Bob and Marie Clark take a break from ballroom dancing and other artistic activities they’re engaged in at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

“Leaving a house where you’ve lived for more than 20 years is a difficult undertaking, but the help Ann Greves, Greenspring’s personal moving consultant, provides is indispensable,” says Bob Clark who moved last October with his wife Marie from their house in Mount Vernon to Greenspring in Springfield, Va.

Illustration showing home renovation before and after

Preparing your house for the real estate market can be a nerve-wracking process. Do you need to gut the master bathroom? Should the family photos come down? Will minimizing the knickknacks make a difference? 

Whether you want to invest in a big renovation or a few gallons of paint, take these tips into consideration to make a lasting impression on prospective buyers.

Picture of Shirley and Raymond Wagenhorst, who used the services of Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson to make their move to Seabrook quick and easy.

After staying the night at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., in December 2016, Shirley and Raymond Wagenhorst couldn’t wait to make it their new home. 

Highland Springs
Photo of Barbara Clary, who sold her home of 56 years and moved to Highland Springs using resources recommended through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

When it came time to choose a retirement community, Highland Springs was at the top of Barbara Clary’s list.

“I had friends who already lived at Highland Springs, and they all liked it and recommended it,” says Barbara. 

Oak Crest
Last year, Joseph Heidelmaier sold his Parkville house and moved to Oak Crest. He credits Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth for a smooth selling and moving process

With each load of laundry Joseph Heidelmaier carried down the stairs to the basement of his three-level Parkville, Md., townhome, he grew more and more confident that he was ready for a change. 

Luckily, the perfect solution was just five miles down the road at Oak Crest.

Illustration of an interior room with sofa, paintings on wall, and potted plant

In recent years, home staging has become a popular way to attract potential buyers—and for good reason. Staging has been shown to increase the value of a home by 6% to 20%! But unlike many of the home improvement shows on television would have you believe, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or time. Just a few small investments can make a big difference.   

Ashby Ponds
Now closer to both her children and grandchildren, Elaine Wienholt enjoys a wonderful new life at Ashby Ponds.

For the last 13 years, Elaine Wienholt lived in a condo at Ellicott Hills, a small 55-plus community outside of Baltimore, Md. Her life changed forever when she accompanied her friend (and son-in-law’s mother), who was selecting her new home at Ashby Ponds

Tallgrass Creek
Tallgrass Creek resident Ruth Holzschuh is pictured with beautiful, painted eggs from Romania and a pair of Dutch wooden clogs, mementos from some of her world travels.

The walls of Ruth Holzschuh’s sunny residence at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans., are adorned with unique mementos from her many, far-reaching travels.  

Linden Ponds
Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford (right) helped Aileen Harvey prepare for her move to Linden Ponds.

Aileen Harvey previously lived in a condo in Waltham, Mass., but after her husband passed away, she started thinking about moving to a retirement community. She had visited Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, and liked what she saw.