When you picture your retirement, you probably do not envision spending a lot of time going through your things to prepare for a move. Yet, whether it is a move to a smaller home or into a senior living center, most retirees relocate at some point. There is an increasing demand for senior move experts who can assist customers before, during, and after a relocation as more and more golden agers change living situations.
There is a wide selection of specialized services provided by senior move managers, such as unpacking, decluttering and downsizing your belongings, arranging your things precisely how you want them in your new home, transferring your utilities, and donating or selling the possessions you no longer want. They also know that your keepsakes have sentimental value to you and that it is tough leaving a lifelong home.
You may want to consider a senior mover who has joined the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). In order to become a member, senior move managers (SMMs) must take classes on senior moving problems, abide by the NASMM’s ethics guidelines, and follow the organization’s insurance requirements.
If you are still active and thinking about downsizing, now is the time to get in touch with an SMM. This gives you a lot of time to choose which things to dispose of, which to donate, which to give away, and which to keep. When you start early enough, you also have time to come up with creative ideas for downsizing, such as putting together a digital photo album or video of bulky items that you no longer have room for.
When you visit the NASMM’s Find a Senior Move Manager tool, you can search for Glendale senior moving professionals by state or zip code. There are five SMMs in the Phoenix metro area and five more throughout Arizona. You can check out the Better Business Bureau Arizona site to find out which Glendale moving specialists are accredited and what their ratings are. Also, staff and residents will usually provide recommendations when you move into a senior living facility. Make sure you follow up on references and look at customer reviews before picking someone to move your items.
As a personalized service, senior moving costs vary based on the services you need, how many possessions you have to sort through and move, and the time frame for your move. For SMM services, you should expect to pay somewhere between $30 and $100 per hour. Since senior move professionals do not generally do the actual moving of your things, you and your SMM will also have to find movers.
When you need to keep expenses down, consider package deals or a la carte options. Plus, when you sell items you no longer want, you can recoup some of the costs. Overall, it is well-worth the price to have a relocation that is free of stress.
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