business that helps senior citizens and busy families downsize,
relocate and blend households has obtained a license in Reno
and also plans to get licenses for Sparks and Carson City,
its co-owner said.
Transitions of Northern Nevada is owned by Julie Dunlap of
Carson City, Karen Faehling of Reno and Katie Di Lillo of
Reno. All are Reno natives and graduates of Reno High School
and University of Nevada, Reno. Faehling is Di Lillo's mother.
Karen Faehling and Katie Di Lillo go through a “test run”
sort through items in Di Lillo's garage because she’s getting
ready to move.
Transitions originated in Louisville, Ky., and there are now
about 20 nationwide that are independently owned. The group
is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.
Faehling, 63, is a social worker and said she understands
the emotional side of moving one's lifelong goods. She said
she helped her mother move several years ago from a home she
had lived in for 55 years.
got me thinking, 'There's got to be a better way to do this,'"
Faehling said. "She wasn't a pack rat."
35, is a financial planner who focuses on senior issues such
as estate planning and long-term care.
41, operates her own concierge and errand service and has
a background in public relations. Her husband was in the U.S.
Navy and that helped make her an experienced mover.
ties in a little bit what I've been doing with my own business,"
Dunlap said. "I'm an organized person, and I think there
is a need for this kind of service."
said she'll be able to refer her financial planning customers
to Smooth Transitions.
"For me, it's another service for clients," Di Lillo
said. "It'll be a great opportunity to have a great service
and to offer them something that'll relieve stress."
Transitions is more than packing and moving.
Faehling said she and co-workers make a list of a client's
inventory and meet with them to evaluate what should be kept
or disposed of based on where they're moving.
can't just take what you want to take," Faehling said.
"You've got to get down to what's truly going to fit
and that's a hard concept for people."
Transitions also does estate dispersal, which includes assisting
a family by sorting goods after a death and arranging for
a home's cleaning and repair.
also plans to work with trust officers, Realtors, attorneys,
movers and senior housing agencies, Faehling said.