Waiting until a tragedy or sudden illness before downsizing your home, may place a large amount of undue stress on your family. Although many seniors may not want to think about the process of sorting and packing, it is better to be prepared and hire a senior moving service to help with the transition.
Senior moving professionals do more than just move your belongings to a new location. These specialists can transfer utilities to your new home, catalog your belongings, coordinate the movers, pack and unpack boxes, arrange furniture, and organize moving and estate sales.
Senior move managers (SMM) will help you decide what items to keep, items to donate, and items to pass down to your children and grandchildren. They can arrange for donation drop-offs and pick-ups. When it comes to downsizing, these experts can help you sort through everything and find the items with sentimental value that you do not want to give away. Even large collections that won’t fit in a smaller dwelling can be photographed and converted to CD, DVD, or made into a poster. The SMM will find creative ways to keep your memories with you without taking up space.
AARP suggested you consider senior moving services at the first sign of declining health. You will want time to speak with your loved ones about items they have an emotional attachment to as well as items that no longer serve your family and can be donated to a local charity, club, school, or soup kitchen.
Senior moving professionals should be brought in to declutter at least one month before you list your current home for sale in Louisville. An uncluttered and clean space will appear larger to prospective buyers.
Locating senior moving professionals is not as difficult as you may think. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) keeps a database of A+ accredited companies in the United States, Canada, Australia, and internationally. This organization is the only one with SMMs trained in safety and ethics and screened for insurance and experience. You can use NASMM’s search tool for free to locate SMMs in Louisville. The database currently displays nine SMMs in Kentucky with three serving the Louisville area.
You can research and compare senior moving professionals online through directories that specialize in senior care or find listings that include ratings and reviews.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky has listings with the ratings and reviews as well as the accreditation status.
Costs for senior moving services vary between locations and depend on the amount of work that needs to be done, where you are moving to, and how long you will require the service. Most companies will give a quote so you can shop around for the best deal. The average rate is $40 to $125 per hour with packages costing thousands of dollars.
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