Even if you have no intention of moving from your present home in the coming months, consider what the future may bring. AARP reported a case about a couple that had to move to a resident care facility when the husband suffered an aneurysm. Researching and comparing senior movers and downsizers now may save you time, energy, and stress in the future.
There is a difference between a moving company and the services senior movers offer. A regular moving company will pack what you tell them and transport it to your new home. A senior move manager (SMM) will help you sort and downsize your belongings to fit into a smaller space. The senior move specialists can help you sort your items that you plan to keep from those items that need to be donated or given to family members.
The senior move experts will pack your items and help you find a place for them in your new home. At times, the SMM will measure your furniture to make sure it will fit where you would like, so you know which pieces to take with you. The company will arrange for sales, donations, and utility transfers giving you one less thing to think about.
The right time to call senior movers is as early as possible. It is more difficult to make decisions in the middle of a crisis and, in most cases, family members are left to make those decisions for you. By seeking help early on, you can take your time in sorting the items you would like to keep and what items you would like to bless others with or leave to family members.
You will want to locate a SMM trained in safety and ethics. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) screens each SMM for insurance and experience as well as provides training courses. You can use the NASMM digital tool to search for SMMs throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. The database currently lists 44 SMMs in California and 7 in the Sacramento-area.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Northeast California lists the accreditation status and ratings for senior moving companies in the area. Before hiring a SMM, check their credentials, including insurance and referrals. Your friends, family, and neighbors may have suggestions for you.
If you are moving into an assisted living community, check with the facility to see if they use a specific company for their residents.
Although costs vary between SMMs and the services they provide, you can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average. Realtor Magazine reports that the typical companies in the area charge between $60 and $80 per hour, capping out at around $2,500. Packages seem to be the easiest way to price senior move services depending on the tasks you need done. These packages can range between a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. A senior moving company should be able to provide you with an accurate quote.
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