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Severna Park couple enjoys a seamless move to Charlestown, treasures and all

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March 14th, 2018
Bodil Tice unpacks her pewter vase in her new Charlestown apartment home as Let’s Move’s Wanda Boucher watches.

Bodil Tice unpacks her pewter vase in her new Charlestown apartment home as Let’s Move’s Wanda Boucher watches.


When Bodil Tice and her husband John moved to Charlestown in July 2017 they had one issue to deal with: the delicate move of Bodil’s cherished collection of pewter Norwegian-themed Christmas plates from their former home in Severna Park, Md.

The one-of-a-kind collection was passed down to Bodil by her mother, who gave a new plate to her each Christmas. “I am an American citizen, but Norway always has a special place in my heart,” says Bodil, who grew up in Aalesund, Norway.

Simple solution

Bodil and John turned to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program offered to Charlestown priority list members that provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

The program simplified their move and made it possible to bring the collection—as well as other Norwegian-themed pewter items such as vases, candle holders, and serving trays—to the couple’s new apartment home.

Charlestown’s personal moving consultant; sales counselors; and a comprehensive network of specially selected real estate professionals, downsizers, home stagers, contractors, and trusted movers coordinated the move.

Bodil and John moved from a two-story, five-bedroom, four-bath house into a two-bedroom-with-den apartment home at Charlestown. And they couldn’t be more pleased.

“Our move went so smoothly,” says Bodil. “It is a good feeling to know the things that are significant to John and me moved with us to Charlestown.”

Preferred vendor Let’s Move, LLC, partnered with Erickson Realty and Moving Services to help the Tices plan for their move. “Over the years we’ve supported countless individuals, such as the Tices, to preserve their history while envisioning their future,” says Account Executive Wanda Boucher.

During the first half of 2017, nearly 90% of the 71 moves to Charlestown were done with the help of Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

“Most of the incoming residents we meet with are struggling with what to do with the excess. While many are interested in selling their excess items, they have come to understand the limitations of a ‘soft market’ for used furniture and contents,” says Charlestown Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard. “Seeking a simpler solution, many incoming residents are opting to donate to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and A Second Chance rather than trying to sell.”

Full-service move

In working with younger retirees, Ballard says she sees a growing trend toward full-service moves. Though still physically able to handle downsizing and packing, most are opting to work through the community’s realty and moving services program, which frees them up to spend more time on things they enjoy.

“In addition, having their home completely unpacked on move day enables incoming residents to begin embracing their new lifestyles immediately, which is a big appeal to most residents we are working with,” says Ballard.

Charlestown’s active lifestyle was one of the more significant factors of the Tices’ decision to move there.

“There is so much happening here. Some of the other retirement communities are smaller, and they don’t have the vast amount of things to do and people to meet,” says Bodil.

Charlestown and its sister communities nationwide are also seeing a trend toward retirees or near-retirees embracing a simpler lifestyle. While some retirees still want to bring everything they own, many are ready to release their excess in order to obtain more peace and order in their new homes.

This year is projected to be a hot year for home sales nationwide. An increase in home buyers has resulted from Millennials turning away from renting and being at a point where they can begin to buy. Moreover, home prices have steadily risen and are anticipated to continue trending upward.

“The economy has improved greatly, so there are many buyers ready and not enough homes available,” says Ballard. “We have actually seen houses by incoming residents sell quickly, some in just one day.

“People moving here have done their homework and have prepared for their new lifestyles,” she adds. “They are appreciative of the assistance we can provide to them to make their moves as seamless and worry-free as possible.

Bodil and John are confident they made the right move and are eager to share their good fortune with their friends and former neighbors.

“When you discover something is good, like Charlestown, you want to let people know about it,” says Bodil. “There are a lot of people from our old neighborhood who I think would love living here. In fact, we already have two friends who have joined the priority list.”