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Simplifying the moving process

Moving, realty program offers help at every turn

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November 8th, 2016
Carol and Bill Scouler used Erickson Realty and Moving Services to help with their property sale and moving needs.

Carol and Bill Scouler used Erickson Realty and Moving Services to help with their property sale and moving needs.

Shortly after Bill and Carol Scouler returned from their annual winter getaway to Florida, the couple received a call from Jane Kiegel, sales counselor at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass.

“Jane called to tell us she had an apartment she thought we’d like,” says Bill. “Carol and I were considering a move to a retirement community, so we drove to Brooksby to take a look.”

The couple toured the apartment—a two-bedroom, two-bath, Jackson-style floor plan—and decided they were ready to move.

“We liked the eat-in kitchen and the natural light that flowed throughout the apartment,” says Bill.

All that remained was downsizing and selling their home of 53 years in Lexington, Mass.

“If you try to do it all yourself, it’s a big, big task,” says Bill. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.”

Bring in the experts

Fortunately, the couple wasn’t alone. Erickson Realty and Moving Services is a program designed to provide assistance throughout the moving process for people moving to an Erickson Living community.

Once Bill and Carol reserved their apartment, Brooksby Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Phillips visited the couple in their Lexington home.

“Laurie brought a magnetic board with moveable furniture pieces so we could decide which furniture pieces we’d bring with us and where they’d best fit in the new apartment, says Bill. “She also provided us with recommendations for real estate agents, packers, and moving companies.”

Based on Phillips’ recommendations, Bill and Carol listed their home with a real estate agent who holds the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation.

“We felt confident using the professionals Laurie recommended because we knew she had already vetted them,” says Bill.

The couple’s three-bedroom, two-bath, New England Cape-style house went on the market on Friday, May 13, 2016. After open houses on Saturday and Sunday, Bill and Carol took bids on Monday and accepted a cash offer over their asking price.

“We moved to Brooksby on June 21 and closed on our home on June 29,” says Bill. “We had a lot to do getting ready for the move, but we followed Laurie’s advice and used the resources she recommended.”

For those considering a move to Brooksby, Bill has a few words of wisdom.

“Don’t be afraid to get people to help you,” he says. “It simplifies the whole process.”