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Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Things #2 - Image Moving to a Tiny Assisted Living Apartment

One huge challenge in making a move, especially for those of us who’ve been alive more than 50 years, is what to do with all your stuff.   


Over several posts, I’ll be sharing some rules of thumb that I’ve learned. 


Rule of Thumb #2 for Getting Rid of Things  


Rule of Thumb #2 for getting rid of things is to decide what you would want to move if you had to move into a small, assisted living apartment. 




Maybe you won’t ever need assisted living.  We all hope and pray not.   


But if you do or if you’re like me and you have a parent with cognitive or physical issues, asking the question, “What would I want if I had to move into a tiny, assisted living apartment?” will help you get down to the nitty gritty, bare bones of the matter, and forces us to get very focused and very specific. 



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Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Things Purge Paper and Other Data

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2022

Earlier this year, I helped my dad relocate from Florida to be near me. 


One of our biggest challenges was getting rid of the things that wouldn’t fit into his small apartment. 


It was overwhelming. 


I found the same thing when working with some of my older clients.  They wanted to sell their homes and got overwhelmed with all the stuff and how to get rid of their things.   


I started collecting good ideas from I’ve come across or that I’ve learned from my clients when it comes to getting rid of stuff. 


In the next few posts, I’ll share my top rules of thumb for getting rid of things either for yourself or when helping your aging parents downsize their stuff.   



First Rule of Thumb – #1 – Paper Purge 


My dad had documentation from when he and mom first got married.  Bank statement from accounts closed in the 60’s or...

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What to Fix and What Not to Fix When Preparing Your Home to Sell

What should you consider fixing when getting your house ready to sell? If you want to sell your
house quickly and for the most money, there are things you can do that will help that happen. 
If you have the cash to spend, putting it into your house in the right ways will make it more
attractive to more buyers, resulting in you selling faster and for a bigger profit. The longer a
house sits, the more the price goes down.  Price it realistically, and you’ll be able to get it sold
even without repairs.  But go too high in your pricing for the condition, and it will take forever.
Let’s talk about what to fix and what not to fix when preparing your home to sell.


1. Clean

If you hate cleaning, hire someone to do it for you. A super clean house is the best thing you
can do regardless of anything else you do. Bathrooms, baseboards, furniture, nooks and
crannies, get them clean. No one wants to purchase a house that looks like the inside of a

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3 Tips to Emotionally Prepare Before Selling Your Home

As humans, we don’t have to be hoarders to be attached to our stuff.  And a house is no
exception. We’ve all heard the expression, “home is where the heart is”, but what do you do
when the time comes to sell your home? Especially when you’ve lived in your home 20 or more
years. How do you prepare yourself for that difficult experience? In the real estate world,
agents sometimes refer to the buying or selling of a home as a transaction. But to the person
selling the home, the sale is so much more than that. In this blog, we’ll be discussing three tips
to emotionally prepare yourself before selling your home.

1. Remember your goals

You decided to move for a reason. I’ve had clients where declining health was what lead them
to decide to move.  They didn’t want to move, but they knew it was the right thing to
do. Remind yourself why you’re moving, and share your why with family, friends, co-workers
and of course your...

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Real Estate Tips for Buyers - Winning in Multiple Offer Situations - Options and Their Risks

buying real estate Apr 21, 2022

Multiple Offers Disclosure 

by David Strauss, Attorney, O'Kelley and Sorohan


The current market for residential real estate is a decidedly seller’s market.  A record low inventory of homes for sale, coupled with an increased demand for homes to purchase has led to an incredibly competitive marketplace.  As a result, many Buyers are making offers to purchase homes that are well above asking price, allow the Seller to have temporary occupancy of the home after closing, have a large amount of earnest money, and waive contract contingencies in favor of the buyer.  Such an offer may win the deal but it does not come without significantly more risk than normal for a Buyer.

Below are some common tactics Buyers are using to be competitive in today’s market.  Buyers should understand what it means to make such an offer and the risk the expose themselves to in doing so.


What is Due Diligence?

Due diligence is a time where...

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The Importance of Having Good, Real Estate Pictures

By Kelly Vandever 


Do you have a great camera and a good eye for pictures?

Thinking of telling your real estate agent that you’ll just take the pictures of the house?

Don’t do! 


High Quality Real Estate Pictures Sell Houses Faster and for More Money 

I don’t know how to emphasize this point enough.

Pictures in real estate are super important!

Houses with high quality photos sell 32% faster.

Houses with high quality pictures sell from $3,000 to $11,000 more.

87% of homebuyers who search online said photos were the most useful feature in online searches.

Stats stats stats right?  But I’ve seen it.  Photos make a huge difference in if people come see the house, how much the seller will get for the house, how long it will take the house to sell.


Professional Real Estate Photos Are So Important, I Put My Money Where My Mouth Is

Atlanta is in a really hot seller’s market as I’m writing this, but still, as a...

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Such a Sweet Gift

I have the best clients!!!

Artist Sara took a picture of her, Chad and I after closing, melded it together with a picture of their new house, added Daniel the cat to the mix, and created a beautiful painting to commemorate our time together finding this wonderful couple their first home.

My heart swells!!!

I'm so lucky to work with such amazing clients!!! 

Thank you Sara and Chad for allowing me to be a part of this journey!

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5 Tips for Selling Items on Facebook Marketplace

By Kelly Vandever


Getting ready to move, especially when downsizing, can be hard.

But maybe getting a little cash for your things you don't want to keep might make the process a little easier.

Here are 5 Tips for Selling Items on Facebook Marketplace!


1 – Post all your items at the same time and when you know you’ll have time to respond

One of the things that surprised me the first time I posted items was how quickly people will hop on a new item for sale.  I was just casually posting one Sunday night and my Facebook Messenger exploded with notifications!  I really wasn’t ready to start responding until the next day. 

And it appears that the FaceBook algorithm prioritizes recent items and multiple items from the same seller. 

People trying to buy things on Marketplace tell stories about missing out on their sought-after item because they were slow to respond.  That also means they’re looking at other items just like...

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House Sale Preparation: The Emotional Side of Selling Your House Even Before It Goes on the Market


House Sale Preparation

In the real estate world, agents sometimes refer to the buying or selling of a home a transaction. But to the person selling the home, the sale is so much more than a business transaction. It’s an emotional experience.

How do you prepare yourself for that emotional experience? That’s what we’ll talk about in this video.


I'm Kelly Vandever. I'm a real estate agent in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Keller Williams North Atlanta. Check out more tips on how you can Make Your Move Easier. If you want help selling your home or finding a new one, call me, Kelly, at 770.597.1108.

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Selling Items on Facebook Marketplace


Getting ready to move, especially when downsizing, can be hard.

But maybe getting a little cash for your things might make it a little easier to say good-bye!

In this video, I provide the step-by-step of how to get rid of items by selling them on Facebook Marketplace using your phone.

It's super easy!

Plus, follow this link to get 5 Tips for Selling Items on Facebook Marketplace

I'm Kelly Vandever. I'm a real estate agent in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Keller Williams North Atlanta. Watch more videos on how you can Make Your Move Easier whether downsizing, moving to a senior living community, or moving closer to family. If you'd like my help, reach out at 770.597.1108.

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