He said, she said, they said…

At Moov Consultants, we primarily rely on word of mouth advertising. And testimonials are a fantastic way to share real-life experiences with others. Here’s the latest buzz on the streets:

“They immediately took the reins and put us at ease.”

“We reached out to Claire and Marlene feeling very overwhelmed and underprepared ahead of a local move, and they immediately took the reins and put us at ease. Their services proved to be invaluable, both in terms of the planning and the executing of our move: They booked our moving company (and organized the actual moving schedule, making sure they were available ahead of and following the move to help us), coordinated the contracting of a large interior paint job, and created a packing schedule that would work with our family and an incredibly tight timeline.

With their help, the moving process was actually painless. They asked how we saw the move going and how we wanted to utilize their time and help, and they really listened to what we needed. One of the highlights of working with MOOV, for me, was witnessing the miracle that was their packing up our kitchen, moving it over to our new house and unpacking it in a matter of only a couple days. Claire and Marlene worked incredibly quickly and carefully; when we moved into the house, we had a ready-to-use kitchen with no evidence of packing supplies or boxes, and everything was in perfect condition and organized thoughtfully.

Perhaps most importantly, they were fun to work with. They’re warm, helpful and knowledgeable, and invite you to trust them during what can be an otherwise incredibly stressful time. I highly recommend their services to others.” — EDN

“I recommend them with no reservations.”

“The MOOV team of Claire Mahoney and Marlene Simson helped me move from my home of fifty years to a two-room apartment in six weeks! They helped me downsize and get rid of what I didn’t want. They helped me pack what I wanted to keep and arranged for a mover to take what I didn’t. When everything was my new apartment they helped me arrange my furniture and rehung all my precious art pieces. These gals are quick, efficient, prompt to answer phone calls, and amazingly strong! Their costs are reasonable and their help and personalities made what I have dreaded most almost painless. I recommend them with no reservations.” — Rickie Emerson

“We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or recommend them to you”

“Like many people, I appreciate a beautiful home but struggle to make all the details fit. Moov Consultants – Claire and Marlene – have been exactly the solution I was looking for. They have great technical skills including color selection, design, and use of space. They are great listeners who respond to your needs and feedback. They have helped us with everything from a curb appeal redesign of the outside of our house to selecting paint colors and doing small budget room design upgrades. They are delightful to work with and have given us a beautiful home. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or recommend them to you” — Carolyn D.

Marlene and Claire were a huge help in staging my home. As an owner selling my property, I needed direction about how to get it ready to sell. They talked with me about the process and developed a plan with me. Their kind, fun, direct style get it all done without stress! They used some of what I had to decorate the house and brought in beautiful items to complement it all and it sold within the week! I couldn’t have done it without Moov!” — Robin

Moov made a very emotional and overwhelming job manageable for my brother and me. Helping my dad downsize and declutter so he could stay in his house was a huge undertaking. Moov executed this need with tact and grace. We wanted an outside source to help us manage the whole process and give us direction to avoid creating family tension. Essentially, Claire and Marlene worked side by side with us to get the job done. Priceless. ” — Andrew M.

“We worked together as a team and they helped eliminate the stress for us. Thank you!”

“Moov Consultants managed our move! As a working family, it was difficult to find the time or even know who to call to get our house market-ready. It was wonderful to be able to rely on Marlene and Claire to help figure out all the details. We worked together as a team and they helped eliminate the stress for us. Thank you! ” — Liz and Rob

“Claire and Marlene of MOOV are amazing! These two listened to my needs and requests, then proceeded to transform my living space-using my own things-into what looks like a new home! All in a few hours and affordably. Highly recommend!!” — Elizabeth H.

“A thousand thanks you’s for your wonderful work today! In a few short hours, you transformed the clutter and problem areas into spaces that bring me such joy now.” — Catherine M.

“Claire and Marlene are charming, thoughtful, and infinitely talented. I can’t praise them enough.”

