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Top Tips for Home Staging

Anyone who is selling a house to move to a retirement community should know the importance of home staging. The process of home staging consists of simple changes and repairs that will make your house appeal to the greatest number of buyers. The goal is to create a space where buyers can imagine their own ideal lifestyle in the home.

An example of a staged home

Staging a house can also help it stand out from other competition in the neighborhood, and the investment in staging is a lower cost than a first price reduction. It results in a quick sale, for the best possible price, meaning you’ll be able to begin your maintenance-free retirement community lifestyle sooner rather than later.

Changes can range from a few throw pillows and minor repairs, to repainting or rearranging furniture. As you begin to prepare your house for the market, follow these few tips to ensure a quick sale for a great price.

1.) Rightsize

When you move to a retirement community like Pennswood Village, you’ll want to take the time to reduce your belongings in order to gain an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. We refer to this process as rightsizing. It’s best to begin this process significantly in advance, so that you can complete the work in smaller portions over time to reduce any clutter or stored items throughout the house.

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Living the One-Bedroom Lifestyle

Take a moment to reflect on the rooms you use in your house every day. You probably start each day waking in your bedroom, moving to the bathroom to get ready and then into the kitchen for breakfast. Maybe you spend some time in your living room watching a bit of TV or reading the paper before venturing out into your community for events, activities and errands.

Now also take a moment to reflect on the number of daily chores and regular maintenance you must do, like vacuuming and dusting, yard work, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Would you say that these chores and responsibilities only apply to the spaces you’re using in your house? What if someone was available to take care of these excess responsibilities for you instead?

Imagine if you no longer had to take care of these duties yourself, and only cared for the spaces you use on a daily basis, like your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Imagine that you also had services to help you take care of these spaces, with just one phone call? How much time would that leave you with to do the things you truly want to do?

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5 Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Continuing Care Retirement Community

If you’re just beginning your search for the right Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), you may be a bit overwhelmed by the process.

There’s a lot of information available to retirees and their families about retirement communities, but your Google search may leave you with even more questions than when you started! The best way to have all your questions answered is by requesting a personal appointment with each community you’re considering.

To make your shopping experience a little easier, we’ve developed 5 categories into which you can break down a community:

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Making the Move to Pennswood: one resident’s experience

Donna, working with Pennswood’s helpful staff, to make apartment home selections.

“Whatever you want, that’s what it will be,” says Donna Bauman, Pennswood Village resident, about life at this Newtown, PA Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Donna moved from a three-bedroom house in Arizona to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in early 2017 to be closer to her children and their families. Initially, she and her children considered sharing a home, but Donna insisted that she find her own apartment home at a nearby retirement community instead.

Her son found three different communities to visit, each located within an hour of where he and Donna’s other children live in New Jersey. But, for Donna, the decision to move to Pennswood Village was an easy one. “By far, Pennswood was the most spectacular place I could ever want to be.”

Be Our Guest

Donna immediately knew that she wanted to make Pennswood Village her home after staying two nights in a guest suite through the “Be Our Guest” program. The program allows prospective residents to get the full experience of life at Pennswood Village by staying in a guest apartment, spending time with other residents, and enjoying all the services and amenities the community has to offer.

“I knew I was home as soon as I walked into that apartment. In fact, the guest suite I stayed in is my home now!” says Donna.

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Pennswood Village Pets: Bring your furry family members

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

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Lynne and Todd Wayman’s cat Chester

Do you have a perfect companion with four feet? Bring them along with you when you make your move to Pennswood Village! We know that you consider your pets to be family members, and that’s why we welcome them in the Pennswood community. Residents at Pennswood already give happy homes to many of their furry family members, and we invite you to do the same.

We also know that some people may not always enjoy being around animals, which is why we have some guidelines for pets and their guardians to follow. It’s truly up to you to decide how much you’d like to be around pets.

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Celebrating the Earth: Environmental Concerns Committee continues green efforts

Pennswood resident Ann Baker, chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee

As a Quaker community, Pennswood Village is a dedicated steward of the environment. Residents, staff and administrators come together to take critical steps in maintaining the beauty, health and vitality of the environment, not just for their own community, but for generations to come.

“This is a community that cares more than most,” says Joan Thorne, Pennswood resident.

