Before you can move into a new home or assisted living community, you will probably want to clear the clutter from your current home and downsize. Many seniors choose to move into a smaller home after retirement, but are burdened by decades’ worth of items. A senior move manager (SMM) understands the transition and relocation process and knows that some of your items have sentimental value to you.
Senior moving professionals can coordinate your move, including transferring utilities, packing items, and arranging for moving sales and donation drop-offs and pick-ups. A SMM can walk through each room and catalog the items with you, sorting into categories of what you will keep, what you will donate, and items you wish to give to family members. If you have large collections or boxes of photographs that cannot move with you, the SMM will think of creative ways for you to keep those memories.
The SMM may request a floor plan of your new home to organize the furniture to make sure each piece will fit. After the move, the SMM will unpack your belongings and place them where you like.
Consider calling senior movers and downsizers at the first sign of failing health, if not before, as they can help you declutter. During an emergency or health crisis, you will not want your family having to take on that responsibility as well. If you are planning on selling your home, speak with a SMM about using their services at least one month before listing the house. You want to have plenty of time to speak with family members about furniture and other items they would like as well as clear out “forgotten” areas like the attic or basement.
If you are moving into an assisted living community or residential care facility, speak to the management about any SMMs they may use or recommend. Your family and friends may have an idea of an affordable senior moving service in the area as well. You can find listings for companies on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Central Ohio website. These listings consist of reviews, ratings, and accreditation status for each company.
You can find trained and insured SMMs through the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). The association provides SMMs with training courses on safety, ethics, and other important topics to the industry. You can use the search tool to locate NASMM A+ accredited companies by state or zip code. The database displays 14 SMMs in the state and 4 that serve the Columbus and Central Ohio area.
Prices vary between senior moving companies, but most charge by the hour. The average hourly rate is between $40 and $125. A package of services can cost as much as a few thousand dollars. Consider speaking to the SMM about only performing the tasks you are unable to do or including more services in a package deal to save money.
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