Senior Relocation Specialist Services for Downsizing Seniors!

Imagine this.. You are scared, confused, often stressed, losing sleep, not eating well, worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. I have met with several Seniors over the years, often ones that stay in their home longer than they should. 
And often times they describe just those feelings, the feeling of losing control, feeling as though they were a child again. Often times when they begin looking at senior living options, its after the loss of a loved one, or they had a scare or a fall, & can’t remember things as clear like they once did. Often times a family member will get involved and make them start that journey towards Senior Living options. Which can be scary, but often Seniors are relieved once they have made the move.. It’s getting to that part that are the stress filled times. 
How to make that an easier transition. 
Identify what it is they are wanting in a Senior Community, do they or would they enjoy a more Independent Living feel? Or do they need care now? Dressing, Bathing, & medication management? Begin your search with Assisted living. My recommendation is to have family members or friends, have the conversation now, ask your loved one, what do you want? If home is not the best fit, what would you like in a new home? Friends, Activities, Transportation, Help available by phone or 24/7 nurse? These are all great questions, then begin touring communities, scheduled appointments are always better- here is why.. The person working in sales, is just a regular person like you or I, if they planned x, y, & z for their day, i.e. picking their kid up from school, dr. appointment, mound of paperwork on their desk, the fact that you just walked in- already puts them to a somewhat unhappy place- even though they would never show that to you, but they may not want to go over an hour to discuss all the available options with you, because just like the 5 people before you, they have a lot of things behind the scenes to get too. I have often heard, well I want to catch them when they don’t have their best face on, I always say, you won’t make a decision the 1st visit, so do your due diligence and make the 1st visit count so you can get all the facts up front. 
On your first visit, schedule the appointment.. Oh wait did I already say that? Also if you are overwhelmed- get a professional that can help narrow down your search, They can take your financial information and help you decide, price range, services, benefits, and help narrow it down to a few so you are not running everywhere. So schedule the tour, for the 1st visit, don’t bring your loved one with you. Its very overwhelming and for 4-6 communities you can narrow it down to 2. If they are more independent bring them to 4 to make a choice, only 1 per day. Too many options is too many, often times they are stressed with worrying about the financials, getting stuck somewhere, and unhappy with their choice. Plus they are not crazy about moving in the first place. 

After you have toured 4-6 places, then reschedule with your top 2. Or go back a 2nd time without a scheduled tour, after hours after 6p.m. just to take a look, talk to some residents see if they like living there. 

Reschedule your top 2 and bring your family member, loved Senior one with you and maybe your husband, daughter whoever that can help make the decision, have lunch and talk a brief tour again. Talk over lunch, talk to other residents, if mom likes crocheting, do they have a crochet class, talk to members of that class. 

Choosing a community is not as hard as some make it, often the financials put you in 1 catagory or 2, a pay as you go, or a buy in community, the buy ins if you can afford them are wonderful, you get to stay and age in place. If you choose a pay as you go month to month, make sure if you are in Independent living, what is the plan if my loved one needs skilled, assisted, or memory care. If they do not have all of these options available, that is ok, alot of Seniors do have to move again at some point, even if it is just across the hall it is still a move. 

The key to all of this is start the conversations now. If they can move right into a community, then sell their home, have an estate sale etc. Make it the easiest transition. Too often Seniors want to do it all and seem like they can but even the most independent, get stressed and anxious about change in their life- which we all do- but often they mask it, and their health begins a decline often if they don’t have a smooth transition. 

So get professionals on your side to help become a resource to you! 

Contact Sarah Boston 
Senior Real Estate Expert 
Ask for a FREE copy of the Senior Book- Filled with Resources for you & your loved one! 


Flip This House! The Time to Buy is NOW!!

Most people think that when the market is crazy busy, that you can’t find a good deal. That is not the case. Most buyers on the market currently want a home with the granite, hardwoods, and sparkling everything to be pristine and ready for move in. But if you buy a home that needs some work done to it prior to move in, you can get all the shiny new features for half the price of what it would be already completed and on the market.

The 1st Step: is Create a Plan and a Budget. Know what your bottom line is and how you will not go over. When it comes to a Kitchen remodel, make sure that all you are looking at is the pretty stuff .ie that is needs new counters, appliances, and the cabinets painted or stained- not a complete kitchen gut job, that is for the contractors and not a do it yourself 1st timer.
2nd Step: Be prepared, if you are willing to do some work and hire out the rest, get an exact estimate the contractor/handyman will charge. Have everything in writing and each item detailed out.
3rd Step: if your Kitchen cabinets are in good shape.i.e. they have the doors on them no water damage or minimal. Paint them or stain them. Painting cabinets white or the most recent trend dark grey or light grey- this minimal cost can really brighten up the kitchen and will minimize an unneccesary purchase of all new cabinets.

4th Step: If your cabinets are too far gone, or the doors are beyond repair, remove the doors, open cabinets are really in! Remove the doors and hardware, paint the inside a fun/bright color that makes the cabinets pop, then paint the outside white- and voila!
5th Step: Choosing Back splash it is so easy nowadays (I know that makes me sound old) to install on your own, go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and the workers will help you choose the right mix to help install the back splash you choose. The safest is go light! It rarely goes out of style and resale will help if you go with a neutral white.
6th Step: Adding additional lighting, you can hire an affordable handyman for this if you don’t feel like you are great in the electrical department. Adding new lighting can brighten up the dark areas and make your home look a lot larger, more up to date etc.
7th Step: Choosing your countertops, alot of places will install for a very affordable rate. Go to Granite supply stores etc to get pricing. I often choose Granite for the durability look price etc. If you go with Marble you have to seal it every 6 months, and its a softer surface, in the long run and resale go with Granite or similar.
8th Step: If you live near a Habitat for Humanity Store- they can be a great resource to go to to get a great deal on new or little ding appliances that work great and will be more than half the price of retail appliances.
9th Step: Add your own style to your home. I.e. if you love to pin some Chip & Joanna Gaines on your Pintrest board- find some things to add to your home to make it the style or look you love! I.e. add some shiplap to a plain wall, it may add $150-$200 to your budget but will not make you go over if done right. And with the world of do it yourself, that is an easy upgrade you can do to your own walls! I actually did myself and it turned out great! Also you can add rock tiles to the bathtub, counter or bar area to spruce it up and give it a more upscale look.

