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Oaks at West Cobb: Family-operated Senior Living Community Cultivates Person-centered Lifestyles.
he Salabarria family created Oaks Senior Living in 1998 to provide person-centered care to elders who can no longer live safely at home. The family operated executive team has been faithfully providing senior living in Georgia and South Carolina. Oaks at West Cobb, an Oaks Senior Living managed community, embodies the values set in place to create the best home for your loved one. Located in Marietta, GA and only a short drive from Atlanta, Oaks at West Cobb features luxury assisted living and memory care apartments with various care service options tailored to fit your needs. The Thriving Day in the Life of an Oaks at West Cobb Memory Care Resident At Oaks at West Cobb, each resident’s community experience is tailored to their individual needs and desires. The flow of one resident’s day may not be the same as another, being individual care needs vary per resident. Take a few moments to join the journey of a typical day in the life of an Oaks at West Cobb memory care resident. Many of our residents begin their day with a freshly prepared meal by our Executive Chef and dining team, with the option of having specialized meals or alternate dining choices depending on dietary need. Meals continue to be prepared for lunch and dinner; however, residents have the option to eat at any point during the day as they would in their own home due to our all-day dining service. These meals are wonderful opportunities for our residents to enjoy time with their neighbors. After enjoying breakfast, residents have the option to get active with some yoga or chair exercises lead by our creative lifestyle directors. In addition to exercise-based activities, our lifestyle directors incorporate activities into daily routines that honor the resident’s history, personal preferences, and abilities to enable the highest quality of life possible. Our daily activities create freedom of choice for residents, so each day has new possibilities! While dining and activities are fundamental parts of the Oaks Senior Living mission, person-centered care is our main priority. Each day, the resident is always the focus. Our management team works together to provide the exact care plan that you need to create the most abundant life possible. Residents will have 24-hour access to care partners with care services optimized by our professional nursing team. Our nursing team has been specifically trained in person-centered memory care so that compassionate, dignified, and professional care can be provided to all memory care residents. Partnering with EmpowerMe Wellness, residents can receive onsite physical therapy and have access to diagnostics for non-blood products creating quick turnaround times of results and treatments. This relationship starts upon the resident moving in, and if there is no immediate need for therapeutic treatment, EmpowerMe Wellness will continue to collaborate with our team to ensure that treatment will be available if it is needed. “Living here has been a pleasure. The staff and residents are very friendly, the community is beautiful, and it just feels good calling this place home.” ~ Oaks at West Cobb Resident Come be a part of our family! Each part of a resident’s day is created to honor the life, desires, and needs of the resident all while providing a sense of purpose. Come take look and see everything that is available for you and your loved one at Oaks at West Cobb.
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In This Issue
N OVEMBER 2023
Talkin’ Sports Hey, Braves fans, there is a lot to be proud of........11
Cover Story: North Cobb Christian provides Opportunities to Thrive................................................................15
15 Cover Story North Cobb Christian School
Food & Entertaining Registered dietitian, Allyson Balzuweit, helps us with tips for holiday eating. It doesn’t have to be a challenge............................................................19
Community Spotlight Generations of Great Vision................................21
Travel Our Town’s travel expert, Heather Meliski, wants you to travel smart and safely...............................30
Talkin’ Sports Celebrating the Braves
Real Estate Is your home too big? Real estate guru, Deborah Ratchford, can help you figure it out....................34
Seasonal Holiday Eating
“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.”
