Moving a lifetime of possessions may not be how you expected to spend your retirement years, however many seniors are faced with this reality due to downsizing to a smaller home or moving into an assisted living community or care facility. A senior moving service can help you with the relocation process quickly and efficiently, starting with decluttering your entire home.
Unlike typical moving companies, senior move managers (SMMs) are trained to work with seniors and their families with professionalism and compassion. They understand that your emotional attachment to certain belongings and work with you to keep the items with the most sentimental value.
A SMM will do several tasks during the relocation process including: coordinating the move, arranging furniture, packing and unpacking belongings, sorting through items to find what to keep or donate, calling family members for pick-ups, arranging sales and donations, and transferring utilities.
If you’ve collected large volumes of photo albums or memorabilia, a SMM can find numerous creative ways to preserve those keepsakes without adding to the clutter. Boxes of photo albums can be converted to CDs or DVDs and large collections of memorabilia can be photographed and made into a poster.
Experts suggest making an appointment with a senior move specialist at least one month before listing your house for sale or at the first sign of declining health. The earlier, the better, so that you have plenty of time to make decisions about items with sentimental value or monetary value.
Even if you are not planning on moving right away, bringing in a senior move specialist to downsize and declutter your current home can make things easier for your family in the event of a sudden illness.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the only organization with trained SMMs that have been screened for insurance and experience. The NASMM offers course to its SMMs on a regular basis in safety and ethics. The organization’s website hosts a database of SMMs in the Nashville-area and throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. You can search by state or zip code. Currently, the NASMM lists seven SMMs in Tennessee in areas like Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood.
You can find listings for senior moving companies on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Middle Tennessee. The site offers ratings, reviews, and accreditation status with each company. If you are moving into a facility or assisted living community, ask the management what senior moving service they recommend.
The rates vary between SMMs in the area depending on the type of services you need. Hourly rates can range between $40 and $125 per hour with packages starting at a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars for full-service. Research and compare senior movers and downsizers for quotes to get the best deal and only hire the SMM to do the tasks you are unable to do.
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