Divorce & Real Estate

On this blog, we at NEATSPACES aim to extend compassion and legitimacy to the full range of human experiences. In past articles, we have dealt with end-of-life plans, hoarding and empty nest syndrome, among several other topics. Now, we turn our attention to another of life’s complicated experiences: divorce. Per Stats Canada, approximately 40% of […]

How to Increase the Value of Your Home Before Selling

Real estate seller calculating home value

If you asked someone what their most valuable asset was, they’d probably offer a quick answer: their home. According to Global News, 76% of Canada’s national wealth is tied to real estate. And PR Newswire reports that over 70% of seniors list their home as their most valuable asset. Perhaps it’s no wonder, then, that […]

How to Prepare a Home for Sale Within an Estate

Victorian inspired living room needing an estate cleanout.

Losing a parent or sibling is one of the most heartbreaking life events. When going through such a traumatic time, it makes it even worse to have to start thinking about settling their estate. There are many different things that need to be addressed, and when you add preparing a house for sale, it just […]

6 Tips for Staging Your Home


The real estate market in Canada is white-hot right now. That’s especially true of Ontario, where soaring prices signal a hefty payday for sellers. In short, it may be an ideal time for older adults, previously on the fence about downsizing your home, to get the most from your biggest investment. Whatever your reason for […]

How NEATSPACES Can Help Make Your Home Safer


Recently, we heard an interesting analogy that likened decluttering to taking a trip. The destination may seem miles away, but once you get there, it is restful and relaxing. Besides, trips are as much about the journey as they are the destination. In the case of decluttering, the journey is a walk down memory lane, […]

How to Make End of Life Plans: A Checklist for Families

How to Make End of Life Plans: A Checklist for Families

Picture this: a family huddled around the bed of a dying loved one in the hospital emergency room, ICU or hospice, trying to parse out what their parent wanted. “What do we do if they didn’t sign a medical power of attorney?” “How do they want to be buried?” “What do we do with mom […]

Building Trust while Helping Seniors Downsize

When downsizing, getting started is often the hardest part.  When we look around at our homes, we are often filled with overwhelm at the volume of items that need to be downsized, donated, gifted, or boxed up to come with us to our next move.  With seniors, it can be even more overwhelming as the […]

Smooth Moves with NEAT SPACES.

  Congratulations on your new home! Are you ready to take on the move? Let’s be honest, it’s not easy to move homes. SO much to do during this exciting time and where to start? Of course, there is a long list of jobs and strategies for packing, purging, organizing, transporting and re distributing. The […]

The Immaculate OPEN HOUSE!

Planning a move can be a demanding time. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s a beacon, a goal and it IS achievable, although it does not happen overnight. It’s a process & it requires A LOT of preparation. You got this. Establish your team to achieve success … Consider a realtor agent home stager professional […]