“We reached out to MOOV late last year because we badly needed help organizing and rearranging our 1850s farmhouse. Spoiler alert: old houses are often sorely lacking closet space! My husband and I work outside the home and are parents to two preschool-aged sons. It can feel impossible to contain all the STUFF. We wanted a home layout which could work for our busy life. Most important to us were functionality, ease of upkeep, and style. Enter Claire and Marlene, whom I now believe are actual sorceresses. After one conversation/walkthrough, they went to work and transformed my kitchen in three hours. They came back for two more sessions over the next few weeks, and needless to say, I feel like we have a new home. They were so tuned in to what we wanted and what would work for us. They took great care to display treasured items and make our space feel infused with warmth, personality, and joy. It’s particularly amazing because they used all our stuff that was already there (minus a rug and some storage baskets they brought)! The project felt collaborative, but we were also able to go about our business and let them do their work, fully trusting we were in good hands. Claire and Marlene are charming, thoughtful, and infinitely talented. I can’t praise them enough. My family and I are so grateful to MOOV!” — Meredyth Harple

“They realized a vision we didn’t even know we had. I’m so grateful for their incredible work.”

“My first encounter with Moov was in the midst of a major home renovation project. As excited as we were for the beautiful space my home would become, we had no idea how to get it there. A wall of bathroom fixtures was enough to send us running for the hills! Moov came to the rescue. They talked with us, got a sense of what styles would resonate with us, and understood that function was equally important given my family’s hectic lifestyle. Then, they took it from there! With everything from those dreaded fixtures to paint colors, tiles, window trimmings, lighting, and more they realized a vision we didn’t even know we had. I’m so grateful for their incredible work.” — JB

“With all the demands busy family and work lives bring, “finishing” a home renovation project by fully moving into and styling our new spaces was quickly falling to the bottom of the list. At the same time, we knew we had to make the most out of the investment we had made in our home. So I called Moov. They took care of the house, saving me precious time to focus on other things in my life. Touches of color, practical and beautiful furniture accents, soft pillows, clutter-free shelves appeared and more appeared like magic. All of the selections they made were reasonably priced and matched our style. Everything they put together came with total flexibility to return or rearrange but we didn’t change a thing! Months later I still wander around my house and think, “Thank you Moov!— LSB

COVID-19: Changing the World One Day At a Time

Well, here we are.

All of us.

Every single person living on planet Earth.

COVID-19.

My children are already talking about how in 20 years their kids will be reading about this time in history. It’s true. But we are here, NOW. Making history or rather staying at home, while history is being made around us. Hoping that we do not fall victim and that our efforts to flatten the curve and social distance ourselves from our friends, family, co-workers, and communities will work. Shifting our energy from our self-focused lives to the people that risk their lives for us on the front lines during a time of crisis.

The countless articles, updates, and news reports keep us informed, but it’s the personal stories of sacrifice, true sacrifice: choosing your job over your family, risking your own health for the health of others, rising to the occasion and allowing your skillset and passion to kick in that matter most. We’re all in this together. We can all contribute in one way or another. Even if your contribution is staying at home. It’s a time to reflect, be grateful, reset, slow down, put things in perspective, and even on days when the world seems to be crashing down…remain hopeful. Hopeful that we’ll learn and grow and come out better and stronger on the other side.

Until then my friends: stay home, stay safe, stay healthy, and please wash your hands. #alonetogether

 

Divorce happens… we can help.

When starting a business, one of the most important and difficult jobs is often finding your target audience. At Moov Consultants we have a “Say Yes!” attitude and so it has made our search for our target audience a little more difficult in some ways and much easier in others. The Come One, Come All approach has kept us busy with a variety of new clients. It’s part of what makes our job so much fun, we truly aren’t sure where the next inquiry will come from.

However, a few of our most recent clients have helped us open our eyes and narrow our focus to recently divorced men and women. Divorce happens…good or bad, it’s simply sometimes unavoidable. Regardless of the outcome, a  family or a couple are typically going from one house to two. Temporary or permanent, in most cases, someone is moving out and finding a new place to live. This transition is often overwhelming and here’s where we can help.

