Want More Space?

couple-smallWe have been moving seniors into smaller spaces for 5 years and almost all of our clients have a few extra boxes of items that they need to keep, but don’t need to have on hand (or underfoot) all the time.

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Linen Closets: An Endangered Species

2014-11-07 15.39.42One of the strangest things about retirement residences is that they don’t all have linen closets in their suites. At first glance it makes sense that they are left out, after all, a person living in a place with weekly linen service would only need two, maybe three sets of sheets and a few towels, so why would you need a linen closet right? Think again!

Not only are linen closets a classic hiding place for extra toilet paper, household supplies and knick-nacks, they are also a tradition. A household fixture. Although linen closets are typically cluttered and disorganized, most of the elderly clients we move expect they will have one in their new place. Sadly, at least 75% of the suites we move clients into do not.

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Don’t Call It Junk

Anney-smallWe are helping a family move their elderly mother this week and I’m amazed at how much respect her daughters have for every singe item in her home. Sometimes adult children only see junk, but these daughters see treasure in their mother’s stacks and piles.

Of course this means the house can’t be cleared out in one day…this project is going to take a lot of work.

I saw this movie recently that depicts how badly kids can misjudge the value of their mother’s stuff, with hilarious consequences.

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Aging In Victoria Seminars

Anney-small“I had no idea.” I hear that over and over when helping clients and their families to navigate the dizzying senior housing options in Victoria.

And it doesn’t stop with housing. As my clients get older, it becomes harder for them to cope with the health system. Ask any senior who is trying to find a GP that is accepting new patients…it seems impossible.

That’s why I’ve teamed up other experts to put on free seminars over the next two weeks. The seminars range in topic from hidden costs that hit seniors, to housing options and aging in place, to healthy aging strategies.

The format we will follow is a collaborative panel discussion, followed by questions and input from the audience. We are there to share what we have learned from years of working in our respective industries, and also to learn from people who are navigating through their retirement.

These seminars are free, and include delicious refreshments!

I hope you can join us to learn and share.


Seminar 1: Making a Financial Plan

Our panel will discuss the various costs facing the elderly, ranging from housing, health care, aging in place and more.

Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Barbra Hopkins (Sun Life Financial)Nolan Adam (Sands Funeral Chapel) & Farhan Kanji (Heart Pharmacy).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232


Seminar 2: Senior Housing Options

Our panel will discuss topics ranging from real estate, retirement housing options, VIHA (Island Health) and more.

Thursday, April 30th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Tony Joe (RE/MAX Camosun)Anney Ardiel (Act Together Moving Services).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232


Seminar 3: Staying Healthy and Safe

Our panel will discuss safety at home, prescription management, exercise and nutrition and community resources.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Richard Major (Motion Specialties)Brecon Gage (Comfort Keepers) Farhan Kanji (Heart Pharmacy).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232

Year-End Car Buying Advice

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Michael Flynn of Prime Source Lease

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services
 I’d never make a vehicle purchase without consulting with an objective, experienced professional. We have made two excellent purchases with the help of Michael Flynn of Prime Source Lease and we’ve referred many downsizing clients to Michael when it came time for them to sell a car or trade in a vehicle.

Michael recently compiled a smart list of year-end tips that can save you time, money and hassle if you’re thinking about buying a vehicle.

  1. Beware of new car offerings this time of like “cash back”, “no payments till March” and low payments based on long amortization times (60-96 months). This can lead to “bad car debt”.
  2. If you are in business and need/want a vehicle, the year-end buy can give you a tax deductible depreciation this year (15%) AND a 30% for 2015.
  3. If you need/want a used vehicle, shopping between now and Christmas Eve can provide excellent opportunities (as opposed to boxing week). OR wait till the 3rd week in January (very motivated sellers!)
  4. If you own a “gas guzzler”, with the current low fuel prices, NOW is a good time to sell your car.
  5. Where possible , be SURE to use a good consultant/broker BEFORE purchasing or selling a vehicle. A small investment can literally save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars

If you are even thinking of buying, selling or leasing a vehicle I recommend you look at the Prime Source Lease website and have a chat with Michael.

Anney’s Closet on CBC

Anney’s Closet is a project that improves the lives of girls and women in Victoria by connecting people who have too much with people who have too little.beth n patty

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, we’ve created a “free store” in a storage locker kindly donated by West Shore U-Lock.

Girls and women who are referred to us from  advocates at our partner social service agencies have the opportunity to select items from Anney’s Closet that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Volunteers work to sort and arrange donated items in the Closet, build relationships with social agencies and the community,  and help the visitors pick out items for their new home.

I was interviewed this week by Jo-Ann Roberts on her show All Points West on CBC. It was a great chance to spread the word about this amazing project. Click here to listen to the interview.

Downsizing Tips for Seniors

patI love talking about downsizing. Luckily, it’s a topic that seniors area really interested in so I usually have a captive audience. This week I was interviewed by “This Week in Real Estate” and it was all about downsizing.

The radio interview is posted on their blog:

“If you’re interested in taking the stress out of downsizing, then invest 20 minutes to listen to This Week in Real Estate where host Nick Jaworski interviews guest Patrick Fagan from Act Together Moving about moving services available for seniors in the Greater Vancouver area.” Click here to listen