The Smooth Transitions Blog

How to Stage Your Home for Maximum Appeal

How to Stage Your Home for Maximum Appeal

Staging your home correctly can make all the difference. From de-personalizing and decluttering to a deep clean, learn how to maximize your home sale.

Simple Living Trends for Seniors

Simple Living Trends for Seniors

There are so many more choices of living options for seniors - with the tiny home movement, in-law apartments, Granny Pods, and more. This new, simple living trend presents an interesting and advantageous option to many seniors.

The Importance of Getting Your Hearing Checked

The Importance of Getting Your Hearing Checked

Hearing loss is a very common, and often untreated issue for older adults.

Aging in Place and Why You Need to Think About it Now

Aging in Place and Why You Need to Think About it Now

Once you reach a certain age, the subject of senior housing options is going to come up. You start to see your peers making changes---moving to a senior living community or downsizing and moving to a warmer climate. Family members start asking about your plans. Everyone seems to want you to do something. Often that something means moving out of your home into some place new.

Reducing the Risk of Falling as We Age

Reducing the Risk of Falling as We Age

Every year millions of people over the age of 65 in the United States fall. At a rate of one in four, falling is one of the most serious threats to our health as we age. Around 800,000 people go to the emergency room as a result of falling. Falling can cause broken bones, head injuries, and loss of mobility which can have serious long-term impact on senior health.

How to Keep Your Brain Happy, Healthy, and Strong as You Age

How to Keep Your Brain Happy, Healthy, and Strong as You Age

Use it or lose it. We hear that phrase a lot when it comes to keeping our bodies healthy and strong. Use it or lose it is just as true for keeping our brains healthy as we age. Learn Something New People used to think that our brains stopped growing once we hit maturity. Science has discovered, though, that our brain changes throughout our entire lives.

How to Manage the Stress of Moving

How to Manage the Stress of Moving

It’s no secret that moving is stressful. For one thing, there is an avalanche of tasks that have to be performed in a fairly short time frame. Then, there is the emotional aspect of moving. Every move involves sifting through belongings to some extent. Whether it’s photos, books, or dishes, the things we have in our home are a storehouse of memories which can bring up a range of feelings.

Intergenerational Living and Its Benefits

Intergenerational Living and Its Benefits

What do you think of when you hear the term senior housing? Most people think of it as housing that caters to the specific needs of seniors, typically by moving seniors towards age-specific communities, and away from younger generations. This makes a certain amount of sense. Seniors often do have specific needs and preferences. Many seniors rise early, dine early, and go to bed early.

How to Search for the Right Senior Living Community for You

How to Search for the Right Senior Living Community for You

Considering moving to a senior living community? You probably have a lot of questions. How do I find the best situation for me? Where do I look? Where do I start? It’s a big decision and there are a lot of factors to consider. One thing is for sure, it’s never too early to start planning. Take a look at these tips to help you get started.

Why You Should Hire a Senior Move Manager

Why You Should Hire a Senior Move Manager

There is a new and growing service industry that you probably have never heard of before. Senior move management companies are part of a new industry that has emerged to meet the needs of an aging population. Senior move managers (SMMs) offer services to help with multiple aspects of a senior move, far beyond what moving companies typically offer. They help with downsizing tasks such as sorting, decluttering, and packing boxes.

The Best Way to Rehome Your Stuff When You Rightsize

The Best Way to Rehome Your Stuff When You Rightsize

We’ve all been there. In the middle of boxing and bagging your possessions for a big move, you look around and think: What am I going to do with all this STUFF? Decades of memories can add up to a lot of time sorting and agonizing about what to do with beloved possessions. It’s hard to let go of the things that have mattered to us over the years.

5 Questions to Ask Before Right-Sizing Your Home in Retirement

5 Questions to Ask Before Right-Sizing Your Home in Retirement

Empty-nesters and retirees know the feeling well. Your life, which was filled with responsibilities, schedules, and people that relied upon you, has suddenly changed. Maybe you’ve retired and now have forty hours per week all to yourself. Maybe you last child living at home has finally sprouted their wings and made their own nest. You look around and think, “Now what?”

Tips for Moving in the Summer!

Tips for Moving in the Summer!

How about this summer weather! Now that it has officially turned into summer, we thought it would be a good idea to share some summer moving tips. Plan your move date early In addition to being a popular time to vacation, the summer is a popular time to move. Data shows that 70% of household moving occurs in the summer months.

Preparing for the Move Back to College

Preparing for the Move Back to College

With many of our clients in the 'Sandwich Generation,' caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children, we thought this co-authored piece would be helpful...enjoy! It’s that time of year again! With the winding down of summer, many parents and students are preparing to move back to college. Whether that means traveling an hour or two away, or halfway across the country, this involves some advanced planning.

Welcome to our guest blog ~ "The Facts about Reiki" by Donna Cioffoletti

Helping families move/downsize is a major decision in their lives and can be especially difficult. Whether it's moving parents to a facility or job relocating, and downsizing it is overwhelming. Reiki is an Asian philosophy of stress reduction and relaxation techniques for adults, children, and animals.

The Facts About Storage - Part Two

ow to pick the correct-sized storage unit and other tips! In our first article, we addressed the difference between storing items at a moving company warehouse, versus a mini-storage unit. Another common question we get is, “What size storage unit do I need?” If you are choosing to store your items with a moving company, the answer is easy – you will not need to know.

The Facts about Storage - Part One

Everything you need to know about storage (and probably more than you wanted to)! A consideration prior to beginning this discussion – make sure you are not using storage as a way to postpone making decisions about your items. To save time and money (lots of money in the long-term), make sure to go through all of your items, and that you are keeping only those items that you need, love, and will use in the future.

Merger of Smooth Transitions & Armbruster Moving & Storage, Inc.

We are excited to announce that as of January 1st, 2019, Smooth Transitions Cleveland has been acquired by Armbruster Moving & Storage, Inc. Armbruster Moving & Storage has acquired Smooth Transitions assets, staff, and customer contracts. However, merged business will still operate under the Smooth Transitions brand. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide an even broader amount of services to those individuals that are making a life-changing move.

10 Ways to De-Stress Your  Move

10 Ways to De-Stress Your Move

Moving is one of the most stressful transitions in our lives and it is not easy to decide what to do with the lifetime of memories that have accumulated over the years. There are several things that you can do to make it easier, and more manageable.

Moving in Inclement Weather - How does it work?

During the snowy winter season here in Ohio, a question that we get frequently from clients is “how do you protect our stuff when it’s snowing out?” This is a fair question for anyone to ask. In the moving industry we take certain precautions to protect our client’s household items when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Advice to Declutter and Pack a Home in Preparation for Sale

Prior to moving, there are several actions you can take to make the process easier and more efficient.

Tips for the First Day Jitters!

For many of our clients, there is a lot of anticipation for the first day/week in their new home. Much like the first day of school, there are a lot of unknowns. From the building itself, to the staff and residents, this can be a huge change from living alone at home, or in an apartment.

Decluttering & Tips for the Upcoming Holiday

The holidays are right around the corner! This can mean looking forward to family gatherings, fun and frolic! It can also mean a stressful time of preparation of your home and decorations. Take this opportunity to get started early, and make the most of your time and energy.

Rightsizing - One size does not fit all

Rightsizing is the conscious choice to create a positive and sustainable lifestyle that brings, peace, contentment and happiness to your life. For every individual, this looks and feels different; from the retiree that is moving to a smaller, more-manageable space to the young family that is adding to their family.