Does Your Industry Fit?

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What would you say if I told you that over 50 different business and industry professionals play a role in the downsizing process?

From counselors and estate-planning attorneys, to resale stores and massage therapists, there are a lot of hands involved when people make the decision to downsize.

How, exactly, you might ask, does a massage therapist play a role in downsizing? As anyone who has been through the process can tell you, it’s a very physically and emotionally-draining experience. Massage is known for its stress-reducing abilities, so getting a massage before, during or after the process may help to keep your head in the game and stress at bay.

Resale stores often end up with items that downsizers do not wish to take with them for the move, but are too useful to be thrown in the trash. Counselors can help with the emotional aspects of downsizing, while estate-planning attorneys help to ensure your assets are protected.

Photographers and memory-book services also can be involved in the process, helping to capture memories of the home that will be left behind in the process. For many, it is a home in which they raised children or have lived for many years.

Moving to a place that is small but still needs to be outfitted so that you can safely age-in-place? Specialty bathtub and bathroom contractors and other construction/renovation contractors are able to outfit your new place with all the necessary amenities. And how about alarm system companies? Unfortunately, seniors and boomers often are targets for thieves and scammers. Having a reliable alarm system can help.

The list of all involved is extensive. In addition to the business and industry professionals already mentioned, the following also can be part of the process:

  • Estate planning attorneys
  • Counselors
  • Home stagers
  • Lawn maintenance services
  • Pest control companies
  • Cleaning companies
  • Real estate brokers
  • Financial planners/advisors
  • Business and personal coaches
  • Debt resolution specialists
  • Home inspectors
  • Wardrobe consultants
  • Cosmetic consultants
  • Coin / Jewelry dealers
  • Junk clean-up and removal companies
  • Auctioneers
  • Estate sales dealers
  • Care managers
  • Placement agencies
  • Move managers
  • Moving companies
  • Mortgage companies
  • Property management companies
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Home builders
  • Closet and cabinet system companies
  • Independent retirement communities
  • Assisted living communities
  • Adult family homes
  • Residential care communities
  • Continuing care retirement communities
  • Memory care communities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Apartment buildings
  • Senior organizations
  • In-home care agencies
  • Home health care agencies
  • Phone companies
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical insurance companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Mobility companies
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Nutritional food and supplements companies
  • Fitness and yoga instructors
  • Battery supply stores
  • Pets and pet supply stores
  • Computer trainers
  • Accountants and bookkeepers
  • Transportation companies
  • Medical clinics and hospitals
  • Funeral homes and cemeteries
  • Physical therapists
  • Senior newspapers

Professionals offering these services and more can be included in the next Upside of Downsizing® Conference, learn more about upcoming conferences here.

Mary Spann

Mary Spann

Mary Spann is the founder and president of Upside of Downsizing®. In addition to her 26 years in construction, interior design, and home staging, Mary also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, making her uniquely qualified to assist with the downsizing process. Mary learned the key components of construction and interior design at an early age. Her father was a prominent custom home builder in Minnesota and Texas, and her mother was a successful interior designer and a real estate broker.
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