Moving after many years in a home can seem overwhelming. When retired educators Harry and Cecile Veal decided to move a few months ago from Toms River, New Jersey, to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, they avoided many of the challenges by using the community's Realty and Moving Services Program.
Cedar Crest's Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor assisted the Veals with their move from start to finish. She traveled to their home and customized a moving plan tailored specifically to their needs including helping them select a real estate agent, moving company, downsizing and other vendors.
"Nine times out of ten, people just don't know where to begin," said Connor. "That's why my services are complimentary—we want the moving process to be as easy and painless as possible so residents can start enjoying the dynamic Cedar Crest lifestyle as quickly as possible."
Connor connected the Veals with a Cedar Crest preferred realtor who has proven success in the sale of homes in the Toms River market area.
"Our house sold very quickly," said Harry. "The first person that looked at the house wanted it."
Harry and Cecile recommend that residents moving to Cedar Crest take advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services.
"Anne was very helpful and was always available to answer our questions," said Cecile.
As part of the complimentary service Connor provides, she assists residents with the planning the placement of their furniture through the use of a customized floor planning tool.
Elaine Tagler, who is a real estate agent and home stager, said having an objective eye on her own house was key to keeping her move simple and successful when she relocated to Cedar Crest.
"It's helpful to have a professional come and look at your house with a fresh eye, even if you're in the field, as I was," said Tagler.
"My job is to make the move to Cedar Crest as smooth as possible for our residents so that they can exchange home maintenance for vibrant, active, worry-free living," said Connor.
The majority of future residents chose to use one or more of the services offered by Connor and the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program. For more information on the Erickson Realty and Moving Program, visit http://ow.ly/yD0n30eliED.
Cedar Crest is one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 130-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to more than 2,000 residents. The community offers abundant amenities, hundreds of clubs and activities, on-site restaurants, a state-of-art medical center, an all-season pool and a fitness center. For more information, visit www.cedarcrestcommunity.com.
Photo: Personal Moving consultant Anne Connor (center) helped Harry and Cecile Veal simplify their move to Cedar Crest with the use of a miniature, magnetic floor plan of their apartment.