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‘Like being on a cruise’

Michigan couple chooses maintenance-free lifestyle at Fox Run

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November 20th, 2012

A few months ago, Charles and Lee Saussele were living in a three-bedroom house in Wickson, Mich. The Sausseles had lived in the house for 15 years, and it was at the stage where it needed maintenance. The house was old enough to need a few repairs, and it was just one thing after another, Lee says. We had no spare time because it was all spent working on the house. Today, the Sausseles have a lot more spare time and a lot less stress. In September, the couple moved to Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich. Instead of dealing with grocery shopping and meal preparation, the Sausseles often dine with new friends in one of Fox Run s on-site restaurants. Now that they don t have to worry about maintaining an aging house, they are pursuing new hobbies. Fox Run has dozens of resident-run clubs and committees, and the Sausseles haven t wasted any time getting involved. Lee has always enjoyed crafting, so she s checked out the community s Unfinished Objects Club, where people come together to work on their art projects. Charles has taken an interest in the model railroad club. My husband says [living at Fox Run] is like being on a cruise, Lee says.

Expert advice, help

What potentially could have been a stressful process downsizing and moving was made a lot simpler because the Sausseles were able to take advantage ofFox Run s Erickson Realty and Moving Services. This free program, available to new community members, provides a suite of services from real estate agent referrals and moving company recommendations to help with floor planning and interior decorating. Charles and Lee worked with Personal Moving Consultant Mary Wolfe, who has many years of experience making Fox Run residents moves go smoothly. We carefully went over the details of preparing for a future move, addressing real estate needs, downsizing needs, as well as the logistics of the move itself, Wolfe says of her work with the Sausseles. Wolfe referred the Sausseles to a trusted moving company, real estate agent, cleaning service, and estate sale company. Lee says relying on an expert like Wolfe made the moving process less stressful. She was there when we needed her, Lee says of Wolfe.