Matthews, North Carolina—"We are constantly telling our friends and family members how happy we are living at Windsor Run," says Buck Gatewood, who moved to the community with his wife Eileen last June. "We highly recommend using Erickson Realty and Moving services. It will ensure that your move to this wonderful community is a happy, stress-free event. It will also put you in a great frame of mind, ready to enjoy your new life."
As the number of Baby Boomers selling their houses and moving to continuing care retirement communities grows exponentially, so does the use of senior move managers and other specialists. According to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), the number of companies helping seniors move has grown from 22 in 2002 to over 850 today.
This trend is mirrored at Windsor Run, developed and managed by Erickson Living, where 95% of all new residents moving to the community elected to work with Erickson Realty and Moving Services.
"I want to make sure that everyone who wants to sell their house and move to Windsor Run can do so easily and with as little stress as possible," says personal moving consultant Amanda Bates. "There is no need for anyone to tackle the process alone. We work with a long list of trusted professionals, including real estate agents, downsizing experts, clean-out services, packers and movers, all of whom have experience moving people to our community. My job is to coordinate the process and handle all the intricate details."
The Personal Home Visit
For many seniors considering a move to a retirement community, taking the first step is often delayed by the fear of having too much "stuff."
To help alleviate these concerns, Amanda first meets with future residents in their current homes to discuss their expectations and to create a comprehensive selling and moving plan based on their individual needs. During this time, she also provides information on the wide variety of resources available through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.
"Amanda's guidance removed so much stress from the entire process," says Wilda Tyler who moved to Windsor Run in February. "During her visit, she brought a magnetic board that we used to layout pieces of furniture to see how it would all fit in my new home. That was a wonderful help."
A Team of Experts
Amanda and her team of preferred vendors work diligently to ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to the moving process.
"We wanted to make sure that our special art collection was moved carefully," says Eileen Gatewood. "We received help moving the collection, as well as some small, fragile items, a few days prior to the arrival of our furniture. That gave us peace of mind knowing that our valuable, personal items were safe and secure."
In addition to packing, moving and downsizing services, Amanda works with a team of highly qualified real estate professionals knowledgeable with the local real estate market.
"The realtor that Amanda recommended was wonderful," says Wilda. "My condo sold before it even listed. I am so fortunate. The last house I sold went to signing three times before ultimately working out."
Amanda encourages anyone considering a move to Windsor Run to schedule a complimentary home visit and learn how she and her team of trusted professionals can help.
"Moving doesn't have to be the stressful nightmare many people fear it will be," she says. "Our team understands, first-hand, all the ins and out of selling a home and moving to Windsor Run. They do the heavy lifting so our new residents can enjoy their exciting new life as soon as possible."
About Windsor Run: Windsor Run, situated on a scenic 60-acre campus in Matthews, North Carolina, is one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®. The community is home to 260 residents who are supported by a team of more than 100 employees. Additional information about Windsor Run can be found at WindsorRunCommunity.com.