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The difference a chair can make

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April 27th, 2010

Finding Maris Grove was serendipity for Andre and Claudine Salama. They knew they wanted to move to a retirement community, but the ones they had looked at didn t fit their lifestyle. Then one day, they overheard someone talking about Maris Grove. As soon as they stepped onto campus, It was like a lightbulb went off, Mrs. Salama says. They liked the environment, the people, and everything else. Before moving, however, they had to sell their house in Wilmington, Del. That s when they turned to Maris Grove s Personal Moving Consultant Suzanne McAllister. The Salamas had primarily staged their house, but McAllister pointed out small things that made all the difference. She recommended putting another chair in their very large bedroom to show that there was room for a sitting area; she recommended moving a hamper to a different corner of the room; she also recommended taking down family photos. All of the small things changed the whole aspect of the rooms, Mrs. Salama says. Suzy also helped us [envision] our existing furniture in our new apartment home, she adds. For example, the Salamas had a kitchen table that they loved but feared was too big for their new apartment home. McAllister suggested having the table made into a drop leaf, and that s exactly what they did. It fits the space perfectly, and they re happy with their new table. Sometimes, a new perspective is all that s needed to change everything. The Salamas also took advantage of McAllister s know-how in their search for reputable real estate agents and moving companies. From her list of referrals, they interviewed two agents before picking one who was an expert in the area where they were selling. The Salamas couldn t be any happier with the end result. As Mr. Salama says, from the time they initially met McAllister when her personality bubbled over them to the moment they received the keys to their new apartment home, they have been impressed by their Maris Grove experience. Everyone has been so kind, Mrs. Salama says. Sometimes, it really is the little things that make all the difference.

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