A senior move service can handle the relocation process that seniors face after retirement, whether downsizing to a smaller home or moving into an assisted living community or residential care facility. A senior move manager (SMM) takes on the overwhelming task so you have less stress during the transition.
Typical moving companies will move your belongings to your new home, but senior move services will help you before, during, and after the move. A SMM can sort through your belongings and help you identify the items that have sentimental value. You also have the time to speak with your family members about items they may want. The SMM will also create two other categories for your items: donations and trash. They can arrange for donation drop-off or pick-up to various charities, clubs, schools, and other organizations.
The SMM will pack your belongings and coordinate the move, including transferring utilities and arranging the furniture in the new home. After the move, the senior moving service will unpack your belongings and place them where you like.
Since a senior move service helps with decluttering, you will want to use their services as early as possible, even before a move is finalized. You may want to contact senior move services at the first sign of failing health, so your family members will not have the responsibility in the event of a sudden illness or tragedy.
Experts suggest using a senior move service at least one month before listing your current home for sale. The SMM can declutter and downsize your items before the move, so your house will appear more spacious with less clutter and be more appealing to prospective buyers.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the only organization with trained SMMs. These professionals are provided with training courses for topics like safety and ethics and are screened for insurance requirements. Using NASMM’s database, you can locate A+ accredited senior moving companies in the Phoenix-area and throughout Arizona. You can search by zip code or by state. The search tool lists nine SMMs in Arizona and five serving Phoenix.
You can also check the accreditation status and ratings for senior moving companies on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Central, Northern, and Western Arizona, as well as read reviews on online directories focusing on senior care services. Your family, neighbors, and friends can be excellent sources for referrals.
If you are moving to an assisted living community, senior moving services may be part of your package. If it is not, the management may be able to provide you with recommendations with an affiliate discount. Prices for senior move services vary depending on how long you will need the service, what tasks need to be done, and where your move is located. According to The New York Times, the average SMM charges $25 to $60 or more per hour with a full service package running between $1,500 and $4,000 or more. Make sure to call around and request quotes before hiring a SMM.
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