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Preparing to move

Future Amarillo Terrace resident puts her moving plan in motion

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April 11th, 2016
Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit

Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit

When Barbara Giddens lost her husband in May 2014, her neighbor suggested she take a look at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston.

“My neighbor works for Cisco and had great things to say about the food at Eagle’s Trace,” says Barbara. “But I can’t say that I was too eager to visit the community.”

Reluctantly, Barbara decided to attend a luncheon at the West Houston community in August 2014 and invited a friend from her bridge group to join her.

“I wasn’t very enthusiastic on the drive to Eagle’s Trace,” says Barbara. “I arrived at the community with my mind closed and my arms crossed.”

Somewhere between lunch and dessert, however, Barbara began to have a change of heart.

First step toward a bright future

“The residents were delightful, and our table host showed us his apartment, which was beautiful,” says Barbara. “By the end of the luncheon, I decided to join the priority list.”

Joining the priority list is the first step toward becoming a resident of Eagle’s Trace. Those interested in moving to the community put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

“People told me to wait a year after I lost my husband before I made any big decisions,” says Barbara. “But joining the priority list seemed like a smart move. The deposit is refundable if I change my mind, so there’s nothing to lose.”

Testing the waters

When she joined the priority list, Barbara received a “Live the Life” coupon book to use at Eagle’s Trace.

“The coupon book has vouchers for our priority list members to enjoy meals at the community, go on outings with our community members, and treat themselves to a service in our salon,” says Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit. “It allows them to experience the lifestyle our residents enjoy.”

Priority list members are also invited to spend up to three nights in the community’s guest suite as part of the Live the Life program. Barbara decided to avail herself of the opportunity and stayed at Eagle’s Trace in October 2014.

“The more I saw of Eagle’s Trace, the more I realized it’s the only place I want to move,” says Barbara. “I think it’s a great value for the money, I like the indoor swimming pool, and the large campus is perfect for taking walks. Much like going off to college, I’m excited for this new adventure.”

New residence building

With no specific timeline for moving, Barbara was intrigued when she learned of a new residence building, Amarillo Terrace, now under construction at Eagle’s Trace and scheduled to open in late 2016.

“I decided to wait for an apartment in Amarillo Terrace,” says Barbara, who’s reserved a two-bedroom, two-bath, Lucchese-style floor plan.

As she prepares for her upcoming move, Barbara is taking steps to ensure she’s ready when the time comes. Benoit has already visited Barbara in her Pearland home to map out a moving plan.

Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant, like Benoit, who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional. Her job is to simplify the moving process from start to finish.

“Before new residents move in, I make a home visit to assess their specific needs and customize a moving plan,” says Benoit. “I provide referrals to real estate agents and moving companies, and I help with furniture placement in the new apartment.”

Start early, end happy

Barbara has already set her moving plan in motion. Last Thanksgiving, she asked her children which furniture pieces they’d like to have. Her daughters, one in Atlanta and one in San Antonio, are making plans to pick up their preferred pieces.

“I have the benefit of time,” says Barbara. “I can clean out my house at leisure.”

For those planning a move to Amarillo Terrace, Benoit says small steps are the key to a successful move.

“If you start early, you’ll be ready when moving day comes,” she says.