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Everything according to plan

Moving program ensures smooth transition to new home

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July 10th, 2017
Photo of Barbara Clary, who sold her home of 56 years and moved to Highland Springs using resources recommended through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

Barbara Clary sold her home of 56 years and moved to Highland Springs using resources recommended through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

When it came time to choose a retirement community, Highland Springs was at the top of Barbara Clary’s list.

“I had friends who already lived at Highland Springs, and they all liked it and recommended it,” says Barbara. 

So when Barbara learned that the North Dallas community was planning to open a new residence building, Pecan Grove, in December 2016, she reserved a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Bridgeport-style apartment.

The next step was downsizing and selling her Richardson home of 56 years.

“After so many years in my home, I was rather nervous about the whole move business,” says Barbara. “That had me more concerned than anything.”

Network of experienced professionals

Enter Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program designed to assist future residents with every stage of the move, from downsizing to home staging, packing to organizing.

As part of the suite of services offered through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Highland Springs Personal Moving Consultant Cindy Gay visits prospective residents in their homes to map out a moving plan. 

During Gay’s home visit with Barbara, they identified the pieces of furniture Barbara wanted to bring with her to Highland Springs, then Gay created a layout of Barbara’s new apartment so she could see how her furniture would fit. 

Gay also offers complimentary coordination of moving resources, including recommendations to trusted real estate agents, professional downsizers and organizers, as well as local moving companies.

“I listed my home with one of Cindy’s recommendations,” says Barbara. “My house was under contract after two days on the market.”

Comfortable from day one

To facilitate the move, Barbara hired Caring Transitions, senior relocation specialists, whom she’d met at an Erickson Realty and Moving Services event in April 2016.

“On moving day, Caring Transitions packed up my house, and then unpacked in my apartment at Highland Springs that afternoon,” says Barbara. “They even made up the bed for me.”

Caring Transitions returned a week later to hang Barbara’s pictures in her new home.

“I’ve felt comfortable at Highland Springs from the first night I moved in,” says Barbara. “Everything went according to plan, and I just picked right back up with my life.”