you can use us for as little or as much as you need.

  • Move Management
    Transition Squad's turnkey service can include coordinating and managing the move to your next home. We can obtain quotes to pack your items at your old premises, move them using reputable moving companies and oversee the entire move, even unpacking if you so choose. By using the right vendors for the right parts of the job, we can help you save time and money. Our turnkey solution philosophy means one call does it all.

  • Clear Out
    For items that you are not taking to your new home, Transition Squad's team can clear out the premises to leave you with a broom-swept space. We coordinate consignment of as much as possible first (subject to quality, condition and space availability), donation of what is not consignable, and disposal of the rest. If we are also handling the move to your new home, then we can offer greater savings by bundling both services together since trucks are already at the premises. Contact us for a free in-home consultation and quote.

 
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