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Moving’s a lot easier with the right help, says Kansas woman

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September 25th, 2012

A little more than a year ago, Judy Clausing and her late husband Russell decided to move to a retirement community. Judy says the stairs in their Overland Park, Kans., split-level house were becoming cumbersome to climb. The couple carefully considered their options and looked at about six communities. When they visited target="_self">Tallgrass Creek, Judy says she knew it was the right fit. It was bright and cheerful, Judy says of the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, and everybody was pleasant and friendly. Moving can be stressful, especially if you ve lived in your house for many years. But, that process is made significantly easier for retirees who move to Tallgrass Creek. All prospective residents can take advantage of the community s Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a free program through which new community members can access a suite of services from real estate agent referrals and moving company recommendations to help with floor planning and interior decorating. The Clausings worked directly with Judy Baxter, Tallgrass Creek s personal moving consultant. Baxter recommended a real estate agent with experience getting houses sold in the current market. That recommendation paid off because just 16 days after listing, their house was under contract. It went wonderfully well, Judy says.

Every step of the way

Baxter s help didn t end with a real estate agent referral. She was there every step of the way. Judy said Baxter also connected her with a packing and moving company that made the process run smoothly. Baxter was even able to help Judy set up her new home at Tallgrass Creek. Baxter is intimately familiar with the layout of the community s apartment homes, and uses that expertise to help residents decide which furniture to keep and which pieces to sell or donate. She came to the house and measured things to see what would fit in the apartment, which was very helpful, Judy says of Baxter. We even brought some things I thought maybe we weren t going to be able to. As for the items Judy decided not to keep, Baxter was able to recommend a service to handle a sale. Now, Judy is comfortably settled in her two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment home at Tallgrass Creek. Life is very good, Judy says.