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For most of us, the houses we live in mean much more to us than four walls and a roof. The source of the emotional bonds we have with our houses can vary. Perhaps you raised your family there and every room holds dear memories of your children. Maybe you poured your own blood, sweat and tears into remodeling it just the way you wanted. Or the surrounding neighborhood is filled with dear friends that make it feel like home. Your reasons for not wanting to leave your home may be other than these, or a combination of these, but there comes a time in all of our lives when aging makes it increasingly difficult to stay. The age we reach this threshold, and the catalysts behind it vary for each of us, but all seniors will face a quandary between staying in the home we love and moving to a safer and more comfortable sanctuary.

As with our reasons for remaining, the reasons for leaving can be a combination of several problems that develop as we age. For instance, the kids have grown up and moved away, and you never see them. And with the kids gone, the cozy family domicile now feels like a 40-room mansion. What was once a gardener’s delight or a relaxing Saturday afternoon on the riding lawn mower has become a jungle of tiresome work. Town real estate values and property taxes have skyrocketed and are breaking the budget. The air conditioner, furnace, and roof have aged much less gracefully than you have, necessitating a stream of expensive upgrades. An injury or gradually declining physical agility has made the narrow doorways and steep stairwells a dangerous obstacles. Read Full Article >>

Selling your home can be extremely arduous and stressful, but it’s essential to realize that it is also a very stressful for buyers. Despite the highly personal nature of the transaction, like it or not, the home you are selling is a product. That product represents what will become the center of the buyer’s life, so it must be presented in the best possible way to maximize your market size and selling price. Appealing to the largest possible number of buyers, and packaging your product to maximize it’s perceived value can greatly enhance the chances of selling, as well as attracting bigger dollars. Even in a slow real estate market, or perhaps especially in a slow market, “staging” your home can greatly increase the prospects for sale. Maximizing the perceived value of your home will maximize the number, size and quality of offers you receive.

While it is a very difficult thing to do, accepting that the sale of home is a business deal and not personal will better enable you to view your home through someone else’s eyes, and view the process in calmer, more rational manner. If you find it is too difficult to be objective on your own, hire a professional with staging experience to give you some tips, and perhaps even do the work for you. There are hard decisions to be made with regard to how best to dress up your home for sale, and how much to spend to make needed modifications. Without the assistance of a professional, it is difficult to know which changes will provide a good return on your investment. Some buyers want new homes in move-in condition and shun any work before or after they settle in.   Read Full Article >>

Our homes are supposed to be our sanctuaries. The one place we can always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. For seniors and other people suffering from diminished physical capacity, however, the home can become a dangerous minefield. Falls and other mishaps inside their own homes are a leading cause of injuries to seniors. Seniors that have lost physical agility and strength, or have lost acuity of one or more senses become increasingly susceptible to accidents. And many seniors spend most of their time inside their homes due to the barriers posed by venturing outside.

Dangers inside the home have a variety of sources. The five senses we use to react to our environment have a way of declining with age, most notably sight and hearing. Many seniors also require medications to maintain comfort and health, which can have negative impacts on a person’s mental acuity. How bright and sunny it is outside can also have a dramatic effect on lighting and a senior’s ability to see inside the home.

Because not all of these factors can be completely controlled, it is impossible to eradicate all dangers and prevent all accidents. One thing that can be done to compensate for physical problems is to make strategic alterations to our homes. Physical impairments make seniors more susceptible to building design elements meant for fully functioning people, such as stairways and other floor elevation changes, narrow doorways and halls, slippery floors, deep pile carpets, inconsistent lighting, and difficult to reach light switches, outlets, and storage.

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