Moving can be an overwhelming task. In the event of a health emergency or crisis, you may need to suddenly leave your home. Using a senior moving and downsizing service early can make the transition easier for you and your family. Although the task maybe difficult to tackle on your own, you rest assured having senior moving professionals will make it easier.
Senior movers are not just another moving company. These experts are trained to assist you during the transition and help you sort through your belongings to find the items worthy to be kept and those that can be donated or passed down to a family member. Storage areas like garages, basements, and attics are easier with a senior move manager (SMM) to catalog the contents. The SMM can coordinate the move including sales and donation drop-offs, as well as transferring your utilities to your new home.
Many times the SMM will get the measurements of your new home and create plans to fit your furniture into the space. The experts will help you pack boxes before the move and unpack and put away your belongings at your new dwelling. You can use their services whether you are moving to a smaller home or an assisted living community.
By recruiting the services of senior move experts early, you allow yourself more time to speak with your family members about items that have sentimental or monetary value. AARP advises hiring a service at least one month before you list your current home for sale or upon the first signs of declining health.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) keeps a database of SMMs trained in safety and ethics by the organization and carrying insurance. You can use the NASMM’s search tool to locate SMMs throughout the country and Canada. It also features a zip code search feature to help you narrow your search. The database lists contact information for 49 SMMs in Florida and 6 in the Tampa-area.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) for West Florida lists ratings and the accreditation status for senior moving companies in the area. You can also find reviews online on directories that feature senior care services. Your neighbors, family, and friends may also have suggestions for you.
The costs for senior moving services vary depending on the services involved and the length of time. You can expect to pay between $40 and $125 per hour on average. The SMM may offer you a package deal with extra services included at no additional cost. Packages can range between $1,000 and $5,000 or more. To save money, shop around and request quotes from senior moving companies in the area. You may be able to get a discount if you are moving to an assisted living community and use the SMM they recommend.
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