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!

Featured Project- COMPLETE!

It’s interesting that as I drove away from the home in Waitsfield for the last time, I think I actually felt a bit emotional. Our very first job as Moov Consultants came to an end yesterday. Everything from the floors to the walls to the outside decks is complete. The beds are made, pictures hung, and books stacked. The contractors are paid, the lawn is cut, and the homeowners are heading to Vermont.

This project was given to us last September. And it felt like that at the time and it still does; a gift. We were trusted to create a beautiful, liveable vacation home for a family to enjoy and share with their friends. They live and work in a huge city overseas and had no idea where to start or what they really even wanted their Waitsfield home to turn into. At this point, we have spent much more time in this house than the family has. It has been an incredible experience on many levels. We have learned lots, met amazing people, and solidified that we are on the right track. It surely does take a village to make it all come together. We are hoping that they feel like we have returned the gift to them. Take a look:

 

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

Renovating your home? Are you ready?

You’ve been meeting with architects, designers, and contractors. You are excited. You are ready! The new kitchen and new floors you’ve been dreaming of are finally going to happen. The thoughts of family dinners, more space, functional cabinets, and updated lighting are making you feel a little giddy.

Then it happens. “You need to be out of your house by June 5.” BAM! Just like that. Your excitement turns to anxiety at the news of your quickly approaching deadline. How are 30 years of life going to be packed up and cleared out in less than two weeks? As you walk from room to room the paralysis starts coming on, you feel completely stuck and overwhelmed by the thought of packing everything that you own into boxes, storing it, and moving into a less than ideal temporary living situation while the renovation is completed.

Guess what? There is now a new solution to your new problem: Moov Consultants.

Here’s our process: As we walk through your home, you start talking and we start listening. We create a clear plan and a manageable timeline for you. We work around your schedule. Life doesn’t stop simply because you are renovating your home. We help you sort through furniture deciding what will go into storage and what you’ll want to move into your temporary home. We think ahead and help you see the big picture of how this is all going to pan out. Remembering to keep the kids’ Halloween costumes accessible isn’t necessarily on the forefront of your mind, right? We can also visit your temporary home offering creative solutions, a workable floorplan, and cozy liveable spaces to help ease the transition for everyone. No one likes feeling displaced.

Then, we start packing. We pack valuables and heirlooms with care. We pack closets and kitchens. We work alongside movers as they wrap furniture and prepare the large items.

Ready for more good news: It doesn’t stop there. We come back and UNPACK the boxes, set up your kitchen, and style your home; as much or as little as you need. Once the renovation is complete we will return to your new and improved space and help you come up with organized systems. All that decluttering that was supposed to happen on the front side, that didn’t, can happen now. Once the boxes are unpacked we help create the home you’ve been dreaming of. We make it make sense, liveable and beautiful! Finding the perfect new spot for your old treasures, your empty space is quickly transformed and ready for living!

The dirty work…it’s what we do. We are here so you can exhale and focus on the important decisions. We provide a service that eases stress and takes that overwhelming feeling away. Here’s what clients are saying:

“Thank goodness, I hired you!” 

“I can not believe how fast you are.”

“I didn’t even know how to get started.”

“We couldn’t have done it without you…thank you!”

“The best money I’ve ever spent.”

We are grateful for our clients and the relationships that are instantly created. Call us today for a consult. Moov Consultants: It’s time to look at moving in a new way!

 

 

 

Styling Your Home…it’s time to take action!

I don’t know if your life is anything like mine, but in the winter I am simply at home more often. Or maybe I should say, I am inside my home more often. I run around like everyone else all week and spend most of my daylight hours in the woods or at a ski area on the weekends, but the doors to the deck have been locked and unopened for more than three months now. I often long for opening the windows to welcome the fresh spring and summer breezes, but for now, I’ll find beauty in the icicles hanging from the sills.

However, spending this time inside I think it’s pretty natural to start paying attention to the details of your home. You may notice the eggplant purple accent wall that the previous owners gifted you or the mantle adorned with expired holiday cards or the cluttered bookshelves that need a little love. But, is that where it stops? At the noticing? Maybe it’s time to take it to the next step…the ACTION step.

