• What are our Customers Saying?

    During a busy period of helping customers with their estate clearances and downsizing projects, we noticed some interesting conversation on the topic. Almost every customer who has found themselves in the situation of having to clear out their house have agreed that the process is …

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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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  • Auction Sales as a Path to Value for Pre-Loved Goods

    When it comes to realising value from assets of an estate, or surplus assets from downsizing or decluttering, there is a well-worn path everyone travels when considering their available options. These usually include: “Maybe we should try a garage sale” “I’ve used eBay and Gumtree …

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  • The Changing Face of Donation

    The way charities operate and the way we donate have changed a great deal in the last 10 years. The local Vinnies or Salvos used to be a one-stop shop for donating anything and everything that you no longer wanted. However, thanks to fast-fashion and …

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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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  • Move With a Plan

    The act of moving, whether it’s to an auction house, storage, or your new home, can end up being a huge cost and really eat into any returns you make from sales. If you’re doing it yourself, you can cut down on the distance, time, …

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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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  • What Is It Worth?

    Anyone who is selling their goods always asks the big question: what is it worth? The simple answer is: what the market is prepared to pay. Seems obvious, right? But there are two key factors which qualify this answer: the market and the cost of …

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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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  • Case Study: South Eastern Suburbs

    Canard Solutions undertook a project in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. The client’s Power of Attorney contacted us after the client moved to a retirement home. The client wished to sell her home, however, she did not have the time nor agility to arrange it herself. The …

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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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  • An Experience from Domain.com on Dealing with Antiques

    Here is an interesting article by Jenny Brown from Domain.com. She speaks about some of the issues you can run into when trying to sell antiques. We often hear similar stories from clients having to empty out their parents’ homes and are having a rough …

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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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  • Case Study: Sold, Downsizing, but Now What Do We Do with the Stuff?

    A family that had lived in the same home for 55-years contacted Canard Solutions for help. They had sold the family home and settlement was due in two weeks. They had planned to achieve an orderly downsizing but the task was overwhelming. Alas, time had run out. …

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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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