Make Haste: Senior Move Experts Recommend Selling Now for Best Results!

Three months ago, Carole and Terry Madison had no idea that they would be packing to move from their home of 21 years in Centennial. But now they’re boxing and taping, as their Steller Group real estate agent readies to market their house in time to catch peak buyer interest during the best sales months of the year.

This started over Christmas, when the Madisons’ kids came home to celebrate, then had a serious talk with their parents about coming to live in Texas, where two of the three kids have moved.

Along with offering access to a 12-year-old grandson, the kids sweetened the deal by finding them a ranch-style rental that’s available now; and proffered that they’ll fix up a pool house for mom and dad as a longer-term house.

That’s put the Madisons on track to shove off for Fredericksburg, Texas, next week—in time to be moved in when the total solar eclipse passes over April 8. (The town in the Texas hill country lies right on the centerline of totality.)

But an even better reason to make haste is to catch the best of the spring market, says Blair Bryant with The Steller Group’s Senior Solutions Division, agents who are handling the sale.

“We’re talking about perfect timing, with the most favorable buyers you’re likely to see this year,”says Bryant. “When you wait until June to sell, potential buyers get busy with family and vacations.”

Carole Madison who served as a nurse in the Far East while Terry was a journalist for churchaffiliated news organizations, recalls the couple moved 27 times in 62 years of marriage, and weren’t ready to leave Denver yet. “But the kids said we were dragging our feet,” she recalls. “Family trumps location.”

“After the initial shock, I’m looking forward to it,” adds Terry. 

After the spur-of-the-moment decision, the Madisons reached out to Bryant, who lives nearby in their trail-wrapped neighborhood, The Knolls near Southglenn.

Bryant invited them to a free seminar called “Decluttering: Where to Start,” and the couple began preparing. (Steller has that seminar scheduled four times in the coming month— including this Thursday afternoon at Parkside Retirement Resort near Cherry Creek State Park (see the box above for a schedule).

Now the pair has carted lots of stuff over to Arc Thrift Stores, but they’re holding onto 150,000 slides they shot in China and other countries, as well as books. “I will read and read,” says Terry.

“Getting ready for a senior move is a big job, but it’s worth it to get the timing right,” says Bryant. Senior move experts at Steller have the tools to make that happen, including an in-house contractor for pre-sale repairs and remodeling, a staging expert to prepare the home to show, and a moving affiliate experienced in creating a comfortable experience.

The Madisons’ 4-bedroom/3- bath home comes to market in two weeks. Bryant notes that Steller listed a similar home nearby on Wednesday night before last week’s huge snowstorm, but it was under contract by Friday with multiple offers, at over asking price.

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