OVERWHELMED TO SOLD, A Senior Downsizing Journey with Strategic Property Solutions

When we live in our home for decades, and it comes time for downsizing or moving to a retirement residence, many families are overwhelmed with the scale of completely emptying a home and getting it ready for the market. It can cause a great strain on siblings, who have jobs and perhaps time-consuming lives of their own, to help Mom and Dad move forward.

How does our team at Strategic Property Solutions help this family? After an initial consultation, during which we describe the full range of services available for organizing, decluttering, packing, helping manage the full move, selling items of value at auction, separating items for donation and giving to family, and last but not least, fully cleaning and staging the property for a successful sale.

Once our customers hear of all the available services, it is time to choose which we can assist with. In this move management project, we not only helped with all of the above, but we were also able to see this client all the way through the process, and transition to the retirement residence, having all of her treasured and needed items in place when she arrived to start enjoying the new space immediately.

This is truly a full senior transition, and we’re happy to share the process with you.

Here is what the family shared with us after this project:

Judy Sutherland via Google

‘We cannot recommend Delores and her team highly enough! As executors of our aunt’s estate, we were tasked with moving our cousin, now bereaved of her mother, into appropriate housing, clearing the family home & preparing it for sale. Watching Delores interact with our cousin with kindness & gentleness convinced us that she was the perfect match! The sorting, packing & resettlement was a challenge but it was carried out with skill and tender loving care. Delores’s team worked tirelessly to prepare the house for market – cleaning, painting, re-flooring and staging. The house looked amazing! Offers were received in less than a week! Thank you, Delores, for your professionalism and attention to detail. You took a personal interest and were wonderful to work with!’

What needed to be done?

Over the years, our elderly customer had accumulated quite a collection of antique dolls and accessories, and they had grown from one room, to the next, to the next, along with extra seasonal belongings that had no space to put elsewhere. To meet the demands of the impending winter market, the executors reached out to look at what Strategic Property Solutions could do to take this space from overwhelmed to sale-ready in a short time.

All three floors of this property required sorting, and separation of items for donation, dispersal to family members, disposal, and items that were ready for sale. From the basement, to every cabinet, cupboard, bedroom, and space, we organized and decluttered to prepare for the next step.

We worked with our elderly client to decide which of the furnishings, artwork, and collectibles were to be taken to the retirement residence, for us to set up and have it ready to move in quickly when the time was right. Saleable items were organized and separated for delivery to the auction hall.

Managing the Renovations

As is often the case, a home that has been occupied for several decades will need basic décor and design updates to help with the appeal to new buyers. We tackled and managed the carpet removal, stair assist removal, wallpaper removal, painting and minor décor renovations with contractors and our own team, before a thorough cleaning and full home staging.

Cleaning and Staging for a Successful Sale

What an impressive AFTER we were able to create for this project. We brought in new, contemporary artwork, accessories, rugs, lamps, décor and furnishings to bring the expectations of today’s buyers. Fresh new paint and renovations were a perfect backdrop to these staging elements, which show extremely well online, and encourage showings as soon as the house hits the MLS with their agent.

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Transition to Royal Heights Active Adult 50+ Residence  

Once we had decided which items were to be taken to the new retirement residence with the family, our team packed up and managed the move to the new space, setting up our client for a move in, quickly. Everything was set in place, from furnishings, to artwork, collectibles, and the bed made, living room ready, and bathroom, and kitchenette ready to live in right away.

Before & After

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