Relocating to a retirement community or smaller home may be a wise decision in today’s economy. Many seniors choose to stretch their retirement dollars by downsizing and selling or donating decades’ worth of possessions they no longer need or want. The task can be overwhelming, but using a senior moving service can make it easier on you and your family.
A senior move specialist works with you before, during, and after the move. They understand the psychological and emotional stress you may feel during the transition and relocation process. Whether moving to a smaller home or residential care facility, a senior move manager (SMM) can help you declutter and make arrangements for moving and estate sales and donation pick-ups and drop-offs.
The SMM can help you sort through your belongings to find the items you wish to keep, give away, or pass down to your family members. They can do all of the tedious work, like packing and utility transfers, before the move. A SMM will coordinate the move and arrange the furniture in your new home, so you don’t have to worry about any heavy lifting. If you would like, the senior move service can unpack your belongings and arrange them where you would like to help you get settled. When it comes to large collections of photographs, a SMM can find creative ways to preserve those memories without taking up a lot of space. Large, bulky photo albums can be converted to CDs or DVDs.
Sometimes senior move specialists are called due to an emergency health situation or tragedy and family members are at a loss of how to precede. To avoid that circumstance, it is suggested to begin working with a SMM as early as possible to clear out any clutter. Having help early means you will have more time to sort the items you wish to keep or donate.
You can find trained SMMs in the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) database. NASMM is the only organization with SMMs that have been trained in safety and ethics. These professional SMMs have been screened for insurance and experience. You can search the database by state or zip code, or expand your search to Canada or Australia, if needed. The search tool currently lists two SMMs serving the Oklahoma City area.
You can find listings for senior move companies on the website of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Central Oklahoma. You can check the accreditation status, ratings, and reviews. Your friends and family may also be a source of recommendations.
Prices vary for senior moving services depending on what you need done and the length of time you will use the service. Hourly rates can run between $40 and $125 per hour. A full-service package may cost thousands of dollars. NewsOK reports that the average package is between $1,000 and $5,000. Compare quotes before hiring a SMM in your area.
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