21 Community Spotlight Home Town Hero Dr. Rothbloom Travel Smart, Safety Tips 6
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FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE
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STERLING ESTATES COMMUNITIES STRONGER THAN EVER Full Continuum of Living, IL Cottages and Apartments to AL & Memory Care, All on One 28 Acre Neighborhood Campus
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The Atlanta Braves 2023 Season in Review
es, it is true, the Braves fell short in the playoffs. Winning a second World Series in the last three years with this team was a real possibility and being eliminated by the Philadelphia Phillies for the second straight season was a bitter, bitter pill to swallow. Life long Braves fans are sad and upset and frustrated and just very emotional after such an amazing record breaking 2023 regular season. I get it. But there is something about professional sports that is absolute. One team and one team only will win in the end and it is therefore really, really hard to be that team. There are many occasions where “that team” isn’t close to being the best in baseball and that will be the case this year as frankly, the Braves were, without a shadow of a doubt, the best team in the game. We have now seen both sides of the coin as that 2021 team that won it all only won 88 regular season games, a full 16 less than this season. Brian Snitker’s squad caught lightning in a bottle that year and truth be told, wasn’t nearly as talented and good overall as this past season. Let’s look back at all of the amazing 2023 record breaking achievements and accentuate the positive of what really was an incredible run from an incredible team. And thanks to the amazing club friendly contracts, this franchise should be back in this spot for years to come. For starters, the team’s 104 wins is only two wins shy of the franchise record 106 victories set back in 1998. I think it’s pretty fair to say that a record of 104-58 isn’t too shabby. The 2023 Braves hit a Major League record tying 307 home runs this season. No team in the history of the game has ever hit more. Pretty much everybody up and down the lineup contributed to this number. Matt Olson belted a franchise record 54 long balls in surpassing Andruw Jones’ 51 from 2005. On that final dinger, Olson also set the franchise record with his 136th RBI. Ronald Acuna became the first player in the history of the game, yes “history of the game”, to go 40-70 by blitzing opposing pitchers for 41 home runs and stealing a franchise record 73 bases. To put this in perspective no other player has ever even gone 40 and 50. The soon to be MVP also set franchise records for plate appearances with 735 and runs scored with 149. As for the other starters, Marcell Ozuna shook off a very slow start to the season and ended up with a mammoth 41 home runs. Austin Riley went deep 37 times, Ozzie Albies 33 times, Sean Murphy and Eddie Rosario 21 times each and Michael Harris and Orlando Arcia round out the everyday players with a combined 35 round trippers. To say these numbers are gaudy would be the understatement of all understatements! As for the pitching, well, yes, despite a ton of injuries this unit was also really, really good. Spencer Strider led the way with his 20-5 record and set a new franchise record in striking out 281 batters, eclipsing John Smoltz’ previous high of 276 back in 1996. Hold your heads up high, Braves Country, as there is a lot to be proud of from your team, even if we didn’t get to march in a parade once again. There is not a franchise out there that wouldn’t trade places with you as your Atlanta Braves have an amazing nucleus coming back and the sky should continue to be the limit for years to come! Justin Hanover is a sports reporter/analyst who has worked in the business since 1996. His stops have included ESPN, CNN, 790 The Zone, 680 The Fan and the Atlanta Falcons. He has also done play-by-play analysis and color commentary ranging from the high school level all the way through the professional level. Justin lives in Smyrna with his wife and three children.
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Unlocking Students’ Potential at North Cobb Christian School By Kate Hartley FROM PAIN TO PURPOSE
Watch this poignant video with North Cobb Christian School graduate Reid Morlan (class of 2023) as he shares how God used the people and programs of NCCS to bring purpose and direction. Scan the code or watch the video at bit.ly/reidmorlan.
hen Hailey Gibson’s parents started looking for a school for their daughter, they had two nonnegotiables: First, the school had to genuinely put Jesus first, which was paramount for their family’s values, and second, they would not compromise on ensuring that their daughter had every opportunity to thrive scholastically, athletically and socially. They found their perfect school partner in North Cobb Christian School (NCCS), an exemplary private Christian school in Kennesaw that serves over 1,200 students in K3 through twelfth grade. “We first toured before my sixth-grade year in 2017. My parents liked the Christian environment, and they really liked that NCCS is college preparatory,” recalls Hailey, who is now in her senior year at NCCS. “My parents researched the colleges that students went to after NCCS, and they were impressed.” Graduates from NCCS have been accepted into top-tier universities including Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Boston University, Georgia Tech, Pepperdine, NYU, Vanderbilt, The United States Naval Academy and many more. READY TO LEAD When Hailey walked down the hallway on her first day of sixth grade, she was self-described as quiet and reserved. “I didn’t like to get outside of my comfort zone or talk to people I didn’t know,” she shares. Fast-forward to today, and Hailey is secretary of the senior class and involved in competition cheer, chorus, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Senior Prom Committee. She’s also an Eagle Ambassador, serving on a student team that greets visitors during school events, making sure they feel welcome.
