Florida is considered one of the best places to retire to, however before you make that move into a smaller dwelling, consider hiring senior movers and downsizers to make it easier on yourself and your family. Getting the help early, before an emergency or crisis, will relieve any future stress and save you time and energy.
Senior move managers (SMMs) are trained to work with seniors and understand the relocation process, as well as the stress the transition can have on you. Unlike a regular moving company, a SMM will coordinate the move, including utility transfers, while helping you sort through your personal belongings. You will be able to choose the items you would like to keep, including furniture that will fit in your new home. The SMM will also coordinate sales and donation drop-offs.
A SMM can help you with the overwhelming task of throwing things away and choosing items that no longer mean anything to you that can be donated or sold. Once moved, the senior move service will help you unpack and place your belongings where you would like.
Try to schedule an appointment as early as possible. In the event of an emergency, you will not want the responsibility of decluttering to land on your family members. If you plan to move, it is suggested to use a senior move service to downsize at least 30 days before listing your home.
Consider scheduling an appointment at the first sign of declining health. You want plenty of time to speak to your family members about items they may want that have sentimental or market value.
Before you hand over the responsibility of your personal belongings to a senior moving professional, consider researching the company first. You can ask friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations. There are also plenty of review sites online that feature companies providing senior services. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Central Florida lists the accreditation status and ratings for individual companies.
If you are looking for trained SMMs, the National Association of Senior Care Managers (NASMM) is the only organization with a database of insured SMMs. The NASMM provides its SMMs with training in safety and ethics and screens for insurance and experience. The database lists 49 SMMs in Florida and 5 serving Orlando, Orange County, and throughout Central Florida.
You can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average for senior move services, although this varies, depending on the services needed and the length of time you need to employ the company. The Orlando Sentinel reports that senior move specialists average $25 and $60 per hour, according to an NASMM survey. The typical length of time with a client is 17 to 33 hours.
Full-service packages can run thousands of dollars. Make a list of senior moving companies and request quotes before committing to a company. If you are moving into an assisted living community, the management may have suggestions that could lead to a discount based on the referral.
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