We understand that the time soon after a divorce—when people are trying to establish a new life in a place of vulnerability—moving, packing, unpacking, buying furniture, and styling a home is often simply too overwhelming to comprehend. Questions are often discussed and agreed upon during mediation, but who is carrying out the ACTION and when?

The importance of feeling settled in a comfortable space and, in some cases, establishing a new normal for children post-divorce is critical. We can help bring a sense of style and function to a home. We often work side-by-side with the moving company to unpack and set up the entire home.

We specialize in interior decorating services that bring together the home— from stocking the kitchen and baths with necessary items to creating sensible floor plans and layouts. We suggest paint colors, upgrades, lighting, and furniture options working within all budgets. Our clients are typically settled in and ready to continue life within a day or two!

Our goal is to help create beautiful, livable spaces where life can start fresh while keeping the process affordable. If you find yourself needing help in putting all the pieces together. Please, give us a call. You won’t regret it….guaranteed!

The following pictures are a great example of a client who simply did not have time to focus on creating a beautul home. As a business owner, father, ex-husband, and outdoor enthusist…there were many more things to worry about than pillows and chairs. He knew he wanted a nice place, but life just got in the way. We were able to deal with the things that he definitely appreciated, but let’s get real… there are only so many hours in each day. Check it out:

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Moov Consultants… helping seniors, families, and individuals!

It’s not rocket science, so why is it so difficult?  Moving can be a daunting task that often keeps people living in a situation that is less than ideal. “The thought of moving is paralyzing to me.” a recent client admitted. “I walk from room to room and simply do not know where to begin.” This is what we hear in almost every home we visit.

From seniors to young families to individuals, Moov Consultants is a full-service company that makes every single aspect of a move seamless. Here’s what another client said:

“I am in a grateful stupor – I can’t believe the gift that you have given me over the past few days. I am so appreciative…”

Whether you are moving by choice or facing the reality that you can no longer live independently, Moov Consultants is here to help. We will come into your home and do as much or as little as you would like. We help you sort through your belongings and decide what needs to be kept and what can be sold or donated. We then start packing your belongings in labeled boxes in preparation for the movers. We can also pack and stage your home so that it is market-ready.

This is an emotional process for many and our backgrounds in education and nursing are an asset to this process. As mothers with young families and daughters of aging parents, we start each project with the heart. Understanding that regardless of where you are in life, sometimes you simply need help.

But why Moov Consultants? There are a variety of businesses in the area that help with organizing and de-cluttering, even packing and moving; HOWEVER, we take things to the next level. We do offer the above services, but we go the extra mile to create a home you truly love. We unpack your boxes and set up your kitchen. We help with styling bookshelves and mantles. We advise on paint colors or a fun new wallpaper. We hang curtains and organize linen closets. We help with furniture layout and are creative in using what you have in new spaces. We truly are a full-service business that helps with not only every aspect of a move but with interior decorating, managing subcontractors, and most of all making your experience as affordable and enjoyable as possible. Check out our website and find the box you fit in!!

https://www.vpr.org/post/unpacking-emotions-and-logistics-when-seniors-downsize-their-home#stream/0

Here’s a great podcast from Vermont Edition on how to handle the emotional journey of downsizing and transitioning as a senior. We can help!

Check us out in Seven Days | Nest

The original print version of this article was headlined “Getting a Moov On”

Let us take it from here.

That’s a wrap. The moving trucks arrived at 10:00 am and the house was unpacked and ready for the homeowners by 4:00 pm. But maybe I should be a little more specific.

Our clients closed on their new home yesterday, we met them after the closing for a walk-through of their space to get an overview of their needs. After spending about an hour walking from room to room, we were able to not only get a sense of their needs but also a peek into their style and overall design plan. We then shopped for requested items and met the movers the next day at 10am.

