If you are thinking about downsizing after retirement, you are not alone. AARP reports that more and more people are turning to senior movers and downsizers to help them with the overwhelming job of sorting through decades’ worth of belongings. Seniors that have lived in a large house for 40 years may feel frozen with fear over the insurmountable piles of clutter. A senior move manager (SMM) can help them through this quickly and efficiently.
Unlike typical moving companies, a SMM will help with the relocation process, including transferring utilities and coordinating the move. They can help you sort your belongings into items you want to keep, such as those with sentimental value or monetary value, from those items that need donated or given to family members.
The SMM can pack your items and unpack them at the new location. They may request a floor plan ahead of the move to confirm the arrangement of the furniture you plan to take. A senior move expert may also arrange estate sales and donation drop-off or pick-up in the community.
If at all possible, call a senior move expert as early as you can to give you more time to make decisions and speak to your children and grandchildren about items with a personal attachment. Experts suggest enlisting the help of a SMM at the first sign of failing health as a sudden illness can leave your family members wondering what to do with the contents of the house. If you are planning on selling your current home, you will want to declutter and downsize your possessions as much as possible before listing the house in the market. A cleared space will make the rooms appear larger to buyers.
Your friends, neighbors, and family may have recommendations for senior move services in the area. If you are planning to move to an assisted living community, ask if a senior moving service is part of the package. If not, the community may refer you to a company. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Fort Worth has listings, ratings, and reviews you can peruse. You can also find contact information and reviews at online directories focusing on senior care services.
The BBB is not the only website with accreditation statuses listed for companies. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) maintains a database with A+ accredited companies. You can search by state or zip code. The search tool currently shows 31 trained and insured SMMs in Texas with 8 serving the Fort Worth-area.
Although the cost varies for senior moving services, you can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average. This cost variance is due to the amount of work the company will need to perform, the amount of hours required, and the location. A full package can cost as much as $10,000, according to The Dallas Morning News. Shop around and request quotes before hiring a SMM.
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