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How to ditch the stress when downsizing

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January 12th, 2017
Dorothy and Michael Flynn share their advice for moving from a 120-year-old house to a spacious apartment home at Cedar Crest.

Dorothy and Michael Flynn share their advice for moving from a 120-year-old house to a spacious apartment home at Cedar Crest.

Downsizing from a 120-year-old single family house to a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment home could have been a nightmare. Not for Michael and Dorothy Flynn.

The couple moved to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., and attributes their fluid transition to Sales Counselor Ruth Phillips, Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor, and their complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

With the move behind them, Dorothy and Michael share downsizing tips that eased their transition.

Join the priority list early on. 

“We joined the priority list about four years before we were ready to move. We did that to get our foot in the pond,” says Michael. As a result, they learned about life at Cedar Crest, met future neighbors, and were able to reserve the apartment they wanted, when they were ready.

Give yourself over to the process. 

“Once you give yourself up to the process and trust in Cedar Crest, it’s quite easy,” Michael says of the sales team’s coordinated moving assistance. “But if you start picking your own professionals it can be burdensome.”

He continues: “A lot of things have to happen when you move, and they have to happen correctly. The key to the whole process was Anne [Connor, personal moving consultant]. She puts you in contact with real estate agents and moving companies who then put you in contact with interior designers, carpenters, and painters. Anne provided the accountability and responsibility so that everyone was invested by money and professionalism. I said to myself, ‘This can’t fail.’”

Don’t wait—unpack as soon as you move in.

“Make your place look like a home and free yourself to go enjoy life to the fullest. There are so many activities at Cedar Crest to get involved in,” Michael says. “Everybody is friendly, and you’ll find your calendar full very quickly.”

Invest a little to gain a lot. 

“We invested in fixing our house up to sell it because, in the grand scheme of things, $2,000 to $3,000 isn’t worth the stress or the wait,” Michael says.

Take advantage of the Move On Us program.

“If you use a preferred real estate agent, Cedar Crest [credits] you up to $2,000 of moving costs,” Michael says. “Essentially, we moved for nothing in terms of the physical move.”