empty nest syndrome

Five Common Ways Real Estate Deals Fall Through

Selling a home can be stressful, and uncertain.  That’s why home sellers are often understandably eager to get under contract when a good  offer comes through. However, while a signed contract can be exciting, sellers should also be focused on securing a strong contract that will go all the way to closing, because sometimes real estate deals fall through. Five Common Ways Real Estate Deals Fall Through When the real estate market was red-hot like

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floor planning for downsizers

Floor Planning for Downsizers

If you’re moving to a smaller space (or moving at all, really!), an accurate floor plan of where your furnishings and belongings will go is essential.  In fact, the smaller your next place is, the more important the floor plan becomes.  A plan that you do yourself or one prepared by a professional will save you time, money and headaches when it’s time to make the move: Save money by not moving things that won’t

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Downsize Lightbulbs

Are You Hoarding Lightbulbs?

I know I’m not the only one hoarding incandescent lightbulbs.  I have those little cardboard cartons of Edison style incandescent bulbs tucked into closets, bins and cabinets throughout the house.  I have bulbs of all sizes, including some that don’t even fit fixtures we own!  It must be my inner child of the 70’s; comforted by the golden glow of indoors after dark.  And some hoarding tendencies, but that’s a different post! I remember the

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how do you downsize thanksgiving

How Do You Downsize: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tips for Downsizers Are you the one who prepares and serves Thanksgiving dinner? For those who love to cook, preparing a large meal can be a rewarding experience. If you entertain on a large scale, or if you USED to prepare big meals even once a year, you probably have some speciality equipment and service ware in your inventory. If you’re downsizing, the holidays can be the perfect time to enjoy your favorite things

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decision paralysis

Decision Paralysis

Decisions can be stressful. Do you find yourself procrastinating on making a decision because you’re afraid you’ll make the wrong choice? It may be a small decision, such as choosing whether to keep or donate a dress you haven’t worn in years. Or, even harder, deciding whether to move an aging parent to a retirement community or keep that parent in their familiar home with a caregiver.  Going back and forth in your mind about

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beware the vacant house

Beware the Vacant House

The phrase “vacant home” conjures up an image of a creepy, rundown home that may or may not be haunted. In reality, most vacant homes are simply residences that are currently empty of occupants (including ghosts).   Whether you are on an extended trip, leaving a vacation home vacant, or selling a home you’ve moved out of, there are definitely some scary surprises that can crop up if you aren’t careful about how you leave

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