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‘We owned a lot of stuff’

Texas couple swaps possessions for maintenance-free lifestyle

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October 23rd, 2012

When Ron and Pam Piche built their retirement home in Katy, Pam told Ron, This is it. I m not moving again. Now, 12 years later, the couple is settling into their new apartment home at Eagle s Trace, an Erickson Living community in West Houston. We visited Eagle s Trace half a dozen times, but each time Pam wasn t ready to move, says Ron, who worked in a management position for Eastman Kodak. I felt like Eagle s Trace had more to offer than our Katy home. Besides, I was ready to give up the chores associated with home ownership. The couple agreed that the community s amenities, including the on-site medical center, fitness center, bank, and neighborhood store were definite perks to moving. But still Pam held back. I m a sentimental packrat, she says. We moved all over the country during the course of Ron s career. We owned a lot of stuff, and I didn t want to part with it. It took me five years to convince her to move, says Ron. Decision made, the couple selected a two-bedroom, two-bath Kingston-style floor plan at Eagle s Trace. But one obstacle loomed. What were they going to do with all that stuff amassed over the years? Fortunately, we had help through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, says Pam.

To the rescue

Blaga Bayer, personal moving consultant at Eagle s Trace, put the couple in touch with a trusted senior moving service and estate sale planner. Moving can be hard, especially when it involves downsizing, says Bayer. I maintain a network of moving resources to help our clients move with less stress. I have to give Pam credit, says Ron. She got rid of many of her treasures. But I think we ve gained so much in return. Pam, an avid games player, found her niche at the game tables in the clubhouse at Eagle s Trace. There s always a game of bridge, Mexican Train, or pinocle, she says. It s fabulous. Ron, for his part, doesn t regret letting go of his share of belongings. I traded one pool table for two pool tables and people to play with, he says.