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Dealing With The Possessions Of A Deceased Loved One

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When a family member passes, it can be a difficult time for you and everyone you know. It’s difficult to make it through this time with strength, and to organize everything in the aftermath. That being said, this is an important task, to help honor the memory of your loved one and ensure that their estate is well handled.

However, it’s not always the case that your relative will have writen every single possession into their will. Daily household items, or extra belongings, can simply be owner-free and in need of a home. Dealing with the possessions of your passed loved one can be an emotionally charged effort, but it’s worth planning this (alongside your family members) in the best way you can.

But where are you supposed to get started? And from there, what decisions should you make? What even are your options to begin with, especially when starting out? For this, and more, we have decided to bring together some advice to aid you in this troublesome time:

Dividing Their Items

Dividing their items among your family members can be a tough process if they haven’t been explicitly labelled in the will. Assigning one person to help you with this can help you avoid familial arguments. Try to divide the wealth and value of items fairly. You may decide to offer the kitchen equipment to your relative who has just become a homeowner, or an item that has sentimental value to someone who will appreciate it most. Careful analysis, bit by bit, will help you achieve the assumed wishes of your lost loved one. You can use All In Self Storage to ensure these items are protected in the interim.

Charity

Never discount the power of charity. It’s not just a simple way of getting rid of items you’re not sure what to do with. In many cases, it can truly help them raise more capital for good causes. For instance, if your relative struggled with cancer in their final years, it might be that donating their unclaimed items to a cancer charity, or perhaps an outstore that helps sell these goods (such as charity book shop donations) – will help you contribute a little to the cause. That can be a nice way to do your part, and to contribute to something positive despite your misfortune.

Selling For A Purpose

Of course, perhaps you’d like to raise that money yourself. You may find that selling old crockery can help you raise money for a worthwhile funeral, or to help put your grandchildren through college. Maybe you wish to sell for a purpose to help you ensure items are met with those who will really care for them, such as item collectors willing to pay a premium. Be sure you have your items valued or do your research before selling, because you can never tell who may see this opportunity as a means to pay less than you deserve.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily deal with the possessions of a deceased loved one. This isn’t an easy task, but it’s certainly more than worth taking care of.

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3 Questions Before Building Your Dream Home

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Are you thinking about building your dream home? We’ve talked about the dream home before and the harsh reality is that your dream home – the one that you have always imagined – probably doesn’t exist on the market. That means that if you want a shot at owning it, then you’re going to have to build it yourself. But what questions do you need to answer before you do this? 

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Do You Have The Cash?

You might think that to build your dream home, you have to be a cash buyer and have money in hand. Well, this isn’t quite true because there are loan companies that are willing to lend you the money that you need. You just need to make sure that you can pay a solid amount of the cost and that you don’t need to worry about issues with bad credit. If you do have bad credit, then this can be a slight hurdle but it’s certainly not a complete roadblock. 

In terms of the price of a custom build home, then it can be more expensive than a property that you could find on the market. But remember, you’re paying to get exactly what you want so it’s worth the extra cost if you can afford it. You can also end up gaining a lot from a new build if you sell it on in the future. 

Where Should You Build? 

You do need to think carefully about where you want to build the home. Usually, when you’re looking at luxury homes, everything like environmental issues has been taken into consideration already. So, you don’t have to worry about accidentally ending up with a house on a flood plain. When you build a property from scratch, this is your responsibility. You have to make sure that you are making the right choices with the location and that does include connectivity as well. You won’t be able to build out in the middle of nowhere if a high-speed internet connection is important to you. Instead, you need to build in a place that has a supporting infrastructure which is why you should explore planned development sites. 

How Long Will It Take?

Finally, you do need to think about how long the process will take. This depends on the team that you are using. If you opt to invest in the services of a professional team, to build your property then it shouldn’t take too long at all. Potentially, the right team will have your home upright and ready for you to move in within the first year you start the process. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key questions that you need to keep in mind when you are thinking about building your dream home. This can be a great decision, but it’s important to approach it the right way and ensure that you are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. This is always going to start with choosing the right team to help you on this journey. 

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Preparing Your Home For Any Emergency

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As the last few weeks and months have shown us, anything can happen, and our lives can get tipped upside down in a matter of days. Disasters (or viruses) are inevitable. At some point in our lives, we are all likely to experience something like an earthquake, a flood, a storm or a hurricane. Not only that, we can also experience disasters specific to our home, like house fires, flooding, or storm damage. These kinds of things rarely give us any warning, and as such, it is pointless to just worry about them. However, it will help you in case of an emergency, to be prepared. Here are some steps to follow, to ensure that you have a foolproof plan for an emergency.

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Car Buying Tips: 6 Things to Check When Buying A Used Car

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If you are looking for a good quality vehicle without a higher price tag, a used car is the best option. The difference between spending a lot of time and money at the repair shop and carefree driving is all in knowing what to look for. Buying a used car can be confusing, with a lot of things to put into consideration. Remember that the best used car is not necessarily the cheapest that you can get. If the vehicle has poor fuel efficiency and needs hefty upkeep work every now and then, then your finances might be in for a bumpy ride. A used car can either be a blessing or a nightmare.

