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Top team turns structurally damaged house into stunning showplace

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November 24th, 2015
Seabrook residents
Seabrook residents

When Joy and Mark Bohanan decided to trade in their 90-year-old Dutch Colonial for maintenance-free living at Seabr..., an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., they discovered they had some major repairs to make before putting the house on the market.

But with help from Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson and her preferred real estate agent, they turned their structurally damaged house into a stunning showplace. 

Complete overhaul

Williamson’s services, part of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, are available to all Erickson Living priority list members, regardless of where they are in the process—from those who are just considering an Erickson Living community to those who are ready to list their house. 

Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

“Laurie came and talked to us about what we needed to do to sell our house,” says Joy. “It needed some serious work in order to sell it.”

Many Erickson Living communities also host informative real estate and moving workshops for priority list members. Joy and Mark say those were particularly helpful. “We chose our real estate agent from one of the presentations, as well as our contractor,” Mark says.

Their real estate agent suggested a pre-listing home inspection to identify additional, perhaps hidden, issues in the old house. 

In the end, Mark and Joy’s house received new footings and support beams, new walls, and refinished floors. “It looked beautiful when it was finished,” says Joy.

And they wouldn’t have been able to do it without all the help from Seabrook’s team. “We had no idea what we were doing. Seabrook was a great help in guiding us in what we needed to get done to sell the house,” Mark says. 

Hard work aside

With the structural repairs under way, Mark and Joy followed Williamson’s next bit of advice: downsize. And they discovered it wasn’t as painful as expected. 

In fact, Mark says they probably downsized more than they needed to. Once they settled into their spacious two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home at Seabrook, they discovered they had more than enough room. 

“Once we started downsizing, it was good. We found we didn’t really miss the things we didn’t keep,” says Joy.