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Smooth move for Michigan couple

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January 24th, 2012

Moving out of a house where you ve lived for decades isn t easy. But, as Ralph and Margaret Spigarelli learned, it can be less stressful than you think if you have a team of experienced professionals on your side. The Spigarellis recently decided to sell their house in Novi, Mich., to move to Fox Run, an Erickson Living community also in Novi. As prospective community members, Ralph and Margaret had access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a complimentary program through which new residents can access a suite of services, from referrals on real estate agents and moving companies to help with floor planning and decorating. The Spigarellis worked with Mary Wolfe, Fox Run s personal moving consultant. Before meeting with Mary, I was looking on the Internet for moving companies and all the steps to go through like turning off your mail and trying to conduct your own garage sale it will drive you bonkers, Ralph says. But Mary gave us people who were reliable and experienced. Within 12 days, we had 14 showings and two offers, and one of them was even a few dollars above our asking price, he adds. The Spigarellis held an estate sale for household items they no longer need. Ralph says Mary referred them to an estate sale company that made the process simple. They said, Pack up what you want and we ll take care of rest, Ralph says. When moving day arrived, the Spigarellis didn t have to worry about their possessions because they hired Erickson Living-recommended movers who have helped dozens of Fox Run residents. What s more, their move didn t cost a thing because Fox Run s Move On Us program reimburses residents up to $2,000 for moving costs. Today the Spigarellis are happily settled in their sunny two-bedroom, two-bath Jackson-style apartment home. They no longer have to worry about stressful house maintenance projects a welcome relief when the snow is falling in Michigan.