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Livonia man gets customized moving plan

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September 21st, 2010

After 48 years in his house and a penchant for saving instead of tossing out Bob Worden knew he had a big job to move from Livonia to Fox Run last year. But he soon discovered he needn t do it alone. The help from Erickson Realty and Moving Services was the big thing that got me over the hump in terms of moving, he says. Services from Fox Run s Personal Moving Consultant Mary Wolfe are available at no charge to all Fox Run s priority list members, people who ve made a $1,000 fully refundable deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment style of their choice. Worden wanted a Kingston-style floor plan. When he reserved his specific apartment, he got serious about downsizing. There was a lot to go through, he says of his three-bedroom house plus basement, den, and garage. Mary came over once or twice to take inventory and see what I wanted to bring and what I had to get rid of. Then she recommended people for packing and organizing. Worden s son and daughter-in-law in Livonia both pitched in to help. To better prepare the property for sale, Wolfe recommended real estate agents plus extensive updates to the house and yard. That might have overwhelmed Worden if he d had to arrange for the painters, landscapers, and other contractors himself. But I didn t have to find anyone Erickson Realty and Moving Services took care of that, he says. Wolfe s staff made the initial contacts and kept track as work progressed. All the rooms in Worden s house, including two with dark-paneled walls, were freshened with light-colored paint. The kitchen got a new stove and the master bath, a new counter and tub fixtures. The master bedroom shed its carpeting to showcase its hardwood floors. Through the years, yard maintenance had become a bigger chore than Worden could keep up with; everything was overgrown. By removing five trees, landscapers opened the yard to its 200-foot depth. Because a moving plan was customized to meet Worden s particular needs, he was able to enjoy life at Fox Run much sooner than he might have. He moved in July 2009, and says he s glad he moved before winter. Detroit got 27 inches of snow this February, and AccuWeather has predicted above-normal snowfall for the winter to come. In winter, at the house you re cooped up and can t get out and I like to be outside, Worden says. Fox Run is large enough that there s something going on all the time, not just through the summer. Six mornings a week, he walks outside for an hour, and he s also brought his bike to campus. In bad weather, he walks through the hallways or on a treadmill at the fitness center. And almost regardless of weather, he can step outside onto his apartment home s recessed balcony. It overlooks wetlands and the pond that s home to Fox Run s swans. His stately Kingston apartment home has proven a wise choice. I like the size of the rooms, he says. I had a lot of things and thought I should have space for them. Worden s living area provides a comfortable setting for his parents dining room suite. His master bedroom accommodates his hefty furniture with room to spare. And his generously sized second bedroom doubles as a guest room and his computer room.