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Seabrook proves you can move in winter weather

Experts, services take stress out of foul weather

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December 20th, 2011

The Farmers Almanac calls for above-normal snowfall in the mid-Atlantic this winter, with the snowiest periods falling in mid December, mid to late January, and late February. After 600,000 New Jersey homeowners lost power in a fluke October snowstorm, we can surely expect those predictions to come true. George Torpey, who moved September 9, 2011, to Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., says he s glad he s spending this winter in his new home. He doesn t have to shovel snow, worry about broken heaters, or spread salt on the walkways. In fact, he never even has to go outside: climate-controlled walkways connect every building.

A mid-winter move

Though George avoided another winter in his house, Susan Coulson, sales counselor at Seabrook, says many priority list members think they can t move with the threat of bad weather. Not so, she says. We have a whole system of professionals to help simplify your move. She s referring to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, which not only provides a list of recommended moving professionals and resources for people moving to Seabrook but also your own personal moving consultant. [People] go through another terrible winter without power, or they slip and fall on ice when they could have avoided all those troubles by moving sooner, Coulson says. Erickson Realty and Moving Services recommends real estate agents and movers who do the moving for you packing, unpacking, and just about everythnig else. When you use a Seabrook-recommended vendor, the community reimburses you up to $2,000 in moving costs. So while the weather may seem daunting, Seabrook makes sure nothing holds you back from moving. Unaware of the resources available to him, George was pleasantly surprised when he discovered so much complimentary assistance. He chose a Seabrook-recommended real estate agent and an interior decorator who helped him settle into his new home. The real estate agent, Norma Blanko, advised me on how to prepare the house for sale and advised on a fair price, George says. The interior decorator came to my old house to see the coloring in the rooms, so she was able to help me choose colors for my new apartment home. Now, he says, It looks like home, and it feels like home.

No more TV dinners

While George replicated the d cor of his old house, he didn t replicate his lifestyle. I m not much of a cook, so I was preparing TV dinners. That got old, he says. Now he enjoys eating in the restaurants at Seabrook, and not just for the food. I ask to be seated at a larger table so that I meet other people. It reminds me of being on a cruise ship, and I find it a great way to get to know people, he says.