A woman in a pink shirt packs kitchen items into cardboard boxes

As you plan to move to a retirement community, you may be dreading downsizing. Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. I recently moved from a house to a smaller living space, so I know firsthand how overwhelming it can seem. But never fear. Like me, you can do it. And you’ll be amazed at how happy and proud you’ll be when you’ve cleared all the clutter.

Personal moving consultants have the expertise to manage your move in just about any type of weather.

Spring and summer are often considered the prime time of year to sell your house and move. In our experience, however, winter is the unsung hero of the real estate market. A winter move can save you time, stress, and even money.

Beat the competition

A personal moving consultant meets with an incoming Erickson Living community member in her home

Planning a move at any stage of life is stressful. You have to organize, pack, clean, load, transport, unpack, and reorganize all of your furniture and belongings—not to mention sell your house and buy a new one! As soon as you add the daunting task of downsizing to the mix, it’s no wonder people put off their move.

Lynn and Andrew Kochis used Charlestown’s vetted vendors for their move to Erickson Living’s Catonsville, Md., community over the summer.

While researching retirement communities, Lynn and Andrew Kochis asked residents of Charlestown whether or not they felt they had moved to the Catonsville, Md., community at the right time. Overwhelmingly the answer they heard most was, “I wish I had moved sooner.”

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A box overflowing with holiday decorations

The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started your annual expedition through the attic to find your bins of decorations? If only you could remember where you stored the wreaths!

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Majella Sheehan, a high school Spanish teacher, is pictured here with Brooksby Sales Counselor Jane Kiegel, one of her former students.

Majella Sheehan knew a move to Brooksby Village was on the horizon, but she couldn’t have anticipated it happening so quickly.

Fall foliage

You may have missed the popular spring home-selling season, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend another winter cooped up in your house. Fall is a fantastic time to plan and achieve your move to an Erickson Living community. Here’s why…

Eileen and Buck Gatewood credit Personal Moving Consultant Rachel Gilbert (right) for making their June move to Windsor Run in Matthews, N.C., relatively simple and seamless.

On June 5, 2018, Buck and Eileen Gatewood moved from a community in south Charlotte, N.C., to Windsor Run, the newest Erickson Living community located in Matthews, N.C.

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A woman sits with a moving consultant, smiling while looking at a brochure

Moving is more than just changing your address; it can be an emotional decision that brings out the best and worst qualities in ourselves and the people we love. So how can you make your move as stress-free as possible for everyone involved? In this column, I’ll share some strategies to help you communicate with your family and manage any conflicts that might arise.