About Us

The Downsizing Specialists LLC was created to bring simplicity and clarity to the otherwise complicated downsizing process. We realized the need first hand, after helping our own parents downsize, all that is involved and the challenges that older adults face.


Simple and transparent

Committed to exceeding your expectations

Focused on integrity, compassion, safety and responsiveness


We are specialists in downsizing

We are available to assist our clients within Lake and Cook counties in Illinois. If you are planning to move out of state or back to the Chicago area we can coordinate a long distance move and assist where you need us.


Our team is trained in senior move management through the National Association of Senior Move Managers and we are members of this organization.

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The company is insured and bonded. All employees have passed criminal background checks and drug screening.


Our management team

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Dan Fishbaine

As a wealth manager, Dan spent many years working with older adults. He watched many of his clients downsize and became aware of how overwhelming it could be. On a personal level, his own experience helping his parents downsize inspired him. Realizing the challenges facing older adults, Dan was motivated to help — and established The Downsizing Specialists. Dan has an MBA from American University and a BA in Communication and Media Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys playing the piano, writing music and spending time with his daughters.

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Mark Kardon

Mark was faced with helping his mother move while living out of state. Trying to coordinate the various services from a distance was a challenge. He realized there was a need to provide information and valuable advice to older adults and their children. The Downsizing Specialists offers a high level of personal touch, a step-by-step playbook and helpful guidance regarding downsizing. Mark received his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He received his BS in Management from the Pennsylvania State University. Mark is an avid cyclist and enjoys riding his bike on the flat roads of Illinois or the mountains of Colorado. Mark is married and has one daughter.