As stressful as it can be, there comes a time in the life of Austin seniors when they have to move. While no one enjoys the process of packing up and moving a whole lifetime of possessions to a new domicile, it’s a regular part of life.
Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home, relocating to a senior residential community or even moving in with your kids, you’re going to need a mover experienced in moving senior citizens.
As the senior population grows, so does the need for senior moving experts to see to the unique needs of Austin seniors throughout this complicated process.
Unlike regular movers, senior move experts provide expert assistance with the unique situation of someone with decades of adult life. Austin senior movers will help you to:
Declutter your home, helping you to organize your possessions by categorizing your belongings.
Get rid of excess things you’ll no longer need, or have the room to store. You’ll get assistance with selling or donating what you no longer want or need.
Transfer your utilities, redirect your mail, and unpack at your new home.
Many senior move experts are members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). They are required to take courses on senior move issues, follow the group’s ethics guidelines, and abide by the NASMM’s requirements for insurance coverage.
The best time to consider contracting a senior moving professional is before anything serious occurs in your life. For example, a sudden illness or death in the family may require rapid changes in your living arrangements, which may lead to obtaining a senior mover on short notice.
Ideally, you should start looking for a senior mover when it becomes apparent that a move will take place, or will possibly be necessary for the near future.
One of the best places to start is with the NASMM Senior move manager tool that will help you rapidly locate the right mover for your needs. A quick search shows six senior move managers in the Austin area to choose from.
You can also check the better business bureau for accreditation information and BBB ratings. Another great way to find a senior move manager is by speaking to other seniors who have already made a big move to a smaller place.
Like most moving services, the senior mover will usually charge by the hour, and the rate will be determined by the level of service that you desire/need. Also remember that while SMMs will coordinate the move, the actual packing and delivery will be done by the moving company that is contracted for that work.
According to AARP, the cost of a complete senior move package can range from $40 to $125 per hour for the SMM services, exclusive of costs associated with movers. Remember that shopping around and asking about package deals can help reduce the cost considerably.
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