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Staged…and sold!

Commerce Twp. couple’s ‘less is more’ approach gets results

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February 22nd, 2011

After three years of discussion, Alyce and Irv Boynton decided last summer to list their 3,000-square-foot house in Commerce Twp. and move to Fox Run. He wanted the security of continuing care should either of them need it down the road. And we both admitted we were overwhelmed by the amount of maintenance and upkeep of the home we were in, she says. The things we needed to contract out began mounting. Just one example having their long driveway commercially plowed each winter. They wanted a stress-free, simple move, so they met with Fox Run Personal Moving Consultant Mary Wolfe to take advantage of Erickson Realty & Moving Services. From Wolfe s list of recommended real estate agents, the Boyntons selected RE/MAX Classic s Michelle Michael. Michael did a complete market analysis of their house, including photos and a suggested asking price. She d done her homework, says Mrs. Boynton. And she was right on target, her husband adds. The Boyntons received a cash offer just three days after the house was listed.

Staging for success

Extra amenities plus expert staging helped sell the house. Michelle kept saying Less is more, and Perception is everything, says Mrs. Boynton. The house sat on 1.6 acres, had idyllic woodland views from nearly every window, and was the only property for sale in the area. And it was unique, says Mrs. Boynton. Seven years ago, the Boyntons transformed their three-bedroom ranch house with a bedroom in its walkout lower level by building an addition. The addition featured a large multi-windowed, wood-floored, main-floor office for him; a spacious multi-windowed entertainment area in the kitchen; and a large storage room downstairs. To exploit the views, Michael either repositioned or removed furniture that didn t lead the eye toward the woods Even to moving a lamp by the front door because it obstructed your view, Mrs. Boynton says. To emphasize that less is more, she arranged books in groupings of one, three, or five titles and recommended stripping wallpaper and packing away most of Mrs. Boynton s Precious Moments figurines. She also recommended converting Mr. Boynton s office back into a bedroom. Michelle said my office there gave the perception of just one bedroom on the main floor. So, one night, friends who d been stripping the wallpaper stayed after the couple went to bed and did the conversion.

Life, simplified

Wolfe s recommendations of firms Moving Forward, Professional Movers, and Wonder Woman Estate Sales simplified the Boyntons September move. Moving Forward packed them in the morning and unpacked and put things away the same day at the Boyntons two-bedroom plus patio Kingston apartment home. Now settled, the couple often gets together with their children and grandchildren, who all live in the area. He s had a fitness assessment from Wellness Coordinator Alice Hixson and is pursuing a personal training program in Fox Run s health club. She rode the campus van with her Fox Run neighbors to attend the Detroit Opera s dress rehearsal performance of La Boheme. And walking our two dogs, she says, I ve certainly met a lot of the dog people here. Mrs. Boynton, who has Lyme disease, switched from her previous doctors to Fox Run s on-site medical professionals. They re setting up a program working together, she says. I decided that made more sense than going to this, that, and the other doctor. The level of communication and coordination pleases her, and she appreciates not battling winter weather to keep appointments. The Boyntons also use the Fox Run pharmacy it delivers!