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Preparing to Move - Free Virtual Seminars to Get Tips from the Pros

Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do - it’s up there with divorce as one of the most anxiety-inducing events in your life.  Yet it doesn’t need to be that way.  With a bit of planning ahead and help from the experts, you can dramatically reduce the stress around moving.  That’s where we come in!  Owner and President Laurie Cadigan knows only too well the trials and tribulations of moving - not only has she helped countless people move houses, she and her husband did the tricky “downsize'' move a few years ago.  Laurie has since hosted several seminars on the art of preparing your home for sale and downsizing, sharing the tips and tricks she learned then to help people through the process.  She teams up with experienced stagers Jan and Liz from Perfectly Placed For You and Lisa Skripps from Linen and Lantern, downsizing specialist Marie LeBlanc from Transitions Liquidation, and antiques expert Bobbi Benson from North Bridge Antiques to walk you through some of the tricky decisions around this process and offer resources to help.  They share thoughts on what to keep, sell and donate, how to see your home through a buyer’s eyes, and that most tricky of situations - how to get your grown-up kids to take their stuff!

This year’s seminars will be held on Zoom - they are free but you will need to register to attend.  Please email or click on the seminar titles below and let us know which date you would like to join.  


Preparing Your Home for Sale - 10:30 am, February 13th and 27th.

You will learn to quickly and effectively clear clutter!  Play up selling points through thoughtful furniture arrangement and accessorizing.  Create room balance that will resonate with buyers.

Downsizing - 10:30 am, February 20th and March 6th.

Gain valuable advice about how to refine the items you need to make a comfortable, beautiful lifestyle in less space.  Learn tips, tricks and the resources you need to help get the job done.



Expert Advice Seminars 2019

Complimentary Seminars

Please join us for one or more of our expert advice spring seminars. The sessions are free to the public and cover a wealth of information essential for those considering downsizing or planning to sell your home in the near future. The schedule for the seminars is below:

schedule for spring expert advice seminars



Gain valuable advice about how to refine the items you need to make a comfortable, beautiful lifestyle in less space. Learn the tips, tricks, and the resources to help you get the job done. This session is co-taught by Laurie Cadigan, President of Barrett Sotheby's International Realty, who personally went through the process and will share her advice and Marie Le Blanc of Transitions Liquidation Services who has a company dedicated to managing moves and ensuring a stress-free transition. Visit Marie's website.

Preparing Your Home for Sale:

You will learn to quickly and effectively clear clutter! Play up selling points through thoughtful furniture arrangement and accessorizing, and create room balance that will resonate with buyers.

Art and Antiques Appraisal:

Art and Antique expert Douglas Stinson of Carl W. Stinson Auctioneers and Appraisers (Established 1960), will be available to evaluate your treasures. A limit of three items per attendee, only from the following categories:

Fine art, works on paper, etchings, bronze and marble sculpture, prints, watercolors, folk art, Americana, China Trade objects, sterling silver flatware and hollowware, all manner of objet d’art, Chinese ceramics, bronze and jade Chinese objects. For larger items too difficult to transport including 18th and 19th century furniture through mid-century furniture, oriental carpets and other cumbersome items, please bring photographs along with dimensions on your phone or IPad.  

Feel free to contact Mr. Stinson directly with questions about the appropriateness of an object, or if you can’t make the event but are curious about an object that you have you will find his contact information on his website. Visit Doug's website.

All seminars are held in the following offices of Barrett Sotheby's International Realty:

Acton - 525 Massachusetts Avenue (978-263-1166)
Bedford - 49 the Great Road (781-275-1990)
Concord - 33 Walden Street (978-369-6453)
Lexington - 1688 Massachusetts Avenue (781-862-1700)
Lincoln - 152 Lincoln Road (781-259-4040)