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Thank you Notes

Please take a moment to read some of the wonderful notes and comments made by our clients; we greatly appreciate their taking the time out of their business lives to send us their heartfelt thank-you notes.


Moving on services did a wonderful job in completing an inventory, removal, and auction for the remainder of items in the estate of my in-laws on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Nancy and her associates were professional, courteous, and thorough during the entire process. Every item was accounted for, and once the auctions were complete, we received checks per the contract. I highly recommend their services.

Mike Strickler
Lexington, VA


I can’t say enough good things about Nancy Alberts and her company, Moving On Services. I hired her on the advice of a friend from church. I was appointed Estate Administrator after the death of my father-in-law who had been in his home for over 50 years. His wife died 6 years ago, and I don’t think much of anything had ever been thrown out or given away. He refused to let his caregivers dispose of anything or they could have started the process. We were not able at our ages to deal with the heavy lifting, etc. She took care of everything, including advising on an individual to hold the sale in the home. I knew that the items that used to be so valuable years ago, including formal furniture, are going for pennies now – younger couples are not interested in items that have to be handled with care or polished and most want comfortable furniture, not antiques. I was very intrigued by what furniture and household items sold and what did not sell, but not surprised. It would have been very emotional for us to watch all the items in the house going out the door for pennies on the dollar, but that is the situation today and I was glad someone else could take care of that! We had a problem in the house at the very end. A carpet that covered the entire room had foam backing which stuck to the hardwood floor when it was removed – a real mess! Nancy knew someone who could come in and take care of that, too, which was a lifesaver! Her team was very respectful with the items in the house – saving personal things that we had not originally found, getting everything ready for the sale, putting out the enormous piles of trash, donating what did not sell and what was still usable to charity, and doing a final cleaning including buffing the hardwood floors. By the time her team finished, the house was move-in ready for sale. I warn everyone who hires a service like this that the items in older homes that people think are so valuable are just “stuff and dust collectors” to many in the younger generation. Do not expect to get what you think they’re worth in a home estate sale! That is not the fault of Nancy and her team or the auctioneer – it is the reality today. I can’t say enough about all the HARD WORK Nancy and her team did in a very hot and sticky month of August! We are forever grateful for everything they did.

Elizabeth Harris 9/13/2022




 


Dear Nancy & Team Wondeful,
Joy and I can’t thankyou enough for all your help in settling our mom’s estate. You took a job that we could not imagine getting through and made it bearable! Everyone helping has such a good disposition- that really helped a lot. Thanks again for everything.

Fondly,
Joy (Carroll) Sawyer & Becky McDonald


Dear Stacy,
I realized that I failed to follow up with you about a referral to Nancy Alberts. I need to tell you that I owe you a debt of gratitude for the referral. I contacted Nancy with the express purpose of finding a collaborative arrangement for borrowing/storing furniture at her disposal in my home, if possible. I thought it was worth a try to see if we could mutually benefit from the arrangement.

As she pitched me re her services I realized that what I really needed…and wanted was what she had to offer: minions. Her minions were little miracle workers. They took my copious and beloved belongings and made them disappear into various destinations. They did it all in less than four days and they did it under the quoted amount.

And they didn’t make my life miserable. Furthermore, at no time did I feel as if I was inadequate for not being able to do this all on my own.

I just felt like a little bunch of miracle workers had arrived to take what I have literally dreaded doing for my entire adult life and make it go away. (I had always called this house “my feet first house”. By that I meant that I intended to leave this house feet first, as they took me directly to the funeral home. I decided that I would let moving out be my children’s problem. Don’t judge me, I’m not perfect.)

I honestly do not know how I would have managed without Nancy and her minions. This moving thing is a bigger physical and emotional strain than even I, in my global panic over the mere thought of it, realize. I believe that either my daughter (who was giving up her life to be there to help me, bless her pointed little head) or I would have ended up hurting each other if we had had to finish the job we had already spent so much time starting.

Nancy’s calm prevails throughout the process. But make no mistake, she is driven to get it all done.

I honestly do not know how I would have managed without them. I know that either my daughter (who was giving up her life to be there to help me) or I may have ended up recruiting seconds for a duel had it not been for Nancy’s help. Thank you for saving us both.

