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Embracing a fresh start

Realty, moving services help D.C. resident make a seamless transition

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November 22nd, 2011

Jeanette Johnson moved to Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., for a fresh start. But first, she needed to downsize and sell. Having lived in her husband s parents home, the house was filled with items that belonged to her in-laws, all who had passed on, and she had no idea how to start unloading furniture, books, clothes, and appliances. So Jeanette turned to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, starting with a consultation with Kimberly Schoeberlein, personal moving consultant for Riderwood.

To the rescue

Meeting with Kimberly was the best first step I could ever take, Jeanette says. The overwhelming process of downsizing became attainable as Schoeberlein laid out on charts what would be possible to take to Jeanette s new home. Everything else had to go. Ms. Johnson didn t want to bring much of her past with her, but rather wanted some new furniture and a more open apartment home, Schoeberlein says. From November through February, Jeanette downsized room-by-room, starting at Schoeberlein s suggestion with the rooms she wasn t using. Real estate agent Brian Cusick with Urban Brokers, whom Jeanette chose from the Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred vendor list, carted out bags and boxes of items and took them to nonprofits like Goodwill and the American Vets. Cusick also brought in a service that sold items on consignment for Jeanette, with the proceeds benefiting the Lions Club, where she is a member. Schoeberlein also took items away for Jeanette whenever she visited her in her house. Everyone was so willing to help, Jeanette says. They made the whole process not only bearable but possible. After the downsizing was finished and the painting and minor repairs were completed (using preferred vendors), the house was priced to sell and sold in five days. Jeanette says she is happy to be at Riderwood. Though she chose not to bring too many items from her past, she does have her paternal grandmother s quilts. She never met her grandmother, who was a matchmaker for her mother and father, but she s excited to learn quilting at Riderwood because it will be a connection to her grandmother and her past.