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The Benefits of Creating a Floor Plan

Cathy Gordon, June 18, 2017

When planning a move, having an accurate floor plan of your new accommodation can be extremely helpful. If you are moving, and especially if you are downsizing, getting a floor plan can save you a lot of hassle.

Now, many retirement communities, condominiums, and apartments have floor plans available online. However, the actual layout of your apartment may be slightly different than a standard layout—due to repairs, renovations, or simple necessary changes during construction. You should always visit your new accommodation before moving and assess the space. Take your own measurements, and note where there are outlets, light fixtures, and how much fixed storage space there is. Be sure to indicate anything not on the provided floor plans with measurements—such as radiators, inset air conditioners or baseboard heating. On a floor plan it may look like your sofa can fit, but upon inspection of your space you may find there is actually an obstruction! This can throw off your whole floor planning strategy.

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Gordon's Team should don the capes of Superheros!

Nicky Breeze, February 24, 2014

I wasn't their typical customer.

I took a chance on them, and they me, and together we all pulled off a feat of Gargantuan proportion.

My situation was one of dire hopelessness; A year without work, retirement funds depleted, severe family health issues and a Bank who would not refinance my home.

I had to sell, and I had to sell quickly.

I wasn't in any way prepared to sell this property, had it not been for Team Gordon, we would have lost everything, and become one more statistic being added to the rising number of Canadians facing bankruptcy and homelessness.

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Success = House Sold in 1 Week, Move Done in 2 Days!

Nicky Breeze, February 21, 2014

I think of my friends who have moved and how much work it was for them, I recommend Gordon's over every other realtor. They never pushed us to do things we didn't want to do, we followed their advice and our house sold in a week. They're so good to work with, and their motto, 'We help. You move on.' is so appropriate!

We couldn't believe how quickly it all happened. Cathy and her team came in and started to pack things up. I asked her how she was going to remember where everything will go once we get to the new condo.

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How a Move Manager is More Cost Effective

Barry Gordon, May 06, 2013

Some people are hesitant to call us because they think our services are expensive. Actually, a client of ours recently confessed that he was initially very concerned about the price, but ultimately decided to use our services for the convenience. The end price was much less than he had anticipated. How can we allow you to see that our services are cost effective?

It's the difference between hiring a contractor to oversee your project as opposed to hiring a group of subcontractors. If you are building a house you can hire a builder, a plumber, an electrician and a dry waller. When you hire a contractor, all those services are under the umbrella of your contractor. So, instead of writing 4 small cheques, you write 1 larger cheque and part of what you pay for is cost control and efficiency. Was it really more expensive?

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When Should You Start With a Move Manager?

Barry Gordon, April 29, 2013

When you build a cabinet, it's not a good idea to start hammering nails into boards before you have measured and cut them. When you bake a cake, you don't mix your wet and dry ingredients together willy-nilly; you have to start mixing all the dry ingredients first. Common sense dictates that you start at the beginning and go from there. What I see when people decide to downsize is people often starting in the middle. What is the middle? A real estate agent, and that agent is probably not the right supplier of services for them.

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Emerging Trends in the Market Place as a Result of the Aging Population

Barry Gordon, April 23, 2013

There is a major demographic shift happening right now. In 2011, the first of the baby boomers started turning 65. As a result of better medical care and health standards, people are living longer and the number of seniors in Canada is expected to double in the next 25 years. This means there will be one person 65 or older for every 3 people younger – a never before seen ratio. These changes mean the market is shifting and industry will have to adapt. What are some of the changes?

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Hiring Your Agent for the Right Reasons

Barry Gordon, April 15, 2013

Perhaps the most important reason to hire a transition specialist to handle your move is because they are experts in the complexities of downsizing. When seniors and their families choose not to work with a transition specialist, they often receive biased advice from people who only see the world through the lens of the service they supply, rather than the lens of what their client's needs are. A person offering individualized services may not see what you really need. They simply provide their services, because that's the only way they know how to work.

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The #1 Question in Downsizing, Answered: What Happens to The Items You Don't Take With You?

Cathy Gordon, March 11, 2013

When you downsize, you are minimizing. You take with you the things you need, and those possessions most dear to you. However, there is a lot you usually cannot take with you into a retirement community due to your reduced living quarters. So what happens to everything you leave behind? Let me explain how Gordon's Estate Services handles your leftover goods.

Shipping

You can designate things you want to have shipped to loved ones, or given to organizations like a museum or university. No matter what the item, we will find a way to get it where it needs to be. Obviously, it can cost you (especially if you have a piano for your niece in Australia!), but we'll find out the best price and get your approval first.

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It’s Time to Put Your Health First: 3 Ways Retirement Communities Can Improve Your Well Being

Cathy Gordon, March 04, 2013

Being active and both physically and emotionally healthy is important for seniors, just like it is for people of any age group. Many seniors find that living in a retirement community helps them improve their health. Why is this?

The Social Aspect

Retirement communities promote socialization among their residents, and many seniors find they have a better social life in their new community than they did prior to the transition. Simply being around other people can be good for mental well-being. Socialization also encourages healthy life choices—like eating and exercising—because they are group activities.

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What Does Your Monthly Fee Include?

Cathy Gordon, February 19, 2013

Retirement communities charge monthly fees.  These costs vary as the quantity of services and accommodations vary. Your monthly fee covers more than just the cost of leasing your residence. Exactly what it covers will depend on the community. Here is a list of some of the items your monthly fee commonly covers.

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