When you envision your twilight years, you probably do not imagine yourself spending all of your time going through the items you own and preparing them for a move. However, at some point, many retirees do move to a smaller home or a senior living facility. As more and more golden agers look to relocate, there is an ever-growing need for senior move professionals who can help prepare for, carry out, and unpack after a move.
There is a broad array of services offered by senior move experts, such as arranging your items precisely how you want them in your new home, transferring your utilities, decluttering and downsizing your possessions, donating or selling the belongings you no longer want, and unpacking. These professionals are sensitive to the fact that your keepsakes have special value to you and that you may be having a difficult time leaving a lifelong home.
You may want to hire a senior move manager (SMM) who is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). SMMs must take courses on senior move topics, follow the insurance requirements of the organization, and abide by the NASMM’s ethics guidelines in order to join the group.
If you are thinking about downsizing and are still active, it is the ideal time to get in touch with a senior move specialist. This will give you plenty of time to pick through which items you want to save, which to give to family members, which to donate, and which to throw away. When you start early, you can also come up with unique ways to downsize, like creating a digital photo album or video of the bulkier things you own instead of keeping them.
When you check out the NASMM’s Find a Senior Move Manager tool, you can search for Arlington-area senior moving experts by state or zip code. There are nine SMMs in Arlington and the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. When you visit the website of the Better Business Bureau of Central Texas, you can find out which Arlington SMMs are accredited and what their BBB ratings are. Staff and residents will usually have recommendations when you move into a senior living community. Be sure you read online reviews and check references before choosing someone to move your possessions.
Since senior moving is a personalized service, the cost will vary based on the time frame of your move, the services you need, and the number of belongings you have to sort through and move. SMM services generally cost somewhere in the $30 to $100 per hour range. Keep in mind you will also need to pay people to physically move your items since SMMs just coordinate the actual move. They don’t do it themselves.
When you want to keep costs low, look into package deals and a la carte solutions. Also, when you sell some of the things you no longer need, you can cover some of the costs. It is well-worth the cost to make your move stress-free.
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