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Maddy & Greg

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Toronto and In The Beach
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Seniors On The Move

September 20, 2017

Seniors On The Move Part 1 of 4 Blog:

Seniors with Maddy&Greg
Each year homeowners are faced with having to assist an elderly friend, neighbour and or family member who is faced with the challenge of moving to a new home.  Each year our team is asked to assist senior homeowners with preparing for a downsize and/or a long distance move.  Recently we worked with a senior seller, her name is Annie and this is her story.
About two years ago Annie reached out to her daughters as she was considering relocating 200 kilometres east to be closer to her grandchildren and family.  While considering what would be involved Annie became overwhelmed; where do I start?, how do I decide what to keep?, where do I begin?. A past client had shared our contact information with Annie' family.  Maddy and I received a call from Annie’s daughter in-law to assist her with the downsizing project, we drove out to meet with Annie and carefully listened to what it was that she hoped to accomplish.  In short Annie had reached an age where she was ready to downsize to a smaller property and wanted free of a house filled with furniture, trinkets, momentous, gardening supplies, books, pictures, clothing and the list goes on.   Arriving at Annie’s home we were struck with how beautifully she had kept her gardens and the same was true for the condition of her detached bungalow, simply put beautiful.  Annie is an avid gardener but the effects of a recent illness had made owning a house and the upkeep required a challenge.  Annie’s daughters were concerned about her being alone and having a house with stairs.
On that first visit Annie guided us through her lovely home and would pause to recall the precious memories that she had experienced over many years of living in her home.  It was evident that one of the toughest parts of downsizing is the memories attached to your home.  Annie quickly lead us to her dining room to discuss how we would be able to assist her in transitioning from a single family home into a condominium.  We listened carefully as Annie expressed feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be done to get ready for a downsizing move.  Over the next week we assisted Annie as she made a pile of things in each room that would be donated to charity, given to family and friends and left at the bottom of her driveway for people passing by to take.
For 7 days we made trips to Value Village .  After several drop off’s to Value Village we had put a major dent in the items that Annie wanted donated.  Next came the clothing, we bagged 10 large bags of clothing and then we called Diabetes Canada Two days later a truck arrived at Annie’s home and took away items that can be reused to assist others in need.
While many Canadians do an annual Fall cleaning, downsizing is much more stressful and we wanted to ensure that this transition was as stress free as possible for our client and her family.  As it happened Annie’s family lived 200 kilometres away and being faced with all of the responsibility was daunting on not just Annie but her two daughters who were so appreciative that our team was able to come in to Annie’s home and assist her with the many things that needed to be done to prepare her family home for sale.
Have a great Fall planting season and watch for our next blog post “Seniors on the Move” part 2 of this 3 part series.  For more information on our team and our services, be sure to visit us at
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Maddy & Greg

Your Full Service Toronto and In The Beach Real Estate Team.

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