Transition Squad® Turnkey Downsizing Services

Transition Squad® Turnkey Downsizing Services

Transition Squad® offers one stop shopping to help clients downsize. From decluttering to auctioning your home's contents, to donation management, to clearing out the premises, to moving services, we offer a menu of services which can be packaged together based on your unique needs.

Our core specialty is to help our clients sell their belongings through our own online auction platform.

Our Mission

  1. To take away the burden of the downsizing process,
  2. To find a good home for your belongings, and
  3. To get you the most money we can for them.

Our Services Include:
{Fees & commissions vary based on what you have & how much you have. Contact us for a free estimate)

Our Consignment Store & Auction House is totally virtual to save you time and money. You don't have to bother packing or transporting your items to an outside physical location. You auction them yourself right from your premises.

This tier of auction is provided as a customer service. It is free for anyone to post items, however once posted, you cannot remove your items from auction until the second day after the auction end date. So long as the item is not removed from the auction, we do not charge a seller's commission. However, as all purchases are made on a buyer's credit card and we are charged by the credit card companies if a sale happens, there is a nominal credit card processing fee BUT ONLY IF AN ITEM SELLS.

This is a self-serve solution for those with a low volume of items to sell. You can post as little as one item and set your own auction period for as little as 24 hours. That's why we call it our Flash Auctions. But you can also set a longer period to provide more marketing and exposure to more bidders. We recommend 7-10 days to allow more marketing time.

Your items will run in conjunction with other clients' items. If any items don't sell the first time, you can quickly and easily change the price and rerun them at no additional cost.

All buyers have their credit card on file with us so you only get serious bids - no offers lower than the minimum bid, no haggling required and no "is it available" messages. Sellers must also place their credit card on file to ensure they are legitimate sellers.

This auction typically has 20 items or more and all items are dedicated to one client. If you can set up a garage sale, you can set up your own DIY online auction. Plus it's faster, a lot less work overall and you'll make more money.

You simply provide us with photos and descriptions, and manage the pickup of items that are won. We do the rest. We provide you with upfront training, after which you'll be an expert on everything from how to price your items to how to manage the pickup, with ongoing support throughout the process. As well, we:

  • Build a custom web page for your auction
  • Conduct the online auction using our auction platform
  • Advertise and market your auction
  • Collect credit card payment from winners
  • Provide you with winner receipts to manage the pickup, and
  • Charge you a much lower commission than our Fully Managed Auctions as you are doing the onsite work.

If you need help with photography and pricing, ask about our à la carte services. Great pictures generate higher bids. Once we have your photos and inventory, the entire auction can be done in as little as 7-10 days.

If you are a Professional Organizer, Realtor, Charity or Dealer that conducts auctions of your own more frequently, would like to offer auction services or start a downsizing or buy-sell business, ask about our Senior Downsizing Academy and Partner Network. You'll get coaching, mentoring, training, potential lead generation, access to free or low cost inventory, discounted commission rates and much more.

Need help setting up lots, managing photography, creating descriptions, pricing your items, and managing the pickup? If you have at least 75 items with good resale value, our Territory Managers are ready to help, starting with a free consultation.

The entire process can take as little as two weeks. We recommend you do not get rid of anything in advance as items you may throw away or donate may have more value than you think.

Unlike most companies in this business, we are not just liquidators and do not start everything at $1. Depending on your requirements, we research items and price them fairly but aggressively to entice bidding. It takes us a little longer to do the homework than just starting everything at $1, but ensures that you get a better value for your belongings.

Most companies in this industry are liquidators. Transition Squad® is not. We're project managers. Our job is to find ways to get the most money for your belongings with the least amount of hassle for you. That's why we don't just stop selling after an auction is over. We continue to sell right through the pickup period.

If you just have an estate sale, then everything including the higher value, more desirable items, get liquidated at garage sales prices. Even items that are already priced to liquidate are low-balled even further by bargain hunters. Often, the more valuable items also sell for much less than they're worth or not at all.

On the other hand, if you just have an online auction, some garage sale items may not sell and are typically left for disposal. However, the total dollars that can be made on garage sale type items can really add up.

Transition Squad®'s unique two step process gives you the best of both worlds. First, we conduct an online auction so there is a bidding war for all the desirable items and the bidding frenzy carries over to the mid and garage level items as well. Then, for anything left unsold, we hold an estate sale in conjunction with the pickup of the auction winnings. We continue to sell until the end of the pickup period. The end result is that more items are sold overall and more money is generated for you overall. Using this approach, we've actually had many a situation where virtually everything was sold.

We're big believers in Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose to keep things out of the landfill. It's better for the environment and there are many people in need that can benefit from what you no longer need or want.

After an auction is over or if there is no time to do an auction, we'll provide you with a quote to clear out the entire premises. We will donate what we can through donation centres before disposing of them.

As part of our menu of services, we offer a full turnkey clear out service. Whether you are having an auction first or not, we can provide you with a very competitive quote to clear out your premises and donate as much as we can to those in need (See Donation Management above), as well as pack and handle your move to your new residence.

Moving can be stressful. Our Moving Services can handle your entire short or long distance move including packing and transportation, all at competitive rates to provide peace of mind and ease of relocation. For long distance moves, we are aligned with national and international carriers that can help relocate you, your contents and even your vehicles wherever you want to go.

CONDOS ARE OUR SPECIALTY! Most companies cannot conduct auctions in condos. But we can. Our unique approach and turnkey service make it possible for us to do things that other companies cannot.

If your home is in a state of chaos or you just need some decluttering, our organizing experts can help you put everything into a state of order so you don't feel overwhelmed. We charge hourly for the service so you can use us for as little or as much as you need. This service is available where we have local representatives.

 
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