A fantastic experience

Pennsylvania man chooses community with active, friendly people

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February 21st, 2017
Every day Alan Kutner enjoys his coffee and morning paper in the bay window alcove of his great room. It’s his favorite spot.

Every day Alan Kutner enjoys his coffee and morning paper in the bay window alcove of his great room. It’s his favorite spot.

Alan Kutner didn’t know how to begin downsizing from his too-large house of 44 years in Havertown, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

But because he’d joined Maris Grove’s priority list, he received assistance provided by Personal Moving Consultant Suzanne McAllister through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

“Suzy has the most pleasant, nonjudgmental, and helpful attitude,” Alan says. 

McAllister paid Alan two complimentary home visits and helped him decide what furniture to bring to his chosen two-bedroom apartment home at Maris Grove.

She also provided referrals to Erickson Realty and Moving Services professionals to simplify his move. 

Alan used a preferred real estate agent and a preferred mover. Using a preferred agent gained him a $2,000 credit on his moving costs.

He also used a preferred senior move managing company, Survival Essentials. Its team listened, understood, and worked with him to make his downsizing manageable. 

Leave it to the professionals

They helped him sort and dispose of things he wouldn’t need at Maris Grove, such as his late wife’s kitchen equipment. “I’m a guy,” Alan says. “I knew nothing about running a household.”

Survival Essentials also packed and unpacked his goods and broom-cleaned his house. 

On moving day, when he returned to his apartment at 5 p.m. as the team requested, his furniture was in place, his belongings were put away, and every box was gone. 

“I could walk in and live,” Alan says. 

He did make one change. At his expense, Alan customized his closets by having complete closet systems installed. 

His favorite spot is the bay window in his great room. It’s where he sits every morning to read the paper and drink his coffee.

Because he juggles lots of activities, Alan converted his second bedroom to an office. 

Alan’s motivation for moving to Maris Grove was to be around people. “It was without a doubt the right decision,” he says.

He belongs to the campus current events club and handles advertising for the entertainment committee. He also plays pickleball, bowls, and plays Ping-Pong.

“The more things you participate in at Maris Grove, the more people you meet,” says Alan. “The more active you are, the better experience you’ll have.” 

He’s having a fantastic experience.