Winter is the perfect time to re-style your home and this is one of the services that we offer at Moov Consultants. Basically, we come to your house and you walk us through your home sharing the things you love and the things you don’t. Through this process, we are able to gather a sense of your style, how you live in your space and what you need help with. We essentially are a set of fresh eyes, looking at your own furnishings, your artwork, your accessories, your paint colors, your furniture layout and lighting. Then, through this outside lense, we are able to offer advice on ways to improve your space. It’s a really fun process and clients are often amazed at how quickly their home can be transformed into a space that they love. Check out this Before and After photo below. There is still more work to do, but by changing the layout of the furniture an entirely new look was created.

Moov Consultants can help transform your present space without losing touch of your style and personality.

BEFORE

AFTER

From Madness to Happiness

We are thrilled to announce that the mudroom project is complete! And wow, what a difference a fresh coat of paint, inexpensive carpet from Home Depot, and a bench made from scrap lumber and a clearance rack fabric can make. It’s really fun to bring new life into spaces that are an integral part of your every day. It’s so easy to walk past the pile of bags that desperately needs to be dropped off at Good Will or add one more jacket to the crowded coat rack. But with a little bit of effort, any room can be transformed. And believe it or not, walking into an organized clean space truly does make a difference in one’s overall emotional balance.

We’re pretty good at this. Invite us over and we can brainstorm ideas together. Sometimes all you need is a new vision. We’d love to help you fall in love with your home all over again. Check out some of the before, during, and after photos:

Featured project.

We know that you’re not supposed to have favorites, but the project in Waitsfield that we have been working on has quickly become simply that: our fav! It’s a unique situation because the homeowners purchased the property and then left the country for 4 months. During that time, we have spent endless hours planning, designing, managing contractors, accepting deliveries, and selecting all of the home furnishings, paint colors, light fixtures, flooring, and furniture to create a beautiful and livable home for our lovely clients. Even though the job is not complete, here are a few photos to show the progression of our work. Check it out:

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.

Mudroom Madness.

If you live like we live, things are about to get real. In the lovely Green Mountain State of Vermont, November triggers quite a few emotions. It is the sad goodbye to the vibrant foliage, colorful hillsides, and crisp sunny days of October but it is also the anticipation of bluebird powder days, cozy nights by the fire and lots of laughs and snowy adventures. In general, November is a transition month with grey, rainy days and dark mornings. November can trigger the blues.

This year I have decided that even though I can already feel my body craving more vitamin D, I’ve lived here long enough to realize that November is when things need to get done.  Wood is stacked, summer clothes are put away, skis are dusted off and boots and jackets now adorn our coat rack as a bit of a permanent fixture until late Spring. In our family, winter means countless outdoor adventures; skiing several times a week, snowball fights and weekend road trips. And with the good always comes the ugly: wet coats, crusty mittens, muddy boots, and soggy duffle bags. Our house looks and smells like a ski lodge come Sunday night.

We have recently moved into a new-to-us house. And I say this because the house is 115 years old. Yep. Proud owners of a fixer upper with huge mountain views and beautiful maple trees on a dirt road surrounded by horses and friends and all things Vermont. It’s lovely, most of the time. And then it happens. I lose it. So, in an attempt to keep my clutter-free sanity this year, I am taking on a November mudroom project. My hope is to create a very user-friendly space where things have a place and gear and boots are not only easily accessible but also easy to store. I want it to be aesthetically pleasing so I find comfort when I walk in the back door and not a sense of utter chaos.

Here’s my other objective: to keep the costs to a bare minimum. We are planning to renovate our home in a few years and since the mudroom doesn’t even have a foundation, it will be completely torn down and properly rebuilt. So, knowing that, I need to put a few “pretty Band-Aids” on it to get me through the next few winters.  Join me as I start this project. I’ll keep you posted with pictures and updates along the way. For now, here are the before pictures:

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