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By 2030, seniors will account for one-fifth of the total U.S. population – 79.1 million. And a large number of them will be downsizing their homes. As a realtor, you know what you need to do to get a home ready to sell. But you may not be ready for everything that needs to happen to get the…

  If you’re moving, it’s easy to forget that packing up your home is just half of the job. You also have to unpack at the other end! Use these 6 tips and you’ll have a smooth move from start to finish. Let the movers do the packing. Yes, you could do it yourself. But…

People ask us that all the time. And we always give the same answer: Now! If you’re thinking about it, start doing it.  People know that. Then they put it off anyway. “I know I should, but I don’t have the energy to do it now,” they say. Unfortunately, waiting makes it a lot harder. People…

When I have a client moving into a new home, one of the first things we talk about is how we’ll set up the kitchen. I always have the same suggestion. To set up your kitchen for maximum usability, divide the space into five function-oriented zones:  Serving/Snack Zone — for things you want to grab easily and…

Life is pretty challenging right now. From pandemic to raging wildfires, 2020 has been one long lesson of the different ways unforeseen circumstances can upend your life. We don’t know what’s coming next, but given what’s come before, it seems prudent to be as prepared as possible. https://www.ready.gov and https://www.readyforwildfire.org are two comprehensive sites that…

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance are well known as the five stages of grief. After a decade of helping people downsize and declutter, I’ve come to realize that many people go through these stages as they downsize, as well. Dan and Donna (not their real names) are an early-middle aged couple living with two young children…

When my mother in law died at the age of 97, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the East-coast home where she had lived for more than 60 years. Last month, I talked about the challenges in getting the siblings to agree how to get the house sorted out, packed…