10th Step: Try the less expensive route when it comes to the floors. If the hardwoods are already in the home, sand them and refinish them. If you are wanting to install hardwoods, shop around you can find very varying pricing when it comes to hardwood flooring. Don’t spend over $5 per sq foot with install. Just keep shopping to get that price down.
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House Hunters in KS & MO! Get your House on NOW!!

Are you afraid to put your house on the market because you are afraid you will not find anything. There are easy solutions to the problem. When you are the seller, you have the power to do what you need too. As in, you can expect and ask for a longer period of closing up front. Which if a buyer wants your home they can extend their lease for a longer period to get your home. Every day homes are coming on and off the market, you have to be ready to buy. Not a lot of sellers are taking contingent contracts because for one reason there are so many buyers in the market, if they can accept one that doesn’t need to sell their home first- when they don’t even have it on the market yet. When you have already accepted an offer and are going to buy, there often is no issue, it is when you are asking a seller to take a chance / gamble on you -that you are not going to hold up the sell of their house and get cold feet and never sell yours. That is why a lot of sellers are shying away from contingent sells.

1st. What you need to start with, get your home ready to sell. Interview 2 Realtors and pick the best one you feel can do the job. Ask for their most recent sale, how did it go. Do they know your subdivision area?

2nd. Get Your Realtor’s opinion on the items in their home that may need fixed based on what is currently on the market. Does your home best fit a First Time Home Buyer? A 2nd home? A single person? A Family? A retired person? Your home may be in a couple different categories. You know your home the best, who do you think may buy your home? Think thru their eyes what will stick out about your home to them? Good and bad.

3rd. Talk to your financial institution regarding if you owe anything still on your home. Decide what your bottom line is after the mortgage is paid off, what you would like to get out of your home to put into another home.

4th. Ask your Realtor how they are planning on Marketing your home. What do you need to do before it goes on the market. 

5th. Discuss your limitations or wish list on times during the day and evening that you would like your home shown by. I.e. if you have small children is 12-2 their nap time? Is 8p.m. too late? Discuss what the best solutions for you are. 

6th. 6 second rule. Do they love it in 6 seconds? 

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Nottingham Forest Home Owners! Sell Now!!

Now is the time to sell your home! If you have at all considered moving, now is the time! With more and more business’s moving into Kansas City, now is the time to sell your home for the highest possible price and find another home for an affordable price! The best tool is Marketing your home. People pay what you market its worth!

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Tips on How to Sell your Home Fast! With the Most money to Buy Your Dream Home!!

6affe-home2bsarahbostPainted-over Wallpaper

       I realize that some of the stager-types do this on HGTV, but it’s EVIL! Eventually, the paint pulls the paper away from the wall, revealing a seam, which is a huge red flag for wise buyers.  To avoid bad karma you’ll never hear me say that it’s ok to paint over wallpaper.  One exception to the rule: If the wallpaper  was never sized, was mudded & sanded – then it is safe to paint.

Exercise Equipment in the Master Bedroom

This takes up to much space and is not eye appealing.

Smallish Closets with a Single Bar Across

There are home improvement store isles devoted to this very important master bedroom space. I recommend that sellers raise the bar so that a double hung bar can hang in a portion of the space….add a shelf or two above….and for please hide the open dirty clothes hamper.

Updated Kitchens with Shiny Brass cabinet Pulls

The stainless (or black) appliances look amazing, the lighting has been updated…why are the cabinet pulls still brass? A hundred bucks or so and the kitchen is fully updated.

Granite Counters with Dated Backsplash

Why? Why? Why? Buyers see the dated back spash butted against the gorgeous granite counters and wonder why the sellers didn’t finish the job. What should have been a        fabulous plus is now a frustrating negative.

Chandelier Hung Too High

Chandeliers as a rule of thumb should hang 33” to 39” from the top of the table to the bottom of the chandelier. Easy fix.

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Decorating & Staging Your Home to Sell!!

I walk into houses Daily!! Here are a few tips on how to help sell your home fast with easy steps! 


Ceiling Fan over a Dining Table

       Unless the table is bathed in hot summer sun most of the year, who wants to serve a hot meal that will be cold in 15 seconds?

       Empty Bookshelves

       Empty bookcases make a home feel soulless. Technically, I realize homes don’t have a soul, but folks tend to connect to a home at that level.

Artwork Hung at “Eye Level”

Just whose eye level are we talking about? Mister basketball star or Miss pretty ‘n petite? The only time “eye level” applies is in a foyer or hallway, where one is never sitting. There, the rule of thumb is that the top of the frame should never be level with or higher than a door or window frame. We spend out time sitting in most rooms, so the artwork should be hung in relation to the furnishings, providing balance and color. You can feel the difference.

Wait, did you say vent?

The slats on a return air vent need to be slanted so we don’t see the unfinished wall behind it. Another simple fix!

If your home needs some updating ideas before listing please feel free to contact me. I stage what sellers already own, making their things work very hard to sell the home!