Seniors Real Estate

You may have lived in your home for 20, 30 or even 50 years and the prospect of making a change may be overwhelming – you don’t even want to think about it!

If life is pushing you in a new direction I can help.should I move - seniors downsizing

One of the first questions I ask a new prospective client is:  “Do you WANT to move?  Or do you feel you HAVE to move?”  Many times there are changes you can make to your present home to make it more manageable.  There are services available, ranging from Meals on Wheels to Personal Support Workers who help with dressing, bathing and meal preparation.  I have a directory of public service providers, as well as a list of private agencies that can help you stay in your own home, through home modifications or support services.

If, when all is said and done, you decide it is time to make other living arrangements, I offer a package of services to handle the many details to be taken care of before bringing your house to the marketplace:

1.   Prepare a summary of options available for your next home which may include:

  • Condominium apartments
  • Bungalows
  • Rental Apartments
  •  Assisted Living Apartments
  •  Retirement Residences
  • Long Term Care Facilities

2.   Assist you in evaluating the options and deciding which is right for you.  If you wish, I can arrange for you to visit places you may be interested in.

 

3.  Coordinate the services of a professional transition manager who will help you sort through your possessions and decide what to keep, what to give away, and what to donate to charity.  This is a highly personal process, so I recommend talking to several professionals to find the best fit for you.

 

A NOTE ON DOWNSIZING

Even if you are not planning to move, going through the process of downsizing, or getting rid of possession you no longer need or want, is a good idea. You may have hidden corners in your home filled with things you’d forgotten you even had! You will be doing a real favour for your family if you do this now instead of leaving it for them to do at some future time when you are not around to tell them the significance of your cherished possessions. Shedding unneeded possessions also makes your home much lighter, safer, and easier to live in.

 

4.   If you have valuables that you would like to sell, I will arrange for an appraiser who specializes in the sale of home contents.  Some transition managers are associated with an appraiser.  Many have connections with consignment shops, which can often obtain a good return for your valuables.

 

5.   Arrange an inspection of your home by a qualified home inspector to bring to light any necessary repairs that will enhance the sale-ability of your home.

 

6.   Coordinate the hiring of trades people to make the repairs.  If you decide to sell the home “as is” it is still a good idea to get two or three quotes for the work to show prospective buyers.  The fewer “unknowns” a buyer has to deal with, the more likely they will feel confident in making an offer to purchase your home.

The pre-sale services each client needs varies widely based on individual circumstances.  I will put together a recommended scope of services for your review to offer support where it will be the most helpful for you.  I will work with you, your family members and your legal advisor to make sure that all aspects of your move are considered before putting your house on the market.  Only when the path ahead is clear will we begin the process of listing your home for sale.
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