• Difficult Decisions: Should I Take This With Me?

    Downsizing is a not a simple task. You are required to make difficult decisions about what items ‘make the cut’ and what does not. One of the most frequent questions we get asked during a downsizing job is, should I take this with me? Like …

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  • Problems in downsizing: tips for success

    Recently we helped an older lady to move home which involved significant downsizing, and we ran into problems. These problems and solutions can give you a head start in your own decluttering and downsizing project. And I can give you a few tips. The lady …

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  • Guide to difficult tasks: Clearing the attic Part 1

    Please note that this guide is intended to mitigate the risk of injury while clearing the attic but it is not a guarantee against injury and you should cease work if you feel any discomfort and contact your doctor if pain persists. Clearing an attic …

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  • Fantastic range of bookcases on offer at auction!

    This week we’re struck by the range of bookcases available at auction through Leonard Joel Auctions. Ranging from Victorian style to mid-century modern, formal to casual, many come from downsizing and deceased estates, where Canard Solutions offers a full range of services. Have a look …

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  • Knowledge of value makes decisions more difficult

    It’s funny how an unexpectedly high valuation of an item changes our feelings towards it. It tends to be one of two polarised reactions; either it suddenly becomes far more attractive to hold onto, or more important to sell. The calculation of whether to keep …

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  • Moving for older people: how to help

    As my late grandmother, who died 102 years young, used to posit, “don’t grow old, there’s no future in it.” A humorous observation to be sure but rather impractical. The fact remains; the aging process is inevitable and activities like moving, regardless if the move …

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  • Complicated downsize in 4 stages – a case study

    Canard Solutions was engaged by a couple with a complicated downsize project of their two-bedroom Gardenvale home. The client had sold their home but had not yet purchased a new property. To complicate matters, the timing of the move coincided with the auction houses’ summer …

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  • What do you need? What do you enjoy?

    I downsized from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment with no study and no dining room, and learnt some lessons. You really cannot take as much as you think.  2. You will have an easier life if you leverage your storage space, rather than …

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  • Case Study: Home Downsizing in Armadale

    The owner of a gracious four-bedroom home in Armadale engaged Canard Solutions for a downsizing project. The owner wished to sell their family home and downsize to a townhouse. We created a two-part work programme to fulfill these wishes. In phase one, Canard Solutions created …

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