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No looking back

Colorado resident falls in love with her new home

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May 11th, 2016
Fern Bechtel and her dog Razzie live at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Fern Bechtel and her dog Razzie live at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Fern Bechtel knows just about everyone at Wind Crest, including her three best friends. That’s because she’s convinced more than a half dozen people to join her at the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., since she moved there in November 2014.

“I’ve got all my good friends and neighbors here,” she says. “It’s pretty amazing to have your two or three best friends with you.”

Even with so many friends nearby, Fern faced the familiar hurdles of downsizing from her 3,500-square-foot home. “I had so much stuff,” she recalls.

Luckily, Wind Crest offers Erickson Realty and Moving Services. Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg meets with prospective residents in their home, armed with a magnetic floor plan of their new apartment. She tours the home and sees which existing furniture pieces they want to bring with them to their new home. Then she measures them out and places the to-scale pieces on the magnetic floor plan.

Having mostly large furniture, Fern opted to only bring a few pieces: a chair, a clock, a desk, and a bookcase, which all fit perfectly in her apartment. The rest she gave away to friends and family members. 

In with the new 

She bought new furniture that fit her space better, decorated the walls, and now says, “I have been in love with this place ever since.”

So much so that she hasn’t looked back.

“I loved my house, but I really haven’t thought twice about it,” she says. “In the eight years that I was there alone, I was either in the bedroom, the bathroom, or the kitchen unless I had people over.”

Now she uses her living space more efficiently. 

And as a social butterfly, she loves meeting with friends in the lounge for happy hour and enjoys taking dinner at Wind Crest’s restaurants. “I haven’t cooked one meal since I’ve been here,” she says. “It’s wonderful to know this is my home forever.”