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Can’t hardly wait

For this New Jersey couple, downsizing and moving was easier than expected

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July 10th, 2017
Picture of Shirley and Raymond Wagenhorst, who used the services of Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson to make their move to Seabrook quick and easy.

Shirley and Raymond Wagenhorst used the services of Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson to make their move to Seabrook quick and easy.

After staying the night at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., in December 2016, Shirley and Raymond Wagenhorst couldn’t wait to make it their new home. 

“After we had our overnights, we were so ready [to move],” Shirley says. During their stay, they participated in activities like bridge group and dined with future neighbors who share similar interests. 

Having joined the priority list three years earlier, the Wagenhorsts were in prime position to reserve the apartment home of their choice. 

But they had to sell their house first. 

On the fly

Thanks to Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson, Shirley and Raymond were able to list their house within three weeks and accepted an offer three weeks after that. 

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.

Personal moving consultants meet with prospective residents in their homes, armed with a magnetic floor plan of their new apartment. They tour the home to see which existing furniture pieces will come to the new home and then measure the furniture and place to-scale pieces on the magnetic floor plan.

“Laurie was very helpful. She came up to our house in mid-Hudson Valley, N.Y., and brought her magnetic board, gave us her counsel, and referred us to a real estate agent and moving company,” Raymond says.

To help the Wagenhorsts prepare their house for the market, Williamson identified areas of improvement, such as removing wallpaper and painting the interior walls. She also walked them through the downsizing process, which Shirley says was easier than she expected.

“I’m a minimalist. I found out about myself that it was easy to let go of things. I was able to realize that an awful lot of our stuff was just collecting dust. You don’t need three cake dishes,” Shirley says.

Before they moved in April, Raymond said, “We can hardly wait to get down there.”

With the wait over, they have focused on settling in, participating in activities, and making their apartment a home filled with all the belongings they love.