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Interstate move

No problem thanks to Erickson Living’s realty, moving program

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July 14th, 2016
Ed and Evelyn Gehres moved from Pennsylvania to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md. With the help of Erickson Living moving professionals, their interstate move went off without a hitch.

Ed and Evelyn Gehres moved from Pennsylvania to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md. With the help of Erickson Living moving professionals, their interstate move went off without a hitch.

Moving—particularly to another state—can be logistically challenging and somewhat stressful. In 2014, Ed and Evelyn Gehres relocated from Pennsylvania to Maryland to live at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, to be near their son and his family. 

Navigating an interstate move was easier for Ed and Evelyn because they had access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program for people moving to Erickson Living communities, which includes real estate agent referrals and moving company recommendations, plus help with floor planning and interior decorating.

In Pennsylvania, they worked with a personal moving consultant from Maris Grove, Riderwood’s sister community in Pennsylvania. She visited Ed and Evelyn at their house and helped them determine which pieces of furniture would best fit in their new Riderwood home.

“She measured all of the furniture and had a magnetic board on which she put the floor plan, and she had magnetic things to represent the furniture,” Ed says.

Coordinated effort

The staff at Riderwood and Maris Grove coordinated to ensure that the Gehres’ moving day went off without a hitch. Maris Grove sent the floor plan to the movers in Maryland so they could get Ed and Evelyn’s new apartment home unpacked right away.

“The movers started unloading at 9 a.m., and at 6 p.m. that night, our apartment looked exactly like our bedroom, family room, living room, and dining room at our house,” Ed says. “The move manager on the Pennsylvania end took pictures and sent them to this move manager, so not only was the furniture in place, but the china cabinet was arranged exactly as it had been in Pennsylvania.”

Ed and Evelyn selected a two-bedroom Princeton-style apartment home at Riderwood. The spacious unit has a large living and dining room that they were pleased to discover could accommodate some of their most cherished pieces of furniture.

“We had resigned ourselves to not taking our dining room set because we have a big table and hutch and sideboard,” Ed says.  “But it fits, and it worked out really well. It was important to us because our 11-year-old grandson said he sure hoped we could bring the table because he enjoys when we have parties around it.”

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