As published in the Savannah Morning News - 22 September 2013
Assisted Living vs. Staying at Home.
Are you considering the option of moving to an assisted living community or trying to stay at home? Most people I consult with tell me they are trying to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Here are some things to consider.
Assisted living adds a safety component to seniors living alone. It can be the difference of life and death. Falling is one of the most frequent accidents I see in the elderly, and falls can change your life in an instant.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 28 July 2012
Possession paralysis, surprisingly, is real.
David Ekerdt, a gerontologist with the University of Kansas, was in search
of answers. He and his team wanted to
know whether the sheer volume of possessions that seniors acquire over decades
become an obstacle to late-life downsizing.
Specializing in senior move management and real estate services, I know how
physically and cognitively daunting the process can be for my clients.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 21 July 2013
the Lawn Mower! Is condo living for you?
At this time of year, many of my
neighbors are toiling under 98 degree heat, and above the hum of the lawn
mower, I hear them swearing they want to move to a condo. No more lawn mower…lots more golf!
Sound familiar? If the lure of a carefree, turnkey lifestyle
appeals to you, then certainly a condo is a solution. So, how does condo ownership differ from the
home you just sold?
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 14 July 2013
with hoarders – oh my! Part III
For the last two weeks,
we have looked at various hoarding characteristics, levels of hoarding, and
discussed the dilemma we find ourselves in when a hoarder must be moved to a
downsized home or to assisted living.
Most often, family members, estate attorneys or financial planners
contact me to help them with cleaning out a home, moving the occupant and
ultimately selling it. Sometimes the
elderly parent or occupant is still living there, but in dangerous and
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 7 July 2013
with hoarders – oh my! Part II
Last week we cracked open a door on the
subject of hoarding and I mentioned there are many types. The toxic hoarders, requiring Hazmat suited
professionals to do everything but tear the house down, are thankfully few and
far between. Today, we will explore
problems associated with hoarding and the levels of hoarding that we face in
the real estate and move management business.
In the last 5 years, with
foreclosures and short sales being a significant part of our real estate world,
we Realtors® have experienced trashed or neglected homes, some with animals
left behind, and many that require professional clean out.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 30 June 2013
with hoarders – oh my!
Hoarding has become a popular
subject, written about in magazines and is even the focus of television reality
shows. This is the first of a two part series,
as we explore hoarding from a real estate and move management perspective.
It is often a source of
embarrassment for the person who suffers from this disorder, and is always
frustrating for the family members who spend their lives trying to “fix” the
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 23 June 2013
the old – go Retro!
What if my home is hopelessly out of
date? Realtors frequently face the
dilemma of helping a client sell their home that has not been updated since the
50’s, 60’s or 70’s.
When there is no
budget for changing out counter tops and appliances, and major renovations are
out of the question, then embrace it!
Going Retro has its own charm, and you can work with it instead of
working against it. And, believe it or
not, the look is making a comeback!
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 16 June 2016
your house pass the “Hotel Test”?
Staging your property, inside and
out, can make the difference between selling your house or not. But do you know the philosophy behind staging
and why it works?
Adopting the “Hotel Philosophy” is
another way of looking at this concept.
In a hotel, you carry in a small bag of personal belongings. Everything else you need is there and no
unnecessary items are cluttering up the space.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 26 May 2013
expand your interior spaces.
In real estate speak, “cozy” means
small, and “spacious” means large. So,
how do you make “cozy” seem “spacious”, which appeals to more buyers? Here are some tricks of the trade…
there be light! Brighter interiors are more compelling, more spacious, more
attractive. Lighting dark corners
expands a room and visually makes it look larger. Add lamps or accent lighting to fix dark
spaces or create visual drama.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 10 March 2013
Finding the Perfect “Last” Home
Whether you are looking for a vacation home that will become your retirement dream come true, or you want to downsize to simplify your life, or you have a large family that wants to visit all at the same time, there are things to consider when choosing your “last” home.
Last week we began to discuss certain structural qualities to look for when buying a last home. A home where you can age-in-place should include wide doorways, clear space for wheelchair mobility, barrier free entrances, with provisions that can be made for features to be adapted as needed.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 3 March 2013
Finding the Right 2nd Home for Retirement
The Azaleas are already blooming in the south, and the snow is still flying in the north. Dreams of warmer weather and vacations homes are invading the sleep of the snow bound…and many northerners have escaped to our area to find their next, and possibly, “last” home. With the market improving, downsizing makes sense, so are you thinking about a change?
The good news is, sellers are now more realistic in their pricing, and homes are selling again.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 17 Sunday 2013
Friendship, an elixir for the soul.
During February, a month about love, I have focused on the advantages of moving on with your life and living life to the fullest. We talked about falling in love, and how putting yourself out there can allow it to happen. We addressed the unconditional love of a pet, and how that companionship is so valuable to seniors. In this article, I’m going to talk about friendship, and how easy it is to turn the page to a new exciting life.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 20 January 2013
When is the Right Time to Move?
Frequently, I consult with folks that are thinking about moving, but can’t quite take the plunge. “I’m not ready” is a common comment heard by the retirement communities, and yet the same seniors are calling me to discuss the transition. Surprisingly, the seniors that finally bite the bullet and make the move are grateful they finally did it.
My heart breaks when I watch seniors become lonely and reclusive, watching their friends move away to be with family or simply into a smaller maintenance-free home or retirement community.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 6 January 2013
MOVING MY MOM...I GET IT!!!
In December, I movedmyMom. Wow, I have a new empathy for Baby Boomers who are facing this passage in life. Even though I help families sell their homes and move into new ones, moving my own mother was a whole different ball game! So, I will share our story, but first, I would like to introduce you to my mother, Mary. I have enclosed a photo of us taken this Christmas.
I love my Mom, and we are very close, so I don’t want you to take this the wrong way.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - September 30, 2012
Let's Step Inside
Last week we talked about curb appeal and enticing a potential buyer to want to come inside to see more. It’s show time, and a buyer is going to open every door, looking for adequate storage space, functional kitchens with updated appliances, spacious closets and open, light rooms. They will peek in places that you have not even considered…under the sinks, the attic, and in all the nooks and crannies.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - September 23, 2012
Preparing the House for Sale
Last week we discussed the big move, and I have many clients who downsize prior to the sale of their home. Some stay at home until the house is sold, but either way, the preparation is the same if you want to sell your home at top dollar. There are things that you need to considerprior to listing it for sale
. What will make your house “stand-out” in a market still glutted by homes for sale?
As published in the Savannah Morning News - September 16, 2012
In this 7 edition of our Moving Mom series, we address the next challenge: finding a mover you can trust. Here, word of mouth goes a long way. Check movers out with the Better Business Bureau, and do an on-line search to make sure they are legitimate. Ask for their website address, and be concerned if they do not have one. Do they have a physical address or are they a fly-by-night company…here today and gone tomorrow?
As published in the Savannah Morning News - September 9, 2012
Getting Rid of Stuff!
Every time my clients decide to discard something, or donate it to charity, I cheer! I know it sounds strange, but there is so much stuff that accumulates over time, it’s a reason to celebrate! In Senior Move Management, our job is to help the Senior choose what will move, and what will not. When Staging their next residence, we have determined what furnishings will fit in the new home, but what about the rest?