No one wants to spend their retirement packing up their belongings and moving from one home to another. However, whether it is a smaller house that is easier to care for or a senior living center, almost all retirees have to move at some point. Thanks to the many golden agers who are relocating, there is a growing demand for senior move managers who help clients prepare for, carry out, and unpack after a move.
Senior moving professionals help with transferring your utilities and other bills, unpacking, selling or donating the things you no longer want, arranging your belongings precisely how you want them in your new space, and decluttering and downsizing your items.
These professionals are sensitive to the sentimental value of your keepsakes and the emotional impact leaving a lifelong home can have. You may want to consider senior move experts who are members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). To join, senior move managers (SMMs) must follow the organization’s insurance requirements, take courses on senior move issues, and abide by the NASMM’s ethics guidelines.
If you are still active and are thinking about downsizing, it is the ideal time to call on the talents of a senior moving professional. When you start early, you can take your time choosing which belongings to dispose of, which to donate, which to pass along to friends and family, and which to hold on to. When you have more time, you can also come up with creative solutions for your downsizing efforts. For instance, consider putting together a video or digital photo album of bulky but beloved possessions rather than keeping the items themselves.
When you use the NASMM’s Find a Senior Move Manager tool, you can locate SMMs by state or by zip code. There are five SMMs listed in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area along with five others throughout Arizona. You can also check the site of the Better Business Bureau Arizona to see which specialists are accredited by the BBB and to see their ratings. If you are moving into a senior living community, the staff and residents may have suggestions. Lastly, be sure to check out references and customer reviews before you choose someone to help with sorting through and transporting your personal things.
Since senior moving services are personalized, the prices vary based on your time frame for completing the move, the services you need, and how many possessions you have to sort through and move. SMM services can cost you from $30 to $100 per hour. SMMs just coordinate your relocation: they do not load, unload, or transport your items themselves. You and your SMM will need to hire movers for that.
If you are concerned about fees, you should consider package deals or a la carte solutions. Plus, when you sell some of the things you no longer need, you can recoup a lot of the cost of hiring an SMM. It is generally worth the price to keep your move as free of stress as possible.
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