As the movers unloaded, we began to unpack. We asked the homeowner if she knew where she wanted her dishes, pots and pans, cutlery etc. At this point, after juggling a job, managing a family, and dealing with the last minute stresses of actually signing the paperwork to close on the house, she was ecstatic to be able to look at us and say: you decide. We happily agreed to her request. We unpacked and created a sensible kitchen layout including a warm decor to make the clients feel like they were truly settled. We then hung curtains in the dining room and filled playroom shelves with kids’ crafts and family photos. We made suggestions for furniture layout and discussed the options for changing a few paint colors.  And then, unpacked a little more.

If you’ve ever moved, you realize the emotional, financial and overall intensity of the process. When 60+ bins are unpacked for you, your process just got a whole lot more manageable.

Chittenden County, Vermont is such an amazing place to call home. If you are relocating to Vermont or simply moving to a new home in the area. Please consider looking at moving in a new way. It’s time to call Moov Consultants. Box free in a day…it’s our goal.

Nestled between the mountains: a vacation home in the Mad River Valley

It may be the dog days of summer, but there’s still a lot of moovement here in the Green Mountain state. Today we ventured to Waitsfield, which is a quintessential Vermont town in the Mad River Valley—an area known for world-class outdoor recreation, eclectic energy, and all the farm-to-table cuisine (and beer!) that our state is known for. While this is an area with a lively year-round population, Waitsfield is also a prized location for vacation homes—which is what brought Moov to the Valley today.

After searching for years, our new clients, have finally found their home away from home in the woods of Vermont, and they’ve partnered with Moov to help make it feel that way. Their new mountain house is nestled into a wooded lot with postcard-worthy mountain views. This space will become their haven—a place to escape the fast-paced, city living that is their current everyday life. It will be a place to relax and enjoy their friends, family, and of course, the great outdoors.

While the family looks forward to many long weekends and vacations spent here, Moov is looking forward to creating a welcoming and cozy space for them. From top to bottom, room to room, no detail will be overlooked:

  • We’ll start big with refinishing the floors, painting the walls, and contracting out repairs.
  • We’ll select furniture, lighting, and artwork.
  • We’ll bring in elements of nature, to reflect the beauty that surrounds them, while implementing all the unique features of the home as focal points. The use of hardwood, hand-hewn beams, stone and metal will help guide the decisions used for the interior decorating.
  • We’ll even make the beds with fine linens for their arrival.
  • And last but not least, we’ll make sure they are stocked with the makings for the perfect gin and tonic to savor the last sips of summer. That’s how we say, welcome home!

This is the exact kind of project that we love to do here at Moov—taking the stress out of moving and helping folks truly feel at home.

The Mad River Valley of Vermont

Staging your home with Moov: how we’ll get your house ready for market

One of the key steps in selling your home is getting it staged—the process of rearranging or tidying your home to entice potential buyers. This comes naturally for some, but for others it can be downright overwhelming and time consuming. Sometimes all it takes is having another person coming in with fresh eyes and a single focus—that’s where Moov can help.

We work like a modern-day Mary Poppins: moving room to room, making changes here and there, adding essential items, hiding wires, opening blinds. We know that if we can stage your home so that others are able to easily imagine themselves living in your space, your home is one step closer to being sold. If potential buyers aren’t distracted by your belongings, then they are better able to imagine themselves settling in and creating the home they’ve always dreamed of.

This process recently came to life in Richmond, Vermont – the community we call home! Robin, our client, was trying to sell her house. She had worked tirelessly painting, cleaning, and packing her family’s belongings for their big move. The For Sale by Owner sign was ready to be placed in the front yard and the photographer was scheduled to take photos for the online listing.

We met with Robin a few days prior to the photographer’s appointment to get a full understanding of her needs. Together we created a plan that worked for her schedule and her family, and we were able to stage her home efficiently and stylishly.

“Marlene and Claire were a huge help in staging my home,” says Robin. “As an owner selling my property, I needed direction about how to get it ready to sell. They talked with me about the process and developed a plan with me. Their kind, fun, direct style gets it all done without stress! They used some of what I had to decorate the house and brought in beautiful items to complement it all—and it sold within the week! I couldn’t have done it without Moov!”