The last thing you want to think about after retirement is downsizing and packing to move to a smaller home. Many seniors opt to spend their retirement years in a smaller dwelling that is just the right size for one or two people, but the task of sorting and packing decades’ worth of belongings is overwhelming. Professional senior movers and downsizers specialize in helping seniors and their families through the relocation process.
Senior move managers (SMMs) are trained to provide you with assistance in an affordable way while taking care of your personal belongings. They understand that some items have sentimental value and can never be replaced.
These SMMs will help you with decluttering and sorting items to keep, donate, or to pass on to your children and grandchildren. They can pack your belongings and coordinate the move as well as arranging moving sales and donation drop-offs. After you are moved in and the SMM has assisted you in transferring your utilities, they can help you unpack and place everything where you want it in your new home. If you don’t have space in your new home for boxes of photographs and glassware, the SMM can help you brainstorm other ways to enjoy your items, like converting them to CD, DVD, or a poster.
It is suggested you call a SMM at least one month before you plan to list your current home for sale. Less clutter helps to make your spaces appear larger to prospective buyers. Even if you don’t plan to move right away, just hiring a senior move expert to help you downsize, will help in the event of a sudden illness. You may want to consider hiring a SMM at the first sign of declining health, so that your family members are not left with the overwhelming task.
If you are wondering where to start your search for senior movers in your area, try looking for company reviews on online senior care directories and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Detroit and Eastern Michigan. The BBB provides ratings, reviews, and accreditation status for senior move companies.
Another legitimate place to start your search is the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). This organization trains and screens SMMs to make sure they are insured and have experience with helping seniors during the emotionally stressful relocation process. The NASMM hosts a database to make finding a SMM in your area easier. Simply input your zip code or state and search across the country. You can also search for SMMs in Canada and internationally. The database lists seven SMMs in Michigan and two that specialize in the Upper Peninsula-area.
Prices vary for senior moving services across the country. You can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average. The cost is determined by the services you need done by the company as well as the length of time required.
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