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Moving made simple

Future Tallgrass Creek neighbors get the inside scoop on the moving process

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May 5th, 2017
(From left) Tallgrass Creek residents David and Rita Thomson welcome future neighbor Linda Peltzer to a “Moving Made Easy” seminar hosted by the Overland Park community’s sales team.

(From left) Tallgrass Creek residents David and Rita Thomson welcome future neighbor Linda Peltzer to a “Moving Made Easy” seminar hosted by the Overland Park community’s sales team.

With walls up and windows installed, construction continues at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, on target for completion later this year. As the fourth residence building on the Erickson Living community’s 65-acre campus, Hummingbird Square will feature 108 new apartment homes and 18 floor plans, including 7 never-before-seen layouts. 

Although there is much anticipation and excitement among future Hummingbird Square residents, Tallgrass Creek’s sales team realizes some trepidation can also seep in when moving from one home to another.     

“There is much to be done before my move,” says future resident Linda Peltzer, who will relocate from Wichita, Kans. “It’s all ahead of me and can seem a bit overwhelming.” 

To assist Linda and other future Hummingbird Square residents in overcoming these fears, the sales team offers a series of “Moving Made Easy” seminars. 

The seminars review moving and real estate services offered by Erickson Living, the managing company of Tallgrass Creek, including complimentary coordination of all moving needs for those moving to Tallgrass Creek, such as selection of a real estate professional and moving company, downsizing, packing, and home staging.

Moving 101 

The first seminar featured valuable tips from Linda Scardino, a familiar face at Tallgrass Creek whose company, Gentle Changes, specializes in streamlined moves for seniors. Scardino’s team visits current homes of future residents and helps determine which items will work best in their new home. They also help organize the actual move to Tallgrass Creek.

Karen Cox relied on Scardino’s expertise when she moved to Tallgrass Creek a year ago. Scardino helped Karen make decisions about what items would work best in her new home and how to dispose of items no longer needed.

“When Linda visited, she had my new floor plan from Tallgrass Creek and figured out what would fit where,” says Karen. “The job went from being overwhelming to being accomplished in a thoughtful, comforting way.” 

The next seminar included four Tallgrass Creek-recommended real estate agents who advised what questions you should ask of a prospective agent, ways to prep a home for sale, how to price a property competitively, and how to dispel myths, such as houses only sell at certain times of the year. 

Betty Reinig utilized the services of Joan and Ron Yaffe, one of several realty teams Tallgrass Creek recommends, to sell her former home. 

“It was such a relief to rely on a good real estate agent who knew what to do to get the house sold,” says Betty. 

Getting to know you

The third seminar featured another Tallgrass Creek recommended company, Brown Button Estate Sales. Owner Michael Fry provided information about when and how to host an estate sale on your own, services an estate sale company provides, and questions to ask before hiring an estate sale company. 

Name tags for future Tallgrass Creek residents included their apartment number at Hummingbird Square so they easily identified their neighbors and mingled over dessert, coffee, and punch. Current Tallgrass Creek neighbors also attended the seminars so guests could ask questions of those who know the community best. 

“Since I’m moving from another city, it’s great to be welcomed so warmly as I familiarize myself with the community,” says Linda.

Tallgrass Creek Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington hosted the seminars and says future community members are eager for information.

“These seminars have been very well attended and are full of great information that will help future residents experience a simpler move,” says Worthington. “The resources we recommend have helped literally hundreds of Tallgrass Creek residents do just that.”