9 Interior Fixes to Sell a Home Fast

Barry Gordon,

Real estate experts call it “staging,” or presenting the home in the best light so that potential buyers can envision themselves moving right in. These are just a few changes here and there can position a home to sell faster than the competition.

1. The nose knows. A house can be perfect inside and out, but if it smells bad, buyers will likely be put off. Make sure there is no noticeable odour, such as pet smells, garbage, stale smoke, etc., to turn off others.

2. Clear out. Make sure the interior looks as spacious as possible. This could mean taking out some furniture and temporarily putting it in storage. Be sure countertops in bathrooms and kitchens are free of clutter. And pack away knickknacks that can collect dust.

How to Retire Early

GordonsEstate,

You may dream about retiring early, but how do you know if it’s right for you? And how do you accomplish it financially? Here are some tips on how to achieve a successful early retirement.

Caring for Elderly Parents Inflames Old Sibling Rivalries

GordonsEstate,

From The Globe and Mail. Published on Monday, Feb. 08, 2010

Inheritance. End-of-life decisions. Dividing assets. Senior housing. Dementia. Boomers with aging parents face myriad issues – not the least of them being sibling rivalry, writes Francine Russo in her new book, They’re Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.

Ms. Russo writes of the “twilight transition,” a generational crisis that has millions of boomer-aged brothers and sisters reuniting to care for their aging parents. The sombre reunions are inflaming old sibling rivalries as adults deal with the end of their “first family.”

What Having to Move Can Teach Us

Nicky Breeze,

packingby Jasmine Sweatman

http://www.allaboutestates.ca

A few weeks ago, our colleague, Paul Fensom, blogged about his neighbor who had to move under unfortunate circumstances.  This neighbor’s father, suffering from Alzheimer’s, had to be moved to a long term care facility but as the father had never finalized powers of attorney, the PGT became his guardian for property and the daughter who lived with him was put out of the home so the house could be sold all despite the father’s informally expressed intention that she be able to remain there for her lifetime (and receive the house as a gift following his death).

The 5 Stages of Home-Staging Grief

Nicky Breeze,

The family photos had to go and the walls needed painting. After three decades in the same home, feelings were bound to run deep

Original Post by: Karen Alton

From The Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, May. 04,

Back in the sixties, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross codified the five stages of grief to help us cope with the loss of a loved one. Recently, I discovered that the emotional turmoil of home staging plays out in a weirdly similar fashion. Trust me, there is a thin line between grief and interior decorating for a quick sale.