Moving to The Esquiline: Downsizing, Selling, & Moving Tips

Move-In Resources for a Seamless Transition

Worried about downsizing your belongings? Not sure how to go about the moving process or selling your home? We’re here to see you through as a partner in your move to The Esquiline. To get started, here are some helpful online resources we’ve compiled. Take a look!


Downsizing Made Easy

Sorting through your belongings and parting with the things you no longer need can seem like a daunting and emotional task. But as French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote, “he who would travel happily must travel light.”

Downsizing is a necessary part of preparing for this next exciting step in your life. There’s no denying that it takes some work, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Try these tips if you’re beginning to downsize and remember—at the end of the process, you’ll still be surrounded by the things you love most.

Less is More: Making Your Home in a Smaller Space

Read the Making the Move Guide

We also recommend this comprehensive downsizing checklist, found on the helpful Life Storage Blog.

Have items you would like to donate? We recommend Home Sweet Home, a local charity in nearby St. Louis that can find a deserving home for your donated furniture and household items.  


Moving Tips

Once you know what’s coming with you and what’s not, it’s time to start planning the move. Don’t worry, there are plenty of resources in the Belleville area (and beyond) to help you with the move.

One moving company we recommend is:


Two Men and a Truck. Known as “the movers who care,” this company has locations across the country. Whether you’re moving to The Esquiline from Belleville, Illinois or coming from out of the area, these movers can help with packing and moving services to get you to your new home.

We also have online resources to help you plan and manage the move, which you’ll find below.

Moving Resources

From The Esquiline:


Making the Move

This free how-to-guide includes a checklist, tips for finding a mover, downsizing tips, and more.


How to Convince My Spouse It’s Time to Move

Tips for having the conversation if your spouse isn’t as ready as you are.


When is the Right Time to Move to Independent Living?

The short answer: sooner rather than later. Find out why!

From trusted sources:


Visit the National Association of Senior Move Managers for more information on the role of a senior move manager and how you can find a reliable one.

Department of Transporation

The U.S. Department of Transportation provides a database of movers for you to research companies, as well as helpful moving tips.

Selling Your Home

For many older adults, it’s been a while since they last bought or sold a home. To help make the process go smoothly, here are some tips to get your home ready for sale.

Life at The Esquiline

Once you’ve made the move, then what?

We’ll be here to help you settle in! We’ll help connect you to the right services and people so you can start getting the most out of life at The Esquiline right away.

If you’re wondering what to expect, we’ve collected some resources below to give you an idea of the lifestyle here, as well as what your first week will be like.

independent senior man outside smiling

Here’s a quick refresher on our community:


Here’s what to expect your first week:

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Here are a few residents you might one day call neighbors and friends. Get to know them by reading their stories!

Questions About the Move? We Can Help!

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can get in touch by calling 618-394-6400, contacting us online, or emailing Mary Leiber at [email protected] or Shauna Bayles at [email protected].

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