Downsizing can be overwhelming if you try to do it all on your own. There are professional senior movers and downsizers in the Wichita-area that can help you declutter and downsize, transfer your utilities, pack and unpack your belongings, and get you started on the right foot in your new home.
Senior movers do more than just pack your items and transport them like regular moving companies. The senior move manager (SMM) will work with you to decide what items bring you emotional and sentimental value. They will help you choose items to leave to your children and grandchildren, as well as what items you should donate or sell.
A SMM will coordinate the move for you, and once you are in your new home, they will help you to unpack and place your items where you want them. At times, the senior moving specialists will draw out plans and take measurements of your furniture to figure out where best to place each piece.
It is suggested to downsize as early as possible, even if you are not planning to move anytime soon. In the event of an emergency, your family members may be left to deal with the clutter and trying to figure out which items you would like to keep if you suddenly have to move into an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility.
If you plan to list your home for sale, consider using a senior move service at least a month before listing. Getting rid of the clutter will make your current home appear larger to potential buyers.
You should call a senior move manager (SMM) at the first sign of declining health as they can work quickly and efficiently to help you sort your items.
Finding Wichita senior moving companies is easier than you think. You can search for companies using senior care directories or research listings on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. The BBB lists accreditation status, reviews, and ratings for companies in Kansas. Your neighbors, family, and friends may also offer suggestions for senior movers.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) hosts a database of SMMs throughout the country and Canada that are trained and insured. The NASMM offers its SMMs training courses in order to stay current in the industry. You can use the organization’s search tool to locate senior move experts in the area. As of 2016, the database lists four SMMs in Kansas with one serving the Wichita and Sedgwick County-area.
Prices vary between senior moving companies depending on the services required and the length of time. The average is between $40 and $125 per hour, although you may purchase senior moving packages that include better deals on services. Research and compare quotes between companies before hiring one. If using the senior moving company an assisted living facility suggests, see if you can get a discount for the referral.
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