For the benefit of your clients who foolishly believe they can forgo using someone of Nancy’s talents here is my best advice:

1) When it comes to organizing a move out: One person does one unit of work. Two people will be able to do three units of work. Three people do 4-5 units of work. So, get helpers. One sorts (that’s you), one packs the boxes, the third moves the thing from the sorter to the packer and moves it out of the way of the packer. Trust me, this is the formula.

2) As an exercise in futility inform your children that they must come and get their stuff before the move out. Repeating this appeal will not improve your results: they won’t do it. They may tell you to just toss everything knowing that if you could have done that their stuff would already be in the landfill. They have the upper hand and they know it. There is no way you are just going to toss their soccer trophy from middle school any more than you would dump your cherished set of nuts, bolts and Elmer’s glue candlesticks they made as a kindergartner for Mother’s Day. Pack their stuff up and send it to them…as a surprise! If you warn them they may refuse delivery.

3) Pull out everything of a kind of thing before deciding what to keep. When you realize that you have six 9×13” pyrex casseroles or three virtually identical black leather purses that can be worn as backpacks (the revelation being that you apparently have a memory loss and a love of black purses/backpacks) it is easier to get rid of most of them.

4) Set up the pickup of your discards and donations before you even start packing. They don’t just come when you whistle. Trust me, you will second guess your decisions if your stuff is still there staring at you.

5) Almost everything we need fits into an amazingly small space. The rest is superfluous. Send the excesses their way and smile that you are doing the right thing (your children will thank you posthumously).

6) Take photos of the precious things you want to keep but shouldn’t. That amazing letter from your son’s 6th grade teacher extolling his many talents and virtues that is so dear to you (not so dear to him or he wouldn’t be telling you to trash it even though you know that his children will love reading it some day) has no place in your new home. And, you’ll never have the chance to see it again because it will be buried amongst all the other wonderful memories. a) Take a photo of it. b) Dump it in the trash. c) Empty trash ASAP.

7) As a child, when I needed to de clutter my room, I made separate piles destined for different recipients: this to my brother, that to my sisters. I was always able to purge if I knew that my things were going to a loving home. Find the charities that appeal to you (I chose Dress for Success and a woman’ homeless shelter a my prime recipients). Seeing my things go to people who would honor them in their lives made it incredibly easy to send them away.

8) If you are a sentimental fool, as I am, you may have to spend some time with your things before sending them on their way. Put aside the special things that need a final look until after your minions are done for the day. This is a surprisingly exhausting process and you will slow it up and frustrate your helpers if you spend time with those things while they are working with you.

T. Barr

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
George Bernard Shaw


Nancy-
Thank you for all of your wonderful, expert, compassionate help & advice. We’re getting there!

Fondly, Joan


Nancy-
Again, thank you for all your help!

VME S.


Dear Nancy,
Thanks again to you and your “quick move team” for the great job you did with my folks. Thanks again.

I was very pleased and could not have trusted that with just anyone when all the things that required additional attention on my part to make the admission happen, timely.

You are a true friend and real gem of a human being.
I am glad I can call you a friend.

Linda T.


Dear Nancy,
Chris of Divine Movers was really put to the test to move me in the heavy rain and ice storm! He was great and well worth your recommendations.

I want you to know that I certainly appreciate the advice you used in getting me “on the move”. If I had a million $’s, I’d bestow it gladly on you – a person whom I admire very much.

Sincerely, Dot W.


Nancy,
Can’t thank you enough -You made our move run so smooth!! Moving day, moving things for the auction and cleaning the house. You were wonderful to work with!

Fondly, Bobbie


Dear Nancy,
I’ve really settled in to this condo thanks to you and your team it was easy. I absolutely love it here. Hopefully I don’t have to move again locally but if I do I will be sure to call you.

I will also highly recommend you to anyone who needs a move like mine.

Thanks again.
Dee


Dear Nancy,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Ramps Across America, Inc. I would like to thank you for your generous donations. It is businesses like yours that made our first event so successful. We will be repeating it next year.

Thank you again for helping us continue our mission: “Building Independence One Ramp at a Time.

Sincerely,
Judy Head

 

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