TimeFinders enables people to live in the right place at the right time. This might mean moving into care, assisted living or just somewhere more manageable. With practical support, sensitively offered, we will take away the stress and anxiety of downsizing and finding a new home. We help you with sorting through a lifetime’s possessions, getting your old home ready for sale, dealing with all the arrangements and administration of moving, and getting comfortably settled in.
The best chance of making a successful transition to a new home comes when people have control and are supported in making their own decisions about moving. We eliminate much of the stress and anxiety and ensure that the process is not either physically or emotionally exhausting. This enables our clients to move successfully and to be happy and comfortable in their new home so they can get on with enjoying old age.
Finding somewhere more manageable to live independently
If you haven’t found your new home yet, TimeFinders can find it for you. We will discuss with you your detailed criteria, and with our experience we can help you to consider things which may not have occurred to you yet. By providing you with a list of suitable properties we have already inspected on your behalf, accompanying you to visit our shortlisted properties and helping with negotiations, we can take away much of the stress of finding your new home.
Moving into Care or Supported Living
As we get older our accommodation needs change. For some people, a more manageable home or care at home is not enough, and a Care or Nursing Home is required. Sometimes this can be planned in advance but often it is needed unexpectedly as a result of a sudden onset of ill-health. Either way, amid the upset and stress of such events, it is sometimes difficult for the family to cope with all the practicalities at the same time as providing the love and support their elderly relative needs. If you are ageing alone and are unwell or frail, researching and visiting all the different care environments on your own to see which one suits you best can be extremely hard.
We have the experience and expert knowledge to find the right supported, sheltered or care home for you or for your loved one and we will accompany you and support you in finding the right place to live. (see our Moving into Care leaflet 2017)
Managed Property Sale
Many of our clients prefer TimeFinders to handle their property sale, and we offer a fully managed service to find the right agent to sell your home. We also act as your representative in negotiating the best commission rates and marketing plan, and chase the various parties until a sale is agreed, contracts are exchanged and the sale completed.
Maximising the value of a property is essential, particularly if the proceeds are required for care fee costs. Many homes which have had elderly owners do not appeal to the modern market, and sometimes updating a property will be a very good investment. TimeFinders will advise, organise and supervise whatever renovations are required.
A recent example* was the complete refurbishment of a Victorian Mansion Flat in Central London after TimeFinders had been commissioned to organize the owners’ move into Residential Care. The apartment was originally independently valued at £700,000. TimeFinders arranged and supervised the £75,000 of works including full kitchen, bathroom and shower room replacements. The work took ten weeks and the flat sold for £1,065,000.
Moving house is extremely stressful at any time. At this stage of life, though, the usual obstacle course is made so much harder by the need to “downsize.” This process requires us to make decisions about things which often hold great sentimental or financial value. Many clients who come to us for help are overwhelmed at the prospect of moving from a home where they may have lived for many years.
We have the patience to sit with you and help you to sort through every cupboard, drawer, bookcase, loft, garage and garden shed at your own pace.
- Find creative ways of keeping things that you might think you won’t have room for in your new, smaller home.
- Help you let go of things which are impossible to take with you whilst keeping the memories and stories safe
- Pass on items of value to family and friends, wherever they may be in the world
- Realize the value of items you no longer want.
- Find a good home for everything which cannot be sold
Moving & Settling-In Service
TimeFinders provides a comprehensive moving service. If you wish, we will identify and commission the right removals firms, deal with all the utility companies at both ends of your move, and look after all the administration required when you change address. We are there on moving day to supervise your removal and to ensure that your old home is ready to be handed on to the new owners. We are there at your new home to organise the removal team to put everything in the right place and to welcome you as you arrive.
It is important to get settled in straight away so that you can feel happy and secure in your new home. Our First Night Service makes sure that you will have a functioning kitchen and bathroom, a safe place to sleep, and a comfortable place to sit as soon as you arrive. With our Settling-In Service, TimeFinders will come back the following morning and start the real unpacking.
We will work with you for as long as it takes to get you properly settled in, sorted out, and happy in your new home.
New Location Service
Moving to a new area, perhaps to be closer to family members, can be a big upheaval. Often you are leaving friends and a community you have been a part of for many years. It is hard to make new connections and new friends, particularly if you have been bereaved and are coming to terms with life without a beloved partner. Sadly, people moving to be closer to family can, in fact, find themselves lonelier and more isolated than before.
Creating a social life outside the circle of immediate family is an important factor in making a successful move. TimeFinders will help you get quickly connected to your new community.
“TimeFinders were our Guardian Angels. In a difficult move complicated by a spell in hospital, nothing fazed them. Our move could not have happened without them.”
Mr and Mrs S – Berkshire 2015
“Old age is not something to be simply endured. It is to be savoured and enjoyed. Having TimeFinders to help me move to the right place at the right time has enabled me to do just that!”
JC – Berkshire 2010
“I felt I had a good friends and a staunch support at my side in what would otherwise have been a highly stressful process.”
Miss M – Gloucestershire 2011
“For me, a move with no stress.”
LT – Gloucestershire 2014
“When I called TimeFinders, my mother and I were at end of our tethers …you came in and calmed us both down.
“You kept my mother and I sane and talking to each other with great tact and diplomacy which was then, and still is, very much appreciated. My mother is now comfortably settled in her new home and I certainly couldn’t have got this far without you. I really am so grateful to you for your patience and perseverance under such difficult circumstances.”
VW – Buckinghamshire 2012