Do you want to spend your retirement packing up your things and moving from one place to another? This does not sound like a fun time for anyone. However, many seniors do have to move at some point, whether it is a senior living facility or a smaller house that is easier to take care of. With the number of older adults moving to new places, there is an increasing demand for senior moving professionals who help customers before, during, and after their relocation.
Senior move experts can assist you with unpacking, downsizing and decluttering your possessions, arranging your things precisely how you want them in your new home, transferring your utilities, and donating or selling the items you no longer want.
These experts are sensitive to the emotional impact of leaving a lifelong home and to the sentimental value of your keepsakes. Senior move professionals who are part of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) abide by the organization’s ethics guidelines, follow the NASMM’s insurance requirements and take courses on senior move problems.
The perfect time to call on the skills of a senior moving specialist is while you are thinking about downsizing and are still active. When you begin early, you can take your time picking which belongings to donate, which to keep, which to throw away, and which to pass along to family members or friends. You can also get creative with your downsizing when you have more time. For example, rather than keeping items themselves, you might put together a digital photo album or video of bulky but beloved things.
You can locate a senior move manager (SMM) by zip code or by state with the NASMM’s Find a Senior Move Manager tool. There are four SMMs listed in and around Charlotte as well as fifteen others throughout the state. To check Better Business Bureau ratings and to see which movers are accredited, you can check the site of the BBB of Southern Piedmont. The residents and staff may have suggestions for you when you move into a senior living center. Before you pick someone to assist you with transporting and sorting your personal possessions, be sure to check customer reviews and references.
Just like with other personalized services, the price varies based on how much stuff you have to move and sort through your time frame for finishing the move, and the services you require. Hourly rates can vary from $30 to over $100 for SMM services. Keep in mind that SMMs coordinate your move, but they do not transport and unload your possessions themselves. For that, you need movers hired by you and the SMM.
You might look into a la carte alternatives or package deals if you are concerned about costs. Also, you can recoup some of the costs of hiring an SMM by selling some of the items you no longer want. Overall, keeping your relocation as stress-free as possible is worth the price.
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