The last thing you want to think about is sorting, organizing, and packing to move during your retirement years, however many seniors are faced with this reality whether a financial decision or due to a health issue. Preparing as early as possible can relieve future stress on you and your family.
Senior movers do more than just move your belongings to a new home. A senior move manager (SMM) specializes in the relocation process and the stress the transition may cause you. The SMM will help you sort through items, and using the floor plan for your new home, help you decide what furniture will fit and what items to take. They can also arrange moving sales and donation drop-offs and pick-ups as well as coordinate the movers.
An SMM is your assistant before, during, and after the move. They understand that certain items are precious to you and will help you unpack after your move, placing items and furniture where you would like. They can also help with decluttering, utility transfers, and calling your family about items you want to pass down.
You will want to schedule an appointment with a senior move service as early as possible to help get rid of the clutter and begin sorting what you wish to keep. It is advised to do this at the first sign of declining health to avoid your family having to take the responsibility in the event of a sudden illness. If you are planning on selling your home and downsizing, contact the senior move service at least one month in advance of listing your house for sale.
You are going to want a trustworthy company to have responsibility of your personal possessions, so consider a SMM from the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). These professionals are trained in safety and ethics and are screened to verify they are insured. NASMM’s website features a search tool you can use to locate SMMs in your area. The tool searches by zip code or state, as well as in Canada and internationally. The database currently lists 33 SMMs in Pennsylvania and 7 that serve the Pittsburgh area.
You can also find ratings, reviews, and accreditation status for senior moving companies through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Western Pennsylvania. Online directories featuring senior care services will typically list reviews for companies as well. Your family, neighbors, and friends could be an excellent source of referrals for senior movers and downsizers. Make sure to research any SMM before hiring them.
If you are moving to an assisted living community, check with the management about any discounted senior moving service they often use for residents. The average hourly rate for SMMs is $40 to $125, depending on the services you need and the length of time you will require the service. Service packages average between $1,000 and $5,000.
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