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Blueprint for a successful move

Realty, moving services the key, says this Maryland couple

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April 13th, 2017
Margaret and George Steffens hired one of Riderwood’s preferred real estate agents and sold their property in just four days.
Margaret and George Steffens hired one of Riderwood’s preferred real estate agents and sold their property in just four days.

“We’ve never had such an easy time moving.” 

That’s what Margaret Steffens says about the move she and her husband George made last year from Easton, Md., to Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.

As prospective Riderwood residents, Margaret and George had access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program that offers complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional. They worked directly with Riderwood Personal Moving Consultant Diane Thometz, who connected them with an experienced real estate agent, a trusted moving company, and also helped them design the layout for furniture in their new home.

Margaret and George worked with “preferred real estate agent” Merrillee Ford, and they sold their property in just four days. They hired Let’s Move to help with their packing and unpacking. Margaret says the movers worked efficiently but took great care to ensure everything arrived safely. By 11:30 a.m. on moving day, everything—down to the pots, pans, and silverware—was unpacked and put away at Margaret and George’s home at Riderwood.

“They even ended up hanging some pictures for us, which was a great added service,” Margaret says. “Once you hang up a picture of two, you really feel like you moved in.”

Space and light

At Riderwood, Margaret and George selected a Lancaster-style apartment home, which has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a sunroom that provides extra space and lots of natural light. Thometz met with the couple prior to their move to Riderwood, and helped them decide which pieces of furniture would work best in their new space and even created a floor plan for the movers to use.

“When we got here, everything was placed exactly as it was on the plan,” Margaret says. “I thought that was a very good way to do it.”

Margaret says she and George have enjoyed their first year at Riderwood and appreciate having access to the on-site medical center with physicians who practice exclusively at the community. Margaret has joined a resident-run bird-watching group and listens to operas with her neighbors every Friday. She is a member of the sustainability committee and dining committee. Both Margaret and George have taken continuing education classes, which are offered on site in partnership with Prince George’s Community College.

“Riderwood has an awful lot to offer,” she says.

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