HAILEY GIBSON Photo credit: Alex McKinley
“I used to say I would never do student government or anything out of my comfort zone, but my teachers and classmates have encouraged me to push myself to become a leader,” says Hailey. “There is a culture among the students here of being really involved in lots of activities, sports and clubs. Honestly, you would feel awkward here
if you’re not involved! This has pushed me to say yes to the opportunities the school offers to find our interests and grow as leaders.” PREPARED FOR COLLEGE Hailey says that NCCS has also connected her with amazing opportunities outside of campus, including securing an invitation to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) at Emory University this past summer. “The teachers at NCCS really know their students, and they recommend them for community programs that would be a good fit. My teachers know I want to go into medicine, so they recommended me for NYLF, a weeklong medical internship at Emory,” say Hailey, who plans to major in neuroscience and minor in biology in college. “I feel like my teachers have high expectations and push me to meet them,” Hailey adds. “I’ve been taking college and AP-level classes for three years, and I feel very prepared for college next year.” NCCS offers a comprehensive array of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes, as well as a robust Dual Enrollment program, through which students can graduate with up to 32 college credits earned through classes largely taught on campus by NCCS teachers credentialed through the University System of Georgia. SPIRITUALLY SHORED UP Hailey says that not only is she academically prepared, but she feels spiritually shored up for all that’s ahead, as well. “I would definitely say that NCCS has caused me to analyze my faith. Here, it’s more than just believing; it’s how you actually act and walk. I’ve learned to ask, ‘What’s my legacy?’ I’ve learned how to live my life for what really matters.”
Come visit North Cobb Christian School! Call 770-975-0252 or email admissions@ ncchristian.org to set up a personal tour. Visit ncchristian.org to learn more. Group and cover photos: M. Jae Photography
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HOLIDAY TIPS & RECIPE
he holidays are officially upon us, and while there’s so much to enjoy about gathering with friends and family (which often involves food), it can be a challenging time if you’re on a personal journey towards health and wellness. Here are 5 things to consider if you’re trying to enjoy the fun without a major hit to your nutrition and fitness endeavors.
1. Avoid skipping meals: Saving up for party food or a special dinner may sound like a good idea, but it will most likely backfire. If you’re over-hungry, it will be more challenging to make reasonable choices and not overindulge. Having a snack that contains protein and healthy fat prior to a special event will set you up for success. 2. Don’t feel like you need to restrict: Prioritize your splurges. It’s ok to indulge a bit, but choosing your holiday favorites instead of foods that are around any time of the year will help prevent overeating. Savor the foods that you only get once or twice a year without feeling guilty, but be deliberate about your choices and move on. 3. Plate your food: Rather than standing near platters or bowls and mindlessly nibbling, consciously putting food on a plate will automatically make you more in tune with what you’re eating. If you’re enjoying a dinner that’s served “family” style, be sure to let veggies have some prime real estate on your plate in comparison to heavier, more indulgent sides, but it’s ok to make space for those as well! 4. Bring a healthy dish: If you’re attending a pot luck type of event, bring a dish that will guarantee a healthy choice will be available. It doesn’t need to be boring, but it should definitely be something festive and that you’ll enjoy adding to your plate. See below for one of my favs!
5. Hydrate: Be sure to be drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, but also during a holiday party or dinner. This is especially important if you’re choosing to imbibe in a few alcoholic beverages. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight (in pounds) in half, and that’s the minimum number of ounces you need per day. These Shrimp Tarts are an impressive holiday appetizer and always a crowd pleaser. They’re also easy and healthy with plenty of protein and anti-inflammatory benefits from parsley, garlic, and lemon juice. Combine: 1 and 1/2 pounds chopped cooked shrimp 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil based mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. Capers 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt Mix thoroughly and divide the shrimp mixture into 30 mini phyllo tart shells (I use the Athens brand) Garnish with fresh chives if desired. These hold up well in the fridge for a day or two if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers! Allyson L Balzuweit, MPH, RDN/LD Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 678-575-3413 / allysonbalzuweit.com Instagram: @allysonbalzuweit
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SPOTLIGHT: EYE ON THE COMMUNITY By Tara Hanover
r. Rothbloom has been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. He was my great grandmothers eye doctor, my grandmothers eye doctor, my eye doctor and now eye doctor to my children. He had to have started when he was 10 years old as he has always looked exactly the same to me. Every time I am at his Smyrna office (you know the one with the large glasses on top of the building beside the Dairy Queen on Spring Road) he not only provides excellent care but remembers and chats fondly about my mamaw and great grandma. If you have never met this generational jewel, you must! It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Stephen Rothbloom of Rothbloom Eye Care.
