Change is an unavoidable part of life, and one of the most difficult changes to make is downsizing to a smaller home.
Anaheim seniors who need to move into a new residence will need more than the service provided by the usual moving companies. A lifetime’s worth of possessions and keepsakes will have to be sorted and decisions made as to what can be moved and what cannot fit in your new residence.
As emotionally draining as moving from your familiar surroundings can be, a senior move manager can help relieve the stress by providing invaluable advice and planning to make the transition as painless as possible.
One of the biggest tasks Anaheim seniors have to face when moving is decluttering the home before beginning the process of categorizing and packing. A senior move manager will help you Declutter your home and separate your things into:
What to keep and move
What to keep and give to family
What to throw out
What to sell
What to donate
Senior move experts who are members of the NASMM have taken courses about senior moving issues and will be able to handle your keepsakes and concerns with ease. SMMs are bound by the NASMMs ethical guidelines and carry insurance coverage against the unforeseen.
As soon as it becomes apparent that downsizing will be necessary at some future time, you should begin the search for a senior move manager. The further ahead that you plan, the more likely you’ll keep all the most important keepsakes, furniture, and mementos that mean the most to you.
Planning ahead means that nothing precious will be lost in the confusion of packing and unpacking.
If the move is sudden due to disaster, illness or other unexpected circumstances, a senior move manager will ensure that your move is as easy as possible, giving you time to deal with everything else.
The Better Business Bureau is another good source of information. Use the BBB directory of senior move managers in your area to find accredited, and BBB rated professionals to help you.
Ask friends and family who have recently downsized for their advice. They can offer important first-hand accounts of what to look out for, who to hire, and what to avoid.
As with many services of this nature, the cost of a senior move manager will vary according to geographic locale, the level of service you want, and the experience of the SMM.
According to AARP, the cost of a senior move manager can range from $40 to $100 per hour. Usually the moving service that will transport your goods will be a separate cost, but many SMMs may offer package deals that will save you a lot of money.
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