In the early 1970s a study was conducted ranking the levels of stress that 43 different life events produced, and if the amount, and type of stress induced illness. Back then, a change of living conditions, or change of residence fell in the middle, somewhere between a loss of job and changes in social structure, like school and families.
While I'd bet the ranking would be different today, the events causing stress are the same. Even under the best of circumstances, moving is burdensome. Besides the physical task, there are endless details, as well as emotional and financial issues to consider.
But factor in having lived in a house for decades, there are the new realities of the real estate market, as well a myriad of tax laws and other rules about selling, and structuring any gains. And ohyes family and friends are not always local, able or available to help. In other words, cleaning out the garage is the least of your troubles.
Well, you know the punch line to the old joke, 'How do you eat an elephant?' It's the same with downsizing – 'One bite at a time.' There's a lot to know about these different elements; missed opportunities or wrong guesses could cost you, while adding needless stress or family drama.
On Tuesday June 5, I will be participating in a panel presentation touching on these elements, and would love you to join us. Suitable for anyone contemplating a move, or for those who love, and wants to support someone on the verge of such a change, Easing Transitions: Simplifying Your Next Move will be presented at Atria Briarcliff Manor from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In that hour you'll meet:
- Colin Sandler LCSW and owner of Medicaid Solutions will discuss negotiating paperwork, obtaining services, and financing of long-term care needs
- Barbara Bodnar SRES, LCSW is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker and will speak on practical considerations of selling in today's market
- And MOI-owner of The Refreshed Home, who will explain all the ways this mysterious entity known as "Staging" can work for you by sharing stories, and lots of Before and After photos.
The presentation is free, and open to the public, and refreshments will be served, but seating is limited (and I really mean that, it's not just a line). Atria Briarcliff Manor is located at 1025 Pleasantville Road, in Briarcliff, please RSVP to Robin Goldberg 914.923.4400 ext 233, or at email@example.com
Moving is about more than stuff-it's the people and the process. Ours is a complicated world, having smart and kind people in your corner counts for a lot. Hope to see you there!
Marie Graham IDS ASP is an Interior Decorator, a Home Stager, and owner of The Refreshed Home. Bettering spaces-and lives -ince 1981, reach her at 914.607.2895.