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How To Make An Assisted Living Centre Feel Like Home

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For many older people, assisted living is the best choice for them to carry on an independent life with some help. For some though, this decision can be very hard, and they may worry about living somewhere that feels like a hospital instead of a home. If you manage an assisted living centre, there are some ways you can help to make it feel like a real home to make your residents feel more comfortable and much happier. 

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Respect There May Be Challenges

Some of your retired residents may not be all that thrilled to be moving in. It’s important to respect that, and not push too hard to make them settle in. Gentle encouragement is always going to go down better than a forced approach with someone who is struggling with the transition.

Make Things Comfortable

Any shared spaces need to be as comfortable as possible. Avoid making the spaces feel sterile by using a company who can advise on the best architecture and decor, like aged-care construction experts. They can help you to create a space that is both functional and comfortable. 

Think about what home comforts residents will appreciate in communal spaces. Invest in comfortable seating that is supportive, like quality recliners. Add in plenty of soft furnishings in relaxing colours, like blankets and cushions. Hang some cheerful artwork to brighten things up. 

Allow Room For Personalisation

The best way to make a retirement home feel like an actual home is to allow space for your residents to bring in some comforts from their own home. While their own rooms are an obvious place for their own things to go, it can also help if there is somewhere in communal space for some personalisation too. Perhaps they could put their own scatter cushions on their favourite chair, or maybe you could create a space where residents could display their own photographs. 

Choose Warm Colours

A lot of retirement homes use the same kind of colour palettes as hospitals, with blues and greens to make things feel calm and clean. This can make the place feel too sterile, and not like a place where people actually live. Instead, decorate with some warmer colours. Paint the walls in a warm neutral, like a warm shade of cream, and add in warm, cheery colours with other decor items. Yellow scatter cushions, paintings with oranges and yellows, and other warm notes all work very well. A warmer colour choice can make the home feel a lot cosier and more comfortable, instead of like a hospital. 

Ask Your Residents

If you don’t think the space is quite working and don’t know why you could ask the people who live there what they think is missing. After all, they’re the ones spending the most time there and will know best what they need to make them feel comfortable and at home in the centre. Ask for feedback and follow up on what they’re asking for, whether they ask for better chairs in the main lounge or some different activities.

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How to Spot the Ideal Family Home

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Finding the perfect family home, that both has enough space for all of the family, and which makes family life as easy as it can possibly be, is no mean feat, but it can be done.

If you’re looking for your next family home and you want to ensure that you get it absolutely right, here are some tips to help you spot a good thing when you see it:

Check the Floorplan

If you want to find a home that works for you, it’s always a good idea to check out the floor plan. The way a house is laid out can make life really easy or really hard, so it’s of paramount importance that you take this seriously, For example, if the kitchen is three floors down from the bedroom and you have a baby who you need to make bottle for in the night, the thought of slogging up all those steps when you’re already dog tired probably isn’t a good one, or if you have kids who love having the space to run around, a house with a floorplan that isn’t open probably wouldn’t work out too well. Know what you need and bear that in mind when looking at the floorplan.

There’s Scope to Make Changes

Choosing a family home that has space to extend is always a plus because then you can make it what you want and change it to suit your family’s growing needs. Alternatively, you may want to look at the affordability of the house and land package homes in your area because that way you can have a great deal of input into what your house will be like right from the off., The more scope there is to put your family’s stamp on your new home, the better it will be for you all.

Outdoor Space

If you have a young family, outdoor space is vital. It will give the kids the chance to blow off some steam and allow you to spend some quiet relaxation time out in nature, Of course, outdoor space can be expensive, so if you cannot afford a home with a decent sized garden, look for properties that are close to the beach or parkland that you can all make use of instead. If there are lots of places to spend time outdoors, it’s a sure sign you’ve spotted a great family home.

Plenty of Bathrooms

One of the most annoying things about family life is the ques for the bathroom in the morning. Try to find a property where there are two or more bathrooms, or at least the ability to add more in the future, and family life will get a whole lot better.

Low Maintenance

Family life is busy, so if you spot a home that is in really good condition, and which is unlikely to need much maintenance, make an offer! Oh, and low maintenance doesn’t just mean it’s structurally sound, things like tiles or hardwood floors instead of carpet can make a huge difference too!

Good luck finding your perfect family home!

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Finding Appropriate Care For Your Aging Parent

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Image Source: https://bit.ly/2OBgSiZThis worry has been creeping up on you slowly for a while now, and you knew the dreaded day would come when you’d have to start looking for options of care for your aging parent. It’s not a pleasant subject, but an important one nonetheless, and must be handled very carefully. If you’re working full-time, and your aging loved one has found themselves in need of more care urgently, you could be feeling immense pressure to find an answer. There are a few steps that can ease you in the direction most appropriate for you and your parent.

