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It's all in the details

The art to selling a beach house in the middle of winter

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February 25th, 2015
Ashby Ponds resident Judy Reeser
Ashby Ponds resident Judy Reeser

“When I found out the home I wanted at was available last August, I was excited,” says Judy Reeser. “But I was concerned about the sale of my house.”

For the last 14 years, Judy had lived in a single-family home in the beach community of Ocean Pines, Md.

“I thought the earliest my home would sell would be this spring,” she says. “Beach homes usually don’t sell in the winter.”

But thanks to the help of Elizabeth McCumiskey, Ashby Ponds’ personal moving consultant, and an Erickson Living-recommended real estate agent, Judy’s home sold this past November.

“I was very surprised,” says Judy. “I chose the same recommended real estate agent my friend used for her move to Maris Grove [an Erickson Living community in Glen Mills, Pa.].”

State-to-state move

Judy was also worried about making a move from one state to another and was unsure what furniture pieces would work best in her two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, Millbrook-style apartment home.

“But I shouldn’t have worried,” she says. “Elizabeth visited me in my house and took detailed measurements of my furniture and laid it all out on a copy of my floor plan. I made a few changes along the way, and she was always receptive and helpful.”

With the real estate agent working on the sale of her house and her new home ready and waiting, Judy turned her attention to the details of the move. She selected a moving company recommended by McCumiskey as well as a senior move management company to unpack and help settle her into her new Ashby Ponds home.

“Everyone was wonderful,” she says. “In fact, I can’t speak highly enough about my move. The movers were perfect. They not only moved my items, they also moved my dining room set to my son’s home in Indiana. 

“In fact, moving day was relaxing—all I had to do was watch,” she adds. “By 3:00 p.m. everyone was gone. My boxes were unpacked, and my bed was made.”