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The benefits of an objective eye

Advice from a real estate agent and home stager

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August 24th, 2017
Elaine Tagler with her spinet piano, which now stands in the living area of her Cedar Crest apartment home.

Thanks to a floor plan created by Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor, Elaine Tagler was able to bring her spinet piano, which now stands in the living area of her Cedar Crest apartment home. 


Even as a real estate agent and home stager herself, Elaine Tagler says having an objective eye on her own house was key to keeping her move simple and successful when she downsized and relocated to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J.

“Anne Connor was a wonderful help because she came to my house with a magnetic, to-scale floor plan of my new home and miniature furniture pieces, and she put everything in place to where they would fit,” Elaine says of Cedar Crest’s personal moving consultant. 

Elaine recommends that anyone moving to an Erickson Living community take advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, which includes complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, such as downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Objective appraisal

“It’s helpful to have a professional come and look at your house with a fresh eye, even if you’re in the field, as I was. Anne Connor was a big help to me because you don’t see your house objectively,” Elaine says.

She also says that while moving isn’t all fun, don’t stress about making a decision about every last little thing. “They have storage lockers here at Cedar Crest, which is helpful so you don’t have to find a home for every single thing,” she says.

Elaine downsized by sorting, donating, and giving away things she no longer needed. She made repairs and refreshed the interior and exterior paint. 

While personal moving consultants often recommend vetted real estate agents to those moving to an Erickson Living community, Elaine decided to use her Coldwell Banker business partner to list her house in late spring. “I had a lot I wanted to do before I listed it,” Elaine says. 

Even so, Elaine had a contract on the house by early fall, which demonstrates the vitality of the real estate market and proves that any time is a good time to sell a house.