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A quick, simple move

Maryland man and his dog settle in at Maris Grove

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July 21st, 2014
Maris Grove resident and his dog
Maris Grove resident and his dog

Grove resident Hal Burke says the ease and speed of moving from Bel Air, Md., to Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., was like winning the lottery. 

Actually, the stars aligned because of Hal’s foresight. Three years before Maris Grove even opened, he joined the priority list at Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md. 

Joining the list reserved Hal’s place in line for the apartment home of his choice, and the date he joined became his priority list date. 

Because a priority list date is transferable to any Erickson Living community, Hal had priority for a much-sought-after home style at Maris Grove, one with a patio. 

He wanted a patio because his golden retriever and “great friend Goldie,” was moving with him. He chose Maris Grove because it’s equidistant from his daughters, one in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.

Quick and easy timeline

Hal met with Maris Grove’s sales team this January.

In February an extra-large, one-bedroom floor plan with a patio became available and he  reserved it. Then, “everything happened so fast,” he says. 

In early March, Suzanne McAllister, Maris Grove’s personal moving consultant whose services are complimentary to priority list members, spent a day at Hal’s four-bedroom Colonial-style house. 

She advised Hal about downsizing, recommended taking up his whole-house carpeting to reveal beautiful hardwood floors, and helped him arrange his furniture to fit perfectly in his new home at Maris Grove. 

She also contacted her colleague at Oak Crest to connect Hal with an Erickson Living-preferred real estate agent. 

Hal’s house sold within three days and for more than the asking price. And he was reimbursed on his moving expenses because he’d used a preferred agent.

With the aid of a Maris Grove-preferred moving company, Hal and Goldie settled in at their new address on April 11. 

Goldie now romps in the grass beyond Hal’s patio, and the two of them stroll the community’s walking paths. 

“Maris Grove is so accommodating,” says Hal. “I like the whole aspect of living here.”

He looks forward to letting Maris Grove’s grounds crew tackle any winter snow. “I spent a lot of money last winter giving $20 bills to high school students to shovel me out,” he says.