The campus currently features an award-winning storm water management system, LEED certified buildings, a comprehensive recycling program, and a geothermal system that heats and cools the main building and health center. And, with help from the resident-led Environmental Concerns Committee, new green efforts spring up every year.

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Live Life Your Way in the Expanded Two-Bedroom Floor Plan

Retirement should be about having options, and spending more time on the things you love to do. When you imagine your perfect retirement plans, what do you see? Do you envision lots of dinner parties and game nights with friends and family? How about lots of visits from your grandchildren? Perhaps you want to reinvent yourself with a new or rekindled hobby by creating a dedicated studio or office?

Whatever your retirement plans may be for your future, Pennswood Village has the space for you. In the expanded two-bedroom apartment, you can live life your way, to the fullest potential. At 1,190 square feet, this spacious floor plan allows for just about anything!

 

Once you open the door, you will be greeted by a cheerful foyer with a convenient coat closet. As you continue into the home, a spacious living and dining area unfolds, with a modern, fully equipped kitchen just off to the side, making hosting any events a breeze. Plus, with the ample-sized balcony just steps away, you can bring your parties, your painting, reading, or whatever activities you enjoy out into the beautiful scenery that surrounds Pennswood Village.

On either side of this main center of the home are two large bedrooms, flooded with lots of natural light thanks to the large windows. To the right is the master bedroom, which boasts an extensive walk-in closet that can easily accommodate your possessions. The master bedroom also has its own large bathroom just steps away.

The second bedroom is nearly a mirror image of the master; featuring a comfortable sleeping space, sizeable walk-in closet, and a full-size bathroom. In this bathroom you will find the washer and dryer conveniently located to make the few household tasks you have as easy as possible so you can get back to focusing on the things you want to do more of.

An added bonus to the ease of living that the expanded two-bedroom gives is the ability to personalize your new space with your choice of paint colors, window treatments, appliances and more.

Retirement is your time to enjoy whatever interests you. Coupled with the flexibility of the expanded two-bedroom floor plan, Pennswood Village makes it easy for you to get more out of life. No longer will you have to worry about all the work that goes into maintaining a house because our maintenance staff will take care of that for you.

With less time focusing on maintaining a home, and with all of the exceptional amenities and services, and countless activities just steps outside your door, you can be sure that your life will remain as vibrant and complex as you are!

There is currently a wait list for the expanded two-bedroom floor plan, so it’s never too early to come in for a tour! For more information about this and other floor plans, please call us today at 866-740-4977.

A Night at the Movies!

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“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies,” iconic movie star, Audrey Hepburn once said.

Movies are a widely popular form of entertainment at Pennswood Village, and the Film Committee strongly believes in Hepburn’s sentiment. Movies are a wonderful way to impart meaning to the mundane, evoke emotion, and teach us valuable lessons, as well as to simply provide entertainment. This belief in the importance of film and celebrating different types of cinema forms the backbone of what the Pennswood Village Film Committee aims to achieve with every film they project.

Every week, three times a week, you will find a movie playing in Penn Hall. Fridays are typically family film nights, Saturday nights are for more mature, complex films, and Monday nights feature a more diverse showing of special interest films ranging from black and white classics, to musicals and cutting-edge documentaries.

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A Day in the Life of the Dining Services Utility Department

IMG_2925Blue, black, burgundy or purple polo shirts … These are the uniform colors of the Utility Staff of Dining Services that residents see all day and evening, walking the halls in Woolman, Barclay or the Village.

The Utility Staff is comprised of many bright young minds who strive to provide great service to all the residents, guests and their fellow co-workers. They are responsible for numerous and essential tasks throughout the Dining Services Department on a daily basis.

IMG_2908When residents hear “utility,” they think of dirty dishes! Each day the Utility Staff collect, wash, sanitize and store approximately 4300 pieces of silverware, over 5000 pieces of china and nearly 2000 pieces of assorted glassware. Our resilient pot washers hand scrub, rinse and sanitize between 1000 and 1200 pots, pans, sheet trays, and utensils daily to support the culinary team and department.

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Celebrating the Holidays at Pennswood Village

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, marked by all sorts of seasonal events for everyone to enjoy. At Pennswood Village, there was lots of holiday cheer to warm up the chilly winter air. From carols and cookies to stringing lights and Santa visits, it seemed as though there was always something festive going on last month!

fireplace-stockings

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