• The Amateurs guide to furnishing

    If you are moving into a new place with an inventory of mismatched furniture then we at Canard Solution believe this guide is for you. Firsts things first, work out what type of furniture goes where. Just like the innate bad juju of putting a …

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  • Utilizing Friends And Family

    At Canards we have realized our biggest competitor is your very own friends and family. You should always consider what you can do yourself with the resources at your disposal. Friends and family are an unadvertised workforce that have snatched various jobs from our hands …

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  • The Importance Of Cleaning

    While Canards enjoys the opportunity to clean up and organize the contents gathered through a lifetime, we do not wish for people to live in it. The importance of keeping your house in a respectable condition can have great results on your mental health and …

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  • The Role of Family in Downsizing and Estates

    The emotional connection with your possessions is one of the main factors that needs to be handled when dealing with a loved one’s estate, or when tackling the task of downsizing after the children have moved on. Almost inevitably, there will be a piece of …

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  • The Marie Kondo Craze

    A lot of us have caught the cleaning bug thanks to Netflix’s docuseries Tidying Up. The series follows tidying expert Marie Kondo as she travels around the US helping families and couples with tidying their homes. Following the show’s airing, Australia went into a cleaning …

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  • How to Avoid Donation Frustration

    Whether going through a downsize or declutter, we all feel a tinge of guilt about throwing things away. We may have things with tags still on, still in unopened packages, or never used. Some times we are reminded of the huge sums of money we …

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  • Not So Simple

    Often in life we approach a task that we think is going to be very simple. However, when we actually star doing the job at hand we realise it is not so easy after all! This is exactly what happened in a recent project we undertook. …

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  • Time is Money: The Cost of Delay

      The decision to sell a family home is always a big one to make, both emotionally and financially. However, once that decision has been, it is best to act fast! Implementing the sale process quickly can achieve significant financial benefits for the seller. Two examples of …

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  • Planning to Downsize

    As the baby-boomers see their children (finally) leave the nest, minds inevitably turn to the next step in life’s progression. You need to consider many triggers when the topic of downsizing arises. These include the following:   1.)        Dislike / Fear of moving One partner …

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  • The Emotional Stress of Moving

    For a lucky few, moving house is an emotion-free experience. This select group usually moves often and therefore moving house is almost a habit if anything. However, the for the vast majority, moving one’s home is almost an insurmountable project. For many of us, moving is not something …

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  • Dealers vs Auctions

    Dealers vs. Auctions: What is the best way to sell? This is a question we often hear. There are pros and cons with both.   Dealer A dealer is unlikely to pay more than the lower-end of what something is likely to achieve at auction. …

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  • Case Study: I Want to Sell My House, but What do I do with all my Stuff?

    The owner of a large home in Armadale was facing a real challenge. She had just lost her husband, and her children lived interstate. She decided to sell the family home, but with a house full of memories, furniture, goods, and effects, she did not …

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  • Every Family is Different

    Nearly all of us over 55 have experienced it, either first hand or through a close friend. Whether expected or not, it is difficult to cope with the loss of a parent.  Reflecting on the life lost to us, the characteristics, the values, and the …

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  • A Small World

    Ever think the world is so vast, and feel like we’re all hundreds of kilometres from each other? Sometimes I feel like that, and then something like this happens. We were engaged to manage a deceased estate in a small rural town. The old house …

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  • With Canard Solutions nothing is a problem

    Preparing to sell a home can be one of the most stressful times in someone’s life. The family home contains so many treasured memories, and it can be emotional saying goodbye. It is also an extremely daunting task, sorting through a lifetime of belongings. Having …

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  • The Cost of Clutter

    It is always worth considering how much it costs you to hold on to clutter. When you consider that real estate costs are at an all-time high, and the physical space that unused items take up, you realise that all of that extra furniture and …

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  • Size Matters

    You need to remember that when downsizing or dealing with a deceased estate, furniture size matters! And not in the way you would think. Instinctively, it is safe to assume that a 30-year old antique would be worth more today. Wine values with age, so …

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