Generations of Great Vision
“After graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in chemistry , I studied at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee to earn my Doctorate in Optometry. In my senior year of optometry school, I had a three-month externship in northeastern Arizona at the Indian Health Service Hospital on the Navajo and Hopi Reservation serving the Native American community. After seeing patients five days a week, on the weekends, I was immersed in the local culture, customs and traditions by attending local rodeos, medicine man ceremonies, and exploring national parks, including the Grand Canyon. Having been part of this small community, I knew that upon graduating in 1985, I wanted to return to Atlanta and become part of a community that cared about the people who lived there. Having explored different practice opportunities around Atlanta, I joined an optometry practice in Smyrna. Amongst the reasons that I was attracted to Smyrna was that many of the residents seemed to know each other, were family or lifelong friends. Over the 38 years that I have been practicing in Smyrna, I have been involved in the community in many ways. I participated in the establishment of the Blind and Low Vision Clinic of North Georgia, by being the first optometrist to provide low vision services to visually impaired Cobb County residents. I worked for many years with the Cobb County School System to upgrade and participate in their annual vision screening program for all elementary, middle and high school students. The more I practiced in Smyrna, the more I seemed to get involved in the community. One day, a patient asked me if I could see her mother who lived in a nursing home. Her mom had an eye infection that wouldn’t clear up. She wanted to know if I would be willing to make a house-call since she was not mobile enough to come to the office. Having participated in nursing home care while in optometry school, I knew exactly what to do. I contacted the nursing home administrator asking her if it would be okay to come to see one of the residents. The administrator said that she would be glad to have me see one of the residents. After arriving, I introduced myself to the nursing home administrator. I advised her of the name of the resident that I was going to visit. She promptly asked me: “Would it be okay if you saw another resident, as well?” … to which I happily agreed. After seeing both residents, I let the administrator know that I had completed my visit. She thanked me profusely and asked when I would be returning to see other residents. This began the nursing home portion of my practice, and I was eventually seeing residents at ten nursing homes for over ten years. Today, I have a private practice of optometry with two associate doctors and a staff of twenty. My practice is known for the quality of care and the time we spend with our patients… and our building with the Harry Potter-style glasses on our roof. We provide vision and eye health care services for people of all ages … kids to seniors. In addition to providing exams for glasses and contact lenses we diagnose and treat many ocular conditions. I have had the pleasure of seeing generations of families. Today, I see kids whose parents and grandparents I saw as patients when I began practicing. It’s been a pleasure caring for so many people over my career. I’m excited for the many more years of caring for our community’s eye care needs.
Dr. Stephen Rothbloom
One of the things that I like most about being an eye doctor is that when I examining a patient’s eyes, not only am I able to help them see better, but I am able to help people feel better about themselves. With so many things going on in the world, I try to take care of things that are within my sphere of influence rather than worrying about things that I can’t control. When a patient sits in my exam chair, my staff and I have the potential to transform their vision so they can see the world better … and see a better world.” Dr. Rothbloom is not only an exceptional doctor, he is one of the most kind and considerate people that I have had the pleasure to know. Also, if you stop by his office, don’t forget to tell him Tara says hello!
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At Varenita, residents can “age in place” comfortably and securely. One of the main benefits of choosing Varenita of West Cobb is that residents can stay in the same community and, in many cases, the same “living area” even as their health care requirements change. This means that once you or your loved one moves into our beautiful community, it’s home. No matter how much needs to change over time.
The perfect option for independent seniors who want support with daily tasks and personal care. Varenita of West Cobb’s personalized assisted living care is designed for primarily independent seniors looking for a rich and rewarding lifestyle with an enhanced level of support. Guided by compassion and clinical expertise, our highly trained team members offer residents the gentle, individually focused support they need to flourish while retaining their independence.
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This specialized program is ideal for those living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early memory loss. Our industry-leading transitional care program is built around an inclusive “open campus” model. It is specifically designed for residents experiencing the early symptoms of memory loss or MCI but may not require the full attention or secure environment of a traditional memory program. Residents who are appropriate for transitional care continue to reside in the Assisted Living area of the community while receiving additional support with daily activities.
