It has been said that besides experiencing a death in the family, moving is the next most stressful and emotionally draining experience that anyone can endure.
Moving is even more difficult for Seattle seniors. A lifetime spent in the same home, raising children and celebrating holidays and important milestones will make people particularly attached to a residence.
Seattle seniors need a professional who can guide them through the process of downsizing and moving into their new home. A senior move manager can help with every phase of the process and ensure that you arrive at your new home with those things most important to you.
Keep reading to learn more about senior move managers (SMM), where to find one, what they do, and how much you’ll probably pay for one.
Unlike the usual move manager, a senior move manager has been specially trained to handle the concerns and particular circumstances involved in a senior downsizing and move. SMMs who are members of the NASMM will also be bound by strict ethical standards and required to be properly bonded or insured.
Your senior mover will help organize household clutter and categorize your possessions according to what moves, what stays, and what needs to be disposed of by sale, donation, elimination, or gifting to family members for safe keeping.
Furthermore, the SMM will handle important administrative tasks such as:
Registering your change of address
Transferring your utilities
Helping you to unpack and organize at your new address
An SMM will get you ready, get you going, and set you up when you get there.
A senior move manager is a professional who can jump in and take over the coordination of a senior move. If the need to change domicile is pressing due to personal disaster, death or family illness, your SMM will sort your move out for a smooth transition.
Ideally, you should start looking for a senior mover as soon as you know that relocation will be needed inevitably. With enough advanced planning, you can ensure that everything that you discarded wasn’t worth keeping, and everything you keep merited moving to your new address.
There are many ways to find a senior move manager, but the easiest and most efficient is by using online search. The NASMM provides an invaluable online search tool to find a NASMM member senior move specialist near you.
Check out the Better Business Bureau to find a directory of senior move professionals and find out what their BBB rating is.
Also, speak to people who have successfully downsized and find out who they used and what you should look out for.
While the cost of a senior move manager will vary widely, AARP says that you can expect to pay between $40 and $100 per hour. You’ll also need to find a moving company to handle the actual transportation of your goods to the new address as the SMM only acts as the move coordinator.
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