Weeding through your belongings before moving out of your home can be emotional. Your new home may not be able to accommodate all of your belongings, many of which have sentimental value. You tell yourself it’s just stuff, but it’s your stuff; the stuff of a lifetime. In an article about senior moving services, USA Today reports: “Some objects are so precious because of their ties to the past … that family members lean on a ‘third party’ to remove them.” From intimate items such as the clothes of a loved one to treasured books or silverware, personalized help from senior moving services can help you decide what to take with you.
The cornerstones of senior moving service organizations are senior move managers, whom USA Todaydescribes as being not only packers, movers, and decorators, but also counselors. These are the people who coordinate everything related to your move. You can make all final decisions, while leaving the more overwhelming details to trained managers.
Senior move managers can help you with:
- Finding a new home: Senior move managers are well-versed in senior housing options. They can explain the benefits and the drawbacks of each type of housing with an objectivity that you won’t get from on-site housing personnel. Once you decide on your new address, your senior move manager will obtain or create a floor plan and help you design your new living space.
- Packing: Wading through family history is emotional, and when an objective third party acts as a trusted counselor and directs traffic, it can ensure that cooler heads prevail — as AgingCare.com points out, a third party can help dilute emotional decisions. Senior moving services employ professional packers. They pack fragile items with the same level of care you would use, but save you the hassle of packing them yourself.
- Moving: On moving day, your senior move manager coordinates everything at both your old and new residences.
- Settling in: Senior moving services go a step beyond traditional movers and help you to settle in at your new address. They can minimize that unsettled feeling you may have when spending the first night in a new home. They not only plan your furniture needs according to your new floor plan but can also unpack your personal items — from the smallest necessities to the clothes in your closet. They’ll make your bed, hang your art, and even place your TV remote on the table within easy reach so you won’t have to spend the next three days looking for it.
Finding the Right Senior Moving Service
Check with the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) for a list of senior move managers in your area. They vet members for experience and proper insurance, and require members to take continuing education courses as well as certification courses in “Senior Move Management Ethics and Safety.”
If personalized senior moving services can reduce the stress of your move, your next questions might revolve around cost. Because of their extensive network of resources, senior moving services can save you money, as well as time and a few stress headaches. Before you prepare for your move, download NASMM’s Guide to Rightsizing and Relocating and view more tips and tricks to help you plan your move.