An enriching and supportive program designed for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Based on the latest research, Varenita’s memory care program offers a truly compassionate approach to care designed for those residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. This living option combines an engaging, secure memory care neighborhood with a stimulating, person-centered lifestyle often missing from other cognitive care programs.
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Unlike many other senior living communities, Varenita offers comprehensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy services for all our residents without the hassel of having to leave the community.
FIVE-STAR RESTAURANT-STYLE DINING Varenita offers residents and their families an impressive mix of delicious cuisine and rich dining experiences. Our accomplished chef and culinary team create an ever-changing menu of delicious entrees made with organic, locally sourced ingredients across three beautiful dining venues. These include vegetarian, gluten-free, and specially designed dishes for residents with specific dietary needs. In addition, we have a registered dietitian available to help with residents’ nutritional needs.
THE VALUE OF CONNECTION
At Varenita, we offer an impressive mix of activities, classes, and events that foster engagement, stimulate the mind, and provide a rewarding sense of purpose. • Arts & Crafts • Daily Gardening • Group Outings • Move & Dance • Animal Activities • Cooking Classes
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Introducing Dr. Jeremiah Cook Dr. Chris Shim and The Oakdale Family Dental team is excited to introduce Dr. Jeremiah Cook! A native of the Smyrna area, Dr. Cook has been in the field of dentistry for over 13 years, first as an assistant, then as a dental hygienist for 8 years. Dr. Cook recently received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from The Dental College of Georgia in 2023. As an associate dentist, Dr. Cook is looking forward to providing excellent and gentle dental care for all our patients at Oakdale Family Dental. He has been married to his wife Kim for 6 years. Dr. Cook enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends, along with fishing and playing soccer.
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CREATIVE HAIR ARTISTS IN THE HEART OF EAST COBB Hello! We’re Carsen and Kayla, two passionate stylists with a shared journey in the hair industry.
We started our careers at a renowned salon in Buckhead, where we had the incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. Over the past several years, we've worked side by side, building not only a strong professional bond, but also a shared dream of owning our own salon. Now, that dream has become a reality as we proudly present Modern Muse, our very own hair studio, located in the heart of East Cobb, Marietta!
It is our mission to foster genuine connections, cultivate a sense of community, and leave a lasting impression on every person who walks through our doors. At Modern Muse, hairstyling is our craft, but artistry is our passion, and we are dedicated to celebrating individuality and inspiring confidence in every one of our guests.
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ith everything currently going on in the world – terrorism, earthquakes, hurricanes – I’ve had a number of clients ask about the best way to protect themselves while traveling if a non-medical emergency should arise. Here are my essentials to keep you prepared for travel abroad: STEP Registration – make sure to register with the State Department prior to any trip outside of the United States. This allows them to know where you are so they can quickly and easily reach out to you if there is a natural disaster or other emergency. Registration only takes about ten minutes to complete, and you’ll provide basic information such as the destinations you’re visiting, hotel addresses and phone numbers, an emergency contact, etc. Also, add the contact information for the local embassy or consulate for your destination into your smartphone prior to travel. Copies of Passports, Credit Cards, and Itinerary – you should have a copy of these items with you when you travel and you also want to make sure that someone at home has a copy as well in case they need to coordinate with the State Department, assist with making emergency plans on your behalf, and more. This also ensures that someone knows where you are supposed to be at all times during your trip. Purchase Travel Insurance – if you are sick or injured or if your trip is in-
terrupted, travel insurance will cover costs related to this. It is important to note that most travel insurance policies will transport you to the nearest hospital in case of sickness or injury or to a country of their choosing if you need to be medically evacuated, not necessarily to the hospital or destination that you prefer. Make sure to check the fine print of any travel insurance policy to understand what is covered. Purchase Separate Emergency Evacuation Insurance – there are emergency evacuation policies you can purchase (in addition to travel insurance) that allow you to be evacuated to the hospital or destination of your choice in the case of a medical emergency. With most of these policies, you also have the option to add additional coverage that will provide emergency evacuation in case of a natural disaster, terrorism, kidnapping, etc. This type of coverage is particularly helpful to have if you are traveling to remote destinations, and the policies are reasonably priced. While Traveling – check in regularly with someone at home, especially if your plans change significantly from your scheduled itinerary. You also want to keep your phone charged at all times, and I recommend traveling with a portable phone charger - not just for emergencies but also because your phone battery will drain faster while abroad. Always have cash on hand in both US dollars and the local currency. In most countries, cash is king and can often be the only way to pay so always have ample cash on hand. Credit cards are not always widely accepted, especially American Express cards due to their high service fees. In an emergency this is especially important because cash may be necessary to get you to safety. Use a Travel Advisor – I know I say this often, but in an emergency a travel advisor is absolutely essential. We have travel-related knowledge and experience that most travelers do not, which is critical in an emergency. We also have contacts and connections around the world, and can cast a wide net to assist you. Time is of the essence in emergency situations, so acting fast can make all the difference. We have the experience and connections to know exactly who to contact without having to waste time researching. Heather Meliski is a travel agent specializing in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the South Pacific, cruises, theme parks, and more. She lives in Smyrna with her husband two sons. Heather@yellowshoetravel.com FB @heatheryellowshoetravel IG @yellowshoetravelheather
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That Big House you still live in… Is it too big for you now?
