Whitby Photographer | Family First Update

If you read my post here, you’ll know that my family has had to deal with a few challenges lately. As of that post, my dad had been transferred to the geriatric rehab wing of a local hospital. He had been paralyzed for months due to suffering from CIDP and had undergone plasma treatment which seems to be working. He underwent intense physiotherapy at the rehab hospital, and even though he required a wheelchair most of the time, eventually he was able to walk with a walker and stand up on his own. It was clear, however that coming home would prove difficult, as my mom and dad’s house was not wheelchair accessible. Event though my mom was reluctant, my parents decided sell their house and move to a retirement home.






My dad was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours to come home and meet with the real estate agents at the beginning of April. This was the first time my mom and I had seen him stand up on his own since he was admitted to the hospital back in September. A very big moment for all of us!












Thankfully there is a beautiful retirement home in our town within walking distance of our house, and there happened to be an apartment available that both my parents liked. They needed to sell their house quickly, but it hadn’t been updated in years. My husband and I spent every weekend over the next 3 months removing wallpaper, painting, tiling, and more painting while preparing their house for sale. There were some late nights, some that even went into the next day, but it was all worth the effort. Thanks to our amazing realtors and their stager, my parents’ house sold for over the asking price within days of being listed. My mom loves their new apartment, too! Even though she didn’t want to move at first, she is so happy they did.


We are so grateful to our realtors, Steph and Elle. This is what I posted on my facebook page the day after the house sold:

“We are all still a little bit stunned here, but it looks like all our hard work has paid off. My parents’ house is SOLD! They received 9 offers, and sold for $18,000 over asking with a quick closing. If my parents had listed the house back in April as it was, the asking price would have been about $100,000 less than the offer they accepted last night, and their house would probably still be on the market with several price reductions. RIGHT AT HOME with STEPH & ELLE knew how to prepare the home for sale to get top dollar, and they worked our behalf. My father and I sat in amazement watching these ladies sort through the offers last night, and negotiate the best deal for him and my mom. My parents are now financially ready to start the next chapter of their lives as they look forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next week. I cannot thank our realtors, Steph Mitchell and Elsbeth Potvin enough. Their professionalism and skill level are second to none, and I would recommend them to anyone thinking of buying or selling a home. Thank you so much, ladies!!”

I’d also like to thank some other local businesses that we used to help sell my parents’ home:

AmPm Junk Removal came and took a garage full of stuff away from the house included a king sized bed and a couch. We used them twice, once before the renovations, and then again after the house sold. Great guys and awesome service!!

Steam Experts Carpet Cleaning did a fantastic job cleaning the carpets in the basement.

Manny the Mover was wonderful and had my parents moved into their new place in only 3 hours. Great rates and even greater service!

Attorney Mark Woitzik made the sale of my parents’ home go smoothly. In fact, they were so impressed with Mark, that they’re having him update their wills.

We’re so lucky that we have such wonderful local businesses in our community. I’d like to start featuring some of them here on my blog, so stay tuned!


Miranda - Lisa, what a beautifully written story with such a happy ending! I am so happy for your parents and I hope and pray that they continue on in their journey of health. They are extremely lucky to have you as a daughter! <3

[email protected] - Thank you, Miranda! You are so sweet 🙂

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