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Personalized assistance takes the edge off of selling and moving

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May 5th, 2017
Cedar Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor.

Cedar Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor.

Whether you’re moving to Cedar Crest in one month or one year, Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor provides personalized assistance to help make the load—and the experience—a lot lighter. 

She can help you select a real estate agent, home inspector, moving company, and senior move manager. And while most people moving to Cedar Crest have to downsize, she provides a helping hand with that too. Here, she explains what she offers and why it’s such a useful resource. 

Q: What does a personal moving consultant, like yourself, do? 

Connor: A personal moving consultant is a professional experienced in real estate, downsizing, and staging, and well versed in the area’s real estate and moving vendors. I work one-on-one with people who have reserved a home at Cedar Crest to take the weight of moving off their shoulders. 

Q: I’ve heard you mention the term “home visit” before. What happens at a home visit?

Connor: I visit prospective Cedar Crest residents in their current home. We make a plan for the small improvements that will greatly increase the value of their current home and create a timeline for their move, including how and when to get the house ready, a to-do list, and home listing and moving plans. 

We also create a downsizing plan. I find that most people really aren’t attached to their stuff; they just don’t know what to do with it. That’s where all of our resources come into play. My clients are thrilled to learn we can recommend and coordinate estate sales, auctioneers, and buyouts and cleanouts. 

Through the process of working together with me, my clients often learn they don’t really want all the stuff taking up space in their house. Then the downsizing process becomes easy. The sentimental items can go to family, or we can usually add them to the floor plan of their new Cedar Crest apartment home. 

Generally, people have more “stuff” than sentimental things of value. When we go through it in a systemized manner together, they easily recognize the difference between the two.

Q: When during the moving process should people start working with you?

Connor: It’s never too soon to start the process of downsizing and selling your house. You never know when your ideal apartment home will become available, so the sooner you start the process, the more prepared you’ll be to move when you have the chance.  

Nine times out of ten, people just don’t know where to begin. That’s why my services are complimentary—we want the moving process to be as easy and painless as possible so you can start enjoying the Cedar Crest lifestyle as quickly as possible.

It’s important to not wait until your new home at Cedar Crest is ready to begin preparing your current house for the market. Start now. We can spend valuable time preparing your house so it’s in tip-top shape to hit the market. When you’re ready to move, your house will be ready to sell.

Q: Moving is not fun at any age. This sounds like such an innovative program, especially for older adults. What’s the background; how did it get started?

Connor: It actually started at an Erickson Living community in Detroit, Mich., called Fox Run, back in 2005. As you’ll remember, at that time the housing market was booming. But many homes at Fox Run that had been reserved still sat vacant. 

Sharon Baksa was working as a moving coordinator at Fox Run and decided to uncover the holdup. She visited people who had reserved an apartment but hadn’t moved in yet. She listened to them. They shared with her the stress they felt about downsizing, staging their house, and finding a real estate agent. They might have had no family support or low vision. They each had an issue that prevented them from getting their house show-ready so that it would sell, or it was simply too overwhelming for them no matter how badly they wanted to move to Fox Run and live a worry-free retirement. 

Baksa began working with each of those people to help them overcome that issue. They eventually made it a formalized program at Fox Run, and it did so well that now every Erickson Living community across the country, including Cedar Crest, offers complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.