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Downsizing down to a science

Colorado couple taps into realty, moving program for assistance

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May 10th, 2017
Jack Lane and his wife Candy are downsizing from 3,700 square feet of living space to 1,400, and they say they couldn’t be happier about it.

Jack Lane and his wife Candy are downsizing from 3,700 square feet of living space to 1,400, and they say they couldn’t be happier about it.

Downsizing from 3,700 square feet with a finished basement to 1,400 feet of living space might have some people down in the dumps. But not Candy Kane and her husband Jack Lane, who will be moving to Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo. 

“We’re looking forward to it,” says Jack. “There’s so much about our current space that we don’t really use.”

Going gangbusters 

Candy used the downsizing experience of her mother and sister for motivation. “I was all gangbusters with ‘Let’s do it,’” she says. 

When downsizing, she says she and Jack ask themselves, “What am I going to use this for?” If they can’t answer that question, it goes into one of two piles: donate or trash. 

Aside from motivation to simplify life so they can do more living, they have a few secret weapons. 

Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg visited their Thornton, Colo., house to create a furniture plan of their new apartment. She measured their existing furniture and helped them decide what would fit and where in their new home.

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.

Brandenburg meets with prospective residents in their home, armed with a blueprint of their apartment home on a magnetic board. 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.

Though they’ve been waiting for their brand-new apartment home to be finished before they list their house, Jack and Candy will be able to select a real estate agent from Brandenburg’s list of preferred agents. 

Should they choose to use a preferred agent, they will qualify to receive a credit for up to $2,000 of moving expenses to their resident account when they move.

Jack and Candy also worked with Wind Crest’s design team to add a few personal touches and extra storage to the apartment, such as barn doors and shelving in the laundry room and a built-in entertainment center in the living area.

“Wind Crest has established relationships with local vendors, which made it very convenient,” says Jack.

And that’s just one reason Wind Crest has the moving process down to a science.