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Compared to Mother Nature, selling her house was a breeze, says Silver Spring woman

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November 22nd, 2011

After enduring last winter s snow storms and then having her home struck by lightning, Julia Hershfield was relieved to be living at Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., when an earthquake and a hurricane hit late this summer. My son said to me, Mom, aren t you glad you didn t have to worry about trees falling or the electricity going out? says Julia. Earlier this year, Julia sold her three-bedroom, two-bath house in Silver Spring, a home she lived in for 52 years and moved into a maintenance-free (and virtually weather-free, thanks to Charlestown s everything-under-one-roof design ) apartment home. But she didn t go it alone.

Teamwork pays off

To help her with her move, Julia turned to Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard and Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program that combines a variety of moving services and resources into one comprehensive, personalized program for people moving to an Erickson Living community. Vera is such a lovely person, says Julia. She came out to my house and provided me with a list of real estate agents, movers, and other resources to help me get started. I selected both my agent and mover from the list. I can t praise them highly enough; they were absolutely wonderful. On the advice of her agent, Julia made a few minor updates to her house before listing it on the market. I decided to have the old carpets pulled up and removed to expose the hardwood floors and the entire interior of the house needed painting, says Julia. Vera suggested I move first and then have the work done so it wouldn t be such an inconvenience. Vera s advice paid off. Julia moved to Charlestown and sold her house three months later. I really love the spaciousness and openness of my apartment, says Julia. And I really enjoy the sunroom. The movers unpacked everything and put my pots and pans away and arranged my dishes in my china closet.