Assessment

The first step on finding appropriate care for your aging parent is seeking an assessed by a professional Aged Care Assessment Team. This determines how well your loved one could manage care on their own, or what degree of help they need. To do this, you must go to the My Aged Care website, and get in contact with them regarding consultation for your loved one, to become part of the Federal Government’s aged care system.

Care at Home

Many aging people continue to enjoy their home comforts, and the thought of moving from their sanctuary is a nightmare. For those who are assessed as safe to do so, your aging parent may be able to stay living at home, with the assistance of a care package – a team of caregivers caring for your loved one in their own home. Unfortunately, these care packages often come after a substantial wait – something you may not be in the position to allow for.

Respite Care

If you feel as though you are in need of care for your aging parent now, but are unsure about long-term, then respite care may be the answer. Respite care is usually care provided by an Aged Care facility for a short period. This gives time for other arrangements to be made if necessary, for your loved one to experience what an Aged Care facility is like, and to provide you with a chance to get everything in order in the comfort of knowing that they are safe and well looked after.

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An Aged Care facility is often for those who are assessed as unable to manage at home, even with a care package. There are fantastic Aged Care facilities around, enabling your aging parent a new sense of home, being well looked after and in the company of others in a similar situation. It’s an opportunity to be safe, secure and offers the valuable interaction that many aging people miss out on. While an Aged Care facility provides some great relief, it is something to be carefully considered beforehand, taking into account the desires of your loved one.

It’s important to stay calm and not to panic when faced with decision making for your aging parent. Make sure that you discuss their options with them, to keep them involved with the process. It is a daunting time for you, but quite possibly more worrying for your loved one. Having had the correct assessments for your loved one, you should have the right information to help you moved forward in the appropriate direction.

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Things To Consider When Writing Your Will

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Death isn’t most people’s favourite conversation topic. However, addressing your will is imperative. To ignore this duty would heighten the risk of leaving your family in a terrible financial position if you were to pass away. It is not only the money that matters either. You have to think about appointing a guardian for your minor children as well. Don’t you want this to be in your control? All things considered, to say writing a will is imperative is a monumental understatement. The necessity of this cannot be put into words.

Image Source: https://bit.ly/2Ow1y6YWriting a will can be a lot more difficult than imagined. There are so many different aspects you must consider. As mentioned, appointing a guardian for any minor children is imperative. It is always recommended to identify a first and second choice. You should explain why you think the adult in question will provide stable and continuous care. You must also state the relationship between the child and the adult.

Another role you will need to identify is the beneficiaries of your will. From properties, to money, to smaller assets; you need to embark on thorough estate planning. Most people tend to leave their assets to their partner and their children. Don’t neglect the ‘what if’ possibilities. What if you and your partner passed away at the same time? What if you are remarried – Do you want your assets to go to your children rather than your new spouse? Also, a lot of people don’t realise that their debt is deducted from their estate. If you don’t want your kids to miss out, use a credit card monthly interest calculator and put together a debt repayment plan so you can get this paid off sooner rather than later.

In addition to the points that have already been mentioned, you will also need to decide on a personal representative to execute your wishes. The word ‘representative’ is imperative here. You have to trust the individual’s judgement. In fact, your judgement will be in question when writing your will as well, in the sense that you must be of sound mind before you begin to write it.

Knowing what not to include in your will is just as important as knowing what to include. Some of the things that cannot be incorporated are certain types of property, such as; joint tenancy property and property in a living trust. Many individuals are tempted to leave their funeral instructions in their will. This is ill-advised. In most cases, the settlement of your estate and alike will not be handled until after your funeral.

It is also worth noting that your will may need to be updated on one occasion or more. A lot of people write their will and then they put it to the back of their mind and never think about it again. However, circumstances can easily change. What if you end up getting divorced? What if the person you identified as a guardian is no longer suitable? What if your finances have changed? Updating your will is imperative.

Finally, professional aid is always recommended when it comes to writing a will. This will guarantee that everything is handled the right way so that your family and loved ones are protected in the event of your death.

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Spring into cleaning with Dyson

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Who would care for your kids if you had cancer?

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An estimated 437,202 Australians have a medically diagnosed neoplasm, about 89 per cent of which are malignant (cancer)(i). At current incidence rates, one in three men and one in four women in Australia will develop cancer by the age of 75, a majority of whom will have children(ii). Continue Reading

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Where does a cheerleader get her uniform?

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This has been a question that has long plagued this journalists mind. Frankly I think it’s an act of god given engineering brilliance that such a small amount of skin tight material can allow the human form to do a double back somersault ‘with a twist’ while allowing the skin to breath and absolutely not one bit of modesty is lost to the thousands of onlookers. Continue Reading

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New site launches to support separated families and their 1.1 million kids

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A new service to connect and guide people through the separation process is now available. www.twohomes.com.au is a definitive online resource for separated & divorced parents, providing a safe and comforting haven to help take stock of the situation.

It’s estimated that over 100,000 couples either separate or divorce in Australia every year impacting parents, children, family and friends. Continue Reading

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