e are seeing more and more new houses getting built much bigger than they used to. It’s normal to compile an overwhelming amount stuff over the years, especially when you have lived in the same house for 30 or 40 years. I remember when a medium size house was 2,300 to 2,500 square feet and now a medium size house is up to around 3,500 to 3,800 square feet. Houses are getting bigger overall, but that doesn’t mean a larger house is right for you. Bigger is not always better. The right fit is super important.
The Property Taxes have gone Up and Up over the Years Yes, we all know that we can deduct your county and local property taxes from your itemized federal tax filing, but that still means that you are paying tax on a large part of the house that you don’t use. Consider whether your location outweighs your ability to pay other expenses and look at alternative neighborhoods that might be able to provide the life you desire without the excessive costs currently tied to your big house.
Here are some great things to think about to determine if your home is bigger than what you need: · There are rooms you haven’t spent time in for weeks. · You haven’t furnished the whole house. · The property taxes have gone up and up over the years. · Most of the stuff belongs to family and friends who’ve moved away.
Most of the Stuff Belongs to Family & Friends Who’ve Moved Away The classic empty nester problem is having all your kids’ belongings spanning from their birth to college and maybe even beyond – with no real use for any of it. Trying to get your adult children to decide between keeping their macaroni art from first grade at their own house and letting you toss it can be tough for both sides, but keep in mind that your home shouldn’t be used as a storage unit.
Rooms You Haven’t Spent Time in for weeks That big 4 or 5-bedroom house may have once been perfect for a house full of teenagers and hosting extended family for the holidays but now your bedroom is the only one getting slept in. Not to mention that fact that you are heating and cooling those spaces unnecessarily. You Haven’t Furnished the Whole House Most people feel like the whole house should have furniture throughout (not overly furnished) that way it has proper flow and a nice feel to it for that nice interior curb appeal. If you don’t need a room or can’t afford furniture for it, then it may be a sign that this big house is not the right real estate fit.
For most big house owners, when given a certain amount of space, people will normally fill it up with all kinds of belongings. In the case of empty nesters, that space is often filled with memorabilia that ultimately does not provide enough sentimental value to anyone to be kept. It’s best to tell your kids to come take what they would like to keep, otherwise it will be trashed… there’s nothing wrong with being clear and to the point with your kids about their stuff in your house. Even if you’d like to stay in your home in the long run, it’s important to regain control of the property when others stop living there. The worstcase scenario is realizing you need a smaller house or need to move to where you can get more care. Feeling overwhelmed by the task of cleaning out the house is not good for your health. If your current living situation is getting to be too much and you are ready to right-size your home, then you need to reach out to a professional. There are a wide variety of professionals in the real estate and organization industries that can help you make a smooth transition to a home that’s a better fit for you. I always think your first call should be to a local Realtor that knows the market to come look at your home and discuss options based on your situation. If your right-size move comes in advance of senior needs, most professionals in these fields can help you as well or direct you to other resources. If it’s the downsizing of your belongings you need to focus on, consider hiring a professional organizer or even a moving company to help you out. Deborah Ratchford Keller Williams Realty Cityside 678-570-4779 / Debratchford@kw.com
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If you are thinking of buying or selling this fall call Deb! She brings 25 years of experience and is results driven. She knows the areas and how to get the most for your home. Deb knows of single family homes, townhomes and condos hitting the market before they even go live. If you are trying to decide the best time to go on market, call today for a free market analysis!
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