San Jose offers plenty of moving companies to help you transport your belongings to a new home, however consider using the services of senior movers and downsizers. These experts specialize in senior move management and understand your emotional and sentimental attachment to certain items. Just downsizing can make a huge difference in the event of an emergency.
A regular moving company may box up your things and transport them, but a senior move manager (SMM) will handle your items with the same type of care that you give them. The specialists will help you sort your belongings into items you want to keep, items to donate, items considered trash, and items you wish to pass onto your family members.
A SMM will also coordinate the movers and draw up plans if necessary to figure out how to fit the furniture you would like to keep into a smaller space. They handle sales, donations, and utility transfers whether you are moving into a smaller home or assisted living community.
Waiting until an emergency to downsize may cause undue stress on your loved ones. Call a senior mover as early as possible, even if it is just to downsize and declutter. This way you will have a better idea of the items that have sentimental value from those taking up space. You will have the time to speak to your children and other family members about items they would like to own one day. AARP suggests downsizing and clearing clutter at least one month before you plan to list your home for sale or at the first notice of declining health.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the only organization with trained and insured SMMs. These professionals are offered training courses to stay up-to-date in their field and lead with dignity and compassion for seniors and their families. You can use the NASMM digital tool to locate SMMs in the area and throughout the United States and Canada. The database lists 44 SMMs in California and 5 in the San Jose area.
If you want to check the accreditation status and ratings for senior moving companies in the area, check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, or look online for reviews on senior care directories. If you plan to move into a senior community, check with the management to see if they use a specific SMM.
The cost for senior moving services varies between locations depending on the type of tasks you need help with and the length of service. You can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average. Many companies will provide you with package rates that may run you up to $5,000 or more. Most companies can provide you with an accurate quote, so be sure to shop around before hiring a SMM.
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